Extraordinary views in the heart of the city and a small buildable footprint limited by restrictive easements prompted a thin, three-story home with the main living spaces and master suite on the top floor – essentially a one-bedroom loft with 270° views. A 16’ ipe screen envelopes the body of the house, and rests delicately atop a base of long courses of black Leuders limestone.
Photographs and details of East Windsor Residence after the break.
Architects: Alter Studio
Location: Austin, TX
Contractor: Crowell +
Landscape: David/Peese Design
Project Area: 4,500 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Finkel Photography, JH Jackson Photography
Architect Hagy Belzberg recently showed me around his latest creation, the new Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. He had kindly agreed to give me a personal tour since I was preparing to write up a review.
While I had fully intended to focus on the architecture, the site, the ideas behind the design, I was caught off-guard by something unexpected: people.
Prior to my visit I had been looking at some new photographs of the building taken by Iwan Baan. Architecture photographed for reviews is usually uncluttered by the messiness of life. The buildings are often empty vessels waiting to be activated. People appear as mere apparitions, like objects, often blurred. Thus, there is little evidence of other responses or adaptations to the architecture. If we overlook the gaze of the photographer, there is then only one gaze present: that of the singular “I”. And this “I” had expected an encounter with a building.
More after the break.
The 100,000 square foot new Sephardic Community Center on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, NY is a transformative expansion of its 30-year old original building. It is symbolic of the central role it now plays in the surrounding neighborhood as an inter-generational facility. It expands upon the first Center’s stated mission to preserve and nurture the rich history and culture of the Sephardic Community, it offers coherence to the Center’s ever-widening program of educational, athletic and social services, and above all it extends a legible, clear invitation to all for participation in community events.
More photographs after the break.
Architects: BKSK Architects
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Partner-in-Charge: Joan Krevlin, FAIA, LEED AP
Project Architect: Julia Nelson, AIA, LEED AP
Project Managers: David Kubik, AIA, LEED AP, Harpreet Dhaliwal, AIA, LEED AP
Interior Designer: Stacey Jattuso
Contractor: E.W. Howell
Structural Engineer: Weidlinger Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer: Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Michael Wein Civil Engineer
Landscape Architect: H.M. White Site Architects
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jonathan Wallen, Jeffrey Totaro
In May we presented Kengo Kuma’s CCCWall Installation in anticipation for the now completed CCCloud monument. CCCloud, or Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud, Kengo Kuma’s first built work of architecture in Italy was completed September 2010. The monument, located in the middle of a roundabout in front of Casalgrande Padana‘s Headquarters, is the collaborative result of Kengo Kuma’s team, the University represented by Alfonso Acocella and Luigi Alini, and the authorities of Casalgrande Padana. The monument is remarkably made out of unglazed ceramic tiles that have been adapted for structural use that are produced by the client, Casalgrande Padana.
Read on for more information and images after the break.
Architects: Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
Location: Kinneret College, Galilee, Israel
Initiator: Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee
Donor: Sklare family foundation, Rashi foundation, Council for Higher Education
Team: Gaby Schwartz, Roy Talmon, Julia Grinkrug, Abraham Rotal
Management: Rashi Foundation, Arch. Shlomi Pariente
Supervision: M. Barnea, Engineering and building LTD
Construction: Yossi Shiran Construction engineering
Electricity: Dan Sharon engineering
Acoustics: S. Mashiah Audio and Acoustics LTD
Landscape: Miller Blum and Co Environmental Planning LTD
Air conditioning: Lanir Vishkin Engineers LTD
Safety Consultant: Naftali Ronen
Plumbing: Ada Bronfman Enginners and consultants LTD
Contractor: Y.M. Shoval 2000 Engineering and construction, Eng. Eran Druker
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Amit Geron
The Parklands, South Bank, Brisbane, Australia, has played host to Lightwave, a sensory light installation at the Unlimited festival. At 10m x 16m x 5.5m, Lightwave is not just a sculpture or an art piece, but an object that can be interacted with, like a large animated toy or hybrid living creature—glowing and pulsing by the river. The design by AnL Studio was intended to provoke conversations about using contemporary parks as a performative public space. By offering a new and unexpected experience between people and the object (displayed art), or between nature and the (artificial) object, Lightwave responds in a purposefully dynamic and playful way, engaging and inviting public participation. The object is responsive to the new environment, therefore generating a new pattern into the place and time. More explanation and photographs of Lightwave following the break.
Architects: AnL Studio
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Project Architects: Keehyun Ahn and Minsoo Lee
Prototyping Design/Interactive Consultant : Rory Nugent, Andy Doro
Project Management: Laing O’Rourke, Byte Logic
Curator: Creativesight, Hassell
Electrical Engineers and Lighting/Interactive Consultants: Webb Australia
Structural engineer: OPUS
Cost Planning: Mitchell Brandtman
Building Certification: Certis
Construction and Construction Management: Laing O’Rourke
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of AnL Studio
Interactive Fabrication: Watthouse, Zenith, Xenian, CTI, Imaginus
Fabrication: Flow Force, Heyday
Landscaping: Dig It, South Bank Corporation,
Concrete Supply: Boral
171 Students from around the world attended the one-week workshop at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In association with the AA summer school and sponsored by Gehry Technologies the workshop taught students how to generate, parametrically control, and fabricate complex geometry.
After the break, you can see a few projects from the 37 Advanced Design studio students which Daniel Gillen co taught with Xu Feng, Nikolaus Wabnitz, Rob Stuart-Smith, Raymond Lau, Xiaowei Tong, and Zhang Xiaoyi.
Images and more information after the break.
The Boston Society of Architects shared with us their publication where members were given honorable recognition for receiving the Preservation Achievement Award by the Boston Preservation Alliance. While, undoubtedly, these iconic buildings have been highlights to the city of Boston, they are now being acclaimed for being buildings of historic preservation while creating a resounding impact for society and beyond. Flip through the Boston Society of Architects’ images to view stunning work by architects after the break.
Editor-in-chief: Christian Schittich
More info after the break.
This project – a comprehensive interior remodel and penthouse addition which opens to views of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz – exemplifies what is becoming an increasingly common aesthetic dilemma in San Francisco. It was born of the tension between the owners’ desire for a contemporary home and the San Francisco Planning Department’s historicizing planning mandate – in this case with regard to the home’s Pacific Heights neighborhood.
Following the break are photographs and a description of how the architects created a design that was within the parameters of the historical neighborhood with the contemporary feel the clients were looking for.
Architects: Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Location: San Francisco, California
Project Team: Luke Ogrydziak, Zoe Prillinger, Leo Henke, Haemi Chang, Gisela Schmoll
Structural Engineer: Santos + Urrutia
Contractor: Webb Construction
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Currently on view at the MoMa, the Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement exhibition has provided an exciting and successful glimpse into how architecture can serve the greater needs of society. The museum just shared with us their latest news that starting in November and running through May, the Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries will hosting Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture. This exhibit will highlight the great variety of important acquisitions made by the Department of Architecture and Design since 2005, juxtaposing, in several cases, newly acquired material with works long held in the collection in order to underscore the rationale and motives behind collecting architecture at MoMA. Some of the featured pieces include models by Corbusier and sketches by Sullivan.
More about the exhibition, including images of some of the acquired pieces after the break.
Architects: Joana Caiano, António Morgado
Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Collaborators: Cláudia Patrocínio, Joana Saraiva
Electricity: Ecolalternativas, Unipessoal Lda. Guilherme Moreira
Constructor: António Manuel Dias Areal
Surface Area: 300 sqm
Built Area: 207 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra