Tower House / Alter Studio Architetti Associati

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Alter Studio Architetti Associati shared with us their design, which won second place, for the Tower House Competition for Treviso, , which challenged architects to refurbish a twenty story landmark in the area. The proposal transforms the existing tower into 3 attached structures, each of which is designed with its own energy strategy. Photovoltaic panels on the roof and south façade provide 60 + 15 kw of power, which combined with bioclimatic devices brings the CO2 emissions down to zero. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ed Roberts Campus / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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Commemorating the life of an international leader and educator in the disability rights movement, the Ed Roberts Campus recently opened in . When Ed Roberts founded ’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) in 1972, it was the world’s first organization to be run by and for people with disabilities. After Roberts’s death in 1995, the CIL and six other independent living/civil rights organizations joined forces to create a highly accessible, centralized place where the disabled can access services such as vocational training, education, housing and benefits assistance, and fitness and health support.

Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: BART Station, Berkeley, California, USA
Project Area: 85,000 sqf
Photographs: © Tim Griffith

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Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and located at the Ashby BART Station, the 85,000 sqf facility embodies the principles of Universal Design—the creation of environments that strive to be equally easy and intuitive to use for individuals of all abilities. The design far exceeds the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the heart of the building is a monumental helical ramp to the second floor, prominently placed behind the glazed facade facing the main entry plaza.

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Other Universal Design features include seven-foot-wide corridors to facilitate wheelchair use, automatic doors and hands-free building system controls, restrooms that meet a range of abilities, oversized elevators with special controls for wheelchair riders, and an easy-to-navigate wayfinding system aided by acoustical landmarks, high-contrast interior finishes, and colored and textured flooring.

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The facility also has numerous sustainable design elements, including exterior shading, operable windows for natural ventilation, energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems, and the use of recycled, sustainably harvested, and rapidly renewable materials. Nontoxic finishes and filtered outside air enhance indoor air quality, addressing the needs of those with chemical sensitivities.

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The two-story building includes offices, exhibition space, community meeting rooms, a childcare center for children with disabilities, a fitness center, job training facilities, and a café. The campus is designed to present a distinct civic presence celebrating the values of its partner organizations, with an exterior materials palette of sandblasted concrete, stucco, and sustainably harvested Ipê wood shade screens. To the east and south, the building’s mass responds to the residential scale of the surrounding neighborhood. A semicircular main entry plaza serves as a drop-off and gathering place as well as a transit plaza for bus, tax, bicycle, and BART riders. A subgrade structure provides parking for staff and visitors and connects directly to the BART station concourse via a new public elevator.

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The design process involved numerous public Universal Design workshops as well as intensive engagement with South Berkeley’s neighbors, merchants, and historic preservation community.

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© Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

Housing Proposal for Design Against the Elements / Triple O Studio

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This housing project proposal for Design Against the Elements comes from Triple O Studio in . It reflects on the scales of the contextual architecture by providing radical innovations in building methods, yet retaining a sensitivity to the context in the spatial organization of the project.

More on this project after the break.

Burgo Tower / Eduardo Souto de Moura

Burgo Tower © Fernando Guerra FG + SG

Portuguese architectural photographer Fernando Guerra FG + SG shared with us a photo set of the Burgo Tower (2007), designed by the 2011 Pritzker laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura.

The building, located in , was described by the Pirtzker jury as “…two buildings side by side, one vertical and one horizontal with different scales, in dialogue with each other and the urban landscape.” Souto de Moura commented that “a twenty story office tower is an unusual project for me. I began my career building single family houses.”

More photos of the Burgo Tower after the break:

Istanbul Edition Hotel Spa / Hirsch Bedner Associates

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Architects: Hirsch Bedner Associates
Location: Istanbul,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ken Hayden

Casa da Musica Subway Station / Eduardo Souto de Moura

Casa da Musica subway station © Fernando Guerra FG + SG

Portuguese architectural photographer Fernando Guerra FG + SG has shared with us some photos of the Casa da Musica subway station designed by the 2011 Pritzker Laureate for the city of , his hometown, right next to Rem Koolhaas acclaimed building.

More photos after the break.

Brick A Back House / Architecture Republic

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Architects: Architecture Republic
Location: , Ireland
Project area: 42 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Tierney Photography

Happy Birthday Mies!

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Today the architecture world is celebrating Ludwig ’s 125th birthday. To mark this day, the Society is celebrating with cocktails, student exhibits and a brief presentation on collecting the master’s work. If you are in or around Chicago you might to check it out. For all our articles that involve this architectural giant click here.

China’s Mega City

has plans in the works to develop the largest city worldwide.  The proposed ‘Turn the Pearl River Delta Into One’ master plan will merge nine cities creating a metropolis with a population of approximately 42 million people.

Integrating what is considered as China’s manufacturing heartland, public services including transportation infrastructure and healthcare would be unified allowing all residents within the river delta to utilize the resources.

‘Ideas on Edge’ Competition

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City Council is officially on the hunt for the boldest, most innovative and creative thinkers to present their vision for an iconic site along the scenic Parramatta River foreshore as part of an international ideas competition, ‘Ideas on Edge’. Prize money of $50,000 is on offer for a commercially viable idea for the site located at a prime position on the edge of Parramatta River, with the competition open to people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world.

The site covers 2.2Ha and is located between Lennox and Bernie Banton bridges. It is connected to transport, shopping facilities and Parramatta’s thriving dining precinct, ‘Eat Street’’. Potential uses for the site could include multi-functional facilities such as conference, performance, cultural, artistic, retail, commercial, entertainment and residential.

The competition winner will be awarded $50,000, but there is also $10,000 up for grabs for the best artistic submission, $5,000 for the best student entry and $5,000 for a ‘highly commended’ submission. The competition will close on Wednesday 11 May 2011 at midday. Entry to the competition is free. For more information about the Ideas on Edge competition visit Council’s website at www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/blogspace/ideas-on-edge.

West End Museum / PRAUD

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based research and design firm, PRAUD, shared with us the West End Museum which is a community-based museum in Boston dedicated to documenting the history of the West End of Boston. The museum especially captures the immigrant era which dates approximately from 1880 to the West Ends destruction by eminent domain in 1958. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CONFEA New Headquarters / PPMS Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: PPMS Arquitetos Associados
Location: , Brazil
Project area: 10,460 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti / Cláudio França

The Ames Hotel / Rockwell Group

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The new Ames Hotel is Rockwell Group’s first hotel project in Boston. The boutique hotel occupies the historic Ames Building, a historic office building which was built in the late 19th century, and was the tallest building in Boston when it was completed. The hotel sits along the Mall at One Court Street and is located on the edge of the Financial District, the Downtown Crossing shopping district and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Architect: Rockwell Group
Location: One Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Rockwell Group

DETAIL Magazine: Architecture and Recycling

“Environmental issues such as sustainability, the protection of resources or reducing emissions have long been the focus of politics, industry and the economy. High time, then, to examine their role in the world of architecture more closely.

The recycling, and with it the re-introduction of materials into the cycle of matter takes place in different forms in the construction industry. The projects presented in the magazine range from the recycling of entire building components (e.g. from ), to the use of waste products (e.g. wood) and demolition waste (e.g. stone) or even the completely invisible use of recycling materials like façade panels made from old glass.

In the »Discussion« section, chemist M. Braungart describes the principle of »cradle to cradle«, which questions ecological efficiency and calls instead for intelligent design. He believes that products must be designed so that instead of becoming waste at the end of their lifetime, they can be used to create new things. He shows how this can be done in architecture with several already completed examples.”

Further information, photos, plus the full table of contents after the break.

‘Architecture in the Networked City’ AIAS 2011 Spring West Quad Conference

The AIAS 2011 West Quad Conference ‘Architecture in the Networked City’ raises the question of how a new generation of architects, planners, and designers can explore networked possibilities for the urban environment. Hosted by the New School of Design April 14th-17th, the conference’s three key note speakers include, Chris Genik Dean of NSAD and principle and co-founder of Daly Genik, Miles Kemp founder and president of Variate Labs, and Geoff Manaugh author of BLDGBLOG.

380 Student Units and Public Space Design / Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

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Architects: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
Location: Utrecht,
Design team: Marlies Rohmer, Floris Hund (collaborating architect), Michiel van Pelt (project coordinator), Arjan van Ruyven, Pepijn Nolet, Marc de Vries
Client: University of Utrecht, Utrecht
Project area: 18,600 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2008
Photographs: Scagliola en Brakkee, Rene de Wit, AkzoNobel

Faculty Building From Málaga University / Luis Machuca & Associates

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Architects: Luis Machuca & Associates – Luis Machuca Santa – Cruz
Location: , Spain
Collaborators: Luis Machuca Casares, María Machuca casares, Manuel José Rodríguez Ruíz
Intern: Eszter Berecz
Contractor: UTE FCC- Construcciones VERA
Project area: 33.301,65 sqm
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Olson Kundig Architects wins two National AIA Housing Awards

1111 E. Pike / © Francis Zera

Olson Kundig Architects shared with us that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honored two of the firm’s projects with 2011 National AIA Housing Awards. Located in , Washington, Art Stable and 1111 E. Pike, which have both been featured on ArchDaily, have received awards in the Multifamily Living category, and are among the eighteen projects recognized nationwide.

The AIA’s Housing Awards Program was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. More images and architect’s description after the break.