This project divides a once stale space into a youthful lounge atmosphere. The design approach focused on dramatic lighting and creating small gathering spaces partitioned by light. Instead of overused school colors or the typical BEARS mascot, Dake | Wells Architecture’s approach used the light partition as a metaphor for the gooey, amber, transparent bear treat, “HONEY”. The qualities of honey create an undeniable, yet subtle relationship to the University while making the space special and memorable. Simply reorganizing light created variations in mood to define different areas of the program.
This coming Thursday, May 5th Harvard University Graduate School of Design will host Jacques Herzog, of Pritzker Prize winning Herzog de Meuron. The lecture, from 4pm-5pm, will be held at the Piper Auditorium and is free and open to the public. It will also be streaming live on the GSD webcast page. Further information about this upcoming lecture can be found here.
As you may know, an earthquake has destroyed most of the Christchurch City Centre and many of the surrounding suburbs. We want to rebuild with a plan for a sustainable future but we need help getting there. Put simply: We need advice, experience, know-how, and designs on the best ways to implement sustainable change. We have the energy of the people and support of the government with $15 billion earmarked for the rebuild. But we lack visions for how a sustainable city will look and function. We know solutions exist and invite the contributions and experience of designers from around the world. A socially, economically and environmentally sustainable city is not beyond our capacity. Can you help us get there?
It is my hope that collaborations between local and global communities will have the power to enact change. We are using Reddit as our central meeting place. Reddit is an online community that has gained notoriety for its ability to solve real-world problems. Can our local community and the reddit community work together to design solutions? Can we tap the greater global wisdom to address our community’s needs? Specifically we are asking for proposals. These can be submitted to our page on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/projectChristchurch/ or emailed directly to (projectChristchruch@gmail.com).
Younes Diouri has shared with us a proposal for a Culture and Leisure complex in Tangier, Morocco. Read more on the project featuring additional images after the break.
This 6,000 sqf lobby is located at Alliance Center, a speculative office complex in central Buckhead, just north of downtown Atlanta. The lobby serves Two Alliance, a new office tower already under construction when the design of the lobby was proposed as a means to create a dynamic entrance experience. The plaza space between the One Alliance and Two Alliance towers pours into the generously scaled lobby space by way of a crystalline glass entrance pavilion. The glass pavilion opens onto an elegant light-filled lobby of rich, exotic wood, glistening white terrazzo, an energetic sculpted ceiling and finely crafted detail.
Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Project Team: Mack Scogin (principal-in-charge), Merrill Elam (collaborating principal), Barrett Feldman (project manager), Matthew Leach, Barnum Tiller, Misty Boykin, Helen Han
Lighting Consultant: Gabler-Youngston
General Contractor: The Beck Group
Wood Company: Onsite Woodwork Corporation
Electrical Services: Cleveland Electric Company
Project Area: 6,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
The 2011 Festival of Architecture, will take a sharp look at the cutting edge of change and the ways in which the profession continues to push envelopes. Over four days, this event will bring together architects and allied professionals from around the province and across the country to explore best practices, new challenges, and innovative ways in which architects are leaving their indelible mark on our built and natural environments.
Participants will also explore West Coast approaches to place- and space-making: how the perspective from the Western edge of Canada lends itself to a global view for positive change.
Last year, we told you about the 1st Roots Architecture Workshop. Now, they are doing a second run. Just as WOMAD brings together many forms of music, arts and dance from around the world, so Roots Architecture at WOMAD Charlton Park 2011 aims to celebrate the work of architects, builders and makers working on humanitarian and emergency shelter projects across the world. Roots Architecture will feature talks and an exhibition highlighting the growing worldwide humanitarian architecture and building community, against the lively backdrop of a practical building challenge.
Workshop participants will team together over 4 days to design and make 4 stages. Materials will be reclaimed, re-useable or sourced from Charlton Park itself. The finished structures will become part of the festival, hosting live performances during WOMAD’s Sunday evening finale. Whether you’re an experienced self-builder, or a practical newcomer, come and join our convivial workshop led and guided by experienced specialists. Learn about low-tech and no-tech building techniques and traditions from Britain and around the world. Sessions generally run from 10am – 4:30pm, so you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the music.
For more information on this event, and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Tony Fretton Architects has completed a development of apartments for sale in the North harbor of Amsterdam (Overhoeks). Commissioned by ING Real Estate the 10,700 sqm building is situated in a masterplan by urban designer Ton Schaap and Geurst and Schulze Architekten bv. The building comprises 74 flats through 8 floors, over a basement car park. It occupies the Northern end of the site and forms a courtyard with a scheme by Alvaro Siza. The building is within close proximity to schemes by Jo Coenen, Mecanoo Architekten, Baneke van der Hoeven and Geurst and Schulze Architekten bv.
Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: Overhoeks 1, 1031 CC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project Team: Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen (Project Architect)
Executive Architect: Geurst en Schulze Architecten
Structural Engineer: Ingenieursbureau Zonneveld
Services Engineer: Halmos Adviseurs Installaties
Project Area: 437,000 sqm (site), 10,700 sqm (internal area)
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters
As the first prize winner for an invited design competition, Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab actively adopted the terrace concept throughout the site to design the Marine Terrace Resort in Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, Korea. The objective of the competition was to create a next generation resort-style luxury condominium and a boutique hotel complex which capitalizes the on the amazing view experience and provides maximum privacy. By locating terraced residences on a cliff edge, the residents are able to experience an ‘undisturbed’ view of the sea as well as an open residential park in between the villa towers and terrace housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design / Alison G. Kwok and Walter T. Grondzik
Similar to the first edition published in 2007, the second edition of The Green Studio Handbook offers a useful introduction to green design. As noted in the title the content stays fairly schematic to help guide and introduce green strategies. This book purposely avoids creating a green building checklists and getting bogged down in technical details. In this way the book can cover a wide variety of topics and show how they are interrelated systems. Each strategy is accompanied by a wonderful set of sketches and images that aid in the readers understanding of the basic concepts.
Architects: FGMF Arquitetos – Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Renders and drawings: Courtesy of Fernando Forte
Construction is underway for the Greenpoint Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Station, designed by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects for Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The two-story, 12,400-square-foot contemporary design accommodates the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) ambulance crews and vehicles, and occupies a prominent site on Metropolitan Avenue near Bedford Street in the rapidly developing neighborhood. The station is part of FDNY’s plan to improve response time to medical emergencies throughout the city by increasing the number of stations and thereby reducing the distance and time ambulances travel to those in need. Completion is expected for June 2012.
The now empty and abandoned water towers presented here are part of a selection of photographs gathered by James Young, a final year architecture student, as part of a research project. With the help of the MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship from the School of Architecture at UCD, he has compiled a list of about 200 towers, with nearly thirty visited and photographed. Like other architectural building types that have been abandoned, what can architects do with water towers such as these? If no longer in use, what can be done to take advantage of these stand along structures? Let us know what you think. More images after the break.
Nestled amongst a forest of towers on Old Peak Road above Central Hong Kong, the Tregunter tower holds unique layered views of Victoria Harbor. The abundance of bay windows, structural walls and beams that are common to residential towers would appear to constrain the possibilities of the apartment. However, by turning constraints into opportunities, davidclovers re-works the volumes of this apartment by using the ceiling and the floor. Subtly elongating, pressing upward, and sloping downward, the ceiling produces variable sensations of compression and expansion – making the apartment seem larger than it is, drawing delicate lines that separate dining from living. Skillfully dodging and maneuvering around air-conditioning units and structural beams, the ceiling integrates artificial light and various materials – re-orienting the apartment toward the exterior.
Location: The Peak, Hong Kong, China
Project Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Jason Dembski, Mui Fuk Man, Kantrina Lee, Spencer Mak
Project Area: 2,400 sqf
Photographer: Courtesy of davidclovers assisted by Ziyin Zhou