Located in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood of Washington DC, an existing row house has been reimagined as a modern, light filled urban dwelling for a professional couple. The compartmentalized interior of the existing house was gutted, and the rear façade and porch were removed. Surrounded by buildings on three sides and limited to the existing seventeen foot wide by thirty foot deep footprint, the new floor layout and open plan are intended to provide dynamic interior spaces in sharp contrast to the originally dark, cramped house.
Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Contractor: Prill Construction
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Interior Designer: Baron Gurney Interiors
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography
Architects: Szostak Design Inc., Chapel Hill, NC
Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: RMF Engineering, Durham , NC
Plumbing & Fire Protection: Engineered Designs, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering, Morrisville, NC
Theater Consultant: Theatre Consultants Collaborative, LLC, Chapel Hill, NC
Acoustics: Creative Acoustics, Westport, CT
Signage: Nancy Frame Design, Durham, NC
Landscape Architecture: Lappas + Havener, PA, Durham, NC
Civil Engineering: Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLC, Raleigh, NC
Cost Estimating: Vermeulens Cost Consultants, Richmond Hill, ON
Project area: 103,000 sq. ft.
Photographs: Tom Arban
Studio O+A, principals Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla, were named this week by Contract magazine as the 2011 Designers of the Year. Known for designs such as the Facebook Offices in Palo Alto, the award is recognition of Studio O+A’s consistency of bringing creative quality design to start-ups and venture firms in Silicon Valley.
Complete press release following the break.
Atelier Zündel & Cristea architects shared with us their Grenelle Tower in Paris France, which has been commended by the Mipim AR FUTURE awards. At a time when Paris is reviewing its ambitions of ‘greatness’, the richness of the city’s diversity is transposed vertically into towers of shifting density. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: Hyunho Lee, James Wei Ke (CHIASMUS Partners Inc.)
Location: Gongsu-ri, Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea
Design Team : Chisong Lim, Seungmin You, Sunghun Kim, Erang Park
Interior design team : Chisong Lim, Erang Park
Artist : Jo Sang
Client: Woncheol Shin, Seungyong Hyun, Jungsu Han, Minsu Han, Changhyeon Cha
Site area : 660 sqm
Building area : about 140 sqm
Total floor area : about 150 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2009
Photographs: Young-chae Park
Architects: TVK Trévelo & Viger-Kohler Architectes Urbanistes
Location: Paris, France
Landscaping: Matha SCHWARTZ and AREAL
Lighting concept: Yann KERSALE , AIK
Structure / Circulation: Atec, bet / Citec, bet circulation
Climat Engineering: TransSolar, klimaengineering
Consultation: Ville Ouverte
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of TVK
Greek architects, mab architecture, have shared with us their interactive, multi sensory pavilion, Plinthos. Additional images, multiple videos and a description of this visually striking project after the break.
Architects: Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects
Design Team: Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Fatih Kariptaş, Emre Erenler, Romain Cadoux, Elmon Pekmez, Özlem Ünkap
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Client: Yapı Endüstri Merkezi
Project Management: Proje Yönetim A.Ş.
Statical Project: Modern Engineering
Mechanical Project: Besa Engineering
Electrical Project: Enkom Engineering
Steel Works: Eksper Demir
Project area: 2,000 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Cemal Emden
The Biloxi Model Homes are affordable prototype houses designed for the Architecture for Humanity Model Home Program. The program provides design services and financial assistance for families in East Biloxi whose houses were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The proposition of raising a home up to 11’ above the ground introduces several issues that challenge the traditional notion of the Gulf Coast streetscape and affiliated porch culture. Among these is the very concept of having a porch that is an extension of the interior space. In addition, the massing of a proportionally tall house speaks more of isolation than of the construct of meaningful social spaces through a series of houses enclosing the street. The PorchDog addresses these challenges while complying with new environmental, structural, and FEMA regulations.
Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Principal: Marlon Blackwell FAIA
Project Team: David Tanner, Chris Baribeau AIA, Matt Griffith, Jonathan Boelkins, Meryati Blackwell
Structural: Black Rock Engineering, Tatum-Smith Engineers Inc
General Contractor: Holder Construction Company
Owner/Client: Richard Tyler sponsored by Architecture for Humanity
Project Date: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley
Architects: dcpp arquitectos (Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas)
Location: Mexico DF, Mexico
Collaborators: Alfonso de la Concha Bermejillo, Manuel Rosique
Construction: Constructora Manacar
Structural engineering: Rodolfo Valles
Project area: 4,180 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2007
Photographs: Onnis Luque
Hydrogen House is a series of house prototypes and suburban planning strategies for the Hilltop neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Advocating a shift from a corporate fuel economy to a grassroots one, the project uses hydrogen fuel cells to link the design of domestic environments to ambitions for suburban development. Follow the break for more drawings of Hydrogen House.
Architects: !ndie Architecture
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Standing prominently on a hilltop just outside Washington, Virginia, the eighteenth century farmhouse is surrounded by five hundred acres of farmland providing vantage point views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The owners desired an addition to their beloved farmhouse that would bring the outside in and enable them to share the landscape and its changing seasons with friends and family. In addition to entertaining, the owners, who enjoy gardening and horseback riding, required an area to clean up after days spent outdoors. It was also their experience of entry and threshold, both in the daily utilitarian sense and in a more occasional formal sense, which needed to be clarified.
Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: Washington, Virginia, USA
Project Architect: Hito Martinez
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale
Interior Designer: Ed Perlman
General Contractor: M.T. Puskar Construction Co., Inc.
Photographers: Paul Warchol Photography, Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography
Illinois Institute of Technology B.Arch students, Seth Ellsworth and JaYoung Kim have shared with us their Mumbai traveling studio project, TATA Tower. Their project studies the infrastructural crisis regarding parking in developing regions such as Mumbai and how to address such issues in a way that does not stifle economic expansion, increases housing density, produces clean energy and creates high quality outdoor space for Mumbai. Additional images and a description by the architects after the break.
Architects: Chandavarkar and Thacker Architects pvt ltd. (CnT)
Location: Bangalore, India
Consultant: Semac ltd.
Project management: TERI
Photographs: Courtesy of CnT
MUNICH, the fashion and sports footwear firm, opened its second boutique in Valencia. Designed by Dear design, the store focuses on exhibiting the brand’s shoes while immersing visitors into a stadium type space flooded with light, framed by a hanging metal structure.
The contest proposes to question our traditional ways of providing light to the great population. The CLU Foundation wants to give a new meaning to Public lighting and to sensibilities humanity to take advantage, to share and to take ownership of all available lighting.
The boundary between street lighting and the end user can disappear to become the service point of lighting to the community. Public lighting is a response to the needs of human beings, and your solutions will be the answer.
The date for submission is May 2, 2011. To learn more go to the competition’s official website.
Located on Minnesota’s western prairie, the University of Minnesota, Morris, is a national leader in campus sustainability—through sustainable development and the addition of its own wind power generator and biomass energy plant. This renovation of a two-story, 18,700 square-foot 1915 historic building serves two purposes: to act as a gateway for all visitors (including prospective students, parents, and alumni) and be a centerpiece for the campus’ commitment to sustainable design.
Architects: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Architect & Interior Designer
Location: Morris, Minnesota, USA
Mechanical/Electrical Engineers: Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.
Structural/Civil Engineers: BKBM Engineers
Landscape Architect: Oslund and Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction North Central
Project Area: 18,700 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Lara Swimmer Photography