The extension of the Mother house of the Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heard of Jesus in Sherbrooke is 56,680 sqf and includes a 54-room health care unit with all the attached services, a kitchen to serve 200 people, a physiotherapy room, a library, maintenance workshops and an inner courtyard designed with a garden. More photographs, drawings, and sketches of this project following the break.
Architects: ACDF* Architecture
Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Project Manager: Sylvain Allaire
Design Manager: Maxime-Alexis Frappier
Team: Guy Courchesne, Benoit Dupuis, Lise Parenteau, Laure Giordani, Marie-Eve Barnabé, Robert Dequoy, Jacques Deslandes, Mathieu St-Hilaire, Martin Houle, Denis Lavigne, Suzanne Mondorn, Joan Renaud and Gabriel Villeneuve
Structure: CIMA +
Mechanics & Electricity: Teknika HBA
Landscape Design: CIMA + and NIP paysage
Project Area: 56,680 sqf
Photographs: Marc Cramer
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is on track to open in the summer of 2011. CIRS aims to be the most innovative and high performance building in North America, a “living laboratory” where professors, students and partners demonstrate leading-edge research and develop sustainable design practices, products, systems and policies. The building will push the frontiers of sustainable construction materials and building techniques. It will draw much of its heat from the ground, electricity from the sun, ventilation from the wind, water from the rain–all while reducing the university’s energy use and carbon footprint.
UBC has set some of the most aggressive GHG reduction targets in the world, with the goal of eliminating 100% of GHG emissions by 2050. The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI), the group responsible for integrating sustainability research, teaching and learning, and operations, will be housed in CIRS.
For more information, visit CIRS official website.
The aim of Influx_Studio was to create a unique zoo experience that would implement a new urban function and redefine the typical layout for wildlife sightseeing for its visitors. Through their dynamic, vertical attraction in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a new kind of building is conceived with hopes of inspiring other architects around the globe as well as increasing awareness to the diversity of ecosystems. More images and architect’s description after the break.
We just received the first store for “132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE” designed by Tokujin Yoshioka has been launched.
“132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE” is a new label and a new evolution of “A piece of Cloth” by Issey Miyake, based on the ideas of “Regeneration and Re-creation.”
Further information and pictures after the break.
Located on an 80 acre field station on the prairie of Muncie, Indiana the Straw Bale Eco Center was a community project between Ball State University Department of Architecture students, professors, building professionals, elementary school students and the general public. The classroom and ecology center was a project of complete collaboration, resulting in immersion learning, education outreach and research initiatives, it is the first carbon neutral load bearing straw bale public building in the region.
The Straw Bale Eco Center was awarded the 2008 Merit Award for Excellence in Architectural Design by AIA Indiana, 2008 Alternative Power and Energy Award, 2008 Accent on Architecture Award, and 2007 Green Building Initiative Award.
More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Students of Ball State University Department of Architecture; Faculty Coordinator Timothy Gray, Gray Architecture
Location: 5800 Bethel Avenue Muncie, Indiana
Client: Field Station Oversight Committee, Ball State University
Project Area: 500 sqf
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Gray Architecture
Drawings: Dan Bajor
This article is co-authored by Sherin Wing
1] Even if your boss is your friend he may have to axe you to save his business.
2] Read the book, On Bullshit, by Harry G. Frankfurt. Carry it with you. It’s pocket-sized.
3] Do not drink at work and especially do not get toasted around your colleagues under any circumstances.
4] No matter how highly you may think of yourself you may still be a minion in the eyes of others who hold more power than you.
5] Once you leave architecture school not everybody cares about architecture or wants to talk about it.
6] All eating habits and diets acquired during school should be jettisoned.
7] The hygiene habits you kept in architecture school are inappropriate for real life; bathe regularly and change your underwear.
8] The rush and exhilaration you experience in studio may be inversely proportional to how much you will enjoy working for a firm.
9] It’s architecture, not medicine. You can take a break and no one will die.
10] Significant others are more important than architecture; they are the ones who will pull you through in the end. See 49.
Keep reading after the break.
Architects: Adamo-Faiden / Sebastián Adamo, Marcelo Faiden
Location: La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Collaborators: Luciano Intile, Julian Mastroleo, Arq. Flavia Triulzi
Client: Administradora La Candida Club de Campo S.A.
Structural Engineering: Ing. Carlos Margueirat
Services: Ing. Julio Blanco
Contrator: Alheat srl
Project Area: 285 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Cristobal Palma, Adamo-Faiden
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund just awarded $816,472 to Architecture for Humanity for the Haiti Rebuilding Center to support reconstruction and livelihoods in Port-au-Prince, a town that was catastrophically affected by an earthquake at the beginning of the year. As a result, many large buildings were either severely damaged or destroyed. This fund will not only aid in the rebuilding process, but will benefit thousands of who were suffering since the natural disaster. Additionally, this grant will enable small and growing Haitin businesses to participate in post-earthquake reconstruction and ensure rebuilding incorporates better design and engineering. More information after the break.
Office disputes happen all the time, it’s in our architect’s DNA.
You might have heard about office dA’s ongoing dispute. Sad, as office dA has done such great buildings, such as the awarded Macallan Building, the BanQ restaurant and Helios House, among a long list of projects of which innovation in terms of materials and fabrication are a common thread. I won’t get into much detail, as it’s all covered in the Boston Globe (and Monica Ponce de Leon´s reply on Archinect), and this is not a gossip blog. However, I wanted to share this quote from Nader Tehrani, which highlights the collaboration and fluidity a practice can have:
“Monica and I made presentations to the public that were like Sonny and Cher. When you are able to finish each other’s sentences, there is clearly a collaborative spirit there.”
I recommend you to watch our interview with Nader Tehrani (now head of the architecture department at MIT) to know more about the (soon to disappear?) firm.
Interior designer: Clearinkstone Design
Client: Easy way international Group
Project team: mardy Hung, ya-hui Yang, shao-fan Chou, cing-jhun Tian, syu-fong Wu
Project area: 2,260 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2009
Photographs: Rong De Lu
The architectural proposal for the block of buildings at No.8, No. 9 and No. 10 Franciscan Square deals with restoration and addition to an existing structure offering new possibilities in terms of usage and spatial arrangement. The essence of idea lies in the nature of the historical environment of the Old Town of Bratislava seen in the principles of layering of new shapes, volumes and functions. In this case the oldest layers go back to Middle Ages when the foundations of the town were laid.
The 21th century layer is added in the form of new feature respecting the old structure without being replica of historical fabric. This so called “leg” connects all levels terminating at the highest level creating its own world at the top. Follow the break for more renderings and a brief of Frantiskanske Square.
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Design Team: Michal Vrsansky, Pavol Senecky, Petr Navrat, Vladimir Vrsansky
Cooperation: Jana Stykova, Romana Kukulova, Rastislav Miklus
Renderings: Michal Vrsansky
Architects: Messana O’Rorke
Location: Columbia County, New York, USA
Design Partners: Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke
Design Team: Christopher Courtney
Lighting Designer: Zerolux
Mechanical Engineer: M.A. Rubiano
Structural: Dunne & Markis Consulting Engineers
Photographs: Courtesy of Messana O´Rorke
Yesterday, FIFA announced the nations that will host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Russia will be hosting the most important soccer event in the world in 2018 and Qatar will do so four years later. We’ve already featured Erick van Egeraat & Mikhail Posokhin’s VTB Arena for Russia. Now, we want to share with you this video showing five stadiums for Qatar 2022. Enjoy it!
Kindergarten Terenten, designed by feld72, is located in Terenten, a mountain village in the Val Pusteria in South Tyrol, Italy. South Tyrol is a border region, a territory which is defined by the overlapping of three cultures, visual expressed through architecture. Therefore, this new building acts as a mediator between these worlds, starting from the context but transcending it.
The site location is dominated by its topography, and the architects thoughtfully designed a building that would integrate with its environment. The kindergarten emerges from the ground, on one side a clear building, on the other side already integral part of the landscape. The scale relates to the surrounding village, and also takes the perspective of the children into account. Using traditional architectural elements of the context the building successfully translates them into a contemporary form.
Follow the break for more drawings and images.
Location: Terenten, Southtyrol, Italy
Structure Consultant: Obrist & Partner
Energy Consultant: energytech gmbh
Project Area: 1,045 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus
Take a look at Villa In Darvishabad by Pouya Khazaeli Parsa. This video directed by Mehrdad Emrani, provides a complete experience of the house, proportion and scale, and how the light shifts in the home throughout the day. Last month we featured this project – drawings, photographs and description can be found here.