When Thanksgiving rolls around, even the most cynical, edgy writers start spewing sentimental drivel about family or the meaning of being thankful. They are weak and clearly under the influence of this fake holiday—you know it was invented by Abraham Lincoln, right?
Suddenly, all my Twitter tweeters have ceased shamelessly promoting themselves or constructing clever little comments about the great things they are doing, or the great things they are thinking, or something great that someone else is doing or thinking. Now it’s a constant stream of kindness and sincerity. Good Magazine asks, “What are you thankful for?” I am thankful that this insanity will be over by Friday. I’ll also be thankful when they return my calls.
I wasn’t going to write about Thanksgiving. It is not my favorite holiday. You eat too much and have to sit around and talk with relatives. This year, my wife and I were given an alternative: we were invited by a neighbor to eat too much and sit around and talk with her relatives. This sounded entertaining. In fact it turned out to be more entertaining than I ever would have imagined.
More after the break.
The seven-story, five unit adaptive live-work space is designed for residents who want to both live and work in the city. Art Stable, is situated on a plot of land previously housing horse stables. A recipient of the 2010 AIA Seattle Citation Honor Award, the urban infill project features large art doors, manually operable by a custom-designed hand wheel and hinge. The 80′-5″ hinge terminates at a rotating davit crane on top of the building.
A collaboration between architect, client, engineer, builder, and fabricator resulted in a hinge mechanism that opens 8 foot tall by 12 foot long steel clad doors on all seven levels. The vertically stacked art doors face the alley side of the building and provide a great ease in moving large materials and/or art pieces into and out of each unit.
Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington
Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA
Managing Principal: Kirsten R. Murray, AIA
Project Manager: Kudo-King, AIA LEED AP (Construction Documents and CCA) and Jim Friesz, AIA LEED AP (Schematic Design through Design Development)
Project Architect: Jeff Ocampo, LEED AP
Project Team: Sky Lanigan, LEED AP, Wing-Yee Leung, LEED AP, Ming Yuan
Graphics: Kevin Scott
Project Area: 25,556 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Point32, Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects
ACDF* has shared with us their design for the new library at Saint-Eustache, which is north of Montréal, Canada. The library is founded on the notion of creating a contemporary project that also shares a story that reveals the historic value of its site. The project symbolizes the reconciliation between the urban form of the Saint-Eustache as it is today, and the history of the riverside site. The concept for the project further integrates fundamental ecologically responsible principles which focus on building compactness, energy economy, and the use of high quality, sustainable materials ensuring the permanence of the project. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The De Ronding residential facility for seniors naturally incorporates itself within the surrounding residential neighborhood. The new apartment complex on the Burgemeester Meslaan continues the existing park-like feel, complimenting the Riverland Foundation care center buildings. More photographs and drawings after the break.
Architects: OIII Architecten
Location: Burgemeester Meslaan, Tiel, The Netherlands
Design: Eric Paardekooper Overman and Jeroen Spee
Team: Martin Vinkenstein, Ernst Jan Schoute, Michael Hoogland
Landscape Design: Lodewijk Baljon, Smits Rinsma
Construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft
Building Physics: ABT-consult, Velp
Client: Housing Cooperation SCWTiel
Project Area: 3,100 sqm
Photographs: Thea van den Heuvel
C. F. Møller Architects, together with SLA and Rambøll, have been selected by a unanimous jury as the winners of a large competition to design an extension to the University of Copenhagen‘s Panum complex on Blegdamsvej in the heart of Copenhagen.
The expansion will make a significant impact in the cityscape, with a science tower which will form an identity-creating, sculptural focal point for the entire Nørre Campus. The project also includes an urban park which will benefit both the Panum building and the surrounding city.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
Department of Unusual Certainties is a Toronto-based research and design collective working at the interstices of urban design, planning, public art, spatial research and mapping have shared with us their contribution to the John Street Ideas Competition, held by the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, entitled StairSpace. The competition called for a new public space concept as the center point of what has been dubbed a major cultural axis in the Toronto – John Street. More details of DoUC’s submission after the break.
Project: Emilio Marin
Project Manager: Juan Carlos López
Collaborators: Claudio Viñuela, Rodrigo Fernández, Alessandra dal Mos
Audio Installation: Rodrigo Araya, Nicolás Rupcich
Recording and Editing: Nicolás Rupcich
Camera Assistant: Rodrigo Lobos
Audio: Rodrigo Araya, Nicolás Rupcich
Currently seeking LEED Gold Certification, the newly completed Revolution Park Sports Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina is a key element to the Revolution Park neighborhood. The resulting design incorporates modern lines with respect to its historic southern neighborhood, therefore the holistic design approach needed to not just integrate sustainable design concepts but also provide an environment that both encourages social interaction and is welcoming to its surrounding community. Revolution Park Sports Academy is a significant first environmental project for Mecklenburg County.
Follow the break for details about this project, photographs, and drawings.
Architects: Neighboring Concepts
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Project Team: Luke Volkmar, Darrel Williams, Steven Sweat, Cameron Kelly, Frank DeBolt, Stephanie King, Daniel McNamee
Civil: Wirth & Associates
Structural: Stewart Engineering
MEP: AME Engineering
Client: Mecklenburg County Real Estate Services
Project Area: 28,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sean Busher
The Vasquez Rocks Nature and Interpetive Center is a vital gateway to a unique asset in the Los Angeles County Parks system. The high-desert site is one of the most significant natural areas in the region; its sculptural rock formations have inspired generations of visitors. Its location along the Pacific Crest Trail affords hikers on a 2,650-mile walk from Mexico to Canada an unforgettable point of reference.
The new Vasquez Rocks Nature and Interpretive Center communicates the feeling that it is at one with its environment, treading lightly upon the land but leaving a significant cognitive impact upon the visitor. It is at once visually arresting and subtly integrated – it’s as if it has been there as long as the rocks themselves.
More about this project after the break.
Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
Location: Agua Dulce, California, USA
Exhibit Designer: Victoria Biddle Design
Civil Engineer: Bighorn Consultants
Structural Engineer: BPA Group
MEP Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: PEG Office of Landscape + Architecture
Client: County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa
Rasmus Svingel shared with us a movie of a model he put together, part of his current work at Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. It’s an investigation of space and program diversity through movement. The model arose from a digital model that were processed into an anolog structure.
The concept is a structure which, depending on needs, climate, etc. can unfold and contract. The model consists of unhardened metal rods that are soldered together and then covered with coarse paper. The moving joints are made by the use of brass tubings. The movement is controlled by pulling carbon wires after which rubber bands resets the entire operation back to the starting position.
For more information and images, you can click here.
Architects: Agustín Landa Ruiloba, Rolando Martínez Rodríguez
Location: San Pedro Garza García, México
Project Architects: Manuel Martínez, Eugenio Adame, Nicolas von Wuthenau, Antonio Chávez, Jorge Corcuera, Enrique Yañez, Mónica Suberville, Estela Alvarado
Engineer: Ing. Victor Molina (Instalaciones Electromecánicas), Ing. Ricardo Nieto, DARE de Monterrey, S.A. de C.V. (Instalaciones Hidrosanitarias)
Technical Architects: Jorge Alberto Guajardo Leal
Project area: 700 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2006
Photographs: Javier Orozco, Gerardo Almaguer y Francisco Rodarte
Burke Culligan Deegan’s design for the Aoibhneas Children’s Centre won the international competition administered by by the RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland). The new children’s centre is an addition to the existing women’s refuge in Dublin, Ireland. The philosophy of the design was to aid growth and recovery in an uplifting environment for women and children who were temporary residents in the refuge.
Read on for information and images after the break.
A small-housing development, eight houses in total, make up this complex situated at the edge of Oslo’s suburbs and city center. The architects blended detached house, row house, and apartment concepts to create inventive row houses that could meet a range of different needs. Versatility, multiple exterior spaces, communal courtyard, submersed parking, and balconies are just some of the features. More photographs and drawings after the break.
Architects: Dahle Dahle Breitenstein AS (Einar Dahle Arkitekter and Dahle & Breitenstein AS )
Location: Oslo, Norway
Project Team: Einar Dahle, Christian Dahle and Kurt Breitenstein
Collaborators: Joachim Dahle, Christine Engh, Ane Maja Sollid
Client: Backe Prosjekt AS
Project Area: 1,868 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Nils-Petter Dale
Situated at the based of a steep field, the Chapel of Eternal Light offers views to the water beyond, an ideal location. With its slanted walls, the inverted pyramid shape is anchored by a concrete slab and formed from a metal structure. Follow the break for more construction photographs, drawings, and model pics of this in progress project.
Architects: Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Location: Ponta Garça, San Miguel, Azores
Project Team: James Grainger, Peter Mosca, Natasha Viveiros, Malheiros Nuno, Nuno Rodrigues
Specifications: Ana Fortuna
Structures: HDP Engineering
Mechanical: Maria Odette de Almeida, Paulo de Faria Queiroz Ltd
Electrical: Fernando Gomes
Project Year: 2003-2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Wansoo Lee shared with us his proposal for the Taiwan Tower Conceptual Design International Competition, sponsored by the Tiachung City government. The design competition aimed to create a symbol for the new Taiwan spirit while serving as a model of green building for the 21st century. Additionally, the tower also stands as a new-age landmark to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Taiwan. More images and project description after the break.