The design of the Gateway has been developed in an effort to minimize impact on the native Sonoran Desert environment while celebrating a sense of entry and passage into the 36,400 acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Preservation of native desert habitat is one of the most important environmental issues with continued growth and expansion of the Phoenix Metro area. Preserving nearby open space, and providing easy access and connectivity were guiding principles in the design and development of the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. From the Gateway, hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can access a network of over 45 miles of trails within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Gateway is the location individuals regardless of their physical condition or hiking capability can go to explore and experience the magic of the Sonoran Desert.
Architect: Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio
Location: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Project Team: Philip Weddle (AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect), Brandon Gowen, (LEED AP, Project Manager)
General Contractor: Valley Rain Construction Corporation (Project GC), The Construction Zone (Building GC)
Landscape Architect: JJR | Floor
Structural Engineer: Bakkum Noelke Consulting Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Woodward Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Associated Mechanical Engineers
Civil Engineer: Kland Engineering
Project Area: 6,033 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Chris Brown
Our friends from myLapse shared with us a timelapse video on the construction of Diagonal ZeroZero Building, designed by Enric Massip Bosch in Barcelona. The video was made with more than 500,000 photos, 600 hours on site, 400 hours of post production and more than two terabytes of material. Hope you enjoy it!
About an hour car ride outside of Madrid, Spain, is a tiny rural village that just a few years ago had high hopes for an abundant housing market. Yebes is now an example of the economic crisis that has affected the growth of cities. With an excess of 250 row houses, of which only 50 are settled, bad debt has caused these new homes to fall into disrepair with concrete chipping off the buildings, stolen piping, radiators and doors and ghostly empty streets.
Read on for more information after the break.
Borrowing from the symbiotic relationship of a young saguaro cacti and its nurse tree along the arroyos edge, the expansive roof of this branch library creates a shaded microclimate, providing filtered daylight, shelter and a nurturing environment for intellectual growth. This project’s strength is in the integration of the exterior with the interior of the building.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Project Team: James E. Richard (AIA Designer & Principal-in-Charge), Kelly Bauer (FIIDA Project Manager + Interior Design), Steve Kennedy (AIA, NCARB Project Architect & CA), Erik Koss (RA Project Architect), Stacey Kranz (IIDA, FF+E Speicifications + CA)
MEP Engineer: Energy Systems Design
Civil and Structural Engineer: KPFF, Inc.
Landscape Architect: E-Group
Project Area: 15,378 sqf
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.
Through May 17th, Tomas Saraceno’s ‘Cloud City’ at the Carpenter City is one of three major works of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design exhibition, The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is an “exploration of the emerging domain of experimental spatial practice where the concerns of art, design, and activism are powerfully converging today.”
Curator’s Statement from Sanford Kwinter
In the project presented here on the terrace of the renowned Le Corbusier–designed Carpenter Center, Saraceno will erect and dock an air-filled, 7-meter-tall, 14-sided, irregular, transparent structure loaded with solar cells, sensors, recorders, and transmitters intended not only to record the environment but to incorporate and be integrated into it as well.* In collaboration with various space agencies and local amateur operators, the apparatus, or a confederacy of others like it, has the potential to be launched into free space to interact with the urban ocean above.
Architects: Regino Cruz Architects
Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Project Team: Regino Cruz, Conceição Costa, Augusto Lopes, Jorge Serrano, Sónia Nunes, Susana Meireles, Pedro Campos, Duarte Amâncio
Structures: PECS – Projecto de Engenharia, Lda
Specials Technical Facilities: Energia Técnica Lda
Project area: 20,635 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Regino Cruz Architects
Arup, the engineering firm behind dozens of architectural masterpieces [check out our coverage of ARUP here], has opened three new architecture offices, officially known as Arup Associates. Stretching to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzehen, the overseas expansion marks the first of its kind for the 65 year old practice. These offices will employ about 15 architects and 12 engineers. While Arup’s London office has faced declined in the recent years, the Chinese offices are already thriving with the design of a campus for Nokia and an insurance building for Ding He in Shenzhen. Declan O’Carroll, Arup’s head of global architecture, told the British publication Building Design, “The traditional model of the Western international practice has been to have a shop window in developing countries but with the work executed back at home. We are looking at a much more fluid, unorthodox model.”
The annual Pratt Show 2011, featuring the best new design work of graduating students of Pratt Institute, is a juried exhibition of over 300 works. On display at The Manhattan Center from May 10th to 13th, this event is free and open to the public.
Pratt Show 2011 is designed to give industry professionals and the public a chance to see the best work of students in Pratt’s design programs, many of whom will go on to become masters in these industries. Pratt Show 2011 will also feature for the first time products designed in collaboration with corporate sponsored studios and iconic corporations such as Barnes & Noble, Cabot Wrenn, Cotton Incorporated, Nachtmann, Umbra, and West Elm.
The exhibition will show ten of OMA’s Masterplanning commissions which are now either on-hold or discontinued: an urban regeneration project in White City, London, a project for the ‘Nuova Bovisa’ science city in Milan, and a selection of projects in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Conceived in the virtual space of the computer, and with no imminent prospect of realization, these projects remain virtual in every sense. By retroactively creating physical originals, this exhibition hopes to make the virtual tangible. Prints on canvas, paper or card show the imagery as if dug up from some dusty archive – history with a message for the future, looking back as a way of looking forward.
The Architecture Programme British School at Rome curated by Marina Engel presents “On Hold” at the British School at Rome, Via Gramsci 61, from 4th May through 25th May 2011. Opening times are from Tuesday to Saturday from 17.00 to 19.30 pm
The Bloor/Gladstone Branch library project is a renovation and addition to a listed heritage library in downtown Toronto. The architects were commissioned to design for an additional 12,000 sqf, bringing the collection and facilities to a level consistent with that of a Toronto District Library. The final design includes major renovations to the existing building as well as the construction of an addition.
Architect: RDH Architects Inc.
Location: 1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Team: Bob Goyeche (partner, RDH Architects Inc.), Tyler Sharp (associate, project designer, RDH Architects Inc.), Gerry Shoalts (partner, Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.), Graham Gavine (project manager, RDH Architects Inc.), Sanjoy Pal, Scott Wilson, Marnie Williams, Amir Kafifar.
Associate Architect: Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.
Heritage Architect: ERA Architects Inc.
Landscape Architect: NAK Design
Structural Engineers: Halsall Associates Ltd.
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Jain Associates Ltd.
Civil Engineers: Valdor Engineering Inc.
Contractor: Pre-Eng Contracting Ltd.
Project Area: 12,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects
Herman’s Square, the new business residential building by Arhimetrics + Enota, is located at an important location in the old city centre in Celje. The land intended for construction is a part of a larger degraded non-built up area, which was somewhat forgotten for decades and exempt from the development of the city. Through the years a very heterogeneous structure evolved around this “wound” in the urban tissue, which was untouched for a long time. It is now surrounded by a range of modern construction in an area that has extensive open space intended for a future park along the Savinja River.
More on this project after the break.
This is a vertically integrated neighborhood 22 stories in height consisting of 140 residential condominiums. The basis of the building design was to develop a vertically integrated neighborhood, with an emphasis on identity, connectivity to neighbors and gathering spaces.
Architect: Circle West Architects
Location: 948 + 1000 East Apache Blvd. Tempe, Arizona, USA
General Contractor: Wespac Construction
Structural Engineer: Paul Koehler
Civil Engineer: Site Consultants
Electrical Engineer: CR Engineers
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Professional Consulting Engineers
Project Area: 375,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Circle West Architects
Semple Brown Design designed an addition to the Littleton Church of Christ that took advantage of the site’s features including the commanding views of the Front Range. This remedied the three main drawbacks of the original building. The drawbacks included:
- Lack of a welcoming first impression. The existing structure’s main entrance was not visible from the main thoroughfare, Colorado Boulevard. From the street, the building was completely surrounded by parking lots, creating unnecessary disconnection and isolation of the large and expansive lawn areas around the property.
- The building’s complete disregard of the views from the site. The design was introverted, sharply conflicting with the congregation’s desire to reach out to the community.
- A building layout that presented a confusing and disconnected circulation path to members and visitors alike.
See how Semple Brown Design tackled these drawbacks after the break.
Architect: Semple Brown Design, P.C.
Location: 6495 South Colorado Boulevard, Centennial, Colorado, USA
Project Team: Russell L. Brown, Jr. (Principal in Charge of Design), Chris Wineman (Principal), Kevin Stephenson (Project Architect), Brian Holland (Job Captain/Design)
Structural Engineer: The McGlamery Structural Group
Electrical Engineer: M-E Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: MTech Mechanical Technologies
General Contractor: Palace Construction
Project Area: 26,165 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Ron Pollard