Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced at the AIA 2011 National Convention in New Orleans that it has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to sponsor the organization’s Multifamily Midrise Design Competition. The contest is geared to provide design professionals and students with a unique opportunity to present their solutions to sustainable, multifamily midrise design.
Design professionals and students are invited to submit their ideas for a new four-to-six-story residential mixed-use building/complex, in combination with a gut-rehab renovation and recommissioning of an adjacent existing building. Specifically, competition entrants will be tasked with delivering ideas for reenergizing the 1300 block of Oretha C. Haley Boulevard between Thalia and Erato streets in New Orleans via design and adaptive reuse architecture, with consideration given to the former elementary school that still stands on the grounds.
For more information, please go to the competition’s official website.
Designed by Leon Lai and Eric Tan of PinkCloud.DK, INFLATABLE is one of five winning projects announced for the 2011 DawnTown Miami Floating Stage Competition. The annual architecture ideas competition seeks to bring creative, innovative, and inspiring new solutions to Downtown Miami and to the city of Miami at large.
INFLATABLE seeks to revitalize the Miami Marine Stadium into a major venue for performances while simultaneously creating one of Miami’s newest icons. The bold visual identity of project aims to establish a connection with the inhabitants of Miami. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Canadian Embassy Berlin / KPMB Architects with Gagnon, Letellier, Cyr, architectes and Smith Carter Architects + Engineers
Located at the junction of Leipziger Platz and Postdamer Platz where a portion of the Berlin Wall still stands, the new Canadian Embassy is one of several initiatives in the city’s third wave of reconstruction. The design participates in the reconstruction of the original octagonal wall of Leipziger Platz, and conforms to the stringent planning and design guidelines set out by the District Office of Central Berlin which dictated a stone exterior with punched windows, and 22 meter setbacks.
Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB Architects) with Gagnon Letellier Cyr architectes and Smith Carter Architects + Engineers
Location: Leipziger Platz 17, Berlin, Germany
KPMB Team: Franciska Cape, Bill Colaco, Deni Di Filippo, Brian Graham, Simon Haus, Robert Kastelic, Carolyn Lee, Dan Nawrocki, Riki Nishimura, Karen Petrachenko, Shadi Rahbaran, Bruno Weber
Gagnon Letellier Cyr Team: Marc Letellier, Michel Gagnon (senior architects); Simon Brochu, Jean-Sebastien Laberge (architects); Pierre Michaud, Réal St.-Pierre, Guylaine Lehoux (technologists), Simon Brochu
Smith Carter Architects Principals: James Yamashita (project management); Takashi Yamashita (A/E integration); Colin Gibbs (structural); Jim McEwan (mechanical), Howard Procychyn (electrical), Sam Cox
Local Executive Architect: Pysall Ruge Von Matt Architekten
Local Consulting Architect: Rave Architekten
Structural Engineer: GSE Ingenieur-Gesellschaft mbH Saar, Enselett und Partner
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Happold Ingenieurbüro GmbH
Landscape: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Office Interiors: Vogel Architects
Lighting: Suzanne Powadiuk Design
Cost: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Developer: Hanover Leasing, Tercon Immobilien
Project Area: 180,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Foto Design, A-Frame
The Mound Street Office Building is a 10,000 sqf structure on a vacant lot in a transitional neighborhood of downtown Columbus. This project inserts a commercial use in a formerly residential block and responds to the established urban context with appropriate scale and building location.
This year, on Thursday 19 May, Ljubljana becomes the centre of architecture. The international symposium of architects Ljubljana Days of Oris is bringing to Ljubljana, for the fifth time, contact with cities worldwide and the contemporary world architectural scene. The symposium is conceived as a series of lectures by renowned architects. Through lectures and visual presentations they express their visions of architecture, design and culture in order to present their country of origin.
At the same time they present problems faced in the realization of their work, and make a comparison to the current situation in our environment. Because of the audience’s already traditional enthusiasm, this symposium was visited last year by more than 600 people. This year, Ljubljana Days of Oris will present the following globally renowned names from the world of architecture: Miha Kajzelj (Slovenia), Lada Hršak (Croatia/Netherlands), Heinz Tesar (Austria) and Mansilla+Tuñón (Spain). The organizers of the event are ORIS House of Architecture and Association Trajekt. For more information click here.
According to Architecture I have what you might call a Past. I never thought I did, but there you go. I do. What I mean precisely is that at one time I had a life that did not revolve around architecture. I’m one of those suspicious Non-Architectural Background types—or a person from the realm of the Non-Architectural Background.
Architecture has found ways to accommodate people like me, but at times it is still an uncomfortable accommodation. Architecture likes to view itself as cosmopolitan, cultured, and intellectual, but when it comes face to face with individuals who have educations and experiences of non-architectural sorts it doesn’t always know what to do with us.
More after the break.
Zoka Zola is an architecture firm that is interested in high degrees of optimization that are achieved through a series of inventions — similar to the inventions and optimizations leading to human flight from early gliders and flying machines to the airplane — where characteristics, shape and use of each element is in a tight interdependent relationship with every other element. Where every element can be enjoyed on its own while at the same time is an essential part of the entire assembly. These inventions toward optimization contribute to the body of usable strategies in architecture, since each assembly is optimized for a very specific set of circumstances. While this high degree of “optimization” is not yet taken seriously as an architectural objective, they believe it will become an objective of future architects because of the growing awareness of our available resources and their uses, eventually making the terms “efficient” and “optimized” common place. This project develops a series of steps towards optimization through architectural form of a building’s natural ventilation.
Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center Proposal / JET Architecture, CXT Architects & Archasia Design Group
JET Architecture in joint venture with CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group earned an Honorable Mention for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition in September 2010. Their entry, “Openair,” ranked in the top five, advancing the scheme to the second stage of the competition. Now, they decided to submit their competition entry for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition to Azure’s AZ AWARDS, the magazine’s first annual international competition recognizing excellence in design. The project was chosen as a finalist for the AZ AWARDS in the Concepts: Unbuilt Competitions Entries category and is eligible for the AZ People’s Choice Awards. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Building on the foundations of a former brick Colonial residence demolished to realize this new pavilion, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture worked collaboratively with owner Johannes Zutt to create a 2,500 sqf house they envisioned as “a city in the garden.” Zutt, a peripatetic Dutch national, desired a modern domestic space with open plan living and minimalist detailing recalling the European architecture of Luigi Snozzi, Rem Koolhaas, and Pierre Chareau. Rooms are arranged within the house to form public and private spaces in the same manner that buildings are arranged in an urban setting to create streets, plazas, and alleys. The result is a contemporary dwelling designed using rigorous programming and critical logic to carefully evaluate the function and efficiency of every element within the home.
Architect: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA
Project Team: John K. Burke (AIA), Todd Ray (AIA, LEED-AP), Raymond Curtis (Assoc. AIA), Amy Krosnowski, Alexander S. Coll, Jonathan Chung
Contractor: Glass Construction Company
Structural Engineer: Ehlert Bryan Inc.
MEP Engineer: Metropolitan Engineering Inc.
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Maxwell Mackenzie
Groundbreaking takes place today for the new campus of Chu Hai College of Higher Education in Hong Kong, designed by OMA. The campus will facilitate encounters between students from different departments in verdant surroundings, and offer a new identity for the college. The campus will open its doors in 2013. More images and complete press release after the break.
DesignByMany and media partner ArchDaily are pleased to announce the “Low Cost, Low Energy House” by sustainable.TO as the winning design for the Passive House for New Orleans competition. The competition challenged both students and professionals to design a passive house for New Orleans focusing on key components of The Passive House Standard and the 2030 Challenge which has influenced the Better Buildings Initiative issued by President Obama.
More on the results of this competition after the break.