Over 1,000 meters (that’s 3,280 feet!) with a total construction area of 530,000 sqm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are currently in design development phase for Kingdom Tower. Slated to surpass Burj Khalifa by 173 meters (coincidently which Adrian Smith also designed while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) Kingdom Tower is the centerpiece of the $20 billion dollar Kingdom City Development, with the tower itself expected to cost $1.2 billion dollars. Featuring a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory the tower’s foundation drawings are complete with the piling currently being tendered.
More renderings of the world’s largest tower which will be located near the Red Sea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia following the break.
The clients brief in this invited competition was to design two apartments on the top floor of the existing Central London post office and Phillips de Pury art action house in Victoria, London. The client expressed a wish for large volume ‘loft’ spaces and his desire for a contemporary design and functionality. Paul McAneary Architects’ response won the competition with a proposal for expressed natural tectonics through numerous new details, and even developing a new material type of cast timber bronze.
The 20th Street Offices serve as creative working studios for three design firms in Santa Monica, California. They consist of approximately 6,800 sf of studio space in a two story, plus mezzanine, building. They are located on a 7,500 square foot lot in one of the United States top ‘green’ cities. Santa Monica earned this ranking with its extensive Green Building Program and public policies. However, the prominence of sustainable initiatives in Santa Monica doesn’t end with policy; an extensive network of environmentally conscious citizens and business owners, of which the architects of the 20th Street Offices are a member, propels it forward. It is the firm’s desire, along side of its latest trajectories in architectural design and theory, to responsibly lead its fellow citizens, colleagues, and clients in green building initiatives and made no exception when designing their own offices as they pursued a LEED-NC Gold rating.
Integrated project delivery is designed for collaboration from the commencement of a project. The uniting of owner, architect, and contractor on a level playing field is conducive to quality delivery. This triad branches out even further when subcontractors and consultants are brought into the equation. The fundamentals of this process ensure maximum efficiency and successful project delivery from all parties involved. More details and a case study of Caltrans District 7 HQ after the break.
Wolf Creek View Cabin sits in a lightly treed meadow, surrounded by foothills and mountains in Eastern Washington. The home is designed as two interlocking “L’s”. A covered patio is located at the intersection of one “L,” offering a protected place to sit while enjoying sweeping views of the valley. A lighter screening “L” creates a courtyard that provides shelter from seasonal winds and an intimate space with privacy from neighboring houses.
Architect: Balance Associates Architects
Location: Eastern Washington, USA
Project Team: Tom Lencheck AIA, Principal; Kyle Zerbey AIA, Project Architect; Timothy Posey AIA, Project Architect
Structural Engineer: Harriott Smith Valentine Engineers
General Contractor: Bjornsen Construction
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 1810 sqf (house), 528 sqf (garage)
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography
Parsons The New School for Design has joined with NYC Parks & Recreation via the Design Workshop, its innovative design-build studio led by graduate architecture students, to create a new pool pavilion for the Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center, a WPA–era bathhouse in Washington Heights.
Join us after the break to learn more about The Splash House.
Los Angeles is the personification of our suburban nation, and this archetype is both celebrated and condemned for how it has shaped our society. It is now 55 years after the Federal Highway Act changed our national landscape, and 50 years after the dismantling of Pacific Electric Railway changed our metropolis. Once deemed the city of the future, LA is on the precipice of a new epoch. A sea change in demographics, cultural allegiances, and lifestyles are beginning to shift our collective decisions in terms of the way we will live, work, play and travel. Like our predecessors, what grand decisions can we make right now to construct our shared future?
RETHINK/LA presents a series of visions from August 4th to August 24th based on both the stark environmental realities of the present and the optimistic possibilities for the future. The event will be held at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. For more information, visit here.
Constructed solely out of concrete this design by Ikimono Architects serves as a multi-family dwelling. The various openings and closing allow a range of interactions between the residents, and create shifting moments of light.
Architect: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Location: Gunma, Japan
Planning: TTA Inc.
Structural Engineers: Structural Design firm Accurate
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
General Contractors: Hashizume Industrial Inc.
Design: 2009.12 – 2010.8
Construction: 2010.9 – 2011.4
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Site area: 624.56 sqm
Building area: 329.92 sqm
Floor area: 659.84 sqm
Roof: Reinforced concrete
Exterior: Reinforced concrete
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Modostudio shared with us their winning project in an invited competition which challenged participants to design a building able to host the activities of the foundation. It will be located on the top of a mountain facing the valley towards Bozen. The site has a spectacular panoramic view and an amazing surrounding. More images and architects’ description after the break.
In this two part video film maker John Thornton, a.k.a Rusty Scupperton, reconsiders what post-modernism is all about, as made popular by Robert Venturi. Through a series of interview of Venturi’s colleagues and excerpts from the architect himself, Thornton gets a better understanding of the architect’s influence and sense of humor in regards to architecture.
Catch part two after the break!