Heliotrope Architects’ North Beach Residence, a new home located on Orcas Island’s North shore, has received a 2011 AIA National Housing Award. Featured previously on ArchDaily, the North Beach Residence is situated among the trees directly between the beach and the meadow, with walls of glass opening out to both. While actual shelter is provided, the experience is of nearly complete openness to the environment, with a minimized structure meant to disappear from view.
The jury commented that, “Its sensitivity to the site is paramount: its orientation, the lightness with which it sits on the site, the compact nature of project, and its artful reference to vernacular typologies.”
The AIA’s Housing Awards Program was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.
5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University’s School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale’s campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today’s architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large.
Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally established values, meanings and forms to produce new bodies of work. In that sense, each sought a contemporary way to learn from the past that would have particular resonance in today’s social, political, and cultural milieu.
The identity of the group of 5 is meant as a provocation towards two related issues: the desire for individuality and expression by today’s younger generation of architects inculcated by media and secondly, the desire for consensus within discourse on what counts today as critical & theoretical concerns for architecture. The aspiration behind the interviews and feature is to reveal an internal discussion which demonstrates an effort to clarify and identify a set of ideas that underpin contemporary architectural production. The feature and interviews were organized and conducted by Alexander Maymind.
Architects: DI Bernardo Bader
Location: Sulz, Austria
Project year: 2010
Photographs: DI Bernardo Bader
This renovation of Cheek Hall at Missouri State University provides new classrooms and a computer lab for the mathematics department on campus. An informal student lounge space is defined at the intersection of corridors by a donut of green, marking the transition from one department to another. The donut claims the corridor itself as part of the lounge, encouraging interaction between students and faculty. Brainstorming and study is supported by flexible seating and an interactive glass wall. Isaac Newton terminates the central corridor and keeps watch over the study lounge.
More images following the break.
At the end of this summer, our friends from Visiondivision will complete their latest commission, a waiting room for a private athletic clinic in Stockholm. By separating the clinic from the larger hospital, the architects were able to create a peaceful haven within the institution. This new section boasts a more refreshing environment that is brightly illuminated and designed for comfort.
More about the clinic and more images after the break.
The internationally touring exhibit ‘Struggling Cities’ focuses on the proposals of urbanization by Japanese architects in the 1960s including:
- Kenzo Tange’s “A Plan for Tokyo-1960;”
- the Metabolist schemes of Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Masato Ohtaka, Fumihiko Maki, and Noboru Kawazoe; and
- Arata Isozaki’s “Cities in the Air”
Currently on display the exhibit runs through Friday, April 29th (excluding Sundays) from 10am to 4pm at MulvannyG2. ‘Struggling Cities’ was also featured at the Shanghai Expo in 2010 and at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne, Germany.
Further details can be found here.
The Japan Foundation Exhibit is co-sponsored by Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle and Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee, King County 4Culture, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
In collaboration with University of Washington College of Built Environments, American Institute of Architects Seattle, Hamilton International School – Future Cities, MulvannyG2, Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, Seattle Center, Nippon Express, and Yuri Kinoshita.
Architects: SHW Group
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI, USA
Principal-in-Charge: Janice Suchan
Project Manager: Jen Durham
Principal Designer; Tod Stevens
Programmer/Planner: Dave Rose
Project Architect: Mickey Walsh
Mechanical Engineer: Rich Corona
Electrical Engineer: Jeff Walenciak
Structural Engineer: Tom Baier
Landscape Architect: Beckett and Raeder
Civil Engineering: Wilcox Professional Services
Technology: The Sextant Group
Associate Engineer: ARUP
Project area: 146,000 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Justin Maconochie
The fifth annual unconference, ‘Living Future 11′ is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. The education program will focus on ”Our Children’s Cities: Visualizing a Restorative Civilization” and the out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats will provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future.
The Cascadia Green Building Council is hosting the conference April 27th – 29th, 2011 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Focused on providing proven, practical, ambitious and visionary strategies that address whole earth impacts, a diverse collection of inspiring keynote and plenary speakers include: Majoria Carter, Jason McLennan, Sarah Harmer, and Margaret Wheatley.
More information for Living Futre 11 here.
An article in this week’s Economist about Italian business clusters—that is, where businesses in the same industry form geographic clusters—offered some interesting observations. First, that traditional business models cannot survive global competition. A strategy to deal with global competition includes innovation and building brands. In short, diversification.
This led to a question: how does one approach diversifying architecture firms so that they, too, will be more able to weather economic vicissitudes? For that, let’s turn to Paul Nakazawa. Of course, there is the more “traditional” model of diversification: “many architects have several different kinds of SEPARATE businesses, which serves to diversify dependency on one source of revenue. The time-honored diversification scheme is teaching and practice — we all know lots of people who do that gig.”
More after the break.
Romanian Lighting Convention 2011 is a cultural, scientific, but mostly social meeting of architecture, design and lighting specialists in South Eastern Europe. It was created as a privileged communication area for those who regard light as a source of inspiration and who use light to emphasize and place value on the public space.
Recipient of the Pritzker Prize 2006 – Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the “nonconformist” architect-designer Gaetano Pesce and the most awarded Canadian-Romanian architect, Dan Sergiu Hanganu, are arriving in Bucharest for the 19-20th May event which is going to approach lighting in all its forms of manifestation – architectural, urban, daylight, road, office etc.
Romanian Lighting Convention 2011 comprises several events within its structure, tailored both for the experienced professionals and the new faces in this field: 3 conferences, 3 contests, one of which dedicated to students – LED DESIGN Contest, and 3 exhibitions (flagship products, LED luminaires, contests’ award winning papers).
As the first major project to be implemented after master planning the entire senior school campus, the Brother Stephen Debourg Performing Arts Centre at Sacred Heart College demonstrates the schools’ focus and a return to its core philosophy of being a teaching institution of its time, maintaining the provision of services par excellence.
Architect: Tridente Architects
Location: Somerton Park, South Australia, 5044, Australia
Engineer: Wallbridge & Gilbert
Quantity Surveyor: Heinrich Consulting
Builder: Romaldi Constructions
Project Area: 1420 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Fisher