Seattle based Miller Hull Partnership has recently shared with ArchDaily that they have expanded to open an office in San Diego. Formed in 1977 the award-winning [check out our coverage of The Miller Hull Partnership here] firm’s design reputation is based on simple, innovative and authentic designs that incorporate sustainable practices.
The Miller Hull Partnership has been working in San Diego for seven years, and has a number of projects currently under way. These include the renovation of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the busiest border crossing in the world (Phase 1 in construction), and the University of California San Diego Structural & Nano Materials Engineering building also in construction.
The Department of Architecture at Portland State University will celebrate the graduation of its first-ever class of Master of Architecture students with an end-of-year design show, titled “Materialize | Student Work 2010-2011.” Hosted by the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the show will highlight the achievements of students throughout the graduate and undergraduate programs, with an emphasis on the independent design theses of the Master of Architecture students. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with First Thursday on June 2, 2011, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
FibroCITY is a proposal by Perkins+Will that operates as a restorative catalyst for communities that have been segregated by 20th century superhighways and the environment built around the car. FibroCITY is a template that restores urban voids with places for people, activities, and interactions, set in Houston, Texas, USA.
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Mavrica Kindergarten / Breda Bizjak, Lidija Dragišić M.A., Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje
The municipality of Brežice in cooperation with The Chamber of Architecture and The Spatial Planning of Slovenia have invited applications for public project, open and anonymous architectural competition for the kindergarten “Mavrica“ in a small town Brežice, Slovenia. Among 64 submissions, commission assigned the 1st prize to the Ljubljana based group of architects: Breda Bizjak, Lidija Dragišić M.A., Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The imposing architecture and monumental scale of Brussels’ landscape are some of the characteristics that establish the personality of the city. A distinctive example of the aesthetic architecture that orients and at the same time governs the area of its presence is the Law Court. This proposal for the future formation of the Law Court of Brussels, Belgium by Europe Studio Architects moves in parallel to the existing frame and function of the building and proposes the re-establishment of the internal system that made this court a public social space in addition to its political and judicial functions. The monumental and programmatic aspects of the building will be preserved, with additions of cultural functions such as gallery and exhibition spaces.
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Daycare Center La Mercè / Romà Pàmpols, David Pàmpols / Pampols Arquitecte + Xavier F. Rodríguez, Josep Mª Burgués / BmesR29 Arquitectes + Montserrat Giné
This daycare center in Spain tries to blur the line between inside and outside. This is done with elements protruding and sliding past one another. These measures also help organize the spaces into two types, flexible/multiuse and specific/single-use spaces.
Architect: Romà Pàmpols, David Pàmpols / Pampols Arquitecte + Xavier F. Rodríguez, Josep Mª Burgués / BmesR29 Arquitectes + Montserrat Giné
Location: c/ mercè cantonada con c/rossinyol s/n-Lleida, Spain
Project Area: 637.15 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Amaneceres Fotográficos / Josep Ardiaca Rodríguez, Sofía Gómez Zúcar
In the past, we’ve shared several TED Talks videos with you as the speakers offer interesting commentary on a variety of issues within the creative realm. In this presentation, Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio shares five projects ranging from a new bus to a moving bridge to a biomass power station. Each project illustrates the architect’s inherent interest in bio-inspired designs focusing on materiality and the relationship between human interaction and the scale of the built object. The talk shows a diverse body of work where the architecture is infused with a type of ”soulfulness” as the result of re-examining form, function, aesthetics and materiality. Plus, Heatherwick’s personality adds to its charm. Enjoy the video!
City of Bothell Public Works Operations Center Administration Building / Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Architects: Hutchison & Maul Architecture – Robert Hutchison, Tom Maul, Mike Campbell, Greg Hale
Location: Bothell, Washington, USA
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers
Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architect: Talasaea Consultants
M/E Engineer: Tres West Engineers
Shops Building Consultant: Wagner Architects
General Contractor: JTM Construction
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Architects: TEKTAO/Tongji University
Location: Jindai Town in Liangping County, Chongqing, China
Project team: Lou Yongqi, Ji Xiang, Yuval Zohar LEED AP, Ruo Chen, Ding Chan, Wu Zhen, Guo Ling, Wang Ci Yin, Lu Lian Jie, Wang Ye, Xu Hang Yu
Project area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Lou Yongqi, Yuval Zohar
Keeping with our coverage of the Architecture Billings Index, while the past index saw a slight decrease from 58.7 to 55.0 in March, the AIA has just announced that the index has dropped quite a bit to 47.6 for April. This billing marks the first point since October to register below 50. As the AIA explained,“It remains unclear if this month’s downturn is a bump in the road to recovery, or indicative of a longer-term reversal in the two-quarter recovery in design activity. Firms reported that the threatened federal government shutdown, tornadoes though the Southeast, and the winding down of federal stimulus funds for building activity all were impediments to design activity in April.”
Regionally, the South and West regions are still struggling to break 50, with the South reporting 48.3 and the West 47.7. Yet, as the AIA reports, some Southern firms may see a possible increase in work activity to rebuild from the recent storms and flooding. The Northeast and Midwest reported 51.2 and 51.1, respectively, and the multi-family residential sector holds strong at 53.9; followed by commercial / industrial at 49.9, institutional at 45.9 and finally, mixed practice at 45.2.
The site for this residence can be said to be in a transition zone, poised directly between the expansive horizon offered by Lake Okanagan, and the rugged mountainscape of the Kelly Valley. True to the Okanagan landscape, the surrounding land is arid and filled with earthy undertones and worn rolling rockscapes. The Lake is almost like a vision of paradise amid this desert-like surroundings. Brilliant greens line the shore of the lake in direct contrast to the arid mountains beyond.
Architect: Frits de Vries Architect
Location: Kelly Valley, Canada
Photographs: Frits de Vries