Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Architects
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Project Architect: Tom Daly
Project Team: Anthony Valerio, Alan Barker, Brian Wening
Design Principal: Joseph Valerio
Principal In Charge: Randy Mattheis
Proyect Year: 2010
Project Area: 226,000 sqf
Photographs: Nic Lehoux
The Karoo Wilderness Center represents a significant shift in perspective and practice, sponsoring and provoking the learning, dialogue, and action necessary to redefine the consequence of human inhabitation on the land. The Center aims to re-establish the connection between the built and natural world as one that is mutually beneficial. Forming an exemplary model of sustainability, the Center generates its own energy, harvests its own water, processes its own waste, and provides thermal comfort using no municipal water or power. Learning from the continuum of life in the Karoo, the architecture of the Center provides a lasting connection to the landscape, and fosters an understanding of the interdependence of ecosystem health, and human well being.
Architect: Field Architecture
Location: Karoo, South Africa
Project Team: Stan Field, Jess Field (Design Principals), Andy Lin, Erik Bloom, Chris Graesser
Structural Engineers: Arup
Conservation Management: Wilderness Foundation South Africa
Environmental Impact Analysis: Integrated Environmental Management
Project Area: 21,800 sqf
Architects with diverse and interesting green projects in North America will present their work, illustrating best practices for achieving high performance design with exceptional aesthetic and sustainability standards. The panelists will discuss three projects – small, medium, and large — to share how sustainability concerns were integral to the design process. Topics to be covered include selecting appropriate materials and technology, deciding on energy saving strategies, balancing aesthetics with performance, meeting and managing client expectations, achieving eco-friendly buildings on time and within budget, utilizing building information modeling (BIM), and applying post-occupancy lessons learned.
Jane Kolleeny, Managing Editor of GreenSource will moderate. Panelists include Sam Batchelor, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, designLAB architects inc; Aaron Jobson, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects; Bradley Khouri, AIA, Principal & Founder, b9 architects inc. The webinar will take place this Thursday, May 19, between 2:00 and 3:00 pm EST. More information can be found here. To register for this webinar, click here.
The “Green Concept Home” is a two-story single-family residence located in Bellevue, Washington. This 2,840 sqf house has a contemporary design and is owned, designed and built by husband and wife team David Huang and Millie Leung. Designed by Modus V Studio Architects, the house broke ground in September 2009 and was completed the following year in September 2010.
Architects: Modus V Studio Architects, David Huang
Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
General Contractor: David Huang
Interior Designer: Millie Leung
Green Verifier: O’Brien & Company
Mechanical Engineer: Mitchell Engineering, Inc.
Landscape Designer: Studio 342 Landscape Architecture
Energy Consultant: Bushnell Energy Consulting
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Millie Leung
Black Rock Studio is a 3,150 sqf loft/studio which houses an entry courtyard, gallery, and meeting space on the ground floor with studio/work spaces on the second level. Black Rock Studio creates a dynamic relationship between building and the streetscape on the south and the canal on the north. The transparency of the north and south façade through large sliding glass doors create strong links between the studio and the canal to the public way. The loft/studio space transforms over the course of the day as the daylight moves and washes down the side walls of the space. Slot skylights run the length of the studio creating a floating ceiling effect and contributing to the balanced day-lighting.
Architect: Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio
Location: 6916 E. Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Project Team: Philip Weddle (AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect), Micheal Gilmore (AIA, Principal Architect), Cody Deike (LEED AP, Project Manager)
Landscape Architect: Colwell : Shelor
General Contractor: Okland Construction
Structural Engineer: Bakkum Noelke Consulting Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Woodward Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Associated Mechanical Engineers
Civil Engineer: Kland Engineering
Project Area: 3,150 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman
In the current economic climate, the business of architecture is undergoing fundamental change. One accelerating trend is mergers, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships: these new practice configurations are affecting company identities, business development strategies, and communications. Moderated by James Russell, this program will be a conversation among representatives from three firms with recent M&A.
We invite firm principals who may be considering these various options, architecture staff, business development and marketing/communications professionals, and job seekers who wish to have a greater understanding of the current practice landscape. It will be moderated by James S. Russell, Architecture Editor at Bloomberg. Panelists include Peter Cavaluzzi, Yen Ha, and F. Bradford (Rick) Drake. The event will take place next Monday, May 23 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. More information can be found here.
The XXI Century Theater which is located in the former Sant’ Anna’s Church in Prague, Czech Republic is a choreographed spatial strategy that begins with the translation of words into actions, and is followed by the manifestation of actions into spaces. Silva & Roth Architects developed the “Angels’ Dance” through the notions of actions and motion, spontaneous behaviors and the architectonic space.
More on this project after the break.
Architects: Daniel Libeskind
Location: Osnabrueck, Germany
Architect of Record: Reinders & Partner
Structural Engineer: Watermann
Landscape Architect: Müller, Knippschild, Wehberg
Mechanical Engineer: Jäger & Partner, Beratende Ingenieure
Lightning Designer: Dinnebier Licht
Contractor: Reinders and Partner
Project area: 1,890 sqm
Photographs: Bitter Bredt Fotografie
This renovation project addressed the issues of sustainability through recycling, the reinvention of two historic, but not historically significant, structures to align with the brand of the owner’s business, and the investigation of and references to the work of two artists through this project.
Last summer, we had the opportunity to discuss Ben van Berkel’s design ideas behind his New Amsterdam Pavilion for New York (see our past coverage here). At that time, while the pavilion’s sleek sculptural form was complete, the interior the pavilion was still under construction. Now, with the interior and landscape complete, the pavilion has opened for public use. Situated outside the South Ferry terminal in Peter Minuit Plaza, the pavilion will serve as a new cultural hub in the middle of an intersection crossed by more than 150,000 residents each day. Conceived as a contemporary “outdoor living room”, the project will provide visitor information, locally grown gourmet food, and a space for spontaneous and schedule activities. Plus, at 12:00, the pavilion will glow with an array of colors in tribute to Peter Minuit whose name translates to ‘midnight.’
More about the pavilion after the break.
The USGBC continues to be in the headlines as last week Henry Gifford filed opposition papers to the USGBC’s motion to dismiss the pending lawsuit in New York.
Mr. Gifford’s attorneys argue in their opposition. “If the USGBC website were password protected for professional members only, that assertion would be more convincing,” Mr. Gifford’s attorneys write. “But the USGBC website is aimed at giving the general public an overview of LEED, with ‘What LEED Is’ on the masthead. USGBC’s website explains to the layman consumer: ‘By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, business, and taxpayers. . . It’s absurd to think USGBC is not directing its marketing at the tenant-consumer.”
The Art and Archeological Museum in Vale do Coa, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos is an entry for an International Public Competition hosted by the Portuguese Archeological Institute. The project is located on a relatively secluded landscape and creates a establishes a strong connection between the natural and built forms on the site.
More on this project after the break.