Approached from its north façade along Whitton Avenue, owners, neighbors and visitors are welcomed to Mezzo through a native desert garden. Site benches and weathered welded wire mesh fences enhance this natural environment and define the exterior spaces of the project. Sandblasted concrete pale green masonry site walls work within this composition to further delineate shared and private areas.
Buckminster Fuller, a design and green pioneer, believed we could make the world work for all humanity while maintaining good stewardship of it. His eponymous Institute each year recognizes people who are fulfilling that mission. The 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge asks designers to provide workable solutions to the world’s most significant challenges and rewards integrated, whole-systems approaches to solving the world’s sustainability crises. This year’s finalists and winner celebration events will be held in New York City June 8-10, where the winners will be revealed. The four finalists include solutions for problems spanning ocean restoration in Madagascar, protecting indigenous knowledge in the Congo Basin, combating women’s illiteracy in India, and technologically connecting the remote developing world to the communication grid.
More information on these projects and the scheduled events after the break.
One Eighty Queen West is a commercial property located on a site at the northwest edge of downtown Toronto’s financial district area and adjacent to the city’s “legal district” to the east (Osgoode Hall, the Ontario Courts Building, Old and New City Halls). The site also stands immediately adjacent to a historic legal monument: Campbell House, originally the home of William Campbell, first chief justice of Ontario and at the threshold to the Queen Street West retail strip and the residential neighbourhoods to the north. The land is part of the Canada Life lands. Along with an environmental agenda, the project design was driven in the first instance by its obligation to address this confluence of distinct urban conditions.
Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects
Location: 180 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 270,809 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber
Architects: Donaire Arquitectos / Juan Pedro Donaire Barbero
Location: Almería, Spain
Client: E.P.P.A. y Consejería de Obras Públicas de la Junta de Andalucía
Collaboration: Ignacio Núñez Bootello, Carmela Domínguez Asencio, Tibisay Cañas Fuentes, Beatriz Hacar Hernández, Juan Vega Espinar, Delia Pacheco Donaire, Jesús Núñez Bootello
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 504 sqm
Photographs: Fernanado Alda, Enrique Bejines M
The Vienna Way residence, designed for a young family, is located on a large, extensively landscaped lot in Venice, CA. Floor to ceiling glazing and outdoor living spaces fully integrate the home within the California native landscape.
Architect: Marmol Radziner
Location: Venice, California, USA
Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, General Contractor: Marmol Radziner
Structural Engineer: C.W. Howe and Partners Inc.
Project Area: 4,554 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography
Egyptian architects, Architektur Studio have submitted to ArchDaily their recent submission for the Beton Hala Waterfront project in central Belgrade, Serbia. Additional images of the proposal as well as a description of the work from the architects can be found after the break.
Architecture for Society of Knowledge is an international Master’s Degree Program conducted in English. It was introduced at the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology in 2010. The program focuses on social and cultural issues, taking advantage of new technologies. Students explore the modern ways of design, as well as innovative methods of communication and fabrication that are the foundation of the XXI century architectural practice.
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Experimental design courses are specific ASK activities. Workshop studios, team work, and individual projects focus on research aspects of architectural education.
Experimental Design 2, led by PhD Jan Slyk, from 4.04 to 15.04.2011 aimed to create and develop interactive space. A 1:1 scale installation was built to allow real-scale shaping, using spatial and programming tools.
The designed pavilion is digitally recording and interpreting the presence and movement of people, who are inside, and processes the effects to acoustics signals. The entire project was implemented with the involvement of minimum technical and financial resources, which was one of the challenges posed to the students.
More about this program, after the break.
Previously featured here on ArchDaily as one of our AD Classics, the National Library of France by Dominique Perrault was built in hopes to be the most modern library in the world. The competition of 1989 that included projects from 244 internationally renowned architects was won by Dominique Perrault, who was only 36 years old. Photographer Franck Bohbot recently shared with us an extremely rare glimpse of the National Library, with a completely empty interior.
Sugar Dock provides 132 residential units, associated communal open space and underground car parking. The design of the development seeks to complement and respond to its urban context characterized by its relationship to large scale elements such as the Harbour, the working dockyards, silos and the Anzac Bridge as well as the immediate topography and the streetscape of Jacksons Landing.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Project Area: 16506 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: John Gollings, Andrew Chung
EDUN is a progressive fashion company launched in Spring 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono. In May 2010, Spacesmith was retained to design the lifestyle fashion brand’s new 8,600 square foot space to house offices; a showroom; design, production & marketing teams; and a sample room on the corner of Grand and Mercer Streets in Soho. The design intent was to keep the new construction to a minimum while allowing natural daylight to penetrate into the space and to embrace EDUN’s commitment to sustainability. It was fundamental to EDUN that Spacesmith design the space using reclaimed and salvaged materials and furnishings and to work with local vendors, craftsmen and craftswomen.
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Project Area: 8,600 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Project Team: Jane Smith, Partner in Charge; Charles Patten, Design Principal; Ambar Margarida, Stefan Danicich
Photographs: Courtesy of Spacesmith
We want to try a new bottom-up approach to our Architecture City Guides and we need your help. To make the City Guides much more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to a Flickr image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons.
This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to Charlotte, North Carolina.