It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
– Oscar Wilde
I’m drawn to John Berger’s essay “Why Look at Animals” for many reasons but primarily because it takes something obvious and turns it inside-out to reveal dimensions that were completely unexpected. The way he describes our cultural and personal engagement with animals got me thinking about how we look at architecture and why we look at it. What are we trying to see there? And is there a there there?
More after the break.
Located in Bainbridge Island, Washington much of the Dorsey Residence is hidden behind a two-story concrete face, however its interior spaces reflect a different experience of warmth, light, and openness. Architects Coates Design created an 18-inch concrete wall that forms two sides of the home’s exterior. These walls provide a poignant counterpoint to the warm wooden and copper box that rests at a slight angle to take full advantage of the site’s water and mountain views. The concrete exterior wall and exposed concrete within the home reduce energy costs by serving as a thermal mass that naturally cools the home in the summer and holds warmth in the winter.
More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Coates Design
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA
Interior Design: Coates Design
General Contractor: Smallwood Design and Construction
Landscape Architect: Outdoor Studio
Structural Engineer: PAO Structural Engineering
Mechanical Installer: Sullivan Heating and Cooling
Project Area: 2,800 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Coates Design
LED Architecture Studio present their submission for the A101 Block City Competition in Moscow Russia. Architects Alessandro Liberati and Roberto Straccali of LED Architecture Studio designed the Social Machine, a housing block that seeks to engage the residents with the street life, while maintaining a sense of privacy for the users of the housing complex.
More on this project after the break.
The AIA Honor Award recipients for 2011 were announced this week and will be honored at the AIA 2011 National Convention in New Orleans. Recognizing excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and regional and urban design, 27 recipients were chosen from over 700 submissions.
Awarded buildings, including links to features on ArchDaily, can be found after the break.
French architects Jean-Marc Ibos and Myrto Vitart shared with us their mixed use project which includes a stadium, parking, workshops and administration of the TAM; sheds for trucks, workshops, services and administrative areas, sportroom, restaurant and bedrooms for 50 firemen. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Alexander Remizov, architect for Remistudio, shared with us his project, “The Ark”, which is designed as a bioclimatic building with independent life-support systems that can be built on land or sea. Remizov envisioned this project as the house for the future which can be constructed quickly and withstand environmental disasters through its structural integrity. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: Stéphane Bigoni, Antoine Mortemard
Location: Rouen, France
Project team: Joachim Bakary, William Baud, Tim Berger, Pierre Georges, Aymeric Goutal, Mathieu Massault, Takami Nakamoto
Engineers: SIMA ingénierie, Louis CHOULET, ORFEA
Scenographer: Thierry Guignard
Project area: 1,800 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Stéphane Bigoni, Antoine Mortemard, Takami Nakamoto
Designed by Front Studio Architects, the Liberty Medical Center, a 20,000 sqf, 4-story medical office building on Liberty Avenue, brings a strong presence to the street that engages both users and observers of the architecture. The architects carefully considered how this new construction could become a link between the existing varying scales within the neighborhood. Follow the break for more photographs of this design.
Architects: Front Studio Architects
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Client: Albanese Properties
Contractor: MM Marra Construction
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Photographs: Ed Massery
Wards Cove is located in the urban residential Eastlake neighborhood along the eastern shore of Lake Union in Seattle. For 100 years, the waterfront property was the Seattle base of the salmon packing operation of Wards Cove Packing Company. In 2002, the company decided to develop its waterfront and adaptively reuse the marine industrial warehouse. Site and marina building renovations were completed in January 2009. atelierjones preserved the property’s rich history, incorporating form and material from preexisting structures into the overall site and warehouse.
Follow the break for drawings and photographs of Wards Cove Marina Warehouse.
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Design Principal: Susan Jones, FAIA
Project Architect: Greg Bishop
Project Team: Brian Gerich, Drew Giblin, Kristin Saunders
Master Planning: NBBJ
Structural Engineering: CPL, Inc.
Civil Engineering: Layton & Sell, Inc.
Electrical Engineering: Gerber & Vail, Inc.
Landscape: Swift and Co.; Brumbaugh & Associates
Acoustical: Sparling, Inc.
Artist: Buster Simpson
General contractor: GLY Construction
Owner: Wards Cove Packing Company
Project Area: 19,850 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Renderings and Drawings: atelierjones
Photographs: Lara Swimmer Photography; Lisa Picard
Reflecting the current state of architecture, urbanism and landscape discourse, Architecture for Humanity – Chicago, School of the Art Institute Chicago and the Village of Igarai are proud to announce, 1.99 REAL HOUSING: Communities + Designers, a call for ideas.
In an effort to advance the territory between top-down and bottom-up planning, for all types of interim, emergency, public and affordable housing design, 1.99 REAL HOUSING seeks to create a design platform that utilizes advanced sustainable architectural design solutions, together with local knowledge of materials, methods and systems to produce a new form of cooperative culture.
Submissions are due on January 25th. For more information, visit www.afh-chicago.org.
The Architecture Building Expansion is a reflection of the school’s curriculum and a working laboratory for sustainable practices. The south side of the site is occupied by a water conservation demonstration garden showcasing five different Arizona ecosystems, where students and the public can learn about water efficient irrigation and native plants. Water captured from the roof deck and condensate from the HVAC system filters into a 12,000 gallon holding tank used for the garden’s irrigation system, resulting in an 87% reduction in the use of potable water for the garden.
The architectural vocabulary of the building is based on exposed building systems. The use of exposed mechanical, structural and architectural systems becomes a teaching tool for the students who occupy this building. The use of glass, steel and concrete, as well as exposed utility systems, minimizes the quantity of materials, and the need for multiple layers of finishes resulting in a building assembly of naturally low VOC emitting materials.
Architects: Jones Studio
Location: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
JSI Team: Eddie Jones, Neal Jones, Brian Farling, Maria Salenger
Contractor/CMAR: Bill Lloyd
Landscape Architecture: Ten Eyck Landscape Architecture
Civil Engineering: Evans Kuhn & Associates
Electrical Engineering: Woodward Engineering
Structural Engineering: rudow + berry
Mechanical Engineering: Kunka Engineering
Specifications: Litter & Associates
Acoustics: Mckay Conant Hoover
Client: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of University of Arizona College of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Project Area: 33,645 sqf (new), 37,190 sqf (remodel)
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Robert Reck, Bill Timmerman
In the public competition for the preliminary design of the Simon Bolivar International Complex for Social Action through Music and its surrounding urban area, ADJKM shared with us their first prize proposal which is scheduled to be construction this year and finished by 2016 in Caracas, Venezuela. More images and architect’s description after the break.