The Matchbox House / Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism

Steve Maylone © Maylone Photography

Architects: Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism
Location: Ann Arbor,Michigan,
Design Team: Naseem Alizadeh
Landscape Architect: Tad Krear
Year: 2012
Structural Engineer: Cory Johnston
Mechanical Engineer: Matt Snider
Photographs: Steve Maylone © Maylone Photography

Resonant Chamber / rvtr

© Peter Smith

Resonant Chamber, an interior envelope system that deploys the principles of rigid origami, transforms the acoustic environment through dynamic spatial, material and electro-acoustic technologies. The aim of rvtr is to develop a soundsphere able to adjust its properties in response to changing sonic conditions, altering the sound of a space during performance and creating an instrument at the scale of architecture, flexible enough that it might be capable of being played. The project is funded through the 2011 Research through Making Grant, U-M Office of the Vice President for Research, 2011 Small Projects Grant, U-M Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Creation Grant. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parkridge / PLY Architecture

© PLY Architecture

Architects: PLY Architecture
Location: , MI,
Construction: 2009 – 2010
Square fotage: 1100 sf
Design: Craig Borum + Karl Daubmann (Principals) Mike Ezban, Marshal Prado, Alex Timmer
Photographs: PLY Architecture


Park House / PLY Architecture


Architects: PLY Architecture
Location: , Michigan, USA
Design and Construction: Karl Daubmann, Craig Borum(Principals) Shannon Burke (Design); Scott LaPorte, Matt Deiner, Marsall Prado, Alexis Coir, Mike Ezban (Construction)
Project Area: 1000 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: PLY Architecture


Shadow Pavilion / PLY Architecture

© PLY Architecture

Architects: PLY Architecture
Location: University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, , Michigan,
Project Team: Karl Daubmann & John Marshall assisted by Ngoc Thy Phan & Alex Timmer
Structural Advisor: Andy Greco, SDI Additional
Construction help provided by: Peggy Chong, Jessica Mattson, Katie Santer, Dwight Song, Alex Watanabe
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: PLY Architecture

Ann Arbor District Library / inFORM studio

© Justin Machonachie Photography

Architects: inFORM studio
Location: , , USA
Project year: 2008
Photographs: James Haefner Photography, Justin Machonachie Photography

University of Michigan Museum of Art / Allied Works Architecture

© Jeremy Bittermann

Allied Works Architecture was founded in 1994 by Brad Cloepfil and has grown to 50 employees with offices in New York City and Portland, Oregon. They have designed buildings for the arts, creative workspaces, residences, education buildings, and urban designs. Receiving numerous awards for their designs, including a National AIA Honor Award for the University of Michigan Museum of Art.   were among the five finalists for the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec, check out their proposal here. In 2009 they were selected to design the National Music Center in Calgary.

We will be featuring a handful of designs by Allied Works Architecture over the next few weeks, and decided to start with their award winning University of Museum of Art located in Ann Arbor, .  The building more than doubles the program and collection spaces of the original museum while restoring the Alumni Memorial Hall. The addition occupies one of the last buildable sites on the historic campus, completing the primary public facade of the university.

More photographs, drawings and project description following the break.

Architects: Allied Works Architecture
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Associate Architects: Integrated Design Solutions
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil (principal), Thomas Robinson (project lead), Chelsea Grassinger (project architect) Allied Works Architecture, Paul Stachowiak (principal, Richard Newlin (associate sr. architect) Integrated Design Solutions
Project Management: University Architect’s Office, University of Michigan
Contractor: SKANSKA
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire: ARUP and Integrated Design Solutions
Lighting/Daylighting: ARUP Lighting
Curtain Wall: RA Heintges
Exhibition Design: Allied Works Architecture
Graphics and Signage: Pentagram
Project Area: 40,362 sqf (existing), 53,452 sqf (new)
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Richard Barnes

Bridge House / Wilfred John Oskar Armster

© Curt Clayton

The Bridge House horizontally nestles into its surrounding.  Located in Ann Arbor, and designed by Wilfred John Oskar Armster, the home blurs the lines of interior and exterior through window location, materials, and open air spaces.  Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.

Architects: Wilfred John Oskar Armster, AIA
Location: Trillium Lane, Ann Arbor, Michigan,
Project Team: Sven Armster, Sarah Armster, Vered Mishkal, James Kuhn
Structural Engineer: Michael Horton Associates, Inc.
Photographs: Curt Clayton

Wave Pavilion / MacDowell.Tomova


A young design firm led by Parke MacDowell, Diana Tomova and Boriana Tomova have shared their recently completed Wave Pavilion with us. Situated on the campus of the University of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the pavilion functions as a gathering space and doubles as a didactic tool within the dialogue of digital fabrication.  Constructed from ½ inch steel rods, the pavilion intends to illustrate how the line can be “explicitly leveraged toward the nuanced description of space.”

More about the pavilion, including a quick construction video, after the break.