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Resonant Chamber / rvtr

© Peter Smith
© 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

  • Architects: PLY Architecture
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Design: Craig Borum + Karl Daubmann (Principals) Mike Ezban, Marshal Prado, Alex Timmer
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of PLY Architecture

Courtesy of PLY Architecture Courtesy of PLY Architecture Courtesy of PLY Architecture Courtesy of PLY Architecture

Park House / PLY Architecture

  • Architects: PLY Architecture
  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Architects: PLY Architecture
  • Design And Construction: Karl Daubmann, Craig Borum(Principals) Shannon Burke (Design); Scott LaPorte, Matt Deiner, Marsall Prado, Alexis Coir, Mike Ezban (Construction)
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Courtesy of PLY Architecture

Courtesy of PLY Architecture Courtesy of PLY Architecture Courtesy of PLY Architecture Courtesy of PLY Architecture

Ann Arbor District Library / inFORM studio

© Justin Machonachie Photography © Justin Machonachie Photography © Justin Machonachie Photography © James Haefner Photography

University of Michigan Museum of Art / Allied Works Architecture

  • Architects: Allied Works Architecture
  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Architects: Allied Works Architecture
  • Associate Architects: Integrated Design Solutions
  • Exhibition Design: Allied Works Architecture
  • 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
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF
  • Curtain Wall: RA Heintges
  • Contractor: SKANSKA
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire: ARUP and Integrated Design Solutions
  • Lighting/Daylighting: ARUP Lighting
  • Graphics And Signage: Pentagram
  • Area: 40362.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Richard Barnes

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Richard Barnes © Jeremy Bittermann

Bridge House / Wilfred John Oskar Armster

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

© Curt Clayton © Curt Clayton © Curt Clayton © Curt Clayton

Wave Pavilion / MacDowell.Tomova

©  MacDowell.Tomova
© 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 Michigan 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.