Ridge House / Cary Bernstein Architect

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This new house is sited on a north-facing ridge overlooking the Dry Creek Valley. The site and climate required an architecture that tempers the seasonally intense sun and wind while still engaging the spectacular landscape and views.

Architect: Cary Bernstein Architect
Location: Sonoma County, , USA
Project Team: Sarah Garber, Hector Martell, Klara Keyane, Sini Kamparri, Tomas Rizo
Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Construction: JEC Structural Consulting
Project Area: 3,900 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph

Crocker Art Museum / Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

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The Crocker Art Museum has completed construction of a 125,000 sqf expansion designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (GSAA). The Teel Family Pavilion more than triples the museum’s current size and enhances its role as a cultural resource for California and the state’s many visitors. One of GSSA co-founder Charles Gwathmey’s last major public projects, the Crocker Art Museum expansion complements the 125-year-old museum’s historic structures, which includes one of the first purpose-built art museum buildings in the United States.

Architect: Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
Location: 216 O Street, , California, USA
Project Team: Charles Gwathmey (FAIA), Robert Siegel (FAIA), Gerald Gendreau (AIA), Zachary Moreland (AIA, LEED AP)
Structural Engineer: CYS Structural Engineers
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Affiliated Engineers
Civil Engineer: Morton & Pitalo
Landscape Architect: MTW Group
Lighting: Hillman DiBernardo Leiter Castelli
Acoustical: Charles M Salter Associates
Theater & Audio Visual: The Shalleck Collaborative
Security: Architect’s Security Group
Graphics & Signs: Selbert Perkins Design Collaborative
General contractor: Rudolph & Sletten Inc.
Project Area: 129,791 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

(fer) studio’s Inglewood Plan

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(fer) studio’s proposed masterplan for the City of is not to just revitalize the underutilized Market Street, but also to provide a regional identity, cultural and commercial mixed-uses and transportation links including access to the coming Expo Light Rail. The plan aims to provide the right combination of environmental and innovative design while enhancing the already existing pedestrian-friendly street, lined with plantings and historic buildings.

“Nobody knows about Market Street, but it already has the infrastructure to be something special,” said Doug Pierson principal of (fer) studio.

Ed Roberts Campus / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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Commemorating the life of an international leader and educator in the disability rights movement, the Ed Roberts Campus recently opened in Berkeley. When Ed Roberts founded Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) in 1972, it was the world’s first organization to be run by and for people with disabilities. After Roberts’s death in 1995, the CIL and six other independent living/civil rights organizations joined forces to create a highly accessible, centralized place where the disabled can access services such as vocational training, education, housing and benefits assistance, and fitness and health support.

Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: BART Station, Berkeley, California,
Project Area: 85,000 sqf
Photographs: © Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith

Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and located at the Ashby BART Station, the 85,000 sqf facility embodies the principles of Universal Design—the creation of environments that strive to be equally easy and intuitive to use for individuals of all abilities. The design far exceeds the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the heart of the building is a monumental helical ramp to the second floor, prominently placed behind the glazed facade facing the main entry plaza.

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Other Universal Design features include seven-foot-wide corridors to facilitate wheelchair use, automatic doors and hands-free building system controls, restrooms that meet a range of abilities, oversized elevators with special controls for wheelchair riders, and an easy-to-navigate wayfinding system aided by acoustical landmarks, high-contrast interior finishes, and colored and textured flooring.

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The facility also has numerous sustainable design elements, including exterior shading, operable windows for natural ventilation, energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems, and the use of recycled, sustainably harvested, and rapidly renewable materials. Nontoxic finishes and filtered outside air enhance indoor air quality, addressing the needs of those with chemical sensitivities.

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The two-story building includes offices, exhibition space, community meeting rooms, a childcare center for children with disabilities, a fitness center, job training facilities, and a café. The campus is designed to present a distinct civic presence celebrating the values of its partner organizations, with an exterior materials palette of sandblasted concrete, stucco, and sustainably harvested Ipê wood shade screens. To the east and south, the building’s mass responds to the residential scale of the surrounding neighborhood. A semicircular main entry plaza serves as a drop-off and gathering place as well as a transit plaza for bus, tax, bicycle, and BART riders. A subgrade structure provides parking for staff and visitors and connects directly to the BART station concourse via a new public elevator.

© Tim Griffith

The design process involved numerous public Universal Design workshops as well as intensive engagement with South Berkeley’s neighbors, merchants, and historic preservation community.

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© Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

Potrero House / Cary Bernstein Architect

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This project involved the expansion, interior renovation, and furnishing of an old cottage on a triple-wide lot in San Francisco. The project was completed in two phases marking the personal trajectory of the client’s life from bachelor to father of three. Early strategic and functional interior renovations were followed by a third-floor addition with comprehensive interior, exterior and landscape improvements.

Architect: Cary Bernstein Architect
Location: San Francisco, ,
Project Team: Kelly Franz and Tomas Rizo
Construction: Johnstone-McAuliffe Construction
Engineer: JEC Structural Consulting
Landscape: Jan Longwell Landscape Architecture
Project Area: 3,700 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photography: César Rubio

Ann Hamilton Tower / Jensen Architects/ Jensen & Macy Architects

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The tower is a site-specific artwork located at the Oliver Ranch in Alexander Valley. Designed by the artist Ann Hamilton, with Jensen Architects/ Jensen & Macy Architects as architect of record, the tower was imagined as a space for performance.

Architects: Jensen Architects/ Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Team: Mark Jensen (Principal), Mark Macy (Principal), Dean Orr (Project Architect), Chia-Yu Yen
Structural Engineer: Citta
Civil Engineer: Atterbury & Associates
Geotechnical: Bauer Associates
Surveyor: Crabtree Land Surveying
Contractor: Oliver & Company
Project Year: 2007
Photographer: Richard Barnes

KBP West Offices / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects

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A unique three-wing conference building serves as the focal point of this office for advertising agency Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners West. The structure houses four meeting rooms, each with its own unique configuration and material treatment.

Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: 1596 Howard Street, ,
Project Team: Mark Jensen and Mark Macy (Principals), Dean Orr, Nana Kim, Frank Merritt, Balz Mueller
Contractor: Johnstone & McAuliffe
Structural Engineer: Jeffrey Weber & Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Engineering Network
Electrical Engineer: Golden Gate Engineering
Project Area: 21,950 sqf
Photographs: Richard Barnes

ScrapHouse / Public Architecture

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Designed by Public Architecture and other local design firms for World Environment Day 2005, this green demonstration home is built entirely of salvaged materials. Erected on the Civic Center Plaza adjacent to San Francisco City Hall, ScrapHouse showcases the creative use of previously discarded materials.

Project description and images after the break.

Architect: Public Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California,
Project Team: John Peterson (Peterson Architects), Zach Heineman (), Sean Ahlquist (Proces2) Tony Dominski (West Edge Metals), Andrew Dunbar (Interstice Architects), Jordan Geiger (Ga Ga), Mark Jensen and Chris Kalos (Jensen Architects), Jane Martin (Shift Design), Regan Martin
Contractor: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders
Interior Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Structural and Civil Engineer: Patrick Buscovich & Associates
Lighting: AP Lighting and Melinda Morrison Lighting
Landscape Architect: CMG Landscape Architects
Graphic Design: Mende Design and Design at Noon
Project Area: 1,200 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Cesar Rubio

San Diego Stadium Master Plan / de bartolo + rimanic design studio and McCullough Landscape Architecture

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Architects de bartolo + rimanic design studio in conjunction with McCullough Landscape Architecture have released their design for a new football stadium in California. Images with embedded descriptions after the break.

Angry Monkey Offices / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects

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Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects designed playful custom mobile workstations for the offices of this web services company. They allow employees to easily relocate as job requirements necessitate, plugging into the overhead power-data-telephone raceway at any point in the office.

Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: 350 Ninth Street, ,
Project Team: Mark Jensen (Principal), Mark Macy (Principal), Dean Orr, Patricia Pollock
Electrical Engineer: Engineering Network
Contractor: Oliver & Company
Project Area: 5,500 sqf
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph

Hayvenhurst House / Dan Brunn Architecture

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Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: Encino Hills, ,
Contractor: Merlos Construction
Project area: 2,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Dan Brunn, Brandon Shigeta

Red Building / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

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The new addition to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, , which spans 40 years of design and construction, is the Red Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The first phase of the three-part composition is the Blue Building was completed in 1975 by Cesar Pelli when he was Partner for Design at Gruen Associates. The Green Building and an outpost for the Museum of Contemporary was added in 1988. The Red Building is a programmatic addition to the showrooms and museum of the first two structures.

More on this project after the break.

Academy of Art University Introduces the School of Landscape Architecture

The Academy of Art University, the nation’s largest private accredited art and design university, has announced the addition of the School of Landscape Architecture.

Led by Heather Clendenin as Director of Landscape Architecture, the School of Landscape Architecture joins the Schools of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Fine Art & Sculpture and Graphic Design.

The School of Landscape Architecture will be offering accredited Associate’s (AA) and Bachelor’s (BFA) degree programs as well as continuing art education courses beginning Summer 2011 semester.

You can find more information about the new landscape architecture program here.

Linda Flora Residence / Shubin+Donaldson Architects

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This 26,800 sqf home, designed by Shubin+Donaldson Architects, not only merges with its remarkable environment, but virtually disappears. Except for a few deft lines and angles – such as the ordered rows of the surrounding vineyard – there is very little perceivable ‘built’ presence. The entrance is marked by a single low wall, delicately cut into the land while sheltering a stairway that immediately begins the descent into the home.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.
Architect: Shubin+Donaldson Architects
Location: , California, USA
Partners in Charge: Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson
Project Designer: Bradford Kelley
Project Area: 26,800 sqf
Project Year: In development
Renderings: Mike Amaya

NOAA La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project / Gould Evans

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is constructing a new facility to replace the existing NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) located in La Jolla, California, which is threatened by continuing bluff erosion. Designed by Gould Evans, the new facility will include approximately 124,000 sqf with an additional 90,000 sqf of under building parking, and is located on a site east of the existing SWFSC property. The proposed 3.305 acre site enables NOAA to continue its long-term partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) of UC San Diego, but constrains the design, construction and available development due to its steep grade.

Project description, video, and images following the break.

Architect: Gould Evans
Location: La Jolla, California,
Associate Architect: Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer and Prime Consultant: Gibbens Drake Scott
Structural Engineer: TranSystems Corporation
Specifications, Laboratory Consultant, Security Consultant, and Sustainability Consultant: HDR Architecture
Life Support Systems Consultant: MWH Americas
Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting
Landscape Architect: Wimmer Yamada & Caughey
Vegetated Roofs Consultant: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Project Area: 214,000 sqf
Project Year: estimated 2011
Renderings: Gould Evans

Material beyond Materials: Composite Tectonics

“Material beyond Materials: A Composite Tectonics Conference on Advanced Materials and Digital Manufacturing” combines progressive presentations in the fields of architecture, the arts, engineering and materials research. The conference participants will present and discuss their most innovative ideas, projects and positions concerning materials, technology and the impact on the architecture and construction disciplines and professions.

Friday, March 25, 6-8pm
Saturday, March 26, 10am-5pm
Campus 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California,

Taking place on the SCI-Arc campus in downtown Los Angeles, the two-day forum open to the public and the community at large will explore technological advances in composite materials, innovations in construction, and current design discourse—with some of the most important names in today’s building, fabrication and design industries.

Jussila / Studio B Architects

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This project consists of master planning 80 acres of fertile hills with programmatic elements that include a winemaking facility, main residence and tasting room. The site is situated in , California, center of an emerging wine region just north of Santa Barbara.

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: Studio B Architects
Location: Paso Robles, California, USA
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Photographs: Wayne Thom

Zeidler Residence / Ehrlich Architects

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Located on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 3,500 sqf Zeidler Residence, designed by Ehrlich Architects, arranges interior and exterior living spaces to maximize views, natural light, and ocean breezes within a subtle, sophisticated material palette.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Aptos, California,
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Photographs: Matthew Millman