Potrero House / Cary Bernstein Architect

© César Rubio

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, California,
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, San Francisco,
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, , USA
Project Team: John Peterson (Peterson Architects), Zach Heineman (Public Architecture), 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

Rendering courtesy Design Subcontracting Company

Architects de bartolo + rimanic design studio in conjunction with McCullough Landscape Architecture have released their design for a new football stadium in San Diego 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, San Francisco,
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


Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: Encino Hills, , USA
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 , California, 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

© Mike Amaya

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: , , 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 , 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 , 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, USA
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, , California, USA

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 , , 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: , California,
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Photographs: Matthew Millman

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rooftop Garden / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects

© Bernard Andre Photography

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) rooftop garden is an open-air gallery defined by the intersection of sculpture, space and light. Recipients of an AIA National 2011 Honor Award for Architecture, American Architecture Awards 2010, an San Francisco 2010 Honor Award for Design, and an California Council 2009 Merit Award for Design, the project was designed by Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects.

Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Principal: Mark Jensen
Project Architect: Dean Orr
Project Team: Steven Huegli, Gretchen Krebs, Orit Goldstein-Mayer
Landscape Architect: CMG (Conger Moss Guillard) Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: Forell / Elsesser Engineers, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Audio Visual: Auerbach-Pollock-Friedlander
Acoustical: Charles M. Salter Associates
Contractor: Vance Brown Builders
Owner/Client: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Richard Barnes, Henrik Kam, Bernard Andre

Chattanooga Street Duplex / Zack | de Vito

© Massimiliano Bozonella

This project is a modern, urban two-unit townhouse designed by Zack | de Vito. Its construction consists of a 3-story wood frame structure over a concrete basement/garage. The site is a typical lot, 26′ x 115′, with a moderate to steep upslope. The project was undertaken as a design build project with the Architect also being the owner and the general contractor. The North unit is the owner/architect’s home, and the South unit was sold. The design/build/develop strategy allowed the owners to build a new, modern home in the almost inaccessibly expensive Bay area housing market. The design build strategy also allowed an extraordianry amount of design freedom during construction, with details being worked out continuously through construction.

Project description, images and drawings after the break.

Architect: Zack | de Vito
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Project Team: Lise de Vito, Jim Zack, Greg Klosowski, Jeff Jordan
Landscape: Jim Zack and Randy Thueme Design
Project Area: 5,550 sqf
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Massimiliano Bozonella

Laidley Street Residence / Zack | de Vito

© Bruce Damonte

Designed by Zack | de Vito, the Laidley Street Residence illustrates what a design build project can achieve. The owners, a family of four, were both architect and builder. The goal of the project was to create a modern, eco-sensitive, urban retreat that was kid tough and kid friendly, but didn’t compromise on design. It has received numerous awards including the 2010 East Bay Merit Award, the 2009 National AIA Housing Award, the 2009 SFAIA Excellence in Architecture Award, and the 2009 Custom Home and Builder Magazine Award.

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: Zack | de Vito
Location: , California, USA
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

700 Palms Residence / Ehrlich Architects

© Erhard Pfeiffer

Ehrlich Architects’ objective for this eco-friendly residence in Venice, California was to: design a high-performance home that dissolves the barriers between indoors and outdoors; utilize raw, honest materials appropriate to the bohemian grittiness of the surrounding community; and have the smallest carbon footprint in balance with lifestyle.  This project received a 2009 AIA National Housing Award.

Project description and images after the break.

Architect: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Venice, California, USA
Photographs: Erhard Pfeiffer, Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai, and Grey Crawford