Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Las Vegas Places Second, Wins “Market Appeal”

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From the architect. Placing second overall, just a few points behind the winning 2013 Solar Decathlon team, students from the University of Nevada Las Vegas () have won the “Market Appeal” contest at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) sixth solar-home competition. Known as “DesertSol”, the project was lauded for its “livability, marketability and constructability” as well as its “appeal within the housing market of the target client chosen by team.” It is designed to be a self-reliant, energy-efficient second home for upper-middle income Americans who pursue active lifestyles in the sparsely populated Mojave Desert. Read on for the team’s project description.

Downtown Project: A Community Driven Urban Plan for Las Vegas

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It began with the relocation of the Zappos Headquarters, now owned by Amazon, from its offices in Henderson, , to the former city hall in downtown Las Vegas:  an idea to transform the struggling part of downtown Las Vegas into a vibrant community with economic opportunities for young professionals along with an incentive for a variety of companies to build their foundations providing jobs and income for the city.  Despite America’s association with the Las Vegas strip, the downtown has a metro area dominated by unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy. Zappos CEO Tony Hseih saw this area, filled with vacant lots, liquor stores and motels, as an opportunity to develop something new and enriched that could foster an economy, bring young professionals and inspire natural growth of community and industry. Hseih’s Downtown Project aims to develop a community by listening to what people want and need from their physical environment, that is also dense, diverse and inspires economic growth.

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Qlab / assemblageSTUDIO

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assemblageSTUDIO recently won the AIA unbuilt Award for their project, Qlab. A communal atmosphere of open collaboration and interaction has replaced the typical open cubicle office to create a new generation, which has energized downtown Las Vegas. The desire to be all consumed and surrounded by likeminded organizations with a rekindled attitude towards downtown. This spirit is captured in the project by combining a café, lounge, residential and open bay modular office spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

North Las Vegas City Hall and Civic Plaza Wins National Award / Fentress Architects

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Chosen for its outstanding construction management techniques and environmental sensitivity, the North City Hall and Civic Plaza was recently named 2012 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Designed by Fentress Architects, the project was completed $17 million under budget in 2011 and as a result of a downtown revitalization effort, North Las Vegas’ new City Hall successfully consolidates the city’s departments into a one-stop-shop offering convenience, efficiency and ease of navigation for both city staff and residents. More architects’ description after the break.

Anne Lindberg Transforming Space with Thread

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Anne Lindberg’s recent work essentially redefines space using thread.  Bordering the definintion of architecture and sculpture, Lindberg allows color and light to manipulate the hundreds of millimeter-thick strands to create a web – a three-dimensional volume affixed to the architecture.  Each of her pieces is specific to the place in which it is situated, no two identical based on the architecture, its lighting conditions and the space’s use.  The pieces are architectural in so far as they are “contextual and integral to the space”, she says.  The exhibition of drawn pink (watch the video after the break) ends today at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, , while andante green will be on exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art until July 15th.

ArchDaily asked Anne Lindberg a few questions about her work.  Read the responses and find out more about her installations after the break.

Rondolino Residence / nottoscale

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Architect: nottoscale
Location: High Desert near Scotty’s Junction, , USA
Size: 1,200 sf building, 900 sf exterior deck
Completed: December 2010
Photographer: Joe Fletcher Photography

Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center / Line and Space

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Architect: Line and Space, LLC
Location: Las Vegas,
Completion Date: 2011
Project Area: 52, 700SqFt
Client: US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management
Contractor: Straub Construction
Structural Engineer: Holben, Martin, and White Consulting Structural Engineers
Civil Engineer: GLHN Architects and Engineers
Exhibit/Interpretive Consultant: Hilferty and Associates
Photography: Robert Reck, Henry Tom

   

Silverland Middle School / Tate Snyder Kimsey

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Architects: Tate Snyder Kimsey
Location: , Nevada,
Project Team: Windom Kimsey, Mike Purtill, Vincent Novak, Christopher Lujan, Molly Smith, Kevin Kemner, Pat Pusich, Jake Gay, Dorothy Schwankle, Jeni Masters, Daniel Chenin, Nick Rosania, Mike Brown
General Contractor: Rafael Construction, Inc.
Project Area: 97,520 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Bonner

Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village / assemblageSTUDIO

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Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village, designed by assemblageSTUDIO, is a place where children learn real life strategies for dealing with emergencies while developing a positive attitude towards safety. The Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village will combine traditional classroom education methods with unique interactive experiences in a realistic child-sized townscape. The overall design of the facility will also educate people on how to live in this desert region. With multiple sustainable systems people will learn how to live sustainably in the desert. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Interior / Rockwell Group

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Architects: Rockwell Group
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada,
Founder and CEO: David Rockwell
Principals: Edmond Bakos, Tucker Viemeister
Studio Leader: Gregory Stanford
Project Managers: Robert Vertes
Interior Designers: Penelope Fisher-White, Lauren Farquhar and Emily Morley
Staff: Ray Chuang, Harold Gainer Jodel Narcisse, Nancy Thiel and Rahm Erez
Project area: 10,000 sq. ft.
Photographs: James Medcraft

Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas

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is our destination for the Architecture City Guide series this week.  Some of the most famous hotels and casinos grace the streets of , we’ve included those and much more. We want to hear from you, so take a minute to add your favorite can’t miss buildings in in our comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas list and corresponding map after the break!

Copper Haus / assemblageSTUDIO

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Architects: assemblageSTUDIO
Location: , , USA
Landscape architect: Attanasio Landscape Architecture
Project area: 8,000 sq. f.t
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Drew Gregory

Veer Towers / Murphy/Jahn

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Murphy Jahn approached the Veer Towers design with the intention of exhibiting urban responsibility, paying particular attention to the building’s performance in terms of function and systems. The larger challenge was to make the project an integral part of Las Vegas but also to give its buildings and spaces a unique and strong identity. Following the break are photographs and description about this 2010 Certified building.

Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada,
Lead Designers: Helmut Jahn & Francisco Gonzalez Pulido
Associate Architect: AAI Architects Inc
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
MEP: Flack + Kurtz Inc.
Client: MGM Mirage Design Group
Project Area: 841,844 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographer: Rainer Viertlboeck

House In Two Parts / assemblageSTUDIO

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Architects: assemblageSTUDIO
Location: , Nevada,
Materials Used: Integra cmu, weathered copper panels, low e windows, wood joists / framing
Project area: 6,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of assemblageSTUDIO