Apogee Stadium Awarded LEED Platinum Certification / HKS Architects

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The Green Building Council has awarded the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium, designed by HKS Architects and built by Manhattan Construction Company, a LEED Platinum Certification, making it the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the nation to achieve the highest level of LEED certification.

The 31,000-seat Apogee Stadium features luxury suites, an amenity-filled club level, a Spirit Store, a corporate deck and a unique end-zone seating area. In addition to hosting UNT events, it will serve the entire North region as a venue for outdoor concerts, community events, high school games and band competitions. More project information after the break.

Fleck Hall / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: , , USA
Client: St. Edward’s University
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 28,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Andersson Wise Architects

LegacyER / 5Gstudio

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Architect: 5G Studio Collaborative, llc
Location: 9205 Legacy Drive, , Texas,
Project Team: Yen Ong, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Principal Architect); Hoang Dang, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Design Principal); James Warton, Associate AIA, LEED AP (Project Designer); Alesha Calvert, ASID (Interior Designer); Warren Lieu (Technical Designer)
Structural Consultant: Armstrong-Douglass Partners, LLC
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Consultant: Telios, PC
General Contractor: Huffman Builders
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith-AIA, Michael Hemme

AD Classics: Menil Collection / Renzo Piano

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Most important Architectural additions to a city are those of spectacle, meant to stand out and grab attention, such as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, or Daniel Libeskind’s extension to the Denver Art Museum. But when made his American debut with the Menil Collection 25 years ago, the result was far from spectacle, but rather more supplementary to an already established neighborhood scale.


Miller Porch House / Lake | Flato Architects

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Architects: Lake | Flato Architects
Location: , Texas,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,500 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Lake | Flato Architects

Habitat For Humanity Adopts Student House Design

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Vert House, a low-cost sustainable house design, has been approved and adopted by Houston Habitat for Humanity. Designed by Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon, graduate architecture students at , the 1,300 square-foot, 3-bedroom house will be constructed by Rice students and alumni in Spring 2012 as the Rice Centennial House, a student initiative in honor of of the university’s centennial celebrations. The design will also be added to Houston Habitat’s portfolio of home designs for additional builds in the future. More information on the project after the break.

AD Classics: Rothko Chapel / Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone, Eugene Aubry and Mark Rothko

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In 1964 was commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil (who are also founders of the nearby Menil Collection that is housed in the Renzo Piano-designed Menil Museum and Cy Twombly Gallery) to create a meditative space filled with his site-specific paintings. The original architect assigned to work alongside Rothko was Philip Johnson, with whom Rothko clashed over their distinct ideas for the building. Rothko would object to the monumentality of Johnson’s plan as distracting from the artwork it was to house. For this reason the Chapel would go through several revisions and architects working on the meditative space. Rothko continued first with Howard Barnstone and then Eugene Aubry, but ultimately did not live to see the chapel’s completion in 1971. It was after a long struggle with depression that Rothko committed suicide in his New York Studio on February 25th, 1970.


Canyon Lakes / Haecceitas Studio

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The concept of territorial architecture is a topic that questions various strategic understandings of complex site systems defined by conceptual ideologies, environmental implications, and identification of emerging phenomenal underlying patterns.

Borrowing influences from Zaha Hadid’s dramatic early paintings, the constructed landscapes of CJ Lim, and the writings by Sanford Kwinter, these investigations by Haecceitas Studio attempt to construct a series of methods, which will reveal the haecceity of multivalent landscapes. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rice School of Architecture 2011 Fall Lecture Series

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Rice University’s School of Architecture shared with us their current lecture series that started on September 1st and runs until November 17th. Each year, the Rice School of Architecture pulls big names in the architecture world to its lecture series. This year’s main topic is JUDGEMENT in Architecture, with Neil Denari and Ben van Berkel on the list to speak among others. More information on the series after the break.

Barndominium / LoJo

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Architect: LoJo
Location: Chappel Hill, , United States
Project Team: , Josh Robbins
Project Area: 731.5 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Blue Lemon Photography 


Solar Shade Tree / UH GDBS

2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Erin Ferguson

Since 1990, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture has been guiding students through their Graduate Design-Build Studio program, which carries out one built project through all phases of design and construction to completion within one Summer.  This year, the GDBS has designed their latest “Solar Shade Tree” on the grounds of McReynolds Middle School in ’s historic 5th Ward neighborhood.

Helena House / StudioMET

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Architects: StudioMET Architects
Location: Houston, Texas,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Yoon You

Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch / Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects

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Architect of Record: Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects
Project Location: Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA
Project Team: Maurice Jennings, Walter Jennings, Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita, David Pullium
Consultants: HP Engineering (MEP), Myers-Beatty Engineering (Structural)
Project Area: 1,080 square feet
Project Year: 2010
Photographs:  Walter Jennings

AD Classics: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston / Mies Van der Rohe

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After completing a master plan for the site in 1953, Ludwig  was commissioned by The Museum of Fine Arts Houston to do two additions to the Caroline Wiess Law Building. Cullinan Hall and Brown Pavilion were added in 1953 and 1974 respectively. See more after the break.

Court Houses / Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction

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Court Houses are the result of Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction‘s desire to increase density within the urban core of . Instead of building one single family residence on a city lot, Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction built two. The lot is on a corner, which provided separate points of access. The surrounding neighborhood context is a mixture of residential projects and city and private development infrastructure. This infrastructure, located across each street forming the corner, informed a courtyard design for the houses as a way to mitigate their presence and provide a private refuge. Formally each house is an L, opposing one another to create a perimeter boundary surrounding an internal courtyard.

Architect: Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction
Location: 802 Cardinal Lane Austin, , USA
Project Architect: Sean Guess AIA
General Contractor: Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction
Project Area: 2001 sqf each unit
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Sean Guess

Urban Reserve 22 / Vincent Snyder Architects

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Architects: Vincent Snyder Architects
Location: Dallas, , USA
Project Team: Vincent Snyder, Jon Geib
Structural Engineer: Lobsinger & Potts Structural Engineer Inc.
Contractor: Urban Edge Developers
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 3900 sqf
Photographs: Chuck Smith Photography

Texas Society of Architects’ 25-Year Award Presented to I. M. Pei & Partners’ Fountain Place

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Each year the Texas Society of Architects recognizes a building that was completed 25-50 years ago which they believe has “stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity”.  This year, the prestigious honor is awarded to Fountain Place, designed by of I. M. Pei & Partners and completed back in 1986 in , Texas.

School of Nursing and Student Community Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston / Lake|Flato Architects and BNIM Architects

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Architect: BNIM Architects, Lake|Flato Architects
Location: Houston, Texas,
Project Team: Steve McDowell, FAIA; Kimberly Hickson, AIA; Chris Koon, AIA; David Immenschuh; David Lake, FAIA; Greg Papay, AIA; Kenny Brown
Consultants:  BNIM Architects, Jaster Quintanilla & Associates, Carter Burgess, Inc., Ferguson Consulting, Inc., Supersymmetry, Clanton Associates, Epsilon Engineering, Walter P. Moore, Coleman & Associates, Apex Busby, Rolf Jenson & Associates, Philo & Wilke Architects, Arup, Pelton Marsh Kinsella, Worrell Design Group, Lerch Bates & Associates, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Rocky Mountain Institute, Elements
Contractor: Jacobs/VaughnGreg Papay, FAIA
Project Area: 18,023 sqm
Project Year:  2004
Photographs: Hester + Hardaway