Cube / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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The Cube mixed-use condominium complex, designed by , represents the next frontier in multifamily high-rise housing in urban areas.  In response to the individual needs of owners and the need of creating a sense of identity, this design provides the opportunity to not simply pick finishes and add fences.  Future condominium owners are propelled to communicate with the architect their needs and day to day functions.  Architectural assumption is thrown to the wayside, and Cube is the approach to condominium living in .

Last week on ArchDaily we featured our interview with Chad Oppenheim founding partner of .  Be sure to check out the full interview here.

Follwing the break are words from the architect, along with rendering, and drawings of this future building.

Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: Design District, Miami, Florida
Credits: Chad Oppenheim, Carlos Ramos, Giovana Henao, Kevin McMorris, Juan López, Carla Urreiztieta, Camilo Orozco, Ana Maria Calle, and Rodrigo Londoño
Client: Nexus Development Group
Project Area: 240,000 sqf
Project Year: Estimated Completion 2012
Renderings: Dbox

Five Architects: A North American Anthology

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If you are in the New York area, Columbia University is organizing a celebration for architect and critic Kenneth Frampton’s 80th birthday. This event, entitled Five Architects: A North American Anthology , is a conference curated by Frampton on Saturday, November 13 running from 10 am – 6 pm.  The five architects will include of New York, Rick Joy of Tucson, John + Patricia Patkau of Vancouver, of San Francisco and Brigitte Shim + Howard Sutcliffe of Toronto. The diverse group represents a varied body of work which, although quite distinct and different, share certain values, such as a particularly sensitive feeling for the impact of both craftsmanship and climate on the generation of form and a seemingly, equally shared concern for the expressive tactility of material and the articulation of structure under the impact of light.

For more information about the event, visit here.

Campus Center / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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The mixed-use Campus Center designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design for Dade Community College will make a statement within the skyline of the tropical city.  Popular for its flowing spaces from interior to exterior, the architects capitalized on ’s climate creating an open-aired campus design complete with arcades, quads, and plazas.  The design incorporates a variety of materials and sustainable practices including a steel frame exo-skeletal system, clad and aluminum with clear glass aluminum window wall system, solar panels in portions of the roof, and vertical shafts wind turbines.

Here you can check out our interview with Chad Oppenheim founding partner of Oppenheim Architecture + Design featured last week on ArchDaily.

More details, drawings, and photographs about the Campus Center by Oppenheim Architecture + Design after the break.

Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: Miami,
Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Carl Römer, Eduardo Quintero, Carlos Ramos, Germán Brun, Juan López, Sebastian Velez, Robert Moehring, Gianpaolo Pietri, Helen Zhao, Hugo Mijares, Joshua Sacks, Lizmarie Esparza, Francisco Llado, Piero Valtolina, and Santhosh Shanmugam
Developer: Gregg Covin Development
Client: Miami Dade Community College
Project Area: 2,500,000 sqf
Project Year: Estimated Completion 2012
Renderings: Dbox and Olalekan Jeyifous

House On Punkinville Road / Norelius Studio

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Architects: Norelius Studio
Location: Punkinville Road, ,
Structural Engineer: Albert Putnam
Project area: 2,464 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Sandy Agrafiotis

COR / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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Miami’s Design District will soon be home to not just another building, but to COR.  The ambitious project to design the first sustainable mixed-use condominium in Miami has been getting a lot of buzz and rightfully so.  At 400′ tall it represents a dynamic synergy between architecture, structural engineering, and ecology.  Extracting power from its environment utilizing the latest advancements in wind turbines, photovoltaics, and solar hot water generation COR upon completion will be seeking a LEED Platinum certification.  The polka dotted hyper-efficient exoskeleton shell simultaneously provides building structure, thermal mass for insulation, shading for natural cooling, enclosure for terraces, armatures for turbines, and loggias for congregating on the ground.  Comprising commercial, office, fitness, live/work, and pure residential spaces (113 residences from studios to penthouses)—COR provides a uniquely flexible platform for­ lifestyle enhancement.

Last week on ArchDaily we featured our interview with Chad Oppenheim founding partner of .  Below is a portion of the interview regarding the design of COR, and the full interview can be found here.

Follow the break for drawings and renderings of COR, along with a list of environmental design techniques incorporated into the design.

Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: Miami, , United States
Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Carlos Ramos, Juan López, Carolina Jaimes, Juan Calvo, Hugo Mijares, Jessica Santaniello Barrera, Rodrigo Londoño and Camilo Orozco
Client: Nexus Development Group
Project Area: 480,000 sqf
Project Year: Estimated 2011
Renderings: Dbox

Frank Gehry to Speak at Pratt Institute on Architecture and Beauty

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Renowned architect Frank Gehry will speak as part of the School of Architecture’s fall 2010 lecture and events series at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, in Memorial Hall Auditorium on Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus. The event is free and open to the public.  Seating priority will be given to Pratt students and faculty members with valid ID at 2:30 p.m. Members of the public will be admitted at 2:50 p.m. should seating be available.

Read on for more information after the break.

Tampa Covenant Church / Alfonso Architects

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Architects: Alfonso Architects
Location: Tampa, , USA
Construction Cost: $2,600,000
Project area: 25,000 sq ft
Project year: 2010
Photographs:  Al Hurley

The Briefcase House / Jimenez Lai

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Jimenez Lai of  Bureau Spectacular shared his residential project for a warehouse loft.  The 1400 sf space is conceived as a house within a house where all the material possessions are compacted into one oversized briefcase, which the subject sleeps inside.  The project focuses on engaging two architectural issues: the inside/outside and S/XL.

More information, including Lai’s illustrated storyboards after the break.

Villa Allegra / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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Multiple rooms, both interior and exterior, have been added to a non-descript, one-story 1960′s ranch style home transforming it into a receiver of Miami’s tropical climate. While the effect is striking, minimal alterations were made to the existing structure. The house is entered through a 20′x30′x30′ volume where a reflecting pool and oculus align to activate the space with reflection and luminance. A large room organizes the house into private and public realms. Tremendous spaces with oversized windows overlook the pool and canal. A 60′x20′x20′ volume, at the rear of the home provides enclosure for outdoor living and a large circular column contains an outdoor shower open to the sky. The second floor contains a secluded courtyard garden, off the master bedroom. The project provides a flexible infrastructure for the participation and enjoyment of the pleasures of life.

Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of Villa Allegra.

Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: Miami Beach, , United States
Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Juan Calvo, Giovana Henao, Leslie Abraham, Rodrigo Londoño, and Roger Placencia
Project Area: 9,000 Ssqf
Project Year: 2002
Photographs: Eric Laignel

‘ENYA International Design Ideas Competition’ Exhibition Opening

The Emerging New York Architects Committee (), AIA Chapter, is thrilled to announce its fourth biennial international ideas competition exhibition opening, “High Bridge.”

Please join the committee and the winning teams at the Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place), November 11 at 6:00 pm, for the opening party to celebrate the competition winners and the launch of the competition publication, HB:BX, Building Cultural Infrastructure. The exhibition will be on view at the Center for Architecture through March 27, 2011.

The High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure competition (HB:BX) encouraged participants to design an arts center that culturally reinforced the physical connection between the Manhattan and Bronx High Bridge communities of New York City.

More information on the official website.

Fuller Lofts / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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The Fuller Lofts project is a 127,500 sqf adaptive reuse and nearly 30,500 sqf vertical expansion of a 1920s concrete industrial building in a depressed neighborhood of East Los Angeles. Located convenient to a station on a recently constructed light-rail line, the Fuller Lofts was the first transit-oriented development begun in the area and has spurred the revitalization of Lincoln Heights.

Follow the break for photographs, drawings, and text about Fuller Lofts.

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, , United States
Structural Engineering: Nabih Youssef and Associates
MEP Engineers: Innovative Engineering Group (IEG)
Landscape Architect: Rios Clemente Hale Studio
General Contractor: Lee Homes
Client: Livable Places
Project Area: 158,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects

AIA Los Angeles announces ‘Arch is’ Competition Call for Entries

Oyler Wu Collaborative / 2009 Winner

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|) is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2010 Arch Is competition. Only in its sophomore year, Arch Is is the newest addition to the AIA|’s growing roster of programs.

The competition invites young architects and designers to share their portfolios and philosophies with an esteemed panel of judges, that includes Neil Denari, AIA (Neil M. Denari Architects), Lisa Iwamoto, AIA (IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture), Mia Lehrer, FASLA (Mia Lehrer + Associates), and Geoff Manaugh (BLDG BLOG).

Two talented winners will be awarded with a public forum and the rare opportunity to share their perspective on what architecture is with the design community. The winner will also receive a cash award.

The Arch Is competition is open to any design collaborations, design partnerships, or designers residing in who have graduated from an accredited architecture school or foreign equivalent. Participants must register by December 17, 2010 and submit their materials by January 14, 2011. The winners will be announced and invited to speak at a public AIA|LA awards ceremony and forum event in March 2011. For more information, please click here.

Lechmere Public Library / Alan Lu

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At a time when the economic state of the United States is at a point where it is impacting the way students and current architects are going about designing certain building types, Alan Lu, who is currently the Presidential Fellow at MIT is deeply engrained within the realm of form, fabrication and the endless pursuit of luxury through space. His studies and research is demonstrated in his Lechmere Public Library design in , where his hybrid form of institutional and private space combines to exist as a single entity. More images and description after the break.

930 Poydras Residential Tower / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

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Designed to vertically re-imagine the typically horizontal condition of ’ dense French Quarter blocks, the project is organized to create a communal amenity floor at the 9th level, reinterpreting the courtyard housing typology for urban, high-rise living. At this raised “courtyard” level, shuttle elevators transfer from garage to tower in order to instigate opportunities for residents to cross paths with one another in a shared, communal space as opposed to the typical, introverted experience found in most high-rise residential developments.

More photographs, drawings, and description of this 21 story, 462,000 square foot mixed-use residential project including ground floor retail and 250 residential apartments above a 500-car garage following the break.

Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Mechanical Engineer: Mechanical Construction Co
Structural Engineer: Morphy Makofsky Inc
Electrical Engineer: Canzoneri & Associates
Civil Engineer: Morphy Makofsky Inc
Geotechnical Engineer: Eustis Engineering
MEP Engineer: Moses Engineers (Contract Administration Only)
Contractor: Gibbs Construction Company
Client: Brian Gibbs Development, LLC
Project Area: 462,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photography: Timothy Hurlsey

Texas Hillel: The Topfer Center for Jewish Life / Alter Studio

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Hillel is a private organization that provides a forum for high-holiday and weekly Sabbath services for the three main movements within Judaism. However, over and above its identity as a place of worship, Hillel strives to be a community center for the 4,000+ Jewish students at The University of at Austin (representing one of the largest Jewish student populations of any American university). Informal classes, lectures, student activities, community events and a full-service, kosher meal-plan are all part of the daily life of this institution. The design for a new 18,000 square-foot facility, three times the size of the previous dilapidated building, became a vehicle to contemplate the various ways in which architecture might be significant to this organization and its constituencies. Designed for a modest budget, ingenuity in planning and detail were paramount for insuring the quality and character of the building.

Architects: Alter Studio
Contractor: Flynn Construction, Inc
Landscape: Eleanor McKinney
Interiors: The Bommarito Group
Project Area: 18,000 sqf
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy Photography

Canstruction® Exhibit and Design Competition

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This year Canstruction® challenged 25 teams of architects and engineers to produce sculptures out of 100,000 full cans of food. The exhibition of the work produced will be displayed at the World Financial Center between November 11th and 22nd. Everyone is welcome, free of charge to marvel at the mind-boggling sculptures.

Read on for images and more information.

A House of Worship / Tim Bacheller

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shared with us his award for, “Best Multi-Congregation Design’, in the Faith in Place competition. The competition challenged architects to develop creative solutions to serve the needs of modern communities and congregations. A House of Worship becomes a vehicle for congregations with outdated structures and a need for environmentally friendly architecture while integrating with the broader community. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Walnut Creek Wetland Center / Frank Harmon Architect

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Architects: Frank Harmon Architect PA
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina,
Project Manager: Frank Harmon Architect PA, Erin Sterling, AIA, LEED
Project Landscape Architect: Cynthia Rice Landscape Architecture + Planning, LLC
Mechanical Engineer: Consider Design, PA, Isaac Panzarella, PE
Structural Engineer: Tim Martin, PE
Civil Engineer: McKim + Creed, Chris Stanley, PC, CFM
Project Area: 7,500 sqft
Photographs: © Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect