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, Florida, 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
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.
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, California, 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
The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|Los Angeles) 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|Los Angeles’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 California 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.
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 Boston, Massachusetts where his hybrid form of institutional and private space combines to exist as a single entity. More images and description after the break.
Designed to vertically re-imagine the typically horizontal condition of New Orleans’ 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.
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 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, Texas Hillel strives to be a community center for the 4,000+ Jewish students at The University of Texas 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.
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.
Tim Bacheller 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.
Architects: Frank Harmon Architect PA
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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
Extraordinary views in the heart of the city and a small buildable footprint limited by restrictive easements prompted a thin, three-story home with the main living spaces and master suite on the top floor – essentially a one-bedroom loft with 270° views. A 16’ ipe screen envelopes the body of the house, and rests delicately atop a base of long courses of black Leuders limestone.
Photographs and details of East Windsor Residence after the break.
Architects: Alter Studio
Location: Austin, TX
Contractor: Crowell +
Landscape: David/Peese Design
Project Area: 4,500 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Finkel Photography, JH Jackson Photography
The 100,000 square foot new Sephardic Community Center on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, NY is a transformative expansion of its 30-year old original building. It is symbolic of the central role it now plays in the surrounding neighborhood as an inter-generational facility. It expands upon the first Center’s stated mission to preserve and nurture the rich history and culture of the Sephardic Community, it offers coherence to the Center’s ever-widening program of educational, athletic and social services, and above all it extends a legible, clear invitation to all for participation in community events.
More photographs after the break.
Architects: BKSK Architects
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Partner-in-Charge: Joan Krevlin, FAIA, LEED AP
Project Architect: Julia Nelson, AIA, LEED AP
Project Managers: David Kubik, AIA, LEED AP, Harpreet Dhaliwal, AIA, LEED AP
Interior Designer: Stacey Jattuso
Contractor: E.W. Howell
Structural Engineer: Weidlinger Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer: Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Michael Wein Civil Engineer
Landscape Architect: H.M. White Site Architects
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jonathan Wallen, Jeffrey Totaro
The Boston Society of Architects shared with us their publication where members were given honorable recognition for receiving the Preservation Achievement Award by the Boston Preservation Alliance. While, undoubtedly, these iconic buildings have been highlights to the city of Boston, they are now being acclaimed for being buildings of historic preservation while creating a resounding impact for society and beyond. Flip through the Boston Society of Architects’ images to view stunning work by architects after the break.
This project – a comprehensive interior remodel and penthouse addition which opens to views of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz – exemplifies what is becoming an increasingly common aesthetic dilemma in San Francisco. It was born of the tension between the owners’ desire for a contemporary home and the San Francisco Planning Department’s historicizing planning mandate – in this case with regard to the home’s Pacific Heights neighborhood.
Following the break are photographs and a description of how the architects created a design that was within the parameters of the historical neighborhood with the contemporary feel the clients were looking for.
Architects: Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Location: San Francisco, California
Project Team: Luke Ogrydziak, Zoe Prillinger, Leo Henke, Haemi Chang, Gisela Schmoll
Structural Engineer: Santos + Urrutia
Contractor: Webb Construction
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Currently on view at the MoMa, the Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement exhibition has provided an exciting and successful glimpse into how architecture can serve the greater needs of society. The museum just shared with us their latest news that starting in November and running through May, the Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries will hosting Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture. This exhibit will highlight the great variety of important acquisitions made by the Department of Architecture and Design since 2005, juxtaposing, in several cases, newly acquired material with works long held in the collection in order to underscore the rationale and motives behind collecting architecture at MoMA. Some of the featured pieces include models by Corbusier and sketches by Sullivan.
More about the exhibition, including images of some of the acquired pieces after the break.
The BUILDING CONNECTIONS 2010 exhibition highlights the creative talent and hard work of the K-12 students who participated in the Center for Architecture Foundation’s (CFAF) architecture and design education programs during the 2009-2010 school year. This year’s exhibition also illustrates CFAF’s design education methodology and highlights the benefits of design education.
Teachers, parents, administrators, design professionals and the general public are invited to visit the exhibition, meet program staff and learn how to bring CFAF’s design education programs to their communities. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, visit the official website.