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.
When the clients for the Bouldin House, a young couple in the music industry, approached Alter Studio they didn’t have an image in mind, or a site, but knew that they wanted a very special home that would embrace the many different things that they liked. The design presents an aesthetic that engages serendipity in many guises, where board-formed concrete, rough recycled wood flooring, and vertical cedar siding is posed against abstract detailing allowing sunlight and shadow from every direction.
Architect: Alter Studio
Contractor: S&W Construction
Landscape: Mark Word and Client
Project Area: 2300 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographers: Paul Bardagjy Photography and Jonathan Jackson Photography
Last year we featured the Brochstein Pavilion designed by Thomas Phifer & Partners and The Office of James Burnett. Since then, the pavilion has received a National AIA Award, a National ASLA Honor Award and the ASU Architectural Citation. Today, we’d like to share with you a video that The Office of James Burnett made about the pavilion. Enjoy!
Curated by Ariadna Cantis, curator of the FreshLatino exhibition at the Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with Eva Franch.
If we accept that America was a laboratory for modern movement in an unequal and fragmented way, then what is the role of Iberian America today, within the panorama of emerging architecture and contemporary thinking?
Confronting ourselves with this question we came up with the idea to produce a manifesto that diagnoses the world’s architectonical situation within a different [ Iberian American] perspective and at the same time establish certain values that question the current directions within the architectural discourse and propose new projectual material and vectors of thought.
There will be a two days seminar between October 25th and 27th divided in two acts aimed to be held in the following institutions. Simultaneously with the FRESHLATINO video installation exhibition.
ACT 1 | 25 OCT | Opening
ACT 2 | 27 OCT
More information after the break
Upon its completion in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the largest clear-span structure in the world. Based on the engineering principles of the visionary design scientist and philosopher Buckminster Fuller, this geodesic dome was, at 384 feet in diameter, the first large scale example of this building type.
“A Necessary Ruin” tells the history of the Union Tank Car Dome via interviews with architects, engineers, preservationists, media, and artists; animated sequences demonstrating the operation of the facility; and hundreds of rare photographs and video segments taken during the dome’s construction, decline, and demolition.
Visit handcraftedfilms.com for more information and to purchase the DVD.
Project Umbrella by architects Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak has been awarded first place in the LA Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, presented by SCI-Arc and Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency, along with other public and private sponsors.
More images and descriptions after the break.
This past July Philip Enquist of SOM spoke to the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota as a part of TEDxTalks Mill City series. His focus was to raise awareness and also challenge the Great Lake and St. Lawrence watershed residents to “imagine there are no borders”. This video hits close to home, as I grew up in the Great Lakes watershed region. His lecture is informative and revealing of the responsibility there is to utilize and protect this great resource of the United States.
At the end of the video you find yourself wondering why haven’t we already created a plan for the Great Lakes region. Possibly the size of this region or the international boarder running through it has failed to put it on many people’s radar screens. Either way Enquist lays out an achievable ten point plan (overview after the break) to focus on where this 100 year vision could be a global example of human balance with nature, beyond two nations.
Following Enquist’s lecture the mayors of the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative voted to approve a regional sustainability program.
The project transforms a picturesque urban pond from the 19th century into an ecological habitat buzzing with life. With the design’s improvements to water quality, hydrology, landscape, accessibility, and shelter, the site is able to function as an outdoor classroom in which the co-existence of natural and urban surroundings is demonstrated.
The movie “Luminous walls: From clerestory windows to pixelated planes“, is a shortened version of the lecture that will be presented by Thomas Schielke at the Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York (Oct. 26th, 2010). The timeline depicts different international lighting approaches from backlit clerestory windows for spiritual enlightenment to changing pixelated planes based on LED technology.
The overview of international projects from architects like Antonio Gaudi, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, Raffael Moneo, Toyo Ito, Christoph Ingenhoven and Karim Rashid or light artists as Peter Kogler and Erwin Redl covers various lighting methods and techniques for luminous walls and their visual appearance.
Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio LLC
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Project Architects: Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Structural Engineering: AED Structural Engineers, Inc. – Christopher J. Sosnowski, P.E.
Construction Company: Creative Concrete and Masonry, LLC
Project Area: 361.40 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman
‘The Building: Problem or Solution?’ competition, managed by Faith in Place, encouraged the creative design of religious buildings through the re-use and modification of existing structures. Through the collaborative ideas of architects Onat Oktem, Ziya Imren, Zeynep Oktem and Uri Tzarmotzky, their Green Mosque won the competition’s, “Best Freestanding Religious Structure”. More on the architect’s description and images after the break.