East Windsor Residence / Alter Studio

 JH Jackson Photography

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: , TX
Contractor: Crowell +
Landscape: David/Peese Design
Project Area: 4,500 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Finkel Photography, JH Jackson Photography

Sephardic Community Center / BKSK

 Jonathan Wallen

The 100,000 square foot new Sephardic Community Center on Ocean Parkway in , 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: Julie 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

Preservation Achievement Award Winners

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The Boston Society of Architects shared with us their publication where members were given honorable recognition for receiving the Preservation Achievement Award by the Preservation Alliance. While, undoubtedly, these iconic  buildings have been highlights to the city of , they are now being acclaimed for being buildings of historic preservation while creating a resounding impact for society and beyond. Flip through the ’ images to view stunning work by architects after the break.

Honighaus / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

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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 . It was born of the tension between the owners’ desire for a contemporary home and the 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,
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

Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture / MoMA

© MoMA. Jean Tschumi (Swiss 1904-62). Nestle Headquarters. South Facade Perspective.

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.

Building Connections 2010: Exhibition Opening and Open House

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.

Conference Review: “Typology Redux: Revisiting a theoretical framework for new modes of practice”

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Sun-Young Park, an architecture PhD student at Harvard shared with us a review on the Typology Redux Conference at Northeastern University in . Read the complete review after the break.

Texas Hill Road Residence / Incorporated

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Architects: Incorporated Architecture & Design
Location: Craryville, , USA
Project Architect: Adam Rolston
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Peter Murdoch & Drew Stuart

Waukegan Church / STL

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Architects: STL
Location: Waukegan, , USA
Client: The Episcopal Diocese of
Project Area: 5,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of STL

Bouldin Residence / Alter Studio

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When the clients for the Bouldin House, a young couple in the music industry, approached 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 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

Video: The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University

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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 made about the pavilion. Enjoy!

FreshLatino at Storefront for Art and Architecture

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Curated by Ariadna Cantis, curator of the FreshLatino exhibition at the Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with Eva Franch.

Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, presents the inaugural event of their new Manifesto Series with the FreshLatino seminar Emerging Latin Territories.

If we accept that America was a laboratory for 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

Video: “A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome”

Upon its completion in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton Rouge, , 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.

AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig


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The Case Study House Program produced some of the most iconic architectural projects of the 20th Century, but none more iconic than or as famous as the Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig.  The modern residence overlooks Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills. It was completed in 1959 for Buck Stahl and his family. Buck Stahl had envisioned a modernist glass and constructed house that offered panoramic views of Los Angeles when he originally purchased the land for the house in 1954 for $13,500.  Stahl had originally begun to excavate and take on the duties of architect and contractor; it was not until 1957 when Stahl hired Pierre Koenig to take over the design of the family’s residence.

Project Umbrella / Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak

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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 , the Community Redevelopment Agency, along with other public and private sponsors.

More images and descriptions after the break.

Vision for the Great Lakes at TEDxTalks by Philip Enquist of SOM

This past July 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.

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Following Enquist’s lecture the mayors of the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative voted to approve a regional sustainability program.

Tower House / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: Leander, , USA
Project Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Kristen Heaney, Travis Greig
Contractor: Curtis Gravatt, Construction Arts
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray

Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond / Studio Gang Architects

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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.

Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Client: Lincoln Park Zoo
Project Area: 4 acres
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Beth Zacherle and Studio Gang Architects