Architect: Studio 0.10 Architects
Location: West Los Angeles, California, USA
Design Team: Debbie Chen, Mark Claborne, Eiko Hamada-Ano, Gregory Haynes, Andrew Liang, Li Wen, Elizabeth Wendell
Structural Engineering: William Koh and Associates
Project Year: 2005 – 2006
Construction Year: 2006 – 2008
Constructed Area: 5,400s.f.
Photographs: fotoworks – Benny Chan; Studio 0.10
LivingHomes®, a developer of modern, sustainably designed, prefabricated homes, has partnered with Kohler Co., to present the Kohler LivingHome, designed by architects Kieran Timberlake. Designed to achieve LEED-Platinum certification, the two-story Kohler Living features furnishings, materials, products and technologies that showcase the best in high design and technology with a low ecological footprint.
Designed to achieve USGBC’s LEED for Homes Platinum certification, the Kohler LivingHome reflects LivingHomes’ Z6 Sustainable Building Goals which include six key objectives for all LivingHomes’ construction and operation: Zero Water, Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon, and Zero Ignorance.
This house was premiered at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA a few weeks ago. Here´s a time-lapse video of the house being assembled:
From the recycled steel and timber-efficient engineered lumber that make up the modules, central vacuum system, and mini-duct air distribution and ventilation systems that help improve indoor air quality; to the bio-composite wood siding, recycled glass tiles, blown-in insulation, high-performance windows with recycled frames, water-saving features and the home resource monitoring system that displays water, energy, and gas usage in real-time, the Kohler LivingHome is built to achieve a minimal environmental footprint.
The Kohler LivingHome is being offered for sale at $499,950.
For more information, click here. Images of the house interiors, after the break.
In June 2008, Transportation Alternatives launched the competition 21st Century Street. Partecipants to the competition should redesign the intersection between 9th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, in order to allow more space for pedestrians, cyclists and public transports.
On December 9, 2008, the results of the competition have been announced, and you can see the winners after the break.
Architects: Preston Scott Cohen
Location: Pine Plains, NY, USA
Structural Engineers: Don Montgomery, Bill Bishop
Lighting: Light This, Inc.,Daina Yurkus
Contractor: EEE, Inc., Eric Wolf
Client: Arnold and Elise Goodman
Program: Administrative building
Design year: 2001-2002
Construction year: 2003-2004
Constructed Area: 418 sqm
Photographs: Preston Scott Cohen
Daniel R. Brenna Jr. of Capital Real Estate Group and architects RMJM unveiled the design for Vista Center, a new LEED Platinum office tower in Trenton, which will be the city’s largest commercial development in decades.
Vista Center is a 25-story, 700,000-square-foot Class A office building planned directly adjacent to the Trenton Transit Center, the second busiest train station on New Jersey’s Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to Washington. The transit-oriented development will include 12,000 square feet of ground-level retail, a parking garage for more than 1,140 cars and two public art components – a plaza with a signature sculpture and lobby with a video art installation.
The project is targeting a LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council – the highest sustainability rating offered – which would make it the first Platinum office tower located directly at a Northeast Corridor Hub.
Images after the break.
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Architect: Thomas Phifer & Partners
Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett
Civil Engineering: Walter P. Moore
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone
Client: Rice University
Project Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Constructed Area: 557.5 sqm
Photographs: OJB, Paul Hester & Scott Frances
Architects: debartolo architects ltd.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Project team: Jack DeBartolo 3 AIA, Jack DeBartolo Jr FAIA, Aaron Taylor, Christoph Kaiser
Civil Engineer: hec engineering
Structural Engineer: rudow + berry
Mep engineering: sullivan designs
Lighting design: roger smith lighting design
Contractor: arthur porter construction
Landscape: e group
Constructed Area: 2,415 sqm
Design year: 2000-2004
Construction year: 2006
Photographs: Bill Timmerman
Architect: 1100 Architect
Location: New York, USA
Principal: Juergen Riehm, David Piscuskas
Project Architect: Christine Harper
Project Managers: Bo Lee, Sebastian Kaempf
Designer: Jessica Spiegel
MEP Engineer: ESC Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
General Contractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Exterior Consultant: Israel Berger
Project Year: 2008
Constructed Area: 2,973 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Kaempf, Lisa Bubbers
Architect: Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Location: New York, USA
Programme: Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Armani Casa, Armani Dolci, Armani Ristorante
Design Team: Sara Bernardi, Alfio Faro, Andrea D’Antrassi, Chiara Marchionni, Rossella Mastronardi
Furniture Design: Ana Gugic, Farshid Tavakolitehrani, Lucrezia Rendace
Model Makers: Nicola Cabiati, Lucrezia Rendace, Jaim Telias
3D Model & Render: Giuseppe Zaccaria, Jaim Telias, Stratos Christofidellis, Valerio Romondia, Giorgos Machairas
Construction year: 2007-2009
Lighting Consultant: Speirs & Major Associates
Project Consultant on Site: Davide Stolfi
Structural Engineering: Gilberto Sarti
Client: Gruppo Giorgio Armani
Art Work: Mimmo Paladino
Site Area: 7.000 sqm
Constructed Area: 2.500 sqm
Photographs: Studio Fuksas
Kristina Hill, Director of the Program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia will be the inaugural speaker in a new annual lecture series New Directions in EcoPlanning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Hill’s lecture, “Designing the Urban Ark: Biodeversity and the Future of Cities” will take place on Wednesday, March 18th at 6 pm in the museum’s Geological Lecture Hall at 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For further information, click here.
Architects: Lyn Rice Architects
Location: New York, USA
Architects in Charge: Lyn Rice & Astrid Lipka
Project Manager: Kimberlae Saul
Team Leaders: Karl-Erik Larson & Anne-Rachel Schiffmann
Design Team: Leif Halverson (SD project architect), Kai Hotson, Julie Torres Moscovitz, Pamela Torres, Erik Carver, Jonathan Garnett, Joanna Gulik
Structural, MEP, & Fire Protection Engineering: Buro Happold
Glazing consultant: Front, Inc.
Lighting consultant: Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting
AV+Acoustical Consultant: Cerami
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: © Richard Barnes, © Michael Moran, © Noah Sheldon, © Lyn Rice Architects
You can see interesting details on the facade and the engineering behind one of the most innovative contemporary theaters. Follow the link to see to whole video.
wHY Architecture shared with us an interesting project for a house in Hollywood, a series of spaces contained by a single stripe, alternating between open and closed.
Read more about it:
Architects: Hufft Projects, LLC
Location: Springfield, MO, USA
Design Team: Matthew Hufft(principal architect), Kimball Hales(principal architect), Jonathan Tramba
Structural Engineer: Packard Engineering
General Contractor: Howard Bailey
MEP Engineer: Malone, Finkle, Eckhardt, and Collins, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Olsson Associates
Constructed Area: 137 sqm
Photographs: Bob Linder
Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture in conjunction with the American Institute of Architecture Students will host a symposium and workshop April 15-16 that will focus on making its campus more environmentally friendly.
The goal of the symposium is to develop a green action plan that is backed by Texas Tech administration and facilities planners and can be implemented to help reduce energy usage and paper waste on campus.
More details about the symposium on the official website.
A few weeks ago I went to Las Vegas, and was surprised by the amount of on-going projects in the middle of the crisis. One of those projects was The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences at the CityCenter’s gateway to the Las Vegas Strip designed by Foster and Partners, a project that “will push the boundaries of the hospitality industry to new limits with a design strategy that combines a sleek, modern exterior with a highly luxurious interior” according to the architects.
And we just saw the news that the project got “cut”, but in a literal way. It wasn´t because of the economical crisis, but actually due to construction flaws: 15 floors of wrongly installed rebar. This forced the developer to cut down the height -removing the condos portion of the building- resulting on a 28 stories tall building, instead of 49 as planned.
But what´s funny is how the project was -at least on the exterior look, because engineers must been working extra hours redoing shafts, elevators, etc- just scaled down.
Seen at: Adaptation or Disaster? – LV Sun
The partnership of AIA Newark and Suburban and the Young Architects Forum invited international designers to find innovative, visionary and compelling proposals for container constructed multi-family mixed-use project. The idea was to reuse the thousand of unwanted shipping containers clogging ports -and the land around them- as the primary unit of an urban multi-family mixed use project. The competition was called Live The Box.
The selected site is adjacent to a major train station and walking distance to the downtown major cultural centers of Newark, New Jersey. Standard height shipping containers 8′-6″ exterior height, in either 20′-0″ or 40′-0″ nominal lengths were the units to be used as the main building block of the structure.
This competition was won by Felix Heidgen and Thomas Nagy, associates at RMJM in Princeton, with their entry NewPark Station described here:
Paul Murdoch Architects, with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, won the 2-stage competition for a national memorial and park to occur at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The memorial will honor the passengers and crewmembers of Flight 93.
For more information about the memorial, click here.
A heart-shaped sculpture by Gage Clemenceau Architects will land on Times Square today. It will stay on Duffy Square until March 1st. The sculpture is constructed with DuPontTM Corian® strawberry ice and welded steel tubes. The heart is lit from within using color changing LED lighting.
For more information, go to Times Square website.
More pictures after the break.