North GA House / D.O.C. Unlimited

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Architects: D.O.C. Unlimited
Location: Northern Georgia,
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: William Pruyn & Carl Martin/Will Townes

Change Control, a Dan Wood // WORKac lecture

Dan from WORKac will be conducting a lecture in Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio next Tuesday June 8, 6pm at 171 Madison Ave, 14th floor, NYC. The lecture is open to the public but seating is limited, so be there early to grab a seat.

WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) was founded in 2003 by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Based in , WORKac strives to develop architectural and urban projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism.

You can see every WORKac project we’ve featured in ArchDaily here. And don’t forget to check one of the first interviews we had with Amale Andraos & Dan Wood, and the 49 Cities book by WORKac (with a free PDF sample).

The Architect and the Urn exhibit

Lundgren Monuments in association with Vital 5 Productions is proud to present The Architect and the Urn – a west coast exploration of the cremation urn as architectural object, June 3 – July 18, 2010. Twenty-five architects from Seattle to approach the design and concept of housing human ash in this complex and conceptually rich exhibition.

Americans have an unhealthy relationship with death and remembrance. Death care has become a multi-billion dollar industry almost devoid of artists, designers and architects. Instead it is clogged with mass produced plastic urns and heavy, uninspired blocks of imported granite. With the choice of cremation on the rise, more and more of our departed friends and family are returning to us in the form of ash. In the design savvy culture that we live in, it is amazing how few interesting choices exist for us to address this transformed matter. The Architect and the Urn exhibition is assembled to approach this social trend and help fortify the ideas and forms that define our very last residence.

Curated by Greg Lundgren, The Architect and the Urn is on exhibition at the boutique located at 1011 Boren Avenue, Seattle WA 98104. You can see the complete poster after the break.

AD Classics: House VI / Peter Eisenman

 

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Unlike the previously featured Vanna Venturi House, ’s House VI includes disorientation in the work without the concept of relating it to the traditional home. The house is, in fact, anything but what one would consider a conventional house. Eisenman, one of the Five, designed the house for Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frank between 1972-1975 who found great admiration for the architect’s work despite previously being known as a “paper architect” and theorist. By giving Eisenman a chance to put his theories to practice, one of the most famous, and difficult, houses emerged in the United States.

More on House VI after the break.

Montecito Residence / Barton Myers Associates

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Architects: Barton Myers Associates
Location: Montecito, CA,
Principal in Charge: Thomas Schneider
Associate in Charge: Yianna Bouyioukou
Project Architects: Wayne Thomas, Cheng Zhou, David Karp
Landscape: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Structural Engineer: Norman J. Epstein
Engineering: AGME Engineers, mechanical & plumbing; Smith Engineering Associates, electrical; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc, envelope consultant; Rios Clementi Hale Studios, interiors; Penfield & Smith, civil; Grover Hollingsworth & Associates, geotechnical
Contractor: Caputo Construction
Site Area: 1 acre
Project Area: 3,365 sf main residence, 500 sf garage, 50′ lap pool, pool cabana
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: Ciro Coelho

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County renovation / CO Architects

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CO Architects continues its restoration, renovation, and modernization of the venerable Natural History Museum of County (NHM) with an innovative expansion and re-imagination of the institution’s North Campus, which dates back to the 1920s. The $30-million project’s elements include a redesigned front façade with entry bridge, pedestrian-friendly terraces and communal areas, a new two-level car park, and a major landscape program encompassing 3.5-acres of recovered green spaces with programmed gardens and outdoor learning environments. The outdoor garden spaces are created in collaboration with landscape design firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. Currently under construction, the North Campus is set to open 2011/2012, and is overseen by project manager Cordell Corporation.

More images and full press release after the break.

Alligator / buildingstudio

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Architects: buildingstudio
Location: New Orleans, LA,
Design Team: Coleman Coker, David Dieckhoff, Varuni Edussuriya, Tom Holloman, Jonathan Tate
Client: Neighborhood Housing Services
General Contractor: Evolution Builders
Project Area: 960 sq ft
Budget: US $116,000
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Will Crocker & Undine Prohl

railLA Call for Ideas/Venues

railLA, a joint effort between the Los Angeles Chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Planning Association (APA), has launched a Call for Ideas/Venues about High-Speed Rail and its transformative impact on society and the built environment.

Entrants are encouraged to submit new and existing ideas, concepts, designs, plans, papers, videos, models, and other studies. The Call is intended to create a wealth of information about High-Speed Rail from around the world to be exhibited at selected venues through a separate Call for Venues.

A select group of submissions will be showcased at an opening exhibit in Downtown , the railLA website, and in various publications. A $2500 prize purse for the top five submissions will be announced at the opening exhibit.

More information on the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

AD Classics: Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi

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Most critics usually regard consistency in architecture an important aspect of the . However in the Vanna Venturi House took the road less travelled and tested complexity and contradiction in architecture, going against the norm. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania on a flat site isolated by surrounding trees, Venturi designed and built the house for his mother between 1962 and 1964. In testing his beliefts on complexity and contradition (for which he also wrote the book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture), Venturi went through six fully worked-out versions of the house which slowly became known as the first example of Postmodern architecture.

More on the Vanna Venturi House after the break.

AIA Convention: Follow us on Twitter and win amazing books!

The AIA National Convention 2010 will be held in from June 10 till June 12, and ArchDaily will be there to cover it! To start the engines, we decided to launch a small giveaway in Twitter starting today and finishing next Thursday. Everyday we will be giving an amazing book related to the AIA Convention. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and RT our message. To do so, you can just click here (must be logged on to your Twitter account).

And that’s about it. Just a click, and you can win! Today’s book is “Climate Design: Design and Planning for the Age of Climate Change”. So RT our message till 6pm today, and tomorrow morning we’ll announce the winner! And remember, tomorrow we’ll have another book for you!

AD Classics: Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

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Towering over the windy city of , the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) was once the tallest building in the world upon its completion in 1973. Sears, Roebuck, & Company commissioned Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill  to an office building that would house their headquarters and the many offices they had scattered around in one building. The design also had to incorporate extra office space for the anticipated future growth of the company.

More on the Willis Tower after the break.

Metea Valley High School / DLR Group

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Architects: DLR Group
Location: Aurora, IL,
Owner: Indian Prairie School District 204
Engineer: ; KJWW Engineering; Roake and Associates, Inc.
Contractor: Turner Construction
Opened: August 2009 – Phase I; February 2010 – Phase II
Project Area: 464,200 SF; 84.1 Acres
Photographs: James Steinkamp

AD Classics: MIT Baker House Dormitory / Alvar Aalto

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designed the Baker House in 1946 while he was a professor at the Massachussets Institute of Technology, where the dormitory is located. It received its name in 1950, after the MIT’s Dean of Students Everett Moore Baker was killed in an airplane crash that year. The dormitory is a curving snake slithering on its site and reflects many of Aalto’s ideas of formal strategy, making it a dormitory that is both inhabited and studied by students from all over the world.  

Fallingwater On-Site Cottages Competition proposal / Wendell Burnette Architects

A couple of days ago we featured Saucier + Perrotte’s proposal for the Fallingwater On-Site Cottages Competition in Mill Run, , . Today, Wendell Burnette Architects | Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture shared with us their proposal, which received second place. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Saipua Store / Tacklebox

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Architects: Tacklebox
Location: ,
Client: Sarah Ryhanen & Eric Famisan
Project Area: 700 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Tacklebox

AD Classics: Douglas House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Hovering over the shores of Lake , the Douglas House was built by in 1971-1973 for Jim and Jean Douglas. The house is gently placed on a steep slope over the water, almost as if it is floating amongst the trees. As Meier stated about the house, “So steep is the slope to the water that the house appears to have been dropped into the site, a machine-crafted object that has landed in a natural world. The dramatic dialogue between the whiteness of the house and the primary blues and greens of the water, trees, and sky allows the house not only to assert its own presence but to enhance, by contrast, the beauty of its natural environment as well.”

More on the Douglas House after the break.

Fallingwater On-Site Cottages Competition proposal / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

Saucier + Perrotte architectes have shared with us their finalist proposal for the Fallingwater On-Site Cottages Competition in Mill Run, , USA. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.

AD Classics: Lever House / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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The Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was one of the first International style office buildings in the United States. Located in midtown Manhattan, it was originally the American corporate headquarters of the soap company Lever Brothers. Built between 1951-1952, the Lever House extends 24 stories in height right across from Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, and stands as its own perfect glass box.

More on the Lever House after the break.