AD Classics: Douglas House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Hovering over the shores of Lake Michigan, 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.

Archiprix International 2011

Archiprix International is an international design competition, displaying the work of the world’s best graduates in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture!

Organized by the Foundation, the 2011 host of MIT in conjunction with the Platform for Permanent Modernity, and sponsored by Hunter Douglas, Archiprix International invites schools to nominate their best graduation project of the past year and submit that project for consideration in the competition, as well as participate in a series of workshops and debates revolving around the topics critical to architectural discourse today.

All participating schools must register their best graduation project by August 1st, 2010 at the online registration site. For more information visit the competition’s official website.

Community Rowing Boathouse / Anmahian Winton Architects

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Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Principal in Charge: Alex Anmahian
Project Managers: Nick Winton, Todd Thiel
Project Architect: Sydney Schremser
Project Team: Joel Lamere, Makoto Abe, Aaron Stavert, , Mazen Sakr, Garth Goldstein, Andrew Plumb, , Julia Davis, , LEED AP
Civil Engineering: Stantec
Marine Structural Engineering: Childs Engineering Corp.
Structural Engineering: Richmond So Engineering
MEP/FP Engineering: RW Sullivan Inc.
Landscape Architects: Stantec
Lighting: LAM Partners
Project Area: 30,000 sq ft
Budget: $11.45 M
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Mike Champion, Peter Vanderwarker, Jane Messinger/Anmahian Winton Architects, Sydney Schremser/Anmahian Winton Architects

Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti: Symposium

The Institute for Urban Design will host Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti, a public symposium on planning strategies that can lead to a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future in Haiti.

The scope of the destruction that followed the January 12th earthquake in Haiti was so great that the rebuilding process must seek to transform the country’s built environment, not just replace it. The country’s long-term welfare depends on a new and comprehensive approach to planning for the future. The event will identify specific ways in which City’s planning and design community can work within the framework established by the Haitian government to encourage a truly integrated planning process for the reconstruction.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on June 4th, 2010, in the Rose Auditorium at the Cooper Union, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information, visit the event’s official website.

modeLab Strip Morphologies Workshop

modeLab will be conducting a Strip Morphologies Workshop in between June 19 and June 21. This workshop will introduce participants to the cultural, technological, and tectonic domain of parametric design and digital fabrication in a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment. Over two-plus days, the workshop will investigate the morphology of the ’strip’ by cross-linking developable surfaces and joining strategies. We will identify and exploit the constraints inherent in sheet material and High-Force CNC cutting technology to explore and construct highly articulated material assemblies.

As part of a larger online infrastructure, , this workshop provides participants with continued support and knowledge to draw upon for future learning. Attendance will be limited to provide each participant maximum dedicated time with instructors. For more information on this event, click here.

Greenwich Street Project / Archi-tectonics

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Completed in 2004, the Greenwich Street Project by Archi-tectonics is a 64,000 square foot multi-unit residential building in just a few blocks from where the Hudson River meets the city. With the West Village to its north, SoHo, the heart of style to its West, and TriBeCa, where entrenpreneurship has transformed industry into lofts to its south, the Greenwich Street Project is the meeting point of three of downtown’s major cultural districts. Ironically enough, its design also involved the merging of an old renovated warehouse with a completely new structure, combining both to create appropriate live-work spaces that served its context.

More on Archi-tectonics Greenwich Street Project after the break.

Vashon Cabin / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects

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Architects: Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
Location: Vashon Island, Washington,
Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Faget
Landscape Architects: David Berleth Landscape Architect
Contractor: McIntyre Construction Services Inc.
Floor Area: 1,848 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ben Benschneider

Miami Civic Center 2010 Competition winners announced

First Prize

Results for the Civic Center 2010 Competition to design the new urban and civic center were announced recently. For complete honorable mentions and participants go to the competition’s official website. Winners after the break.

The Long Island Residence / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

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Stretched upon three acres of land in the Hamptons in Long Island, , the Long Island Residence by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is a quiet, serene home that blends in with the tranquility of nature that surrounds it. Also known as the Rifkind residence, Williams and Tsien designed the house for clients Robert, a lawyer, and Arleen Rifkind, a pharmacolegy professor, and their children. Due to their busy city lives in Manhatten, the Rifkinds wanted a weekend retreat where they could go with family and friends to relax and embrace the outdoors. Therefore the solution, in the words of Williams and Tsien, was “a house that is marked by quiet serenity, openess to the landscape, and a sense of spaciousness without monumentality.”

More on the Long Island Residence after the break.

Container Studio / Maziar Behrooz Architecture

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Architects: Maziar Behrooz Architecture
Location: Amagansett, NY,
Project Area: 840 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Dalton Portella & Francine Fleischer

In Progress: Milstein Hall Steel / OMA

It seems that after Cornell overcame the danger of having both their accreditation and new architecture school eradicated from the campus, there has been smooth sailing in terms of the physical construction of OMA’S Milstein Hall.  The building is right on schedule to be fully completed in the Fall of 2011, as the structural , and the exterior structure + roof are being erected.

More images of the steel and more about the current construction phase after the break.

2010 Washington Unbuilt Awards Calls for Entry

The 2010 Washington UNBUILT Awards Program recognizes excellence in projects that to date remain unbuilt – theoretical, academic, and other unbuilt projects. Projects entered will be displayed and judged as part of the DesignDC conference in August 2010. This competition is conducted by the Chapter/ and is conducted independently of other awards programs sponsored by the National American Institute of Architects and other components.

Digital submissions must be registered online at www.aiadc.com and received at the offices of the Washington Chapter/AIA between April 15 and June 30, 2010. Seen at Death by Architecture.

Facade Renovation / Martin Fenlon Architecture

Martin Fenlon‘s rusted was recently constructed in LA.   The was a facade renovation that took the existing building and added a ‘tube frieze’ in place of typical signage, where a band of undulating stainless tubes evoke the surface of the nearby ocean.  The approach provides a textured effect and adds to the industrial character of the area.

More images and more about the facade after the break.

modeLab Scripting Parameters Workshop

modeLab will be conducting a Scripting Parameters Workshop in starting June 8. This workshop will introduce participants to the concepts and applications of parametric and scripted design logics in a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment.

The workshop will investigate iteration, evaluation, and algorithmic strategies in VB.NET within Grasshopper. Over five evening sessions and one weekend work session, participants will develop and prototype scripted design output in coordination with digital fabrication. Participants will gain a core understanding of the techniques and syntax of extending the functionality of Grasshopper through scripting in VB.NET.

As part of a larger online infrastructure, , this workshop provides participants with continued support and knowledge to draw upon for future learning. Attendance will be limited to provide each participant maximum dedicated time with instructors. For more information on this event, click here.

AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson

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Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Glass House by , with its perfect proportions and its simplicity, is considered one of the first most brilliant works of modern architecture. Johnson built the 47-acre estate for himself in New Canaan, . The house was the first of fourteen structures that the architect built on the property over a span of fifty years.

More on Johnson’s Glass House after the break.

AD Classics: Frederick C. Robie House / Frank Lloyd Wright

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Designed and built between 1908-1910, the Robie House for client Frederick C. Robie  and his family was one of Wright’s earlier projects. Influenced by the flat, expanisve prairie landscape of the American Midwest where he grew up, Wright’s work redefined American housing with the Prairie style home. According to Wright, “The prairie has a beauty of its own and we should recognize and accentuate this natural beauty, its quiet level. Hence, gently sloping roofs, low proportions, quiet sky lines, supressed heavy-set chimneys and sheltering overhangs, low terraces and out-reaching walls sequestering private gardens.”More on the Robie House after the break.