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Putting Wood on a Pedestal: The Rise of Mid-Rise Podium Design

Podium construction – alternately known as platform or pedestal construction – is a building typology characterized by a horizontal division between a lower ‘podium’ and an upper tower. The podium, which is typically made of concrete or steel, is crowned by multiple light wood-frame stories. Often, the lighter upper structure contains four to five stories of residential units, while the podium houses retail, commercial, or office spaces and above- or below-grade parking. An alternative configuration sports six to seven residential stories (including the podium) and subterranean parking. Some visible examples of this podium construction style include the amenity-rich Stella residences designed by DesignArc; an attractive yet cost-effective student housing project for the University of Washington by Mahlum Architects; and the warm, modern University House Arena District also designed by Mahlum Architects in Eugene, Oregon.

Stirrup House / Olson Kundig

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© Aaron Leitz

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Ketchum, United States
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6472.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Gethsemane Lutheran Church / Olson Kundig

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© Benjamin Benschneider

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Seattle, United States
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 64135.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

JW Marriot Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa / Olson Kundig

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Spa
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 561000.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center / LMN Architects

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Seattle, United States
  • Architects: LMN Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2500.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion

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The purpose of architectural photography is to show a design in the best possible way, with the artform often characterized by perspective correction and atmospheric lighting. However, few architectural photographers have experimented with other artistic disciplines. Miguel de Guzmán, Paul Vu and Jules Couartou are among those who have challenged the limits of this form of photography, generating an interesting crossover between architecture photography, fashion and performances. In their images, the relationship between space and the user is shown through a scene designed to register an effect on the viewer. The results are images which are full of creativity.

Tacoma Art Museum Benaroya Wing / Olson Kundig

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Tacoma, United States
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6595.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

AIA Selects 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn
Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn

The American Institute of Architects has selected nine projects for its 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. The award program celebrates the best contemporary architecture and highlights the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives. AIA’s five-member jury selects submissions that demonstrate design achievement, including a sense of place and purpose, ecology, environmental sustainability and history.

TIRPITZ Museum. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj Casey House. Image © doublespace photography Smart Factory. Image © Simon Menges, Berlin Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn + 18

Omaha Art House / Olson Kundig

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  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4990.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Northwest Art House / Olson Kundig

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  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 10000.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Sky Ranch / The Miller Hull Partnership

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325 Westlake / Graham Baba Architects

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Sandy Hook School Architect Testifies in Front of Congress About School Safety

Following up on the AIA's recent update of guidelines regarding school safety, architect Jay Brotman, designer of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, testified in front of the US Department of Education this week to urge the government to adopt safer standards for design. While not unheard of, it is not typical for architects to stand in front of Congress.

Cliff Dwelling / Olson Kundig

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White Rock, Canada
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6456.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

15 Impressive Atriums (And Their Sections)

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Offices and cultural buildings both offer the perfect opportunity to design the atrium of your dreams. These central spaces, designed to allow serendipitous meetings of users or to help with orientation in the building, are spacious and offer a lot of design freedom. Imposing scales, sculptural stairs, eccentric materials, and indoor vegetation are just some of the resources used to give life to these spaces. To help you with your design ideas, below we have gathered a selection of 15 notable atriums and their section drawings.

Sublime Swimming: 12 Examples of Custom Pools

What's better than a house with a pool? A house with a pool that's part of the structure of the house. These 12 projects show different ways to incorporate pools and how to resolve issues of weight, moisture and leaks. See the houses below, featuring photos by photographers like Mariela Apollonio, Kent Soh y Marcello Mariana.

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Rimrock / Olson Kundig

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Spokane, United States
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5200.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014