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Catalyst Building / Michael Green Architecture

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How to Virtually Enlarge Spaces Using Good Lighting

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One of the most essential aspects of interior design is lighting – an element that can make or break an interior space of any size or material. Yet good lighting can be especially important for smaller or more crowded spaces, making them feel larger and more open even when their literal dimensions haven’t changed. In turn, larger spaces with poor lighting may feel smaller and less welcoming than they have the potential to be. To make interiors feel aptly large and well lit, designers can rely on several tried and true methods that make the most of a space, from using the right shades and types of lights to placing them in the best locations to integrating other elements that best complement existing lighting. These strategies, as well as several examples of their application, are listed below.

Urban Flight: New Homes in the Move to Rural Living

Cities around the world are facing new questions of urban flight. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, it exacerbated a range of living conditions and housing crises, from telecommuting and construction to global economies. As Fast Company reports, almost 40% of those living in cities have considered moving out since the pandemic started. With the possibility of the pandemic stretching on for years, more urbanites are considering the move to rural areas and small towns.

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Studhorse / Olson Kundig Architects

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Winthrop, United States
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4078 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture

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Marblemount, United States

Whistler Ski House / Olson Kundig

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Whistler, Canada

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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  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6472 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
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Gethsemane Lutheran Church / Olson Kundig

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JW Marriot Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa / Olson Kundig

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  561000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
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    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Kohler, Tai Ping, -, Brown Jordan, +5

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center / LMN Architects

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  • Architects: LMN Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
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    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, McNeel

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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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.

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Omaha Art House / Olson Kundig

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  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4990 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 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015