Architects: Nick Noyes Architecture
- Area: 5403 ft²
- Year: 2016
Manufacturers: James Hardie, Marvin
Professionals: Duncan Engineering Inc
Glen Ellen Residence / Nick Noyes Architecture
Building 12 / Perkins and Will
West Coast Modernism: LA's New Class of Single Family Homes
Los Angeles is a city of dreams. Known across the United States and the world, L.A. embodies both freedom and experimentation, defined as much by its freeways as its diversity. It is also a city of houses. Single-family homes cover almost half of Los Angeles, and as the city continues to evolve, architects have explored new ideas on modernity and daily life through the single-family typology.
Around 10 million people live in L.A. County, and Los Angeles itself has become one of the world's most ethnically diverse cities. The built environment reflects the nature of its residents, home to some of the most iconic residential and cultural architecture in the world. Los Angeles has its own dose of Lautner, Schindler, Wright, and Neutra. It's a city that has long embodied multiplicity and progressive forms, from the Eames House and Gehry's Residence to the iconic Stahl House. Through the lens of photographer Julius Shulman, many homes came to represent not only new residential styles but also the postwar culture of Southern California.
Marea Residential Complex / WORKac
Adams Street Library / WORKac
- Area: 6565 ft²
- Year: 2021
Professionals: LERA, DOSE Engineering, Tillotson Design Associates, Linked By Air, Shawmut Design & Construction, +1
Fourth Wall House / SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop
Architects: SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop
- Area: 2432 ft²
- Year: 2021
Professionals: GFDS, JG Universal Landscapes
Frame House in Sonoma / Mork-Ulnes Architects
Architects: Mork-Ulnes Architects
- Area: 4000 ft²
- Year: 2021
Design Ethics: Rethinking Practice in 2021
Ethical practice spans all parts of architecture. From intersectionality and labor to the climate crisis, a designer must work with a range of conditions and contexts that inform the built environment and the process of its creation. Across cultures, policies and climates, architecture is as much functional and aesthetic as it is political, social, economic, and ecological. By addressing the ethics of practice, designers can reimagine the discipline's impact and who it serves.
Can Architects Finally have a Seat at the Table? Labor Rights and Work Conditions in Architecture
The early stages of practicing architecture are often met with what many explain as "the slippery slope of being an architect", where expectations do not at all meet reality of the profession and gets worse as the experience progresses. With constant burnouts as a result of working overtime and on weekends on the account of “gaining experience”, extraordinary expectations, low wages, and physical and mental strains, the prestige of being an architect has evidently vanished with modern-day work conditions. So how can architects fight for their labor rights after years of exploitation and what is currently being done to ensure them?
Arctic Architecture: 17 Projects that Explore Different Heating Techniques in Interior Spaces
Some of the most picturesque projects are those built in the mountains; the rustic cabin wrapped with a floor-to-ceiling glass panel that overlooks the snow-covered trees. Visually, the architecture exudes an enchanting feeling, but is it truly a habitable space? When houses are built on an elevation of 3,000 meters, installing a fire element alone is not efficient or sustainable. Spaces on such altitudes or particular geographic locations require to be treated thoroughly, beginning with the architecture itself. Whether it's through hydronic in-floor heating systems or wall-mounted chimneys, this interior focus explores how even the most extreme winter conditions did not get in the way of ensuring optimum thermal comfort.
Indoor Bleachers: From Offices to Homes
Circulation spaces are often challenging for designers as they are intended—as the name implies—for moving from one room to another. While many take advantage of these areas by using them as storage spaces, Mies van der Rohe at the Farnsworth house reduced circulation to a minimum, creating an open floor plan completely free of hallways. When faced with vertical circulation, the issue is similar. Stairs fulfill the purpose of overcoming the height between one floor and another, but rarely constitute indoor living spaces. Bleachers, in turn, play this role in several projects. Until recently, they were only found in sports spaces or amphitheaters; now the use of bleachers has become widespread and is seen in office spaces, public buildings, schools and even homes.
Reaching for Zero Energy in High Density Housing
This article was originally published on Common Edge.
Buildings contribute nearly 40% of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, so the push is on to “get to zero” on many fronts. What happens when ambitious goals like zero energy meet a conventional building industry that’s structured on repetition and cost, in a market that struggles to keep up with massive demand? This is often—too often—our challenge.
801 San Ramon Valley / Sidell Pakravan Architects
Architects: Sidell Pakravan Architects
- Area: 11000 ft²
- Year: 2020
Manufacturers: Cedar, Finishing product
Professionals: Applied Engineering
Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section
How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.
Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.