Featured Architecture Projects
Positive Energy Preschool in the Oise Department, France Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 March 2011 09:42

Located in Breteuil, a small town in the Northern part of France, the project is a small preschool, snuggled between preserved buildings classified as ‘Historic Monuments’. The street, called ‘rue des Écoles’, hosts different schools, and the project adopts a contemporary and neutral exterior to ease its integration between the eclectic ensemble of school buildings.
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Outside, the project is covered by sheets of copper. The ductile material wraps itself around the walls up to the ceiling. It covers the school in a shimmering skin that will eventually change color as it ages over the course of time.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:02
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Barcelona Based dom arquitectura Design Their Own Studio Print E-mail
Monday, 28 February 2011 10:37

dom-arquitectura-04dom architectura transformed a former 50m2 commercial outlet into their work studio. They produced an opened workspace with natural daylight brought inside through a continuous strip of glass opening towards the exterior. Dark gray screens were used for privacy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:02
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ZGF Architects - The John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes at the University of Oregon Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 09:03
The John E. Jaqua Center for Student Athletes at the University of Oregon explores the limits of transparency and connectivity to provide the UO’s student-athletes a place to gather as a community focused on study and learning. The challenge of creating a tranquil environment where students feel connected to natural landscape elements and daylight was heightened by the chosen  location: a busy intersection between campus and the city of Eugene, on the site of a former parking lot at one of the major campus entrances.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:47
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A-cero, Joaquin Torres Architects - House in Dominican Republic Print E-mail
Monday, 21 February 2011 09:37

The prevailing warm climate of this Caribbean country along with the particular location of the project within a 7.000 m2 plot of land along the coast line, have determined the ideas that A-cero Studio had for this luxurious residence.
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The massing is subdivided in two blocks, both composed of curved and straight surfaces interacting and forming dynamic spaces. The house is covered with a light coralline stone procured locally. The stone’s light colour, and smooth texture helps in taking advantage of the Caribbean sun, as it accentuates the curvilinear attributes of the space, through light and shadows.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:36
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Terry Pawson Architects - VISUAL & the George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow, Ireland Print E-mail
Friday, 11 February 2011 08:36
The new €18 million building provides Ireland with a significant new arts space to showcase contemporary visual arts and theatre of national and international importance. It will function as an arts factory for the production of new work through artists in residence programs as well as providing a new home to the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival and Visualise Carlow, which has established a significant reputation in Ireland in the last 30 years.
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Unique to Ireland, VISUAL features an expansive gallery space with a ceiling height of 12m to accommodate large-scale sculpture and installation, the scale of which has not been easily accommodated in Ireland to date.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 February 2011 10:06
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Rafael Viñoly Architects - Institute for Regeneration Medicine at UCSF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 07:41
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Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design of the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of California, San Francisco has been completed.

The project is targeting LEED Gold certification. DPR Construction served as the design-build contractor and the Smith Group served as executive architect.


Located on a steeply sloping urban hillside, the Dolby regeneration medicine building presented the design team a unique challenge: executing a horizontal structure on an uneven site. RVA responded by creating a beautifully sinuous, serpentine building that makes use of every foot of available space.




Photographs courtesy of Bruce Damonte.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:14
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Secrest Architecture - Silvertree Residence in Tucson, Arizona Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 07:08

Secrest-Silvertree-07The Silvertree residence is a study in how a small, dated, closed in and inwardly focused residence can be revived into an inspiring modern space that interacts with the outdoors.  The wonderful climate of the Sonoran desert, and the opportunity for indoor-outdoor living, was ignored in the previous floor plan of this vaguely Mediterranean 1970s home. A nicely scaled rear terrace with great desert, mountain and partial city views was nearly inaccessible in the floor plan of the existing house. The user had to either go through the existing garage or through the master bedroom to access the rear patio. A new multi-functional space, and a remodeled kitchen and dining room, all revolve around a new three-sided fireplace.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:52
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Julie Snow Architects - U.S. Land Port of Entry in Warroad, Minnesota Print E-mail
Monday, 07 February 2011 08:15
The United States Land Port of Entry supports the mission-driven demands of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department of Homeland Security's agency responsible for securing the nation's borders and promoting legal trade and travel. Located in Warroad, Minnesota, this 43,000 square foot facility is composed of three separate enclosed areas linked together with a continuous canopy.
Warroad-LPOE_Paul-Crosby-2Photograph © Paul Crosby
Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 08:58
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