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Wilmington · 2009.0909
Construction has begun on a new oyster hatchery research facility at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Frank Harmon Architect PA of Raleigh designed the 12,000-square-foot (1,100-square-meter) building to allow natural ventilation during good weather, eliminating the need for HVAC during the spring and fall. Existing trees and site topography will be preserved, and all stormwater will be retained on site for use in cleaning. Primary construction materials are steel and brick, the latter required on the predominately brick UNC-W campus. Completion is expected by May 2010.

Glasgow · 2009.0909
Steven Holl Architects of New York City and Beijing, China, has revealed its winning concept, designed in collaboration with the Glasgow office of JM Architects, for a new building at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The building is planned for a site opposite the early-1900s Glasgow School of Art building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Steven Holl says the design strategy for the new structure was inspired by Mackintosh's inventive manipulation of the building section for a wide variety of light. As conceived, the new building will be composed of studio volumes connected by a "circuit of connection." Openness at street level will connect the school to the city. The envisioned building skin is 100 percent recycled glass.

Washington, D.C. · 2009.0908
The Washington, D.C., office of multidisciplinary firm Leo A. Daly has appointed Diane Taitt Chandleur, Assoc. AIA, ASID, IIDA, as director of interior architecture. Chandleur has over 18 years of experience in interior design, architecture, and project management. She previously served as a partner-in-charge of interior design and production at GTM Architects in Bethesda, Maryland, and has also worked as an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; the Art Institute of Washington in Rosslyn, Virginia; and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Batumi · 2009.0908
Ground has been broken for a new five-star resort and leisure destination along the Black Sea coast in Batumi, Georgia. Currently in the final stages of design by the London, United Kingdom, office of RTKL, the 43,000-square-meter (463,000-square-foot) project will include two towers rising 86 and 58 meters (282 and 190 feet), respectively, over a two-story podium. The larger tower will contain 250 guest rooms, and the smaller tower will house 78 residential apartments. The project will also include restaurants and cafes, conference and banquet facilities, retail space, a casino, and recreational amenities.

West Hollywood · 2009.0902
The 1200 N. Sweetzer condominiums in West Hollywood, California, are complete. Aleks Istanbullu Architects of Santa Monica designed the ten-unit complex for developer Urban Moment, Inc. of Los Angeles. Entrances to each unit are private, organized around a courtyard. Sustainable features include ample daylighting and natural ventilation; dual-pane, low-E windows that reduce heat gain; and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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