Ateliers O-S architectes designed a colorful 39-unit apartment building in Paris. Photo: Luc Boegly photographe Extra Large Image
Paris · 2012.0124
Ateliers O-S architectes of Paris designed a 39-unit apartment building in Paris for client Logivie/ Batigère. Located on a formerly industrial corner site, the social housing development is part of a master plan of three housing projects organized around a garden.
The building consists of a three-story volume and a four-story volume joined at an angle to match the inflection of the adjacent street, with each floor plate rotated slightly from the one below. The facades are lined with balconies whose privacy is ensured by a set of colored wooden slats ranging from white to blue. This pattern provides a strong identity to the building, gives a kinetic character to the facades, and offers shade. A wide deck overlooking the central garden articulates and connects with the ground-floor apartment level.
The apartments are organized around two vertical circulation spaces, one for each part of the building. Most of the apartments have several exposures, and a void in the garden facade also provides light to several adjacent apartments. The facility also includes a 39-space basement parking level.
The building features substantial insulation and minimization of thermal bridges. The compact construction also minimizes heat loss, and the orientation has been optimized for solar gain. The project was completed in July 2011.
Santiago Calatrava has revealed his design for a new building complex at Yuan Ze University in Taiwan. Image: Courtesy Santiago Calatrava, LLC Extra Large Image
Zhongli · 2012.0207
Spanish architect, engineer, and artist Santiago Calatrava has revealed his design for a new building complex at Yuan Ze University in Zhongli, Taiwan. Located adjacent to the main campus entrance, the complex will include a performing arts center, a new art and design school, and the Y.Z. Hsu Memorial Hall.
At the center of the complex, the performance venue will house a 1,200-seat concert hall and a 500-seat theater. The building's form will be defined by a dramatic curving roof that refers to traditional Chinese and Taiwanese architecture.
The complex is one of several education projects that Calatrava is currently working on. He is also overseeing his master plan for the University of Rome Tor Vergata's campus in Italy, and construction is starting on his master plan for the University of South Florida Polytechnic's new campus.
The Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center in Rochester, Minnesota, designed by LHB, has received LEED Platinum certification. Photo: Courtesy LHB, Inc. Extra Large Image
Rochester · 2012.0201
The Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center in Rochester, Minnesota, has received LEED Platinum certification under LEED-NC v2.2. Multidisciplinary firm LHB of Minneapolis and Duluth provided architecture, landscape architecture, and civil and structural engineering design services for the project.
The 16,000-square-foot (1,500-square-meter) facility is designed to use 53% less energy than if it were simply built to code. To reduce summer solar heat gain, the building has a white roofing membrane, strategically located glazing, and electrochromic windows that change opacity with a small electric current. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) and insulated concrete forms (ICFs) help maintain stable indoor temperatures. The interiors feature low-VOC and no-VOC finishes.
The site integrates an extensive system of best management practices for stormwater, including pervious pavements, a bioretention cell system, native plantings, and vegetated roofs. An "energy garden" highlights solar hot water systems, photovoltaic systems, and both horizontal-axis and vertical-axis wind turbines.
LKPB Engineers performed mechanical and electrical engineering design, and construction services were provided by Alvin E. Benike, Inc.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority of Atlantic City, New Jersey, has approved a new Tourism District master plan developed by Jones Lang LaSalle and The Jerde Partnership. Image: Courtesy The Jerde Partnership Extra Large Image
Atlantic City · 2012.0201
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) of Atlantic City, New Jersey, has approved the new Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan. Developed by the New York City office of real-estate services consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle and the Venice, California-based architecture and design firm The Jerde Partnership, the plan presents a framework intended to rejuvenate the city and increase tourism by creating a world-class resort destination. Engineering firm Birdsall Services Group, Inc. and law firm Hill Wallack LLP also consulted on the plan, providing infrastructure and regulatory expertise.
The master plan was mandated by a state law in February 2011 that gave CRDA control of the development of the Atlantic City Tourism District. Encompassing approximately 1,700 acres (690 hectares), the district includes the beach, boardwalk, casinos, and retail areas.
The centerpiece of the master plan is a transformation of the entire length of the city's iconic boardwalk. As described in the plan, three attractions will be added on the beach side of the boardwalk: an open-air concert shell, an animated interactive light show, and a giant wind-driven sculpture. These will be accompanied by a series of corporate pavilions sponsored by entertainment and consumer product companies. The city side of the boardwalk will be lined with casino frontages and shops, along with several substations of the Atlantic City Police Department to increase security.
The master plan's near-term development initiatives, which will be underwritten by CRDA and the State of New Jersey, are intended to act as a catalyst. Their success in increasing tourism and boosting the economy would lead to mid-term and long-term initiatives driven primarily by the private sector.
The LEED Platinum-certified Rio Vista Apartments, designed by Abode Communities, have opened in Los Angeles, California, as part of a joint-use development with Los Angeles Unified School District. Photo: Gary Krueger, Sherman Oaks/ Courtesy Adobe Communities Extra Large Image
Los Angeles · 2012.0131
The Rio Vista Apartments have opened in Los Angeles, California. Located in the northeast neighborhood of Glassell Park, the project is part of a joint-use development that combines affordable housing and shared parking designed and developed by Abode Communities with a forthcoming early education center designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects and developed and operated by Los Angeles Unified School District on the district's surplus land.
The 63,000-square-foot (5,900-square-meter) residential component contains 50 two- and three-bedroom apartments designated for families earning between 30% and 60% of the Area Median Income. The facility recently earned LEED Platinum certification.
Common areas shared between the residential portion and early education center include a community room for both resident and teacher use, and a playground for students and residents. The parking consists of 114 spaces on two above-grade levels.
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