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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 520
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 520 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.

    Our Palladio Awards coverage opens with a beautiful fusion of traditional style with state-of-the-art barrier island disaster- resistant engineering, in a large Texas show house.

    Compare that experience with a look back at Ando's iconic "4 x 4 House," which shows effective design for flooding in a starkly-beautiful Japanese modern shoreline lookout, on a strikingly small footprint.


    Designed by Michael G. Imber Architects to endure flooding and strong winds, the three-story Beachtown House in Galveston, Texas, survived Hurricane Ike soon after completion in 2009. Photo: Courtesy Michael G. Imber Architects

    by ArchitectureWeek

    Hurricanes were a primary concern for Michael G. Imber Architects when the firm designed a traditionally styled home for the new Beachtown development in Galveston, Texas.

    Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the vacation-home development combines New Urbanist architecture and planning with systematic fortification against the fierce storms.

    Meeting both of those objectives, the 4,000-square-foot (370-square-meter) Beachtown House by Imber's firm - a magazine show home - emulates the delicate carpenter- gothic style of surviving turn-of-the-20th-century Galveston homes while employing contemporary engineering for hurricane resistance.

    The house's living spaces are located 23.5 feet (7.2 meters) above base flood elevation. Concrete piers and concrete-plank decking were used to create a solid base to resist storm surges, disguised with traditional plaster piers and a lighter wood shuttered infill that forms blow-out walls at street level.

    Steel shear walls and shear bracing provide additional structural reinforcement, and mildew-resistant materials, such as concrete siding, were used in case of submersion in a flood.

    The home's mettle was tested a mere fortnight after completion, when Hurricane Ike struck in October 2009. Although other parts of Galveston suffered catastrophic damage, the Beachtown House experienced only cosmetic damage, losing its lower-level blow-out panels and garage doors to the 15-foot (4.6-meter) storm surge.   >>>


    Looking north at the 4x4 House in Akashi, Japan, designed by Tadao Ando. Photo: Courtesy Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and Mitsuo Matsuoka

    4 x 4 House by Tadao Ando
    by Tadao Ando and Jean-Marie Martin

    Jean-Marie Martin describes the 4 x 4 House by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, and Ando himself offers thoughts on the challenges of contemporary architecture. —Editor

    Upon reviewing the techniques that Tadao Ando employed to design the 4 x 4 house, the most striking aspect in its appearance is the configuration of the four floors that form the structure.

    The taut concrete surface, perforated with the anchors of the formwork, envelops the house and represents all that is associated with the way Ando builds.

    The western facade is interrupted by four thin vertical windows that light up the stairway behind it (the pivot of the building) and are randomly associated with three other smaller openings.

    The eastern facade has three smaller square openings, while on the ground floor one can see a vertical window like those included in the western front.

    To the north is the entrance, above which is a rectangular window, while to the south there are two more windows of different sizes that correspond nicely for the second and third floors.

    Crowning the whole volume is a cube dominated by glass. This top floor protrudes slightly to the east in contrast to the rest of the building.   >>>

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    At Stanford University, the William H. Neukom Building, designed by Ennead Architects, has opened. Photo: © Aislinn Weidele/ Ennead Architects

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    Ennead Architects in Stanford, CaliforniaPelli Clarke Pelli Architects in Chicago, IllinoisEwingCole in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaEnnead Architects in The Bronx, New Yorkgmp in Beijing, China

    Stanford, California — 2011.0520
    The William H. Neukom Building has opened at Stanford University in Stanford, California. Designed by Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership Architects), the Stanford Law School building houses a legal clinic, seminar rooms, faculty offices, open work areas, lounges, and conference rooms.

    Reinforcing the principles of Frederick Law Olmsted's original master plan for the campus, the 65,000-square-foot (6,000-square-meter) building is organized around a central courtyard, with four three-story wings connected by glass-walled bridges around an shaded garden that is elevated atop a ground-floor plinth. A cylindrical tower containing an open-air staircase serves as the building's main entrance.

    The second-floor garden is the "living room" of the new building, expanding and defining the Law School's existing outdoor spaces with axial connections to adjacent plazas, walkways, malls, and building entries. The garden facades of each of the four wings are articulated by subtly textured planar limestone walls, which extend from the garden to the outer edges of the complex. The new building is predicted to use 30 percent less energy than California code requires. Sustainable features and strategies include daylighting, automated control systems, ceiling fans, natural ventilation, efficient glass, an exterior shade trellis, and preservation of existing redwood trees on site.   >>>

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    Architecture Quiz this week's new question...

    "Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, and environment in a city plan."

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    A 2:12 roof slope is how many degrees above horizontal?



    Classic Home 069 — Butler House, designed by William Wurster

    "To accommodate the outdoor orientation of the Butlers' lifestyle, Wurster planned a progression from indoors, or enclosed space, to outdoors.

    "From the domesticated vegetation of the courtyard, one moved through the Living Porch onto the Living Terrace overflowing into the natural landscape, where one could contemplate the distant views toward the southeast... "


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