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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 521
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 521 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.


    Eskew+Dumez+Ripple designed the 930 Poydras residential building in New Orleans, Louisiana, which received one of 13 awards in the 2011 Design Awards from AIA New Orleans. Photo: Timothy Hursley

    by Danielle Del Sol

    Located on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the Central Business District of New Orleans, the apartment building at 930 Poydras was designed to translate the dense, communal atmosphere of the French Quarter into a tower.

    To achieve that effect, architecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple incorporated generous, well designed common spaces into the 250-unit, 21-story building.

    This chic downtown high-rise belongs to the diverse group of projects chosen by the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the chapter's 2011 design awards. From a high school to an emergency shelter and a DIY chicken coop, the projects vary widely. But many share a drive toward sustainability, as well as a modern design aesthetic, with clean lines, geometric shapes, and a play of textures.

    While their modern shapes may fool you, many of this year's award-winning designs were also profoundly influenced by the architectural vernacular of New Orleans, which includes courtyards, horizontal density, and shotgun houses.

    Such features and typologies respond to the tropical climate and foster community interaction, making them apt models for locally adapted contemporary design.

    Vertical Density on Poydras

    "New Orleans doesn't really have a high-rise typology," explains architect Steve Dumez. In designing 930 Poydras, the designers wanted to use architectural precedents to inform the building's design — "not necessarily stylistically, but in terms of how people live."

    But a typical skyscraper form, in which residents enter a small lobby and travel directly to their floor, didn't seem like a desirable or appropriate model for New Orleans. So, the architects looked to the city's French Quarter.   >>>


    Rockhill and Associates designed the Platform House for a rural site in Platte County, Missouri. Photo: Courtesy Rockhill and Associates

    Platform House in Platte County
    by Rockhill and Associates with Brian Carter

    The origins for the design of the Platform House in rural Platte County, Missouri, are derived from utilitarian buildings of the region and rooted in the economy of the elevated shed.

    Designed by Rockhill and Associates to replace an existing farmhouse, this new building relates to the vernacular tradition of keeping farm buildings elevated above the ground to eliminate moisture and prevent the growth of mold.

    The new house is elevated above the field and there is a change in height from west to east of over ten feet (three meters). A semi-detached two-car garage is located alongside. It is placed above the sloping site and faces south to maximize solar gain.

    The resultant lightness of form, with its corncrib-like skin of fiber-cement boards, simple rectilinear form, and placement on the grid of the original farmstead, relates to both regional farm groupings and the language of modern architecture.

    With an overall area of 1,848 square feet (171.7 square meters) the house consists of seven contiguous 11-foot- (3.4-meter-) wide bays each 24 feet (7.3 meters) deep.

    The entire length of the house is bisected by two continuous tracks that each support two 11-foot-wide translucent paneled doors. These enable the owners to change the arrangement of spaces so as to accommodate different activities — exercise routines, office work, host guests and entertain visitors.

    The south facade is glazed with continuous floor-to-ceiling insulated windows. Fabric overhangs shade the openings in the summer and the concrete floors are heated by solar gain during the winter. The exposed concrete slab is also heated with a backup radiant floor heating system.   >>>

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    Planning consent has been received for the 60 Ludgate Hill/ 30 Old Bailey development in central London, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton. Image: © GMJ and Fletcher Priest Architects

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton in London, England, United KingdomHolzman Moss Bottino Architecture in Wylie, TexashanrahanMeyers architects in Claverack, New YorkKasian in Surrey, CanadaK/R Architects in Murcia, Spain

    London — 2011.0603
    Planning consent has been received for a new development in central London, England, United Kingdom, designed by London-based Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton of Berlin, Germany. Fletcher Priest's master plan for the large site on Ludgate Hill, the city's ceremonial route to St. Paul's Cathedral, stretching back along the Old Bailey to the Central Criminal Court, will include 34,850 square meters (375,100 square feet) of new offices and retail space.

    The buildings at 60 Ludgate Hill and 30 Old Bailey will replace two existing buildings dating to the 1960s, and together will transform the streetscape around a new public space. Polychromatic glazed frontages to the new piazzetta will also highlight an original and distinctive terra cotta facade on Old Bailey.

    For 60 Ludgate Hill, Fletcher Priest seeks to celebrate the complex historic fabric around the cathedral precinct. With full-height windows within a deeply profiled masonry frame, the building will feature strategic views of the dome of St. Paul's. Designed by Sauerbruch Hutton, 30 Old Bailey will use responsive polychromatic glass fins to reflect and express the colors, forms, and energies of the contemporary city. The client is Land Securities.   >>>


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    Completed in 1654, it is a focal point for a series of gardens by a riverside. Sheathed in near-white marble, it has an indented cubic base and a central chamber over which rises a double-shelled, slightly bulging dome. Name this famous building.

    Architecture Answer for last week's quiz...

    "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."

    Quote by Eliel Saarinen or Louis Kahn?




    Classic Home 074 — Mill Valley Staw Bale House by Arkin Tilt Architects.

    "This four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Mill Valley, California was built for a young family and sited beside a goat pasture.

    "The house is composed of a single long wing capped by a clerestory over the open great room and kitchen. Entry and secondary service spaces are found at either end of this wing. Along one side of this open space is a wall composed entirely of built-in bookshelves, which separates the public and private areas of the house. ... "


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