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The apartments at 1247 Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C., by McInturff Architects, are built on a site created by connecting and encompassing the roofs of two existing buildings. Photo: Julie Heine
UP ON THE ROOF
by Jeremiah Eck
More than half of all the single-family homes in the
United States were built in the last three decades of
the 20th century, and it is estimated that half again of
the current total number of dwellings — about 80
million — will need to be built in the next three
decades of the 21st century.
Unfortunately, most houses built in the last 50 years
were merely plopped down on a piece of land, adhering to
zoning laws, and occasionally conservation commissions
and planning boards, and forced to face the street like
so many soldiers in a row.
The harsh reality is that these sites are often stripped
of any existing natural vegetation, provided with roads
that are much too wide, and given lot configurations
that have little to do with the land they are carved
There is seldom any real integration of house and site.
It is one of the byproducts of sprawl; we all know it
when we see it, and it's a recipe for disaster for the
foreseeable future because of its harm to the
Rooftop as Urban Site
When thinking of sustainable site design, most people
probably imagine a low-density rural or suburban site
somewhere far afield, not a high-density urban one in
the heart of a large city.
The new apartments at 1247 Wisconsin Avenue in
Washington, D.C., sit on a more unusual site: the
rooftop of two existing buildings.
The Metal Shutter Houses condominiums in Manhattan, designed by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect with Montroy Andersen DeMarco, have been completed. Photo: Michael Moran Photography
People and Places
by Nancy Novitski
Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect, with Montroy Andersen DeMarco in New York, New York The Architectural Team in Fort Myer, Virginia Benthem Crouwel Architects in Amsterdam, Netherlands Niles Bolton Associates in Silver Spring, Maryland C.F. Møller Architects in London, England, United Kingdom Finegold Alexander + Associates in Methuen, Massachusetts Dominique Perrault in Madrid, Spain Superblock in Vienna, Austria
New York, New York 2011.0720
The Metal Shutter Houses building in the Chelsea district of Manhattan has been completed. Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, based in Tokyo, Japan, and the firm's U.S. partner, Dean Maltz Architect of New York City, the 11-story building contains eight high-end condominium units, plus a ground-floor lobby and art gallery. New York City firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco served as the architect of record.
The multifamily residential building takes its name from the motorized perforated metal shutters on its north facade. Echoing the after-hours shutters of neighboring galleries, the metal shutters form a uniform facade when closed, and create a changing composition as residents retract them. Behind the shutters, 20-foot- (six-meter-) high bi-fold glass doors can be opened to the outdoors, providing continuity between the unit interiors and decks. For this application, an off-the-shelf operable industrial door commonly used in airplane hangars was adapted with an integrated curtain wall.
Each unit has direct access from the lobby through a single elevator, and each apartment is a floor-through unit, allowing daylight to enter from both the north and south facades. Shigeru Ban and Dean Maltz also designed the building interiors, including the residential units, which feature cantilevering islands for the kitchens, curved countertops for the bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling white lacquer with matte finish cabinetry, custom-designed hardware, and sliding glass doors instead of regular walls separating rooms.
The developer is HEEA Development LLC. Located just west of the High Line, in the west Chelsea arts district, the building stands next to Frank Gehry's IAC Headquarters and across the street from Jean Nouvel's 100 11th building.
As-built facility models like this can be used to document business process information as well as the physical properties of a facility. Image: Courtesy Finith E. Jernigan
Thinking About BIM
by Finith E. Jernigan
Have you ever dreamed about a time when you could call
up the site details for a new project — in real
time? Without hiring a surveyor? Without visiting the
site? Have you ever dreamed about a time when you could
open a file and have all the as-built and as-operated
details for the remodeling project that you just won?
Have you ever wished that you could really understand
how your new client's company works, without doing weeks
of diagnostics and fact-finding? Well, now you can.
Building Information Modeling is, as a concept, so universal and so wide reaching that it can (and probably does) include nearly anything that you can think of. If it touches on the built environment, BIM processes can make it better and more efficient.
This complexity has led many of the pioneers to be bogged down in an endless loop of adding detail upon detail. They have a lofty goal — to develop fully functional and user-friendly systems that everyone in the building world can use to interact with each other. They work to capture all of the information that our world revolves around.
You cannot wait for them to finish. If you do, you will be left behind.
It's fast, easy, private, and secure.
Tools and Downloads
Elevator Energy Calculator
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has launched the 2.0 version of
its Energy Calculator, a free online tool for predicting the
energy consumption of elevators. Of interest to architects,
elevator consultants, facility managers, and building owners
involved in new construction and building modernization
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AutoCAD for Mac 2011 Update Beta for OS X Lion - Between the Lines, 2011.0728
CAD It Yourself - Cadalyst, 2011.0728
HP Designjet T2300 eMFP - Cadalyst, 2011.0728
Thinking about BIM - ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0727
Updated Shape Extraction for AutoCAD Now Available - Autodesk Labs Blog, 2011.0727
Recommended Reading for Better Presentations - Cadalyst, 2011.0727
Crowd-Simulating Software Could Improve Building Design - The Engineer (UK), 2011.0726
Product News - Modular Living Wall
DIRTT Environmental Solutions introduces Breathe™, a modular system that incorporates plants into office walls. The modules can be mounted on any flat vertical building surface, including gypsum, concrete, stone, or the company's own walls. The design accommodates three sizes of plant pots that integrate into a modular slat wall surface. Scalable and easily expanded from one panel to a wall of plants, these installations effectively separate the watering system from the plant pots and peat-based growing medium. Patent pending. The use of plants to improve indoor air quality in LEED-targeting projects has helped secure LEED Innovation Credit 1.2.
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