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    Maison Carré in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France (1956-1959), designed by Alvar Aalto, merges house and gallery in an elegantly inflected Modern masterwork. Photo: © Jari Jetsonen

    MAISON CARRÉ BY ALVAR AALTO
    by Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen

    Maison Carré in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, is a private house by Alvar Aalto which is to a major extent stamped by the owner being an art collector: one could say that it is at the same time a private palais and a gallery.

    "In accordance with the wishes of the owner, the main principle is that family life and art are not separated one from the other; the tendency is the reverse, a very intimate connection between them both."

    The above excerpt could be describing the Villa Mairea (1937-1939), but in fact it is how Aalto presented the Maison Carré (1956-1959) in Arkkitehti, a Finnish architectural journal, in 1961.

    A series of coincidences had brought the French gallerist and art collector Louis Carré and the Finnish architect together. Carré first opened his Paris gallery in the late 1930s, which would become increasingly notable with exhibitions of Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy, Fernand Léger, Alexander Calder, and Pablo Picasso during and after World War II.

    In the early 1950s, when the art collector decided to build a modern home in the countryside west of Paris, he discussed the question of the future architect with Léger and Calder, who both knew Aalto and recommended him.

    A Swedish art dealer friend gave Carré the same advice, so he contacted the architect in 1955. The project finally started a year later, after the two had met in Venice and found "a mutual understanding beginning at the diner at Hotel Danieli — with a view on the Grand Canal."   >>>

     
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    in Revit Architecture 2012, the Paint tool functions in perspective view mode, which allows users to change an element's material properties and immediately see the rendered result. Image: AECbytes

    Revit Architecture 2012: Part 2
    by Lachmi Khemlani

    This software review takes a detailed look at Revit Architecture 2012, released in March 2011, to see how much progress it has made since the last two releases. The two-part review concludes here with an exploration of improvements to worksharing, visualization and rendering tools, and other tools and changes, along with an overall analysis of the 2012 release. —Editor

    Collaboration Improvements: Worksharing and Vault Integration

    Revit Architecture 2012 finally includes some major improvements to its worksharing module, the limitations of which were brought into sharper focus by the revamped Teamwork module that had been introduced in Graphisoft's ArchiCAD 13 close to two years ago with a color-coded workspace and a flexible element reservation system.

    Revit has also introduced color-coding to provide greater visibility into element ownership and status to better manage team workflows. When worksharing is enabled on a project, a new Worksharing Display Settings dialog is available, which allows different color settings for four different aspects of worksets: checkout status of elements, the specific owners of elements, elements that are out of date with the central model or have been deleted in the central model, and which elements are assigned to particular worksets. For example, activating the last Worksets option enables you to ensure that elements are being created in the right workset, as they will be displayed in the colors assigned to the different worksets.

    Other worksharing improvements include balloon notifications that are displayed when editing requests are placed, granted, and denied — they also show the elements involved, enabling team communication to be faster and more efficient. There is a new option in the general Options dialog where you can specify the frequency of updates between the local copy and the central model. There is also the option to disable worksharing and detach the project from the central file, which could not be done directly in previous versions of Revit.

    Autodesk has also re-engineered its Vault application, traditionally used in MCAD, for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). This is part of a broader Autodesk initiative called BIM 360 to support collaboration and data management in AEC.   >>>

     
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    For a regional government headquarters facility in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Brière, Gilbert + Associés designed a new wing with commanding views of the St. Lawrence River. Photo: BGA/ Courtesy v2com.biz

    People and Places
    by David Owen

    Brière, Gilbert + Associés Architectes in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, CanadaLord, Aeck & Sargent in Atlanta, GeorgiaDewberry in Stillwater, OklahomaBohlin Cywinski Jackson in Tacoma, WashingtonActon Ostry Architects in Vancouver, Canada

    Salaberry-de-Valleyfield — 2011.8031
    Brière, Gilbert + Associés Architectes of Montreal and Quebec City designed the recent refurbishment and expansion of a former boy's school (1851) in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada, to house the headquarters for the Conférence Régional des Élus de la Vallée-du-Haut-St-Laurent (CRÉVHSL), the area's regional conference of elected officials. After extensive renovation of both the interior and exterior of the stone-clad historic building, it now houses several offices and the main reception functions of the headquarters.

    A new three-story addition is connected to the original building by a glass-clad atrium that serves as the main entry and circulation space for the facility. A double-height board room occupies the upper two floors of the addition, while a staff lounge comprises the recessed ground floor. Built with a timber-frame structural system, the addition is clad primarily in glass. The main exception is the cantilevered board-room volume, whose upper half is clad in a wood rain screen, while the cladding of the lower half comprises an outer layer of glazing separated by an air space from an inner layer of composite wood panels.   >>>

     

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    Classic Home 070 — Kaufmann Desert House, by Richard Neutra

    "This five-bedroom, five-bathroom vacation house in Palm Springs, California was designed to emphasize connection to the desert landscape while offering shelter from harsh climatic conditions. Large sliding glass walls open the living spaces and master bedroom to adjacent patios. Major outdoor rooms are enclosed by a row of movable vertical fins that offer flexible protection against sandstorms and intense heat... "

     

     
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