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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 550
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 550 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more...


    BIG designed the award-winning 8 House, a 61,000-square-meter (660,000-square-foot) mixed-use residential development in Copenhagen, Denmark, named for its plan diagram. Photo: Jens Lindhe

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    Viewed at a distance, 8 House looks almost like a strange landform: two vegetated roofs form a massive green "V" sloping from the ground-floor roof up to the top of the building, nine stories above.

    The parti of this mixed-use building is better understood from a bird's-eye view. In concept, the plan is a 230-meter- (750-foot-) long loop that has been twisted to form a giant, angular figure eight.

    The ten-story, 61,000-square-meter (660,000-square-foot) building was designed by the architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group with the intent of fostering a vibrant community on this block in Ørestad, a developing area of Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Arrayed around two large courtyards, the building combines 476 residential units with 10,000 square meters (110,000 square feet) of office and retail space. BIG placed the commercial spaces in the first three stories, with a layer of two-story townhouses above, then three stories of apartments, topped by a two-story layer of penthouses.

    With a mixture of rental apartments and condominiums, the housing units range from 65 to 140 square meters (700 to 1,550 square feet). Communal facilities for residents are clustered at the crossing point of the eight, where passages through the building also provide connections across the block.

    The slope of the green roof partly reflects BIG's effort to maximize daylighting and views of the surrounding open space: the southwestern corner of the building is lowest, and the northeastern corner is highest.

    The continuation of vegetation from land to roof also hints at one of the delightful aspects of this project: a public path connecting from street level all the way to the penthouses, providing both pedestrian and bicycle access...

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    In this kitchen, a wall was replaced with a dropped beam (upper left) and a blank exterior wall was replaced with windows, increasing connectivity to both the rest of the house and the landscape. Photo: Mick Hales

    Staying Put in Style
    by Duo Dickinson

    There are over 80 million single-family homes in the United States, and it's estimated that 18 million of these are "under water," meaning the mortgage is larger than the value of the house. Millions of families feel trapped, living a life sentence of domestic frustration in homes that do not work for them while being unable to move to solve the problems they confront on a daily basis.

    This series, like the book it is drawn from, offers tangible hope for getting the home you want from the house you have.

    Families now have to focus on the homes they have rather than assume a lifelong leapfrog up a never-ending path of escalating home values. The newly imposed long-term commitment to our homes is closer to the historic norm than the distorted housing markets of recent years. Families are rediscovering the traditional tether to home sweet home as a specific fixed place rather than a movable stage set for our belongings.

    Staying put is far closer to the American tradition of the family home as part of what a family really is.

    Since World War II, people have never stopped spending on their homes. I have been an architect for 30 years, thriving through three economic cycles, from boom to bust and all the transitions in between. For every other housing bust, one or two sections of the United States escaped the general downturn: oil money saved much of the South in the early 1980s, the tech boom saved much of the West in the late 1980s.

    But the present depressed state in housing value is truly national, just as the last decade's housing bubble was a national juggernaut of overvaluation and irrational exuberance. Because of its massive scale, this period of reduced expectations and great consumer fear is a longer, deeper, and more depressing malaise than any of the other building busts since World War II.

    Having designed about 600 homes over these three decades (new, remodeled, or completely renovated), I know that housing consumers can be deeply depressed, but they are never hopeless. Our houses are just too important to us — personally, culturally, and economically — to have a general economic condition pull the rug out from acting on our fondest hopes.   >>>


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    Four nondestructive methods for examining welds are dye penetrant, magnetic particle, radiographic, and ultrasonic. What is the fifth and simplest nondestructive way to examine welds?

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    Which of these three famous leading men of Hollywood intended a career in architecture, starting his film career almost by accident upon his graduation from Princeton's architecture program: Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, or Jimmy Stewart?



    Classic Home 036 — Allewelt House, designed by William Turnbull

    "The Allewelt House near Madera, California is a little-known California modern classic — neotraditional on the outside, unique on the inside, appropriate to its context both formally and technically, and boldly individual at the same time. The expansive wrap-around porches and the sculptural inner courtyard carved from the simple gable roof provide sensitive adaptations to the hot dry Central California climate."


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