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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 551
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 551 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more...


    Gap House meets the street in a facade slot 2.4 meters — just under 8 feet — wide and three and a half stories tall, then widens and steps lower behind the adjacent row houses. Photo: Nick Kane

    Gap House, London
    by John A. Flannery and Karen M. Smith

    Placed improbably between a pair of historical listed buildings, the contemporary facade of Gap House is a mere 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) wide. This new-build four-bedroom family home, winner of the RIBA Manser Medal for residential architecture, was designed by architect Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects for himself and his family.

    Placed improbably between a pair of historical listed buildings, the contemporary facade of Gap House is a mere 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) wide. This new-build four-bedroom family home, winner of the RIBA Manser Medal for residential architecture, was designed by architect Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects for himself and his family.

    Situated in a conservation area in west London, the challenging site was used by the firm as a case study in energy conservation. Because the plot was constrained — it was originally an alleyway and a rear garden — the considered use of space was vital to the creation of a functional dwelling.

    The innovative design stacks three individual bedrooms in the narrowest section of the plot. These sleeping quarters are located on the street elevation. The natural light and ventilation to these rooms is directed and controlled by operable windows and louvered shutters.

    The stucco rendered finish allows Gap House to blend seamlessly into the terraced street. However, the property's distinctive fenestration, shutters, and front door provide the new building with a deserved individual architectural identity.

    Bedrooms and bathrooms are accessed by a central stairwell, which also acts as a light shaft. There is a gap between the stairs and the walls to enhance light transmission.

    To the rear of the plot, the property is arranged as a series of cascading, projecting cubes, descending to a ground-floor reception area. This space, accommodating the kitchen, dining area, lounge, and study, merges with a light-filled outdoor courtyard.   >>>

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    Reflections at Keppel Bay, a residential development designed by Daniel Libeskind, was recently completed in Singapore. Photo: Courtesy Keppel Bay Pte Ltd - a Keppel Land Company

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    by Nancy Novitski

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    Singapore — 2012.0209
    Reflections at Keppel Bay, a high-end residential development designed by Daniel Libeskind, was recently completed in Singapore. Located on a 20-acre (eight-hectare) site at the entrance to historic Keppel Harbor, the project comprises 1,129 apartments divided among 11 low-rise waterfront "villas" and six high-rise towers behind them.

    The gently curving towers vary in form. Each of three 41-story towers stands adjacent to a 24-story tower to which it is connected by landscaped skybridges. No two floors are alike in shape in size, infusing this high-density development with a sense of variety.

    The towers' patterned facades combine anodized aluminum panels with large windows. Rooftop gardens provide expansive views of nearby Mount Faber, Labrador Park, and Keppel Bay.

    Completed in December 2011, the project has already received the BCA Green Mark Gold Award from Singapore's Building and Construction Authority. The architect of record for the project was DCA Architects Pte Ltd, and the client was Keppel Land   >>>


    The curving, stepping Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center (2004), located on the University of Cincinnati campus in Cincinnati, Ohio, was designed by Moore Ruble Yudell, with associate architect glaserworks. Photo: © Alan Karchmer

    Cincinnati Student Center by Moore Ruble Yudell
    by Ron Kull

    As architects, we generally consider how a building meets the ground — in essence, we design a base that holds the building in place. But we seldom have to design this base while traversing a change in grade some 50 feet (15 meters) along nearly 500 feet (150 meters) of a building's length.

    Yet one building on the campus of the University of Cincinnati creatively demonstrates that a building's base can be much more than just a meeting between building and ground.

    The Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center by Moore Ruble Yudell makes a beautiful and varied connection to grade as it extends down Main Street, the winding thoroughfare that is the center of campus.

    Sometimes the connection to the ground is simple — for example, red brick meeting concrete pavers — and sometimes it is complex, as when a row of columns lifts the facade of the building and creates an arcade for pedestrians.

    The Steger Center's south face rambles along Main Street, which bisects the campus from top to bottom. At its back, on the north side, is a classic quadrangle formed by Swift, Baldwin, and Rhodes Halls.

    The southern facade, in particular, has a dynamic character that contributes greatly to the quintessentially urban nature of the University of Cincinnati campus.

    At one end, stadium-style seating carved from Carnelian granite provides numerous places for students to sit and converse with friends, watch passersby, or simply enjoy the warmth of the midday sun. The seats also provide a viewing platform for events and programs taking place on Bearcat Plaza, the center of campus.   >>>


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    Classic Home 039 — English country style house by Frederick L. Ackerman

    "Here is another of the popular English type of houses with exterior walls of stucco. A porch, entirely glazed in and included under the sweep of the main roof, becomes really a sixth room and is usable the year round. The layout is almost square and the simple treatment of the exterior, and sound construction, make it an economical house. The five rooms are of good average size, and in addition there is a large storage space in the attic. "


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