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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 553
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 553 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.


    Soil liquefaction during a 1964 earthquake in Japan led these apartment buildings in Niigata to topple over intact. Engineering professor T.L. Youd took this famous photograph of one of the iconic scenes of building failure. The problem we face today is much more serious.

    The Project is Going Down
    by Kevin Matthews

    What will you do to save a vital project?

    You are the project manager for the most important project in the history of your firm, and you see the project heading into serious trouble. What do you do?

    You can see that a combination of well-intentioned overall design flaws, interacting with localized construction defects, are likely over time to create a serious health and safety risk for the project, as well as exterior aesthetic flaws that will eventually become disfiguring.

    The economy is tough and jobs like this (the project for the firm; the position at the firm for you) are few and far between.

    There's a good chance that the choices you make now could significantly impact the lives of hundreds of residents and workers in the large mixed-use complex you're building.

    There's a good chance that the choices you make now will shape your own career, and life path, for years and even decades to come.

    If you go 20 years into the future in your mind's eye, and look back at this moment from that vantage point, what do you wish that you had done now - today, this week, this month - as you sat in the hot seat, pressed with the weight of your sound professional insight that this great project was starting to slowly, silently go very, very wrong?   >>>

    P&P Image

    Architect Sam Tisdall has designed a contemporary addition to a 1920s house in London. Photo: Hélène Binet

    People and Places One
    by Nancy Novitski

    Sam Tisdall Architects in London, England, UKSantiago Calatrava in Dallas, TexasORMS in Uppingham, England, UKMoritz Theden in Marrakech, Morocco...

    London — 2012.0227
    Architect Sam Tisdall of London, England, UK, designed an addition to a two-story home in Chiswick, London. Located in a leafy conservation area backing onto Chiswick House Gardens, the 1920s suburban villa now features a contemporary extension and altered layout. The 80-square-meter (860-square-foot) addition brings the total gross internal floor area to 200 square meters (2,200 square feet).

    The new structure is hidden at the rear of the house, almost invisible from the street. The architect's design has opened up the existing small-scale segregated spaces adjoining the garden. A new kitchen and extended living room form an S-shaped living space, with large sliding doors opening onto a deck. The addition features oak windows, and cladding of glass-reinforced concrete panels in five shades of gray, arranged in a vertical gradient from dark to light.

    Upstairs, a frameless glass box at the end of the second-floor corridor acts as a solar collector, providing hot air to other rooms by means of a heat-recovery system. The box also facilitates daylighting and provides views across the green roof and garden into the trees beyond. Other sustainable design measures include extensive insulation, solar water heating, photovoltaic cells, and water reuse for irrigation.

    Completed in February 2011, the project was designed in collaboration with Ramses Frederickx of London.   >>>

    P&P Image

    Construction has begun on a new office building in London designed by Fletcher Priest Architects. Image: Fletcher Priest Architects

    People and Places Two
    by Nancy Novitski

    Fletcher Priest Architects in London, England, UKADAM Architecture in London, England, UKgmp with J.B. Ferrari in Lausanne, SwitzerlandNieto Sobejano Arquitectos in Zhengzhou, ChinaReardonSmith Architects in Tivat, Montenegro...

    London — 2012.0222
    Construction has begun on a new 16-story office building in London, England, UK. Located at 6 Bevis Marks, next to 30 St. Mary Axe, the new project was designed by London-based Fletcher Priest Architects for AXA Real Estate, MGPA, Eurohypo and Core.

    The office building replaces a 1980s building whose colonnade had served to isolate it from the street. Despite being double the floor area of the previous building, the new 21,760-square-meter (234,200-square-foot) development reconnects the site to the neighborhood. The design sets the building back to align with adjacent property, enhances pedestrian routes through and around the site, and creates a public space from what was previously a service area.

    An ETFE floating roof structure will create an all-weather, open-air roof garden for the enjoyment of the occupants. Over 930 square meters (10,000 square feet) of roof gardens are designed to give the building a unique character while helping it to fit in with its architecturally distinctive neighbors that overlook the roof.

    The new structure is 80 percent more energy-efficient than the building it replaces. It also reuses over half of the original structural mass.   >>>


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    The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is offering a free download of ANSI/BHMA A156.18-2006, useful when specifying hardware on a wide range of project applications. The standard establishes finish test methods and code numbers for finishes on various base materials.

    iPad App to Replace Printed Blueprints? - Construction Digital, 2012.0308

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    Patio entry to stucco modern beach house: natural wood door with full glass (DW-094)


    Architecture Quiz this week's new question...

    What is entasis? What is exfoliation?

    Architecture Answer for last week's quiz...

    Although "caryatid" sounds like a species of shellfish, it is a special form of column used to support the corners of some ancient buildings, such as the Erechtheum. How would you describe these columns? By the way, where is the Erechtheum?



    Classic Home 041 — Comfortable cottage by Frederick L. Ackerman

    "Very often a downstairs bedroom and bathroom are a great convenience, especially where there are children or elderly people in the family. Being at the back of the house in this plan, they are undisturbed by the noise of the street and enjoy privacy from the day portion of the house. Two upstairs bedrooms, a second bathroom, and a large dressing room supplement the downstairs sleeping rooms. The open stair is located in the living room. "


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