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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 555
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

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    The Bud Clark Commons by Holst Architecture provides an elegant, high-performance building for a deep social program, hosting state-of-the-art layered support for homeless and very low-income people in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Christian Columbres

    New Northwest Architecture
    by Brian Libby

    The City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon, have a vision: to eradicate homelessness within their jurisdictions by 2015 through providing more permanent housing and improving social support. One step toward this ambitious goal is the new Bud Clark Commons in Portland.

    Named for a popular former mayor, the facility provides a spectrum of services at one site, including health care, learning resources, counseling, and a barber shop, all to help homeless individuals transition to a more permanent living situation off the streets. The eight-story, 107,000-square-foot (9,940-square-meter), LEED Platinum-certified building, designed by Holst Architecture, is located in the city's blighted but revitalizing Old Town neighborhood, adjacent to downtown.

    The Commons was one of several projects honored by the Portland and Seattle chapters of the American Institute of Architects in their separate 2011 awards programs. The premiated projects represent a cross section of buildings in the Pacific Northwest, ranging from private and intimate to public and vast.

    Bud Clark Commons • Portland, Oregon

    A walk-in day center on the north side of the Bud Clark Commons provides easy access to services, while an entry on the west side leads to the 90-bed men's temporary shelter. On the south side, a private entrance leads to the building's 130 studio apartments, located on the upper five floors, which provide permanent housing to very low-income men and women.

    Both inside and out, the design balances neutral and utilitarian materials with dashes of color and richer finishes. The upper facades, clad in light brick on one side of the building and dark brick on the other, are enlivened by glass window accents in shades of green. In the second-floor common area, bright-yellow dining chairs and warm-toned lockers contrast with white walls and exposed concrete, while daylight enters through floor-to-ceiling windows. Wood finishes provide visual warmth in key areas, such as upper residential hallways and the shelter entry route.   >>>

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    A typical bay in the Berkeley Hillside Club (1904) in Berkeley, California, shows Maybeck's direct, craftsmanly expression of timber structure. Image: Princeton Architectural Press

    The Architectural Detail: Maybeck and Aalto
    by Edward R. Ford

    The San Francisco-based magazine Architectural News ceased publication in 1891 after only three issues, so there is no way of knowing what the specific contents of a planned future issue, a translation of Gottfried Semper's Der Stil by Bernard Maybeck, might have been. There is no evidence that the translation was ever made, of what sections he would have chosen, or what Semper's influence on Maybeck's work might be.

    Maybeck's biographers have found possible links in the polychromy of his work and tent-like wood roofs over stone hearths, but how he interpreted Semper's ideas on cladding, whether metaphorical or real, is uncertain. Maybeck's first client and subsequently first biographer, Charles Keeler, described Maybeck's devotion to the no-finishes, bare-bones, unclad structural architecture. Keeler wrote in 1904:

    "If wood were to be used, then it should look like a wooden house. He abhorred shams. A wooden house should bring out all the character and virtue of wood — straight lines, wooden joinery, exposed rafters, and the wooden surface visible and left in its natural state."

    Much of Maybeck's work prior to 1904 confirms this. The Keeler House (1895) exposes every stick of its construction. The University of California Faculty Club at Berkeley (1902) is a bit more complex, showing only part of its structure.

    The Berkeley Hillside Club (1904) for the most part followed a no-finishes style, although it appears the lower columns were clad in thin redwood boards.   >>>

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    Hans van Heeswijk designed a new home for himself and his family in Amsterdam. Photo: Imre Csany/ Csany Studio

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    Hans van Heeswijk in Amsterdam, NetherlandsTod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Holabird & Root in Chicago, IllinoisSolomon Cordwell Buenz in San Francisco, CaliforniaKjellgren Kaminsky Architecture in Kungälv, SwedenJohn McAslan + Partners in London, England, United Kingdom | Nicolas Laisné and Christophe Rousselle in Paris, FranceFoster + Partners in Courbevoie, FranceÆdifica and Gilles Huot in Montreal, CanadaTorti Gallas and Partners in Silver Spring, MarylandLeo A Daly in St. Paul, MinnesotaBFLS and Arup Acoustics in London, England, United Kingdom...

    Amsterdam — 2012.0321
    Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk recently designed a new home for himself and his family. Located on the recently developed island of IJburg on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the 270-square-meter (2,900-square-foot) Rieteiland House is a rectangular prism comprising three stories plus a basement. The street facade is clad in perforated aluminum panels, some of which can be opened to reveal the windows behind. In contrast, the waterfront facade is fully glazed, providing broad views of the landscape. The upper floor also includes a roof terrace..

    Inside, openings in the floor slabs create double-height spaces in the large ground-floor dining area, second-floor living area, and third-floor master bedroom. At the center of the plan, a core volume rises the full three-story height of the building. Wrapped in wenge wood for acoustics, the core contains storage closets, a bathroom on each floor, cables, and a dumbwaiter.

    Van Heeswijk also designed furniture, shelving, cabinets, and fixtures for the home, which was occupied in October 2011.   >>>

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    Classic Home 043 — Villa Stein, or Villa Garches, by Le Corbusier

    ""The deconstructed Palladian structure of this villa is brilliantly achieved on the ground and first floors ... where the means of vertical access are directly related to the narrow bays of the Palladian tartan grid of A-B1-A-B2-A. In this matrix the left-hand service stair is rotated 90 degrees and displaced out of its bay (B2). The gyration induced by this displacement initiates the asymmetrical configuration of the first floor, where the living volume "zigzags" between the kitchen situated on the left front and the inset terrace opening towards the garden at the right rear." — Kenneth Frampton, Modern Architecture 1920-1945, p295.


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