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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 574
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 574 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.


    Passive House-certified Passivhaus im Park, in the Neuenhagen area of Berlin, was designed by Architektur Werkstatt Vallentin. Photo: © Südhausbau München

    Foundations of Passive House
    by Franca Trubiano

    As we discussed in a recent article, most buildings in 2050 — less than forty years from now — will likely have to get by with perhaps 10% of the carbon footprint common in the U.S. today. We know of exactly one established building standard that's been demonstrated to produce 2050-ready homes, today. And, harsh though it might sound, anything built today that is significantly less efficient than the roughly 90% energy savings achieved by Passivhaus, seems designed to be obsolete. —The Editors

    Building Energy Revolution

    The Passivhaus movement represents an international group of design, construction and engineering professionals actively dedicated to the advancement of energy-free architectural design principles. Certified building professionals implement sophisticated, yet low-technology, high-performance measures for energy-efficient buildings.

    The group's members include the Passivhaus Institut and its certified international chapters as well as the International Passive House Association.

    Together they promote the Passive House Building Energy Standard, a performance-based certification program that evaluates the energy savings of single-family homes, multi-family housing and small-scale commercial and institutional buildings.

    Passivhaus Institut

    The Passivhaus Institut is a research-centered group of engineers, mathematicians and physicists founded in 1996 in Darmstadt, Germany by Wolfgang Feist. Its origins are in the Passivhaus concept, co-formulated in 1988 by Feist and Bo Adamson (Lund University), whose five tenets are:

  • All homes should be super-insulated,
  • designed with minimal thermal bridges,
  • built to be air tight,
  • glazed with highly insulated window assemblies, and
  • operated using heat recovery ventilators.

    The main hypothesis is that homes located in northern temperate climate zones, with greater heating than cooling demands, could forgo artificially supplied energy for the purposes of heating if designed to maximize solar heat gains.

    Once solar heat energy is transmitted to the interior, homes built to Passivhaus standards retain their thermal comfort by using heat recovery ventilators for introducing fresh air with a minimal loss of energy.   >>>

    full story online (10 images, five free)
    Maison Ternisien

    Le Corbusier designed the Maison Ternisien, a studio and home on a flatiron site in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France. Image: Soo Jin Park

    Corbu's Maison Ternisien
    by Soo Jin Park

    The house was designed for a couple who approached Le Corbusier after he lectured at the Sorbonne in 1924. The overall building form is influenced by the shape of the triangular site and the interior by the requirement of merging two different programs: a double-height space with a sleeping balcony for the wife's painting studio and a pie-shaped one-story space for the husband's music studio.

    The overall building form is influenced by the shape of the triangular site and the interior by the requirement of merging two different programs: a double-height space with a sleeping balcony for the wife's painting studio and a pie-shaped one-story space for the husband's music studio.

    The two studios come together in the middle with shared spaces, including an entrance foyer, bathroom, kitchen, and library. The recessed entry is the result of the architect's desire to preserve an existing tree by shaping the house around it.

    This volumetric offset, along with the tree and the curved wall of the music studio, announces the location of the entry and draws visitors in.

    Despite its small size, the house is an important project in Le Corbusier's body of work because of its masterful resolution of complex programmatic requirements with rich spatial experiences. Carefully planned circulation through the house is achieved by sculpting the interior spaces with natural light.   >>>

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    Lar de Idosos em Alcácer do Sal, in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, is a finalist for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award. Photo: FG+SG

    People and Places
    by ArchitectureWeek

    AIA Young Architects AwardsJerde Partnership in MoscowRalph Rapson in San FranciscoBNIM in Des MoinesMies van der Rohe Award ShortlistTod Williams Billie Tsien in PhiladelphiaZGF in SeattleMenil Collection AIA 25 Year Award 2013

    Mies van der Rohe Award Shortlist
    Five European projects are finalists for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award, also known as the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

    These five outstanding projects are:

  • Stadshal Gent, in Ghent, Belgium, by Robbrecht en Daem architecten and Marie-José Van Hee architecten
  • Superkilen, in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Topotek1, and Superflex
  • Harpa - Reykjavik Concert Hall & Conference Centre, in
  • Reykjavik, Iceland, by Batteríid architects, Henning Larsen Architects, and Studio Olafur Eliasson
  • Lar de Idosos em Alcácer do Sal, in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, by Aires Mateus Arquitectos
  • Metropol Parasol, in Seville, Spain, by J. Mayer H.   >>>

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    Lancko Group of San Diego, CA has been awarded "Best Of Houzz" 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The innovative Wood Door & Wood Tile company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

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    The Origin of the Teapot Symbol for Rendering in Revit - AECbytes, 2013.0131

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    Classic Home 069 — Casa das Canoas, by Oscar Niemeyer

    "This house near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was designed by the architect for himself. Nestled on a dramatic site between two hills, this four-bedroom, four-bath home commands an impressive down-slope view. To maintain these views, most of the private spaces are situated below ground, while floor-to-ceiling glass walls predominate in the common spaces at ground level. Ample patio space surrounds the curvaceous main floor, reinforcing a close relationship with the landscape. Meanwhile, a free-form flat roof offers shade and definition to both indoor and outdoor spaces.... "


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