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Fisher-Friedman designed this conversion of a historically-designated warehouse into stylish loft condominiums, built starting 1995.
Warehouse Loft Conversion
Under the San Francisco South Beach Redevelopment Plan
of 1981, the Oriental Warehouse was designated an
historic landmark due to its historical value as the
early arrival point of Oriental immigrants.
The brick warehouse, originally built in 1868, with a
total area of 88,000 square feet (8,200 square meters)
on two floors had for many years been used as a
warehouse and storage space.
After nearly a decade of negotiations between historic
preservationists and various owners of the building,
Fisher-Friedman Associates secured the necessary
approvals from the Landmarks Preservation Board and the
San Francisco Planning Commission to convert the
warehouse into 66 spacious live/work lofts.
The 125-year-old brick structure required substantial
seismic upgrades and the addition of windows to provide
the natural light necessary for residential units. In
addition, on the aggregated plan, the adjacent L-shaped
property supports an additional 38 unit, five-story
structure as well as two 18-story buildings with
recreational facilities and some retail space.
The loft conversion was constructed beginning in 1995,
and all 66 units sold immediately.
Rodney Friedman — Modern Housing Architect
Perspective by Frank Anton
For more than forty years, when it comes to housing
design, Rodney Friedman has been the irresistible force
to the mainstream housing industry's immoveable object.
For more than thirty of those years, first as editor of
Builder magazine, the leading magazine for that
mainstream industry, and currently as CEO of Hanley
Wood, the leading publisher for the construction
industry, I've had a front row seat to that battle
royale. I'll have to admit that I've always been pulling
for Rodney to win.
The back-and-forth battle began in the 1960s. Back then
builders in California were throwing up drab tract
houses as fast as they could. Rodney countered with a
community of single family houses called Sunset San
Marin. These affordable homes had sleek, wood exteriors
and exciting, open interior spaces. No flat ceilings and
undersized windows. The battle was joined.
The 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and ASHRAE 90.1 baselines are two commonly used standards for determining the typical EUI of commercial buildings by use type. These baselines are important references in the design of energy efficient and net zero energy buildings.
Image: Courtesy Wiley
by Thomas Hootman
Energy use intensity (EUI) is one of the most important
and useful metrics employed in the design of low energy
and net zero energy buildings. EUI is a measure of total
annual building energy use, divided by the gross
building floor area.
This can be expressed in terms of site energy or source
energy. Common EUI units include kBtu/ft2, kWh/ft2,
kWh/m2, and MJ/m2. In the United States, kBtu/ft2 is the
EUI unit most commonly used.
What makes the EUI metric so useful is that it serves as a way to compare energy performance of buildings, or compare energy performance with established baselines.
EUI is a measure of energy performance, not of overall energy use. A good analogy for EUI is the miles-per-gallon (mpg) fuel efficiency measure for vehicles, except that, with EUI, the lower the number, the better the energy performance for the building.
As a performance metric, EUI has many uses. During the design of a building, an energy performance EUI target can be set and compared to EUI performance baselines. It can also be used to understand and communicate existing building energy performance.
This is particularly beneficial with regard to building energy performance labeling. At the root of the EPA's ENERGY STAR score is the EUI metric. ASHRAE's emerging energy performance label, Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ), likewise uses EUI as the basis for measurement.
As a performance metric, EUI has many uses. During the design of a building, an energy performance EUI target can be set and compared to EUI performance baselines. It can also be used to understand and communicate existing building energy performance. This is particularly beneficial with regard to building energy performance labeling. At the root of the EPA's ENERGY STAR score is the EUI metric. ASHRAE's emerging energy performance label, Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ), likewise uses EUI as the basis for measurement.
A free-flowing living area was achieved by careful removal of a redundant and cramped hallway space that had originally enclosed the lower end of an entry stair. Photo: Mick Hales
Staying Put in Style: Open-Minded
by Duo Dickinson
In a 1920s hillside upside-down house — where the
living area is below the entry level — walking
downstairs to get to the living room wasn’t the
only aspect that was awkward.
When you arrived at the living floor you were unceremoniously
dumped into a tight vestibule measuring just six feet by four
feet (1.8m by 1.2m) with three three-foot-wide (90cm-wide)
doorways providing access into each space.
By removing one non-bearing wall between the stairs and the dining room and kitchen, and opening up the bearing wall between the dining room and the living area, all three spaces were able to flow.
It would have been easy enough just to remove walls and let the space speak for itself, but instead, a carefully crafted frame was used to make an event out of the opening from the rest of the floor to the living room.
Richard Neutra designed the Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg National Military Park near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Photo: Don Wiles
Letters to the Editor
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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Production in China
To preservationists dismayed at the drumbeat march toward demolition of the Richard Neutra, FAIA-designed Gettysburg Cyclorama center, our issue has been, and remains, the single-minded cavalier way this project was approached.
Despite high-value analysis by acknowledged experts and 4,500 petition signers, illustrating the significant architectural and historic value of this structure, the National Park Service Environmental Assessment focused solely on the goal of clearing Cemetery Ridge of this structure. Civil War buffs and others supporting demolition got the entire focus of studies conducted by the National Park Service, so not surprisingly, that resulted in the decision to demolish this high quality work of American architecture. This was clearly a pre-determined decision and lacked any honest assessment of the alternatives....
SFMOMA has released the design by Snøhetta for an 11-story expansion to the SFMOMA building in San Francisco, California. Image: Courtesy Snøhetta
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Snøhetta - SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco
The SFMOMA art museum has released some renderings and information about the museum's planned 235,000-square-foot (22,000-square-meter) expansion, set for completion in 2016. Designed by Olso, Norway-based Snøhetta, the thin 11-story addition, which stretches from Howard to Minna Streets, will stand just behind Mario Botta's original Postmodern building for the museum.
Renderings show that the new building will replace an existing rear wing of the Botta building, as well as two smaller structures along Howard Street.
In this position, the addition will also connect by skybridge to the rooftop sculpture garden of the adjacent SFMOMA parking structure on Minna Street. The narrow space between these two buildings will serve as an open air sculpture plaza with a vertical garden. This space will transition into a pedestrian promenade that extends to Howard Street, helping to weave the museum into the neighborhood fabric on the long, complex block that the museum occupies.
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Walker Glass is proud to introduce the first three-part specifications on acid-etched glass, mirror, and anti-slip glass. These editable documents provide a great tool for specifying acid-etched products in a more elaborate way, helping architects to consider all relevant information, including performance, aesthetics, and quality.
The VMZINC app interface is easy to use, and allows the user to browse VMZINC product range, as well as panel systems. The Product Selector feature allows the user to select the characteristics they are looking for in a zinc panel, such as size, color or texture that may be important in the design process. The Product Selector feature also filters the attributes and shows panel types that meet the defined criteria.
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Classic Home 063 — Maisons Jaoul, by Le Corbusier
"These houses in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France are situated on a constrained semiurban site amid much larger, multiunit apartments. Originally designed for the families of André Jaoul and his son Michel, each house has two full floors and a penthouse suite. A narrow walkway slopes up from the street to entrances off a shared patio. The buildings are carefully positioned at right angles to one another on the site, with strategic setbacks from all the property lines, except to the south. There, unit A abuts the wall of an adjacent building. The result is a sequence of increasingly private outdoor spaces
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