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    ArchWeek Residential No. 134
    Dear Designers, Builders, and Dwellers,

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    Our lead story at ArchitectureWeek this week covers a sophisticated neo-vernacular house created for a Chicago family taking up countryside time on a working farm.


    The Saltzman Farmhouse by Margaret McCurry exemplifies her compelling approach to blending high culture with architectural neo-vernacular. Photo: Johansen Krause/Courtesy ORO editions

    Distilled Farmhouse
    by Margaret McCurry and Stanley Tigerman

    Compelled by sentimentality and the knowledge that the former owners (a farm family) would be retained to work the land, a Chicago couple commissioned architect Margaret McCurry to convert a 26-acre (11-hectare) farm in Galien, Michigan, into an expanded family compound while preserving as much as was practical of the original farmhouse.

    Compelled by sentimentality and the knowledge that the former owners (a farm family) would be retained to work the land, a Chicago couple commissioned architect Margaret McCurry to convert a 26-acre (11-hectare) farm in Galien, Michigan, into an expanded family compound while preserving as much as was practical of the original farmhouse.

    This modest one-and-a-half-story structure was crudely constructed. Metal clapboard covered the original simulated-brick asphalt shingles, and the eight-foot (2.4-meter) ceilings on the first floor were oppressive.

    The land rose at the rear of the house, where assorted outbuildings in varying stages of disrepair peppered the landscape. The most disreputable crowded close to the farmhouse, blocking expansion to the rear. After serious soul-searching, it was agreed that these crumbling structures would be taken down and the most reusable, which were aligned along an east-west axis, would be saved. ...   >>>


    Residential Design and Building News

    Short Sales Surpass Foreclosures as Banks Agree to Deals - Bloomberg, 2012.0417

    End of Days Architecture - DesignBuild Source, 2012.0417

    Report: Sellers' Asking Prices Rose in March - Wall Street Journal, 2012.0417

    U.S. Homebuilding Probably Rose, Capping Best Quarter Since 2008 - Bloomberg, 2012.0417

    U.S. Housing Starts Unexpectedly Drop to Five-Month Low - BusinessWeek, 2012.0417

    Building a Better Bailout: Can Fannie and Freddie Help American Homeowners? - Time, 2012.0417

    Canada March Existing Home Sales - Bloomberg, 2012.0416

    Homes with Star Quality Are Now Hiring an Agent - New York Times, 2012.0416

    John Steiner, Master Craftsman Who Worked on Acclaimed Steiner Cabins, Dies at 99 - OregonLive, 2012.0416

    HUD Indefinitely Debars Four Individuals for Mortgage Scam That Targeted Seniors - HUD Press Release, 2012.0416

    U.S. Bancorp Targeted by Fair-Housing Organization - Bloomberg, 2012.0416

    House in Estoril by Frederico Valsassina Architects - Contemporist, 2012.0416

    Romney Floats Closing Department of Housing and Urban Development - DCist, 2012.0416

    Berkeley Architect Attains Energy Self-Sufficiency in 1,800-Square-Foot Home - San Francisco Chronicle, 2012.0415

    Danish Design Originals in Chic Arabian Ranches Home - Inside Out, 2012.0415

    Modernism for the 99 Percent - Miami Herald, 2012.0415

    Seattle Author Cherishes City's Old Apartments in 'Shared Walls' - Seattle Times, 2012.0415

    Gehry Luxury Tower Boasts Hong Kong's Priciest View - BusinessWeek, 2012.0414

    Neill Ainslie Builds Contemporary House into a Seattle Home - Seattle Times, 2012.0414

    Sun Shines on Energy-Efficient House - Ottawa Citizen, 2012.0413

    Architect Jon Frishman's Laurel Canyon Retreat - Los Angeles Times, 2012.0413

    Guy Horton Looks into a World of Bubble-Shaped Buildings - Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0412

    Buyer Confidence: Portent or Blip? - New York Times, 2012.0412

    The Odd-Man-Out Town House - New York Times, 2012.0412


    How to Tile a Eurobath - ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0411

    One aspect of civilization that the Romans got right was the tiled bath. Since then, Europeans have built tiled bathrooms that present no distinction between the shower and the rest of the room.

    This success of this design depends on lots of tile and a mortar substrate that slopes to a strategically placed floor drain. A lack of thresholds also makes this kind of bathroom perfect for wheelchair access.

    On this side of the pond, so-called Eurobaths have found their way into the mainstream of American bathroom design, even when accessibility is not a factor. I recently completed such a bathroom for a homeowner who needed an accessible, elegant design. ...

    Distilled Farmhouse - ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0411

    Electing to Sleep Elsewhere - New York Times, 2012.0411

    Adjacent Properties on Divisadero Were Reshaped by Pioneer in Women's Architecture - San Francisco Chronicle, 2012.0408

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    The Palo Verde Apartments, a supportive housing complex designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects, recently opened in Sun Valley, California. Photo: Heliphoto

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    LPA, Inc. in Northridge, Californiagmp in Changzhou, ChinaGonzalez Goodale Architects in Sun Valley, CaliforniaGene Kaufman, Architect and Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman in New York, New YorkPopulous in Miami, FloridaRTKL in Baltimore, MarylandKCCT in Ezulwini, Swazilandgmp in Hangzhou, ChinaDavid M. Schwarz Architects with HKS in Las Vegas, Nevada...

    Sun Valley • 2012.0328
    The Palo Verde Apartments in Sun Valley, California, opened to residents in early 2012. Developed by L.A. Family Housing of North Hollywood, and designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects of Pasadena and San Diego, the permanent supportive housing complex is located on the site of a former car wash facility.

    Intended to provide safe and affordable housing for previously homeless single adults with mental illness, the 35,000-square-foot (3,300-square-meter) complex houses 60 studio units, each measuring 450 square feet (42 square meters) and containing a kitchenette, bath, storage area, and private balcony or patio. The development also includes offices, community space, and program space where residents can access social, recreational, counseling, recovery, and employment services.

    Configured around a landscaped central courtyard, the U-shaped building takes its architectural cues from the surrounding Mediterranean-style neighborhood. The front elevation features projecting bay windows and balconies that animate the facade and offer views of the neighborhood. ...   >>>

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    Architecture Quiz this week's new question...

    The ratio of span to thickness in a thin-shell concrete dome is so high that these concrete shells have often been compared to eggshells. How similar are the actual ratios for concrete shells and eggshells?

    Architecture Answer for last week's quiz...

    Between 1505 and 1605, the replacement for the Old St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was built. During that 100-year period, nearly every notable Roman architect was involved. Which two famous architects were most influential?



    Classic Home 044 — Brick-face bungalow by George W. Repp

    "An attractive face brick bungalow containing five rooms and bath. The roof of this house should be of masonry- or slate-surfaced shingles. Interesting features of this plan include a fireplace with large inglenook arranged as an extension of the living room. The living quarters of the house are well separated from sleeping rooms. An enclosed entry porch adds to the convenience of the kitchen. Bedrooms have ample closet space with a window in each closet. "


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