Monday, August 30, 2010

Abbink X de Haas Architectures

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Kild und K Architekten

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

rick joy architect

210 Acre Farm Property in Woodstock, VT.

Rick Joy set out to create a farm home and barn - as a family and recreation oriented escape able to host many visitors. The property offers admirers clear evidence that Rick Joy - as Steven Holl so aptly put it - is the Poet of Place.

Rick's intent was to use locally sourced materials and create a "pure" and poetic design that reminds the inhabitants of their connection to Nature. "Modern Campy" was a mantra early in the design process. The photos, thoughtful and beautiful were taken during the first 2 weeks of October 2009...peak foliage by famed architectural photographer, Jean-Luc Laloux for an impending book publication.

The beauty of the property underscores the incredible care and craftsmanship provided by Colby and Tobiason Builders who were able to handle critical elements of the project with precision.

Stone used for the ends of the residence is bedrock sourced from Lake Champlain, the shingle exterior and the pine interior "skin" were also souced locally. The house was designed as a kit of parts with steel framing at 12 foot sections which allowed for the used of prefab SIPs panel for the structures.

They property was recently submitted into Current Use - A state program to protect rural properties and to enhance land for forestry, agriculture, wildlife and recreation.

A 62' x 25' deck emerging from the rear of the barn and cantilevering over the pond completes the property and will be complete in the Spring of 2010. Unusual linear footage of stone walls 100-200 years old can be found throughout the property.

Developer: Paul Palandjian
Architect: Rick Joy Architects
Primary Rick Joy
Associates: Claudia Valente,
Dale Rush
Builder: Colby and Tobiason
Team of Erik Tobiason and Tucker West Johnson
Forester: Mark Johnson
Land Enhancement Specialist:
Jason Eaton - Chippers, Inc.

project information via Pual Plandjian's flicker page

thanks for the video link Bill...

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Croatian Pavilion

Brod / The Ship / La Nave: A Floating Pavilion for Croatia at the Venice Biennale

The Floating Pavilion to present arts and architecture of Croatia at the Venice Biennale is constructed on an existing barge with dimensions of 10m x 20m x 3m. It is designed by a group of 14 leading Croatian architects, who have made the recent Croatian architecture visible on the global scene. Instead of working in the usual formats of their practices and presenting speculative projects, they decided to work together on a single proposal and to have it constructed and towed toward its final destination in Venice right away. The pavilion structure is the barge’s cargo, welded from 30 tons of Q385 wire mesh in more than 40 layers of varying contours. The cargo presented here maps the process of intense interaction between architects working on the common project, their collaboration with the Croatian maritime industry, and the extraordinary act of architecture it produced. Please follow the pavilion’s maiden voyage across the Adriatic at

Time Schedule for August 28th 2010:

08:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Towing trough Venice Lagoon to the Riva dei Sette Martiri

10:00 AM - Aug. 29th 06:00 PM, Mooring at the Riva dei Sette Martiri

02:30 PM, Croatian Venue exhibition opening in Arsenale

06:30 PM, Inauguration and opening of the Croatian Floating Pavilion at the Riva dei Sette Martiri

Commissioner: Leo Modrcin

Participating architects: Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Igor Franic, Tanja Grozdanic, Petar Miskovic, Silvije Novak, Veljko Oluic, Helena Paver Njiric, Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejic, Goran Rako, Sasa Randic, Idis Turato, Pero Vukovic, Tonci Zarnic

Organizer: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia

randy weinstein design

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Saturday, August 21, 2010


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lassila Hirvilammi Architects

Friday, August 13, 2010


Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

SPG Architects was approached by our client to re-consider the incomplete structure that he had previously erected on a remote Costa Rican coastal hillside. The all-but-abandoned steel framework and concrete slab construction was being reclaimed by the forest yet the prior investment in time, materials, and money was considerable. Although the structure was beautifully sited, it needed considerable re-thinking to become a viable and beautiful home. As architects we were convinced that salvaging the existing structure was not only feasible but also the right thing to do, for both the client and the environment. The dual concerns of accommodating the needs of the client and preserving the natural landscape shaped the design and construction process from that point forward.

With footings, frame, and slab already in place, the greatest impact on the rain-forested site, which overlooked the Pacific Ocean, had already taken place before SPG Architects’ work began. The existing geometry required minor reconfiguration of the perimeter to improve the massing and use of the house. Sheer walls, bracing, and enhanced connections were required to reinforce the frame for seismic activity. Neither of these activities further degraded the site.

Further impact on the site was reduced by the decision to make the house self-sufficient in terms of energy and water use. This both eliminated the considerable expense of running electrical lines 18 km from the nearest town and avoided the inevitable suburbanization of this sparsely populated coastal area that doing so would have risked. Upon completion, this house had the largest domestic solar array (18.4 kW) in Costa Rica, which provided enough energy for lighting, appliances, and miscellaneous equipment. In the future, this solar-derived power will also provide for the needs of a complete and state-of-the-art recording studio, for which space has been designated at the ground level.

The solar panels, both photovoltaic and hot water, sit on a reflective & insulating, chemically inert & microbial-free, ceramic-based roof coating that both minimizes solar heat-gain and provides a clean source of water for the house and the pool. Roof water collects in a 75,000-gallon cistern, precluding the need for well water and eliminating any impact on the water table. No air-conditioning is required since natural cross breezes are exploited to maximize comfort in each room. The house incorporates movable and adjustable louvered and screened panels in each living space and movable glass walls that allow the rooms to fully open so that indoors is completely merged with the outdoors.

Cabinetry was locally fabricated from trees originally harvested from the foundation area and all materials were locally sourced whenever possible. High-efficiency appliances, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures all contribute to the environmentally responsible approach to co-existing with nature in this very 21st century home. Casa Torcida provides all the comforts that the client required, making it clear that a well-considered resource-responsible approach does not preclude a commodious design that is visually appealing and functionally uncompromised.
Many thanks to James at SPG for the text and images...
Photos by Charles Lindsay

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Contractor Candy...

Great projects require several things - here's just a few of them: Client's with vision (and trust in their architect), talented designers, and contractors who can pull it all together. So today we are giving a shout out to two quality contractors - for your surfing pleasure...

Seattle, WA

Prutting & Company Custom Builders
New Canaan, CT

(if you know of others please feel free to share...)

Saturday, August 07, 2010


Monday, August 02, 2010

rune guneriussen

another quality web candy - for your surfing pleasure...

thanks for the link Stefan...