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Doing a Burbank Bungalo

Posted in architecture, design with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2013 by architectcs

panorama

 

 

 

 

A pretty regular kitchen redesign.

stove, ref, sink, microwave, pantry.
tripling counter space in an
interlocking configuration worked into
the room’s place as a domestic
intersection connecting front to back,
cooking with dining and sleeping.
A glazed prism hingeing into theSoCal
light opens a sightline to the street.

SOLAR LOFT DESIGN

Posted in architecture, cities, design with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by architectcs

LOCATION

 

 

 

THE SOLAR  LOFTS ARE PROPOSED FOR A .16 ACRE LOT ON LOMAS BOULEVARD AT THE SW CORNER OF 12TH STREET.  THE LOCATION ON THE EDGE OF THE 12TH STREET NEIGHBORHOOD EXTENDS  THE RESIDENTIAL PRESENCE OF AN ESTABLISHED  DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TO A MAJOR ARTERIAL.   THE LOFTS ARE CONVENIENT TO SEVERAL EMPLOYMENT CENTERS;  DOWNTOWN, THE JUDICIAL COMPLEX, OLD TOWN AND THE MUSEUM DISTRICT.  LOMAS BOULEVARD PROVIDES ARTERIAL ACCES TO INTERSTATE 25 AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO.

MEWS-TYPE SITE DESIGN

CREATIVE SITE PLANNING MAKES THIS PROJECT WORK:  THE LOFTS RANGE THE LENGTH OF A NEW BUILDING 100′ LONG, 24′ WIDE, AND 26′ HIGH FRONTING THE LOMAS SIDEWALK.  A PRIVATE DRIVEWAY BETWEEN TWELFTH STREET AND THE MID-BLOCK ALLEY SERVES ALL THE UNITS.   A ROW OF  TREES   SCREENS THE NEIGHBORING LOT.  THE 30′ SEPARATION TO THE RESIDENCE TO THE SOUTH MAXIMIZES PRIVACY FOR BOTH PROPERTIES.   THE BUILDING’S  MASS BLOCKS NOISE FROM LOMAS BOULEVARD PROTECTING THE PROPERTY AS AN URBAN OASIS.   SOLAR GLAZING AT THE SOUTH WALL AND BALCONIES AND ROOF DECKS EMPHASIZE THE CONNECTION TO THE OUTDOORS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOFT DESIGN
AN ENCLOSED GARDEN BUFFERS THE DRIVEWAY, PROVIDING SECURITY AT THE ENTRANCES.  EACH LOFT RISES FROM A 24′ X 24′ FOOTPRINT   WITH A GARDEN ROOM AND GARAGE ON THE GROUND FLOOR.   A STAIRWAY RISES TO THE LOFT LEVEL WHERE THE OPEN PLAN INCLUDES LIVING, DINING AND KITCHEN AREAS PLUS A BALCONY.

ON THE MEZZANINE ARE THE BEDROOM AND FULL BATH.  A CLERESTORY WINDOW  ADMITS SUNLIGHT TO THE UPPER LOFT.  A LARGE WINDOW OPENS OUT ACROSS THE CITY TO THE SANDIA MOUNTAINS.   A 275 SQUARE FOOT ROOF DECK PROVIDES  PRIVATE  OPEN SPACE.  THE LOFTS EMPHASIZE THE FLOW OF SPACE AND LIGHT.  PASSIVE SOLAR  DESIGN OFFERS UNIQUE ENERGY SAVINGS.  MOST WINTER DAYS THE SUN’S HEAT WILL BE ADEQUATE TO WARM THE INTERIOR.  ON-SITE CISTERNS WILL STORE RAIN WATER FROM THE ROOF FOR LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKETS
Surviving homebuilders will refocus on infill concepts – denser communities with mixed uses and town center elements.
Lenders are more favorably disposed to apartments … in strong markets….the long term prognosis will render our 50-year love affair with the suburbs and a car for every driver, unsustainable. We’ll eventually go in and up. “Urban centers will be the driving force in the future.” The prediction is that people will return to the cores where a combination of “entertainment, shopping, culture, and action” can be found.

-EMERGING TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE 2009.  THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE

LIQUID ARCHITECTURE…OK IT’S VIDEO

Posted in architecture, art with tags , , , on June 24, 2009 by architectcs

The Vasulkas Woody and Steina treat video like material.  Stuff to be manipulated.  Like in their very early animation “The Matter”  which you can see coming out of process,   a wavy strip of nubbly rubber.

This piece SWITCH, (1976), uses a moving vertical video stripe moving against another image field – a room – to superimpose two times and spaces that are very close.  That’s about it for the story but it’s Steina’s walk in slow motion doubled and serious look that doesn’t quite hold and Woody’s studied insouciance that works for me in this room – their lab which is LIQUID ARCHITECTURE where space and time cross each other and the moving images come to a halt through their opposition.  time is my toy.architecture

HoTLroom

Posted in architecture, art, cities with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by architectcs

Call the vacuum cleaner

Call the vacuum cleaner

So boring, so exciting to fill the vacuum at the Westin Denver.

C H E S S & G O P A V I L I O N

Posted in architecture with tags , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by architectcs

         B A C K S P A C E        

Y E A R    2000

Architect Neil Denari designed a chess and go pavilion as an entrance toLa Beaute
, an exhibition in Avignon’s Palais des Papes.   Though it was never built (a Jeff Koons doggie scarfed the budget), renderings and a description appear on the architect’s website.

In a computer composite, the building extends from the Palais as an airborne “Y” with its base implanted virally in the existing wall.   The chess room and a go room occupy the Y’s branches which though bifurcating, key into each other where they separate.   One thinks of the brain’s left and right hemispheres connected by the corpus callosum.  These pods communicate through the glazed marrying faces of the split so what’s anatomical in the brain becomes perceptual in the building.  Slits at the corners admit the only other natural light.  Visitors would have climbed an exterior stair to the stem and traversed into the Palais or turned away from it entering the game rooms.  A panelized skin and single supporting column allude to the airport jetway.  Downlights from the underbelly extend a levitation reference as if their beams represented antigravitational force.

The Pavilion’s elevated construction and the game rooms’ turning their backs to the exhibit hall remind me of Marcel Duchamp’s rejection of formal beauty for chess in his his search for an art of the mind.

Neil Denari writes on his site that the Pavilion is a

“comparative look at the aesthetics and strategies of the games….”

He points out that ...

“Both are played out on gridded boards, each an indication of a neutralized, original ground, yet Chess is vertical, arborescent, and hierarchical while GO is horizontal, rhizomatic, and non-hierachical. The two games, in fact, summarize the formal conditions of many phenomena in the world, including cities, where monuments and clearly defined programs (DRY or point to point) have given way to vague and exceedingly repetitious fields (WET or fluid)”.

Go is considered more right-brain, intuitive, than chess.

I add a very basic distinction: chess, which begins with kingdoms ranged against each other is a game of attrition while go, beginning from an empty board, is a game of construction, of building territory.  And the territory is built with walls of black and white stones.  Go seems closer to architecture – also played on a gridded board.  i hope that architecture becomes even more like Go, evolving into an ever-changing elastic field.

Gold Silver Lead

Posted in cities with tags , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by architectcs

Street video of six downtown Albuquerque intersections