This week, we're sharing projects from New York to Bainbridge Island, Wash., and from Thoreau, N.M., to Khandwa, India, with several stops in between. In addition to the projects that we give more detailed coverage, we highlight work that architecture firms share with us every day through the Project Gallery, the user-generated portion of ARCHITECT's web site. To date, we have more than 15,000 projects.
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Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Coates Design: Architecture + Interiors | Seattle Architects
"An accomplished musician and music teacher, this client asked Coates Design to provide a special place for her baby grand piano to resonate throughout the home. The couple was intrigued with the idea of building a container house from real containers. Coates Design researched the idea through an architectural lens—searching for a 'sweet spot' that could utilize containers in a manner that required as little alteration as possible, taking advantage of their natural structural integrity. The alternative was to force them into a different role that required significant alterations. Considerable research was spent on the topic … only to arrive at the more cost-effective solution of traditional wood framing."
"The cabins are elevated above the landscape to give a degree of separation from the fauna of the high desert. On the interior, bunks float above the floor, suspended from the ceiling by steel rods. This removes all interior vertical surfaces and provides clear sight lines into corners, leaving no space for rodents to hide or nest. Floating exterior porches are constructed of bar grate to make them visually transparent and facilitate the catch and relocation of rattlesnakes."
"This residence is designed on a small plot in Khandwa. It features a small garden in front, shaded with a pergola [that] creates an effect of light and shadow. The garden has trees [that] fit perfectly in the elevation, creating a frame for it."
"The project consisted of a new greenhouse built atop an existing community building to grow hydroponic crops that would be served in local meal programs, and provide educational opportunities for the children and young adults of the neighborhood."
"Amenta Emma Architects restored and reimagined the 1931 office building that houses the State of Connecticut’s attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and their staff. The Connecticut State Office Building — affectionately known as the SOB—is located in downtown Hartford’s historic district [and] on the National Register of Historic Places. Its transformation saves a significant building and plays a pivotal role in Hartford’s urban plan that stitches historic downtown district assets to a one-mile chain of parks, plazas and the renewed Connecticut River waterfront. This adaptive reuse project, [which] exceeds sustainability and accessibility standards, is a vibrant, modern, 21st-century workplace built to carry the building’s 20th century grandeur into the 22nd."
"Located in an older neighborhood in the heart of Brentwood, TN, this home's architecture focuses on the site features of large yard space and an existing grove of mature trees towards the southern edge. The surrounding mid-century ranch homes create the well-defined front and rear yards with a primary focus on the street. Using this contextual organization the yard house expands upon architecture's ability to define the yard and places focus towards the rear of the site."
"The project includes a touchless reception, enabling visitors to check themselves in while the staff member they are coming to visit is notified electronically of their arrival. This concept has proven to be beneficial in times of a pandemic. The reception area greets visitors with a variety of seating areas and celebrates IDEX products through an engaging display and technology screens that tell the company’s story."
"Positioned within the Cambodian countryside setting, this proposal has been designed as a series of retreats connected through tropical gardens and walkways to create a community focus. 'KH retreat' aims to combine elements of the traditional Cambodian dwelling with other elements that make it the idea of attractive, healthy and sustainable design that physically connects the ground and raised living areas. With a total built area of 60 sqm, the building form is made up from the overlapping of the letters KH, which means Khmer, the official language of Cambodia; those letters give an organized pattern of form and space. The design seeks to emphasize the closeness to nature while allowing a comfortable stay indoors."
When the Pepper Place Market was founded in Birmingham, Ala., two decades ago, it was just a collections of tents in a parking lot. Today, the farmers market has grown exponentially, and founder Cathy Sloss Jones wants to ensure that the organization sets its roots firmly in the area. Sloss Jones enlisted Boston- and Kigali, Rwanda–based MASS Design Group to spearhead a collaborative design process with the Pepper Place team, creating a scheme for an open-air pavilion surrounded by a pocket park. Learn more about the project, highlighted in ARCHITECT's On the Boards feature in the November/December issue here.
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