This week, we're sharing projects from Texas to California, Iowa, and Wyoming, with several stops in between. In addition to the projects that we cover in detail, we highlight work that architecture firms share with us every day through Project Gallery, the user-generated portion of ARCHITECT's website. To date, we have nearly 16,000 projects.
"A connector 'bridge' serves as an extended threshold that transitions from the old house to the new. Beyond the bridge, a U-shaped addition embraces a central courtyard, taking advantage of the deep site and opening up to the landscape with floor-to-ceiling glazing that contrasts with the punched windows of the bungalow."
"The Rowat Lofts sit on the site formally occupied by Rowat Cut Stone, within the Market District, a historically industrial area of downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Material selections were made to complement the surrounding historic warehouse structures, such as brick and metal cladding on the exterior façade and cedar plank siding within interior spaces."
"Weatherization strategy for the building envelope utilizes an 'out-sulation' strategy that moves the entire insulation system for walls and roof to the exterior side of the structure, resulting in a continuous air barrier, vapor barrier, and insulation system. A cold roof design mitigates ice dams on the roof (where six feet of annual snowfall is typical) and also shades the building roof envelope in summer."
"The architecture is uniquely understated for a building on an active major medical campus. The siting and intentional organization of the building make it feel bucolic and calm, allowing those using the facility to feel at ease and focus on their health."
"Montisi Studios presents a balance between maximizing density as afforded by zoning and embracing the residential character of its West Seattle neighborhood. The most striking features are the intersecting gable roof forms, reducing the scale of the building and complementing the surrounding historic homes."
"The design, which transforms a modest, previously industrial concrete box into a showcase for Contemporary Craft’s exhibition, education, and retail programming, reflects the organization’s mission by highlighting the joy that craftspeople uncover in the materials of the building itself."
"Bruner/Cott is restoring the theater in a way that acknowledges its historic past, but also reflects contemporary performing arts venue standards. This balance will be achieved by reclaiming the special character of the original façade, drawing attention to it with a new marquee, embracing the unique character of the original auditorium, and providing new architecture and interiors that enable modern day social experiences and first-rate physical and technical support."
"A new two-story volume is an addition to this existing Berkeley bungalow. The new space, a 15-foot square footprint, adds a sunken family room on the ground floor and a new bedroom and bathroom above. Skinny windows on the upper level capture views of the hills beyond while a large picture window on the ground level invites a vivid, framed view of the backyard."
"An important aspect of the design was the third story, which needed to be voluminous, but subtle so as not to overpower neighboring homes. The solution was to form a setback from the front façade, away from the street. The addition relies on glass and metal to give the form an airy and light sensibility."
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, this extension of Microsoft's offices and campus will furnish the tech giant with an additional 643,000-square-foot building that will provide working space for more than 2,000 employees. New York–based firm WRNS Studio prioritized green building techniques, using adaptive reuse and mass timber construction to help minimize the carbon footprint of the renovation and expansion. The project also boasts a high-performing envelope for the two-story building that reduces the project's energy requirements by 55% and responds to California's history of droughts with a blackwater treatment system. You can read more about the project, which was named a winner in AIA's 2021 COTE Top Ten Awards, here.
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