The Andy by 2fORM Architecture

The site of the Andy at 18th and Patterson near the University of Oregon had several old houses that were moved to allow for the project to begin. The Andy is a 4-story student housing development near the University of Oregon. The goal of the project is to create a place where seamless connections and interactions occur between the residents. To achieve this, the main public areas overlook and open onto an interior courtyard. The U-shaped building is oriented to create a south-facing courtyard.

This shared outdoor space allows light and air to flow through the site. The articulated exterior will be clad in durable, low-maintenance materials. Key features will include increased insulation, high-performance glazing, sun shades and passive cooling. In addition, a series of swales will help mediate stormwater run-off and provide landscaping. With amenities such as private balconies and entrances, skillfully crafted public spaces and day-lit units, 18th & Patterson is an example of a high-density infill housing project that will serve as a local model for sustainable housing.

The Andy by 2fORM Architecture

Architect: Richard Shugar AIA, LEED AP
Project Lead: Dannon Canterbury, Associate AIA, LEED AP
General Contractor: Andersen Construction

Spencer Butte Residence by Richard Shugar AIA, LEED AP

Located on the south side of Spencer Butte in Eugene, Oregon the residence showcases sustainable design, state-of-the-art technology, and thoughtful material selection.

The design optimizes daylighting using high-performance windows and doors to frame the views of the surrounding landscape. The performance of the building envelope is also emphasized using advanced insulation techniques, an airtight wall assembly, and an exterior rainscreen to maximize protection against the elements and achieve insulation values far beyond code.

Heating and cooling of the house relies on a geo-source heat-pump. Combining a highly-efficient HRV system with radiant floor heating, the homeowners are able to control seven distinct thermal zones. When not occupied, the zones use the latest in sensor and automated home technology to keep the home comfortable while minimizing energy consumption.

The house also features the latest in renewable energy. Photovoltaic panels provide back-up energy for the residence and a charging station for an electric car, while solar hot water panels meet demand for domestic hot water. A vertical wind turbine, prominent at the site’s entry, contributes to the production of energy at the residence.

Water conservation is also emphasized at the residence. EPA Water Sense plumbing fixtures are used throughout the house, while the landscape was designed for water efficiency. Drought-tolerant native plants line the landscape, cared for with site-specific drip irrigation zones

Project Title: Spencer Butte Residence
Architect: Richard Shugar AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager: Peter Utsey, Associate AIA, LEED GA
General Contractor: Morrow and Sons Inc.
Completed 2013
Eugene, Oregon
4085 sf new construction


140 Charles Street NYC by ORASTUDIO

The Memphis, named and inspired by the Milan design style of the 80’s, at 140 Charles Street is an example of a typical Post Modern building in Manhattan. When we first had a consultation with the Client, they wanted to do a minimal renovation.

The foot print of the building is a trapezoidal shape that made the plan interesting but created a lot of irregular shaped rooms. The Client’s apartment had the ideal combination of location, space and great views with a terrace in each corner.

When we illustrated the concept and the potential of the space unfolded, their interest was piqued. We envisioned the space that was previously chopped out into small rooms, into a seemingly larger living space with a fluid movement, maximizing their views.

The boldest move was shifting the Kitchen wall alignment with the exterior of the building instead of the previous interior wall, which created an interesting cone shaped Gallery that accentuates the perspective and depth of the space, transforming the Gallery into a supplementary living space.

Another key move was to tear down the wall that concealed the Powder Room that partially obscured the beautiful view of the Living Room, making the space bigger and gaining two additional views.

This apartment is the combination of three units in one so now our Client has three fireplaces which give the space a feeling of a romantic, warm, and cozy environment. We accentuated this feeling with special design features, elegant contemporary design, precious materials, large monolithic marble, and carefully intertwined stainless steel details making them the crowning jewel of each room.

Ultimately tearing down the walls of the corridor leading to the Master bedroom and substituted with large glass sliding doors and a freestanding walk in closet provided the pursued unity to the space.
As a consequence of this complete facelift, the Client realized that the hallway needed a new design. That was achieved with a printed graphic glass wall along the elevator door and dark wood panel console on the opposite wall, with a dramatic effect, that prepared visitors for what will be revealed inside.

The challenges presented contributed to transform this residence into a unique design and the Client acquired a renewed sense of harmony and a better flow. This is what happens when the Client has that ideal combination of Location, Space, Dream Views and a fearless Designer with a Unique Vision… Magic.

Project Architect/Designer: Giusi Mastro

Bubble Loft by Pablo Jendretzki

Luminal Gallery is the first dedicated video-art gallery in New York City. 6,000 sqaure feet of daring organic architectural features are geared to leave the visitor with a memory of the future. Inspired on the technology and morphology of Spaceship 1, the project introduces industrial design methodologies.


Peconic Ballet Theatre by Francis Bitonti

It was with an interest in disruption and continuity that Francis Bitonti Studio developed this Interior for the Peconic Ballet Theater in Riverhead, New York. This 2000sqft facility features reception area changing rooms and a 1000sqft performance and rehearsal space with a sprung floor system. White walls hover between the floor and ceiling, pulling you across, around and in. Black accents punctuate the space stretching across the horizon, tearing at the static stark white field.

The reception area sets the space in motion as you enter. A long shelf element pierces through the wall, unfolding and bifurcating becoming the front desk. The solid black finish absorbs the shadows, creating a phantasmal floating threedimensional object. The cantilevered edge pulls the eye around and through an arrangement of black magnetic strips.

The sharp magnetized elements hoover somewhere off the wall and gradually taper as you slide around the corner, into the rehearsal and performance space. The simple elegance of the performance space reestablishes the continuities of the horizontal and vertical planes. The lighting is situated to create diffuse space, one without shadows, time or solid ground, leaving us with only the dancers to
provide us with a sense of time and place.

Location: Riverhead, NY
Client: Peconic Ballet Theatre
Dimensions: 2000sqft
Photos: Alan Tansey


High School by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

This new public school for 500 students is located in a tough South Los Angeles neighborhood almost directly under the flight path into LAX and adjacent to the very busy 105 Century freeway. The design was influenced by the New Orleans architects Curtis and Davis who designed and built many schools in the early 1950s in Louisiana. Their designs adapted to the harsh southern climate without using air conditioning, creating sustainable light filled and poetic spaces for kids to learn.

Similarly, this project is designed to enhance passive sustainable strategies. It allows for abundant natural light, ventilation and view, while shading itself and inducing airflow. The south facade is clad with 650 solar panels that shade the building and provides 75% of the energy needs for the school. Implementing these strategies will reduce carbon emissions by over 3 million pounds.

With a project target of CHPS and/or LEED Certification at the minimum, aesthetics, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness were considered in every design decision. Taking full advantage of the region’s temperate climate, the designers eschewed the fully contained “big box” idiom of conventional schools on the primary use site. Instead, a landscaped courtyard with multifunctional “bleacher” terracing flows into the open-air covered lobby and the multilayered paseo, lending the school the appeal of a collegiate campus and offering significant environmental benefits—improving daylighting and access to fresh air both inside and out—while providing substantial cost savings by limiting artificial lighting and thermal conditioning to the smaller enclosed spaces.

Project’s Formal Name: Green Dot Animo Leadership High School
Location of Project: Los Angeles County, CA – Lennox School District
Client/Owner: Green Dot Public Charter Schools
Total Square Footage: 53,500 sq. ft.
Completed: 2013
Cost: $17,300,000.00(US)
Architects: BROOKS + SCARPA (formerly Pugh + Scarpa)
Location of Architect: 4611 W. Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Principal- in-Charge. Angela Brooks, AIA, Mark Buckland, Ching Luk, Project Architect, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri – Project Design Team.
Engineering:Thorton Thomassetti-Structural, E2DI-Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing, Veneklaussen-Acoustical, Barbara Hall-Civil
Construction Manager: Telecu
Photography: John Linden


Marina Abramovic Institute by OMA

Marina Abramović, a Belegrad artist with 30 years of practice in New York, chose a Dutch atelier OMA, to remodel her former theater into an institution for preservation of experimental art and theatre, bearing her name. The original building, located in Hudson, NY, served as a center of Hudson School art movement. Over time it was transformed into a tennis hall, antique warehouse and a marketplace. In 2007 Marina bought the decaying building and intended to turn it into a center for science, technology, and education as a space for workshops, lectures, and festivals. The building is planned to retain its character and most of the changes will happen in the interior. A large hall will become the integral element, housing various cultural events. Visually interconnected library spaces, offices, and numerous lecture halls will be located around the hall.


UCLA Charles E. Young Library by Perkins+Will

A research library of University of California in Los Angeles was built in the sixties by the architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons. Since then it had been subject to numerous enhancements ranging from a new surface finish to wider landscaping modifications. Its latest renovation was done by the Perkins+Will architects and focused on a significant upgrade in the energy efficiency, technology, functionality and spatial composition.

The quality of academic libraries is no longer determined by the size of its collection of literature, but mainly by the accessibility of materials, sources, services and options that it provides for their users. Therefore the study areas and offices were equipped with new digital technologies. The architects opened the building up in order to provide natural lighting to the interior and installed wind turbine powered energy sources and implemented a recycling program.


Innuendo Restaurant Ceiling Installation by Bluarch Architecture

The New York based architectural office Bluarch was founded by Antonio di Oronzo in 2004 and has created many projects focused on innovation and excellent technological solutions since then. Recently, they completed a ceiling installation for the restaurant Innuendo in Port Washington. The installation draws from a combination of fractal geometry combined with topology. Resulting three dimensional ceiling montage resembles clouds made of smaller particles flowing fluidly around the space.

An integrated LED lighting amplifies the visual experience and sets the atmosphere of the whole room by its variable colour tone. The walls are clad in cherry veneer. A stripe of mirror in the wooden wall serves as an interesting element integrating the spatial perception.


Coastal Residence by Boora Architects

A wooden house by the American Boora Architects is situated on the coast of Oregon. A specific feature of this project is a 180° view of a surrounding landscape. The main idea was to design spaces – public or private, that would blur the boundaries of outside and inside. This resulted into two structures connected by a 45m long sheltered walkway. This also created an inner courtyard between the two.

In the smaller building, the lower floor contains a garage and the higher an office. The ground floor of the main building is dedicated to private spaces. Common areas can be found on the upper floor, open towards the nature from three sides. Wood – the most commonly used element in the house, is complemented by mainly natural materials.


208 West 96th Street Residences by Arctangent Architecture + Design

A new and modern building grew on Upper West Side on Manhattan, New York, as a result of a succesful partnership of Arctangent Architecture + Design (AA + D) and David Hu Architect PLLC (DHA). The building was completed in 2011 with an area of more than 2000 m2. Its characteristic trait is an elegant perforated steel facade. This shell, pleasing for the eye of a passerby, creates amazing effects of light and shadow inside of the building too, due to its irregular placement and size of perforations.

The whole shape of the facade resembles a veil, undulated towards the balcony, creating a visually pleasing wave. While the ground floor is reserved for a shop, the remaining nine floors are occupied by flats. The inner space is designed in a similar spirit as the exterior.


The Barnes Foundation by Tod Williams & Billie Tsien

A collection of French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern art by Albert Barnes is moving from Pennsylvania to a new building created by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien in Philadelphia. The layout of the new building – the “Gallery in a Garden” resembles the original one. The plan was however enriched by new program functions such as classrooms or the garden itself. To secure the best lighting for the art pieces, the exhibition spaces were designed in the spirit of minimalism. Details such as brighter finish on the wood, simple floor patterns or altered shaping of the ceiling contribute to the overall luminous effect of the gallery area.

At the same time, these spaces create a natural circulation with a garden that defines the concept of a “gallery in a garden” or alternatively a “garden in a gallery”. The complex aims for the LEED Platinum certificate, awarded by the United States Green Building Council. The requirements should be sufficiently met due to the usage of specific materials, recycled products, FSC certified wood along features such as energy efficiency, solar energy utilisation and rainwater retention implemented the new building.

LEGOflat by I-Beam Design

An amazing idea for a sky parlour redesign arose in the design studio I-Beam Design. Their clients decided that they needed a change, and a brightening of their living. I-Beam Design together with Sean Kenney created a characteristic element for the flat – a new staircase and railing made of 20 000 Lego blocks. This resourceful detail immediately claims the attention of visitors. Lego not only brightens up the room while not disrupting the impression, but by contrast it aestethically and functionally complements the interior.

The project was fairly challenging, because it took two weeks to create only the lego countershaft. Basic colors were used, mostly white, red, yellow and blue. The rest of the furniture was also tuned in this color scheme. A small advice at the end: if your children have already grown up, and you have several kilos of leftover Lego blocks, this might be one of the tips on how to reuse them.


Amangiri Luxury Resort Hotel in Canyon Point, Utah

Amangiri, also known as Four Corners, is a holiday resort located in southwestern part of USA, on the borders of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona (therefore Four Corners). Rick Joy, Wendell Burnette & Marwan Al-Sayed designed a hotel that boasts a dramatic landscape scenery with deep canyons and towering plateaus. This area was a home of the Navajo and Hopi tribes for many centuries, but nowadays this sparsely populated and barren land, became a symbol of southwestern America. The architectonic complex blends with the landscape due to the use of materials in natural hues and textures and a careful design.

These structures provide an intimate environment in scale of the vast natural landscape. The complex is accessible by a winding road, which descends into the valley and leads visitors towards the central building. The main pavillion stretches around a swimming pool, and integrates a natural stone escarpment. The pavillion shelters common areas, a gallery, a library, a dining area and a cellar. Two residential wings pointing towards the desert contain alltogether 34 suites. From any point in the whole resort, guests can enjoy views of an unspoilt valley surrounded by grand mountains.


High Line by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

High Line is a 2.4km long part of a former freight railroad stretching over Manhattan. It was built in 1930 as a part of West Side Improvement project for enhancing the infrastructure. It was elevated 9m in the air, therefore it elimininated dangerous trains off the streets of Manhattan. Due to the increase in interstate ground cargo transport in the fifties the train transportation came to a halt in 1980. In 1992 a court ordered demolishion of the railroad remnants. The sight of the rusty tracks covered with wildflowers, grass and even trees caught the attention of a group of local artists who sprung a campain against the destruction.

Joshua David and Robert Hammond founded a community Friends of the High Line (FHL) and started a New York City funded competition. Winning design came from the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and will be completed in this year but is open for public since 2009. The park is embodied by an integration of naturalistic landscape (in cooperation with landscape architect James Field) and meandering concrete pathways.


A House on Hooper Island by David Jameson

A vacation home created by the David Jameson Architect is situated on Hooper Island, on the eastern coast of USA, in close proximity to Baltimore or Washington. The project was completed right after this area was demolished by the hurricane Isabela. The author found inspiration in the local traditional barns and fishing shacks. The house consists of several objects which may be in use depending on the need and the number of people.

This makes the structure more economically viable, since it lowers the costs of heating. The unifying element is the outer metallic casing and the sloping roofs. In contrast to the neutral, even cold impression of the exterior, the interior surprises by its warmth and welcoming atmosphere, which is achieved by an abundance of light and the materials utilized.


Chicago’s Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation project is a work of Chicago based architects of John Ronan Architects. The building is located in the largest city of Illinois – Chicago. The project creates a space for a library, exhibitions and offices of Poetry Magazine. The volume of the buildng is made of multiple layers. Visitors are encouraged to move through them and feel the different atmospheres and moods. The building is accessible from an inner garden, where the guests are greeted by a double height library, which invites them into the literary world.

A gallery is situated on the ground floor and offers a space for various performances. Office premises can be found on the second floor. The external layer of the building is created by a protective perforated screen, which also enables pedestrians to see inside and offers inviting views of the garden.


Sea Ranch Residence by Todd Verwers Architects

A project of a weekend residence for the Danish consul and his wife in northern California comes from the works of Todd Verwers Architects. The house is located on a slope with a view of the Pacific Ocean, with a grove of redwood trees as a natural background. Design of the residence embodies a scandinavian way of handling light and material. The house is simple in form with a large shed roof. All of the living quarters are facing the ocean and the transparent glass facade enhances the experience of the panoramatic view. Additional large windows are placed on the rear facade of the house and therefore open up the views of the forest in the bedrooms.