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Facade Friday!

We’re back after being camping on the coast last week. And by “we” I mean me and my dog and this here blog.In honor of my upcoming birthday, I will feature a facade by an architect (and his partner) that shares my special day with me. Eames House. Image from archpaper.com  The facade of the Eames [...]

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Facade Friday!

In honor of spring, let’s look at facades that are exuberently colorful. Expansion of the Palais des Congrès de Montréal designed by a collaboration of Tétreault, Parent, Languedoc et Associés with Saïa et Barbarese Architectes, Ædifica, and Hal Ingberg Architect. Image from ArchitectureWeek.com I love this texture- This one is actually a brise soleil or [...]

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Brenda Arrives

Image from Capitol Hill SeattleAlas, Brenda has made her last sweep from the Capitol Hill Station to the Pine Street Stub. We’ll miss you rumbling away beneath us, old girl. Full article here.

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Facade Friday!

Wow, look at this one: It’s the Dream Hotel in NYC by Handel Architects. What everyone is saying (and what is true!) is that itlooks like a giant Connect 4 game. I do like the way the openings wrap down to the horizontal plane over the entry: Basically, it seems that the entire parti of [...]

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Wang Shu – Update

Photo from archpaper.com Wang Shu has stated that his wife and design collaborator Lu Wenyu should have been named along with him and shared in his recent Pritzker Prize.Read about it here.This is very interesting. And it is entirely a result of the system of “starchitecture” and the celebration of individualism in our profession. I [...]

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Facade Friday!

Here are some facades that give back, as they incorporate photo voltaic panels to generate solar energy. PV technology has come a long way and so has the aesthetic. Sadly, the price to do this (first costs) is still high enough that it’s hard to get something like this incorporated into a project. Manchester College [...]

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Facade Friday!

In honor of my post yesterday, and of Earth Day – I am highlighting a facade that is from an adaptive reuse project. It’s the Scots Church in Sydney, re-christened (excuse the pun) as “Portico”. The project included saving the original neo-gothic church including the assembly space on the interior. Then, after some structural gymnastics, they [...]

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