- Cinema – Studio des Ursulines \ h2o Architectes
- Los Gatos Library \ Noll & Tam architects
- Crabill Modern \ Tonic Design
- Care \ Simon Michel
- StudioKami’s Studioloft in Lanificio Roma
- NM Apartment \ Paul Kaloustian Architect
- Lath Lamps for Atelier-D \ Jonathan Dorthe
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 06:35 AM PDT
Founded in 1925, by the actors Armand Tallier and Laurence Myrga, the Studio des Ursulines became the first cinema for art house film in France. Today, this theater continues it's tradition by catering to the younger Parisian public by providing a locale to discover cinema in it's many facettes. The small theater offers selective programming as well as the opportunity to meet those who make films.
The initiative for the renovation of the cinema's lobby follows the tradition of innovation and evolution that have been a part of this establishment's history. The existing space, although small, must allow for greeting and welcoming the public composed of both youngsters and adults, selling tickets and hosting events.
The original lobby is structred around a large oval centered on the ceiling and glazed wall cases framed in brass showcasing the movie posters and the the cinema's news. These base building elements are preserved although refined in their treatments. The design team's proposal was to regroup all functionalities into one central piece, hence liberating the rest of the space and creating a peripheral area in the lobby. Freedom of mouvement and circulation are made possible while inceasing the sense of space. The fixture slides and unfolds to reveal the necessary uses : closed it serves as a counter ; open, it offers a register at it's heart ; when the lower part is spread, it offers bench seating and tables for children. The rest of the functionalities are incorporated in the lateral walls such as storage, bookshelves, access to the control room, etc.
A dynamic use of the fixture becomes apparent as adults and children make use of the fixture by making it their own. The movable boxes open up and reveal niches for display, storage or other secrets. The finishes are resolutely simple and contrasted. The fixture is tinted black, it slides on its base that is made out of brass. All equipment such as phone, register and printer are concealed so as to show only an abstract, playful and intriguing volume.
The lobby is in perpetual movement and adapts to the varied configurations of life in an art house cinema.
Design: h2o architectes
+ All images courtesy h2o Architectes
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 05:53 AM PDT
Nestled at the foot of a wooded hillside, the two-story, 30,250-square-foot Los Gatos Library provides a visual connection between the Town's historic Pageant Park and the adjacent Civic Center. The design concept is based on the lantern, which in architectural terms suggests an open, light-filled structure. Daytime illumination optimizes the use of natural daylight, with glazing on the north wall, skylights at the stairway well, veiled glazing on the south wall, and use of louvers to bounce light into the library. At night, white and colored artificial light allows visibility from the street and views into the library.
The site is at the edge of the existing Civic Center and abuts a steeply graded hillside, so building footprint options were limited. To eke out the maximum possible square footage, the architects designed a rectilinear building, then added cantilevered "pop-out" elements to break up the static shape. The steel-frame building is clad with stone veneer, porcelain tile, a wood veneer composite panel rainscreen, honeycomb core aluminum panels, and an aluminum solar shading system. The materials and exterior colors take inspiration from surrounding natural elements and buildings.
Inside, the low lobby ceiling opens suddenly onto the two-story main staircase, giving a sense of airiness and arrival. This stair is the central focus of the library and a feature design element. An etched glass art installation by Sheri Simons decorates the back wall of the staircase, alternating transparent and frosted panels and graphic elements.
While the open floor plan celebrates large spaces, the design also incorporates more intimate reading areas. Special attention was given to design elements that make each program space unique. The periodicals reading room, located behind the stairwell on the main floor, has a dark-paneled clubby adult atmosphere, with a gas-lit fireplace. A moveable window wall opens onto a patio, creating an outside room in the warmer months. Off the main floor lobby, a brightly colored sign denotes the children's library. Entering the children's area, visitors find themselves beneath an undulating starry sky, with glowing back-lit cutouts of celestial swirls and planets. On the rear wall, recycled transparent plastic has been fashioned into luminescent circular artwork by Benjamin Phipps. Smaller circles act as wall sconces, while larger circles are recessed to serve as reading nooks. A door to the outside leads to a secret garden, where larger-than-life books sculpted in cement represent favorite classic children's literature.
Like a hip treehouse, the teen area is located on the second floor in the cantilevered "pop-out," which gives it views to outside as well as visibility from the street. Teen lounge-style seating offers a group gathering area. The ceiling is detailed with Interlam, painted a vibrant red. The second floor also features a Local History Center, with exhibit cases and a video screen to display artifacts of note.
The design team is aiming for a LEED Gold certification, emphasizing visible sustainable systems and educational display features.
+ PROJECT FACT SHEET
Los Gatos Public Library
Date of occupancy
Gross square footage
Key materials (type/brand)
Countertops – 3Form, Inc. "Chroma"
Carpet (adult and teen areas) – Durkin "Atmospheric Loop" and "Electric Strings"
Tables – Agati "Cerino"
+ All images courtesy Noll & Tam Architects + David Wakely
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 02:26 AM PDT
The Crabills bought the five-acre property near Hillsborough, NC, with the intention of building a simple, modern home in a clearing amidst a lush forest. They wanted the house to disturb the natural environment as little as possible and accommodate local wildlife.
The architects sited the house carefully to avoid disturbing the natural environment, to maximize natural lighting, and to frame views of forest, including a favorite three-trunked tree.
To reflect the rural setting, Petrarca specified simple, inexpensive materials and references to regional agricultural structures rendered in a modern architecture composition. Recalling old farm sheds, the house's skewed cubic form is clad in solid and perforated COR-TEN®, a steel alloy developed to eliminate the need for painting. The steel forms a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather. As a result, the house will be a constantly evolving element in the landscape as a rich patina develops over the years. The COR-TEN also acts as a rain screen, canopy, sunshade, and visual screen.
Spray foam insulation, tightly sealed ducts, low-e glazed windows, and Energy Star® appliance contribute to the home's energy conservation. Despite the fact that their new house is 800 feet larger than their previous house, the Crabills report that their energy bills are, on average, 30 percent lower.
The first floor includes the entry, a spacious kitchen/living/dining room, a studio/music space, and two decks. The second floor includes the master bedroom suite and two bedrooms for the Crabills' children, who share an extra loft space and bath.
Tonic Construction completed the home for $155 per square foot, thanks in large part to the design/build process and the readily available materials, including oak.
As for stewardship of the natural wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation recently certified the Crabill property as a natural habitat.
+ Project facts
Clients: John and Stacy Crabill
+ All images courtesy Tonic Design
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 01:52 AM PDT
German designer Simon Michel designed the “Care”.
Infrared thermometers are becoming more and more popular: The Fiber measuring is just quicker. But the measuring accuracy depends on the person who measures. A incorrect handling could result in a measuring difference from more then one degree Celsius.
The inspiration and concept
Everybody put headphones to the ears. This movement is familiar to us. It is a culturally learned behavior and it generated no discomfort. But a modern infrared fever thermometer is nothing that we use intuitively. The basic idea behind this concept was to use a familiar form. So that everyone knows how to handle it “Care” is a user- friendly infrared thermometer that shows how influential a learned behavior is for the design of a new product. To measure the fever, the thermometer is held at the ear and the measur sensor is simply inserted into the ear. To ensure that the measuring sensor is placed correctly in the ear the thermometer gives acoustic signals.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 10:02 PM PDT
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:51 PM PDT
The basic approach is to eliminate the existing layout of the apartment and to focus on intensifying its potentials. The NM apartment enjoys unique views on to the Mediterranean sea from one side and the dense fabric of the Gemayze district from the other, which we enhanced by opening up the facades to allow total transparency.
The proposed plan relies on three curved walls to define the spaces generating a re-orientation of the apartment towards the views with an expanded and open living, dining and entrance.
+ Project facts
+ All images courtesy Paul Kaloustian Architect
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 07:01 PM PDT
Montreal based Jonathan DORTHE designed the Lath Lamps for Atelier-D. These architectural lamps are made from a thin laser-cut plywood, assembled to create volume. The horizontal bands can be made from dark leather to contrast the light structure, or can be made of a wood veneer, which creates a warm lantern effect. The lamps are designed with two different shapes: one is a tapered classic shade and can be used has a pendant light. The cylinder shape can be used as a table light or as a pendant. These warm lamps create a nice atmospheric ambiance and project dramatic and geometric shadows.
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