Thursday, October 3, 2013

Box House by Zouk Architects

Zouk Architects have designed the Box House in Sydney, Australia.


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Architect: Zouk Architects

Photography: 3.2.1 Photography

Winners Named in 2013 Marvin Architect’s Challenge

Marvin Windows and Doors unveiled ten stellar winners of the Marvin Architect’s Challenge this month, representing the best examples of solution-driven design, innovation, classic beauty and sustainability.

The entries reflected amazing talent and diverse aesthetics, ranging from a “house in the trees” with organic architecture and one-of-a-kind curved windows to a “patchwork-style barn home” with modern touches.

Casey Key Bay House


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The Casey Key Bay House, or “House in the Trees” designed by Sweet Sparkman Architects evokes organic architecture punctuated by one-of-a-kind Marvin windows curved with the wall and ceiling.


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The large custom windows create a seamless transition from nature to the inside of the home, adding to the treehouse-esque concept.


Bragg Hill House


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Bragg Hill house by Moger Mehrhof Architects embodies the true farmhouse style and was built to incorporate sustainability while taking advantage of the natural terrain.


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Moger Mehrhof Architects believes that buildings should retain connections to nature, and they achieved this with custom windows that bring in light while maximizing energy efficiency.


Folly Farm

Folly Farm, a contemporary farmhouse-style home was voted best in show by the panel of judges, comprised of experienced architects and designers. A unique mix of rugged and contemporary, Folly Farm by Dale Hubbard of Surround Architecture combines old and new to achieve a clean look that’s still full of character. As the judges’ choice winner, Folly Farm architects will enjoy an interview and two-page spread feature in the October 2013 issue of Dwell magazine.


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The mixture of forms and styles exhibited in Folly Farm create a fantastic variety of spaces, and the windows pull together the unique architecture.


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Custom mullions, extra large transoms and specially ganged units offered by Marvin helped match the balance of modern and antique styles.


Rose Cottage Project

For the first time this year, the Architect’s Challenge also featured a Showdown component where the public voted for a people’s choice winner to attend the 2013 Reinvention Symposium in San Francisco. Rose Cottage Project by The HL Turner Group Inc. won this year’s honor. The residence is a zero net energy, sustainable home built within a reasonable budget to incorporate multiple themes of long life-cycle value.


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The Rose Cottage Project by The HL Turner Group INC is located in a rural neighborhood in the capital city of Concord, New Hampshire.


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One of the first net zero homes in northern New England, the house occupies a 2.12-acre buildable-land footprint surrounded by 6.74 acres of conservation easement land.


For a slideshow of all winning entries, please click on the photos or visit the Marvin Architect’s Challenge for more information on a particular project.


Batts Hall .


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Batts Hall by Janes Architectural and Adam Architecture is a fantastic interpretation of centuries-old architecture without just mimicking it. This home is influenced by the Arts & Crafts style homes of the early 1900s, and the Clad Ultimate Push-Out Casement system is used to maintain the style with custom windows while also providing practicality and efficiency.


Highland View Residence


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Highland View Residence by Carlton Architecture + Designbuild is a great modern house located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The windows provide large expanses of glass walls, essential to connecting with the surrounding landscape.


The LenFest Management and Preserve Center


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The LenFest Management and Preserve Center by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, LTD. is a 10,000 square-foot facility designed to promote the preservation and maintenance of natural resources. The overall beauty, sustainability and long-term quality were the primary concerns of the build, and Marvin windows met the architect’s requirements for extensive daylight, beautiful views and profiles contributing to the traditional and agrarian design aesthetic.


Lyme Guesthouse


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Lyme Guesthouse by David Mansfield Architecture & Design PC is a pool house for guests that morphed into a “modern barn” retreat using natural materials, flexible interior spaces and simple, honest design elements influenced by Japanese culture. The Marvin windows and doors created a focal point by mimicking classic barn features with a modern twist.


The Marquette Park Pavilion


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The Marquette Park Pavilion by BauerLatoza Studio is a Prairie style park structure restoration of an original design by George Maher & Son in 1926. Custom Marvin windows helped honor the historic style and configuration of the iconic building on the beaches of Lake Michigan.


Santa Rita Cottage


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Santa Rita Cottage by Fergus Garber Young Architects is a charming guest cottage with an indoor/outdoor design that creates seamless transitions between the interior and exterior. Durability and scale was important for window choice, and the customizable options allowed for fluidity and openness.


Vermont Mountain House


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Vermont Mountain House by MGA | Marcus Gleysteen Architects is a lodge-like residence designed to take full advantage of its mountainous surroundings. The design, including the windows and doors, embraces materials, methods and forms of traditional northeastern rural building, but with a clean, definitive twist.


This post has been sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors.

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Anti-smoking Campaign (7 pics)

People from HealthExpress dressed as zombies were promoting anti-smoking campaign in the streets of London.

Jasper Place Branch Library by Hughes Condon Marler and Dub Architects

Hughes Condon Marler together with Dub Architects have designed the Jasper Place Branch Library in Edmonton, Canada.



A shortlisted project for the World Building of the Year 2013, Jasper Place Library is a joint-venture between HCMA and Dub Architects.

The City of Edmonton aspired to create an open and memorable presence in the community with the replacement Jasper Place Library. The City required a sustainable design to fulfill present and future library needs and uses, to welcome all demographics and to accommodate future reorganizations of the collection and reading areas.

What is a Library that has no books?

This is the central question that informed the design of the Jasper Place Branch Library. This project, one of many branch libraries within the Edmonton Public Library’s system, replaced an earlier small library which was located on the same site. The client’s goals focused upon providing a new social heart within an older suburban neighbourhood while providing a flexible building that responds to the dramatic changes currently taking place within the delivery of library services. While it is debatable whether or not books will completely disappear from our libraries it is clear that the size and nature of the collections they house is changing and that within the life span of this building the needs of the collection will be much different than it is today. In fact due to a variety of factors including e-books and the access to online information, the collection has already reduced significantly. While the new library is twice in area to the library it replaced the number of items in the collection has in fact reduced. This highlights the change in focus from the imperatives of the collection to maximizing the potential for social space. It is our view that in order to respond to changing needs the Library of the Future needs to be designed to maximize its social potential. This was what drove the design of this project.

The library is organized by a large flexible social space that is sheltered by a column-free undulating roof form. This space incorporates a continuous raised floor that allows for flexibility over time and eliminated the need for services at the roof level. The social space in turn folds up from the ground place allowing for the insertion of “back of house” functions beneath a raised portion of the social space. Stairs (one of which also acts as both social space and informal amphitheatre) are located at each end of the upper level and form a continuous circulation loop. An outdoor terrace extends the public space at the south side of the upper level. The needs of the social spaces were given priority in the planning with the collections being used to define and enhance the social needs. The movement of the roof form creates differing characters and spatial conditions that help to define use. The overall result is an open, inviting and memorable public space that provides a strong public presence in a neighbourhood that has lacked meaningful indoor public space.

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Design: Hughes Condon Marlet and Dub Architects

Photography: Hubert Kang