Lone Mountain Ranch House

 

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This six-bedroom family retreat is located in Wagu beef ranch in the desert of New Mexico. Rick Joy designed this property expressing interest in Japanese art, philanthropy, and film. These characteristics are implicated in the singular twisted hip roof with corrugated sheet metal. One of the unique attributes lies upon the roof, where one will find a stargazing plaza to view the beautiful New Mexico sky and landscape.

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Zaha Hadid- Capital Hill Residence

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This house, designed by Zaha Hadid and her associates, is currently under construction in Moscow, Russia. The bottom of the house is build to merge into the hillside, with a tower over the middle, giving views of the Barvikha Forest. It is designed to have four levels, the lower level being the leisure area with living room, sauna, massage, and workout rooms as well as bathing areas. Above that is the main living and dining area, kitchen, entertainment and indoor swimming area. Above that is the entrance lobby, study, and children’s rooms while the master bedrooms are on the upper level. The design of the building is derived from the landscape, and makes perfect use of the forest around it.

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SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center

SOS Children’s Villages is the largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity in the World. SOS Children’s Villages has been in operation since 1969 in USA. Headquartered in Washington D.C., they strive to create awareness and build support for SOS Villages around the world.

Architect Jeanne Gang and her team worked on SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, completed in 2008, a 16,800 square-foot foster care community center on Chicago’s South Side.

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Studio Gang created a system to integrate the material donations into the design. The material donations are literally revealed in a large exterior ‘strata’ wall made of varying mixes of concrete cast into wavy horizontal layers. These horizontal layers on the wall make the building different and beautiful, it also expresses the liquid nature of the material.

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Auster Tucson Mansion

 

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Located in Tucson, Arizona this $4.5 million dollar desert home is built on a 3.5-acre hillside lot. Rick Joy implemented his minimalistic style to create this home which features simple lines and square/rectangular shapes. The property is composed of 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and other additional amenities including a fire pit and swimming pool. This property  is topped off with a breath taking panoramic view of the city from 3,700 feet above see level.

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Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Arcus Center, as a study center and meeting space, the building brings together students, faculty, visiting scholars, social justice leaders, and members of the public for conversation and activities aimed at creating a more just world.

The center’s design is visually open and activated by daylight. The plan encourages to break down psychological and cultural barriers between people and help facilitate understanding. The presence of a living room and kitchen for sharing food at the center of the building creates the potential for informal meetings and encounters. I think that the design of this building is unusual and useful.1015-arcus-image-0111015-arcus-image-009

Desert Nomad House in Arizona

 

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This desert beauty was built by Rick Joy in 2005 and it sits on nearly five acres of land at the base of the Tuscan Mountains. This unique housing design is composed of three cubes made of glass and rusted steel. The two materials create a sense of old, yet contemporary taste together. Each building is one space with a bathroom and has a little over 1,000 square feet total. The three separate cubes come together to form the ultimate space for enjoying the Arizona outdoors. Outside features include a fire pit with stone flooring to enjoy the dry wildlife Arizona has to offer.Arch

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is a free zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States.

The Nature Boardwalk project designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, transformed a picturesque urban pond from the 19th century into an ecological habitat buzzing with life. A new boardwalk circumscribing the pond passes through various educational zones that explicate the different animals, plants, and habitat found in each.

It was inspired by the tortoise shell in the design of the boardwalk. This project is also one of the best project of Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects.

 

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Aqua

Aqua is a skyscraper in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects and it was her first skyscraper project. The Aqua was awarded the Emporis Skyscraper Award as 2009 skyscraper of the year. The project was the largest ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman.

The building contains 55,000 sq ft of retail and office space, in addition to 215 hotel rooms, 476 rental residential units and 263 condominium units & penthouses. Aqua is the first downtown building to combine condos, apartments and a hotel.

800px-Aqua_Tower_Chicagoed1152d015dac13b96f3db5f9a94d6a7The facade of the building is unusual. It was inspired a common topographic feature of the Great Lakes region. Therefore, it looks extraordinary and fascinating.

 

Robert R. Blacker House

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The Robert R. Blacker House is also another staple in the Greene brothers architectural work. Known as the Blacker House this immaculate home would’ve cost 2.4 million dollars to construct today. Also located in Pasadena California the mostly wood home is completely custom. Unfortunately, after the owners died the house and the land was parceled off in pieces so that it couldn’t be fully saved although it is now a National Historic Place.

 

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Thorsen House

bf4e94748b3b77e9103ec4035c1b9be6One of the last of the four Greene and Greene ultimate bungalows the Thorsen house is another example of quality architecture. Dark brick and wood really make this home pop out from the green backdrop the surrounding trees set. It was built in 1909 located in North California. In 1942 the house was sold to a local fraternity at the university of Berkley.66b7176bbd1f2896db1bd6be6d1fb9a8