Windhover Contemplative Center by Aidlin Darling Design
Aidlin Darling’s design for The Windhover Contemplative Center on the campus of Stanford University in California used San Francisco Bay area artist Nathan Oliveira’s meditative Windhover paintings as inspiration for the one-story, 4,000 square foot spiritual retreat.
Rosa Gardens by Brooks & Scarpa; photo by John Edward Linden
The Los Angeles-based architectural practice Brooks & Scarpa have recently completed this 7914-square-meters affordable apartment building located in the picturesque area of the famous for its mid-century modern architecture Palm Springs, California. Comprising 57, two and three-bedroom family units, Rosa Gardens prides itself with ‘more than a 75% recycling rate’ and many sustainable solutions such as; passive solar design strategies, wide use of recycled materials – insulation is made from recycled newspapers while building’s façade is clad with recycled aluminum cans formed into building blocks – have been employed in the design of this $12.5-million development. (more…)
The fragmented facade
At the beginning of this year, the International Year of Astronomy, the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics opened its doors in Pasadena, California. The Center was designed by the Californian firm of architects Morphosis and named after its generous sponsor Charles H. Cahill, who helped finance a large share of the 50 million dollar building.
The terra cotta facade of the 100,000 square-foot structure has a fragmented look. Folds and cracks in the design, which is in many respects fairly conventional, give the impression that the forces of nature have had their effect on the building – appropriate, even if the Institute for Seismology in its colonial style premises is right next door.
The central staircase
more about the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
to the Federal Building in San Francisco by Morphosis