Designed by San Francisco based architect David Baker and built in tandem, these two affordable designed housing communities, Armstrong Place and Armstrong Senior Housing, compose a new landscaped neighborhood that fills an entire city block. Encircling a vast public courtyard, Armstrong Place offers 124 affordable for-sale townhouses targeted to keeping families in San Francisco. Across a shared pedestrian mews, Armstrong Senior Housing brings 116 affordable senior homes, prepped for aging in place, to the area, as well as retail space for a teen health clinic and and organic juice bar. The Senior building, which features solar panels, a rain garden to manage storm water and, a "quilt wall" inspired by traditional African fabrics, was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification.
Chicago is home to over 200 green roofs, covering 2.5 million square feet, more than any other American city. This garden-topped building, entitled Green Roof City is designed by Yi Huang, Tian Tan & Xu Zhang. The building seeks to build upon Chicago’s existing green roof infrastructure of over 200 green roofs and projects a future vision of the city with avenues of greenery linking rooftops together at height.
San Francisco based interiors company Studio O+A recently redesigned the online directory company Yelp's headquarters, also in San Francisco. The space is casual and interactive, featuring a custom-designed wallpaper, bike zone and plenty of bright accent colors, all to capture the zeitgeist of the company's online community. Yelp corroborates user-generated reviews of local businesses, organized and rated by city. Studio O+A is also well-known for their design of other online companies' headquarters, notably Facebook and Paypal.
Last Sunday, FORM attended the AIA Home Tours series on The Hills: From East to West. We liked what we saw. The four homes were open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The highlight of the tour was the Bel Air abode of builder Mauricio Oberfeld, designed with Zoltan Pali of Studio Pali Fekete Architects. Also showcased were the Lago Vista Guest House, an all glass and green modern villa set in the hills of Beverly Hills, SteelHouse designed by Marc Angell and Sarah Graham of agps architecture, and the Briarcliff View House, designed by John Pugliese of Cambia Designs LLC.
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