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Faulkner Architects tucks Forest House into wooded site near Lake Tahoe

April 4, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Faulkner Architects designed the house

Concrete, steel and glass define the exterior of this California holiday home by US firm Faulkner Architects hidden in the trees of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Forest House is located in the town of Truckee. The two-storey dwelling sits on a gently sloping, two-acre site near the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Rectangular in

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Mighty Buildings plans neighbourhood of 3D-printed homes for California

March 31, 2021 Jane Englefield 0
3D-printed homes in Rancho Mirage

Construction technology company Mighty Buildings has announced plans to build 15 homes using prefabricated 3D-printed panels in Rancho Mirage, California. The project is a collaboration between California-based Mighty Buildings and developers Palari Group. Construction will begin at the end of this year with the homes set to be finished by Spring 2022. Once complete, Mighty

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SMAR Architecture Studio designs swaying light-up tower for Silicon Valley

March 31, 2021 India Block 0
Breeze of Innovation

Breeze of Innovation is a viewpoint for San José, California, designed by SMAR Architecture Studio featuring rods that will sway in the wind and generate the power to light themselves. SMAR Architecture Studio won the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley competition to design a new landmark for Guadalupe Park and Gardens. The studio, which is led

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Wine and Eggs is a colourful Los Angeles grocery with a European feel

March 25, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Wine and food store with cherry wood interior

Designer Adi Goodrich has created the interiors for Wine and Eggs, a neighbourhood grocery in Los Angeles’ Atwater Village, with custom-made furniture and details that nod to Parisian cafes and Italian tobacconists. Goodrich, who is one of the co-founders of LA-based creative studio Sing Sing, designed the store for owner Monica Navarro as a “monument

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Kelly Wearstler creates virtual garage for LeBron James’ electric Hummer

March 22, 2021 India Block 0
Kelly Wearstler virtual design for Hummer EV

American interior designer Kelly Wearstler has designed a virtual garage in the desert that she imagines housing basketball player LeBron James’ electric Hummer. Informed by California’s modernist architecture and the landscape around Joshua Tree, the house-garage hybrid was designed to mark the launch of the electric Hummer with James envisioned as the client. “I imagined

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SO-IL designs prefabricated backyard home for Los Angeles

March 18, 2021 India Block 0
Pebble House by SO-IL

New York architecture studio SO-IL has created Pebble House, a flower-shaped prefabricated house, for the Los Angeles Accessory Dwelling Units scheme. Clad in corrugated metal, Pebble House would act as a self-contained residential extension, raised on a rounded platform that doubles as an exterior deck. SO-IL designed the floor plan in the shape of a

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Renzo Piano completes Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

March 10, 2021 India Block 0
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures by Renzo Piano

Italian architect Renzo Piano has completed the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, adding a concrete and glass sphere to a 1930s building. Images revealed by the studio show the exterior and interior of the moviemaking museum, which will open 30 September 2021. The Academy Museum occupies the Saban Building, formerly the May

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Man-made rock pools at San Diego Bay waterfront double as coastal defences

March 5, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Man-made rock pools installed at San Diego Bay

A group of geometric concrete blocks that mimic rock pools have been installed at San Diego Bay in California by eco-engineering company Econcrete to prevent flooding while providing habitats for marine life. The project, named Coastalock, is a coastal defence system with textured and indented surfaces that encourage organisms to latch on and colonise it.

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Fletcher Studio embeds cemetery alternative into Californian forest

February 18, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Better Place Forests alternative cemetery

Landscape architect Fletcher Studio has created a memorial forest in Califonia as an alternative to standard cemeteries with an entrance pavilion designed in collaboration with OpenScope Studio. The studios designed the 40-acre forested park to the north of San Francisco for the Better Place Forests organisation, which creates alternatives to cemeteries where families can sprinkle ashes on a dedicated

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Frank Gehry teases plans to build raised parks over the Los Angeles River

January 28, 2021 India Block 0
Platform parks on bridges designed by Frank Gehry for the LA River

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry has revealed his ideas for updating the masterplan for the Los Angeles River, which include platform parks on stilts bridging the waterway. The American architecture studio is working with landscape architect Laurie Olin and engineering firm Geosyntec Consultants to update plans to revitalise a 51-mile stretch of river drainage in

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