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Shenye TaiRan Building – Shenzhen, China

Posted in Built by John B Acabado on September 25, 2018

shenye tairan building 3  shenye tairan building 2

shenye tairan building 1  6 SOUTH ELEVATION_5

Building: Shenye TaiRan Building
Location: Futian District, Shenzhen, China
Architect + Structural Engineer: Zhubo Design
MEP Engineers: China Academy of Building Research; Zhubo Design
Contractor: Shenzhen Terra (Holdings) Co., Ltd
Landscape Architect: Hill Landscape Design
Completion:  2012

AE Interests:
fully landscaped rooftop terraces
crystalline volume in the center of the courtyard that serves as a light-filled central entrance to underground parking
exterior cladding utilizes materials, predominantly light stone, that reflect sun rays; inner balcony façade features dark grey aluminum

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Cranbrook Academy of Art Library – Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Posted in Built by John B Acabado on September 25, 2018

cranbrook front facade  cranbrook back facadecranbrook door

Building: Cranbrook Academy of Art Library
Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Architect: Eliel Saarinen
Completion:  1942

AE Interests:
Example of early Modernism in U.S., minimal / simplified forms and level of detail.
patinated bronze doors.


Schindler House – West Hollywood, California

Posted in Built by John B Acabado on September 25, 2018


schindler house 3  Schindler House picSchindler House rendering  shchindler house floor plan

Building: Schindler House
Location: West Hollywood, California
Architect: Rudolph M. Schindler
Builder: Clyde Chace
Completion:  1922

AE Interests:
Experimented with communal living/work space for two families
Birthplace of Californian modernism; integrates both indoor and outdoor spaces to suit the Californian climate with two L-shaped areas separated into four studio spaces, two semi-sheltered rooftop sleeping spaces, a communal kitchen with clerestory windows, and two grass patios (one for each family) with sunken gardens that are visible and accessible from the interior through redwood sliding door panels
One of the first buildings to incorporate “slab-tilt” concrete wall construction

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