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Maison Owl (Restaurant and House) – Ube, Japan

Posted in Built by Olivia Gordy on February 6, 2023

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Building: Maison Owl Restaurant and House 
Location: Ube, Japan
Address: Japan, 〒755-0086 Yamaguchi, Ube, Nakaube, 字西山1677-1
Completed: 2022
Size: 2,900 square feet building and 9,800 square foot property

Architect: Junya Ishigami + Associates
Structural Engineering: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Lighting Design: Junya Ishigami + Associates
Interior Design: Junya Ishigami + Associates
Lighting Advisor: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
MEP Contractor: Echo Mechanical Plumber
Landscape Contractor: SOLSO
General Contractor: Masato Akita

AE Interests: floating roof, complex building envelope, entirely below-grade structure, use of mud and steel, spatial organization, sustainable design, passive heating and cooling, central courtyard, enhancement of daily experiences, retaining wall, open-plan dining area

Articles: [1,2,3]


Library of Birmingham – Birmingham, U.K.

Posted in Built by Olivia Gordy on October 31, 2022

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Building: Library of Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, England
Address: 309 Broad Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Completed: 2013
Cost: £188 million
Size: 39,000 square meters

Architect: Mecanoo
Civil Engineer: Buro Happold
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Building Services Engineer: Buro Happold
Lighting Designer: Happold Lighting
Acoustics Consultant: Buro Happold Acoustics
Design Manager: Davis Langdon Schumann Smith
Project Manager: Capita Symonds
Main Contractor: Carillion
Client: Birmingham City Council

AE Interests: largest library in Europe, multi-use building with exhibits, 300 seat auditorium, lounges and terraces, large cantilevers, complex aluminum façade that creates interesting interior shadows, multi-level rotundas, BREEAM excellent rated building, gray water systems and ground source heat pumps. 

Articles: [1,2,3]


*Original post by Stacy Chu on September 1, 2009

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