David Webber, AIA, of the Austin-based firm Webber + Studio, jokes that the house in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood that he designed for himself and Ransom Baldasare, his business and life partner, is really just like everyone else’s.
Project Specs The Weeks House Louisville, Tennessee McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc. << Return to article the People Architect McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc. 550 W. Main Street, Suite 300 Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 865.544.2000 P 865.544.0402 F (all work was done outside the firm yet both participants worked then and now for said firm) Architect of record: Bruce McCarty, FAIA (principle in charge) Associate architect(s): Brian Pittman, Associate AIA (designer, draftsperson, job captain, construction administration) Consultant(s) Landscape: Mark Furman Landscaping Lighting: Michelle Clodfelter with Lighting Trends General contractor: Gerald Jenkins Construction Photographer: Robert Batey Photography 1609 Country Meadows Drive Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
At 680 feet tall, the Austonian, designed by Houston-based firm Ziegler Cooper Architects, will be the tallest building in Austin when it’s completed in 2010. Currently at the halfway point, the 56-story elliptical steel, aluminum, concrete, glass, and limestone-clad building will serve to add to Austin’s skyline with a somewhat softer (and less controversial) top than the pointy ends of the current highest building, the 515-foot, 33-floor Frost Bank Tower, built in 2003 by Duda/Paine Architects and HKS and sometimes referred to as “giant nose-hair clippers.” Images courtesy Ziegler Cooper Architects The Austonian (top, center) will be 680 feet tall.
Belzberg Architects According to Hagy Belzberg, AIA, principal of Los Angeles-based firm Belzberg Architects, the site where his Skyline Residence now gloriously perches was, at one time, deemed unbuildable. Since 1952 three previous owners of the property had lined up to try to get permission from the city of Los Angeles to develop the precarious ridge—which overlooks Laurel Canyon, downtown LA, and the San Fernando Valley—but to no avail. The plot’s narrow expanse of workable land abuts steep, brush-covered hillside on two sides, with an easement flanking the Southwestern edge. If that were not enough, part of the land sits
McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc. Some projects are more intensely personal than others. The Weeks House, in Louisville, Tennessee, renovated by Brian Pittman, Assoc. AIA, is one of those. For Paul and Jeannine Weeks, who were living in Connecticut and working for a pharmaceutical company, renovating this house meant recreating a dwelling that was built and designed in 1950 by Paul’s father, Felder Weeks, AIA, and making it their retirement refuge. “Felder Weeks had five children, and all of them cherished this house,” says Pittman. Paul Weeks agrees, “I could talk about this house for hours.” For Pittman, who was going
Project Specs Skyline Residence Los Angeles, California Belzberg Architects << Return to article the People Architect Belzberg Architects 1501 Colorado Avenue, Suite B Santa Monica, CA 90404 (p) 310 453-9611 (f) 310 453-9166 Architect of record: Hagy Belzberg, A.I.A. Interior designer: Elizabeth Paige Smith Engineer(s): Structural Dan Echeto Consultant(s) Landscape: Bill Nicholas of Nicholas Budd Dutton Architects Other: Furniture Elizabeth Paige Smith Special Fabrication Spectrum Oak General contractor: Belzberg Architects Photographer Benny Chan (Fotoworks) 323 730-0100 Renderer: Belzberg Architects the Products Structural system: steel frame Exterior cladding Metal/glass curtainwall: Romanofsky Glass Glazing Glass: Romanofsky Glass Skylights: Bristolight Insulated-panel or
Riesco + Rivera Arquitectos Asociados In Chile, a country not much more than 100 miles wide with 3,000 miles of coastline, living on the edge of the world is pretty much a given. But with a geography that includes dry desert, live volcanoes, fjords, and glaciers, parts of Chile’s coastline can truly seem more like the end than an edge. For Jürgen Weller and Cecilia Contador, a couple with three teenage children who live in Chile’s capital, Santiago, building a house at the end of the world seemed like the perfect antidote to their busy work lives—Weller is an economist