Happy Birthday, Oscar!

Brazilian Architect, Oscar Niemeyer, turned 102 on Tuesday. Amazingly, he still goes to the office everyday to complete his iconic designs. Read more on his candid birthday statements. See below for some of his body of work.  


Old/New Venetian Gallery

ArcSpace today featured the renovation of the Francois Pinault Foundation Gallery in Venice by Japanese Modernist Tadao Ando. What a wonderful combination of history and modernism, brick and concrete, glass, steel, and wood. Bellisimo!

All Images via arcspace. Photo credit Thomas Mayer.





World’s Tallest Woman-Designed Skyscraper

Aqua, the new skyscraper by Studio Gang Architects, is complete and a beautiful undulating addition to Chicago’s skyline. Jeanne Gang is the 45 year old principal architect for the building, which she describes as having an “inhabited facade”.



The buildings concepts and execution make it truly sustainable, an active green building instead of a cube with features tacked on. It also features one of Chicago’s largest green roofs, above the 2 story mixed use base.



The forms pay homage to the modern sculptural qualities of Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian great.


Read more on Aqua on Chicago Tribune’s CityScapes. All photos property of Chicago Tribune.

Tour the ZEH

Whats the ZEH you ask?

Bellevue’s new Zero Energy Idea House located on the shores of Lake Sammamish. They are offering Self-guided Tours this weekend. See below for official poster.


Green Roof Installation. Photo courtesy Shirey Contracting

The house is innovative structurally and sustainably, utilizing features such as Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), small scale wind power, and a green roof.


Helix Wind Roof Turbine. Photo courtesy Shirey Contracting

There is also an opportunity to tour the house Tuesday morning November 17th by attending the Eastside LEED Users Group Meeting. More info on that meetup here.


Free Residential Remodeling Seminar

Magellan Architects will be hosting two free seminars for local residents interested in learning more about home renovation. Topics covered will be permitting, working with contractors, and budget friendly design ideas. See poster for more information.


Baby Madeleine

born 10.19.09 8lbs 8oz baby girl

born 10.19.09 8lbs 8oz baby girl

Announcing another new Magellan family member –

madeleine olivia tomlin

Congrats Heather + Alex!

A farm where they grow houses. . .

The Atlantic today published one of the best articles i’ve read on the rebuilding effort and residential development in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Read the article here.


One of the Holy Cross homes, developed by Global Green

One of the Holy Cross homes, developed by Global Green

It portrays a down-to-earth view of where things are at and the organizations doing their best to make recovery happen by talking about 5 new houses and the stories behind their design and construction. The article is only a little bit about Brad Pitt, but mostly tells other stories, which is refreshing while still giving kudos where its due.


The third prototype design and built by students at the Tulane School of Architecture

The third prototype design and built by students at the Tulane School of Architecture

The article also chronicles Tulane University students engaged in the URBANbuild program. If you haven’t seen the series ‘Architecture School’ that was aired on the Sundance Channel last fall, it gives a great idea of this same New Orleanian Design problem and what its like to attend design school.