Tag «Architecture»

On Street Parking – Creating There There.

Multifamliy architecture at CityView

  There is a huge difference between living on a street and living on a parking lot. It is that simple.  When built in 200 plus unit apartment projects, multifamily housing projects can quickly become brutal in their lack of a sense of place.  The design strategy of creating a gated community or a cul-de-sac project that …

Living Over the Garage – Carriage house made new

Breezeway at Carriage House Apartment Building Courtyard side

    Multifamily housing rarely sees anything new but more common is that ideas are lost and then found again. The design at CityView in North Kansas City, Missouri, looked to renew or find many lost ideas and update them to a new market and a new tenant profile that was emerging in this near …

Roadside Architecture in KC

Roadside Architecture rendering of Gomers

  Roadside Architecture is rare in Kansas City even more rare is New Roadside architecture. The Gomer’s Wine and Liquor Store franchise has a long history in Kansas City and when the existing store was slated to be torn down to make way for a new shopping center the owner Tom Stacey wanted to do …

Renovations Bring New Life to old Hotel

After- Candelero Hotel, Humacao Puerto Rico

    Adaptive reuse is the cornerstone of green design.  This Hotel in Puerto Rico was renovated to create a greater guest experience. The renovations had several green strategies. First to reuse concrete structure to create balconies by removing the tile roof and forming new patios. Second was connection to the landscape  creating connecting paths and landscape rooms. The third was to …

Remaking the Igloo

Igloo painted by Scribe

History:  I had never heard of “the Igloo” not growing up in Kansas City I was unaware of this much beloved childhood experience at the Kansas City Museum. The igloo had been removed as an exhibit due to changes in focus by the museum and renovations to the building known as Corinthian Hall.  Though the …

New Fire Station Combines Sustainability and Durability

Lees Summit Fire Station 2 Exterior

  The new Lee’s Summit Fire Station No. 2 is a prime example of how current practices in green design and construction can make a new facility highly sustainable while maintaining the budget and meeting its essential functions. While the station will not be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, …