Introduction | Mr Whitney Sander, Architect

whitney sander architect 01 Introduction | Mr Whitney Sander, Architect

Hello and thanks for visiting the site. My name is Whitney Sander, and I am the architect of the House for a Briard. I have been working in architecture since 1974, and have been on my own for almost twenty years. My firm designs residential and commercial projects that are contemporary in design and green in ethos. We search for the leanest, most up-to-date materials for our projects, most of which are actually strikingly beautiful. I always try to start simply in each prjoect, because complexity will necessarily follow. I also give each project “good bones:” a regular rythm of structure which means it will be simply built. This means that many of my projects show columns at regular intervals, and walls and spaces move around them.Designing this house has been a magnificent experience.
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Postmodern Prison Architecture | Austria

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If you believe the conventional widsom that prison sentences are for designed solely for rehabilitation (as opposted to retribution), Austria’s Leoben Justice Centre may very well be the leader in turning lives around. If you believe that those responsible for heinous crimes deserve to suffer in squalor, wretched conditions, however, you might want to stop reading this and go rent a Linda Blair prison movie.

Those of us who’ve toured Alcatraz in San Francisco can imagine the cold, harsh, unfeeling reality facing years of hard time. You committed a crime and now you must pay for it by enduring isolation, bad food, prison fights and being somebody’s bitch for twenty-five to life. If you exhibit good behavior, you might one day see the sun again. But is the system doing you any favors? Is the daily misery of life in the slammer inspiring you to make better, more law abiding choices in the future?

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The Grasshopper | Fab Rehab

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Move over, Master Po…there’s a new Grasshopper in town. San Francisco-based Fougeron Architecture, headed up by the determined Anne Fougeron, successfully rehabbed yet another structure.

I know… “yet another” sounds like “ehhh…whatever…” But the big deal about this fête accompli comes from the pre-rehab structure itself. Fougeron took an underutilized San Francisco concrete warehouse, waved her wand and Casa Crumbling Concrete became the elegant Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Aluminum House | Japan Going Shiny Green

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I like aluminum – or aluminium, depending on which side of the ocean you live on – especially the 12-ounce variety. I also live near an aluminum plant and I know how much electricity is needed to extract the metal from the ore. So, when I heard that some folks in Japan were going to start building homes with aluminum, I was skeptical.

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The Islands Get The Power Of The V | V-houses at V-erana

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As a kid, I was never one for climbing trees. When it came to recreation, the idea of getting a skinned knee wasn’t exactly what I called relaxation. I guess that’s why I wasn’t instantly impressed by the tree-house like structures proposed as new guest suites for Verana, a hillside resort in Yelapa, Mexico.

Verana is a secluded resort located a short boat ride away from Puerto Vallarta. It sits upon a hillside in the Mexican Jungle and has panoramic views of the mountains and beach below (Note: You must be transported from the beach to the resort by mules!). The resort offers a variety of rooms ranging from studios and bungalows to suites and houses, all with amenities and access to a full service spa and dining.

So, you might be wondering where these tree-houses fit in.

To accommodate the employees who work seasonally at Verana, the resort decided to build a housing system that looks as though it came from a page of The Swiss Family Robinson. They dubbed these structures V-houses due to their shape. Modeled after similar structures called “hooches” (good name change), they were designed by Joe Scheer, whose purpose was to provide temporary shelter with minimal disruption to its surroundings.

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Think Mobile Home For The Design Conscious – The Ultra Modern Drop House

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There’s no arguing that people are more nomadic than ever before. Technology has made it easier to travel, communicate and move from place to place. So, why shouldn’t you have a house designed to suit your on-the-go lifestyle? Just as air travel, cell phones and the internet have made picking up and moving easier and more commonplace, our homes are changing with the times as well.

Buying and selling property could become a thing of the past — at least the way we know it. Instead of purchasing a plot of land with a house, what if all you bought was the house itself? That’s what French company Drop Architectes had in mind when they built their prototype “drop house”, which won the Algeco design contest.

The idea behind the drop house is that you can literally purchase your home, drop it wherever you want and live happily ever after. (Or if you get tired of the location, you can have the house picked up and transported someplace else by truck. For someone liked me, who’s lived in four cities in the last several years, this would be great!)

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Chilean Wall House | Minimalists Take Notice

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If yurts intrigue you but you’re not ready to be a canvass dweller, the Wall home by Chilean-based FAR architects might be for you. The design is based on the idea that homes should not draw such distinct lines between inside and outside; instead there should be a gentle transition. To create this transition, the house is built in layers — four layers to be exact.

Pretty cool idea, huh? Here’s how it works…

The first layer forms the core. Made from concrete, the “Cave” is home to two bathrooms, which are covered completely in ceramic tiles. The second layer is made from engineered wood and plywood, forming stacked shelves that surround the home’s traditional rooms. The third layer is a translucent shell made from high-strength plastic panels that let in plenty of light and wrap the house in sunshine. The layer four is made of fabric that both filters solar energy and keeps out nasty flying pests.

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The Spinning Green Skyscraper By David Fisher

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Many believe that if you can think it and picture it in your mind, you can build it. Italian architect David Fisher is employing that philosophy with his plan for the world’s first moving skyscraper. Although Fisher hasn’t ever built a skyscraper, and there’re some discrepancies with his professional background, he’s pressing on with his swirling skyscraper. (video after the jump) Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Helios House | Innovative Design

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Is it possible for a gas station to be green? Can a place designed solely for the dispensation of the stuff we don’t want to breathe actually be good for the environment? That’s like asking if a crack dealer can have a good heart.

But here in L.A., BP’s Helios House professes to be just that. Not great for the environment, mind you — it is, after all, still a gas station — just “a little better”, as one of the two billboards looming above proclaims. It’s a hard pellet to swallow in a city that abuses gas more than any other, but BP’s big green experimental petrol station has endeavored to be as green as possible in terms of its design, building materials and use of resources. Their press release states that “Helios House is testament to BP’s commitment to balancing society’s need for energy with a responsible approach to the environment and is focused on two principles: sustainability and environmental education.”

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Space Time Transformation | Heroic Design

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Although it may sound like something from a futuristic episode of “Heroes”, crossing this bridge won’t transport you to 17th century Japan or post-apocalyptic New York. The Space/Time Transformation is a stunning footbridge to be crafted from steel and glass. While aimed at pedestrians, the structure is anything but. The brainchild of internationally renowned artist and designer Michael Jantzen, the bridge is as functional as it is beautiful.

The first thing you’ll notice about this design concept is that it would be made of clear glass, allowing those on the walkway to see the terrain below. The outer shell would be made of “glass impregnated with translucent solar cells that form a graphic grid around its circumference”, which will not only provide shade but has the ability to convert sunlight to electricity. This energy will be used to illuminate the walkway at night as well as power movement of the outer shell, which responds to motion.

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Architect Michael Jantzen Replacing Smoke Stacks With Power Towers

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The question in my mind is, can something so beautiful really replace something so ugly? I can see you’re a little confused by the question. Your thinking, fugally looses every time, right? Fresh young, replaces old and tired. 19 year old Victoria Secret Super Model beats, 28 year old Victoria Secret Super Model, but of course. Yes, those rules apply in the world you and I live in, but they don’t see the light of day in the murky world of There Will Be Blood! The older and uglier it is, the more they desire it. And Coal and Oil are as old and ugly as you can get.

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The Turbine Wind Tunnel Bridge

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Why did the chicken cross the wind tunnel footbridge? Because the steel and aluminum structure was so eye-catching he was drawn to it like a whale to water? Or because the electronic noises made by the wind turning the five enormous wheels reminded him of his favorite Wii adventure? Or because the energy created and stored by the wheels made him feel off-the-grid and sexy?

All that and more.

At first glance it looks like some sort of daunting, possibly life-ending Star Wars-ian trash compactor. But Michael Jantzen’s steel and aluminum wind tunnel bridge — an architectural attraction designed to create attention in public venues — does more than get you to the other side. It uses natural wind energy to turn the five wheels (three going one way, two going the other) that creates sound as you make your way across. It also produces and stores energy for future use the way a windmill does.

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