Archive for August, 2011

Mammoth Undertaking

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

In the Eastern Sierra resort town of Mammoth Lakes, a new Supreme Court of California is about to open. Designed by Mark Cavagnero & Associates, the crisp, linear form and expansive glazing of the project are quite a departure from the traditional stone and steep roofed structures around town. Sited at the east end of the town, the courthouse is the first structure to be built in what will be the new civic quarter.

Law & Order

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Over at UC Berkeley, Ratcliff Architects have completed the final stage of their major renovation and expansion of the Boalt School of Law. The plan brings a new sense of order and transparency to the site, incorporating the various buildings added to the school over the decades.

The new, light-filled south pavilion  sits back from the street, opening up two courtyards to create a new public entrance to the school.

It houses several classrooms, a café, landscaped roof terrace and the new Law Library, featuring double height reading rooms bathed in natural light throughout the day.

The Terminalator

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Denver based Fentress Architects recently commissioned photographs of their new Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B. The swooping curved roof forms bring a vitality and crispness to the curbside arrival and departure areas.