Posted: 08 Jul 2013 09:43 PM PDT
Designed by Fernau and Hartman Architct, located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, the site of the Caperton House transitions from rural road, across open meadow, to dense deciduous forest—where a south-facing promontory commands the Potomac River. Both rural retreat and gathering place, the house engages visitors with the site, the river, and the distant ridges. while including gallery space for a collection of West Virginia art. The building deploys local traditions, materials, craftsmanship, and practice. Local masons built the limestone 'arms' with native stone, local timber framers used state-grown oak, and a combination of metal and wood siding reflects indigenous building practice. The colorful palette ameliorates the bleakness of winter and helps buildings recede into the landscape the rest of the year.
Posted: 08 Jul 2013 09:43 AM PDT
Designed by Nikken Sekkei Ltd., located in Otemae, Japan
The library is located almost in the center of the campus which will extend in the future. The library designed as the "melting pot of learning" and intended to link adjacent school buildings consists of a low and wide building, and its external form is determined by the concept to leave and utilise existing trees to the most extent, and assure the maximum building area.
Due to its "visible" configuration achieved by the transparent appearance and freely accessible peripheral deck, the library function as the campus hub to "link" adjacent school buildings visually and through circulation lines. With its main function as library and a "choice enabling" configuration which allows interoperation with various rooms inside the library and arbitrary use methods, the library is intended to generate new use methods beyond conventional libraries.
The Media-Library Cell is the flagship model as a place to practice small-group instruction with its educational system, Unit free-choice system, based on newly established academic plan. The term "CELL" indicates the abbreviation of "Communication & e-Learning Library." The name is adopted under the intention to respect the individual personality of each person, and generate new learning methods and collective knowledge through self-questioning and various dialogues.
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