The American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter will host the 16th annual Architectural Tour on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This self-guided tour includes seven architectural destinations such as residential homes and commercial buildings that allow participants to experience great architectural design in Oklahoma City.
Tickets will go on sale on April 3rd. Advance tickets are $20. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the tour at any of the tour locations for $25.
Volunteer to help at a tour location HERE! (Tour volunteers receive a free ticket so they can tour opposite their shift).
Bob Moore Auto Group
700 NW 5th Street, Oklahoma City
The new headquarters for Bob Moore Auto Group reinvents the firm’s existing Collision Center to be the first element in a unified campus. Built in 1951, the single story brick-clad structure has been previously extended and remodeled; the latest interventions will see the building pared back, opened up and extended upwards to create a modern working environment, revitalizing the corner site and the piece of city in which it sits. The design strategy capitalizes on the existing long-span of the original structure to create flexible open-plan office, and supplements it with a new second floor, lending prominence to the east facade facing Shartel Avenue and signaling the entrance to the building. New planting and landscaping on the site will extend to adjacent lots, while new internal courtyards bring natural light deep into the building and create additional landscaped areas for building users to enjoy.
BP Lower 48
1100 N Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City
Owner: BP Lower 48
Architect: Brian Fitzsimmons, AIA – Fitzsimmons Architects
Contractor: Flintco Construction Services
Interior Decorator: Laura Leffler, BP Lower 48
BP Lower 48 is a leading producer of natural gas from tight rock formations located across the Western United States. The company has a rich history in the region, and has a significant footprint in the state of Oklahoma back to the early 1960s. At the beginning of 2015, a renewed interest in the region began, and BP opened a regional office in Oklahoma City which serves as a hub for its Midcontinent Production Operations.
BP wanted their offices to reflect the changing demographics of the company. They wanted to attract today’s professional workforce with a non-corporate atmosphere that was unlike anything they had worked in before. The goal was to create a showpiece that is modern, efficient and comfortable to be in, and a place that respects the patina and history of the building, which was a historic tax credit project.
A plan was launched to balance the inherent conflict of the small office environment and privacy. Several flex spaces allow for large and small meetings as well as impromptu conversations. The new offices are located within the first and second floors of the historic building. Prominent features include an operable overhead door and a large concrete automotive ramp. The historic auto ramp was repurposed to become a main processional stair with break-out meeting platforms. Glass walls, rough-sawn wood and raw steel come together to create a modern yet intimate workplace.
824 NW 8th Street, OKC
Owner: Steve Mason, P.E.
Architect: ADG, P.C.
Contractor: Lingo Construction Services
The goal of the design for the Mason Residence was to create a house that would optimize a small residential urban lot and maximize the views of the Oklahoma City skyline. The client wanted a modern house that would be compatible with the traditional homes in the neighborhood.
The home includes two stories of living space with a garage in the basement. A roof deck caps the home and affords sweeping views of downtown to the south.
Indoor and outdoor living spaces were connected by pushing the home to the property line on the west and reserving nearly half the site for a linear outdoor living space complete with a small lawn, patio, outdoor kitchen, linear pool and hot tub.
Large windows on the east, including a wall of sliding doors on the first floor, create a light, bright home during the day and a glowing lantern of a home during evening hours.
The entry sequence sets up the organization of the home nicely: visitors enter via a secure garden gate into a side yard; (there is no traditional front door); visitors walk along the outdoor terrace to the sliding door and enter the home at the living room.
The first floor is tiered with the kitchen higher than the living room, thus allowing everyone to have a great view regardless of whether they’re working on a kitchen creation or enjoying conversation near the fireplace.
A central stair is topped with a light monitor. Stairs are open so that filtered light can find its way to the first floor.
A guest bedroom and the master bedroom and bath are located on the second floor. Views out to the downtown skyline are maximized on all southern elevations with a glass rail system that allows uninterrupted site lines.
3200 North Harvey Parkway, OKC
Owner: William and Susan White
Architect: Robert Vahlberg
3200 North Harvey Parkway is an iconic Streamline Art Deco home designed by a 1936 MIT graduate Mr. Robert Vahlberg, for his parents, under the firm of his uncle Walter Vahlberg Architects. The home was designed in 1937 and built the following year.
The freshly completed home renovation incorporates an open floor plan, minimizing hallways, and retains the modern vision of the designer. The thoughtful renovation includes incorporating central ventilation and recessed lighting while protecting the beautiful period glass block and corner glass windows,. William and Susan White have restored the home to its classic design using the original “blueprints”, lighting fixtures, and interior design elements. The Whites have given new purpose to the servant’s quarters by developing a new master en suite with a spacious bedroom, bathroom, and walk in closet while maintaining the Art Deco look.
6325 N Villa Ave #134,OKC
Owner: Janise Nepveux
Architect: Kenneth Fitzsimmons, AIA of TASK Design
Contractor: Bryan Beavers Construction
The 1980s 1800sf two story condo was quite the bachelor pad complete with a hot tub room appointed with darkwood paneling, mirror ceiling and built in “hifi” speakers. The current Owner hired TASK design to renovate the entire out dated interior to make it more open and functional. The original lower level plan was cutup into several small spaces with little access today light. To remedy that the interior was stripped to the studs and the lower level transformed in to one large open area for the kitchen, dining and living area. A core space along one side was created to enclose laundry, pantry and powder room. Rather than hiding it from view, the tv is elegantly displayed in a minimal cabinet.
The upper level renovations for existing baths and closets provides an open an dairy feel with increased storage. The new “Solatube” skylights bring in natural daylight to the windowless baths while new pocket doors disappear when open to enhance the flow. New white color walls, doors, trim with natural wood and concrete flooring become a dramatic backdrop for splashes of color. New dimmable led lighting throughout provides flexibility for displaying artanddaily activities.
The Brewer Residence
204 N. Sugar Hill Drive, Arcadia
Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Mark Brewer
Architect: Bockus Payne Associates Architects
The Brewer residence is located high above Route 66, 3 ½ miles east of I-35 in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Arcadia, OK. The owners purchased the lot to take advantage of the incredible views clear to the horizon beyond. They expressed an interest in exploring an Oklahoma Vernacular Prairie Style architecture.
Bockus Payne Associates Architects design response includes sweeping wings that take advantage of the view from every room in the house. The extensive use of stone on the exterior and interior of the home blurs the distinction between outdoors and indoors and connects the home to the land. A sixteen-foot-wide structurally glazed wall further enhances this connection between inside and outside.
Though the Brewers are avid OSU fans, they chose red window frames, which give a pop of color to the earth tones of the exterior palate of materials. The single-story residence has four foot overhangs which protect the generous number of windows around the house. This emphasizes the horizontal lines of the house and naturally anchors it to its prairie setting.
The landscape plan is well groomed next to the house; however, the majority of the 2 ½ acre lot was returned to buffalo grass and native wild flowers, which reinforces the Prairie Design of the home.
The interior of the house is organized around a fireplace and inglenook. The interior details and millwork are simple and clean in keeping with the Vernacular Prairie Design. The quality of craftsmanship clearly displays the pride with which the home was built.
Heartland Middle School
4900 Explorer Drive, Edmond
Owner: Edmond Public Schools
Edmond’s growth as a city is reflected in the large numbers of students flowing into the halls of its elementary, middle and high schools. When planning for the design and construction of this new middle school the Edmond School District wanted to take the opportunity to create a model for their future secondary educational environments. Driven by an approach to teaching and learning that goes beyond the 21st century learning model, they wanted to create a facility dedicated to “Empowering all students through Creativity, Collaboration and Technology.”
FSB’s architects and engineers, challenged to design the “next generation” middle school, first held workshops to gain insights from everyone who will be using the school, including administrators, teachers, coaches, facilities staff and others, to create a single unified vision. From those meetings, the FSB team created a two-story design which includes safe and secure entries, a student commons, student collaboration areas and a unique “learning stair” that provides students with both assembly and presentation spaces. A dynamic media center contains computer labs, a robotics lab and other interactive technology. Spaces and classrooms are open, and all furniture is mobile, so teachers and students can rearrange groups to accommodate a wide variety of activities and events.
For students’ physical education, the building has a competition gymnasium for different indoor sports activities that is available for community use. A practice gymnasium is also available for student activities and doubles as a safe room sized for the building occupancy in the event of a security or weather emergency. The campus grounds of the middle school include an educational courtyard, outdoor amphitheater and amenities for track, football, baseball, softball and tennis.