2018 AIA Architecture Tour – April 14!

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2018 AIA Architecture Tour – April 14!

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The American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter will host the 17th annual Architectural Tour on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.  This self-guided tour includes eight architectural destinations such as residential homes and commercial buildings that allow participants to experience great architectural design in Oklahoma City.

Architecture Week 2018, April 9-15, includes a week-long series of events that promotes the important role that the architectural profession contributes to the Oklahoma City community.

The 2018 AIA Architecture Tour locations include:

323 by Gardner Architects is located at 323 NW 9th Street and owned by Jeremy Gardner. Project 323 was developed as a rehabilitation of an existing masonry building into office space for a design firm. The building sits in a split-lot development with various other commercial properties. The exterior design of the project consists of painted masonry, new glazing systems, and a new steel entry portal to bringing hierarchy to the arrival sequence. As part of the entry procession, a concrete patio was introduced to provide an exterior gathering space separated from the pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The interior design of the project began as an organization of office functions, and defining the desired program. The program consists of a reception and waiting area, open office workspaces, one private office, one conference room, support spaces, and a variety of breakout spaces. To maximize the amount of square footage available, the division of the interior spaces was treated minimally. This minimal treatment existed in the form of custom millwork pieces to provide viewing from one space to the next, open viewing portals within new walls allowing light to travel to deeper set interior spaces, and a sophisticated treatment of doors to provide optional division of spaces when necessary. While much of the existing interior shell of the building was left exposed, the introduction of new materials compliments the existing nature of the structure. As the final treatment to the design of the interior, each furniture piece and light fixture was carefully selected to compliment the industrial character of the existing building and the contemporary quality of the new design elements.

Classen29, located at 1419 NW 29th Street, is a residential project developed by the Jefferson Park Neighbors Association seeking to provide an affordable for-sale housing product while improving vacant or dilapidated properties. The project is owned by Adriana Gonzalez and the architect is Common Works Architects. Two existing properties with distressed houses were cleared and combined into a single development parcel to allow for the construction of six new single-family houses. Since the goal was to provide a for-sale housing product the parcel required lot splits and re-zoning of the property. The public-private partnership was essential in guiding that effort.  The houses are arranged to face a central pedestrian path which provides an opportunity for neighborhood interaction and connection to the sidewalk along 29th St. Several building typologies were developed; single story houses face 29th street, maintaining the existing neighborhood building typology and the remaining two-story houses allowing for a denser development. Separation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic was also a priority and is achieved by keeping parking and driveways to the perimeter of the development.

Squirrel Park, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, is located at 1226 NW 32nd Street in Oklahoma City. Responding in a sensitive and sustainable way to Oklahoma City’s imperative to increase density in existing residential neighborhoods, Squirrel Park makes innovative use of modified shipping containers to create four single-family homes. Each offers around 1,400 square feet of living space, its unconventional interior layout contrasting with the modern, industrial exterior aesthetic. The design reinterprets the components of a traditional neighborhood street on a smaller scale, encouraging outdoor living and interaction. The unique nature of the site as a park-like environment is enhanced through retention of existing mature trees, provision of shared outdoor spaces and new planting to assist energy efficiency and biodiversity.

415 E Hill Street is the home of Deatschwerks, a manufacturer of high performance automotive fuel systems for the international marketplace. Smith Design Company was selected to renovate the existing property and change the neglected distribution warehouse, formerly used by Nabisco, into a highly technical custom manufacturing facility. Original designs focused on the manufacturing process, salvaging and highlighting the existing architectural character, and employee comfort.  Over 90% of the interior area was demolished and rebuilt to create longer projection of natural light. Energy efficiency was substantially improved with replacement of existing roof structures, glazing, lighting, and separation of six new mechanical systems throughout.  These efficiency initiatives resulted in lower utility bills in the new 36,000 square foot building than in our old 12,000 square foot building.

The Jones Residence, located at 1120 Glenwood Avenue, is a rehabilitation by Gardner Architects of an existing art deco style home in Nichols Hills. Originally built in the late 1940s, the home endured various renovations until being purchased by the Jones family in 2014. The goal of the project was to bring the home back to its original art deco character, and complimenting that with updated architectural features. Through the process of referring original photos of the home, and the discovery of original design elements during careful demolition, the exterior design of the home was returned to its original state with updated windows, doors, and a painted finish. Located on a large site, the introduction of site development was crucial to the exterior presentation of the home. The combination of plants and trees frame exterior spaces. At certain moments in the lawn, the terrain is lifted slightly and framed with plate steel. These moments are used to guide circulation on the site and provide a treatment to the natural slope of the terrain. The existing structure of the home is entirely constructed of concrete block, which provided a solidity to the interior space. As interior functions were studied, it was found that an open transition from kitchen to living and to exterior space was crucial to the way in which the residents would live, and this did not exist in the home’s previous layout. Introduction of steel framed openings on the interior opened each of these public spaces to one another, and extended a connection to outdoor space. The interior finishes were carefully selected to compliment the home’s existing style, but in a more current form. The color, scale, and texture of these materials was important to make this transition from past to present.

Saxum at The Heritage, designed by HSE Architects, is located at 621 N. Robinson Avenue.  Saxum occupies the fifth and sixth floor penthouse of The Heritage, formerly the Journal Record Building, overlooking The Oklahoma City National Memorial. Once a rooftop, the newly added penthouse serves as the main entrance. This floor offers expansive 360-degree views including downtown, state Capitol, American Indian Cultural Center site, Innovation District, Midtown District and Automobile Alley. The overall space has a strong rectilinear design accentuated by raw steel and wood finishes. The layout embraces Saxum’s mobile and untethered work style offering a variety of unique nooks, flexible work lounges and meeting spaces. It serves as a public area that staff can use as a secondary location to accomplish work. The most prominent feature is five striking, 12-feet long polycarbonate and glass light boxes. They were designed to cover existing openings made in the concrete slab. Each light box represents Saxum’s core values: Brave, Original, Lively, Driven and Bold. They provide multiple uses as a work surface, sound barrier, light source and visual connectivity between the two floors. An additional notable feature is the steel-clad walls with hidden doors. This design element identifies the CEO’s private meeting room and office. The renovation maximizes natural light coming from the communicating stair and penthouse light boxes. Additional daylight enters from the corridor leading south; toward the only fifth-floor window framing the Memorial and downtown skyline.

The Sundial Residence is located at 4000 N. Kelley Avenue in Oklahoma City. This Mediterranean style residence, “SUNDIAL”, patterned after Italian villas of the turn of the century, was constructed in 1919. Directing the construction and occupying the home until their deaths were John and Katherine Sinopolous.  Mr. Sinopolous, of Greek origin, along with his brother Peter developed historic Delmar Garden Park in Oklahoma City in 1902 – the largest amusement park west of the Mississippi River.  John was a leading figure in the theater industry throughout the state during the 1920’s and 1930’s, operating most of the theaters in the Oklahoma City area. Katherine Sinopolous was one of the first women to graduate from The Chicago Fine Arts Academy and was responsible for the construction of a cardboard model used by the architect, John Eberson, when designing the Sundial House.  Many materials from Europe were used during construction including coral rock from the Adriatic Sea. John Sinopolous, his brother Peter and their cousin George founded the Sinopolous Foundation.  With money received from leasing their theaters to Warner Pictures, the family was able to send $22,000,000 to their home town of Sparta.  Today the Foundation is still in operation and many of the towns cultural additions including a cinema, library and outdoor amphitheater exist due to the Sinopolous family.  When one of the theaters was razed, the family would use the marble salvaged on the footpaths around the gardens of the Sundial House.

The M. Dewayne Andrews Academic Office Tower which is now known as the home of The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine was designed by Bockus Payne Architecture and is located at 800 Stanton L. Young Boulevard. A design competition was held to select an iconic building to serve as the “home” of The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. The design helps recruit, develop, and retain world-class faculty and students and serves as the front door and face of The College of Medicine. Included is a nine story tower, a fourth floor roof garden, parking garage and new skywalks, which connect The College of Medicine to other campus buildings. The light filled atrium pulls multiple floors together in a common space and provides a place to connect with colleagues and recruits. The “Helping Hands” mobile anchors the atrium and welcomes, engages and inspires everyone who steps through the front door. The mobile symbolizes the mission of the College, keeping the patient at the center of everything. Comprised of white illuminated panels, it represents the iconic white coats, the dynamic quality of medicine and the 98 medical specialties that comprise The College of Medicine. Highlighting the “front door” is an iconic crimson ribbon which is an obvious nod to The University of Oklahoma and limestone portal. The portal symbolizes the mission of the College; patient care, education and research, leaving no doubt this is the Home of The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Tickets for the 17th Annual AIA Architecture Tour will be on sale on Monday, March 26th online and at our ticket outlets. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour.