August 6th, 2013 was an incredible day. President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea, and a Clinton Foundation delegation visited the Ubuntu Center on their tour of CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) commitment sites.
In 2007, we began our work with Ubuntu’s staff and the Zwide community to design Ubuntu’s new home. It is truly inspiring to see, first hand, the meaningful role that architecture has played in shaping so many people’s lives. We are proud to have been a part of Ubuntu Education Fund’s journey.
Jeff Aalfs, 43, didn’t specifically ask for modern in the remodel and addition to his Portola Valley cottage. But when his architect, Field Architecture, showed him a very contemporary plan that would add 1,500 square feet by cascading the house down a hill, ending at the bottom with a family room with 17-foot ceilings, he loved the way it looked. After it was finished, he was appointed to the Architectural & Site Control Commission, in Portola Valley, where he says about half the new homes in the town are modern-contemporary.
“we wanted a home that, from the exterior, was bold yet minimalist, and from the interior, light and airy with a flexible, open floorplan that created a connection to the outdoors,” Ronit said. “We also wanted a home that was modern in the environmental sense – energy efficient, built with sustainable materials and taking advantage of green building technology.”
The 24th Sophia Gray Memorial Exhibition and Lecture, will be presented this year by Stan Field. Stan’s exhibition and lecture, titled, “For the Love of Architecture”, will trace 40 years of practice, starting with his first commission for the Miller House on the boulders at Khyber Rock outside Johannesburg, and continuing with his career’s development across three continents.
The exhibition, to be presented by the Department of Architecture at the University of the Free State, will showcase photographs and drawings of the work, and a lineage of sketches through which Stan’s veneration of site is explored and inspiration and insight gained.
Sophia Gray is considered to be South Africa’s first female architect. As a tribute to her achievements, the University of the Free State instituted the annual Sophia Gray Memorial lecture and exhibition since 1989 in recognition of the contributions of a South African architect to society.
fA is pleased to feature two homes on Dwell magazine‘s 2012 home tour. On November 3, join Dwell for a chance to step into the homes featured in the pages of the magazine and see a few of the amazing houses pushing residential architecture forward in Silicon Valley.
For more info, and to preview the houses designed by Jess Field and Stan Field:
Stan and Jess Field invited to donate sketches to benefit Architecture for Humanity’s “I Love Architecture” Charity Auction, along with a group of incredible architects including Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Fumihiko Maki, Renzo Piano, Steven Holl, and many more.
The auction launches June 19th and runs through Friday, June 29th, with all proceeds going to support Architecture for Humanity’s humanitarian projects in over 20 countries.
The Napa House, which is headed for completion this summer, began with a desire to bring the landscape into the house and enjoy the natural beauty that the magnificent setting offers.
Facing Stags Leap to the East, and the Mayacamas Range to the West, the house has large glass doors – window walls that slide open and pocket on either side of the house, allowing the feeling of the outdoors to extend through the inside. The kitchen, dining, and living spaces all flow onto a shaded outdoor patio and pool area where breezes can be enjoyed.
Recently featured on Inhabitat, and Apartment Therapy, the Woodlands House was a substantial remodel to a mid century craftsman. Designed to take full advantage of the steep, wooded site in Portola Valley, the house takes its shape by orienting its roofs and windows to filter the dappled light through the canopy of Oaks and Redwoods.
The Woodlands House, which was the first co-designed project by Stan Field and Jess Field, won an AIA Award for its design and formed Portola Valley’s inaugural Green Home Tour.
Designing Ubuntu reveals the design and philosophy behind the award winning Ubuntu Centre, and the role of architecture in the transformation of a South African township. The book unveils the inspiring, challenging, and fascinating development of a “Township Architecture”.
When the building was complete and Hugh Masekela gave his unforgettable performance at the opening, we felt like we had to find a way to somehow share the magic beyond the streets of Zwide. And so, the idea for Designing Ubuntu was born – we decided to write a book about what Bulali, one of the Ubuntu scholars, called, “a building that speaks”. The book opens up our sketchbooks, and shares the conversations, insights, realizations, and dreams that shaped Ubuntu Centre.
Over time, homes often require modification to suit owners’ evolving needs for space or shifting aesthetic appetites. Remodeling an existing room or adding on can transform a space and expand the utility of a home while increasing the value of your greatest asset.
Our goal with these special projects is to utilize the very best of the existing structure, while updating the organization and flow of the design, and bringing it all together with the magic of a cohesive design that really works.
Flip through some of Field Architecture’s recent indoor outdoor homes:
Steve’s impact on the way we live is so far reaching, that it is perhaps best understood through the flood of reactions circling the globe. The team at fA has always admired the drive and passion that introduced great design into the lives of millions. Few could say that they’ve impacted daily life through design so profoundly as Steve did. It is with reverence that we continue to reach for a shared belief that design can, and does, change the world.
“Our ambition for Bodega Bauer was to create an architecture informed by the same particularities of the earth which are embodied in the wine of the region.”
AREA Architectural Review Journal, Italy: Issue 117
Wineries: From parts of the landscape to portions of the building
“…the places where wine is produced today are actually “parts of the landscape”, fragments of a territory where art and culture, innovation and tradition, agriculture and industry, are merged and confused in an aggregate that has to balance different and variegated aspects. Many contemporary projects clearly show, highlight or more simply prioritize one of the aspects stressed here, but it is in the difficult and equilibrated relationship with the surrounding environment that the building where wine is produced demonstrates its sagacity and value, because its richness and fortune, now as in the past, comes directly from the earth.”
“The Centre is the result of attentive research, of a well calibrated design…the result of careful listening to the cultural diversity and population needs”
Boundaries is a quarterly international journal on contemporary architecture, with texts in English and Italian, that offers a critical view of contemporary architecture which addresses the challenges of sustainability as a balance between cultural, environmental, economic and social matters.
Situated in a pocket of oak woodlands in Northern California’s Portola Valley, Field Architecture’s recently-completed Hillside House gently cascades down a hill, echoing the natural slope of the site. Floor to ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of one of the most famous valleys in the world – Silicon Valley. The indoors and outdoors conflate with a single plane of mahogany wood floors that extend beyond glass panes into an Ipe deck that bends its way around the structure, spilling into the garden with its outdoor dining room, play area, and shaded patio.
fA’s Karoo Wilderness Centre in August-September edition of Earthworks Magazine – South Africa’s industry magazine for green building.
“The design shows an understanding of the interdependence of the elements of a healthy eco-system, and essentially re-establishes the connection between the built and natural environment.”
Earthworks is an intelligent, cutting edge media source that provides in-depth, accurate and useful information to industry professionals responsible for implementing lasting new construction practices.
“Karoo Wilderness Centre captures rain in its roof to keep cool”
Andrew Michler, of Inhabitat describes the Karoo Wilderness, “The Karoo Desert in South Africa contains more biodiversity than any other arid region in the world. The award-winning Karoo Wilderness Center by Field Architecture is designed to provide resources for visitors to learn more about the land, plants and animals — and it makes smart use of natural resources itself. The project’s most unique aspect is its bowl-shaped roof, which captures and stores precious rainwater. The center holds amenities for researchers and visitors to immerse themselves in the ancient landscape, and it features a holistic environmental design that produces all of its own energy and processes all of its own waste.”
As a part of an issue devoted to reducing Africa’s carbon footprint, INDWE, South African Airlines’ inflight magazine features a story about the Ubuntu Centre. The article gives a first hand account of the impact of the Ubuntu Centre from the perspective of a local Port Elizabethan who has followed its development since its early days.
At an Awards Ceremony at MOMA in New York, Field Architecture’s Karoo Wilderness Center, in South Africa, received the prestigious P/A award.
“It’s nice to see a project that is not intimidated by the sustainability question, but that engages it to make something very beautiful.” said Dan Rockhill, of the five jurors. A sentiment with which all the jurors strongly concurred.
“The beauty of the project lies not only in its simple forms and powerful evocation of the landscape, but also in the idea of the center itself … the center enables representatives of the academic and business world [to] directly engage in the resources they depend upon and promote … Conservation and use are demonstrated as equivalent functions … through which less is lost and more is gained.”
The Ubuntu Centre was nominated for the INDEX:Award, “Design to Improve Life”, a widely recognized global biennial design award. INDEX: works globally to promote and apply both design and design processes that have the capacity to improve the lives of people worldwide. The Ubuntu Centre was nominated for the award in the category of community. View the nomination.