Jul 3

Ply and Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at MOCAD

Ply will be overseeing the construction of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead.  The project is a full-sized replica of the 1950’s ranch house that Kelley grew up in.  The reinterpreted house is split into two parts, the front of the house is constructed on a mobile trailer bed and is detachable from the larger portion of the house which will remain permanently on the MOCAD property. Zago Architecture developed the design and construction detailing with Mike Kelley before his death in January 2012.  Ply will be working with the Ronnisch Construction Group through the completion of the project.

Kelley envisioned the ground floor of the homestead functioning as an open space for diverse community activities. At the same time, he designed a labyrinthine basement complex for more covert activities – what he called “private rites of an aesthetic nature.” The completed Mobile Homestead will house these co-­‐existing public and private functions mindful of Kelley’s typically challenging contention that “one always has to hide one’s true desires and beliefs behind a façade of socially acceptable lies.” __from the MOCAD Press Release

For the press release:

http://mocadetroit.org/press/docs/Media-Script-With-Press-Release-FINAL-14-MAY-2012.pdf

For more information:

http://mocadetroit.org/specialprojects.html


May 25

The challenge in restoring of Dean Robert Metcalf’s 1953 Crane Residence is striking the balance between maintaining the original design aesthetic which relies in large part in the careful detailing of windows and material finishes while integrating new energy efficient technologies. The Crane Residence was his first house commission in Ann Arbor, and miraculously hadn’t been mangled by subsequent owners in the last 60 years. As was typical with Metcalf’s work, the house was design with sophisticated passive energy strategies in mind, but the windows were extruded aluminum frames with uninsulated glazing. We worked with the original Michigan based manufacturer to integrate a thermally broken insulated panel that matches the original frame profile and depth. Additional work opened up the kitchen to Metcalf’s original open design (the Cranes added a partition at the rear of the galley island to provide more separation from the dining room. Also Kate Lazuka (of BTB2 fame) has been meticulously painting the interior. She has an amazing eye for color!


Mar 27

Borum at Tulane

Craig Borum will present a lecture on recent work:  “…weather is what we get" at "Inside//Out: New Materials, Technologies, and Uses" colloquium at Tulane University on Friday, March 30.  He will also be part of roundtable discussions on Saturday, March 31.


Feb 19

PLY wins P/A Award Citation

Architect Magazine has awarded the Outside In House with a P/A Award Citation.
You can follow this link to their webpage: Architect Magazine


Jan 29

Images for a screen porch addition.  The project adds living space to the back of an existing house and integrates the landscaping and pool.  Construction to begin in the spring.


Jan 8
Multiple projects by PLY Architecture have been included in the 2011 DOM Publishers book Construction Design Manual – Architectural Diagrams.  Projects included are BTB, BTB 2, Robbins Elementary School, PLY Wood Lights, Paper Lights, and Screen Wall Prototype.  The book is a survey of instrumental diagramming techniques used by designers at various scales and types of design work.

Multiple projects by PLY Architecture have been included in the 2011 DOM Publishers book Construction Design Manual – Architectural Diagrams.  Projects included are BTB, BTB 2, Robbins Elementary School, PLY Wood Lights, Paper Lights, and Screen Wall Prototype.  The book is a survey of instrumental diagramming techniques used by designers at various scales and types of design work.


Nov 27

Images from the AR+D Awards reception at the RIBA London.


Oct 12

PLY Awarded in Central Glass Competition

Ply was awarded a Merit Prize in the 46th Annual Central Glass International Architectural Competition, co-sponsored by Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd. and Japan Architect Magazine.

The theme of this year’s competition was Glass 2050.
Our entry will be exhibited at the  Tokyo International Forum  in conjunction with the next world congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA).


Sep 7

PLY wins American Architecture Award

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the Eurpoean Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies has selected the Storm Glass House for a 2011 American Architecture Award.  For more info:

http://www.chi-athenaeum.org/archawards/2011/index.html


Aug 28

in progress

Storm Glass installation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum


Aug 19

Ayaka wins 2011 Metalmag Interiors Award

Augut 2011

Metalmag has selected Ayaka Japanese Restaurant for its 2011 interiors award.


Aug 17

Storm Glass Wins R+D Award

August 2011

Architect Magazine selected the Storm Glass Research for the fifth annual R+D Awards. The Awards appear online and in the August 2011 issue of Architect Magazine

http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=78011

http://www.caup.umich.edu/news_and_events/news/?news=541

 


Aug 3

in progress

installation of acoustic ceiling surface at the BLU conference room


Aug 1

in progress: Storm Glass

Storm Glass mock up at Taubman College’s new Liberty Lofts Research Annex.  A new Storm Glass wall will be installed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as part of the ArtPrize Competition in September.  


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