Archive : 2011

September 30, 2011

Slat Happy

RBA’s Laboratory house is featured on the back page of Dwell magazine October 2011 issue.  The article features a full page photo of one of the slat walls in the house.  The wall uses two-by-four and one-by-two wood slats purchased at the local hardware store, but looks like anything but a do-it yourself project!  The wall is actually a way to separate space, but is also a sculptural form.  The wall is used to separate his youngest son’s bedroom from the communal living space.  It was designed and built during the famous RBA summer design-build workshop for students.

July 23, 2011

RBA work shown at Haystack’s Architecture: Vision & Legacy exhibit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Haystack campus (in Deer Isle, Maine), designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes (1915-2004).  Haystack as a school has influenced generations of makers in the various craft fields, but it has also influenced generations of architects.  This summer, Carol A. Wilson, FAIA, is curating a show to explore that influence.  The Haystack exhibition, Haystack’s Architecture: Vision & Legacy, at its Center for Community Programs in Deer Isle village, opened July 3rd and will remain on view through September 11th, and by appointment from September 12 – October 15. The exhibition was organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Haystack’s campus, in addition to other events marking this important milestone. the work of Randy Brown Architects is among several noted architects included in the exhibit.

April 18, 2011

River Probes published in GA Houses 2011 book

The River Probes project by RBA was published in the prestigious GA Houses 2011 book.   The River Probes project for the University provides both living, eating, sleeping and scientific areas within a very small 70 sq. ft. footprint. It will be a living and working building to allow scientists to live on the rivers in a controlled environment to conduct long term ecological monitoring of the surface quality of water.  The Probes will also serve as public observation platforms both to view the rivers natural beauty and to learn about the toxicology and pollution issues facing the rivers today.  The Probes will provide continuous streaming of data back to the University Laboratory.

February 27, 2011

Fat Brain Toys published in contract magazine

Fat Brain Toys, an internet toy retailer, hired RBA to design their first retail store in Omaha, Nebraska.  The project was published in july / august 2010 contract magazine.   RBA borrowed the company’s  motto of ‘smarter toys equals smarter children’ by producing a ‘smarter’ store design capable of easily adapting to their continually changing display needs.

February 27, 2011

RBA designed DATA wins BEST OF YEAR

RBA designed project, U.S. Data won a Best Of Year Award from Interior Design and was published in the magazine’s December 2010 issue.  The Los Angeles based company requested an energizing new identity for their satellite office.  RBA collaborated with award winning interior designer Rebecca Herdzina and Allmakes Office Equipment to create a state of the art data center for $28.00 a square foot.  The offices also won an AIA National Honor Award Interior Architecture.

February 24, 2011

Omaha Foot & Ankle published in contract

Omaha Foot & Ankle, design by RBA, was published in December 2010 issue of contract magazine. It is a beautiful 5 page article titled, best foot forward. The articles explains that the owners “were attracted to Randy Brown Architects because RBA’s own office is housed in a modern, funky building.   Then we met with the RBA design team, and from the first minute it was like they were reading our minds.”

The article states, “Randy Brown Architects transformed an empty shell of a space overlooking a golf course into the new Omaha Foot & Ankle offices.  The designers employed a clean, modern aesthetic by using a simple palette of honest materials and turning functional elements into architectural statements.”

February 23, 2011

Kent Bellows Studio published in Inteior Design

Kent Bellows Studio & Center for the Visual Arts, designed by RBA, was published in Interior Design magazine, August 2010.  Kent Bellows (June 26, 1949 – September 14, 2005) produced works that captivated the attention of art aficionados and sold to collectors from coast to coast.  After his death, Kent’s studio space and building were transformed to serve as a catalyst for creative thought and mentoring for young artists in the Omaha metropolitan area.  To reduce the cost of construction, RBA WORKSHOP paid student design/build program constructed the design.

This project was very inspiring mainly due to the kind hearts of his Kent’s sisters, the Center’s Director, Anne Meysenburg, and Kent’s work and studio itself.  Many students and RBA employees spent countless hours on this project.  A huge thank you to them all!

February 21, 2011

RBA’s KidStructure appears in Interior Design

Randy Brown Architects project Circle was published in Interior Design magazine August 2010 issue.  RBA was chosen by the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens to design and construct a temporary structure to be located within their gardens for one summer season.  The winning submission was designed with the intention of being simultaneously fun and educational.  Titled “Circle”, the structure was composed of 100 painted steel pipes which hung from a ring of tube steel and hovered over a landscape of river rock and concrete block.  Serving as a large sundial, the concrete block line marked true North, while the vertical supports were oriented on the cardinal directions.

Interaction with the structure was intended to edit and heighten certain bodily senses.  When inside the structure, one gets an almost voyeuristic sense of privacy, as sitting in the center allows view out through all of the pipes for a panoptic view. The sense of touch was amplified through the variance of materials from steel to wood.  The sense of hearing was enhanced through the harmonic noise of the pipes swaying in the wind and the gravel crunching under feet.

February 17, 2011

Randy Brown selected as one of the judges for interiors awards

Randy Brown is shown here in the January / February 2011 issue of contract magazine.  Randy was selected as one of the five 32nd annual interiors awards judges.  The other four judges were Dirk Denison, Marlon Blackwell, Lars Krueckeberg, and Kimberly Sacramone.

February 10, 2011

RBA wins 2 AIA Central States Design Awards

RBA was awarded two American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Region 2010 Design Awards.  The awards are given to recognize excellence in design and construction. There were over 300 submissions, and eleven recipients were honored.  The award recipients were chosen by a distinguished group of architects from Los Angeles, CA that included jury chair Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA of PUGH + SCARPA Architects, David Montalba, Montalba Architects, Inc. and Hadrian Predock of Predock_Frane Architects.
RBA project Kent Bellows Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska received an Honor Award.  A jury comment:  There is a series of fabrications that tie together in an incredibly resourceful and idea-driven construction.

RBA project Data in Omaha, Nebraska received a Merit Award.  A jury comment:  This project has well integrated ideas, architecture, and visual language into a well executed interior with a limited budget.

February 1, 2011

RBA submits entry for Military Museum competition

Randy Brown Architects was invited to submit a competition entry for the military museum and interpretive center in Sioux City, IA.