2 Courtyard House / Robertson Design

first_imgCopyHouses•Houston, United States Projects United States 2 Courtyard House / Robertson DesignSave this projectSave2 Courtyard House / Robertson Design Architects: Robertson Design Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Area:  4200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officeRobertson DesignOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHoustonUnited StatesPublished on February 10, 2019Cite: “2 Courtyard House / Robertson Design” 10 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Lead Architects: “COPY”center_img Manufacturers: Rieder Group, Delta Light, Hevi-Lite, Miele, RAM Windows ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910934/2-courtyard-house-robertson-design Clipboard Photographs:  JR Woody Photography, Vivi Nguyen, Jack Thompson, Christopher Robertson Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2 Courtyard House / Robertson Design Christopher Robertson, Vivi Nguyen Robertson ArchDaily Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Products used in this ProjectFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupConcrete Facade – öko skinEmployee:Michael VivianoCity:HoustonCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© JR Woody PhotographyText description provided by the architects. A fairly simple building, this house has two distinctive features, the 35-foot cantilever of the 2nd floor and the atypical site plan with dual courtyards substituted for the traditional suburban backyard. Both of these features are a direct result of 3 fairly prosaic goals: the client’s desire for privacy, an efficient use of the pie-shaped lot, and a façade that isn’t dominated by a garage door. Layered over these requests is the architect’s inclination to create a highly controlled and beautiful entry experience. The building itself consists of 2 (roughly) rectangular volumes that are connected by a glazed hallway.Save this picture!© Jack ThompsonThe public spaces are all contained in the single-floor eastern volume, while the 2-story western volume houses the private portions of the program. The large cantilever places program to the extents of the buildable area while still allowing proper vehicular circulation for a side facing garage door. To enter the house one goes through the gate that is under the large expanse of the cantilever and then passes through the first courtyard that is just behind the front concrete wall.Save this picture!PlanSave this picture!SectionsThe actual entry door is in the hallway that connects the volumes and divides the courtyards. This hallway exists in a somewhat ambiguous state between interior and exterior space as its materiality and ceiling plane is continuous with that of the covered exterior spaces that are adjacent to both courtyards. Once inside, one passes between the two courtyards before entering the large volume of the living space. Save this picture!© Jack ThompsonSave this picture!© Jack ThompsonProject gallerySee allShow lessHillside Sanctuary / Hoedemaker PfeifferSelected ProjectsSOM Breaks Ground on Alárò City in NigeriaArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910934/2-courtyard-house-robertson-design Clipboard Save this picture!© JR Woody Photography+ 18Curated by Martita Vial Share 2017last_img read more

Places of Interest—10 Hotspots for Million Dollar Homes

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Places of Interest—10 Hotspots for Million Dollar Homes  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Million Dollar Realtor.com top 10 Previous: VRM Mortgage Services Receives 10-Year VA Contract Next: Agencies Release CRA-Eligible List About Author: Staff Writer Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago With housing prices continuing to climb, and the housing shortage steadily creeping forward, more metros are seeing a significant majority of their homes hit the million dollar mark. And while that doesn’t necessarily mean homebuyers get less for more, it does mean that “affordable” housing in certain highly desired areas of the country might come with an extra zero on its price tag. Realtor.com recently released their ranking of the top 10 cities with the most new million dollar homes. In more than 900 metro areas, they compared the number of homes costing at least $1 million in 2017 to the number of homes that cost at least $1 million in 2014—the difference indicated how much growth was measured. They also limited the number of cities per state included in the list to two in order to have a more diverse, national list. Number one on the list was Denver, Colorado. In 2014, Denver had 3.3 percent of its homes worth over $1 million or more—in 2017, the share of million dollar hoes was 9.4 percent, an increase of 6.1 percent. That’s just a 10th of a percentage point above Santa Rosa, California, a metro that saw million-dollar growth sitting at 6.0 percent, up from 8.1 percent in 2014 to 14.1 percent in 2017. Boulder, Colorado, a suburb 40 minutes outside of Denver proper, landed the number three spot, with 5.7 percent growth in the last three years from 9 percent to 14.7 percent. Colorado and California were the only two states to feature two cities on Realtor.com’s list—the latter being Truckee, California, with a 5.3 percent increase: from 7.1 percent to 12.4 percent. Other major metropolitan areas to make the list were: Boston, Massachusetts (3.1 percent growth); Seattle, Washington (2.4 percent growth); Santa Fe, New Mexico (2.3 percent growth); and Charleston, South Carolina (2.1 percent growth). The other two cities that made the list but weren’t located in major cities were Fredericksburg, Texas, at number five, with 3.9 percent growth from a  9.8 percent share to a 13.6 percent share; and, Heber, Utah, at number six, with a 3.7 percent growth from 6.8 percent to 10.5 percent. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Million Dollar Realtor.com top 10 2017-06-21 Staff Writer The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Places of Interest—10 Hotspots for Million Dollar Homes June 21, 2017 1,198 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

NY Waterway seeks state permission to move ferry equipment to Hoboken…

first_img× HOBOKEN — NY Waterway, the local private company that runs commuter ferries between Hudson County and Manhattan, has applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to move a travel lift and two barges to its newly-acquired land at the former Union Dry Dock site in Hoboken.Waterway wants to use the land, which they bought in November, to repair its ferries, but the city of Hoboken has made it clear it would like to acquire the land for open space.Hoboken has already attended public hearings in order to fight for that right, and the city has said it may use eminent domain to acquire the property if it’s able to.According to a press release from NY Waterway, “approval of the permit is critical to NY Waterway’s ability to maintain its fleet of 34 ferries, which carry more than 30,000 passengers each day, including 2,000 Hoboken residents.”According to the release, two barges moving to the site have a total area of 21,456 square feet, compared to Dry Dock’s barges with a total area of 36,414 square feet which were removed when Union Dry Dock sold the boat yard to NY Waterway last November.“NY Waterway’s environmental impact on this site will be substantially less than the previous use, which was in full compliance with all zoning and environmental regulations and which existed on this site for 130 years,” said Arthur Imperatore, the president of NY Waterway. “It is imperative that NY Waterway have an adequate facility in which we can maintain our fleet, assuring our +99 percent reliability for our daily commuter operations and to be available in an emergency, when other transit systems are disrupted.”In April, NY Waterway plans to vacate its current maintenance facility in Weehawken, which will be developed as residential property.“The Union Dry Dock facility is the only location available on a move-in, ready-to-operate basis on the river from Nyack to Staten Island, NY,” states the press release.However, officials have suggested that Waterway use other areas, perhaps building a repair facility in Bayonne.last_img read more

E.ON switches its 3 million U.K. residential customers to 100% renewables—at no extra cost

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:More than 3m homes are to automatically receive renewable energy from E.ON UK at no extra cost in one of the UK’s biggest green energy switches to date.The big six supplier says it will respond to rising public concern over the climate crisis by supplying its 3.3 million customers with 100% renewable electricity as standard.E.ON is one of the UK’s largest renewable energy generators and plans to draw from its own windfarms, biomass plants and solar projects to power the switch. It will also need to top up its portfolio by buying renewable “guarantee certificates”, which are sold by renewable energy developers to guarantee that a set amount of electricity has been generated from a specific project.Michael Lewis, the chief executive of E.ON UK, said the supplier has secured enough renewable energy to confidently meet the demand of its customers, even as the company undergoes a major corporate overhaul. E.ON is preparing to hand over its renewable energy portfolio to RWE in exchange for its energy network assets and supply businesses in a mega deal that is expected to be concluded by the end of the year.Lewis said E.ON’s customers will continue to receive renewable energy from its UK projects even after the assets are given to RWE. He said the switch is “an investment in our customer relationship”, which would also help “drive the market” for clean energy.More: E.ON UK to supply 3.3m customers with 100% renewable electricity E.ON switches its 3 million U.K. residential customers to 100% renewables—at no extra costlast_img read more

Dutch metal schemes show concern over MN’s new admin system

first_imgDNB said MN’s new IT upgrade “didn’t yet instill confidence”In 2014, MN had started an ambitious €70m plan for operational improvement, called MN 3.0. Three years later, it became clear that MN had written off €15m on the project as it had largely failed to deliver.At the time, both metal schemes said they were satisfied with the provider’s decision.PMT and PME have more than 2.2 million participants, pensioners and deferred members in total, affiliated with 35,400 employers.MN also services the €4bn industry-wide pension fund for the merchant navy (Koopvaardij).In a response, an MN spokesman said the introduction of the new mid-office had been delayed due to an “additional complexity of linking new and existing systems”, and that the provider expected to deliver the upgrade no later than early next year.He said that MN would start developing the back office upgrade this year, and highlighted that it was a multi-phased project that would take up several years to complete.He added that the project would be assessed for the impact of the new pensions agreement while it was being carried out.MN declined to provide details about the project’s budget.ReturnsSeparately, PMT said it returned 18.4% on investments in 2019, largely thanks to the 16.1% yield on its large fixed income holdings of 61.5% of its assets and a 24% profit on its equity portfolio of 29.4%.However, it noted that the effect of declining interest rates on its liabilities was damaging, as its funding level had dropped by 4.7 percentage points to 97.6% at year-end.It said its investment returns reflected an underperformance of 2.8 percentage points. Its investment policy targets additional returns of 1.5 percentage points relative to its liabilities.The surplus yield – 1.4% on average since 2014 – is primarily destined for indexation, but has been used for improving the scheme’s financial buffers during the past years, PMT explained.It said its inflation compensation in arrears had increased to more than 20% for active participants.As for PME, it posted an annual return of 18.3%. Its 47% matching portfolio generated 15.3%, with long-duration government bonds and investment grade emerging market debt delivering more than 10% and 5.9%, respectively.It said it had decided on a new strategic investment policy for the period 2020-2025, aimed at decreasing its fixed income holdings from 50% to 40% in favour of high yield and real estate investments, which are to be increased to 15% and 10%, respectively.It will also gradually raise the interest hedge of its liabilities from 40% to 60%.The pension fund added that it had started building a portfolio for short-duration government bonds and credit, meant for “quick and cheap” availability of liquidity for collateral as well as temporarily absorbing surplus liquidy.PME also said it will increase its allocation to real assets from 1.3% to 5%, in part through investments in clean energy. It already has stakes in forestry and infrastructure.The metal scheme closed the year with a funding level of 96.9%, falling further to 95% at the end of March.Both metal schemes could avoid rights cuts this year, following social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees’ decision to grant pension funds with a coverage ratio of more than 90% a temporary exemption from a mandatory pensions reduction in 2020.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. However, PMT noted that, despite a successful test in October, no new functionality had become operational yet.The €80.3bn pension fund for the metal-working and mechanical engineering industry, said it was thoroughly monitoring the progress as well as the quality of the upgrade.It added that it had intensified its contacts with the provider about the delivery of the final products, risk management as well “MN’s ability to actually carry out the upgrade”.Last year, PMT paid MN €43m for pensions management.According to the metal scheme, supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) had also announced that it would step up its supervision of the upgrade process.The €52bn PME, in turn, said it was “seriously worried” about MN’s ability to deliver, adding that it deemed affiliated risks as “high”.The scheme for metal and electro-technical engineering said DNB had concluded that the IT upgrade “was still short of expectations, and didn’t yet instil confidence in a controlled and sound pensions administration”. PMT and PME, the Dutch pension funds for the metal sector, said they were worried about the development and timely delivery of a new system for pensions administration by MN, their joint provider and asset manager.In their respective annual reports for 2019, the schemes indicated they weren’t entirely convinced whether MN would be able to successfully complete the project, a slimmed down version of a much grander scheme that failed to deliver three years ago.Since then, MN has started developing a fundamental upgrade aimed at an agile and modern system for tailor-made services for both pension fund participants and employers.The first part – a “mid office”, with systems for basic administration – was scheduled to be launched this summer. It is to be followed by a new back office in the coming years.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw hopes to ‘get back quick’ from back injury

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Three days after going on the DL with a back injury for the second consecutive season, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said it was a “big relief” when an examination showed it wasn’t the same herniated disc that sent him to the sidelines for 75 days last season.But this injury (a lower back strain) will sideline Kershaw for an undetermined length of time. He denied that any timetable has been placed on his return.“There’s no timetable. Whoever said that is very much mistaken. False source,” he said, referring to reports (tacitly endorsed by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Monday) that pegged his recovery time at four to six weeks. “People just tend to run with stuff these days. No timetable. Could be sooner. We’ll see how it goes.”Kershaw insisted there were no warning signs or issues with his back before the second inning of Sunday’s start. Regardless, he said “it’s miserable” being injured and unable to pitch “even more so this year with all I’ve done to maintain it.” “That’s how it worked out last year. I didn’t really have a choice,” he said. “Ultimately, I’d just like to pitch every fifth day until the postseason and then pitch. That’s not what’s going to happen so I’m going to make this work.”Ravin steps upIt’s been a rough but ultimately rewarding few days for Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin.The 29-year-old right-hander sat on a bus driving from Iowa, where the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers were wrapping up a road trip, to Oklahoma for five hours in the small hours Monday morning. Ravin and pitcher Edward Paredes then waited for another bus to take them to the airport. There, they waited through an hour-long delay before takeoff, then another hour-long delay upon landing in California.When Ravin finally got into a game and pitched three scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, he did the Dodgers a tremendous service. Their regular long reliever, Brock Stewart, moved into the starting rotation Wednesday. Manager Dave Roberts was bracing for the possibility of a “bullpen game.” He needed someone to eat innings.“Those are conversations that we had this past winter,” Roberts said, “where looking at what Josh did for us in September and potentially how our ’pen would be constructed, and the value of a person who could go two or more innings, would be huge for us. I think if you look at stretching guys like (Brandon) Morrow out, (Josh) Fields is not really a two-inning guy – he’s maybe a one-plus. So to have Ravin be able to eat up six outs and pitch him in leverage spots is huge.“(Tuesday) was a big night for us, for him.”Ravin needed only 33 pitches to record nine outs.AlsoThe Texas Rangers had two evaluators in attendance in Oklahoma City to scout a game started by pitcher Walker Buehler on Wednesday. The Dodgers have expressed interest in Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish as Monday’s trade deadline approaches, and Buehler is regarded as the Dodgers’ best pitching prospect. … Outfielder Alex Verdugo, second baseman Willie Calhoun and one of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top-10 prospects were also in the lineup for the game. … Roberts acknowledged the possibility that the Dodgers would add an extra bench player for the weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers played with a three-man bench for the third consecutive day Wednesday. … The probable starting pitchers for the Giants series: Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood will face Giants left-hander Matt Moore on Friday, Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill will face Giants left-hander Ty Blach on Saturday, and Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will face Giants righty Matt Cain on Sunday.J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this story Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The fact that he has had none of the more severe symptoms that accompanied last year’s disc issue does give Kershaw, and the Dodgers, reason for optimism that he can “get back quick.”“It’s definitely not as painful this year,” he said. “Every-day life isn’t really affected right now, which is good. Last year, I couldn’t sit, couldn’t really bend in anyway. This one is not nearly like that, so I’m just trying to play that balance of wanting to do a lot but making sure I don’t make it worse before it heals. That’s where we’re at.”Kershaw is taking medication and doing physical therapy at this point with, again, no target date to begin baseball activities. Roberts said Kershaw has to be symptom-free before any of that can begin. Because this year’s back injury occurred a month later than last season, Kershaw could sit out the disputed four to six weeks and return in a similar time frame as last year when he made five starts before the postseason.“I’m thankful that our team looks like we’re in a pretty good spot to play in the postseason right now,” he said. “You obviously can’t take that for granted. It gives me something to shoot for I guess. I might not pitch as many starts as I’d like in the regular season. But I’d definitely like a few before October.”Having been through that experience a year ago, Kershaw acknowledged he knows how to plot his return this time. But he would not put any specifics on how many starts he felt would be necessary to prepare him for the postseason.last_img read more