ra50: Safdie Rabines Architects

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Safdie Rabines Architects picks up larger projects, but houses remain vital to the firm.


Safdie Rabines Architects

  • Award Winning Firm Ventures Into Bigger Territory to Weather Recession

    When Residential Architect profiled Safdie Rabines Architects in 2006, the San Diego-based firm had just started to design bridges and institutional buildings, along with the residential work it had always done.

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    ra50 Architects Dish on the Best and Worst Aspects of the Profession

    ra50 architects tell us what they like best?and least?about practicing in their chosen field.

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    grand openings

    Safdie Rabines Architecture: Weiland's lift-slide pocket doors allow seamless connections inside and out.

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    hidden treasure

    Safdie Rabines Architecture: In keeping with its sleek aesthetic, Safdie Rabines chooses Soss' disappearing hinges from Universal Industrial Products.

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    numbers again

    Safdie Rabines Architecture: Good design is priceless, so Safdie Rabines specs Hfele pulls from Hfele America Co. for high and low budget projects.

  • artist bridge studio, san diego

    This studio addition creates an airy, light-filled workspace for an artist client.

  • freezer panel walkout, eulogy, texas

    Shipley Architects, Dallas. These homeowners, who travel frequently, wanted to see the stars from their bed. Dan Shipley, FAIA, the designer of their existing house, “encouraged them to be a little daring” in how they got their wish.

  • rising star: taal safdie and ricardo rabines

    For Southern Californians, Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines do quite a bit of walking. The two architects walk 7-year-old Raquel, the youngest of their three children, to her elementary school on weekday mornings.

  • double vision

    First-time developer John Bertsch saw potential in a canyonside lot in San Diego's posh Mission Hills neighborhood, and he detected a hunger for progressive design in the local housing market.

  • city rhythms

    Urban infill is perhaps the most important housing typology an architect can pursue. Not only does it promote density, it repairs decaying communities, creates new neighborhoods, and utilizes existing infrastructure.

  • on the boards/above the store

    Mixed-use development is perking up urban neighborhoods across the country, and the Hillcrest section of San Diego, Calif., will soon get its own sleek landmark based on the live/work model. The 30,000-square-foot project, designed by local firm Safdie Rabines Architects, will stand on a prominent...

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