Archinect - News 2015-05-29T12:33:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/128252391/x-architects-wins-competition-to-design-new-mecca-master-plan-with-focus-on-pedestrians X-Architects wins competition to design new Mecca master plan with focus on pedestrians Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T14:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T15:03:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bh8ge7ukoy8rrbj.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UAE-based X-Architects has won a competition to design a new masterplan for Makkah, Saudi Arabia - the holiest city in the world for Muslims. [...] &ldquo;We proposed a complex network of pedestrian routes on different levels to enhance the movement during the &ldquo;Nafrah&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;The surrounding roads have either been bridged or tunneled so as to strengthen the pedestrian tissue. This will solve the current situation of the constant crash between people and vehicles.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvexwfmia5f4vdqa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7guujy18rwz9czn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/etns6utzqnbry3bh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/ermf3w5gi4v7r0pt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8i6ndfhb123mfp2d.jpg"></p><p>All images via X-Architects' <a href="http://www.x-architects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. Learn more about the proposal <a href="http://www.x-architects.com/x-architects/darb-al-mashaer/76" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>In case you were looking for <em>royal floors </em>and <em>helipads</em>, you may get lucky over here: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127538363/world-s-largest-hotel-under-construction-in-mecca-and-it-s-worse-than-you-thought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128249171/this-bel-air-home-could-be-yours-for-a-mere-half-billion-dollars-yes-b-illion This Bel Air home could be yours for a mere half billion dollars (yes, B-illion) Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T09:22:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/21118a5ed22ab973fdab4cb8fb1d9571.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the biggest homes in U.S. history is rising on a Los Angeles hilltop, and the developer hopes to sell it for a record $500 million. Nile Niami, a film producer and speculative residential developer, is pouring concrete in L.A.&rsquo;s Bel Air neighborhood for a compound with a 74,000-square-foot (6,900-square-meter) main residence and three smaller homes, according to city records. [...] including a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom, a 30-car garage and a &ldquo;Monaco-style casino,&rdquo; Niami said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e65953d94226f0e86da3e13b64b0200.jpg"></p><p><em>Rendering of the "largest home built in the U.S. this century." (Image: McClean Design; via bloomberg.com)</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102033886/the-biggest-house-in-the-us-according-to-curbed-is-now-underway-in-bel-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128174402/sanaa-chosen-to-design-nsw-art-gallery-expansion SANAA chosen to design NSW Art Gallery expansion Justine Testado 2015-05-27T14:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T14:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f47uh0s9v943veh4.jpg" width="514" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97140/sanaa-wins-2010-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize laureates</a> Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of <a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> were revealed today as the winners of an international competition to design the AUD$450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. As part of the Sydney Modern Project, the expansion will upgrade the existing building into a global cultural landmark that connects the Gallery, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain, the city, and Sydney Harbor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tad9rkjhl8se86x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/reet7agafg2ylj3j.jpg"></p><p>SANAA scored the commission out of <a href="http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/media-office/architects-shortlisted-sydney-modern-project/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 notable shortlisters</a> like Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield, Herzog &amp; de Meuron, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Renzo Piano Building Workshop, to name a few.</p><p>SANAA incorporated the gallery site's surrounding topography and climate in their design, which features cascading platforms of sandstone and glass. The expansion will double the size of the 23,000 sq.m. gallery and will include new educational facilities, spaces for live performances and films, open exhibition spaces, and reintroduce natural day...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues Alexander Walter 2015-05-27T12:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1c84b7b6d3998395115f296ae3b912e.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an apparent video message, ISIS forces occupying the ancient city of Palmyra and its environs have stated that they do not intend to bulldoze its architecture, but plan to &ldquo;pulverize&rdquo; unspecified statues that they believe have been worshipped by &ldquo;heretics&rdquo; in the past. [...] The veracity of the message cannot be independently confirmed, but it has been assumed to be authentic by specialists on the subject, including the journalist Hassan Hassan, co-author of &ldquo;ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li></ul><p>Meanwhile in Palmyra:&nbsp;<a href="http://aranews.net/2015/05/isis-executes-more-than-300-civilians-in-syrias-palmyra/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS executes more than 300 civilians in Syria&rsquo;s Palmyra</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128117392/chinese-game-developer-designs-hq-after-star-trek-uss-enterprise Chinese game developer designs HQ after Star Trek USS Enterprise Justine Testado 2015-05-26T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:30:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqxbzlhog8k58zd8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 260-meter long, 100-meter wide, six-floor building was built by Hong Kong-listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft, whose founder Liu Dejian &mdash; a 43-year-old University of Kansas alumni &mdash; is a huge [Trekkie]...With a total investment of 600 million yuan ($97 million), the building was inspired by the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E, which appeared in three &ldquo;Star Trek&rdquo; movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sources report that construction of the office building started in October 2010 and was then completed in May 2014.</p><p>Check out the building on <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Changle,+Fuzhou,+Fujian,+China/@25.963433,119.6955983,528m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3441b0d56df58391:0xe5e086c4e19c6ce2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> or in the drone footage below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128114174/china-announces-world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:06:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/px62ov5v1ceoorxt.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July. Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop. In comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States is 21 meters (69 feet) in length and stands 219 meters (718 feet) above the canyon floor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/128096468/controversy-over-hitler-s-prora-beach-resort-continues Controversy over Hitler's Prora beach resort continues Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T10:15:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89c2866e286fc561425302e7f082d8df.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Axel Bering and Michael Jacobi, the main investors behind the Prora project, claim they could not care less about a building once being dedicated to Hitler. [...] He and his partner, Michael Jacobi, both confess that because they had to comply with German regulations, their investment carries some Third Reich architecture qualities. They did, however, add a balcony, but otherwise they see Prora as a nice beach town and a solid investment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist impressions of various sections of the Prora&nbsp;colossus&nbsp;and their new make-up (source: <a href="http://sp.infox-projekte.de/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seebad Prora</a>):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyy4rhn2x8uh1bbe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wrxtguai1ri39n6v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtk3xnwhwgqf9ctw.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/285417/prora" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128094050/starchitect-rafael-vinoly-to-design-a-10-story-meatpacking-district-building Starchitect Rafael Vinoly to Design a 10-Story Meatpacking District Building Alyssa Alimurung 2015-05-26T13:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:09:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/ktwwsid6yoz72j0i.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Look out&mdash;not up&mdash;because there&rsquo;s a new low-rise Rafael Vinoly-designed building coming our way. The architect mastermind behind the city&rsquo;s tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue, has just been chosen to to design a comparatively demure ten-story office-and-retail building in the Meatpacking District, reports The Real Deal. The new addition is being developed by Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital Associates and is located on the former site of Prince Lumber at 61 Ninth Avenue.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127791434/mad-blurs-boundaries-with-the-clover-house-kindergarten-and-teacher-housing MAD blurs boundaries with the Clover House kindergarten and teacher housing Julia Ingalls 2015-05-23T11:06:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:12:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nubpsh6jv52nb228.jpg" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Exterior becomes interior, public space overlaps with private space, and society is integrated into nature: or is it? These are but a few of the concepts seemingly behind the design of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s Clover House, a Kindergarten adjacent to a Japanese rice paddy field that also serves as a private residence for the teachers of the school at night. The house had its official groundbreaking on May 13th, and has attracted international press attention for its undulating paper-like shell and innovative spatial configuration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yd/yd8f5uvnd6qo24qe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/otroqsifnzmuc7f7.jpg"></p><p>Built over a pre-existing 105 square meter row-house, the MAD design incorporates the existing wooden mass-produced home by removing its walls and draping a new exterior over the frame. This purposefully fosters a sense of community among the schoolchildren, which is in keeping with the school's stated mission to create openness and emotional bonds between its students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0mbn6dfoomx22x7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ks/ks3imhzesogg0hey.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6y6odkwmmugd68zp.jpg"></p><p>But is the design itself actually articulated and reflective of its surroundings, or is it just another flas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127801907/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-architect-sure-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Architect Sure!" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-05-22T18:53:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:09:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t5/t54py43gx31051fx.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/architect-sure/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architect Sure!</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ov/ovn6ei68bo41622c.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/93156891/graveney-school-sixth-form-block/125261879" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graveney School Sixth Form Block</a> in Tooting, London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/urbanprojectsbureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Projects Bureau</a>; Photo: Kilian O'Sullivan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avde5cpw0oi45jlw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/42410/bitexco-financial-tower/125887881" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bitexco Financial Tower</a> in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42410/carlos-zapata-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlos Zapata Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nj54oql6zk9lxq5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/geza/project/faber-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FABER Headquarters</a> in Cividale del Friuli, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/geza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gri e Zucchi</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j8/j8jb45q5t4u3qk8p.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/51498127/modern-barn/125360786" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Barn</a> in East Hampton, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51498127/naiztat-ham-architects-p-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Naiztat + Ham Architects, P.C.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rmdrh3ldt3j0zevy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/125202382/a-frame-re-think/125203190" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A-Frame Re-Think</a> in Fire Island Pines, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/bromleycaldariarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bromley Caldari Architects</a>; Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3si9ach7v0vq0rm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects/project/burnette-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burnette Residence</a> in Phoenix, AZ by <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendell Burnette Architects</a>; Photo: Bill Timmerman photographs</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hlhp2akzpnmpuxyv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bkaarchitecture/project/open-court-sports-complex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Court Sports Complex</a> in Kayseri, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/bkaarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif / BKA-Bahad&#305;r ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127735214/construction-of-steven-holl-designed-queens-library-is-underway Construction of Steven Holl-designed Queens Library is underway Justine Testado 2015-05-22T16:20:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:01:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvx3xqhvwsngj4x6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the forthcoming Queens Library has begun at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue in Hunters Point of NYC's Long Island City. Steven Holl Architects won the commission <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_architects_chosen_to_design_the_new_queens_library/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2010</a> to design the new $30.6 million public library. Surrounded by recently built skyscraper condominiums and nearby attractions like the Gantry waterfront and Louis Kahn's Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, the Queens Library is set up to become the latest landmark for the changing neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4ewbt6c0umi4on3x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sh7bukx5464qfho.jpg"></p><p>The library's new design was developed in effort to provide more communal space for local residents and create new connections to surrounding areas in the neighborhood. The library is encased within an exposed concrete square volume coated in aluminum for a "subtle sparkle". Users would move up and along a series of bookshelf-flanked stairs and will encounter the separate children's, teen, and adult areas of the building's fluid program. Glazed cuts in the facade also further open up the building and give views o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127726371/the-hudson-river-valley-in-ny-is-the-next-stop-for-gehry-s-winton-guest-house The Hudson River Valley in NY is the next stop for Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-05-21T18:50:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T13:45:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4qgkinqhi6urgk5f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House will embark on another lengthy roadtrip, moving roughly 1,200 miles from its current location in Owatonna, Minnesota to its new home in New York's Hudson River Valley. The geometric house <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127579373/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-auctioned-in-chicago-today" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold for $750,000</a> at the Wright auction house in Chicago on Tuesday. The new owners, who wish to remain unidentified, paid an additional "buyer's premium" of $155,000 for the guest house, bringing up the total to $905,000. Wright listed the house's starting bid at $850,000.</p><p>The new owners pledged to restore and preserve the Guest House on private property, according to Dr. Victoria M. Young, professor of modern architectural history and chair of the Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas, which owned the house since 2007 as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center.&nbsp;Since the university <a href="http://www.stthomas.edu/news/st-thomas-sells-gainey-center-property/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold</a> the Gainey Center to Meridian Behavioral Health Services last summer, the house was scheduled to begin relocation this June to meet its August 201...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/pomcx7r27oq2uzqf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/opinion/save-new-yorks-four-seasons.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T19:52:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfk7mkvct51sf9x4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to save Norms comes at a time when historic preservationists say postwar buildings &mdash; especially on a smaller scale &mdash; face an increased threat from development pressure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has ever grabbed a post-Largo meal or 2 a.m. existential coffee at Los Angeles&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norms</a> will be delighted to hear that The Los Angeles City Council has deemed the Googie-style building a cultural and historic landmark. Although this demarcation doesn't guarantee that it will never be knocked down, the move does require the Council to review proposed demolition to the site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvl7jjhbc3jsnx6m.jpg"></p><p>As the Times notes, "Googie is an exuberant, postwar Southern California style of sharp angles and sweeping curves meant to grab the attention of passing drivers." Located on a vibrant stretch of La Cienega Boulevard that is home to the benign monolith of the Beverly Center, the recently revamped Largo at the Coronet, and a handful of Vegan restaurants, antiques dealers and vintage dive bars, Norms architecture is arguably reflective of a wilder time in Los Angeles's urban development. Demarcating the building tangibly preserves elements of an era that will likely become only rarer as Los Angeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127710267/race-to-build-dubai-s-second-tallest-tower-heats-up Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-23T08:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66d8431d905cf455fb560a9b26054584.jpg" width="456" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate. [...] the trend of building 'megatall' towers &mdash; those which reach more than 600 metres high &ndash; is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East. [...] Currently, Dubai has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, states Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127650629/growing-up-in-case-study-house-22-the-stahl-house Growing up in Case Study House #22: The Stahl House Justine Testado 2015-05-20T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:44:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odwy4n9rnr9m2xm9.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Stahl House] may be more famous for its breathtaking view of the Sunset Strip, its immaculate midcentury design, and its oft-photographed pool, which is perched on the edge of a cliff, but I love it for another reason, too: It&rsquo;s living history. [...] The city around the Stahl House has changed, but the house itself has not. &mdash; Alison Martino</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Alison Martino interviews Bruce and Shari, two of Clarence and Carlotta Stahl's three kids, on their experiences growing up in The Stahl House a.k.a. Case Study House #22.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T18:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh71qgcn94e5zym3.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants swept into the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, and by evening were in control of it [...]. Palmyra has extra resonance, with its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world&rsquo;s most magnificent remnants of antiquity [...] that has raised fears both locally and internationally that Palmyra, a United Nations world heritage site, could also suffer irrevocable damage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127595087/get-a-glimpse-of-the-2015-riba-regional-london-awards-winners Get a glimpse of the 2015 RIBA regional London Awards winners Justine Testado 2015-05-20T04:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:56:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0t7r62q19egqmj0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>RIBA celebrated the winners of the 2015 London Awards, which highlights top-notch architectural design within the London capital region. Starting from 159 entries down to a final shortlist of 67 projects, 38 projects won awards during a recent evening ceremony at the National Theatre. A few of the winners scored extra in receiving London Special Awards, including the RIBA London Building of the Year Award.</p><p>The regional London Awards are considered an honor, but they're just the start of a series of RIBA competitions. Regional winners will be considered for the RIBA National Award. Once the National winners are announced in June, those winners will finally advance to compete for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for best building of the year.</p><p>Here's a few of this year's London Awards winners:</p><p><strong>The Foundry, SE11</strong> by Architecture 00 Ltd<br>(also winner of the RIBA London Building of the Year Award)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/es/esw0248qchj3d31c.jpg"></p><p>Foyles, WC2H by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands<br>(also winner of the RIBA London Architect of the Year A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127541985/new-photos-of-e-fay-jones-thorncrown-chapel-unveiled-to-mark-35th-anniversary New photos of E. Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel unveiled to mark 35th anniversary Justine Testado 2015-05-19T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T12:10:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phvk97pvlqylolxm.jpg" width="514" height="788" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Concealed within the forest landscape of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, the acclaimed Thorncrown Chapel will celebrate its 35th anniversary this summer. Designed by E. Fay Jones, who was commissioned by retired schoolteacher Jim Reed, the 48 ft. tall chapel boasts 425 windows and over 6,000 sq. ft of glass, and it became widely recognized for its organic "Ozark Gothic" style when it first opened on July 10, 1980.</p><p>To mark the Thorncrown Chapel's anniversary, architect-turned-photographer <a href="http://www.randallconnaughton.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Randall Connaughton</a> from Atlanta began an ongoing photography series of the wood-and-glass structure last year in what he described is "an effort to add new depth to the visual record of Thorncrown Chapel and bring its transcendent experience to a wide audience."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nq0dfy880xjz2q7c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0za66nes80lux0oz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wj7tpm37obw64lv2.jpg"></p><p>Thorncrown is the backdrop to countless wedding photos, but according to the Chapel organization, Connaughton's snapshots are the "first professionally produced photos of their kind" since 1980 -- when those photos that first contributed to ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127579373/update-frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-auctioned-for-750-000 Update: Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House auctioned for $750,000 Justine Testado 2015-05-19T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:21:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhrunrdgl6273x9n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>The Winton Guest House sold for $750,000 today at Wright's "Design Masterworks" auction in Chicago. During the approximately 40-minute livestream that began promptly at noon Central Time, the Winton Guest House was auctioned among several furniture pieces including a <a href="https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/36602926_charles-eames-and-eero-saarinen-chair-crow-island-school" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Eames &amp; Eero Saarinen Chair</a> and <a href="https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/36602928_eames-and-saarinen-table-organic-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Table</a>, and a <a href="https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/36602934_george-nelson-and-associates-rare-marshmallow-sofa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa</a>. Although Wright's website listed $850,000 as the starting bid for the Winton Guest House, the bespeckled auctioneer Richard Wright opened up its bidding lot at $500,000 and increased it by $50,000 increments. As silence filled the room, the auctioneer nearly deemed the house as <a href="http://www.sothebys.com/en/Glossary.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pass/Unsold</a> until a phone bidder named Michael purchased it for $750,000. "This is a bargain on an architectural masterpiece," Wright commented. Not too surprisingly, the pacing of bids for the Guest House was neither as competitive nor as enduring compared to the furniture pieces. However, the House's bidding lot closed on a small celebratory note as att...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T08:39:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9en013pe04vbcdk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbnb is sailing a full-size floating house along the Thames this week to celebrate new rules to support home sharing in London. The publicity stunt follows the passing of the Deregulation Act last month, which means Londoners are now free to rent their homes for up to 90 days a year without risk of fines or having to secure planning permission before doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du2x8h30xtwlc36c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qavxb2ruikf3787.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p08c23hhs1bobdnj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/0626kfh7nu6yhfz4.jpg"></p><p>For more information and your chance to stay in the floating house click <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/night-at/floating-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127538363/world-s-largest-hotel-under-construction-in-mecca-and-it-s-worse-than-you-thought World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca — and it's worse than you thought Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T19:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T17:38:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd99ad261c25ccecfdb9d6cf0c431b90.jpg" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Abraj Kudai is to become the world's largest hotel located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and upon completion, will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers. [...] The Saudi Binladin Group holds the main construction contract, and work on the $3.5 billion hospitality project has already started. [...] The architecture is set to create an iconic landmark that will reflect a contemporary interpretation of a traditional desert fortress.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127354097/first-glimpse-at-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-prelim-designs-for-u-s-olympic-museum-in-colorado First glimpse at Diller Scofidio + Renfro's prelim designs for U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Justine Testado 2015-05-15T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T23:16:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j08bzkam71o4nkg6.jpg" width="514" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever your feelings are toward the Olympic Games, plans for the upcoming <a href="http://www.usolympicmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame</a> in Colorado Springs are pushing forward so far. For starters, the Museum unveiled Diller Scofidio + Renfro's initial design concepts for the 60,000 sq.ft building, set to be built in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.&nbsp;DS + R is part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112896791/diller-scofidio-renfro-named-as-design-architect-for-u-s-olympic-museum-in-colorado-springs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the team who won</a> the commission in a competition last fall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6p0h43ze2cum03y.jpg"></p><p>DS + R's design includes 20,000 sq. feet of exhibition space showing off artifacts, media, sports science technology and interactive exhibits that depict the history of the Games and the stories behind famous American Olympic and Paralympic athletes. And of course, the museum will include a theater, gift shop, cafe, and a broadcast studio.</p><p>"Inspired by the movement of athletes, the [museum] spirals up and outwards from a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through the galleries,' Elizabeth D...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127354098/germany-to-help-fund-renovations-of-tel-aviv-s-historic-bauhaus-buildings Germany to help fund renovations of Tel Aviv's historic Bauhaus buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2g29s1dz57dnw2l2.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of Bauhaus buildings are concentrated in a central district of Tel Aviv, called the "White City." It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. These houses were built by Jewish architects who fled Nazi Germany and emigrated to what was the British Mandate of Palestine at the time. They designed their houses according to the principles developed by Walter Gropius [...] Germany plans to invest 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million) to help preserve the cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127352892/golden-lions-for-armenian-pavilion-american-artist-adrian-piper-at-venice-biennale Golden Lions for Armenian pavilion & American artist Adrian Piper at Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T15:06:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0c4adbf93138b7dca0720a24bd3b12b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Armenian pavilion at this year&rsquo;s Venice Biennale has won the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. The pavilion, Armenity, features a group exhibition by 18 diaspora Armenian artists and grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian genocide, who the jury praised for &ldquo;forming a pavilion based on a people in diaspora, each artist engaging their specific locality as well as their heritage&rdquo;. [...] American artist Adrian Piper was awarded Golden Lion for best artist.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T18:02:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izidl28189yxfcsq.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ruins of an ancient city that have withstood centuries of conflict in the Syrian desert are now facing their greatest threat yet: the militants of the Islamic State. Activists, officials and citizens of the city say ISIS has launched a prolonged assault on Palmyra, an "oasis in the desert" north of Damascus that the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO says contains the "monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world."</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/464321/isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127296226/seoul-s-lotte-world-tower-complex-passes-safety-inspections-allowed-to-reopen Seoul's Lotte World Tower complex passes safety inspections, allowed to reopen Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-14T17:22:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8h/8hf7x6r7ltbzlt59.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lotte World Mall has finally received approval by the Seoul city government to open up its aquarium and movie theater, five months after the facilities were shut down due to safety concerns. [...] Lotte World Mall has been embroiled in several safety issues since it opened its doors in October. Several construction workers fell to their deaths during the construction of the annexed skyscraper [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124215359/construction-in-seoul-s-supertall-lotte-world-tower-surpasses-100th-story-amid-safety-concerns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction in Seoul&rsquo;s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story &ndash; amid safety concerns</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105422593/mysterious-sinkholes-appear-near-construction-site-of-supertall-skyscraper-in-seoul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127258260/editor-s-picks-415 Editor's Picks #415 Nam Henderson 2015-05-14T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jsczvbcyz04bgw6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/NickCecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Cecchi</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126542532/the-motley-life-and-uncertain-legacy-of-lina-bo-bardi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a> of &lsquo;<em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em>&rsquo; on view at the Graham Foundation through July 25th.&nbsp;He found the</p><p>"<em>narrow focus wisely limits Together to investigating the conditions and experiences that helped shape Bo Bardi&rsquo;s mature approach to architecture...Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work and life resist reduction and compartmentalization into terms easily digested. To experience and understand Together is to experience the sum of conflicting experiences, opinions, and buildings Bo Bardi brought into this world</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1u86rz23q82wc1z.jpg"></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> commented "t<em>hat drawing of chairs is beautiful! I love her work. It's rugged and big without being standoffish. Knew nothing about her background - interesting</em>".</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Lost in the Ozon</a>e,&nbsp;the third installment of the recurring feature <strong>Architecture of the Anthropocene</strong>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>This week at the <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia, NCARB <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aims</a> to settle the debate over the title &ldquo;Intern Architect&rdquo; with an address by CEO Michael Armstrong ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127174306/chicago-will-indeed-be-the-home-of-the-obama-presidential-center Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-12T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T12:58:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/roim0z00ujwa87uz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's official: The Barack Obama Foundation <a href="http://www.barackobamafoundation.org/news/entry/the-barack-obama-foundation-selects-chicago-as-home-for-future-barack-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced today</a> that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago's South Side, at a site near either <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+Park/@41.7912863,-87.602053,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e2937b3777577:0xbdf71de5e3ae5278" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington Park</a> or <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jackson+Park/@41.787135,-87.5946088,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e290a132258b1:0xf1889df3682e3083" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a>. This confirms <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126726246/university-of-chicago-will-reportedly-win-race-for-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous reports</a> hinting at Chicago as the chosen city, winning over alternate proposals for New York City and Honolulu. The Obama family has strong ties to Chicago &ndash; it's where Michelle Obama was born and raised, President Obama's political career took off, and where the Presidential couple met, were married and raised a family.</p><p>The University of Chicago, where President Obama was a law professor for twelve years, will serve as a close partner in the realization of the Presidential Center, providing resources and infrastructural support. Alongside the Presidential Library, the Center will also include a museum and facilities for the Obama Foundation's operations. The Foundation will fund the construction of the Center, and is also planning to establish a presence in Honolulu,...</p>