Archinect - News 2016-07-23T23:00:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149959215/inside-the-mvrdv-house-the-firm-s-new-family-home-style-office Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T21:22:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9o9nukxg2rzkmhr0.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qt716vdx3ty80x45.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosqimz7vv9edwld.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6y/6yya6xtip74zn7nh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mn/mnei91wekwjka0ax.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959416/proyecto-chacras-a-house-built-in-ten-days-with-only-recycled-materials Proyecto Chacras: a house built in ten days with only recycled materials Nicholas Korody 2016-07-22T19:04:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T19:04:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0suxv0t7k707my8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built in a scant ten days, &ldquo;Proyecto Chacras&rdquo; is described as &ldquo;pop-up productive housing.&rdquo; The 30 square meter home was designed by <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiNmafMlYjOAhWC4yYKHc31B94QFggcMAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.naturafuturarq.com%2F&amp;usg=AFQjCNF8HJ8lmctSycdkp_eVNMNWC3QTjA&amp;sig2=2dKN3zIFgZFKCgZvA674yw&amp;bvm=bv.127984354,d.eWE" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natura Futura Arquitecture</a> and Colectivo Cronopios out of donated materials and tools, with volunteer labor. Located in Chacras, Ecuador, it houses a family who lost their previous home in an earthquake last April.</p><p>The structure has a concrete and brick base that supports modules made of pine palettes. Windows were made from strips of recycled waste and wood. The roof, which was put on last, is zinc sheeting. The house includes two bedrooms and one kitchen-cum-living room.</p><p><a href="http://www.architectureindevelopment.org/project.php?id=591#!prettyPhoto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Architecture in Development</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/88lwbsy2su5lkxvk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mkqf135n6zplhhix.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kt/ktbhxord3ckaf2kt.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959348/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-minimalism-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Minimalism" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-22T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T15:11:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxxkb0b90ekv9j5a.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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://www.pinterest.com/archinect/minimalism/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Minimalism</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n1/n1aq1da7c1wu4k2s.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/cristianavannini/project/lago_apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAGO_apartment</a> in Milan, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/cristianavannini" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cristianavannini | arc</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Saverio Lombardi Vallauri</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1c/1c5mgajxh9gefs01.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/house-m/147415829" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House M</a> in Bielefeld, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcvuvpv48nlly5uf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/conservatoire-of-music-dance-and-dramatic-arts-belfort2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts</a> in Belfort, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/qu1lw1mindp074l5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/65262291/kantine-herkules-maschinenfabrik/73070135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kantine - Herkules Maschinenfabrik</a> in Meuselwitz, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/shaw-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ian Shaw Architekten</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qc/qc43c9zygvkzwigz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/hedge-house/77957772" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hedge House</a> in Wijlre, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zx/zx0juggvl41iq80v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/136319654/folds-house/136321263" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folds House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gm/gmz1hc18dkfawxxa.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/79523288/bowtie/79833248" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bowtie</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/rzlbd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rzlbd</a>; Photo: borXu Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lfuglkx19e3ixvrr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arshiaarchitects/project/be36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BE36</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/arshiaarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arshia Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ubcz6f7jn2wk187i.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arrigo.strina/project/loft-in-colorno-parma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loft</a> in Colorno, near Parma, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/arrigo.strina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arrigo Strina Architect</a></p><p>(Cover...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959339/watch-seventy-years-of-downtown-la-s-architecture-compared-side-by-side Watch seventy years of Downtown LA's architecture compared side-by-side Alexander Walter 2016-07-22T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T18:01:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h6/h6v874b3ov31elhw.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bunker Hill, an area of roughly five square blocks in downtown Los Angeles, holds a place in city lore similar to that of the water wars or&nbsp;the construction of Dodger Stadium: beginning in 1959, it was the subject of a massive urban-renewal project, in which &ldquo;improvement&rdquo; was generally defined by the people who stood to profit from it [...] subject of this short film by Keven McAlester, which compares what the same streets in downtown Los Angeles looked like in the nineteen-forties and today.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/co/cozaqk4ue0mmjn7e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9x/9xtk16s2fapmlf1b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4j/4jguy1fkp8nlm5uc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g37yko3qk2lrpj2b.jpg"></p><p><em>Stills via YouTube.</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958688/dtla-s-music-center-plaza-will-get-a-30m-remodel-its-first-since-1964" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DTLA's Music Center Plaza will get a $30M remodel, its first since 1964</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955220/historic-la-times-building-to-be-redeveloped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic LA Times Building to be redeveloped</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954987/la-s-donut-time-the-lgbtq-landmark-in-tangerine-is-now-permanently-closed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Donut Time, the LGBTQ landmark in &ldquo;Tangerine&rdquo;, is now permanently closed</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959268/design-leads-environmentally-friendly-education-for-hertfordshire-pupils Design leads environmentally friendly education for Hertfordshire pupils Jessica Bonehill 2016-07-22T11:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T17:47:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/620uxspss49y3thx.jpg" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbwgjn5o5e5hlcow.jpg"></p><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.&nbsp;</p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understoo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959136/bjarke-builds-a-model-and-explicates-his-design-process Bjarke builds a model! (and explicates his design process) Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T14:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-23T07:00:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/367jnk9vlejzntlu.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Proving that he can hold his own against 8 to 14-year old contenders, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950561/inside-bjarke-ingels-serpentine-pavilion-the-work-becomes-a-pure-manifestation-of-that-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> demonstrates some model-building basics by participating in the "Build Your Own Pavilion" challenge, whose participants are usually still in grade school. Admittedly, Bjarke's nimble paper crinkling is integrated seamlessly into an explanation of the design concept behind his "unzipped" Serpentine Pavilion. Here's the full video:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959095/take-a-look-at-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-hamburg Take a look at Herzog & De Meuron's Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Nicholas Korody 2016-07-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2016-07-23T13:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mz/mzszedmpf78huzd4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Elbphilharmonie, a massive building complex by Herzog &amp; De Meuron, will open in early January 2017. Set on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg, the complex contains three concert halls, a hotel, 45 private apartments, and "the Plaza," a public viewing area.</p><p>The main attraction of the Elbphilarmonie a 2,100 seat, world-class "Grand Hall," situated some 50 meters off the ground. The concert hall is detached from the rest of the building for acoustic reasons. The acoustic design of the concert hall was by Yashuhisa Toyota.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/au/au018q7ngecvjdma.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bj/bj6v9qh5n2xfad2m.jpg"></p><p>The Elbphilharmonie is located at the center of a rapidly transforming area of Hamburg. Dubbed HafenCity, the waterfront area, surrounded by both the Elbe and Alster rivers, is Europe's largest inner-city development project. When completed, the district will be home to about 12,000 people.&nbsp;</p><p>The project drew <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90758694/hamburg-concert-hall-blame-game-begins-in-800-million-hall-saga" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversy</a> a few years ago for cost overruns &ndash; the total cost almost tripled from initial estimates &ndash; and construction delays. German taxpayers are expected...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958970/an-eco-building-toolkit An Eco-Building Toolkit Nam Henderson 2016-07-21T02:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T11:46:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x7/x77k5w0kjf09b1am.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>**I'm truly impressed that Mr Open Source Ecology &amp; Ms Open Building Institute got married and built a house...Of course it's an open-source house that's all makered-up from straw, wood and brick from their neighborhood - Bruce Sterling</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kelly McCartney highlights the work of&nbsp;Marcin Jakubowski&nbsp;and&nbsp;Catarina Mota, who decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back.</p><p>For more check out the <a href="http://openbuildinginstitute.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Building Institute</a>&nbsp;and/or contribute to their <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/622508883/open-building-institute-eco-building-toolkit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nc/nctzm4dc7mww7yb1.jpg"></p><p>h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/bruces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958848/a-bridge-57-years-in-the-making-designed-by-steven-holl A bridge 57 years in the making, designed by Steven Holl Julia Ingalls 2016-07-20T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-07-20T13:34:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4j98uy6bj2pkz7m6.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1959,&nbsp;Edward Durell Stone had envisioned a pedestrian walkway connecting his unbuilt design for the Kennedy Center to the Potomac River, but it was not until this year that <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a> gained approval for the bridge, which is part of the firm's larger expansion design for the center. The bridge will not only provide a tangible connection between the facility and the landscape, but allow opportunities to visit a cafe and view outdoor art events, including an exterior wall which will double as a site for broadcasts and simulcast performances.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j1/j1ycglyg9rq2vnta.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;This is a joyful moment for a public space which will be shared and enjoyed by many in the future,&rdquo; said Steven Holl in a press release. &ldquo;After thoughtful review by these regulatory agencies, we have achieved complete approval for our Kennedy Center Expansion project and its public access to the Potomac Riverfront.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Want to work at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1405/steven-holl-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>? They're currently hiring a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/149957610/senior-architect-8-years-of-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senior Architect: 8 years of experience</a> for their B...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958796/grimshaw-chosen-to-design-heathrow-s-new-terminal Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-20T11:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-20T14:30:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe48xrpebgjyh4n4.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heathrow Airport has chosen Grimshaw to draw up concepts for a &rsquo;hub airport of the future&rsquo; as part of its ambitious &pound;16 billion growth plans The practice, which saw off Zaha Hadid Architects, Benoy and HOK, was praised for &rsquo;pushing the boundary of what an airport could and should be&rsquo; and for showing &rsquo;how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/grimshaw?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>&nbsp;has been chosen to design a new terminal for London's Heathrow Airport. However, it remains up in the air wether the plans for a third runway will be given permission by the UK government. Many critics of Heathrow's expansion have been given <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/heathrow-airport-expansion-in-doubt-after-theresa-may-promotes-c/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top posts</a>&nbsp;in Teresa May's new Cabinet, causing speculation that the expansion could be thwarted.&nbsp;</p><p>However,&nbsp;Head of Design at Heathrow, Barry Weekes <a href="https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/grimshaw-chosen-take-heathrow-future/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">maintained that</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;With the Concept Architect and Programme Client Partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the Government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.&rdquo; Going further, Andrew Thomas, a partner at Grimshaw stated "We believe the expansion of Heathrow is vital to maintaining the UK&rsquo;s place within the global economy".&nbsp;This announcement in the aftermath of Brexit is undoubtedly an attempt to solidify the case for Heathrow's expansion.</p><p>Read related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958698/forget-ball-pits-amazon-is-growing-over-3-000-plant-species-to-fill-its-new-downtown-seattle-hq Forget ball pits – Amazon is growing over 3,000 plant species to fill its new downtown Seattle HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T17:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-20T09:07:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/vou6d4ab222ddejn.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the spheres will be packed with a plant collection worthy of top-notch conservatories, allowing Amazon employees to amble through tree canopies three stories off the ground, meet with colleagues in rooms with walls made from vines and eat kale Caesar salads next to an indoor creek. [...] &ldquo;The whole idea was to get people to think more creatively, maybe come up with a new idea they wouldn&rsquo;t have if they were just in their office,&rdquo; said Dale Alberda, the lead architect on the project at NBBJ</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">benefits of greenery for employee productivity</a> is well established, and any good tech company needs to play up the "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115745518/archinect-s-lexicon-serendipity-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">serendipity machine</a>" game, Amazon is taking this to an architectural level:</p><p><em>The spheres will have meeting areas called treehouses, and suspension bridges high off the ground that will be just wobbly enough to quicken the pulses of employees who walk over them. &ldquo;Amazon said, &lsquo;Make this fun,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Mr. Alberda, the architect.</em></p><p>More on Amazon's new downtown digs:</p><ul><li><a title="How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955450/how-long-until-amazon-conquers-downtown-seattle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle?</a></li><li><a title="1-star Amazon reviews of famous architecture texts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140411729/1-star-amazon-reviews-of-famous-architecture-texts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1-star Amazon reviews of famous architecture texts</a></li><li><a title=" From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87912010/from-apple-to-amazon-the-new-monuments-to-digital-domination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination</a></li><li><a title="NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark Alexander Walter 2016-07-19T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-20T13:36:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqmbgi3dnhj3pe76.jpg" width="514" height="790" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Rosen would not mind getting a little credit for maintaining the 59-year-old building, a landmark inside and outside, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. With its rich materials and exquisite detailing, the building demands scrupulous attention. And money. RFR executives estimated that it cost about 20 percent more to maintain the seemingly spartan Seagram Building than it would a typical office tower of roughly the same size and age. Less is more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957646/iconic-furniture-art-tableware-and-even-a-sausage-grinder-hundreds-of-lots-from-philip-johnson-s-four-seasons-head-to-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic furniture, art, tableware and even a sausage grinder: hundreds of lots from Philip Johnson's Four Seasons head to auction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951806/modernist-treasures-from-philip-johnson-s-iconic-four-seasons-restaurant-headed-for-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist treasures from Philip Johnson's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant headed for auction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958556/editor-s-picks-450 Editor's Picks #450 Nam Henderson 2016-07-19T11:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T01:16:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qn/qn86jlhmqfs5hdwo.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/patrik_schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> penned an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>, wherein he makes the case for seeing Brexit as a chance to roll back the interventionist state and unleash entrepreneurial creativity.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> summed up "<em>Filed under, a case for neo/post deregulation and probable reregulation.</em>" For his part architect <a href="http://archinect.com/chriswilliamson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Williamson</a> responded with his own <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149957963/brexit-exposed-a-britain-divided-and-architects-must-now-redouble-our-efforts-to-be-at-the-forefront-of-quality-and-innovation-op-ed-by-chris-williamson-of-weston-williamson-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>, wherein he argues British architects/designers "<em>need to redouble our efforts to be at the forefront of quality and innovation...We all have to redouble our efforts to compete for investment from a wider world and not rely on Europe</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> published a two (<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149955321/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956364/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>) part interview with Deborah Natsios and John Young (of Natsios-Young Architects) behind the twenty year old project, Cryptome (and sister archive Cartome).&nbsp;The two are interested "<em>in decentralized zones where architecture and public infrastructures intersect</em>", democratic society, "<em>the corrosive apparatus of national security secrecy</em>" and how surveillance operates "<em>in the city?</em>"...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958454/how-artists-curators-and-architects-define-a-great-museum How artists, curators and architects define a great museum Alexander Walter 2016-07-18T14:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T14:19:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rp/rpkelwrq9iskeu51.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What makes a museum building successful? Until the arrival of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Guggenheim in Bilbao in 1997, this question might have been almost exclusively focused on the best environments in which to view art. But the Guggenheim&rsquo;s phenomenal success, which allowed the Basque government to recoup the construction costs within three years, moved the debate on to issues of branding and statement architecture. Now the discussion has moved on again.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943339/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-sn-hetta-s-sfmoma-addition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA addition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953533/oma-s-pierre-lassonde-pavilion-in-quebec-will-finally-open-tomorrow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion in Quebec will finally open tomorrow</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946793/first-look-inside-tate-modern-s-new-extension" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First look inside Tate Modern's new Extension</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958382/17-of-le-corbusier-s-buildings-are-now-un-world-heritage-sites 17 of Le Corbusier's buildings are now UN world heritage sites Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-18T10:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T12:11:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l4zvtkr047188e5c.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The UN's cultural organisation has listed 17 works by pioneering Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier as world heritage sites. Le Corbusier spearheaded the modern movement after World War One, using iron, concrete and glass in a new focus on bold lines and functionality that did not appeal to everyone. The sites are in seven countries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>17 of Le Corbusier's buildings, including Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation in Marseille and&nbsp;the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo were announced as new UN world heritage sites. The 17 buildings meet three of the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1321/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection criteria</a> for World Heritage status:</p><p>(i) A masterpiece of human creative genius.</p><p>(ii) An important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.</p><p>(vi) Directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance.</p><p>The inclusion of Le Corbusier's works as world heritage sites marks the culmination of a significant shift in attitudes towards Modernist architecture. His&nbsp;Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation is often considered the forefather of high-rise living.&nbsp;Le Corbusier's forms are often cited as a key inspiration for the much maligned Brutalism. Could t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958265/a-warm-place-upstate-for-choreographers-to-grow A Warm Place Upstate, for Choreographers to Grow Nam Henderson 2016-07-17T14:51:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:40:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7oh1e4n2u62cxrpy.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The renovated lumberyard, or ADI/Lumberyard &mdash; which will include a black-box theater, studios and housing &mdash; will join a growing list of upstate satellites to the New York City dance world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Siobhan Burke reports on the planned new home, for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americandance.org/catskill/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Dance Institute</a>&nbsp;in Catskill, NYC. With the new space, ADI hopes to grow it's&nbsp;incubator/residency&nbsp;program.</p><p>See <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/american-dance-institute-to-move-to-catskill-n-y/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">also</a>&nbsp;for an earlier announcement with a few details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958152/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-old-new-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Old+New" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-15T17:20:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:08:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k5/k5w121gp5yn1u78t.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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://www.pinterest.com/archinect/old%2Bnew/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/15/15z8xl69bsr8u0sq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/761/mhf-meierhof-trausdorf/149954804" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MHF &ndash; Meierhof</a> in Trausdorf an der Wulka, Austria by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/761/alleswirdgut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AllesWirdGut</a>; Photo: AllesWirdGut / Guilherme Silva Da Rosa</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4h/4hu3hntifrbesddo.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bassarchitect.com/project/brooklyn-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/bassarchitect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stuart Basseches Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b2/b2ibbmwixsz5fftn.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/pslab/project/the-jane-restaurant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Jane Restaurant</a> in&nbsp;Antwerp, Belgium by Piet Boon architects; Lighting Designer &amp; Manufacturing: <a href="http://pslab/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PSLab</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d8/d81pf3gumxh5dzsu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/atelierzundelcristea/project/maison-vincennes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Vincennes, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/atelierzundelcristea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ATELIER Z&Uuml;NDEL CRISTEA</a>; Photo: Sergio Grazia</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pf/pfjue2pznbotmtji.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/neutelings-riedijk/project/city-hall-deventer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Hall</a> in Deventer, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/neutelings-riedijk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architects</a>; Photo: scagliolabrakkee &copy; Neutelings Riedijk Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nk/nk95skcm3qkj0z8j.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arosarchitects/project/underwood-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Underwood Street</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/arosarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aros Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fn/fneq13d21sdtlu0m.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/387/aesop-dtla/140070467" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aesop DTLA</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/brooksscarpa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dh/dhfvnglcsqwly4fm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/WestonWilliamson/project/valentine-place" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Valentine Place</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/WestonWilliamson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WestonWilliam...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957866/tour-zaha-hadid-s-stacked-vases-tower-in-australia Tour Zaha Hadid's "stacked vases" tower in Australia Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:35:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z9/z9rqjgvna40va8b5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine blending the veiny facade of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a> and the jaunty offset of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85537199/so-il-and-gensler-to-design-creative-cultural-incubator-for-new-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> with Zaha Hadid's signature grace, and you might get something like the 54-story, 70,000 square meter 600 Collins Street, a tower that is reminiscent of a stacked series of ridged vases. The four principal segments of the tower each denote a different part of the program while simultaneously integrating access to public transit and creating civic space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vt/vt2t0yxrhklo71t2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8q/8qqq7kc74gi6g2e1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The design has been defined by Melbourne&rsquo;s rich and diverse urban landscape, reinterpreted in a contemporary solution driven by the logical division of its overall volume that will enhance the city&rsquo;s public realm with generous communal spaces,&rdquo; said Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; Michele Pasca di Magliano. &ldquo;We are honored to be working with our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p95ppzz56csz1myd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5c/5cktx3oe8mm6msrx.jpg"></p><p>Here's a video showing site context:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957645/riba-2016-stirling-prize-shortlist-announced-includes-herzog-de-meuron-wilkinson-eyre RIBA 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist announced: includes Herzog & de Meuron, Wilkinson Eyre Abigail Banfield 2016-07-13T19:02:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:19:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5jv2byfwy6pq44a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What does it take for a project to transcend from merely eye-catching architecture to a lasting, inspirational, nationally acclaimed building? The&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize</a>, which awards the UK's best new building each year, has narrowed 2016's contenders down to a shortlist of six (two of which, the Weston Library by Wilkinson Eyre and Loyn &amp; Co's Inside Outside House, were&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">predicted for this list by Archinect's Ellen Hancock</a>), which it announced today.</p><p>The list follows the <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149953365/riba-reveals-46-stunning-projects-as-2016-national-awardees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Awards</a> and <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149943940/see-the-riba-2016-london-awards-winners-wilton-s-music-hall-named-regional-building-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Awards</a> earlier this year, and comprises of some &ldquo;usual suspects&rdquo; shortlisted in previous years, as well as some newcomers; including previous winners Wilkinson Eyre and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, and returning nominees Reiach and Hall, Caruso St John, and dRMM.</p><p>Nominees Michael Laird Architects and Loyn &amp; Co Architects are relative newcomers, bringing (respectively) an education project and a private residence to the shortlist&mdash;the first private home to be nominated in 15 years. This year&rsquo;s shortlist ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957687/14-to-1-post-katrina-architecture-by-the-numbers 14 to 1: Post-Katrina Architecture by the Numbers Places Journal 2016-07-13T15:44:00-04:00 >2016-07-13T21:11:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2m558o2crybgknzp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The thousands of new old houses in New Orleans reveal the ethos of a people in a place nearly destroyed. New Orleanians have embraced their city&rsquo;s architectural heritage as they&rsquo;ve rebuilt for an uncertain future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does post-Katrina architecture look like in New Orleans? And what does it reveal about its society? In their survey in Places, Richard Campanella and Cassidy Rosen discover that historical styles are 14 times more popular than contemporary styles in the rebuilt city, despite the focus of media coverage on experimental projects like Make It Right. The retro revival pays homage to 19th-century New Orleans and a past that has become both a refuge from the present and a cicerone to the future.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957646/iconic-furniture-art-tableware-and-even-a-sausage-grinder-hundreds-of-lots-from-philip-johnson-s-four-seasons-head-to-auction Iconic furniture, art, tableware and even a sausage grinder: hundreds of lots from Philip Johnson's Four Seasons head to auction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T13:38:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qaof0djzmqnj6t5h.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've got a few thousand dollars lying around and want to grab a piece of lunchroom history, now's your chance.</p><p>Perfectly summed up by <em>Vanity Fair</em>&nbsp;as &ldquo;Absolute ground zero for power lunching&rdquo;, Philip Johnson and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's iconic Four Seasons restaurant will end its lease in Mies' Seagram building this summer.&nbsp;While the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designation from the The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission</a> protects the interior of the restaurant from any structural changes, the Four Seasons <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951806/modernist-treasures-from-philip-johnson-s-iconic-four-seasons-restaurant-headed-for-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">still has to unload</a> an awful lot of bespoke furniture and tableware&mdash;everything from salt cellars to wine glasses to barstools and serving carts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p9quopflhzblmc2d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sr/sreckcygc7hhtwq3.jpg"></p><p>Over 800 pieces and sets from the Four Seasons kitchen and dining areas will be auctioned off on July 26 in New York. Rifling off just a few of the items and estimated values, there are:&nbsp;Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable flatware and serving carts ($1,000-1,500 for a set for 12, same estimate for 1 cart),&nbsp;Hans J. Wegner chairs ($2,000-3,000 for a set of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees Ellen Hancock 2016-07-13T03:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3ha0d4yipjuxyi9q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&hellip;On Thursday 14th July the nominees for this years Stirling Prize will be announced. For anyone who doesn&rsquo;t know the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious award, it was founded in 1996 and recognises &ldquo;the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.&rdquo;</p><p>Although the future of the industry is somewhat uncertain following the EU referendum a few weeks ago, firms have been optimistic; confident in their innovative skill and entrepreneurial ability to tackle the potential problems ahead.</p><p>Looking back over completed projects from the last year, it is clear to see why. It has been a particularly impressive year for UK projects - it was no mean feat selecting our predictions for the six nominations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kd/kddkix6pv5a4ioyt.jpg"></p><p><strong>AHMM - 61 Oxford Street</strong><br>Last year AHMM took first place for Burntwood School in Wandsworth. This year we think they may have a chance with 61 Oxford Street, a distinctive and contemporary landmark that takes inspirati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957478/despite-ban-on-weird-architecture-a-building-that-looks-an-awful-lot-like-a-toilet-was-built-in-henan-province Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province Nicholas Korody 2016-07-12T17:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a5e0cc1679cbbf2360045bb9d98c35b.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in February, the Chinese central government demanded an end to all mainland construction of buildings that are &ldquo;oversized&rdquo;, &ldquo;xenocentric&rdquo; or &ldquo;weird&rdquo; and a move toward architecture that is &ldquo;pleasing to the eye&rdquo;. Fast forward five months, and a 12-story toilet has been built in Henan province.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ironically enough, the building is home to the North China Water Conservancy and Electric Power company.</p><p>For more on the state of architecture in China, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951897/china-plans-to-build-an-underwater-space-station-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945789/megatall-shanghai-tower-receives-ctbuh-signboard-officially-marking-it-as-china-s-tallest-and-the-world-s-second-tallest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megatall Shanghai Tower receives CTBUH signboard officially marking it as China's tallest and the world's second-tallest</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149370963/the-politics-behind-china-s-ban-on-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The politics behind China's ban on "weird" architecture</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957279/noah-s-ark-replica-opens-in-kentucky-biblical-theme-park-to-compete-with-the-disneys-and-the-universals Noah's Ark replica opens in Kentucky biblical theme park to “compete with the Disneys and the Universals” Justine Testado 2016-07-12T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rj92t8z82rmhkf6s.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The park&rsquo;s centerpiece features three decks of exhibits explaining Answers in Genesis&rsquo; views of the biblical flood account..[It] also features a two-story restaurant, aerial zipline cables and the Ararat Ridge Zoo... &ldquo;...in a world that we see becoming very secularized before our eyes, it&rsquo;s really time for Christians to do something of this size, of this quality, that competes with the Disneys and the Universals to get a message to the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This might be worth a pitstop for anyone planning a U.S. summer road trip. Envisioned by the Creationist apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis, a&nbsp;replica of Noah's Ark &mdash; measuring&nbsp;510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high &mdash; opened last week as the centerpiece of the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky. As it goes, the theme park [which apparently has a total construction cost of more than $150 million] is &ldquo;more than just entertainment&rdquo; and aims to promote the ministry's views on evolution. As it goes, criticism ensues.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137725530/dismaland-banksy-s-anti-capitalist-art-show-gave-host-town-a-20m-boost-in-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dismaland, Banksy's anti-capitalist art show, gave host town a &pound;20M boost in tourism</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146044719/subterranean-theme-park-photographer-richard-john-seymour-captures-the-new-life-inside-an-ancient-transylvanian-salt-mine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subterranean theme park: photographer Richard John Seymour captures the new life inside an ancient Transylvanian salt mine</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135124382/chinese-fun-photographer-stefano-cerio-captures-the-eerie-side-of-empty-amusement-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Fun: Photographer Stefano Cerio captures the eerie side of empty amusement parks</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957368/hlm-and-tectonics-architects-win-uk-passivhaus-awards HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p5mb0q237rstq9f.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects &amp; Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which&nbsp;aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context.</p><p>Tectonics Architects&nbsp;gained the award for the Urban category, with their fantastic project in Hackney.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-12T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6de6d0f37f55e53ba5e1d17b0b383df.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by architect Shohei Shigematsu of Rem Koolhaas' OMA practice, the striking glass building was a losing entrant in George Lucas' 2014 competition to design his museum. Now that legal wrangling over the use of the lakefront site between Soldier Field and McCormick Place has prompted Lucas to definitively rule out Chicago as the home of his project, OMA has released the images for Chicagoans to further ponder what might have been.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The much-bedraggled path to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, with MAD Architects designing its tent-like expanse, has yet to find its home&mdash;facing lawsuits and design criticisms in Chicago, it could move to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waukegan, Illinois</a>, or <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Treasure Island</a> in the San Francisco Bay. At least we get to see some juicy rejects in the meantime, like this one from OMA, which <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin concedes "almost makes Jabba the Hutt's palace look OK."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/3/3d/Jabbas_Palace.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20071211223828"></p><p>Justifying their top-heavy design, OMA said in a press release that it would create canopied park space, and let the museum&nbsp;"contain eight times the public space it occupies". Perhaps in a galaxy far, far away.</p><p>Update (7/13): Brooklyn Digital Foundry put together this video for OMA, presenting their design for the Lucas Museum.</p><p></p><p>More on the beleaguered Lucas Museum:</p><ul><li><a title="Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncomprom...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957367/planning-approved-for-redevelopment-of-portsmouth-prison Planning approved for redevelopment of Portsmouth Prison Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T10:31:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:48:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1crokj9bnsmhgkzu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portsmouth City Council has given Planning and Listed Building Consent for the repair and redevelopment of the former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth. FCBStudios will now commence the post-planning stages for the 230-unit residential scheme &ndash; a combination of re-modelled existing prison cell wings, chapel and infirmary, and new-build apartment buildings, including a landscape masterplan by Grant Associates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Planning and Listed Building consent has been given for Feilden Clegg Bradley to redevelop former prison in Portsmouth (UK). The first phase is expected to focus on the existing grade-II buildings, early in 2017.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957207/marina-city-balconies-off-limits-to-residents-during-prolonged-repair-work-summer-bummer Marina City balconies off-limits to residents during prolonged repair work: 'Summer Bummer' Alexander Walter 2016-07-11T15:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T15:53:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/vaov8lf9owo1rwhg.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s shaping up to be one bummer of a summer for Marina City, where some residents have been banned from their balconies. City inspectors discovered trouble with nearly 2,000 balcony railings [...] While crews work to fix 1,920 handrail posts, 1,300 balusters and 1,020 bottom rails, some residents have been banned from using the balconies for four months or longer. [...] &ldquo;What&rsquo;s worse is that we&rsquo;re not allowed to open the door to the balcony to let the breeze in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The iconic Marina City towers&mdash;now officially a city landmark&mdash;recently in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140806811/only-one-vote-left-before-marina-city-can-become-official-city-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957053/the-era-of-aspirational-pricing-is-over The era of aspirational pricing is over Nam Henderson 2016-07-11T01:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T01:39:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bx1avg7zhu7z5hax.jpg" width="427" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brokers say the very top of the market &mdash; consisting of eight- and nine-figure homes &mdash; is faring the worst as slowing economies overseas and volatile stock markets have spooked buyers. The supply of homes for the rich exploded as builders aimed at the high end after the financial crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank highlights a&nbsp;worrisome pileup in the&nbsp;overinflated; luxury housing,&nbsp;megamansions and penthouse market.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956851/gaud-envisioned-a-parabolic-hotel-apparently-proposed-for-site-of-original-wtc-twin-towers Gaudí envisioned a parabolic hotel apparently proposed for site of original WTC Twin Towers Justine Testado 2016-07-08T19:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzn20j9ax9jr5zqu.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed the Hotel Attraction (according to Matamala&rsquo;s recollection), Gaud&iacute; proposed a parabolic skyscraper towering over the city at 360 meters. It would have been the tallest building in the world until the completion of the Empire State Building. The exact location for the proposed tower is unknown, but a group of architects and historians argued that it was intended for the site of the first World Trade Center towers and put it forward for the Ground Zero memorial design competition in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124354329/sagrada-the-mystery-of-creation-showcases-the-collaborative-efforts-to-finish-gaud-s-towering-basilica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaud&iacute;'s towering basilica</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83085278/a-1-minute-video-shows-the-completion-of-gaud-s-sagrada-fam-lia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 1-Minute Video Shows The Completion Of Gaud&iacute;'s Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia</a></p>