Archinect - News 2016-09-29T07:57:21-04:00 Lloyd Wright's LA Samuel-Novarro House for sale Nicholas Korody 2016-09-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T19:44:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Samuel Novarro House in Los Angeles, designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, has just been put up for sale. Built in 1928, the Art Deco house has been restored and comes with original Wrightian accents throughout, such as oxidized copper accents.</p><p>Located in ritzy &ldquo;the Oaks&rdquo; neighborhood of Los Feliz, the home has a stunning pool and equally lovely landscaping. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath house also comes equipped with a recently restored kitchen. The house is listed for&nbsp;$4.295 million and was previously sold for $3.8 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>[Correction] Originally this article stated the architect of this house was Frank Lloyd Wright. It was Frank Lloyd Wright's son, Lloyd Wright.</p><p>More images in the gallery.</p><p>For more on the Wright family, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright puts his foot down in 'a tribute to the pluck of a salesman'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home&rsquo;s value, what&rsquo;s a seller to do?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey&rsquo;s Oldest and Largest Frank...</a></li></ul> Apple plan to open a huge campus in London’s Battersea Power Station Ellen Hancock 2016-09-28T12:31:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T12:31:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple will open a mega-campus inside London&rsquo;s Battersea Power Station in a major boon for the developers behind the Grade II-listed building&rsquo;s regeneration. The tech giant will take over 500,000 sq ft of the power station&rsquo;s Boiler House, spanning six floors. Around 1,4000 staff are expected to move into the Apple campus in 2021.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a look back at Archinect's coverage of the Battersea Power Station development:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First images of BIG&rsquo;s Malaysia Square in London&rsquo;s Battersea Power Station</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG appointed to design public square for revamped Battersea Power Station</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects imagine a Battersea Power Station rollercoaster conversion</a></li></ul> Salk Institute to be refurbished by The Getty Conservation Institute Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T15:31:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fungal biofilm and water sealant failure have added a black patina to the Salk Institute's iconic teak paneling, making the material vulnerable to decay. In order to save what is considered to be one of the world's finest architectural projects (and coolest structural alignment of the sunset save for perhaps <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattanhenge</a>), the Getty Conservation Institute undertook three years of careful study and is now ready to start implementing those improvements. &nbsp;</p><p>According to Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Sara Lardinois, &ldquo;The GCI sought to address issues on a long-term basis while preserving cultural significance and addressing the needs of those managing the site. Our aim was to help the Salk Institute incorporate a conservation approach into its overall site management at a critical point in the building&rsquo;s history&mdash;the 50-year mark often coincides with the need for a first major repair in modern buildings.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on all things Louis Kahn:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimbell&rsquo;s $135 Million Expansion ...</a></li></ul> Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T14:18:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to this&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a> article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects rethink how they bill for projects</a>).</p><p>For more on drones:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> I.M. Pei's National Gallery of Art building set to reopen this week in Washington Alexander Walter 2016-09-26T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:55:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the outside, not much has changed. After a three-year, $69m renovation, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, looks about the same as it did when it first opened in June 1978. [...] Step inside and the differences become clear. The gallery, which reopens to the public on 30 September, has managed to carve out more than 12,250 sq. ft of additional exhibition space without expanding its physical footprint.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>I.M. Pei, who designed the East Building, on the structure's original opening day, June 1, 1978. Photo &copy; Dennis Brack/Black Star. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre director plans its grand revamp</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed faces lawsuit from Cornell over "faulty" Johnson Museum expansion scheme</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">98-year-old I.M. Pei reportedly assaulted by caregiver</a></li></ul> Closer look: Zaha Hadid's new “floating” Port House in Antwerp Justine Testado 2016-09-23T18:07:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:44:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="549" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The glistening Port House in Antwerp is Zaha Hadid's latest project to be completed posthumously. But the glass building isn't mere folly. Built atop a disused historic fire station, the striking landmark operates as the new headquarters for the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest port.</p><p>ZHA was selected to design the new extension following a competition, in which the main objective was to preserve the original fire station, according to Port of Antwerp president Marc Van Peel. All five shortlisted competitors proposed a new structure above the building, but the Port deemed Zaha's design as &ldquo;the most brilliant&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At 111 meters long and 21 meters high, the new glass extension &ldquo;floats&rdquo; above the old fire station. &ldquo;Like the bow of a ship, the new extension points towards the Scheldt, connecting the building with the river on which Antwerp was founded,&rdquo; ZHA describes.</p><p>The building&nbsp;also shows off a glazed facade of transparent and opaque triangular facets that allow sufficient natural l...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Details" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-09-23T17:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-23T17:14:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="586" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Details</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMI Rock Pavilion</a> in Ghent, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BRUSH</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Waterhouse at South Bund</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; Feldkapelle in Boedigheim, Germany by Ecker Architekten, Professor Frank Flury,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seth Ellsworth</a> &amp; other students of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)</a>; Photo: Brigida Gonzalez</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chapel, Rainforest International School</a> in Yaound&eacute;, Cameroon by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Method Design Architecture + Urbanism</a>; team member: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyndon Julien-Sehl</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">schuppen</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brandt+simon architekten</a>; Photo: Michael Nast</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Z53</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAPmx</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home</a> in...</p> The fight for Sydney's brutalist public housing landmark continues Alexander Walter 2016-09-23T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:39:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protesters gathered in Sydney&rsquo;s historic Rocks district on Saturday to rally against the New South Wales government&rsquo;s plans to sell off the Sirius building &ndash; which contains 79 social housing tenants &ndash; to developers for more than $100m. The 1970s Brutalist building was nominated for heritage listing by the NSW National Trust in 2014 but the government has refused to grant it, saying the proceeds from the sale are needed to build more public housing elsewhere in Sydney</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quartz also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Australia&rsquo;s largest construction union Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Unions NSW have called their members to refuse any participation in demolition work of the structure.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Sirius building is not only an important piece of architectural history&mdash;it is one of the last areas of public housing in the district,&rdquo; explained Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU in a Sept 16 statement.</em></p><p>Learn more about the case in this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> petition</a> and on the cause's website <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark</a></p> NYC Port Authority releases 5 design proposals for new bus terminal DianePham 2016-09-22T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T17:17:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, an agreement was reached between West Side elected officials and the Port Authority that said the agency would expand the planning process for a new $10 billion bus terminal with more local input. And just today they&rsquo;ve revealed the five proposals that were submitted to a design competition to replace the currently loathed site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Big-name firms Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Arcadis, AECOM, Perkins Eastman, and Archilier Architecture Consortium provided proposal, a number of which take on swooping forms and boast green roofs.</p> Editor's Picks #454 Nam Henderson 2016-09-22T00:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:15:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Responding to Brexit, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleanor Marshall</a>&nbsp;considered <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016</a>; the lifespan of the UK&rsquo;s membership of the European Union.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"<em>If in the next few years major change hinders the eclecticism that the UK currently has we may be left with the tedious offspring of New London Vernacular and not much else.</em>"</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;looked at the example set by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>&nbsp;quipped "<em>pales in comparison to the Harvard drop-out list</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>For those confused about the Guggenheim Helsinki <strong>discoverfinland</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">clarified</a> -</p><p>"<em>The whole project has been rejected twice. Helsinki locals are vocally opposed to it, about 60/40, local govt is opposed to it, and now it has been completely ruled out at a national level. Unfortunately, some of those who are in favour are also journalists, which leads to the international community thinking this is an actual issue. It isn't. In 2017 the reserve t...</em></p> David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language b3tadine[sutures] 2016-09-22T00:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Adjaye.</p> You can buy Leonardo DiCaprio's beachfront home for $10M — but will it alleviate the crushing weight of existence? Nicholas Korody 2016-09-21T14:18:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:27:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio's Malibu dream house hit the market on Friday, listing for $10.95 million. Leo purchased the midcentury California bungalow... back in 1998, and the three bed, two bath home is a beaut. It's on star-studded Carbon Beach, the views are killer, and the interiors are gorgeous. But the truth is, life is probably meaningless and there is a strong chance that we all die alone. Could buying this house change any of that?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>LAist: Hi! Love the house!! Just a few questions. Albert Camus once said "At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman." This house is obviously super beautiful&mdash;do you think there is anything inhuman about that beauty?</em></p><p><em>Redfin: Um, wow, that wasn't the question I was expecting. I think with this house in particular, with where it sits especially, it's an absolutely breathtaking home. I do not think there is anything inhuman about this house. I think it's a representation of the oceanfront property that it sits on.</em></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p>For more on the intersections between architecture and celebrities, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Accusing architects of prioritizing looks over feel&mdash;Moby edition</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Table-flipping 'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice and the world of architectural billing</a></li></ul> (The set of) number four Privet Drive, childhood home of Harry Potter, is up for sale Nicholas Korody 2016-09-20T19:55:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T16:16:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Are you looking for just the right home for you, your corpulent husband, spoiled son, and abused nephew of mysterious provenance? Just can&rsquo;t find the right-sized cupboard-under-the-stairs? Now you&rsquo;re in luck: the 3-bedroom detached house used as the set of Harry Potter&rsquo;s childhood home has been listed for &pound;475,000.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Located in Bracknell, Berkshire &mdash; not Privet Drive in Little Whinging&nbsp;&mdash; the home has a recently renovated kitchen, a living room with garden access, and an en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom. It&rsquo;s close to Martins Heron Station. And a young Daniel Radcliffe honed his acting skills in its foyer.</p><p>As noted in the Telegraph, the color palette, thankfully, does not include the &ldquo;peach and salmon pink&rdquo; favored by Petunia Dursley.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some older, but related, posts:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harry Potter theme park to open in Florida</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Invisibility Cloak</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Book &amp; Movie</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Any Harry Potter fans? New Book!</a></li></ul> Watch: new documentary tells the story behind MASS Design Group's cholera clinic in Haiti Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-20T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T12:40:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just nine months after a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, a cholera epidemic broke out. While it became clear shortly after that the epidemic began with U.N. peacekeepers, who had been active in Haiti since 2004 and brought the disease from Nepal, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.N. only just recently took formal responsibility</a>. With overwhelming rebuilding efforts and damaged infrastructure throughout the country, Haiti was made even more vulnerable, and the disease spread through consumption of tainted water and food.</p><p>To attend to the sick population, Haitian infectious disease specialist Dr. Jean-William Pape and his organization, Les Centres GHESKIO, set up and ran temporary treatment sites, but after two years, when the epidemic didn&rsquo;t seem to be shrinking back, Dr. Pape realized that unsanitary waste collection practices in the treatment centers were contaminating the groundwater, reintroducing the disease into the population.</p><p>So to cut off the cycle of r...</p> Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:42:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After more than four years of wrangling over&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's</a> proposal for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial</a>, the Eisenhower family has removed its objections to a modified version of the initial design. Although information about specific design changes and compromises was scant, according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a> the controversial steel "tapestries" will remain in some form on the family-approved version, even though Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, referred to them as invoking the problematic imagery of an "iron curtain."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the fraught history of the Eisenhower Memorial:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li></ul> MoMA makes all its museum exhibition archives available online Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T05:48:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Exhibitions from our founding in 1929 to the present are available online. These pages are updated continually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Go ahead and dig in! All there, including architecture. Now, that's a museum service.</p> World's tallest wood building constructed in Vancouver Nicholas Korody 2016-09-16T13:10:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:15:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver has been topped off, making it the world&rsquo;s tallest wood building. The 18-story tower, a student residence, was completed in less than 70 days using prefabricated components. The project was completed four months earlier than expected.</p><p>With a concrete podium and two concrete cores, the wood tower is 14 stories taller than any other mass timber, steel and concrete hybrid project in the world. The building was designed by Acton Ostry Architects in collaboration with structural engineers Fast + Epp and tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann of Austria.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Taller wood buildings offer tremendous economic and environmental benefits,&rdquo; states Cees de Jager, general manager of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, in the press release. &ldquo;The lessons learned at Brock Commons will help transform the built environment in Canada and around the world.&rdquo;</p><p>Watch a time-lapse video of the construction here:</p><p></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://Canada's%2024,000%20km%20Great%20Trail%20to%20complete%20next%20year,%20but%20is%20already%20falling%20short%20of%20expectations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canada's...</a></li></ul> Gensler, Jeanne Gang and Cesar Pelli, SOM among firms competing for Chicago Union Station redevelopment Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:35:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Union Station is slated to get a $1 billion facelift that could add up to 3 million sq. ft. of new buildings. Amtrak just announced a shortlist of four contenders for the gig, as reported by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Real Estate Daily</a>.</p><p>The shortlist comprises the development firms John Buck, Riverside Investment &amp; Development, Golub and Sterling Bay. Each of the developers has a noted architectural practice on board; respectively, Jeanne Gang and Cesar Pelli, Goettsch Partners, Gensler, and Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill.&nbsp;</p><p>The teams were selected from an RFQ and will now move on to the proposal stage, with plans due by the beginning of 2017. According to Amtrak, the winning proposal will be selected by the end of the first quarter.</p><p>The winning firm could build on top of existing buildings, on land owned by Amtrak, or over the train tracks. Amtrak owns 14 acres of land and up to 3 million square feet in air rights.</p><p>According to preliminary plans, the development will include office, retail, hotel, an...</p> Oliver Wainwright finds the National Museum of African American History "embodies its complexities and contradictions" Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T09:05:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Standing assertively in the middle of a 15-acre lawn, between the sharp white obelisk of the Washington Monument and the colossal stone shed of the National Museum of American History, the latest arrival to this hallowed parade ground certainly holds its own. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture erupts from the ground, an inverted pagoda of three angular bronzed tiers on an all-glass base, departing from its neighbours&rsquo; sombre palette...with joyous glee.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Like the exhibitions inside it, the museum building embodies its complexities and contradictions, charged as it is with a brief and a site as impossibly fraught as the history it is telling. Despite some clunks, the result has a compelling, spiky otherness, standing on the Mall as a welcome rebuke to the world of white marble monuments to dead white men.</em></p><p>More on the newest addition to the National Mall:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li></ul> Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed Nicholas Korody 2016-09-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T12:57:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, bold and basket-shaped, the structure, &ldquo;Vessel,&rdquo; stands 15 stories, weighs 600 tons and is filled with 2,500 climbable steps. Long under wraps, it is the creation of Thomas Heatherwick, 46, an acclaimed and controversial British designer, and will rise in the mammoth Far West Side development Hudson Yards, anchoring a five-acre plaza and garden that will not open until 2018. Some may see a jungle gym, others a honeycomb.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>But Stephen M. Ross, the billionaire founder and chairman of Related Companies, which is developing Hudson Yards with Oxford Properties Group, has his own nickname for &ldquo;Vessel&rdquo;: &ldquo;the social climber.&rdquo; And the steep price tag Mr. Ross&rsquo;s privately held company is paying for Mr. Heatherwick&rsquo;s installation? More than $150 million.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;My studio was commissioned&nbsp;to design a centerpiece for an unusual new piece of land in New York. In a city full of eye-catching&nbsp;structures, our first thought was that it shouldn&rsquo;t just be something to look at. Instead we wanted to make&nbsp;something that everybody could use, touch, relate to," states Heatherwick in the press release. "Influenced by images we had seen of Indian&nbsp;stepwells, made from hundreds of flights of stairs going down into the ground, an idea emerged to use&nbsp;flights of stairs as building elements.&rdquo;</p><p>Comprised of 154 interconnected stairs and 80 landings, the structure rises from a 50 ft diameter base to 150 ft at the top. A painted steel structure ...</p> Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy Abigail Banfield 2016-09-14T05:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T23:26:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following the Olympics&rsquo; closing ceremony, and as September&rsquo;s Paralympic Games continue, international attention has begun to shift to the future of Rio de Janeiro&rsquo;s Olympic sites. These buildings must be built to evolve to accommodate Paralympic and future athletes, and the success of this change will set the precedent for Rio&rsquo;s regeneration in the long term.</p><p>I spoke to Sam Wright of WilkinsonEyre, lead of their sports architecture team, about the firm&rsquo;s Areanas Cariocas project: an incredible 400m long space for 3 venues and 36,000 spectators, making it the largest stadium at the Rio site. Having utilised his knowledge from the firm&rsquo;s creation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London&rsquo;s 2012 Olympic</a> basketball arena, Wright spoke to me about the pressures and privileges of designing this colossal building, and to have, consequently, a huge involvement in the planning of Rio 2016 writ large and the city&rsquo;s regeneration plan overall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>What have you learned from your involvement in the London 2012 Legacy that has inform...</strong></p> Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage—and what to do with it Alexander Walter 2016-09-13T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:37:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During his time in power, as head of state and as leader of the all-powerful, secularist Ba&rsquo;th party, Saddam would oversee an unprecedented program of monumental development across the historic city of Baghdad. This was not limited to monuments of war and hollow bronze shells, but enormous palatial complexes, museums, art galleries, and civic squares [...] marshal it, awkwardly, unevenly, into the post-industrial age, a modern city shaped by the aspirations and egotistical tastes of a despot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iraq honors Zaha Hadid with commemorative stamp &mdash; which features rejected Tokyo stadium design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destruction of Iraq&rsquo;s oldest Christian monastery by ISIS militants went unreported for 16 months</a></li></ul> China's record-breaking glass bridge already closed again after two weeks Alexander Walter 2016-09-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T14:42:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A glass-bottomed bridge in China that was heralded as a record-breaker when it opened just 13 days ago has closed. Officials said the government was planning urgent maintenance work in the area and the bridge closed on Friday, with a re-opening time to be announced. [...] He said there had been no accidents and the bridge was not cracked or broken. [...] The bridge can accommodate 8,000 visitors a day but the spokesman told CNN that 10 times as many people wanted access daily.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yibada <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> that the bridge upgrades were going as scheduled and that the attraction was set to re-open to the public this week.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's longest and highest glass bridge opens in China</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></li></ul> Inside the failure of Jerry Brown's plans to ease California's housing crisis Julia Ingalls 2016-09-13T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite introducing what seemed like excellent legislation to help increase the number of affordable housing units in developer-backed housing projects, California governor Jerry Brown's proposal caused so much multi-faceted angst it became political poison, primarily because it gently circumvented the traditional development process. This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> piece takes a look at what went wrong, noting that: &nbsp;</p><p><em>If developers pledged to set aside some&nbsp;units in their projects&nbsp;for low-income residents, the governor&rsquo;s proposed&nbsp;legislation would have eliminated some&nbsp;local hurdles to building,&nbsp;likely&nbsp;leading to a modest increase in construction.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Yet the proposal the governor unveiled in May&nbsp;represented a profound shakeup in how the development process would have worked in California. The measure&nbsp;challenged the primacy of local control over housing, inflamed powerful entrenched interests and was&nbsp;eyed warily by the very groups representing those the plan was supposed to help.</em></p><p>For more on California's...</p> PHOTOS: After two-year renovation, NYPL's historic Rose Main Reading Room will reopen on October 5th Dana Schulz 2016-09-13T09:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $12 million project, managed by Tishman Construction Corporation, came about in May 2014 when an ornamental plaster rosette fell 52 feet from the Reading Room&rsquo;s ceiling. In addition to recreating and replacing this piece, all 900 rosettes in both rooms were reinforced with steel cables. Other work included the recreation of a 27&prime; x 33&prime; James Wall Finn mural on the ceiling of the Catalog Room and the restoration of the chandeliers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After a two-year restoration, the New York Public Library's historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room will reopen to the public&nbsp;ahead of schedule on Wednesday, October 5th. To mark the occasion, the NYPL has released a series of incredible before-and-after photos.&nbsp;</p> Foster + Partners begins construction of "floating" Copenhagen office building Alexander Walter 2016-09-12T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-16T00:02:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in Copenhagen for Foster + Partners&rsquo; headquarters for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The 39,000 square metre office is located on the urban fringe of the city in Kastrup, near the international airport, where it is possible to see the Swedish city of Malm&ouml;, where Ferring was founded. The structure is made up of a triangular glass building that appears to float above a stone plinth, which also acts as its first line of defence against floods.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Other recent Foster + Partner stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction begins on major Foster + Partners project in Sweden</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus, by the numbers (including an estimated $5b price tag)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does a $1 million dollar staircase look like?</a></li></ul> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Glass" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-09-09T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:17:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Glass</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pool House</a> in East Sussex, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aros Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marubi National Museum of Photography</a> in Shkod&euml;r, Albania by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casanova + Hernandez Architecten</a>; Photo: Christian Richters/Blerta Kambo/Casanova+Hernandez</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewed Classic Eichler</a> in Sunnyvale, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Klopf Architecture</a>; Photo: Mariko Reed</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Juniper House</a> in&nbsp;Calgary, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the marc boutin architectural collaborative</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Yellow Camera</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELL</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domaen LTD</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Aberdeen New Library</a> in Aberdeen, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Paderborn, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a>; Photo: Csaba Mester</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in Johann...</p> REVEALED: World Trade Center Performing Arts Center will be a translucent marble cube Alyssa Alimurung 2016-09-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:54:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After stalling for years, the $243 million World Trade Center Performing Arts Center started to make headway in recent months, and now Silverstein Properties have revealed the official renderings. With the help of billionaire businessman Ronald O. Perelman's $75 million gift, the 90,000-square-foot marble cube designed by REX will both stand out as an impressive piece of cultural architecture and co-exists with the other structures on the WTC complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Finnish government pulls funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Guggenheim Foundation's Helsinki museum, the design of which was chosen after a hotly anticipated competition last year, is now missing a major financial backer, namely, the government of Finland. Prior to its withdrawal, Finland was going to pick up construction costs and a portion of the operating fees in exchange for top-tier artworks and exhibitions from the Guggenheim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, this pull-out isn't entirely unexpected. Before the winning design by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a>&nbsp;was even chosen, there were rumblings of dissent: many in Finland felt that the Guggenheim was becoming a bland franchise, to the point that an alternative competition, "The Next Helsinki," was launched to solicit other designs. As Sampo Terho, parliamentary head of the Finns Party, said, &ldquo;This is the end of the matter, we have ruled out state funding (for Guggenheim) once and for all, for this government.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to our interview with Moreau Kusunoki Architectes about their winning design for the Guggen...</p> And the winner of this year's "worst new building" is... Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-07T12:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:33:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This years wooden spoon goes to a luxury block of flats in London&rsquo;s Docklands. Lincoln Plaza, a residential development in London&rsquo;s Docklands is the winner of the 2016 Carbuncle Cup. Designed by BUJ Architects for Galliard Homes, the development consists of two residential towers integrated with a hotel and a standalone drum shaped building set off to one side.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The luxury block of flats in London designed by BUJ Architects has beaten five other projects in the running, Saffron Square by Rolfe Judd, The Diamond by Twelve Architects, One Smithfield by RHWL, Poole Methodist Church by Intelligent Design Centre and 5 Broadgate by Make Architects.&nbsp;The judges <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">described</a> the scheme as "a hideous melange of materials, forms and colours... Lincoln Plaza is the type of project that gives high-rise housing a bad name". Four of the nominees featured facades composed of offset geometrical patterns, utterly confusing to the eye at odds with the openings on their facades. It seems that the once fashionable patchwork quilt approach to facade design has worn thin.</p><p>However, there is a certain amount of discomfort surrounding the Carbuncle Cup. With the position of architects and their authority in the construction industry being ever challenged, is it productive to have an award of shame singling out architects? (and not dodgy contractors or clients?). Or is t...</p>