Archinect - News 2016-08-25T07:51:18-04:00 Brooklyn, say hello to your new neighbors! Alexander Walter 2016-08-24T18:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T18:11:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You&rsquo;ve always wanted to call Brooklyn home. But it&rsquo;s complicated. You&rsquo;re not really the pioneering type. Brooklyn can be rough around the edges. Amenities are lacking. We understand. Industrial-chic finishes are important in life. So are 25-year tax abatements. And European-style, car-sized parking turntables.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Failed Architecture takes a closer look at Brooklyn's wildly sprouting 'developer architecture':</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>Photographs by Cameron Blaylock. Find many more examples of <em>subtle contextualism</em> over on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An apartment boom grows in Brooklyn</a></li></ul> First look at MAD's newly built Clover House Justine Testado 2016-08-24T18:02:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T18:25:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over one year after its groundbreaking ceremony, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clover House</a> is now complete. Built next to a rice paddy field in Okazaki, the family-run kindergarten marks MAD's first project in Japan. Siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara, who originally operated the kindergarten from their family's two-story house,&nbsp;commissioned MAD to redesign the home into a new kindergarten that can provide a nurturing learning environment.</p><p>Wrapped in a white exterior shell, the Clover House's organic form and haphazardly placed windows are meant to evoke a sense of playfulness, as if it were&nbsp;&ldquo;designed from a child's point of view,&rdquo; stated MAD founder Ma Yansong.&nbsp;&ldquo;We wanted to create a playful piece of architecture that would stay in the memory of the kids when they have grown up.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>During special occasions and school activities, the kids can doodle on the exterior shell as a way to create memories of their time there,&nbsp;MAD partner and Clover House lead architect Yosuke Hayano <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously told</a> Archinect. Students...</p> International Criminal Court hears first case of cultural destruction as war crimes Alexander Walter 2016-08-22T15:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T22:31:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the first case of its kind, the Islamic extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has today (22 August), pleaded guilty to war crimes for destroying historic monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu in northern Mali. Al-Mahdi is accused of ordering the razing of nine mausoleums and the 15th-century Sidi Yahia mosque. It is the first time the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has heard a case about the demolition of cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Timbuktu's outstanding value as a world heritage site on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNESCO's website</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</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><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li></ul> Opening of New York Wheel now delayed until 2018 Alexander Walter 2016-08-22T14:30:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T18:18:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first spin around the giant New York Wheel has been pushed back by a year. The 630-foot Ferris wheel coming to the Staten Island waterfront was scheduled to open in late 2017. But its developers announced that has been delayed until April 2018 to give more time to test the structure's safety. [...] Construction of the $580 million project is still expected to finish next year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Wheel previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Plans To Build World's Tallest Ferris Wheel</a></li></ul> Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science to host an international art fair Nicholas Korody 2016-08-22T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T18:53:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Palace of Culture and Science, a 237 meter tall socialist realist high-rise, towers over the city of Warsaw, Poland. Given as a &ldquo;gift&rdquo; to the Polish people by the Soviet Union, the building was originally called the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science. It was built between 1952 and 1955 and, for many Varsovians, is an ugly reminder of the Stalinist era.</p><p>Now, it&rsquo;s about to reinvest in its eponymous program with an international art fair. Hosting some 20 art galleries from Warsaw as well as other European cities, the &ldquo;Not Fair&rdquo; is schedule to open on September 22, 2016. Each gallery will present a solo show by one of their represented artist, which must take into account the &ldquo;special character&rdquo; of the Palace.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">According to the founder of Not Fair, Michal Wolinski, the event is intended to &ldquo;merge the mood and quality of an art exhibition with the opportunities that art fairs provide for cutting-edge galleries and young artists&rdquo;.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Art Newspaper</a></p><p>For more news from Poland, c...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bathroom Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-08-19T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T13:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" 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>Bathroom Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniels Lane</a> in Sagaponack, NY by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blaze Makoid Architecture</a> (Architect of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uma Gopinath Residence</a> in Chennai, India by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murali architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chelsea Eco Duplex</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderground architecture + design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Tribulation House</a> in Daintree, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">m3architecture</a>; Photo: Peter Bennetts</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Twilight</a> in Aventura, FL by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DKOR Interiors Inc.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riviera</a> in Santa Barbara, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Weber Architecture</a>; Photo: Erin Feinblatt</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House K</a> in D&uuml;sseldorf, Germany by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a> with XYZ Designers</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tennessee Farmhouse</a> in N...</p> Technology and tradition combine in Jestico + Whiles’ award-winning House 19 Abigail Banfield 2016-08-19T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:21:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Winning&nbsp;the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA&nbsp;South Award</a> this&nbsp;year&nbsp;is a home strengthened by&nbsp;challenges&nbsp;faced.&nbsp;What does&nbsp;it take to bring a considered, contemporary&nbsp;design, set within a conservation&nbsp;area,&nbsp;through to fruition?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Situated&nbsp;next&nbsp;to&nbsp;a&nbsp;cricket&nbsp;ground nestled in the Chiltern Hills, in the town of Old Amersham, is House&nbsp;19.&nbsp;This&nbsp;project,&nbsp;designed by&nbsp;Heinz&nbsp;Richardson of Jestico +&nbsp;Whiles, won the RIBA South Award&nbsp;2016&nbsp;and&nbsp;was&nbsp;long-listed for&nbsp;the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA&nbsp;House of the Year</a>&nbsp;2016. It has&nbsp;been described by the&nbsp;institute&nbsp;as&nbsp;&ldquo;mature&nbsp;architecture that does&nbsp;not need to shout&rdquo;&#894; with its&nbsp;open spaces, clever incorporation&nbsp;of&nbsp;sustainable technology, and outstanding quality, the jury&nbsp;&ldquo;unreservedly&nbsp;loved this&nbsp;house&rdquo;.</p><p>Richardson&rsquo;s&nbsp;design&nbsp;takes&nbsp;advantage of the site&rsquo;s&nbsp;location, with windows&nbsp;framing the surrounding&nbsp;Chiltern&nbsp;hills. Everything in the design is&nbsp;considered and considerate&#894; the way&nbsp;in which&nbsp;the&nbsp;levels&nbsp;are&nbsp;built&nbsp;provides&nbsp;minimal impact to the neighbouring property, and finishing this&nbsp;award-winning&nbsp;build&nbsp;is&nbsp;a clock&nbsp;fi...</p> Manual for Becoming a Radical Architect Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Radicalism in Architecture is not a simple choice and it&rsquo;s not dominated by the lack of reason, an important idea now that Architecture has become, due to the new technologies and trending fashions, easily reproducible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drian Labaut Hernandez</a>&nbsp;</strong>states, "Architecture does not need to say anything, it doesn&rsquo;t need to talk, doesn&rsquo;t need to express anything specific, and it doesn&rsquo;t need, overall, to be needlessly &ldquo;Radical&rdquo;.&nbsp;Architecture always has a meaning when it is created based on strong conceptual work, the project is there, a body of matter, showing itself immortal, personal, superior because of its inner qualities, those that can not be seen from outside and sometimes even from inside. You need to look at it, speak with it, interact, explore, touch, and at the end, for sure, admire. It is not done for a magazine page, and neither to hang in an exposition room and amaze everybody around because it is &lsquo;beautiful&rsquo;. Architecture justifies its own existence, it will emerge to create and show its own values, which at the end are completely rooted in life on this earth."</p> Watch: an ode to Marcel Breuer's Snower Residence in Kansas City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-19T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:22:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Completed in 1954 for Robert and Marianne Snower, Marcel Breuer designed the house site unseen. The Snowers had reached out to Breuer after seeing his work in a magazine, and lived there until it was bought in 2014.</p><p>The current owners, Rob Barnes and Karen Bisset, then renovated some key aspects of the home, although not much was needed. The home still contains many of Breuer's original custom furniture. The below video by Hufft Projects, "A Letter to Marcel", reimagines the initial contact made between the Snowers and Breuer, and takes a tour through the home.</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Letter To Marcel</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hufft Projects</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p><em>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Kansas City Star</a></em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63</a></li><li><a title="As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?</a></li><li><a title="New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li><li><a title="Marcel Breuer Digital Archive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer Digital Ar...</a></li></ul> Build your own U.S. Capitol with LEGO Architecture Studio's latest kit Justine Testado 2016-08-18T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:41:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>LEGO Architecture Studio celebrated its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">big launch</a> in retail stores everywhere back in 2013 with the monochromatic Architectural Toolbox and a collection of LEGO-brick model kits of the world's most famous buildings. Although LEGO Architecture retired some of the kits over time, they recently unveiled their latest icon: the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.</p><p>The neoclassical Capitol has undergone several construction phases and restoration since George Washington laid its foundation on September 18, 1793. But with this LEGO kit, you get to call all the shots.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For $99 a set, the LEGO reinterpretation contains over 1,000 pieces, including all the essentials like the columned fa&ccedil;ade, the two-tiered dome, colonnades, the north and south wings, and steps and lawns. The dome can be removed to reveal a detailed interior of the National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, a tiled floor, and statues.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>You can also brush up on the Capitol's architectural design and history in an&nbsp;accompanying bookl...</p> A remarkable time lapse video of Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the Venice Canals to the detritus-strewn cliffs overlooking downtown to the interior of a hospital, this time lapse video by Mason Thibo&nbsp;surveys the edgy splendor of Los Angeles, allowing a glimpse not only of the city's extraordinary variety of neighborhoods, but the way people (and vehicles) interact with each zone. It's a kind of gorgeous panorama of how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>, recreational areas, institutional facilities and residential neighborhoods combine to form the U.S.'s second largest metropolis:</p> SHL's Shanghai Cloud Pavilion is a stunning glass and steel extrusion of a cartoon cloud Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Intended as both a counterpoint to the heavy industrial cranes that line Shanghai's West Bund as well as an art/exhibition space, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHL</a>'s new Cloud Pavilion is the permanent version of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildly successful 2013 Shanghai biennial installation</a>, which was intended only to last for two months.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While the first iteration's ephemeral 20,000 white ropes have been replaced by steel rods and a glassed-in viewing area, the hope is that the initial free-floating feeling remains.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Schmidt Hammer Lassen design partner&nbsp;Chris Hardie explains, "The new pavilion creates a singular space in the form of an extruded glass cloud. The cloud shape in plan directly relates to the cartoon like form associated with how a child would draw a cloud, and how clouds are often seen depicted in traditional Chinese prints. The cloud is considered a symbol of luck in ancient Chinese painting."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here's a video showing the Pavilion and the context of its site:</p> Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West Ellen Hancock 2016-08-18T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:44:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alva Studios is a well known photography studio company known for providing the most technically advanced facilities. Their new studio, a large refurbished warehouse, in West London is designed by the architects Ackroyd + Associates. Together they are working to create London's most pioneering photographic facility, with an array of one-off features such as an automated adjustable ceiling, mechanical green screens and automated daylight control.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>T</em><em>he scale of the studios is epic, but the ancillary spaces - the lounges, restaurant, galleries, and snugs - are intentionally designed to a more human scale.</em></p><p><em>The luxurious aesthetic for these spaces is derived from a contemporary interpretation of the industrial warehouse; polished screeds, full height pivoting crittal glazed screens, and distressed timber.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A+A worked with closely with steel fabricators, joiners and craftsmen to achieve the highest quality of finish. Many elements were prototyped to ensure that they had the correct feel and t...</em></p> Zumthor's LACMA renderings aren't 'undercooked' – they're exactly what the museum wants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-17T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T23:53:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LACMA isn&rsquo;t trying to sell fancy condos, it&rsquo;s trying to sell an art museum. This isn&rsquo;t about safe deposit boxes in the sky for foreign oligarchs, this a building that will require contributions from art patrons and museum donors, and these renderings speak their language. [...] More David Hockney than Zaha Hadid, they evoke a feel rather than architectural facts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest from LACMA on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Raw Rendering Ranters: Zumthor's 'undercooked' LACMA redesign on Archinect Sessions #76" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raw Rendering Ranters: Zumthor's 'undercooked' LACMA redesign on Archinect Sessions #76</a></li><li><a title="LACMA releases new renderings of proposed Peter Zumthor building" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA releases new renderings of proposed Peter Zumthor building</a></li><li><a title="Following major donations, Peter Zumthor's LACMA redesign moves forward" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following major donations, Peter Zumthor's LACMA redesign moves forward</a></li><li><a title="Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a></li><li><a title="Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li></ul> Dissecting McMansion ugliness Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T15:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T01:19:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="205" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The aptly named "McMansionhell" tumblr has taken the time to carefully note just what makes a McMansion an ugly, terrible, no good architectural atrocity. Skipping over frothy diatribe and going straight into meticulous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">point by point dissection</a>, the tumblr notes that McMansions fail in four key areas: Masses &amp; Voids, Balance, Proportion, and crucially, Rhythm. "McMansions lack architectural rhythm," the tumblr states, using slidetool graphics to help you wince and blanch in an informed way (as opposed to just experiencing an overpowering visceral dislike each time you pass one on the street).&nbsp;</p><p>Other ugly building news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Today&rsquo;s Ugly Buildings Be Tomorrow&rsquo;s Historic Architecture?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li></ul> 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards archanonymous 2016-08-16T00:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the very least, these projects propose efficiencies and aesthetics that run counter to the institutional momentum within the city&rsquo;s many departments, a daunting prospect in itself. None of this is necessarily inappropriate for such an exhibition, but it does ignore the question of where much of the aesthetic and spatial expression in our built environment comes from, and how we might change it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Construction on One Vanderbilt to move forward after lawsuit settled Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T15:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:28:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Visitors to Manhattan will soon be greeted by a gleaming new 1,401-foot tower as they exit Grand Central Terminal, now that a lawsuit between two major real estate companies has been settled. Midtown TDR Ventures, the owners of historic Grand Central, withdrew their $1.1 billion lawsuit against SL Green Realty Corp, the City Council, and the de Blasio administration on Wednesday.</p><p>A few years back, SL Green attempted to buy the air rights above Grand Central from TDR Ventures in order to build the tower higher than zoning allowed. But then the de Blasio administration rezoned the area in exchange for $200 million in transportation funds. This didn&rsquo;t go over well with TDR, who felt cheated out of their compensation for air rights.</p><p>The lawsuit was withdrawn after a leadership change at TDR Ventures, which will allow SL Green to move forward with the project, which will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The firm describes the tower as a "21st century successor to Rockefeller Center".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t ...</a></p> The biases of ego-seums and other flashy contemporary art annexes Nam Henderson 2016-08-14T23:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-15T14:14:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For museum executives, the dirty secret of expansions has been that they are often motivated by the need to have some exciting new thing to rally board members and interest potential patrons. These institutions depend heavily on rich people to fund them. Those rich people like to pay for flashy new buildings; no one wants to donate to boring old museum upkeep.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ben Davis regarding the challenge caused by the glamour of capital vs operational projects and funding. Or why&nbsp;we're building new museum buildings and simultaneously laying off museum workers.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t @<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a></p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Sports!" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-08-12T15:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T01:08:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" 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 <strong>NEW</strong> board<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sports!</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regent Park Aquatic Centre</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gymnasium Regis Racine</a> in Drancy, France by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandre Dreyss&eacute; Architectes</a> &amp; S&eacute;bastien Muller; Photo: Guillaume Clement</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stadium</a> in Mersin, Turkey by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ferrari World</a> in Abu Dhabi, UAE by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benoy</a>; Roof material supplier: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Euramax Coated Products</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multipurpose Pavilion</a> in Viana do Castelo, Portugal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eduardo Souto de Moura</a>; Photo: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neudorf Sports Hall</a> in Strasbourg, France by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ATELIER Z&Uuml;NDEL CRISTEA</a>; Photo: Sergio Grazia</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palo Verde Library / Maryvale...</a></p> What could go wrong? North Korean construction workers are being given crystal meth to finish projects faster Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-12T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-13T08:37:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>project managers at a building site in North Korea&rsquo;s capital Pyongyang are openly supplying their exhausted work force with powerful methamphetamines called &ldquo;ice,&rdquo; North Korean sources say. [...] Officials in charge of the project are pushing workers hard to finish frame construction on the buildings, which include a 70-story high-rise apartment building and at least 60 other structures, before the weather gets too cold, sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The construction project in question appears to be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryomyong Street, a so-called "Pyonghattan"</a> for its giant scope and reportedly the country's tallest apartments. According to a report in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy</em></a>, the spread of methamphetamine (aka "ice") first began in North Korea during the 1990s, when it was being produced and sold as a medication.</p><p>You might also be interested in:</p><ul><li><a title="Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway</a></li><li><a title="&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></li><li><a title="Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></li><li><a title="Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions</a></li></ul> V&A's main shop to be remodelled by Friend and Company Architects, with Millimetre and RA Projects Ellen Hancock 2016-08-12T12:32:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:19:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The main shop in the V&amp;A is being redesigned to create a more lively and flexible retail space at the centre of the gallery.&nbsp;</p><p>Friend and Company Architects, with Milimetre and RA Projects were selected from a&nbsp;shortlist of six practices, which included Ab Rogers&nbsp;Design, Brinkworth, Edge, Jamie Fobert Architects and&nbsp;Mark Pinney Architects.</p><p>David Bickle&nbsp;(Director of FuturePlan, Design, Estates and&nbsp;Exhibitions) from the selection panel&nbsp;said:<em>&nbsp;&ldquo;There has been a huge shift in the way that we engage with retail, and the role it&nbsp;plays in the wider cultural landscape. Friend and Company&rsquo;s design reimagines the site of our&nbsp;current shop, offering a new framework for display that is bespoke, finely crafted, and eminently&nbsp;flexible. Their use of high quality materials and carefully detailed finishes perfectly aligns with the&nbsp;values of the V&amp;A as the world's leading museum of art and design.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more recent project updates and news in London here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nex-Architecture get approval for new restaurant on C...</a></li></ul> "Steve from Virginia" attempts to scale Trump Tower with suction cups Nicholas Korody 2016-08-11T13:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T20:47:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A young man <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attempted</a> to scale the Trump Tower in New York using suction cups on Wednesday afternoon, creating a social media frenzy in the process. The NYPD attempted to wrangle the urban climber by following him atop window washers' scaffolding and removing entire windows &mdash; deconstructive policing, if you will. Yet the nimble man evaded their grasp for more than 2 1/2 hours, getting all the way to the 21st floor.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The man, nicknamed "Steve from Virginia" on&nbsp;Twitter, is apparently a fan of the presidential candidate. In a video manifesto posted on Youtube, he claimed that he's an "independent researcher" and the stunt was intended to get Trump's attention. Trump lives and works in the Tower, although he wasn't on the premises yesterday.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design a wall that separates Trump from the U.S. in this call for ideas</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melania Trump's website disappears after architecture degree clai...</a></li></ul> Nex-Architecture get approval for new restaurant on Cadogan Estate in West London Ellen Hancock 2016-08-11T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:11:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London architecture practice Nex- have won an open design competition to build a new restaurant on the King Road Chelsea. Named the Cadogan Caf&eacute;, the new full-service restaurant will be open from breakfast through to evening meals.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The caf&eacute; has a sleek 'ribbon-like' wall of white polished concrete that curls round to a circular seating area&nbsp;for over 100 diners. A curved&nbsp;glass wall tracing the perimeter rises and falls into the basement depending on the weather. This is a world first in glass design and allows flexible yearly use and al-fresco dining.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Featuring a new public rooftop terrace overlooking the square and the Saatchi Gallery, the cafe allows visitors to sit amidst the bustling Duke of York Square and enjoy the surrounding environment.&nbsp;</p><p>Construction is planned to begin in Autumn 2016 and completed by Autumn 2017.</p><p>Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate said, &lsquo;The Jury was won over by Nex&rsquo;s design, which combines functionality with a sense of elegant self-containme...</p> MAD reveals renderings of highly sustainable Xinhee Design Center Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:10:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pretty much every element of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD's</a> design for the Xinhee Design Center factors in sustainability: water features, full-blown gardens and offices commingle on the six star-shaped floors that sprout from the central atrium, while an envelope of PTFE provides ventilation and shade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Solar panels occupy the roof, while the footbridge in the atrium provides both air circulation and the opportunity for impromptu fashion modeling. The use of natural light throughout the building is aided in part by the facade's translucent coating, which allows light transmittance of up to 40%.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&nbsp;</p><p>However, the concept behind the building is meant to reflect the business of the client, an international fashion group. As MAD founding principal Ma Yansong explains, &ldquo;We envision it as a building with skin-and-bones. The correspondence of clothing and architecture is they both explore the relationship between the interior and the exterior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on MAD:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos of MAD's Harbin Opera House released</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD slips through ...</a></li></ul> New Renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ High Line Towers Show Crowns and Amenity Bridges Alyssa Alimurung 2016-08-10T17:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-14T12:50:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In November 2015, Bjarke Ingels&lsquo; released images of a pair of asymmetric, twisting towers along the High Line at 76 Eleventh Avenue then at the beginning of this year, the design changed to a simpler silhouette with more space in between the two buildings. Now it has been revealed through another group of renderings glass crowns at the 300- and 400-foot tops, the retail podium and plaza fronting the High Line, and two amenity-filled podium bridges that will connect the towers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:53:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever canvas he is given, whether it's a highly constrained urban lot or a sweeping New Mexico landscape, Tadao Ando rarely falters. Cerro Pelon Ranch, the two compounds he designed for former architectural student turned fashion maven/filmmaker Tom Ford, is no exception.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Enormous, horizon-hugging curved concrete walls ripple out from the primary rectilinear residence, engaging the surrounding terrain while creating a boundary for the enormous pools adjacent to the house.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The ranch, with construction oversight provided by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>, is&nbsp;currently on the market for $75 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>What else is Tadao Ando up to?</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando amid serious health concerns: "Just being alive isn&rsquo;t sufficient."</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #451 Nam Henderson 2016-08-10T01:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:16:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed a class of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> students who led by faculty member Darin Johnstone got to design and build their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IVRV House</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Habitat for Humanity</a>. While&nbsp;acknowledging that "<em>it's always easier to build affordable housing when stuff is donated like money, time, land, and furniture</em>"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everyday Intern</a>&nbsp;overall, wishes "<em>more schools would partner to do projects like this just so students have a better idea of the profession before they go out and find their first jobs.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In Brexit news, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions #74</a> featured architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on why Brexit means Brexit.&nbsp;Plus, a pair of op-eds&nbsp;offered optimistic takes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">post-Brexit</a>, aka "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I guess that's one way to polish a turd.</a>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a> drew attention to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">research</a> by Associate Professor of engineering&nbsp;Kasun Hewage along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali at University of British Columbia, which suggests that one way to solve the housing crisis, may be to invest more ...</p> When 'Frank Lloyd Wright' and 'historic designation' are holding back your home’s value, what’s a seller to do? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-09T18:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:50:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Herber, owner of the [Frank Lloyd Wright-designed] home at 3901 N. Washington Road, said he wanted the [historic] distinction pulled because he wanted to sell the house for the best price. Getting the property off the historic list was the only way to &ldquo;cast a wider net to the widest number of people,&rdquo; he said. [...] Not everybody is a candidate for buying a home that&rsquo;s historic, ... but those who are know exactly what they&rsquo;re doing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the sticky business of historic preservation:</p><ul><li><a title="The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></li><li><a title="From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country</a></li><li><a title="RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></li><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #27: "Future Anterior", a champion of historic preservation</a></li></ul> Hit or miss?: Oliver Wainwright reviews the designs of the Rio Olympics Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:49:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>he collapsed sailing ramp has been hauled out of the water, a Russian diplomat has heroically killed a carjacker (or maybe not), and 450,000 condoms await action in the leaky athletes village. Beset by construction problems and delays and with preparations decreed the &ldquo;worst ever&rdquo; by the International Olympic Committee, how is the architecture and design of the XXXI Olympiad shaping up so far?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Olympics are in full swing. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here's how to watch them.</a>&nbsp;Interest in more Olympics architecture? Check out 10 notable projects from past Olympic Games <a href="http://In%20honor%20of%20the%20Rio%20Games,%206%20momentous%20projects%20from%20the%20Olympics'%2021st-century%20history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special focus on all things related to games. Check out some related articles <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> Become the proud tenant of a Neutra-designed office space in Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:20:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you&rsquo;re looking for some exceptional LA office space, you&rsquo;re in luck. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Neutra Institute Museum</a> in Silver Lake, Los Angeles&mdash;formerly known as the Neutra Office Building&mdash;is leasing 160 square feet in the front of the building for $1,200 a month to a &ldquo;sympathetic Neutra fan/tenant&rdquo;. The rest of the 1200 square feet space is intended to house a museum or gallery that would &ldquo;become a cultural center for Silverlake&rdquo;, among other programs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Currently, an attorney rents the space. Before being converted into an institute, Richard and Dion Neutra Architects and Associates occupied the site. The office space that&rsquo;s available for lease must be &ldquo;voice activity tolerant&rdquo; as it&rsquo;s adjacent to a conference room.</p><p>The newly-created Neutra Institute Museum will create an &ldquo;community room&rdquo;-cum-gallery for artists to display work; host exhibitions curated by local museums such as LACMA; display parts of the Neutra archive; and serve as a retail space. It will also develop support programming for the VD...</p>