Archinect - News 2016-02-13T18:53:40-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status — it's about time! Justine Testado 2016-02-12T15:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T16:31:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wc8i7kik9rq0igu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...it's tempting to turn cartwheels over the Chicago City Council's vote to grant permanent landmark status to Marina City, the city within a city best known for its iconic corncob-shaped towers. Marina City was a landmark building that lacked official landmark status and was therefore vulnerable &mdash; if not to demolition, then to insensitive additions that chipped away at the sculpted beauty of its curving concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since the process began last July,&nbsp;Chicago City Council unanimously voted 48-0 (with the absence of two aldermen) to designate Bertrand Goldberg's midcentury icon as a historic city landmark as of Wednesday, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.loopnorth.com/news/marina0212.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>.</p><p>"Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, deserves credit for championing the protection of Marina City..." Blair Kamin writes in the Chicago Tribune. "Yet it can't be forgotten that Reilly in 2012 supported the demolition of the Goldberg-designed Prentice Women's Hospital, a building that lacked Marina City's picture-postcard appeal but was nonetheless worth saving because of its boldly engineered concrete shell structure and humanistic interior.&nbsp;In a sense, Prentice died so that Marina could live."</p><p>Previous news on this topic:</p><ul><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 title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" 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><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147966038/norton-museum-of-art-breaks-ground-on-foster-partners-designed-expansion-project Norton Museum of Art breaks ground on Foster + Partners-designed expansion project Alexander Walter 2016-02-12T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T16:16:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fi9rt0y2b48d6sjx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A ceremonial groundbreaking on February 6 marked the official kick off for construction of the ambitious <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/547741/norton-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a> expansion in West Palm Beach, Florida. The event went hand-in-hand with the annual gala later that day celebrating the Museum&rsquo;s 75th anniversary. <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Foster</a>, design architect of the expansion, personally attended the celebrations.</p><p>Read on for more information we've received from the Norton.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qe/qetnb467yueg4n7e.jpg"></p><p>"Scheduled to open in 2018, the transformed West Wing includes a monumental entrance, a 35% increase in gallery space to showcase the Museum&rsquo;s collection and inventive exhibitions, a stateof- the-art 210-seat auditorium, increased education space, and a &ldquo;great hall&rdquo; that will become the Museum&rsquo;s social hub. A sculpture garden and additional green spaces will provide new areas for the Norton&rsquo;s programming, creating a museum in a garden on the 6.3-acre campus."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qs/qshmt0jgpxka2n9l.jpg"></p><p>"The Museum, which opened in 1941, was initially conceived by architect Marion Sims Wyeth as an elegant series of Art...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147926686/editor-s-picks-441 Editor's Picks #441 Nam Henderson 2016-02-12T12:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-13T01:20:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/si/sivcdeydwz586fkt.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in January,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;reviewed &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146054413/to-each-their-own-home-a-peek-into-the-home-less-exhibition-at-usc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOME(less)</a>&rdquo; a photo exhibition at USC, co-curated by local designers and Colorblock partners Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/ChrisPerrodin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Perrodin</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>This is very thoughtful, playful and ultimately humanizing. &nbsp;Good job.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3955x3fyyq5k0j9.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;featured <strong>Student Works:</strong> from &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146827334/student-works-questioning-monumentality-at-cal-poly-pomona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Heresy of Function, Reprise</a>,&rdquo; a senior project studio at <a href="http://archinect.com/CalPolyPomona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> run by Frank Clementi (of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1898/rios-clementi-hale-studios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>).&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> commented "<em>This is great stuff, full of genuinely lovely ideas, Cooper-esque.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/toab6xy9y94of010.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yuzuvopmlui93h3d.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146196718/scott-merrill-wins-the-2016-driehaus-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Merrill won the 2016 Driehaus Prize</a>.&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> commented "<em>His buildings are most definitely modern in the ordinary sense - he works largely in the vernacular of current US suburban architecture. Which a lot of architects are conditioned to despise. But the best ones are inventive and memorable.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;had the chance to&nbsp;speak with him for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146580484/building-our-best-nature-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-8-with-scott-merrill-winner-of-this-year-s-driehaus-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions One-to-One #8</a>.</p><p><strong>EKE</strong> offered praise "<em>really thoughtful inter...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147884892/developer-and-architects-of-collapsed-taiwan-apartment-building-arrested Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested Alexander Walter 2016-02-11T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:20:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rc8p5df1ivapf592.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building that killed dozens. The district prosecutor's office in the city of Tainan said [...] that Lin Ming-hui and architects Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui were suspected of having overseen shoddy construction of the 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon building, which crashed onto its side following an earthquake Saturday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147884083/playtime-first-look-at-a-contemporary-extension-on-a-classic-house Playtime: first look at a contemporary extension on a classic house Julia Ingalls 2016-02-11T12:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:41:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3xjm676mqx8qjix6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Playtime Agence d'Architecture, this 45 square meter glass and pre-lacquered white aluminium&nbsp;extension of a traditional French house is striking without being out of place.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzicv7d3mduo0pdr.jpg"></p><p>Landscape features heavily in the design's conception: built in order to have "architecture and nature dialogue on a constant basis" as a press release states, the extension affords views of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Monts du Lyonnais and is sited carefully to preserve the property's numerous hundred-year-old trees. Price tag: &euro;180,000 ex VAT.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wm/wmmj102vwcfyxm1q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qtmy9y7dl4034uov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjh7rxwe21uh1zwn.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147829447/beyonc-filmed-her-nola-themed-formation-video-at-this-historic-pasadena-mansion Beyoncé filmed her NOLA-themed "Formation" video at this historic Pasadena mansion Justine Testado 2016-02-10T20:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T19:47:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5xw8ehhc6w0h55vd.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite the themes of the video, nothing was shot in New Orleans...The concept and quick turnaround required Tobman and the rest of the crew to convert [the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena into a] fitting Southern Gothic set...A Beaux Arts mansion commissioned by and built for Dr. Adalbert Fenyes and his wife Eva Scott Muse Fenyes in 1905, there was nothing really Southern about architect Robert D. Farquhar's design</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're still bumpin' the Queen Bey's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrCHz1gwzTo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest hard-hitting single</a>, get a glimpse of the history behind the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena, where parts of the song's impressive music video were filmed.</p><p>More music-related goodness on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147661460/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-slow-jams-101-freeway-closure-announcement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145115150/jimenez-lai-to-create-a-very-large-structure-at-coachella-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai to create "a very large structure" at Coachella 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144515110/take-a-listen-to-the-nyt-s-beautiful-sonic-portraits-of-architectural-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147823826/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-major-grant-for-charnley-persky-house-conservation-management-plan Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan Helena Karabatsos 2016-02-10T17:53:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T17:53:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4j84ncsra4gbbi1.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians has received a $123,000 grant from the&nbsp;<strong>Alphawood Foundation</strong>&nbsp;to hire&nbsp;<strong>Harboe Architects</strong>&nbsp;to develop a conservation management plan for Charnley-Persky House. Designed by Adler and Sullivan in 1891&ndash;1892 when Frank Lloyd Wright was an apprentice in their office, Charnley-Persky House will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its design in 2016 with a new conservation management plan that will assess the current physical state of the structure, identify potential problem areas, and establish conservation priorities for the continued health of the building. Charnley-Persky House serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, an international not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. &nbsp;<br><br>As an advocate for heritage conservation, SAH is extremely grateful to the Alphawood Foundation for giving the organization the ability...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147809322/paul-goldberger-advisor-for-the-obama-presidential-center-says-obamas-prefer-modern-and-refined-over-a-traditional-building Paul Goldberger, advisor for the Obama Presidential Center, says Obamas prefer "modern and refined" over a "traditional" building Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-10T13:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:36:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83e475416fbc38704b2889f8d0ca4e57.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MCP: How would you characterize the President and First Lady&rsquo;s architectural taste, as best as you can tell up to this point? PG: Modern and refined. They like modern things quite genuinely. They do not want a traditional building... there&rsquo;s a certain kind of, let&rsquo;s say tailored modernism, that they respond best to. But they&rsquo;re interested in a range of things, and they&rsquo;re also very interested, as they should be, in somebody who they will feel comfortable talking to.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/81114/paul-goldberger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger</a> was first offered to advise the Obama Foundation in the selection of the Presidential Center's architect by Penny Pritzker, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, who also happens to be the niece of Jay Pritzker &ndash; founder of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a> in 1979.</p><p>Get caught up on the selection process for the architect of Obama's Presidential Library:</p><ul><li><a title="Meryl Streep's husband among those helping select architect for the Obama Center" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145728518/meryl-streep-s-husband-among-those-helping-select-architect-for-the-obama-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meryl Streep's husband among those helping select architect for the Obama Center</a></li><li><a title="David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash;&nbsp;but not because of the color of his skin" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677947/david-adjaye-is-the-best-bet-for-the-obama-presidential-library-but-not-because-of-the-color-of-his-skin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash;&nbsp;but not because of the color of his skin</a></li><li><a title="These are the seven finalists in the Obama Presidential Center competition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143898306/these-are-the-seven-finalists-in-the-obama-presidential-center-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These are the seven finalists in the Obama Presidential Center competition</a></li><li><a title="Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137263124/obama-presidential-center-competition-attracts-140-firms-early-2016-selection-date-of-architect-expected-to-be-delayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed</a></li><li><a title="First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135669065/first-big-name-architects-confirmed-for-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai Justine Testado 2016-02-09T18:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:19:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5opdwim0dtd1yi8i.jpg" width="514" height="964" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santiago Calatrava won the competition to design an observation tower for the Dubai Creek Harbor development in the city...Calatrava's winning design was met with approval this past weekend from Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the [UAE] and Ruler of Dubai. 'This architectural wonder will be as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower,' he commented on Calatrava's proposal.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pp/ppwcvrrfoapld3id.jpg"></p><p>Thoughts?</p><p>You can also find more images of the project&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/santiago_calatrava_wins_dubai_creek_harbor_tower/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards Justine Testado 2016-02-08T18:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T23:50:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlfx5mbvc6z56lha.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The New York cityscape might get another tower from Bjarke Ingels. At 1,005 feet, <a href="http://www.thespiralny.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Spiral"</a> is a new office building proposed to fill up an entire block on 66 Hudson Boulevard in Manhattan's West Side. The concept was unveiled today.&nbsp;</p><p>The 65-story Spiral is set to be the fourth tallest tower in the rapidly redeveloping Hudson Yards neighborhood.&nbsp;The 2.85 million square-foot structure shows off a glass exterior and, most notably, cascading landscaped terraces and hanging gardens, akin to BIG's affinity for incorporating slopes and spirals into their designs. As its name describes, the Spiral's terraces will wrap around the tower in an ascending motion to create a continuous green pathway and give easy access to outdoor space on each floor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6f/6f3ppp59w1ign5tu.jpg"></p><p>Located at the intersection of the four-acre Hudson Boulevard Park and The High Line, the Spire&nbsp;"will punctuate the northern end of...the linear park [and it] will appear to carry through into the tower, forming an ascending ribbon of lively green...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147584392/full-metal-jacket Full Metal Jacket Nam Henderson 2016-02-07T15:37:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:56:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9iewfjq5x0x84u4m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although aluminum siding is available that resembles wooden clapboards, the recently built or renovated homes with metal facades of Kings County, N.Y., tend to have a funky, artistic sensibility. The idea is not to mimic traditional construction, but to be proudly metallic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kaya Laterman talks with architects, architectural designers, homeowners&nbsp;and neighbors&nbsp;on the cutting edge of a new Brooklyn trend.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147348305/for-alvar-aalto-s-118th-b-day-a-museum-extension-a-few-enduring-favorites For Alvar Aalto's 118th b-day, a museum extension + a few enduring favorites Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:09:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/za8x07fatmw6nlce.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146366342/this-february-archinect-is-all-about-furniture-and-we-want-your-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture February</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135651376/a-photographic-tour-of-alvar-aalto-s-restored-viipuri-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto</a> would have turned 118 this month, which has prompted Archinect to celebrate his paradigm-defining designs. We're not the only ones:&nbsp;the existing Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland will be getting an extension (the winners of the competition can be viewed here: <a href="http://www.alvaraalto.fi/ruusupuisto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.alvaraalto.fi/ruusupuisto</a>). One of the proposals that didn't win features Aalto-specific materiality ("light color clay bricks in grid pattern for the floors and the circulation elements to the original masonry bricks walls in a way to match the colors but announce the new building with a different texture" according to a press release by the design firm <a href="http://archinect.com/architensions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architensions</a>). Here are renderings of Architensions' proposed museum extension:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/21/21r98ax3zes7g4e0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hv3mdgzy3np4jfhg.jpg"></p><p>And, just because we can, a quick tour through some of Aalto's masterful furniture work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wx/wx4bph57onipnjup.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mg/mg0e3uqyaflj3lfy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8x/8xc436p1zc0v6alp.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigation...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147345876/before-after-photos-of-syria-s-devastated-heritage Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:09:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzkgiol86zet93ck.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Across Syria, where a seemingly unstoppable war is about to enter a third year, a heritage built over 5,000 years or more is being steadily buried under rubble.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x6/x67fg4g867ht1d5u.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yw/ywieqhzfa9hxo25v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bnpbtb0upgmua1be.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g8/g8s47tsoo7lmuh6a.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140958669/the-new-monument-men-with-3d-cameras-and-gps-data-against-cultural-annihilation-in-syria-and-beyond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new Monument Men: with 3D cameras and GPS data against cultural annihilation in Syria and beyond</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145267758/to-preserve-cultural-memory-these-syrian-refugees-recreate-lost-monuments-in-miniature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To preserve cultural memory, these Syrian refugees recreate lost monuments in miniature</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147271957/taking-your-pad-for-a-spin-dubai-s-rotating-tower-proposal-is-back Taking your pad for a spin: Dubai's rotating tower proposal is back Alexander Walter 2016-02-03T14:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T12:12:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j3/j33o2adg1qj61l7f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An 80-storey &lsquo;Dynamic Tower&rsquo; will be standing in Dubai by 2020 is everything goes to plan, architectural firm Dynamic Group has told us. When built it will be the world&rsquo;s first skyscraper consisting of separate rotating floors attached to a central column, and inside there will be luxury apartments (natch). If you&rsquo;re wondering what a rotating skyscraper actually is, it&rsquo;s very much as the name suggests.&nbsp;[...] control the rotation speed and direction of their apartment through&nbsp;voice activation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Proposed back in 2008 by architect David Fisher, the tower aims to be 420m tall, which would make it the second tallest building in Dubai, as well as the second tallest residential tower in the world behind New York&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue (which stands at 425.5m)."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sl/slexlnojr629rl4a.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146657627/what-s-new-in-dubai-shipping-a-gigantic-floating-swimming-pool-deck-over-all-the-way-from-finland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's new in Dubai: shipping a gigantic floating swimming pool deck over all the way from Finland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147267936/mindscraper-high-rise-educational-facility-renderings-in-sydney-unveiled-by-grimshaw-bvn Mindscraper: high-rise educational facility renderings in Sydney unveiled by Grimshaw & BVN Julia Ingalls 2016-02-03T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T13:46:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y178wdleyujsg2ee.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Parramatta, a suburb of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney</a>, Australia, will be the recipient of New South Wales' first high-rise educational facility, courtesy the firms <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/63715960/bvn-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BVN</a>. Based on the "Schools-within-Schools" pedagogical model, where learning is "delivered in stages rather than via age groups," the school will educate up to 3,000 students (2,000 at the high school level, 1,000 at the primary level) in its 14 storeys, as well as the adjacent four storey curving primary school. A kit of parts furniture methodology and a flexible approach to spatial layouts will enable a far more fluid and customized learning experience for the students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ia/iacpyh1zim4emsv2.jpg"></p><p>In a press release, Grimshaw partner Andrew Cortese stated that &ldquo;The school buildings act as the social infrastructure for the transformation of individuals and their communities through learning, inclusivity and outreach, with wellbeing&nbsp;and playfulness arising out of the integration of the physical and the environmental."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/31l4kxkiygpooinc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0f/0fo2ehohrvg3hs8t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wqvzcvvlv453vnj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5n/5nu7kvr4rs8wl3b1.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147268743/watch-sanaa-s-river-project-come-to-life-in-this-time-lapse Watch SANAA's "River" project come to life in this time-lapse Justine Testado 2016-02-03T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T00:09:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5jxt3vbtj5hhgmey.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>SANAA's "River" community center emerges from the grounds of the New Canaan-based Grace Farms in less than a minute and a half in this time-lapse video by <a href="http://www.workzonecam.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work Cam Zone</a>. The video captures the meandering structure transforming along with its open landscape, starting from&nbsp;September 2013 to October 2015, when it&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138428052/sanaa-s-meandering-river-community-center-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opened to the public</a> with a slew of festive events.</p><p>Take a gander at the video right below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146891498/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-metal-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Metal" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-01-29T15:31:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T15:32:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9rdp1sgnk1jcopl.jpg" width="514" height="363" 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/metal/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Metal</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gs/gs8onm4vo7lvq7cm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/leersweinzapfel/project/oak-laurel-halls-university-of-connecticut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak &amp; Laurel Halls - University of Connecticut</a> in Storrs, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/leersweinzapfel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leers Weinzapfel Associates</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i7/i7s80jersf69sr0x.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/9798977/1950-terrace-hillside-residence/143461800" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1950 terrace hillside residence</a> in Ventura, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/9798977/studio-dig-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Dig Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0j/0jrqqj6a7o34gh6y.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2840623/hex-sys/141554177" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HEX-SYS</a> in Guangzhou, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Zhang Chao</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/et/etm06v5ioxshq5bo.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/the-culture-island/142489732" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Culture Island</a> in Middelfart, Denmark by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">schmidt hammer lassen architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hi/hi3shglh9r78lx21.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/22604145/pleated-inflation/142435160" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pleated Inflation</a> in Argel&egrave;s, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22604145/theverymany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">THEVERYMANY</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h3/h3fuftp9wq7eh6y5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/72742221/ferrari-company-restaurant/72742934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ferrari Company Restaurant</a> in Maranello, Italy by MDN Marco Visconti &amp; Partners (Partner &amp; design leader: <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/72742221/giuliano-pairone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giuliano Pairone</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1d/1dprwodlclr9mhfs.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/84381289/mutende-project-i/84382104" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mutende Project I</a> in Chingola, Zambia by <a href="http://archinect.com/orkidstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orkidstudio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8q/8qg0tajhc351gae4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/138563748/residence-for-researchers-in-lyon/138563753" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence for researchers</a> in Lyon, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/scali" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Fran&ccedil;ois Scali</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q2/q23kyiwzmh95ipqu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/73220058/single-thread/79900022" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Single Thread...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146887482/are-you-ready-for-some-more-football-new-renderings-of-inglewood-s-impending-stadium-revealed Are you ready for some (more) football? New renderings of Inglewood's impending stadium revealed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-29T13:29:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T15:28:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/245e40091bc93b418300c175290c56e3.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Highlights include a detailed look at the stadium's swooping roof canopy, which was designed by HKS Architects. [...] When completed in 2019, the $2.66-billion venue will offer seating for up to 70,240 NFL fans, as well as standing-room capacity for over 100,000 people at larger events. [...] The stadium is one component of a much larger mixed-use complex that is being jointly developed by real estate firms Stockbridge Capital and Wilson Meany along with Rams owner Stan Kroenke.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the video below for another look at "the&nbsp;NFL's biggest and most expensive venue, with a price tag well over $2 billion... the priciest sports venue in the nation's history" (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653809/nfl-football-is-officially-returning-to-los-angeles-gigantic-new-stadium-might-even-be-home-to-more-than-just-one-team" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed LA</a>) &ndash; aka,&nbsp;the new home for the recently-minted Los Angeles Rams (and potentially the San Diego Chargers as well). More renderings are perusable in the gallery below. Yay?</p><p></p><p>Are you ready for some more FOOTBALL?!?!?</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134568620/organic-kale-for-posh-la-football-fans-newly-unveiled-stadium-design-sports-a-farmers-market-and-vvip-parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels shouldn't be proud to have the Washington Redskins as a client, according to critic Philip Kennicott" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146368753/bjarke-ingels-shouldn-t-be-proud-to-have-the-washington-redskins-as-a-client-according-to-critic-philip-kennicott" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels shouldn't be proud to have the Washington Redskins as a client, according to critic Philip Kennicott</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125977921/quest-for-la-football-stadium-enters-the-next-round-carson-city-council-approves-its-nfl-stadium-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quest for LA football stadium enters the next round: Carson City Council approves its NFL stadium proposal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122582726/aeg-scraps-plans-to-bring-an-nfl-football-stadium-to-downtown-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Niño storms in California Alexander Walter 2016-01-29T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T09:01:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/harx7ca75lpiungq.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California apartments with commanding views of the Pacific are now in danger of collapsing into the ocean.&nbsp; Erosion blamed on El Ni&ntilde;o rains is tearing away at the cliffs of Pacifica, just outside San Francisco. Drone footage shows how volatile the situation is, and how close to the literal edge some apartments are</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="https://j.gifs.com/73p6p1.gif"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101791432/officials-set-fire-to-house-teetering-over-75-foot-cliff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Officials Set Fire to House Teetering Over 75-Foot Cliff</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146827337/this-greenhouse-can-grow-legs-to-escape-flooding This greenhouse can grow legs to escape flooding Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T18:47:00-05:00 >2016-01-31T12:20:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e11b1af252a06f5fd301e29be092bbb2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Constructed in an area which experiences frequent flooding, the Greenhouse That Grows Legs incorporates a novel approach to flood protection. The building is fabricated on a bespoke steel frame with four hydraulic legs, capable of lifting the building 800mm from the ground on command.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the designer, <a href="http://www.batstudio.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bat Studio</a>, the greenhouse stands on hydraulic legs that can lift it up in case of flooding &ndash; a common occurrence in the area.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/46b56adae989a30aa44c5d809084d5b1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/49/49ae39c79ad6a0dd7db0d10753a470aa.jpg"></p><p>Built in glue-laminated timber sections, the greenhouse is meant to be both visually-pleasing and functional. The most prominent fa&ccedil;ade includes externally-expressed "glulam" columns with mirrors bonded to their sides.</p><p>"As the building becomes established and filled with plants we hope this effect will become better and better," state the architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a9/a98940e5fe62167ee144770579d2e48b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/7804f90296c937f0133f99dbf70c3567.jpg"></p><p>"The aim was to construct an experimental building exploring a novel approach to flood defence whilst not compromising the quality of the buildings design."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/058e2a078c09d9e56df137e434f3e5ac.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84a2eb6561bde6f4023cfb5dfcbe5445.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0f/0f78eb789f4afb3cef4063e8840da376.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b9/b9f427b35d13377e229ed179e63f7be5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146826532/artist-creates-real-life-inception-style-photography Artist creates real-life "Inception" style photography Julia Ingalls 2016-01-28T18:33:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T12:23:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96f7og4o6wmgnkj3.jpg" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Turkish artist&nbsp;Ayd&#305;n B&uuml;y&uuml;kta&#351;&nbsp;has created warped, three dimensional photographic portraits of various cities, buildings, and landscapes around the world that bring to mind both the trippy dreamscapes of "Inception" and the curved future dwellings in "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115115397/material-witness-finale-what-apocalypse-is-made-of" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interstellar</a>." According to his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/aydinbuyuktasphotography/?fref=photo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, the works are "inspired by Edwin Abbott's book '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287888/kickstart-this-archinect-s-kickstarter-picks-for-april-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatland</a>: A Romance of Many Dimensions.'"&nbsp;Here's a sampling:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ta/ta76p0e0yjhfbhh2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7k/7kcl9zeb6j53ww2d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/obut28kx23x1dk94.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cm8diwmbx0hdt9o1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/av/av8h2c72zv84978a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j1/j1wkk9rhpefhr9qf.jpg"></p><p>His "Parallel Universes 2" series, meanwhile, seemingly mirrors and transports its largely architectural subjects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/ru0gk3z58l4f460j.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146816074/a-final-hurrah-for-l-a-s-sixth-street-viaduct A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct Justine Testado 2016-01-28T15:13:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T15:13:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftpotnd0stw7qg4l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Final farewells were visible all over the 6th Street Viaduct on Wednesday. Spinning tire trails were burned onto the bridge's asphalt deck; declarations of love and poetry were scribbled onto its concrete railings and incomprehensible graffiti was blasted across its high metal arches...Demolition of the crumbling bridge is scheduled to begin this week and could take up to nine months to complete, as crews cart away more than 110,000 tons of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"While I'm more aware that the closure will cause delays, believe me, it will be worth it in the long run,&rdquo;&nbsp;Mayor Garcetti tells the L.A. Times.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139050479/say-goodbye-to-the-sixth-street-viaduct-along-the-l-a-river-at-forumfest-2015-oct-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to the Sixth Street Viaduct along the L.A. River at ForumFest 2015, Oct. 25</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59641528/hntb-maltzan-ac-martin-win-6th-street-bridge-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says Alexander Walter 2016-01-28T13:37:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:33:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jq9uirxoiz9uqal0.jpg" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a fresh setback for India's tallest skyscraper, Palais Royale at Worli, the Bombay high court on Wednesday held that the 13 upper floors of the 56-storey building as well as a 15-storey public parking tower next to it were "completely illegal". [...] The builder also sought to claim that the tower with 900 parking spaces was in public interest. The HC disagreed, saying "but for the incentive FSI (that the developer could claim) they would not have constructed it for social service".</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>H/T&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/News/GlobalTallNews/tabid/4810/language/en-US/Default.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a>.</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115583325/steven-holl-architects-wins-star-studded-competition-to-design-mumbai-city-museum-north-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects wins star-studded competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146808832/between-a-rock-and-a-refurbished-place-inside-700-year-old-uk-luxury-rockhouse Between a rock and a refurbished place: inside 700-year old UK luxury rockhouse Julia Ingalls 2016-01-28T13:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:33:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v505kpxvdyekw201.jpg" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Seven centuries ago, denizens of the&nbsp;Wyre Forest in Worcestershire carved themselves a "<a href="http://www.therockhouseretreat.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rockhouse</a>" from&nbsp;Triassic sandstone. Apparently considered to be among the best of the 40 or so rockhouses currently in earthly existence (including the Kinver Edge Holy Austin Rock)&nbsp;the recently refurbished and restored dwelling is now open to visitors, and features "stylish creature comforts such as&nbsp;under floor heating, rainforest&nbsp;shower&nbsp;and clever ambient lighting for&nbsp;a nurturing and natural ambience." Here's a look inside:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ua/uajiqkgwvv0rihhp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ww/wwkisxaxblqqrwm8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n5/n5yhr4yasszi0m3q.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146741386/best-snow-ice-architecture-2016-edition Best snow + ice architecture, 2016 edition Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:25:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojuzn377vsuqn19w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In China each year, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/378146/ice-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harbin Ice and Snow Festival</a> features both buildings and sculptures constructed entirely of ice and snow, which are augmented with nighttime illumination. Here are a few highlights from this year's festival:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/osw6udp51vwzjy3s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1l/1l0rl7b4hju0dji9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uw8fnip6ky90605.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mm/mmftzofe4hamrt12.jpg"></p><p>China doesn't have a lockdown on spectacular ice and snow architecture. The Pyotr Yeropkin-designed 20 meter tall by 50 meter wide Russian Ice Palace, which has been reconstructed every year since 2005 (although the design dates back to 1740) in St. Petersburg, has interior spaces with custom ice furniture:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qz/qz2vamoq0ic728b5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/89511849/snow-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quebec's Hotel de Glace</a> offers a functional, if chilly, opportunity to experience ice and snow architecture. Each year, guests can stay inside one of its 44 rooms (some of which come with seemingly oxymoronic amenities, like a fireplace):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/yl7vqg998f28uuj7.jpg"></p><p>Lastly, there is the SnowCastle of Kemi by the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland, which is constructed annually and features an accompanying SnowRestaurant, SnowChapel, and SnowHotel. The SnowCastle's official website is carefu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146735748/ds-r-s-berkeley-art-museum-is-a-conceptual-success DS+R's Berkeley Art Museum is a conceptual success Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T05:53:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ci/ci0iywf0o8bs9eij.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the renderings and Twitter pics of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio +Renfro</a>'s Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive produced a heated response on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146585321/architecture-of-life-exhibition-marks-opening-of-ds-r-designed-new-berkeley-art-museum-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect</a>, evaluating the museum from a programmatic standpoint makes it appear as less of a "giant TV on the sidewalk" and more a clever fusion of needs into an elegant, if perhaps somewhat muscular, form. The museum is part art exhibition space, part film gallery/archive. DS+R have chosen not to mask these separate identities into an amorphous form, but rather to architecturally demarcate these two mediums. Viewed from the side, as in Iwan Baan's photographs above and below, this choice results in an elegant exterior wrap that offers visual intrigue with the glassed-in multipurpose space peeking out between the two halves. This asymmetrical glimpse of the interior gives the building a muscular quality, as if it is in motion.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bndkkr2h7jku7sv6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/df/df3ye0bsquekejfa.jpg"></p><p>There are perhaps inadvertent throwbacks to Renzo Piano's BCAM at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/8506/lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a> throughout the interior, not only with the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146731731/ds-r-led-moma-redesign-scaled-back-more-details-released DS+R-led MoMA redesign scaled back, more details released Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T06:33:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nr/nrgb3zr5q95coq0u.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gone is the &ldquo;Art Bay,&rdquo; with a glass garage-like door that would have allowed visitors to enter galleries straight from the street. Gone, too, is the fourth-floor &ldquo;Gray Box,&rdquo; with acoustic absorption panels through which passers-by could have peered up at performance art in progress. And there will be no new public entrance to the sculpture garden on 54th Street. The Museum of Modern Art has eliminated these polarizing elements of its sweeping redesign, museum officials said on Tuesday...</p></em><br /><br /><p>MoMA officials also released more information on the construction, slated to begin in February with total costs estimated between $390 million and $400 million.</p><p>The Diller, Scofidio + Renfro-led renovation is the second major redesign for the influential museum in recent memory. Just over ten years ago, Yoshio Taniguchi completed a major, $858 million overhaul of the facilities.</p><p>According to&nbsp;<em>the Times,&nbsp;</em>the renovation will be divided into three stages: changes to the museum's easternmost site, then renovations to the Taniguchi-designed space, and finally new construction on the former site of the American Folk Art Museum, which was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversially demolished in 2014</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d45j66pqf2qyqhet.jpg"></p><p>The eastern building is set to be opened up to improve flow to the main lobby, which will be significantly expanded with the bookstore and gift shop moved underground. Galleries on the third floor will be opened up forming two much larger spaces &ndash; one 5,000 sq. ft. and the other 10,000. New spaces won't have permanent walls...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146657627/what-s-new-in-dubai-shipping-a-gigantic-floating-swimming-pool-deck-over-all-the-way-from-finland What's new in Dubai: shipping a gigantic floating swimming pool deck over all the way from Finland Alexander Walter 2016-01-26T13:56:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T08:45:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3ays8b689y0bo2c8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai&rsquo;s iconic sail-shaped hotel, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, is about to undergo a dramatic expansion of its footprint with the addition of a huge deck extending out over the waters of the Gulf. In what&rsquo;s being called a &ldquo;world first&rdquo; in marine design and engineering, the so-called North Deck has been manufactured at a shipyard in Finland and is now undergoing an 8,000-nautical-mile journey by ship, in six sections.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962616/after-massive-dubai-skyscraper-blaze-experts-concerned-about-towers-built-before-2012-with-highly-flammable-exterior-cladding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After massive Dubai skyscraper blaze, experts concerned about towers built before 2012 with 'highly flammable exterior cladding'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146650375/the-future-of-new-york-s-skyline The Future of New York’s Skyline Richard Meier & Partners 2016-01-26T11:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:07:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9bt2ibsswmkqsub.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The biggest names impacting New York&rsquo;s skyline come together to discuss the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever-evolving real estate market and what&rsquo;s next for New York&rsquo;s neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/146585321/architecture-of-life-exhibition-marks-opening-of-ds-r-designed-new-berkeley-art-museum-next-week 'Architecture of Life' exhibition marks opening of DS+R-designed new Berkeley Art Museum next week Alexander Walter 2016-01-25T15:51:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T21:32:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpd519t1bo90cnx1.jpg" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Commissioned to convert an abandoned printing plant into a university art museum, Diller Scofidio + Renfro took inspiration from fresh fruit. The architects left the original building intact, stretching a sleek skin around it, split open at the front. The new Berkeley Art Museum will open next week with an exhibition that historically contextualizes Diller Scofidio + Renfro&rsquo;s design process, and provides a formidable storehouse of ideas for future architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8c/8c7h7khh3u0p2stv.jpg"></p><p>Recent photo of the almost completed structure on January 21. (Image via @BAMPFA on Twitter.)</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130732430/ds-r-s-new-berkeley-art-museum-gets-opening-date" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's new Berkeley Art Museum gets opening date</a></p>