Archinect - News 2015-05-25T15:50:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127791434/mad-blurs-boundaries-with-the-clover-house-kindergarten-and-teacher-housing MAD blurs boundaries with the Clover House kindergarten and teacher housing Julia Ingalls 2015-05-23T11:06:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T19:06:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nubpsh6jv52nb228.jpg" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Exterior becomes interior, public space overlaps with private space, and society is integrated into nature: or is it? These are but a few of the concepts seemingly behind the design of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s Clover House, a Kindergarten adjacent to a Japanese rice paddy field that also serves as a private residence for the teachers of the school at night. The house had its official groundbreaking on May 13th, and has attracted international press attention for its undulating paper-like shell and innovative spatial configuration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yd/yd8f5uvnd6qo24qe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/otroqsifnzmuc7f7.jpg"></p><p>Built over a pre-existing 105 square meter row-house, the MAD design incorporates the existing wooden mass-produced home by removing its walls and draping a new exterior over the frame. This purposefully fosters a sense of community among the schoolchildren, which is in keeping with the school's stated mission to create openness and emotional bonds between its students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0mbn6dfoomx22x7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ks/ks3imhzesogg0hey.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6y6odkwmmugd68zp.jpg"></p><p>But is the design itself actually articulated and reflective of its surroundings, or is it just another flas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127801907/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-architect-sure-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Architect Sure!" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-05-22T18:53:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T19:00:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t5/t54py43gx31051fx.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/architect-sure/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architect Sure!</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ov/ovn6ei68bo41622c.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/93156891/graveney-school-sixth-form-block/125261879" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graveney School Sixth Form Block</a> in Tooting, London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/urbanprojectsbureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Projects Bureau</a>; Photo: Kilian O'Sullivan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avde5cpw0oi45jlw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/42410/bitexco-financial-tower/125887881" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bitexco Financial Tower</a> in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42410/carlos-zapata-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carlos Zapata Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nj54oql6zk9lxq5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/geza/project/faber-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FABER Headquarters</a> in Cividale del Friuli, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/geza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gri e Zucchi</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j8/j8jb45q5t4u3qk8p.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/51498127/modern-barn/125360786" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Barn</a> in East Hampton, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51498127/naiztat-ham-architects-p-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Naiztat + Ham Architects, P.C.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rmdrh3ldt3j0zevy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/125202382/a-frame-re-think/125203190" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A-Frame Re-Think</a> in Fire Island Pines, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/bromleycaldariarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bromley Caldari Architects</a>; Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3si9ach7v0vq0rm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects/project/burnette-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burnette Residence</a> in Phoenix, AZ by <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendell Burnette Architects</a>; Photo: Bill Timmerman photographs</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hlhp2akzpnmpuxyv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bkaarchitecture/project/open-court-sports-complex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Court Sports Complex</a> in Kayseri, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/bkaarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif / BKA-Bahad&#305;r ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127735214/construction-of-steven-holl-designed-queens-library-is-underway Construction of Steven Holl-designed Queens Library is underway Justine Testado 2015-05-22T16:20:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T15:55:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvx3xqhvwsngj4x6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the forthcoming Queens Library has begun at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue in Hunters Point of NYC's Long Island City. Steven Holl Architects won the commission <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_architects_chosen_to_design_the_new_queens_library/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2010</a> to design the new $30.6 million public library. Surrounded by recently built skyscraper condominiums and nearby attractions like the Gantry waterfront and Louis Kahn's Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, the Queens Library is set up to become the latest landmark for the changing neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4ewbt6c0umi4on3x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sh7bukx5464qfho.jpg"></p><p>The library's new design was developed in effort to provide more communal space for local residents and create new connections to surrounding areas in the neighborhood. The library is encased within an exposed concrete square volume coated in aluminum for a "subtle sparkle". Users would move up and along a series of bookshelf-flanked stairs and will encounter the separate children's, teen, and adult areas of the building's fluid program. Glazed cuts in the facade also further open up the building and give views o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127726371/the-hudson-river-valley-in-ny-is-the-next-stop-for-gehry-s-winton-guest-house The Hudson River Valley in NY is the next stop for Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-05-21T18:50:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T13:45:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4qgkinqhi6urgk5f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House will embark on another lengthy roadtrip, moving roughly 1,200 miles from its current location in Owatonna, Minnesota to its new home in New York's Hudson River Valley. The geometric house <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127579373/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-auctioned-in-chicago-today" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold for $750,000</a> at the Wright auction house in Chicago on Tuesday. The new owners, who wish to remain unidentified, paid an additional "buyer's premium" of $155,000 for the guest house, bringing up the total to $905,000. Wright listed the house's starting bid at $850,000.</p><p>The new owners pledged to restore and preserve the Guest House on private property, according to Dr. Victoria M. Young, professor of modern architectural history and chair of the Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas, which owned the house since 2007 as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center.&nbsp;Since the university <a href="http://www.stthomas.edu/news/st-thomas-sells-gainey-center-property/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold</a> the Gainey Center to Meridian Behavioral Health Services last summer, the house was scheduled to begin relocation this June to meet its August 201...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/pomcx7r27oq2uzqf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/opinion/save-new-yorks-four-seasons.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T19:52:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfk7mkvct51sf9x4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to save Norms comes at a time when historic preservationists say postwar buildings &mdash; especially on a smaller scale &mdash; face an increased threat from development pressure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has ever grabbed a post-Largo meal or 2 a.m. existential coffee at Los Angeles&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norms</a> will be delighted to hear that The Los Angeles City Council has deemed the Googie-style building a cultural and historic landmark. Although this demarcation doesn't guarantee that it will never be knocked down, the move does require the Council to review proposed demolition to the site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvl7jjhbc3jsnx6m.jpg"></p><p>As the Times notes, "Googie is an exuberant, postwar Southern California style of sharp angles and sweeping curves meant to grab the attention of passing drivers." Located on a vibrant stretch of La Cienega Boulevard that is home to the benign monolith of the Beverly Center, the recently revamped Largo at the Coronet, and a handful of Vegan restaurants, antiques dealers and vintage dive bars, Norms architecture is arguably reflective of a wilder time in Los Angeles's urban development. Demarcating the building tangibly preserves elements of an era that will likely become only rarer as Los Angeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127710267/race-to-build-dubai-s-second-tallest-tower-heats-up Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-23T08:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66d8431d905cf455fb560a9b26054584.jpg" width="456" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate. [...] the trend of building 'megatall' towers &mdash; those which reach more than 600 metres high &ndash; is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East. [...] Currently, Dubai has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, states Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127650629/growing-up-in-case-study-house-22-the-stahl-house Growing up in Case Study House #22: The Stahl House Justine Testado 2015-05-20T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T19:23:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odwy4n9rnr9m2xm9.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Stahl House] may be more famous for its breathtaking view of the Sunset Strip, its immaculate midcentury design, and its oft-photographed pool, which is perched on the edge of a cliff, but I love it for another reason, too: It&rsquo;s living history. [...] The city around the Stahl House has changed, but the house itself has not. &mdash; Alison Martino</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Alison Martino interviews Bruce and Shari, two of Clarence and Carlotta Stahl's three kids, on their experiences growing up in The Stahl House a.k.a. Case Study House #22.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T18:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh71qgcn94e5zym3.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants swept into the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, and by evening were in control of it [...]. Palmyra has extra resonance, with its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world&rsquo;s most magnificent remnants of antiquity [...] that has raised fears both locally and internationally that Palmyra, a United Nations world heritage site, could also suffer irrevocable damage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127595087/get-a-glimpse-of-the-2015-riba-regional-london-awards-winners Get a glimpse of the 2015 RIBA regional London Awards winners Justine Testado 2015-05-20T04:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T00:38:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0t7r62q19egqmj0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>RIBA celebrated the winners of the 2015 London Awards, which highlights top-notch architectural design within the London capital region. Starting from 159 entries down to a final shortlist of 67 projects, 38 projects won awards during a recent evening ceremony at the National Theatre. A few of the winners scored extra in receiving London Special Awards, including the RIBA London Building of the Year Award.</p><p>The regional London Awards are considered an honor, but they're just the start of a series of RIBA competitions. Regional winners will be considered for the RIBA National Award. Once the National winners are announced in June, those winners will finally advance to compete for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for best building of the year.</p><p>Here's a few of this year's London Awards winners:</p><p><strong>The Foundry, SE11</strong> by Architecture 00 Ltd<br>(also winner of the RIBA London Building of the Year Award)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/es/esw0248qchj3d31c.jpg"></p><p>Foyles, WC2H by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands<br>(also winner of the RIBA London Architect of the Year A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127541985/new-photos-of-e-fay-jones-thorncrown-chapel-unveiled-to-mark-35th-anniversary New photos of E. Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel unveiled to mark 35th anniversary Justine Testado 2015-05-19T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-25T13:16:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phvk97pvlqylolxm.jpg" width="514" height="788" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Concealed within the forest landscape of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, the acclaimed Thorncrown Chapel will celebrate its 35th anniversary this summer. Designed by E. Fay Jones, who was commissioned by retired schoolteacher Jim Reed, the 48 ft. tall chapel boasts 425 windows and over 6,000 sq. ft of glass, and it became widely recognized for its organic "Ozark Gothic" style when it first opened on July 10, 1980.</p><p>To mark the Thorncrown Chapel's anniversary, architect-turned-photographer <a href="http://www.randallconnaughton.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Randall Connaughton</a> from Atlanta began an ongoing photography series of the wood-and-glass structure last year in what he described is "an effort to add new depth to the visual record of Thorncrown Chapel and bring its transcendent experience to a wide audience."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nq0dfy880xjz2q7c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0za66nes80lux0oz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wj7tpm37obw64lv2.jpg"></p><p>Thorncrown is the backdrop to countless wedding photos, but according to the Chapel organization, Connaughton's snapshots are the "first professionally produced photos of their kind" since 1980 -- when those photos that first contributed to ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127579373/update-frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-auctioned-for-750-000 Update: Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House auctioned for $750,000 Justine Testado 2015-05-19T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T17:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhrunrdgl6273x9n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>The Winton Guest House sold for $750,000 today at Wright's "Design Masterworks" auction in Chicago. During the approximately 40-minute livestream that began promptly at noon Central Time, the Winton Guest House was auctioned among several furniture pieces including a <a href="https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/36602926_charles-eames-and-eero-saarinen-chair-crow-island-school" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Eames &amp; Eero Saarinen Chair</a> and <a href="https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/36602928_eames-and-saarinen-table-organic-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Table</a>, and a <a href="https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/36602934_george-nelson-and-associates-rare-marshmallow-sofa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa</a>. Although Wright's website listed $850,000 as the starting bid for the Winton Guest House, the bespeckled auctioneer Richard Wright opened up its bidding lot at $500,000 and increased it by $50,000 increments. As silence filled the room, the auctioneer nearly deemed the house as <a href="http://www.sothebys.com/en/Glossary.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pass/Unsold</a> until a phone bidder named Michael purchased it for $750,000. "This is a bargain on an architectural masterpiece," Wright commented. Not too surprisingly, the pacing of bids for the Guest House was neither as competitive nor as enduring compared to the furniture pieces. However, the House's bidding lot closed on a small celebratory note as att...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T08:39:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9en013pe04vbcdk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbnb is sailing a full-size floating house along the Thames this week to celebrate new rules to support home sharing in London. The publicity stunt follows the passing of the Deregulation Act last month, which means Londoners are now free to rent their homes for up to 90 days a year without risk of fines or having to secure planning permission before doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du2x8h30xtwlc36c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qavxb2ruikf3787.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p08c23hhs1bobdnj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/0626kfh7nu6yhfz4.jpg"></p><p>For more information and your chance to stay in the floating house click <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/night-at/floating-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127538363/world-s-largest-hotel-under-construction-in-mecca-and-it-s-worse-than-you-thought World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca — and it's worse than you thought Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T19:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T17:38:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd99ad261c25ccecfdb9d6cf0c431b90.jpg" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Abraj Kudai is to become the world's largest hotel located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and upon completion, will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers. [...] The Saudi Binladin Group holds the main construction contract, and work on the $3.5 billion hospitality project has already started. [...] The architecture is set to create an iconic landmark that will reflect a contemporary interpretation of a traditional desert fortress.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127354097/first-glimpse-at-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-prelim-designs-for-u-s-olympic-museum-in-colorado First glimpse at Diller Scofidio + Renfro's prelim designs for U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Justine Testado 2015-05-15T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T10:32:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j08bzkam71o4nkg6.jpg" width="514" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever your feelings are toward the Olympic Games, plans for the upcoming <a href="http://www.usolympicmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame</a> in Colorado Springs are pushing forward so far. For starters, the Museum unveiled Diller Scofidio + Renfro's initial design concepts for the 60,000 sq.ft building, set to be built in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.&nbsp;DS + R is part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112896791/diller-scofidio-renfro-named-as-design-architect-for-u-s-olympic-museum-in-colorado-springs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the team who won</a> the commission in a competition last fall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6p0h43ze2cum03y.jpg"></p><p>DS + R's design includes 20,000 sq. feet of exhibition space showing off artifacts, media, sports science technology and interactive exhibits that depict the history of the Games and the stories behind famous American Olympic and Paralympic athletes. And of course, the museum will include a theater, gift shop, cafe, and a broadcast studio.</p><p>"Inspired by the movement of athletes, the [museum] spirals up and outwards from a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through the galleries,' Elizabeth D...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127354098/germany-to-help-fund-renovations-of-tel-aviv-s-historic-bauhaus-buildings Germany to help fund renovations of Tel Aviv's historic Bauhaus buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2g29s1dz57dnw2l2.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of Bauhaus buildings are concentrated in a central district of Tel Aviv, called the "White City." It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. These houses were built by Jewish architects who fled Nazi Germany and emigrated to what was the British Mandate of Palestine at the time. They designed their houses according to the principles developed by Walter Gropius [...] Germany plans to invest 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million) to help preserve the cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127352892/golden-lions-for-armenian-pavilion-american-artist-adrian-piper-at-venice-biennale Golden Lions for Armenian pavilion & American artist Adrian Piper at Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T15:06:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0c4adbf93138b7dca0720a24bd3b12b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Armenian pavilion at this year&rsquo;s Venice Biennale has won the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. The pavilion, Armenity, features a group exhibition by 18 diaspora Armenian artists and grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian genocide, who the jury praised for &ldquo;forming a pavilion based on a people in diaspora, each artist engaging their specific locality as well as their heritage&rdquo;. [...] American artist Adrian Piper was awarded Golden Lion for best artist.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T18:02:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izidl28189yxfcsq.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ruins of an ancient city that have withstood centuries of conflict in the Syrian desert are now facing their greatest threat yet: the militants of the Islamic State. Activists, officials and citizens of the city say ISIS has launched a prolonged assault on Palmyra, an "oasis in the desert" north of Damascus that the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO says contains the "monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world."</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/464321/isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127296226/seoul-s-lotte-world-tower-complex-passes-safety-inspections-allowed-to-reopen Seoul's Lotte World Tower complex passes safety inspections, allowed to reopen Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-14T17:22:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8h/8hf7x6r7ltbzlt59.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lotte World Mall has finally received approval by the Seoul city government to open up its aquarium and movie theater, five months after the facilities were shut down due to safety concerns. [...] Lotte World Mall has been embroiled in several safety issues since it opened its doors in October. Several construction workers fell to their deaths during the construction of the annexed skyscraper [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124215359/construction-in-seoul-s-supertall-lotte-world-tower-surpasses-100th-story-amid-safety-concerns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction in Seoul&rsquo;s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story &ndash; amid safety concerns</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105422593/mysterious-sinkholes-appear-near-construction-site-of-supertall-skyscraper-in-seoul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127258260/editor-s-picks-415 Editor's Picks #415 Nam Henderson 2015-05-14T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jsczvbcyz04bgw6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/NickCecchi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Cecchi</a>&nbsp;penned a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126542532/the-motley-life-and-uncertain-legacy-of-lina-bo-bardi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review</a> of &lsquo;<em>Lina Bo Bardi: Together</em>&rsquo; on view at the Graham Foundation through July 25th.&nbsp;He found the</p><p>"<em>narrow focus wisely limits Together to investigating the conditions and experiences that helped shape Bo Bardi&rsquo;s mature approach to architecture...Bo Bardi&rsquo;s work and life resist reduction and compartmentalization into terms easily digested. To experience and understand Together is to experience the sum of conflicting experiences, opinions, and buildings Bo Bardi brought into this world</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1u86rz23q82wc1z.jpg"></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> commented "t<em>hat drawing of chairs is beautiful! I love her work. It's rugged and big without being standoffish. Knew nothing about her background - interesting</em>".</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Lost in the Ozon</a>e,&nbsp;the third installment of the recurring feature <strong>Architecture of the Anthropocene</strong>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>This week at the <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia, NCARB <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aims</a> to settle the debate over the title &ldquo;Intern Architect&rdquo; with an address by CEO Michael Armstrong ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127174306/chicago-will-indeed-be-the-home-of-the-obama-presidential-center Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-12T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T12:58:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/roim0z00ujwa87uz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's official: The Barack Obama Foundation <a href="http://www.barackobamafoundation.org/news/entry/the-barack-obama-foundation-selects-chicago-as-home-for-future-barack-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced today</a> that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago's South Side, at a site near either <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+Park/@41.7912863,-87.602053,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e2937b3777577:0xbdf71de5e3ae5278" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington Park</a> or <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jackson+Park/@41.787135,-87.5946088,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e290a132258b1:0xf1889df3682e3083" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a>. This confirms <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126726246/university-of-chicago-will-reportedly-win-race-for-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous reports</a> hinting at Chicago as the chosen city, winning over alternate proposals for New York City and Honolulu. The Obama family has strong ties to Chicago &ndash; it's where Michelle Obama was born and raised, President Obama's political career took off, and where the Presidential couple met, were married and raised a family.</p><p>The University of Chicago, where President Obama was a law professor for twelve years, will serve as a close partner in the realization of the Presidential Center, providing resources and infrastructural support. Alongside the Presidential Library, the Center will also include a museum and facilities for the Obama Foundation's operations. The Foundation will fund the construction of the Center, and is also planning to establish a presence in Honolulu,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqa3ecm9br5n17ls.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>KONE has initiated the first stage of elevator and escalator installations at Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s 1km-tall Kingdom Tower. The Finnish lift firm is currently fitting elevator guiderails at the project, which is being developed by Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) and is set to become the world&rsquo;s tallest building on completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127118730/nordstrom-tower-aiming-to-snatch-tallest-building-title-from-one-world-trade-center Nordstrom Tower aiming to snatch 'tallest building' title from One World Trade Center Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T14:02:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izgjjnepx9cdy6ag.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current race to the top of the skyline is the most impressive in New York City&rsquo;s history, with ever-taller skyscrapers sprouting from the Financial District all the way to 57th Street. And YIMBY has now learned that 217 West 57th Street, aka the Nordstrom Tower, received a height boost between April and June of last year, pushing the tower&rsquo;s pinnacle to 1,795 feet.&nbsp;That&nbsp;will make it the tallest building in New York City, the United States, and the Western Hemisphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/471370/nordstrom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126959148/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-living-spaces-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Living Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-05-08T20:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T16:09:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/ao7io0vdons2h0y7.jpg" width="514" height="381" 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 <strong>brand new</strong> board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/living-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Living Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqf3y4nhq7tzc78j.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/lhsadp/project/north-haven-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in North Haven, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/lhsadp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership</a>; Photo: Robert Polidori</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmo2nptpcuq021hd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/griffinenrightarchitects/project/hollywood-hills-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Hills Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/griffinenrightarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Griffin Enright Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e35tl79d55hiz46.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/studiorhe/project/the-old-vicarage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Old Vicarage</a> in Rendham, Suffolk, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/studiorhe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio RHE</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4ksfzo5fdzkp6bd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/96628368/atelier/96629174" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier</a> in Brussels, Belgium by <a href="http://archinect.com/ww.elenabarenghi.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elena Barenghi</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qt/qtf3h3bauvs8376x.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/fungandblatt/project/rome-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/fungandblatt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fung + Blatt Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdo7dwzc6mh9ipiv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/43063951/taller-2012/59649985" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller </a>in San Pedro, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/covachita" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Covachita</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/na/naeggs1srqwkluav.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/fractalconstructionllc/project/gramercy-park-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gramercy Park Townhouse</a> in New York, NY by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/fractalconstructionllc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fractal Construction LLC</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/odanyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ogawa | Depardon Architects</a> (Architect of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r0/r00wa1htc57yg1ok.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bcarc/project/annie-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Annie Residence</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="http://archinect.com/bcarc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bercy Chen Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/myxq8by1pz9wy7qh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/httplogodotis.gr/project/summer-house-in-paros-cyclades-greece-design-by-logodotis-art-to-fit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer House</a> in P&aacute;ros, Greece by <a href="http://archinect.com/httplogodotis.gr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandros Logod...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126947698/historic-190-bowery-to-be-restored Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored Nicholas Korody 2015-05-08T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-10T22:43:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hekx1jhqkbyg58on.jpg" width="514" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The six-story building was designed by Robert Maynicke and completed in 1899. It served as the offices of Germania Bank (and its future names) until it was sold in 1966 and became a private residence. In 2005, it was designated an individual landmark. Last year, it was purchased by Aby Rosen&rsquo;s RFR Realty for $55 million. They plan to restore the building and convert it back to office space, with the ground floor for an as yet undetermined retail tenant.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In collaboration with MdeAS Architects,&nbsp;J&oslash;rgen Cleemann of the preservation architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth &amp; Partners received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission for their restoration plans. They aim to rehabilitate the stained glass, wooden doors, and other features of the building, while preserving the graffiti that ornaments the facade.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126889741/berlin-heals-war-scars-with-ambitious-architecture Berlin heals war scars with ambitious architecture Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T12:42:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a55c94b00079b7da9f58c0fdf854898b.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seventy years after the end of the war, Berlin is finally filling the last gaps left by Allied bombs, which destroyed more than two-thirds of the buildings in the city center. Architects say the construction boom offers Berlin a chance to make up for decades of bad planning and mediocre architecture. &ldquo;This is a new time in Berlin,&rdquo; says Libeskind [...]. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of the great cities of the world, and we expect it to compete. We don&rsquo;t expect it to be some backwater.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96568028/oma-wins-axel-springer-berlin-hq-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA wins Axel Springer Berlin HQ competition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125819570/berlin-s-alexanderplatz-high-rise-developments-continue-to-take-shape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's Alexanderplatz high-rise developments continue to take shape</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114961190/london-s-architecture-lacks-berlin-s-sense-of-culture-says-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London&rsquo;s architecture lacks Berlin&rsquo;s sense of culture, says Chipperfield</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113961523/berlin-after-the-wall-a-microcosm-of-the-world-s-chaotic-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World&rsquo;s Chaotic Change</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126887317/pei-cobb-freed-faces-lawsuit-from-cornell-over-faulty-johnson-museum-expansion-scheme Pei Cobb Freed faces lawsuit from Cornell over "faulty" Johnson Museum expansion scheme Justine Testado 2015-05-07T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T00:27:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tjpskp094rtran6.jpg" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cornell alleges that the firm Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners committed 'architectural malpractice' in its plans for the new wing of the museum, leading to structural deficiencies, cavities in the roof, cracks in the ceiling and other problems. The university says it has suffered 'at least' $1.1 million in damages as a result of the flawed designs. Pei, who also designed the original museum in 1968, was hired by the university to build the addition in 2006.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris</a></li><li><a title='Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84210734/cornell-professor-declares-oma-designed-milstein-hall-a-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster"</a></li><li><a title="Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107113105/architects-can-now-be-held-liable-for-building-defects-rules-california-supreme-court" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans Alexander Walter 2015-05-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmljshrmqoy9wka5.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the museum describes the 42,000-square-foot addition as something that would &ldquo;further fulfill Henry Clay Frick&rsquo;s long-standing vision to offer public access to its works of art," others, including a group of 51 prominent artists and architects &mdash; Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman [...] among them &mdash; think it would undermine exactly what they love about the place. Under the banner of Unite to Save the Frick, this group sent a letter to the city, copied to the museum, expressing their displeasure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the letter that <a href="http://unitetosavethefrick.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unite to Save the Frick</a>&nbsp;sent to NYC leaders today:</p><p><em>May 6, 2015</em></p><p><em>Dear Mayor de Blasio and Chair Srinivasan:</em></p><p><em>The residential scale of the Frick Collection exerts a special power over those who walk its halls. To have visitors experience the feeling of living with art was the intention of founder Henry Clay Frick as he envisioned his personal residence being opened to the public. Up until now, the Frick&rsquo;s fidelity to its founder&rsquo;s vision of a &ldquo;house museum&rdquo; has been laudable. Those of us in the art world who cherish the unique and tranquil ambiance offered by the Frick are urging the Frick to withdraw its proposed plan and consider alternative methods of expansion that would preserve the character essential to its appeal.</em></p><p><em>As professionals working in the art world (sculptors, painters, critics, journalists, dealers, gallerists, financiers, and more), we strongly believe that the Frick&rsquo;s effectiveness as a display space lies in its intimacy. Viewing highlights of the co...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126822760/new-renzo-piano-designed-residential-tower-to-rise-in-nyc New Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower to Rise in NYC DianePham 2015-05-06T15:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:36:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivqtops7fdgc69l7.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano's versatility continues to win the hearts of NYC developers, and it looks like the starchitect is finally getting his chance to flex his muscle in the residential realm. Piano&mdash;who just cut the ribbon to the new Whitney to rave reviews&mdash;has been chosen by Michael Shvo and Bizzi &amp; Partners to design a brand new 290-foot tower at 100 Varick Street in up-and-coming Hudson Square bordering Soho.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will be Piano's first large-scale residential project in the U.S.&nbsp;</p>