Archinect - News 2014-10-02T08:55:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110281108/inside-world-festival-of-interiors-2014-reveals-first-five-category-winners INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors 2014 reveals first five category winners Justine Testado 2014-10-01T21:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:20:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/wonkogut1x89juo5.jpg" width="514" height="202" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Coinciding with the World Architecture Festival 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the just-as-popular INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors honors the very best in the international interior design scene with its annual awards competition. Starting out with 60 shortlisted nominees across nine categories earlier this summer, the first five winners were revealed today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a few of this year's winning INSIDE projects:</p><p>Pictured above - CATEGORY WINNER, Retail - Cultura Bookstore in Sao Paulo by studio mk27</p><p>&darr; CATEGORY WINNER, Display: IDC Space: research and display space for the International Design Centre in Singapore by Singapore University of Technology and Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bk1c4ut175v2153x.jpg"></p><p>&darr; CATEGORY WINNER, Residential: XINTIANDI PENTHOUSE in Shanghai, China by JOYCE WANG STUDIO</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f4oo8675stykk8gd.jpg"></p><p>&darr; HIGHLY COMMENDED, Retail: Camper Showroom/Office in Shanghai, China by Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zp/zpav234j53miho8c.jpg"></p><p>&darr; HIGHLY COMMENDED, Hotels: The Tent in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam by a21studio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xf7u45olu35pi8ck.jpg"></p><p>See more of the winning projects on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/inside_world_festival_of_interiors_2014_reveals_first_five_category_winners/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110277898/cathedrals-of-culture-the-documentary-that-tries-and-fails-to-find-the-souls-of-buildings Cathedrals of Culture: the documentary that tries – and fails – to find the souls of buildings Archinect 2014-10-01T20:26:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T20:26:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75635f75829cccec65ec564aca87c582.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wim Wenders and a team of directors attempt to show &lsquo;the soul of buildings&rsquo;, from the Pompidou Centre to the most humane prison in the world, in 3D. But their sickly-sweet results feel more like a series of vapid promo videos</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/110274682/guggenheim-plans-new-york-expansion-again Guggenheim plans New York expansion… again Archinect 2014-10-01T19:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T22:29:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfc44ed018e0b7671e633db1badfcf5e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Guggenheim plans to research &ldquo;productive and hospitable office space designs&rdquo;, staff will be glad to hear, and it is also considering whether to hold a competition to find an architect. The expansion plan comes just over 60 years after the Guggenheim commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design its original space and more than a decade after it abandoned a scheme for a second, Frank Gehry-designed museum downtown.</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/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules Archinect 2014-10-01T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T04:11:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0wqcbomn2eodqev.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan's numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train can catch a few hours' sleep, the 140 units at Nakagin represent a special part of the history of architecture, and one that is worth protecting against plans to tear it down, say campaigners.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We're going to collect donations from all over the world. We're trying to buy each capsule one by one. Each room counts as one vote, to decide what to do," said Masato Abe, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T22:12:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lb1opi3yrrsguxzn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dominant architectural site in [Mecca] is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel, which, at 1,972 feet, is among the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings. It is part of a mammoth development of skyscrapers that includes luxury shopping malls and hotels [...] The city is now surrounded by the brutalism of rectangular steel and concrete structures &mdash; an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.</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/110198376/kohn-pedersen-fox-s-tianjin-megastructure-riverside-66-now-open-to-the-public Kohn Pedersen Fox's Tianjin megastructure "Riverside 66" now open to the public Justine Testado 2014-09-30T23:53:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T09:50:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wn/wn2yocrkci4wvknf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After 10 years, Kohn Pedersen Fox's Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China successfully reached completion as scheduled and officially opened to the public on September 26. The grand opening also marked the completion of the final phase of the main pedestrian He Ping Lu boulevard, which aims to become the centerpiece of the developing Heping commercial district.</p><p>Read on for more about the building's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jh7lp3is0icuxtfu.jpg"></p><p>The 350-meter commercial megastructure is hard to miss at street level. The structure's curved fa&ccedil;ade converges with the opposing south fa&ccedil;ade to create a six-story building suitable for the Heping District's smaller scale context. Its "super shell" is claimed to be one of the region's longest single structures, built with 22 seven-story-tall concrete ribs and over 10,000 glass panels. In a statement, KPF Design Principal James von Klemperer describes the structural frame as "what it must be to see a whale skeleton from the inside. Herman Melville would be inspired.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/502va1v9omd3yc08.jpg"></p><p>Inside, the structure e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110203203/isay-weinfeld-to-build-first-nyc-based-project-jardim Isay Weinfeld to build first NYC-based project, Jardim Justine Testado 2014-09-30T21:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T21:10:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bm4752bfqpanw36o.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has been commissioned to design his first NYC-based building, a 36-unit luxury condominium project called Jardim. Set to be built on 527 West 27th Street in West Chelsea, Jardim will be surrounded by other recent starchitect-designed projects like the High Line and the developing Zaha Hadid-designed luxury condo building at 520 West 28th Street.</p><p>Here are some real-estate-friendly tidbits we know about Jardim so far:</p><ul><li>Commissioned by New York-based Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group, Isay Weinfeld will be responsible for the architecture and interiors of Jardim</li><li>The project will be located at 527 West 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in Chelsea just west of the High Line.&nbsp;</li><li>The building features 36 condominium residences ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms. Sales for the units are scheduled to launch in early 2015.</li><li>It will be a block-through development comprised of two 11-story buildings.</li><li>Many residences will have private outdoor...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/110175865/leds-to-be-installed-in-the-sistine-chapel LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel Nicholas Korody 2014-09-30T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:15:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/4131i2yg9dacl9aj.jpg" width="500" height="673" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he did so, for the most part, using the light of the sun that streamed through the windows of the building. And for the past 500 years since then, viewers have admired the results of that work, for the most part, with the help of that same light source. Starting next month...the famous ceiling will be getting a new look in the form of new lights. Some 7,000 LEDs, to be precise [...]</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/110114834/la-drops-helipad-requirement-for-tall-buildings-enter-la-skyline-2-0 LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0 Archinect 2014-09-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezlmwktd0f9h494z.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the &ldquo;flat-topped&rdquo; look of Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.</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/109869389/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-details-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Details" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-09-26T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T08:34:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/697n6k9feja3dv2s.jpg" width="514" height="687" 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/details/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Details</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6woyu9v4a1zshmgu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/sinjinmal-building/101964722" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sinjinmal Building</a> in Incheon, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Youngchae Park</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qj3fsf49qmiw1a34.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/regiocentrale-zuid/108464645" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regiocentrale Zuid</a> in Maasbracht, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vf/vfur81zxpdxw5m38.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/82186787/medical-training-center-for-mae-tao-clinic/108765958" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Medical Training Center for Mae Tao Clinic</a> in Mae Sot, Thailand by <a href="http://Jan%20Glasmeier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Glasmeier</a> with Albert Company Olmo</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t2b8zqe66iit67vw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/87445735/12-8-tower/105869820" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12/8 Tower</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/TimDurfee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Durfee Studio</a> and Andrew Kragness, amp at Media Design Practices / <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1893/art-center-college-of-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center College of Design</a>; Photo: QiYuan Li "Oscar"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/ex72b9a61j3rmdlh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/VirginiaMelnyk/project/summer-igloo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer Igloo</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/VirginiaMelnyk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virginia Melnyk</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qp7da88flcilma6n.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/weleda/109638713" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weleda</a> in Irvington, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf7tijizp9wft0tv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/i_d-a/project/anenx-to-a-union-s-educational-facility" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Annex to a Union's Educational Facility</a> in Mosbach in Baden, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/i_d-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in_design architektur</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/844z42fczpx2mped.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/78440096/dxa-studio-office/106394248" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DXA studio Office</a> in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109809212/under-the-radar-los-angeles-2 Under The Radar Los Angeles #2 Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-25T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T00:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qlpl2y2zuozlc5k9.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>After it was built, some tenants pushed to have the building painted dark brown so it would look more "finished." Architect publicly protested this step, and the bank remained its simple, and quite effective, Brutalist self.</em></p><p>Take it for what it is. I think it is 10 stories too short.</p><p>Under The Radar Los Angeles&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79378410/under-the-radar-los-angeles-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#1</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109761741/3xn-designs-sydney-high-rise 3XN Designs Sydney High Rise stm@3xn.dk 2014-09-25T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:58:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qm/qmcfgumsh79ed36r.jpg" width="514" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AMP Capital has named 3XN as the architect for the 49-story, 102,000sm 50 Bridge Street tower and master plan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. 3XN was selected via a multi-stage international competition, the fourth it has won this year, which included two Prtizker Architecture Prize-winning firms. Construction on this important new addition to the Sydney skyline is slated to begin in 2018.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p1/p1c15wr20yu7ue7p.jpg"></p><p>The 50 Bridge Street "Quay Quarter Tower" represents the first major project designed by a Danish architect in Sydney since J&oslash;rn Utzon designed the landmark Opera House in 1973,</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q6ns6ljb3do1nw45.jpg"></p><p>3XN's innovative design, already well-received by the community, will revitalize AMP Capital-s site, located close to the Opera House, into a vibrant destination for international and local businesses. The bold new tower will engage in an open dialogue with the skyline while also integrating itself into community life at the street level.</p><p>Louise Mason, AMP Capital Managing Director Office &amp; Industrial, said, "AMP ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109745690/editor-s-picks-386 Editor's Picks #386 Nam Henderson 2014-09-25T11:58:00-04:00 >2014-09-26T13:09:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w7/w7lie8fymlapyuwt.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/SeanS" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Smith</a>&nbsp;continues his series, in which three architects discuss their transition from student to professional. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105942972/the-life-of-a-new-architect-eric-h-weler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein</a>, Eric H&ouml;weler of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/33961/h-weler-yoon-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler + Yoon</a>&nbsp;makes the point that much of running a firm is about finding work;</p><p>&nbsp;"<em>In school everyone wants to be designers and have their own practice, but what most students don't connect is that having a practice is also being a businessman or woman &ndash; that you have to run a business which includes finding work, negotiating contracts and building consensus among people from different fields</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1u0cj4gx1pkbqqr.jpg"></p><p>In <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109023596/material-witness-4-writing-on-the-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Material Witness #4</strong></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explores how "<em>In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>NYC's historic 190 Bowery was part <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of a massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;re-published <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a piece from 2008</a>, for historical context.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;remembers "<em>reading this when it originally posted. Thanks for putting it up again. Very sad that this unique space will be chewed up so that something not unique at all can take its p...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109657265/nyc-s-most-expensive-condo-to-be-listed-at-130-million NYC’s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million Alexander Walter 2014-09-23T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:19:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwtsu9b0g6ca9wn9.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A triplex penthouse at Zeckendorf Development Co.&rsquo;s tower under construction on Manhattan&rsquo;s Upper East Side will be offered for sale at $130 million, making it New York&rsquo;s most expensive apartment listing. The 12,394-square-foot (1,151-square-meter) property will span the top three floors at 520 Park Ave., where sales will begin the first quarter of next year, Arthur Zeckendorf said in an interview today.</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/109586513/jean-nouvel-s-massive-catalyzing-design-for-the-new-namoc-in-beijing Jean Nouvel's massive "catalyzing" design for the new NAMOC in Beijing Justine Testado 2014-09-23T18:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T18:00:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29djkceg1b7ebwpq.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ateliers Jean Nouvel's new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing will be quite the culture giant. Built in 1963, the new NAMOC will be 130,000 sq. meters to house its various collections of 100,000 pieces from the 1500s to contemporary times. Jean Nouvel and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) announced late last week the official launch of the design and construction of the new museum.</p><p>Ateliers Jean Nouvel describes that the museum is designed to "catalyze" the senses and to physically convey the complex "spirit of Chinese civilization" throughout its history. This concept of the passing of time and timelessness is suggested through the museum's vast historical collection and the museum's natural elements that change with the seasons. The program includes permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a research and education center, reserves, an auditorium, and public and admin spaces.</p><p>Here are more details the architecture firm sent us:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8l8ige65g3c19su.jpg"></p><p>"At the beginning of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet' Archinect 2014-09-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T14:05:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8raxa66rzqeficwt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple has previously advertised the environmentally conscious features of Campus 2, most notably on the recently updated environmental section of its website, which states that the building will be "powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources" and rely on natural ventilation instead of temperature control during 75 percent of the year. Apple will also be installing more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations on the campus and planting more than 7,000 trees on the grounds.</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/109573636/in-residence-ricardo-bofill In Residence: Ricardo Bofill Archinect 2014-09-22T17:06:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T00:18:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/og/ogogzpzazhwyj9jb.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are houses, and then there&rsquo;s Ricardo Bofill&rsquo;s house: a brutalist former cement factory of epic proportions on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain. A grandiose monument to industrial architecture in the Catalonian town of Sant Just Desvern, La Fabrica is a poetic and personal space that redefines the notion of the conventional home.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109563158/designs-for-beijing-mega-museum-unveiled Designs for Beijing mega-museum unveiled Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T22:00:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/9440ca202cf49d381d9f3d9b15c1ad0d.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The French architect Jean Nouvel has announced details of his design for the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. [...] &ldquo;The National Art Museum of China represents an incredible opportunity for the most ambitious materialisation of a place of expression&hellip; a place that witnesses the vitality of a civilisation, the civilisation of the greatest people on earth,&rdquo; say the organisers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77906976/jean-nouvel-confirmed-as-winner-of-the-national-art-museum-of-china-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Confirmed as Winner of the National Art Museum of China Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109513378/in-nyc-trophy-townhouses-are-back-in-favor-again In NYC trophy townhouses are back in favor again Nam Henderson 2014-09-21T23:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T10:24:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/elccsox3hqgk6i1w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;For 10 or so of these important properties to come on the market at the same time, that matters a lot,&rdquo; - Gregory J. Heym, an executive vice president and the chief economist for Halstead Property and Brown Harris Stevens</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this month Robin Finn, looked at one trend in Manhattan's luxury/high-end real estate market. Given the&nbsp;less than 2,000&nbsp;single-family homes in Manhattan, a recent influx of&nbsp;historic mansions and townhouses into the market, offers buyers a rare opportunity to avoid co-ops and condos.</p><p>Some are calling it a nouveau form of recycling, but without a doubt one that&nbsp;caters to the 1 percent.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-19T20:25:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:26:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2o2zmf22q0z4k13l.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RFR plans to spend $250 million on Manhattan land purchases, up to $500 million on office building deals and $100 million to $150 million more on retailing properties &mdash; all before the end of the year. [...] Perhaps the most under-the-radar purchase was 190 Bowery... Developers have been trying for years to buy the six-story Renaissance Revival structure, which appears abandoned, with blocked-off doorways, boarded-up windows and graffiti covering nearly all of the lower facade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For some more context on 190 Bowery, check out <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendy Goodman's 2008 profile of the family living there</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house Life in the Bowery's 72-room "Bohemian Dream House" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-19T18:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:27:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrw6wcidqw9m16u4.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn&rsquo;t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. [...] With the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn&rsquo;t some developer turning it into luxury condos? Because Jay Maisel, the photographer who bought it 42 years ago for $102,000, still lives there, with his wife, Linda Adam Maisel, and daughter, Amanda.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This 2008 piece on 190 Bowery is being published for historical context, on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent occasion of the property being sold</a> to NYC developer, RFR Holdings.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109344177/debating-privatization-southbridge-towers-votes Debating Privatization: Southbridge Towers Votes Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T17:42:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/ef5c19dea5f7113c4b21dd023659da2d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Charles Chawalko, a recent graduate of Parsons&rsquo; Design &amp; Urban Ecologies program, is a resident of Southbridge Towers, a 1,651-unit development that remains in the program. But as he explains below, his cooperative is in the midst of a decision over whether it will join the majority of Mitchell-Lama buildings and leave. To residents of Southbridge Towers, the vote over whether to opt out of Mitchell-Lama transcends the citywide conversation on affordable housing [...].</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/109332105/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-09-19T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:53:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g0/g0tvq4tid196nz7f.jpg" width="514" height="321" 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/outdoors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u825o5e0ekdpl0sk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/106394/downing-street-townhouses/108025364" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downing Street Townhouses</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/1100architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1100 Architect</a>; Photo: Nikolas Koenig</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uujc0i7v202cno59.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/104784449/two-houses-conde/104864056" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two Houses Conde</a> in Buenos Aires, Argentina by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104784449/hitzig-militello-arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hitzig Militello arquitectos</a>; Photo: Federico Kulekdjian</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w5/w5wvt4cyjwtdb4i7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/new-canaan-residence/109091915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in New Canaan, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a>; Photo: Elizabeth Felicella</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pj/pjvotgku7gvryjaz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/13826520/palo-alto-residence/103796384" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Palo Alto, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/ccsarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCS ARCHITECTURE</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bs/bsd5097ijf1fx389.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/robertmaschkearchitects/project/c-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">C-House</a> in Cleveland, OH by <a href="http://archinect.com/robertmaschkearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Maschke Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0p/0pu9txemwikc2kax.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/house-in-macheon/104968619" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House in Macheon</a>, Hamyang, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Youngchae Park</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vhv6p21176dds5fm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/morkulnes/project/20th-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20th Street</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/morkulnes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mork Ulnes Architects</a>; Photo: Bruce Damonte</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pii59a4nuqq395zi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/108635811/ml-house-a-private-home-in-portugal-with-a-box-body-and-box-windows/108636615" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ML House</a> in Caxias, Portugal by <a href="http://archinect.com/jpsatelier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paulo Salvaterra</a>; Photo: Jo&atilde;o Morgado Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pmcxd0lzdv7myvl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/imbue.design/project/capitol-reef-residence2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Capitol ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109328884/garage-museum-teaches-an-old-building-new-tricks Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:25:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3fb03c77716f29e0fcba5387e08a2d4.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced yesterday that its forthcoming permanent home inside the Soviet-era eatery in the capital&rsquo;s central Gorky Park is due to open in June 2015. [...] And Rem Koolhaas, who was tasked with transforming the abandoned restaurant's ruin for the museum, is leaving it largely untouched.</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/109328074/mexico-s-105m-baroque-museum-denied-environmental-permit Mexico’s $105m Baroque Museum denied environmental permit Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:25:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/362de021a134ff3f48067f3546fb1933.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Mexican federal agency has denied the environmental permit to allow the construction of the $105m International Baroque Museum in Puebla, less than a month after the groundbreaking ceremony. The project, designed by the Japanese architect and 2013 Pritzker Prize-winner Toyo Ito, was deemed &ldquo;not applicable&rdquo; by Semarnat&rsquo;s (the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources) General Directorate of Environmental Impact and Risk.</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/109276738/unstudio-reveals-latest-designs-for-the-new-doha-metro-network-in-qatar UNStudio reveals latest designs for the new Doha Metro Network in Qatar Justine Testado 2014-09-18T20:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:28:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qchj1dc3j8mdovfj.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After Qatar Rail appointed UNStudio as principal architect, the Dutch firm revealed their designs for the new Doha Metro Network, a major component of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). In an effort to motivate more Doha locals to use public transit, UNStudio's design of the Metro Network consists of traditional Qatari-inspired elements and four transportation lines &mdash; with an estimate of 35 stations for Phase 1, followed by around 60 stations for Phase 2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzqzq9km37jw8d4o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7y8r7d0tmzjuqfqx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9bpyxf3a6cx2env.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5u/5u4yfmkrh15ct503.jpg"></p><p>Quite interesting that UNStudio released these designs at a time when Qatar has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/377969/qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">making headlines</a> as of late...</p><p>Read more about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/unstudio_reveals_latest_designs_for_the_new_doha_metro_network_in_qatar/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109255020/construction-on-jean-nouvel-s-moma-tower-will-finally-move-forward Construction on Jean Nouvel’s MoMA Tower will Finally Move Forward Diane Pham 2014-09-18T18:16:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:24:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8an1k3ahz9j9ht30.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hot off the purchase of $85 million in air rights, and with a new construction loan of $860 million in tow, developer Hines is back on track to bring the Jean Nouvel-designed MoMA residential tower to fruition. Hines just closed on two deals to buy more than 240,000 square feet of development rights from MoMA and the St. Thomas Episcopal Church for $85.3 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After being stalled for seven years, construction on Jean Nouvel's MoMA tower will begin this year. The tower has shrunk about 200 feet since it was first unveiled, but the design remains wholly the same. Funding and the acquisition of new air rights are what's brining the project, more than a decade in the making, to fruition.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109226100/the-truth-about-property-developers-they-are-ruining-our-cities The truth about property developers: they are ruining our cities Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:34:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/el7sgqse4aiyk5cy.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conditions that have been agreed are relentlessly renegotiated at reserved matters stage. Good architects are employed to win outline planning, then ditched for a cheaper alternative; high-quality materials are substituted for flimsy plastic panels &ndash; all in the name of viability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The song remains the same, and you know your favorite Pritzker Prize'rs are involved in them.</p><p>It is usually the floodgate scheme;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Once an outline permission is granted, it makes it very difficult for us to refuse a scheme further down the line,&rdquo; says one officer. In Stratford City&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tiqstratfordcity.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;International Quarter&rdquo;</a>, part of the promised spoils of the Olympic legacy, consented tower proposals have recently gained a substantial number of extra storeys. Similarly in Wandsworth, a proposed pair of towers have put on a growth spurt and lost their planned mix of uses, reverting entirely to high-end flats.</p><p>Next line of invasion is always, "we provide jobs."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109222894/parkour-architectural-villa-savoye Parkour Architectural | Villa Savoye Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T12:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:11:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o71ep1i78ssfl52t.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Discover the Villa Savoye as you've never seen it before, through the discipline of Parkour and the movements of traceurs !</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2TWJf9B-4qI/TZytrftI1vI/AAAAAAAAVxs/nxDmtuPvaeg/s1600/corbusier%2Bhead%2B2%2B%25281%2Bof%2B1%2529.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, the real grandfather of hip-hop, could also be the inspiration behind the parkour?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109178739/is-le-corbusier-the-real-grandfather-of-hip-hop Is Le Corbusier the real grandfather of hip-hop? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:47:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ep/epempqtepw2ukxzg.jpg" width="460" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In the late 1920s, Le Corbusier created a plan for Paris," Ford says. "Its most celebrated portion was called 'Towers in the Park.' [...] Think unremarkable, high-rise apartment buildings. Think low-income housing projects. [...] "Many of hip-hop's most prominent artists were born, raised, and perfected their crafts in those very same housing projects. Hip-hop was a result of the economical, political, and sociological deprivations instituted by the housing projects across America."</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>