Archinect - News 2015-10-08T18:25:51-04:00 Long Island City ‘Micro’ Units Will Have Three Bedrooms Alyssa Alimurung 2015-10-08T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T17:26:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A micro apartment is typically less than 350 square feet, but the term &ldquo;micro&rdquo; is getting an expansion (figuratively and literally) in Long Island City. A new rental complex will offer 57 two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 490 to 735 square feet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The project at 37-10 Crescent Street is being developed by Ranger Properties.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Damien Hirst's surprisingly restrained gallery space opens in London today Alexander Walter 2015-10-08T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T15:01:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For an artist who used to chop up cows and ambush people with his foreskin, his new south London HQ is notably subdued. The facade is not encrusted with dead butterflies nor diamond skulls, nor is there the clinical air that his eerie white production facility in Gloucestershire exudes. In fact, it looks a bit like a block of luxury docklands apartments &ndash; a couple of old brick warehouses with a polite in-keeping brick extension. Has the 50-year-old prankster finally grown up?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opening of Damien Hirst&rsquo;s new London art space scheduled for October</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's gallery development draws closer to completition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring</a></li></ul> Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T12:12:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Planners have panned a rocket-shaped tower proposed for a site in Southwark by Russian practice Studio 44, saying it would be a &lsquo;wilfully insensitive insertion on the skyline&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 44</a>'s Russian-investment-backed apartment scheme, which was based on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 space flight, has been scathingly rejected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark</a> planners. The developer and designers behind the proposed 30-flat development (which made no provisions for affordable housing, despite having enough units to do so) apparently did not heed the warnings of planners during the 2011 pre-application submission, when planners indicated that the design likely wouldn't fly.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Images via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists – 3,540 feet above ground Alexander Walter 2015-10-07T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T12:25:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A section of a new glass-bottomed walkway at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan Province, China, cracked at around 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, causing the tourists on it to understandably freak out. [...] The walkway is suspended at a height of about 1,080 meters, or 3,543 feet. [...] Glass walkways and bridges have become extremely popular in China: The walkway at Yuntai opened on Sept. 20, and just days later a 900-foot glass suspension bridge opened in Yunnan province.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"A spokesperson for the Yuntai Mountain tourism bureau told People's Daily Online that the cracks occurred after a tourist dropped a stainless steel mug on the walkway."</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass Cracks Below Tourists in Chicago Skydeck</a></li></ul> Neutra's Case Study House 20, formerly owned by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon, is for sale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-07T12:51:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T12:57:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But this is no ordinary celebrity party pad; the unusual property is a showstopper even for the ritzy Pacific Palisades real estate market, and is actually comprised of two different homes. First is Case Study 20 Bailey House, designed by famed architect Richard Neutra and fully restored by Simon. [...] The second part of the estate is a certified LEED Gold, four-bedroom contemporary main house, which Simon built in 2010.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The entire estate, including both Case Study 20 and Simon's 2010 four-bedroom, is listed at $18M.</p> The house that a "calculus rock star" built Justine Testado 2015-10-06T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T13:00:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Canadian mathematician James] Stewart unlikely architectural trailblazer. He devoted many years of his life, and much of his income, to building his dream home in an upmarket Toronto neighbourhood. Integral House &ndash; named after the 'integral', a concept in calculus &ndash; is a shrine to calculus, the mathematics of flowing change. Stewart died last December, aged 73, and Integral House is now for sale at &pound;11.4m [approx. $17.4 million]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about mathematical design on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The Golden Ratio: Relevant or not?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Golden Ratio: Relevant or not?</a></p><p><a title="Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims</a></p><p><a title="Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Win a copy of MORPHING by Design Topology Lab founder Joseph Choma</a></p> Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center Alexander Walter 2015-10-06T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T18:00:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has coined a punning term, BIGamy, to describe his own up-for-anything style. He rejects the idea that an architect must adhere to a single personal aesthetic, which enables him to be cheerfully flexible in meeting the demands of corporate clients. Ingels&rsquo; creative impulse to say yes to everything, even contradictions, often leads him into hybridism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of BIG's Two World Trade Center Design</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Renderings of BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center Revealed</a></li></ul> ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph Alexander Walter 2015-10-05T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-10-06T09:04:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants in northern Syria have blown up another monument in the ancient city of Palmyra, officials and local sources say. The Arch of Triumph was "pulverised" by the militants who control the city, a Palmyra activist told AFP news agency. It is thought to have been built about 2,000 years ago. IS fighters have already destroyed two ancient temples at the site, described by Unesco as one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li></ul> Post-Pizza Hut: photo series looks at how new businesses adapt to that iconic red roof Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-05T12:49:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T13:02:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A New Zealand man has set out to document and photograph former Pizza Hut locations across the planet, specifically looking for the pizza chain&rsquo;s dine-in locations with the familiar red roof. [...] &ldquo;The strangest thing may be the funeral homes or mortuaries. It's probably the last thing you'd expect to see a Pizza Hut become but there are several dotted around&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8) Archinect 2015-10-02T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T21:13:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a> is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life!</p><p>From the long, long <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list of Archtober events</a>, we have picked some exciting highlights to add to your calendar in the first week, Oct. 1-8:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design New York | Oct. 2-4</strong></a><br><em>Dwell on Design New York upends the standard &ldquo;design show&rdquo; format with a forum that inspires new ideas &amp; a fresh point of view. Designers, architects, manufacturers, makers, and you, come together to evaluate design, solve problems and uncover innovations.</em><br>&nbsp;</li><li><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers &amp; Books Fair: 2015 | Oct. 2-4</a></strong><br><em>The Designers &amp; Books Fair is the only book fair in the world that focuses on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, product design, and all the other allied design disciplines. Publishers of new books and also rare and out...</em></p></li></ul> Chicagoans still split over lakefront Lucas Museum plans Alexander Walter 2015-10-02T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T18:21:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opinions about the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art ranged from excitement to distaste as residents got their first chance to speak about the proposed addition to the lakefront at two public hearings this week. [...] The Chicago Park District sponsored the hearings Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss museum plans for architecture, landscaping and traffic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals</a></li></ul> Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed Alexander Walter 2015-10-02T14:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T11:52:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship &mdash; this time, in Sunnyvale &mdash; in a massive deal that exemplifies a new era in Silicon Valley real estate and crystalizes Apple&rsquo;s enormous growth trajectory outside of its Cupertino stronghold. [...] One caveat: It&rsquo;s unclear whether the project will be built according to that design, from architecture firm HOK, or if Apple and Landbank will want to modify it in some way.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On its marketing microsite&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, real estate firm&nbsp;Landbank Investments and architects HOK present the designs for the planned new Apple "Central &amp; Wolfe Campus" with a series of box-hating and Walter-Isaacson-quote-spiked slides:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;, design by HOK.</em></p><p>In other Apple-Campus-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus being built to iPhone standards</a></li></ul> Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T10:20:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> A look inside the Nadja Apartment & Serpantina by Point Supreme Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:14:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> participants <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Supreme</a>'s Nadja Apartment is a study in color and geometry: specifically, how vivid, geometric forms can unite and disassemble a space, giving the visitor clues on how to navigate and inhabit their environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's a technique that has been employed before, notably in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle Central Library,</a> where an entire floor is swathed in red and the escalators are an eye-popping vivid neon green. In the Nadja apartments, the deployment of color and geometry creates its own energy and language within the domestic sphere:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The stairs serve as focal point for the house, helping to anchor the spaces that make up the upper and lower floors of the apartment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this same geometric color vein, the firm has also unveiled photos of its newest project called Serpantina, which is a linear shading element for an outdoor public space:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> MMYST: a crowd-funded, human-animal hybrid building by François Roche and Camille Lacadee of New-Territories/M4 Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T16:14:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:08:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"What we propose here is a different format for making architecture,"&nbsp;Camille Lacadee states in a deadpan tone, "with multiple clients, multiple users, backers, lovers, following a bottom-up mode of exchanges and desire." A robotic arm extends into the frame and offers her a bowl of bird's nest soup, which she takes. "Oh it's hot!"</p><p>Alongside Fran&ccedil;ois Roche,&nbsp;Lacadee&nbsp;heads the&nbsp;ever-mutating, radically-experimental architecture studio currently-known-as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories / M4</a>. For their new project&nbsp;MMYST, or "mke_Me_yungR_sheltR_tmptation," they've launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> that includes what is likely one of the most wonderfully strange videos that's ever been on the crowd-funding website.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>According to the campaign description, MMYST would comprise a 140 sqm (1500 ft&sup2;) "experimental hybrid building" to be shared by humans and swiftlets, a species of bird that makes unique nests out of saliva that are prized for their culinary applications.<br><br>Sited on an outcropping of cooled-lava in th...</p> Squared: digitally altered mash-ups form imaginative architectural photo series Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:05:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:07:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the 'Square in Square' series, Brooklyn-based photographer Oliver Michaels creates geometric images by combining various architectural elements into one piece digitally. His photo collages are neatly arranged into a square and are made of "parts of different buildings captured in a chosen area or route".</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more of the London-born photographer's digital mash-ups:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:07:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods across the west side of San Francisco could see thousands of new housing units under a measure Mayor Ed Lee is proposing that would allow builders to exceed current height restrictions in exchange for including more affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mayor's proposal would allow builders to add two stories of additional height to the current building height restrictions to help the notoriously expensive metropolis of San Francisco become more affordable to middle-class denizens (unlike federal or state sponsored initiatives, which target low-income groups). To exceed the height restrictions, thirty percent of the new development's units would have to be affordable; for those projects that are fully comprised of affordable units, developers would be able to add a third story.&nbsp;In San Francisco, middle-class is defined as "families making between 120 and 140 percent of area median income, which is $122,000 to $142,000 for a family of four."&nbsp;</p><p>For more on San Francisco's housing crisis, do check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Markasaurus does the math on SF housing prices</a>&nbsp;</p> Herzog & de Meuron's concept for new Vancouver Art Gallery released Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-29T20:08:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T01:30:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beating out</a> KPMB Architects, SANAA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien and DS+R&nbsp;to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">win the project back in April of 2014</a>,&nbsp;Herzog &amp; de Meuron have now released the first look at their design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, a significant update on the Gallery's old neoclassical building and the firm's first in Canada.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new Gallery will not only double the amount of exhibition space to over 85,000 square feet, but also relocate the institution a few blocks into a quickly-developing sector of Vancouver's downtown. The formal update is pretty extreme &ndash; the prior Gallery's columns, front steps and flanking lions bestowed a formal, traditional vibe, while Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stack of wooden and transparent volumes is top-loaded so that "the modest, almost domestic scale will enhance the character of openness and visibility for everyone," according to Jaques Herzog in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more information on the Gallery's redesign, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our interview with museum director&nbsp;Kathleen S. Bart...</a></p> Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a>&rsquo;s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District.&nbsp;Despite what you might assume&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Shelter isn&rsquo;t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or the homeless, in Los Angeles &ndash; it&rsquo;s about forming new expectations of how housing and the city should interact...housing imagined in Shelter is about merging L.A.&rsquo;s residential spaces with its civic topography, forming a less privatized residential existence in the city</em>".</p><p>The winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition were selected. In the "Speculative" category "Grassroots Cactivism" by Ali Chen took <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deane Madsen</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>A timely and relevant competition with thoughtful responses. Well done, all around!</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge Alexander Walter 2015-09-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T13:52:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recently completed span is a glass walkway suspended a stomach-flipping 180 meters (590 feet) above a sheer drop in China's central Hunan Province. Haohan Qiao, as it's known in Chinese, is the latest in a series of glass-floored attractions to open in China and the rest of the world. Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass. Hunan is due to open another glass bridge later this year in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></p> Turning Alvar Aalto's Mount Angel Abbey library into a concert hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T18:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Music ensemble Third Angle will team up with choir group Cappella Romana for a new project, &ldquo;Frozen,&rdquo; on Oct. 3-4. They&rsquo;re giving a voice to one of Oregon&rsquo;s most famous buildings...the Mount Angel Abbey library in St. Benedict, Oregon [...] &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going down into a stairwell and we started singing, and we found a pitch that really resonated the hell out of the building...We want this to be, in effect, a harmony of the building. We want to reimagine the building as an instrument.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ten Top Images on Archinect's new "Eating & Drinking Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-09-25T15:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the <strong>brand new</strong> board<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eating &amp; Drinking Spaces</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dim Sum Bar</a> in Quito, Ecuador by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hou de Sousa</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JG Domestic</a> in Philadelphia, PA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cr&egrave;me</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plochmann Lane</a> in Woodstock, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megan Oldenburger</a> (Interior Designer, Decorator and Project Manager)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Workshop</a> in Palm Springs, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superba Food+Bread</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ship</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Jamieson</a>; Photo: Sam Oberter</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatiron Meets Bali</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matiz Architecture and Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Main House</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic Cafe</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio vural</a>; Photo: Kate Glicksberg</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kafka Reside...</a></p> LA's redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum: so bad the public will love it? Alexander Walter 2015-09-25T13:56:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T15:24:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The scaffolding is off the Petersen Automotive Museum&nbsp;on Mid-Wilshire, and even though the building isn't yet open to the public, the reactions have been&nbsp;passionate. "The New Look of the Petersen Automotive Museum is Really Really Bad," trumpeted a headline in Curbed. (The story, by Marissa Gluck, went on to describe the building as "the Guy Fieri of buildings: obnoxious, loud, and, ultimately, sure to be inexplicably embraced by the public.")</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles is enjoying its fair share of museum-related news these days:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Los Angeles' Broad Museum</a></li></ul> The beautiful stations of rail's golden age Nam Henderson 2015-09-25T11:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-25T11:35:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Destination Stations, brings together architectural models, drawings, paintings and fragments of the stations themselves, to tell the story of the railway station in Britain...It will be your first chance to see any of this material in an exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paul Kerley interviewed Ellen Tait about her exhibit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destination Stations</a>, on show at the National Railway Museum in York from 25 September 2015 until 24 January 2016.</p> Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T08:58:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T22:17:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Phifer and Partners</a>&nbsp;has released remarkably boxy renderings for&nbsp;The Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theater in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warsaw</a>, Poland. The renderings hint at a more complex internal spatial arrangement, a la The New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, but from the outside they are undoubtedly square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The idea behind the design is that "the museum, theater, and forum form an ensemble working simultaneously together while remaining distinct from each other and the context." Visitors will be able to access the museum from all sides, while the architecture of the theater "reflects TR Warszawa's varied programming."&nbsp;</p> Photographing 5,000+ pubs in London Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T05:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past seven years, Ewan has been painstakingly researching London's pubs, both past and present, cataloguing them and taking photos before uploading details to his online database Pubology...his mission is to photograph every pub in London &ndash; although, as he tells me, it's difficult to know just how close he is to that goal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Estimating the total number of pubs in London at somewhere around 5,000, photographer Ewan Munro has tried to draw some distinctions to limit the scope of his massive project. For example, how does one define <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, and how does one define a pub versus a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bar</a>?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From historic, centuries-old establishments to modern shipping container drinkeries, Munro has managed to assemble an impressive architectural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archive</a> of pub photos: cheers to that.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> New Rafael Viñoly skyscraper will be tallest in Chicago's South Loop Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-24T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:10:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, which also designed the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in Hyde Park, the 792-unit building would be the first of three that Crescent Heights plans just south of the park. [...] Crescent Heights has become one of the busiest apartment buyers in downtown Chicago, recently paying $126 million for a 298-unit apartment building in the South Loop. It also owns 160 rental condominiums in Walton on the Park, a Gold Coast high-rise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on development in Chicago:</p><ul><li><a title="Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed</a></li><li><a title="Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers</a></li><li><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li></ul> Archinect's critical round-up of Los Angeles' Broad Museum Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T15:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a super-sized cheese grater, to a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contraceptive sponge</a>, to an inadvertent fun house ride, the critics have thoroughly analogized the new Broad museum in mostly positive (if occasionally biting) reviews. To follow up with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia's review, published earlier today</a>, we offer some other critical perspectives on LA's latest architectural landmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The L.A. Times</a>' Christopher Hawthorne frames the museum's relative success principally in terms of the political and physical struggle it took to realize it (Broad is currently suing the structure's skin fabricators for what he claims were costly, time-delaying fabrication errors). "It wouldn't be fair to say that the museum, which has moments of real charm, buckles under the burden of those expectations and conflicts. But in a number of places, including its surprisingly punchless facade, it shows the considerable strain of holding up that weight."</p><p>Hawthorne also reflects on the building in terms of&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro's overall body of...</p> Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-23T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T15:42:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle's tallest skyscraper is about to get a much taller neighbor. New information submitted to the city shows that the skyscraper planned for Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street will be 101 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Move over LA, Seattle is reaching for the skies: the US Bank Tower may just get knocked off its throne as a proposed tower for Seattle is set to claim its spot as the tallest building on the West Coast.<br><br>The 1.2-million-square-foot building is slated for the west-side of 4th Ave, directly across from Seattle's current tallest building, Columbia Tower.<br><br>While the expected height in feet has not been released, the floor count exceeds the US Bank Tower's 73 floors, and comes close to that of the nation's tallest building, the 104-story One World Trade Center.<br><br>Plans for the building were filed earlier this year by Miami-based developer Crescent Heights. According to a statement, their aim is to create "an iconic building that redefines the skyline and changes the way we live, work and play downtown."</p> Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed Justine Testado 2015-09-22T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Barack Obama Foundation] said 99 of the [140] firms were based in the U.S. with 'many' from Chicago...The Foundation expects [to shortlist] fewer than 10 finalists, who will be asked to respond to the still-to-be-released 'Request for Proposals.'...A Foundation spokesman said that given the number of responses, 'we are reviewing' the self-imposed early 2016 deadline for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle to select an architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about the Obama Presidential Center on Archinect:</p><p><a title="First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center </a></p><p><a title="Coming soon: search for architect of Obama's presidential center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coming soon: search for architect of Obama's presidential center</a></p><p><a title="Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center</a></p><p><a title="University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library</a></p><p><a title="2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library</a></p>