Archinect - News 2015-11-25T18:46:30-05:00 New photos of E. Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel unveiled to mark 35th anniversary Justine Testado 2015-05-19T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T13:20:27-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></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> Google doodle honors Eiffel Tower's 126th opening anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T13:55:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:03:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower, one of Paris's most visited attractions, welcoming almost seven million visitors per year, was completed 126 years ago today - and there's a Google Doodle to mark the anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the <em>Telegraph</em> quote above, the Eiffel Tower was actually completed on March 15. Today's anniversary honors the <em>public opening</em> on March 31, 1889.</p><p>Joyeux anniversaire, old friend!</p> Forbes portraits David Rockwell on his 30th firm anniversary Alexander Walter 2014-12-26T12:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T19:54:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Rockwell has got the art of theatrics down pat. His world is a stage complete with cuts, scene changes, sequences and transitions, where he is the director presiding over the action between performer, audience and space. [...] &ldquo;The emphasis on arrival, procession, lighting and the all-encompassing power of a live theatrical experience have really impacted how I think about my designs.&rdquo; He counts on his audiences buying in emotionally to his designs [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Welton Becket-designed Hollywood Cinerama Dome Marks 50 Years Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T19:05:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T22:40:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The only geodesic dome movie theater in the world, Becket&rsquo;s design was inspired by Buckminster Fuller&mdash;and the nation&rsquo;s midcentury obsession with landing on the moon. Built to resemble a giant spacecraft, the Dome boasted futuristic floating stairways&mdash;a first for any movie theater at the time. Simultaneously projected images using three 35mm cameras were so cutting-edge, the Dome&rsquo;s own original projector&mdash;the Norelco Universal&mdash;would win a Technical Academy Award in 1963 [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gehry and Salonen discuss ten years of music at Disney Concert Hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T18:29:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To celebrate Disney Hall&rsquo;s tenth anniversary, architect Frank Gehry and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen reminisced on the building&rsquo;s inspiration last night, at a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion held at the Hammer Museum</a>. Co-hosted by the LA Phil, far from the actual concert hall and its spotty downtown L.A. environs, the discussion&rsquo;s moderator Nicolai Ouroussoff (former architecture critic for the <em>New York Times</em>) tried to tease out the relationship between architecture and music. While Salonen touched upon questions of classical music&rsquo;s relevance, Gehry didn&rsquo;t delve too deeply into the particulars of his design.</p> <p> As Music Director for the LA Philharmonic from 1992-2009, Salonen oversaw the orchestra during its transition from the slightly-stuffy Dorothy Chandler Pavilion over to Disney Hall, and is highly regarded for whipping the Philharmonic into shape as a progressive and formidable cultural institution. The trajectory of the LA Phil is largely wrapped up in b...</p>