Archinect - News 2015-03-29T22:40:59-04:00 Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration Justine Testado 2015-03-26T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:17:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Top Turkish government officials, nearly 100 international dignitaries, and 500 members of the Turkish Jewish community took part in a ceremony commemorating the re-opening of the Great Synagogue of Edirne today after a five-year restoration. The synagogue is claimed to be the largest synagogue in the Balkans and the third largest in Europe.</p><p>The $2.5 million government investment repaired the synagogue's lead-clad domes, its collapsed roof and walls, and its foundation was fortified. Inside, the floor covering was restored to its original patterns and colors, as well as the Torah inscriptions. Turkey&rsquo;s Prime Ministry General Directorate of Foundations oversaw the restoration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>The Great Synagogue of Edirne - after and before restoration</em>.</p><p>The push to rebuild the Great Synagogue began in 2010, as part of an effort to mitigate restrictions on Turkey's non-Muslim religious minorities.&nbsp;Authorities describe the Great Synagogue's reopening as a symbol of tolerance towards Turkey's Jewish commu...</p> Editor's Picks #409 Nam Henderson 2015-03-24T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T17:31:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;featured '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">trans</a>&rsquo; the most recent issue of 'Lust' - for <strong>Screen/Print #29</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><br>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest entry</a> in Archinect's Lexicon is "<em>Neuromorphic Architecture</em>" first coined by Dr. Michael Arbib in a 2012 paper for Intelligent Buildings International.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC Arts asked experts&nbsp;whether the decision announced</a>, to restore the burned out Mackintosh Library, is a missed opportunity?&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>Restore. People still need to be able to see / learn from / walk through what Mackintosh did. New approaches can occur in new spaces - elsewhere</em>"&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> agreed "<em>Restore, of course...They have the drawings. &nbsp;So the rebuilt room will be a room created by the original architect, in the same sense, and in the same way as it was done originally</em>".</p><p>In employment related news, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">showed a nominal increase in design activity in February</a>.&nbsp;Of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">particular note</a> "<em>The multi-family residential was negative for the first time in over three years - and might be indicating...</em></p> Mackintosh Library: restore or create anew? Alexander Walter 2015-03-18T16:07:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:40:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After almost a year of impassioned debate, the Glasgow School of Art&rsquo;s Director has announced that its Library will be restored to its original state. [...] In response to Professor Inns' statement, Professor of Architecture Alan Dunlop asserts below that Mackintosh himself sought new forms in architecture and that there are architects capable of designing a new Library to live within his original masterpiece.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five firms shortlisted for Mackintosh Library renovation after devastating fire</a></p> Mackintosh exhibition emphasizes need for careful selection of architect for Glasgow School of Art restoration Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T13:54:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T13:59:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Charles Rennie Mackintosh&rsquo;s drawings go on display at the RIBA, the search is on for the architect who might best restore the glory of his fire-damaged masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art. [...] But the list seems to have been compiled too much on the basis of who has been there and done what when it comes to restoring historic buildings, rather than a real desire to find architects with the right sensitivity for the job.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five firms shortlisted for Mackintosh Library renovation after devastating fire</a></p> Restoring the ‘Wonder Theater’ Movie Palaces to Glory Nam Henderson 2015-02-06T00:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-10T19:22:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="618" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A grand lobby of walnut-paneled walls and Corinthian columns will be lit from above by massive Art Deco chandeliers, and almost 4,000 feet of newly woven gold and scarlet carpet &mdash; reconstructed from a remnant discovered beneath an old candy counter &mdash; will stretch underfoot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Feb 3rd - Opening night at the newly renovated&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kings Theater</a>&nbsp;featuring&nbsp;Diana Ross, followed a&nbsp;$95 million renovation. One of&nbsp;five "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wonder Theaters</a>" built in the New York area by the Loew&rsquo;s Corporation in 1929 and 1930, the building was designed by&nbsp;architect George Rapp.</p> Five firms shortlisted for Mackintosh Library renovation after devastating fire Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-08T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:25:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now millions of pounds are being raised towards returning the Mackintosh to its former glory, with the five shortlisted firms now being invited to detail their plans and make presentations in mid March. A winner will be selected later that month. [...] The five firms are: Avanti Architects, John McAslan + Partners, LDN Architects LLP, Page \ Park Architects and Purcell.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fire that broke out in May of 2014</a> destroyed much of the Glasgow School of Art's historic library, designed by Scottish architect Charles Mackintosh. Around 70% of the building's contents were saved by firefighters, but the library itself was drastically damaged. Restoration discussions and donations began percolating shortly after.</p><p>All of our previous reporting on the Mackintosh fire can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Glasgow School of Art to hold conference about restoration of Mackintosh library Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T13:37:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural experts are to meet in Venice to discuss the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Mackintosh library, which was destroyed in a fire in May. The art school will host two meetings to explore key questions around the rebuilding of the unique library, one in the Italian city in October and the second in Glasgow next spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art fire</a></p> Mausoleum of Augustus stands derelict on anniversary of emperor's death Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T14:58:11-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built in 28BC as a suitably glorious tomb for Augustus and his relatives, with pink granite obelisks, golden urns and a bronze statue of the emperor on top, it has suffered innumerable indignities ever since the sack of Rome. Now, fenced off and often used as a dumping site for litter, and even as an unofficial public lavatory, it goes almost unnoticed by the diners who crowd into the restaurants of the square around it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi royal family could pay for restoration of Roman monuments</a></p> France pledges €200m to restore La Défense's crumbling cube Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T13:43:05-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sited at the heart of France's main business district at La D&eacute;fense, the enormous and impressive Grande Arche was always more than a monument to the triumph of humanitarian ideals over military glory. [...] A quarter of a century on, however, the crumbling state of La Grande Arche de la D&eacute;fense might be a metaphor for France's struggling economy. [...] The government has now promised &euro;200m (&pound;160m) worth of "important renovation work" [...] to begin in October and last for two years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UK contributes £10m to Glasgow School of Art, half for Mackintosh restoration Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T20:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:56:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The people of Glasgow and many people far beyond were horrified when a few weeks ago fire ripped through the Art School, gutting its priceless library. The UK government has already made a &pound;5m contribution to the Mackintosh Appeal to help ensure that the building is restored to its former glory. And we are today making an additional &pound;5m contribution to support the School's new Graduate and Research Centre." &mdash; UK Chancellor George Osborne</p></em><br /><br /><p>This past May, a fire destroyed much of the historic Mackintosh library at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art,</a> a modern <a href=";client=firefox-a&amp;hs=Wja&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;channel=sb&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;source=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=Rot_U_jJEM6JogSFkYCYDA&amp;ved=0CCoQsAQ&amp;biw=1272&amp;bih=1289" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">masterpiece</a> by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Now, as part of an increase in the UK's funding of Glasgow's life sciences, business and arts sectors, the School has the resources to restore Mackintosh.</p><p>Previous reports about the Mackintosh fire can be found here:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UPDATE: Glasgow School of Art fire</a></p> Washington Monument Set to Reopen Today Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:35:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument is set to reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial honoring George Washington has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 555-foot stone obelisk that was once the tallest structure in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> One of the finest examples of French Neoclassical interior architecture in the United States Nam Henderson 2014-04-14T18:17:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:28:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neo-Classicism as a style made its real debut in the 1760s after several stillbirths...By the late 1770s, neo-Classicism had evolved into the graceful iteration we see in the Salon, and with its references to the classical world acquired a new and somewhat unanticipated meaning in the bargain:</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Netto examined what the restoration&nbsp;of a storied French neo-Classical salon reveals about polite society and high design. Spearheaded by curator&nbsp;Martin Chapman&nbsp;with&nbsp;help from Andrew Skurman Architects, the&nbsp;Louis XVI period room has been reinstalled.</p><p>For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Legion of Honor -&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco</a>.</p> Saudi royal family could pay for restoration of Roman monuments Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:28:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A training barracks used by Roman gladiators and the 2,000-year-old mausoleum of the Emperor Augustus could be restored with money from the Saudi royal family, in the latest effort by Italy to secure funding for its crumbling cultural heritage. In a deal brokered by Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, the Saudi royals are to provide millions of euros to pay for the restoration of some of the capital's neglected monuments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings</a></p> U.S. Capitol building to receive much-needed facelift Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-27T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:26:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the Civil War, the majestic dome of the U.S. Capitol has symbolized the unity of the United States, despite the discord in the government it overlooks. [...] But the dome has lately grown as fractured as the federal government, and Tuesday the Architect of the Capitol announced that a $59 million project to save it would begin next month. [...] There are now hundreds of cracks and deficiencies, and water already has stained parts of the Capitol&rsquo;s interior.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-11T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:31:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So continues the battle of saving neglected pavilions from their ultimate fate of destruction. <em>MODERN RUIN: A World's Fair Pavilion</em> by filmmaker and film educator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Silva</a> tells the eventful tale of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion in the last 50 years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The film starts with the pavilion's debut during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, to its post-fair use in the '60s-'70s as a concert venue and roller-skating rink, followed by its gradual demise since then -- including efforts in recent years for the structure's preservation.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Silva set up a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> to gain support for post-production of the film's final cut. At this point, the fund already surpassed its initial goal of $10,000 and now has 12 days left to reach its stretch goal of $30,000. The extra money will give Silva access to more archival material on the pavilion and will let him collaborate with other professional filmmakers to improve the film's production quality.</p><p>Featuring interviews from nearly two dozen ind...</p> 2013 Faith & Form/IFRAA Awards winners revive and modernize religious architecture and art Justine Testado 2014-01-09T18:37:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:12:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the international 2013 Faith &amp; Form/IFRAA Awards Program restored and remodeled religious spaces that can indeed be deemed worthy of praise. Founded in 1978 and co-sponsored by Faith &amp; Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), the annual awards program recognizes the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a selection of the winning submissions:<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Find more winning submissions and other competition details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of 2013 Faith &amp; Form/IFRAA Awards Program.</em></p> Nuremberg to spend €70 million on re-building Nazi rally grounds Archinect 2013-09-05T18:50:00-04:00 >2013-09-05T18:51:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nuremberg plans to spend up to 70 million euro restoring the sprawling complex used by Adolf Hitler for his mass rallies, as debate continues in Germany over what to do with Nazi-era architecture. &ldquo;This is a job of national importance, we cannot take it on alone,&rdquo; said Ulrich Maly, the Social Democrat mayor of the Bavarian city, who added he would ask for federal funds to complete the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Shigeru Ban's Cardboard Cathedral opens in Christchurch Justine Testado 2013-08-07T11:29:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:00:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand opened its doors to the public for the first time on August 6. Designed by Japanese architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a>, the cathedral is a temporary replacement of the original Christchurch Cathedral, the city's symbol that was destroyed by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February 2011. Construction delays prevented the cathedral from opening on its original deadline in February.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Ban's Cardboard Cathedral is nowhere close to the original gothic revival design done by British architect George Gilbert Scott during the later half of the 19th century. The transition structure is in the middle of an ongoing debate whether the new cathedral's permanent design should be a restoration, a modern reinterpretation, or a completely new building.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Cardboard Cathedral's triangular frame of 98 cardboard-encased LVL beams enclose a multi-functional main hall that can accommodate up to 700 people for church events. In addition to cardboard--a reporte...</p> Work Towards Fairness: Restoring the Casa do Passal in honor of its humanitarian owner Justine Testado 2013-07-29T16:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T22:45:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The opening of Work Towards Fairness by architect Eric Moed signifies the first step towards the restoration of Casa do Passal in central Portugal. The Casa do Passal was formerly inhabited by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who helped around 30,000 people escape into neutral Portugal against governmental orders during WWII during the fascist dictatorship of Antonio Salazar. Moed's great-grandfather and grandfather, who are both architects, were among those saved. Aristides' job and home were confiscated by Salazar, and Aristides died impoverished. His heroic actions went unnoticed and his home remained in ruins at Cabana de Viriano.<br><br> Moed dedicated his thesis at Pratt Institute to restoring the Casa do Passal when he discovered his family's story. He wanted to honor Aristides through architecture, the skill that the diplomat enabled 3 generations of his family to practice personally and professionally.<br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br> After winning 5,000 Euros in a competition from the UNHAT...</p> The Aluminaire House looks to Sunnyside Gardens as its possible new home Justine Testado 2013-07-25T18:31:00-04:00 >2013-07-26T13:04:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey built the Aluminaire House in 1931 for an exhibition in New York City mostly out of mass-produced building materials donated by manufacturers. The project became recognized as an exemplary prototype of modern building forms and techniques at the time, while also introducing the idea of mass production and affordable home building in highly populated neighborhoods, a pressing issue that remains today. Over time, the Aluminaire House has been bought, relocated, redesigned, faced past threats of demolition, and even vandalized.<br><br> As explained in the press release below, the non-profit Aluminaire House Foundation, which was established to preserve the House, is currently aiming to relocate the structure to Sunnyside Gardens in Queens where it will be reconstructed to its original purpose for the first time since it was built.</p> <p> <em>The following article was submitted to us by Michel Schwarting...</em><br><br><strong>Aluminaire&nbsp; house&nbsp; foundation,&nbsp; inc.<br> 150-3&nbsp; east main street&nbsp; ...</strong></p> A world-class encyclopedic art museum, complex re-opens in New Haven Nam Henderson 2012-12-15T18:22:00-05:00 >2012-12-18T16:59:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Balance. For decades we&rsquo;ve had an art culture that tries to wow us with too muchness &mdash; blockbusters, biennials, bank-breaking museum buildings no one needs &mdash; and that ends up delivering way too little. Could it be that the day of just enough is upon us, and that Yale&rsquo;s just right museum is a bellwether?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Holland Cotter reviews the final results of the $135 million renovation and expansion of Yale&rsquo;s museum complex.&nbsp; The entire refurbished complex &mdash; a block-and-a-half-long stretch that is itself a museum of changing architectural styles &mdash; officially re-opened two weeks ago. Consisting of the 1953 Kahn building and two adjacent buildings on Chapel Street &mdash; the so-called Old Yale Art Gallery, a 1928 neo-Florentine Gothic building and Street Hall, a Ruskinian Gothic structure from 1866 &mdash; the renovations and additions have combined to give the respected institution an "<em>aura of a destination</em>'. The paper also recently published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a profile of Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery, by Charles McGrath</a>. Therein McGrath explored the successful tenure of the sculptor turned director who has "<em>caused hundreds of millions of pour into Yale&rsquo;s coffers</em>" or to put it another way "<em>He makes money rain on the place</em>".</p> Fixer-Upper With Unique Challenge anthony dong 2011-10-06T13:40:35-04:00 >2011-10-06T19:00:09-04:00 <img src="" width="322" height="498" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architects recognize that the armory as an exhibition space is a far cry from conventional &ldquo;white cube&rdquo; galleries, or what Mr. Herzog called &ldquo;egocentric, architecturally driven museums.&rdquo; But he said the spaces are likely to inspire artists, not limit them. &ldquo;Artists have increasingly started to like strange places to put their art,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The specific conditions are unique and interesting and every artist is challenged to put his paintings or performances in such historic conditions.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bucky's Fly's Eye Dome Now Fully Restorated Alexander Walter 2011-05-26T14:41:13-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Restoration work on one of Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s most iconic structures, the 24 foot Fly&rsquo;s Eye Dome, was completed yesterday, and the restored dome was unveiled to the public at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goetz Composites</a> in Bristol, RI.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Patented in 1965, Fuller created two prototypes of this structure &ndash; a 24 foot and 50 foot dome. Fuller writes in his seminal book, <em>Critical Path</em> that &ldquo;the Fly&rsquo;s Eye domes are designed as part of a &lsquo;livingry&rsquo; service. The basic hardware components will produce a beautiful, fully equipped air-deliverable house that weighs and costs about as much as a good automobile. Not only will it be highly efficient in its use of energy and materials, it also will be capable of harvesting incoming light and wind energies.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The 24 foot dome has undergone extensive restorations in an effort to return the dome to its original condition by the renowned Bristol, RI-based Goetz Composites, fabricators of some of the most successful race boats in the world including three of today&rsquo;s m...</p> 'De Nieuwe Liefde' by Wiel Arets Architects Paul Petrunia 2011-05-02T20:11:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T11:30:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Wiel Arets Architects have shared with us a recently completed renovation/restoration of a former wine storage warehouse located on the edge of Amsterdam&rsquo;s 17th century UNESCO canal ring.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> De Nieuwe Liefde (&lsquo;The New Love&rsquo;) is a theatre and community centre located in a monumental white building on Amsterdam&rsquo;s Da Costakade that was originally constructed in 1904 as storage space for a local wine company. After falling into disrepair, and in accordance with the last tenants leaving the property in 2007, the De Liefde was completely rebuilt by Wiel Arets Architects and renamed De Nieuwe Liefde. The reconstruction transformed the existing building into a series of new spaces composed of a main hall with seating for 230, a conference room with space for 60, a choir space for 50, a library, a separate restaurant-caf&eacute; and a grand foyer that decompresses into a central circulation void.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Prior to the renovation the building retained many of its original Neo-Renaissance and Art N...</p>