Transborder wins competition for Holocaust-Center in Oslo
In tough competition with leading Norwegian offices (Snøhetta, Jensen & Skodvin, Jarmund Vigsnæs and Carl Viggo Hølmebakk) the young practice Transborder Studio wins the invited competition for an extension of the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The center is... View full entry
Architecture, we forget at our peril, is inherently violent. It invariably subtracts from the range of available possibilities, especially the perennially attractive option of building nothing at all. In this sense, construction sites are crime scenes.
—Herbert Muschamp, NY Times
— Numéro Cinq
Three quick takes on architecture, with links, of relevance to a certain tower. View full entry
Comedy meets architecture as Michael Ian Black chats with Deborah Berke
Although certain architects have attempted to inject humor into the profession, architecture is generally not known for its slapstick and wry timing, which makes the pairing of interviewer Michael Ian Black (formerly of classic comedy show The State) and Yale Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke... View full entry
Rikers Island proposed for Laguardia Airport expansion
The Island is uniquely positioned to accommodate an expanded LaGuardia Airport that would reduce delays and could serve as many as 12 million more passengers annually.
Last week, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the city would close Rikers Island jail complex. The news followed a report by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform which recommended such action. The report also included a number of... View full entry
Take a peek at the interiors by Jennifer Post and West Chin, inside of Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th
Related Companies has released images revealing the interior of the late Dame Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th building. For the residence in the first images, the designer Jennifer Post was commissioned to provide furniture and decor. "I am usually the creative visionary behind both the architecture... View full entry
Seoul's Lotte World Tower now the 5th tallest tower in the world
Located in Seoul, the Lotte World Tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, has become the world’s fifth tallest tower, in the process knocking 1WTC—the tallest U.S. American building—out of the top five. At 555 meters tall, the Lotte World Tower has also surpassed Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin... View full entry
Kwong Von Glinow Design Office Wins New York Affordable Housing Challenge
Kwong Von Glinow Design Office was awarded 1st Prize for their New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition entry. Their project responds to Mayor de Blasio’s priority placed on creating more affordable housing in New York City, by using both new sites and redeveloping existing sites... View full entry
Architect David Lake pens compelling letter to Congressman decrying proposed cuts to EPA's "Energy Star"
As we discussed at the Witte, the EPA’s “Energy Star,” indoor air quality, and materials safety programs directly support the design and construction industry each and every day.
The proposed EPA budget eliminates funding for these programs and will severely impact the ability of engineers and architects to meet client demands, fulfill our contractual obligations, and carry out the duties of our licensure to protect the public.
— Letter from David Lake via The Rivard Report
In response to a letter in which Texan Republican Congressman Lamar Smith told David Lake that he gets all of his news from a "biased liberal media," Lake not only kindly (and eloquently) rebutted this inaccuracy, but also encouraged the Congressman not to defund the EPA if he still wants to live... View full entry
Leaders in architecture tend to be LEED-accredited, AIA study reveals
What sets apart high-performing architecture firms from their award-lacking brethren? Not surprisingly, a commitment to excellence, which according to the AIA is measured by several factors, including an emphasis on sustainability and diversity. While the full report details the findings from a... View full entry
HENN and the Aarhus-based studio C.F. Møller Architects have won a competition to extend the historic University Hospital RWTH Aachen
The Berlin-based studio HENN and the Aarhus-based studio C.F. Møller Architects have jointly won an international competition to design an extension for the University Hospital RWTH Aachen, a historically-listed, high-tech, 1970’s building. The expansion comprises a new building that houses a... View full entry
Trump family's NYC properties are embarrassing energy hogs
Wasteful, inefficient, and pointlessly expensive to operate: most of Donald Trump's namesake properties, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner's new "666" edifice, are oozing energy by virtue of their poor design and indifference toward conservation. A report by the IBTimes noted that:As of... View full entry
Check out Lascaux IV: The International Centre for Cave Art designed by Snøhetta and Casson Mann
The 20,000-year-old cave paintings of Lascaux are considered among the most important examples of Paleolithic art in the world, and one of the greatest treasures of European patrimony. The Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, alongside scenographer Casson Mann, has designed a new museum for the... View full entry
Westbank purchases BIG's Serpentine Pavilion, plans to move it to Vancouver
The Canadian luxury residential and mixed-use real estate development company Westbank has announced the purchase of the Serpentine Pavilion designed by BIG last year. Part of the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission, BIG’s “unzipped wall” involved modular, glass fiber rectangular forms... View full entry
Japan’s Magical Mountainside
There is Makoto Yamaguchi’s Polygon House, a quasi-Brutalist geode of distressed steel and glass that perches on a hill in a forest like an abandoned space pod; the concrete, glass and larch wood Omizubata N House by Iida Archiship Studio, as well as TNA’s Passage, Ring and Stage House(s)
— T Magazine
TNA architects intended the reedlike supports of the Square House to evoke blades of bamboo grass shooting up from the ground. Photograph by Mikael Olsson. Producer: HK ProductionsHanya Yanagihara visited the mountain-town of Karuizawa, which has a collection of houses designed by prominent... View full entry
schmidt hammer lassen's State Library Victoria 2020 redesign
It's been almost a year since schmidt hammer lassen and Architectus' team won the competition to redevelop the State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Australia's oldest and busiest public institution...‘Our concept provides a strong 'design line' that will act as a framework to guide present and future works,’ Morgen Schmidt says.
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen.Read more about the project on Bustler. View full entry