Archinect - News 2018-10-21T17:56:38-04:00 Lakhta Center, Europe's new tallest skyscraper, now officially commissioned Alexander Walter 2018-10-19T20:10:00-04:00 >2018-10-19T20:36:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Local officials in Saint Petersburg, Russia have granted the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lakhta Center Multifunctional Complex</a> the authorization for commissioning of the facility after it passed final inspections this week. <br></p> <p>While the grand opening as Gazprom's new HQ is still another year out, the 462-meter/1,516-foot tower is already holding the title of Europe's tallest building, the world's northernmost skyscraper, and sporting the fastest elevators in Russia (<em>wheee!</em>).<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Anton Galakhov</figcaption></figure><p>The list of remaining tasks before the Center can officially open to the public is still quite impressive, as the announcement lays out: <br></p> <p>"The final preparation of the business and public space by operators and tenants will take at least a year: completion of the finishing, fit-out of the premises, installation of equipment and improvement works. <br></p> <p>"In the meantime the following will be prepared for reception of visitors: the highest panoramic restaurant in Europe at the level of 315 meters and a sky deck at...</p> Mecanoo's National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan celebrates grand opening Justine Testado 2018-10-19T19:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-19T19:22:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Opening night finally arrived for Taiwan's new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Kaohsiung Center&nbsp;for the Arts</a> on October 13.&nbsp;Located on a former military training base in Weiwuying Park, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>-designed building houses a&nbsp;2,236-seat Opera House, a 1,981-seat Concert Hall, a 1,210-seat Playhouse, a 434-seat Recital Hall, and an Outdoor Theater. At the heart of the building is the publicly accessible Banyan Plaza, where events can take place.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Mecanoo.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Inspired by the beauty of the local Banyan trees with their iconic canopies of leaves, the vast, undulating structure is composed of a unique skin and roof under which generous free spaces can flow,&rdquo; Mecanoo Founding Partner Francine Houben previously described.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Mecanoo.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>1,981-seat Concert Hall during construction. Image credit: Mecanoo.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Mecanoo.</figcaption></figure><p>Opening festivities began with a special ceremony featuring addresses from President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen and Francine Houben. The inaugural concert...</p> 'Burst of space:' Blair Kamin reviews Tadao Ando's new Chicago art venue and Ando/Corbusier opening show Alexander Walter 2018-10-19T13:54:00-04:00 >2018-10-19T13:55:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Amid today&rsquo;s polarizing political noise, Wrightwood 659 offers a comparable oasis. The building greets the visitor with a refurbished facade adorned with arches, festoons and other Beaux-Arts details. But the decorous facade turns out to be a mask. [...] Upstairs are clean-lined, contemplative galleries &mdash;&ldquo;white boxes with a twist,&rdquo; you might call them &mdash; filled with a trove of material about Corbusier and Ando.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin shares his impressions from the opening night at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>'s new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wrightwood 659</a> art venue in Chicago as well as its inaugural exhibition <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture</a></em>&mdash;and the review is full of praise: "The space is so good that it compels you to set aside the contradiction of a self-professed anti-elitist architect laboring once more in the service of a wealthy man," Kamin writes.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Jeff Goldberg/Esto</figcaption></figure> Dan Brunn redefines net zero housing with a California mid-century modern flare Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-19T13:53:00-04:00 >2018-10-20T09:44:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn</a> assembles a team of innovative energy efficient manufacturers to create a vision for contemporary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">net zero housing</a>. The Bridge House LA, whose construction is soon to be completed in January 2019, is a project teeming with building systems manufactured product at the forefront of eco-design.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>Nestled in Los Angeles' Hancock Park, the 4,500 square foot home was intricately designed to omit zero energy emissions. From its construction phase to its completion, the footprint of the home was a priority for principal architect Dan Brunn and his team. The 212 foot long, 20 foot-wide structure rests within the cozy neighborhood along with a running brook found below the center of the home.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The single-story rectangular structure may have a simplistic form, however, its clean lines and structurally minimalistic silh...</p> 10 fresh fancy facades for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-10-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T20:09:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Fancy Facades</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing for Elderly People</a> in Huningue, France by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Basketball Arena, London 2012</a> in Stratford, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WilkinsonEyre</a>; Sports Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KSS Design Group</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Formosa1140</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects</a>; Photo: Lawrence Anderson<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio Vista Residence</a> in Dallas, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buchanan Architecture</a>;&nbsp;Photo: Charles Davis Smith, FAIA<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Vuitton Masaryk Flagship</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MATERIA</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">July - Life Academy</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mur Mur Lab</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter's House</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Steely Architecture</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Golden Cube</a> in Boulogne-Billancourt, France by...</p> Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum selects Snøhetta to lead ambitious expansion Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-18T14:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T14:22:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has selected the architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> for its recently announced expansion. The ambitious plans will add a new building to join the original Art Deco museum, built in 1931, as well as a later 1994 addition designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sn&oslash;hetta's extension will add new galleries to the site, allowing Joslyn to better display and further expand its 12,000 piece permanent collection. In particular, the Museum plans&nbsp;on growing its collection of contemporary art, having been generously gifted over 50 high-profile works by the Schrager family last year.&nbsp;The new addition will further help propel the museum to a new position on the international stage.</p> <p>"The Museum is one of Nebraska&rsquo;s greatest assets," remarked Joslyn's CEO Jack Becker. On the selection of Sn&oslash;hetta, he added that the firm behind the SFMOMA Expansion and the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion is "a perfect fit for this project, not only for their visionary design, but also for their commit...</p> Studio Daniel Libeskind's MO Modern Art Museum in Vilnius opens to the public Justine Testado 2018-10-18T02:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-19T10:02:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a>-designed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MO Modern Art Museum</a>&nbsp;in central Vilnius opened its doors to the public today. At 3,100 m2, the building &mdash; which is also Lithuania's largest private museum &mdash; houses nearly 5,000 never-before-seen works by Lithuanian artists from the mid-20th century to the present. Studio Libeskind teamed up with locally based Do Architects and Baltic Engineers for the project.</p> <p>Located in historic Vilnius, the museum's design pays tribute to its past and present. Its&nbsp;rectilinear exterior facade is clad in luminous white plaster as a reference to local materials in the city, according to Studio Libeskind. The minimalist facade is contrasted with a&nbsp;dramatic&nbsp;open staircase that intersects the building on a diagonal axis.</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Photo &copy; Norbert Tukaj.</figcaption><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo &copy; Norbert Tukaj.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton + Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The staircase leads to a stepped open-air terraced roof that serves as a gathering space for public performances and events. A 5-meter fully glazed, cantilevered wall provides views o...</p> The Bjarke Ingels-designed 2016 Serpentine Pavilion makes an appearance in Toronto before traveling further Alexander Walter 2018-10-17T18:01:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T18:20:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] the 2016 Unzipped pavilion by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was acquired by a wealthy collector: the Canadian developer Ian Gillespie, whose company Westbank was a sponsor of the London presentation. Last month, the shape-shifting 14-metre-high, 27-metre-long installation made the move to inner city Toronto, where it was unveiled on the site of the architect&rsquo;s next commission for Westbank, a massively ambitious housing complex on King Street West.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another member of the growing family of the Serpentine Galleries' annual summer pavilions has found a new home: the&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels-designed<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Unzipped</em> pavilion</a> &mdash; famously praised&nbsp;by&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">possibly the Serpentine&rsquo;s most impressive pavilion yet</a>"&nbsp;when it opened in June 2016 &mdash; was recently unveiled to the public on a site&nbsp;in Toronto where <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mountain-shaped King Street condo building</a> will rise soon. <br></p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open till midnight tonight with live music. . . . . #unzippedtoronto #nbTO18 #architecture #toronto #exhibition #design</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Westbank</a> (@westbankcorp) on Sep 29, 2018 at 9:48am PDT<br><p>The pavilion won't stick around for too long though and is scheduled to travel to other international cities before reaching its final, permanent site in Vancouver.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A rendering of the pavilion's final destination in Vancouver. Credit: Westbank.</figcaption></figure><p>Earlier this month, it was reported that the 2018 Serpentine Pav...</p> SHED's “Ghost Cabin” honors a historic Seattle site with a playful mystery Justine Testado 2018-10-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T14:15:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHED Architecture &amp; Design</a>'s&nbsp;Ghost Cabin isn't exactly a haunted house like its name suggests. The new courtyard art installation pays tribute to a site dubbed &ldquo;Grandma's House&rdquo; in the Chophouse Row development in Seattle's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Capitol Hill</a>. While building the Chophouse Row in 2013, contractors unearthed the mysterious site, which revealed the foundation of a small house that was once part of a late 19th-century pioneer settlement.&nbsp;The contractors then nicknamed the structure &ldquo;Grandma's House&rdquo; because whenever the Chophouse Row ran into construction delays, they would joke that &ldquo;Grandma's ghost&rdquo; had returned to slow down their progress.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2017, Chophouse Row owner and developer Liz Dunn commissioned an art installation for the courtyard above Grandma's House that had to create a sense of community as well as respect the site's history.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rafael Soldi.</figcaption></figure><p>In response to that, SHED proposed the Ghost Cabin, whose name was inspired by the Grandma's House story. While designing the artw...</p> Gallery X launched by the A+D Museum Anthony Morey 2018-10-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:00:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>&nbsp;has announced Gallery X, a branch of the A+D dedicated to curating public spaces and bringing the making and implementation of art to a wider more diverse audience. Gallery X aims to reach beyond the walls of the institution and produce local engagement through facilitate provocative urban and public canvases to the incredibly talented and provocative artists and designers of Los Angeles. Through designing the inclusion of art in the people&rsquo;s urban landscape we bring a renewed vibrancy to Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image supplied by a+d museum. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>Gallery X was conceived as an initiative to bring progressive, young, and diverse artists to the forefront of public engagement by partnering with local institution, developers and real estate companies as a means to expanded the locations and means in which the museum can connect and curate within the area. With Los Angeles building at an incredible rate, the growth and guidance of public art have never been in such need and simultaneously...</p> New renderings of Central Park Tower aka Nordstrom Tower aka 217 West 57th Street Alexander Walter 2018-10-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T13:36:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s looking to be a big year for Billionaires&rsquo; Row: Just one month after sales launched at 111 West 57th Street, Extell has followed suit at Central Park Tower, its behemoth located at 217 West 57th Street. [...] The development has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since plans were announced more than five years ago. Construction got underway not long after, but details about the tower have been few and far between.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a target floor count of 101 and designed to stand 1,550 feet tall once completed, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tower</a> on Billionaires&rsquo; Row brands itself as the "tallest residential building in the world". At this height, the upper floors don't have much else standing in their way to interrupt their million-dollar views of New York City's Central Park.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @centralparktower on Instagram</figcaption></figure> Lucasz Kos creates a mesmerizing villa in busy Shanghai Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T20:44:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T20:44:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in the busy city of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a>&nbsp;is a tranquil villa that transports you into a lucid state of living. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kos Architects</a>&nbsp;in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Zerebecky</a>,&nbsp;have recently completed construction of Cloud Villa. The blissfully serene three-story home exudes a peacefully private experience. Its grand central <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">staircase</a>, the centerpiece of the space, connects each section of the home. If that wasn't enough to create an almost etherial experience, the 8-meter high vaulted ceiling of the main living room adds to its heavenly interior.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption></figure></figure><p>As inhabitants of the home make their way through the various levels of the house, the abstract form of the staircase creates a seamless transition from the upper, middle, and lower levels. The light and airy interior focuses on a clean and contemporary aesthetic.&nbsp;Identifying as the architect of peace and quiet, Lukasz Kos' Cloud Villa, has achieved such a space.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Highlite Images Taipei</figcaption><p><br></p><p>Recently establis...</p></figure> #SailsNotSales: public protests after Sydney Opera House displays horse racing ad on its facade Alexander Walter 2018-10-15T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T17:26:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After a horse race ad was projected onto the structure&rsquo;s iconic roof earlier this week, protestors took to the streets in objection to the commodification of their beloved building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hundreds of protesters had gathered in the evening hours of October 9 when the, usually, off-white iconic sails of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney Opera House</a> were used as a video projection canvas to promote a major upcoming horse race in New South Wales. The crowd booed and tried to interrupt the projection with a small army of flash lights, chanting "Whose house? Our house".&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The protest meanwhile has drawn much wider circles, resulting in a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> petition</a> with over 300,000 supporters against any future use of the&nbsp;UNESCO World Heritage Site as a promotional billboard and a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rebuke</a> from the Heritage Council of NSW.</p> knowhow shop design offers a new approach to office construction Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T19:51:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, architects Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice of knowhow shop have designed and built a new office for their design studio in their backyard. Named &lsquo;Lighthouse&rsquo;, the project is a micro-building that is a place for work and also a physical example of the studio&rsquo;s thinking and practice</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diverting from traditional construction processes, the founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">knowhow shop</a>, focus on the possibility of constructing an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office</a> testing their skills as craftsmen while challenging their understanding of spatial perception.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The office's unique shape and construction materials were custom designed by the founders themselves. A project, whose intricacies add to the stylistic beauty of the structure, "could not have been easily done by a contractor" claims the studio. Each facet of the structure used&nbsp;mitered SIPs and shop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabricated</a> materials to accomplish the craft like aesthetic. Its overall form exhibits clear use of aperture to allow for natural light to enter the space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Appropriately named <em>Lighthouse,&nbsp;</em>this custom micro-office reflects several elements of importance to the knowhow shop team. "<em>L</em><em>ighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design a...</em></p> Africa's tallest skyscraper set to start construction in Morocco Alexander Walter 2018-10-15T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T09:40:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction will start November 1 and the tower is expected be delivered on May 30, 2022, the Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa announced [...] The Bank of Africa Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, and apartments. An observatory will crown the tower. [...] The O Tower company has started developing the 250-meter tower which could be titled the tallest building in Morocco and in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Once structurally topped out, the 820-ft Bank of Africa Tower will not only be Morocco's tallest building but also take the crown from&nbsp;Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, at 732 feet currently the tallest tower in Africa.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by Spanish architects&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos</a>&nbsp;and Moroccan firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun</a>, the building aims for the highest international environmental standards to earn a&nbsp;certified LEED Gold and HQE rating.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>The developer just contracted Belgian construction firms BESIX and&nbsp;Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC) for the project. BESIX has completed buildings in Morocco before as well as in the Middle East, including the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa in Dubai (in collaboration with&nbsp;Samsung C&amp;T and&nbsp;Arabtec).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure> It’s not a high-tech robot thing Nam Henderson 2018-10-15T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:04:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Instead of the traditional beige- or gray-painted stucco cladding of the local vernacular, the exterior of the three-story apartment building is covered entirely by aluminum and steel panels that open and close hydraulically, like massive petals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fred A. Bernstein writes about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballet M&eacute;canique</a>, designed by the Basel-based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a>.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p></figure> Construction update: David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper gets its hand-cast concrete facade installed Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>David Adjaye&rsquo;s Financial District condo at 130 William Street has made significant progress since construction started earlier this year. New construction site photos by Field Condition are giving us the first peak at the distinctive hand-cast concrete facade. The photos also offer a peek at the bronze-accented frames of the windows&mdash;this bronze theme will continue in the apartments with Adjaye also designing many of the interior fixtures that will be done up in burnished bronze.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has some fresh construction photos of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>-designed 800-foot, 66-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">130 William Street</a> condo tower where workers are currently installing the building's most striking feature, the hand-cast concrete facade with its&nbsp;bronze-trimmed window frames.&nbsp;</p> <p>Find the full set of photos over on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Condition</a> website.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured today on facade panels are going up at David Adjaye&rsquo;s @130william residential condo tower in the Financial District. The panels are hand cast textured concrete with a smooth concrete border at the bronze window frames.</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Field Condition</a> (@field_condition) on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:43am PDT</p> Here's your chance to buy Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21B Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T13:33:00-04:00 >2018-10-12T13:38:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Bailey House, one of the approximately 20 surviving Los Angeles residences from Arts &amp; Architecture magazine&rsquo;s Case Study House program is once again up for grabs. Designated CSH No. 21, the Hollywood Hills home was built between 1956 and &rsquo;58 by Pierre Koenig for psychologist Walter Bailey and his wife Mary, whom Arts &amp; Architecture described as a &ldquo;contemporary-minded&rdquo; couple with no children and an informal lifestyle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looking to purchase some property in the Hollywood Hills? Something iconic maybe, preferably midcentury? How about a Case Study House? &mdash; <em>Lucky you!</em> The Pierre Koenig-designed&nbsp;CSH #21B 'Walter Bailey House' just came back on the market and asks for $3.6 million.</p> 10 beautiful kitchen spaces for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-10-12T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T20:35:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Kitchen Spaces</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madison Alpine Garden</a> in Seattle, WA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape</a>; Photo: Andrew Pogue<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mount Larson Residence</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parallel Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello House</a> in Melbourne, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OOF! Architecture</a>; Photo: Nic Granleese (OOF! Architecture was also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently featured</a> in Archinect's popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> series)<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wonderland Park Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembledge+</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tastemakers</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHROMA SF</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in la Cerdanya, Spain by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pablo Serrano</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saint-Laurent Apartment</a> in Montreal, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Barda architecture</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pam &amp; Paul's House</a> in Cupertino, C...</p> Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> Proposed 21-story timber tower in Milwaukee would be Western Hemisphere's tallest wood building Alexander Walter 2018-10-11T13:34:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T13:34:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>New Land Enterprises has announced a bold plan to build a 21-story mass timber apartment building in East Town. If completed, the building, known as Ascent, would be the tallest timber structure in the Western Hemisphere according to the company. The news comes just months after New Land released plans to build a seven-story mass timber office building, the city&rsquo;s first, along the Milwaukee River in Westown.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The timber tower scheme was designed by Milwaukee-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Korb + Associates Architects</a>&nbsp;with structural engineering input from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thornton Tomasetti</a>. If completed as proposed, the 21-story residential building would rise 238 feet&mdash;considerably more than the currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallest timber building in the Americas</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Korb + Associates Architects.</figcaption></figure> From concept to development, wHY Architecture's youth arts center in East Palo Alto folds the community into the building process Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-10T14:43:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T14:43:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wHY Architecture</a>'s innovative partnership with EpaCenterArts has broken ground in East Palo Alto, coinciding with a community stakeholder event to celebrate the occasion on Saturday, October 13th.&nbsp;</p> <p>The planned $50 million 21,000-square-foot EpaCenterArts, the construction for which began last month, will host an arts, design and music center for youth in the area. As one of the go-to designers for art spaces, Kulapat Yantrasast and his firm, which is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently working</a> on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asian Art Museum</a> in nearby San&nbsp;Francisco, was a natural choice for the foundation.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Epacenter; Image by wHY + Luxingon.</figcaption></figure><p>Positioned at the center of Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto has struggled to maintain levels of equity among its residents as the region's booming tech economy continues to raise rents and home values. The youth center, funded by John &amp; Marcia Goldman Foundation, is the result of a grassroots effort to address these external pressures by creating something for the community.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In response, Yantrasa...</p> Earth, water, wind & fire: making homes disaster-proof Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T14:53:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's most scenic locations for luxury homes &mdash; beachfronts, forests, mountains &mdash; are also prone to disaster: hurricanes and floods, wildfires and earthquakes. Architects and designers are increasingly tasked with creating gorgeous homes that are also able to stand up to nature's whims.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It shouldn't have to take another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reminder from the United Nations</a> that <em>a lot</em> more climate change-related extreme weather scenarios will be heading our way in the coming decades to finally take disaster preparedness into consideration when designing homes.<br></p> M-Rad designs elite cannabis industry members club in Downtown Los Angeles Justine Testado 2018-10-09T20:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T20:58:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At a time when the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cannabis</a> industry is growing its commercial presence in Los Angeles, a new private members club for industry elites is setting up shop at 718 South Hill Street, in the heart of Downtown L.A.'s Jewelry District. Local architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M-Rad</a> was put in charge of redesigning the&nbsp;85-foot-tall building, which will retain its historic characteristics and feature over 67,000 square feet of carefully curated space across seven distinct floors.</p> <p>Green Street Agency,&nbsp;an L.A.-based creative agency that exclusively works within the cannabis industry, will be the flag tenant. Supporting&nbsp;tenants including Timeless Vapes, MOTA, and Vicente Sederberg will occupy three floors.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figure><figcaption>Rendering of the third floor, 718 South Hill. Courtesy of M-Rad.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bird's eye view of the third floor. Courtesy of M-Rad.</figcaption></figure><p>The building will serve as a professional and community hub for entrepreneurs dedicated to &ldquo;advancing the cannabis space&rdquo;, giving members access to four levels of communal and private offi...</p> Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion sold to spa company Therme Justine Testado 2018-10-09T13:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T13:26:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The [pavilion] will now be displayed in &lsquo;selected locations&rsquo; as part of the Therme Art Program, which was set up to fulfill artistic and architectural &rsquo;visions that cannot be realised in galleries or museum spaces: no matter how complex their production, installation and long-term maintenance may be&rsquo;. Serpentine Galleries chief executive Yana Peel and artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist said in a joint statement that they were &lsquo;delighted&rsquo; by the purchase.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG completes "checkered" Dortheavej affordable housing complex in Copenhagen Justine Testado 2018-10-08T20:04:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T03:37:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Non-profit affordable housing association Lejerbo commissioned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> to design the much-needed Dortheavej affordable housing complex back in 2013. Some five years later, BIG has revealed photos of the finished product.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><p>Located in historically industrial Dortheavej in northwestern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, the 5-story complex offers&nbsp;66 new apartments to low-income citizens. Built on a $9.8 million budget, the 6,800 m2 complex features a distinct checkered pattern that is&nbsp;based on a singular prefab structure.&nbsp;Apartment units range from&nbsp;60 to 115 m2 and have&nbsp;3.5-meter-tall ceilings, generous floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood in, and outdoor terraces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.</figcaption></figure><p>The building's north-facing facade looks towards an enclosed green courtyard, which residents of the complex and neighboring buildings can use for recreation.&nbsp;On the sunnier south side, balconies retract and the...</p> Detroit's under-construction Hudson's Site skyscraper may get quite a bit taller than 800 feet Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T13:45:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Billionaire mortgage mogul and real estate maven Dan Gilbert's skyscraper slated for downtown Detroit may grow by more than 100 feet to 912 feet tall, Crain's has learned. While the final height has not yet been determined, Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC, confirmed that it will be taller than the 800 feet that was previously announced as the company looks to get "the most flexibility for how we use it and how we program it."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamilton Anderson Associates</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, the massive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson's Site</a> mixed-use development broke ground in 2017 and occupies the long-vacant site of the iconic J.L. Hudson's department store in downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>&mdash;in its heydays, the world's tallest department store but ultimately demolished in 1998 after a long economic decline.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: SHoP Architects PC, courtesy of Bedrock.</figcaption></figure> New Yorkers with elevator phobia share how they've coped with their lifelong fear Justine Testado 2018-10-05T18:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-06T23:42:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The elevator-phobic people of New York City are almost our own subculture [...] I&rsquo;ve fantasized at times about a kind of utopia: a gleaming glass city free of elevators. But for now I, just like Gabriella and Rachel and Kevin and Nakia, still live in New York, and still constantly have to force myself to enter slim or squat boxes of despair. Why haven&rsquo;t we left? What strange fate have we dealt ourselves, to live in a place full of hellscapes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Having a deeply ingrained fear of elevators while living in a vertical landscape like New York City &mdash; which has over 60,000 elevators, by the way &mdash; isn't easy for some folks, like writer Amos Barshad. He and other fellow New Yorkers he interviews talk about how their phobia began, their search for answers to why they <em>still </em>have this fear, and how they manage it in their everyday lives.</p> Unbuilding Gender Places Journal 2018-10-05T18:16:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T18:16:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gordon Matta-Clark&rsquo;s inventive site-specific cuts into abandoned buildings demonstrated approaches to the concept of home and to the market system of real estate that were anarchistic, creatively destructive, and full of queer promise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In "Unbuilding Gender," Jack Halberstam extends the ideas of unbuilding and creative destruction that characterize Gordon Matta-Clark's work to develop a queer concept of anarchitecture focused on the trans* body.&nbsp;</p> <p>Halberstam is the 2018 recipient of the Arcus/Places Prize for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the built environment. The biennial prize is a unique collaboration&nbsp;between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley, and Places, supported&nbsp;by the college&rsquo;s Arcus Endowment.</p> First phase of Zaha Hadid Architects' Aljada Central Hub will be complete in 2019 Justine Testado 2018-10-05T14:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-06T05:58:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in March, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> emerged victorious in the competition to design the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Aljada Central Hub</a> in Sharjah, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UAE</a>. Today, the firm announced that phase one of the $6.5 billion development is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2019.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Cosmoscube.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Cosmoscube.</figcaption></figure><p>At a whopping 1.9 million square feet, the Central Hub's focal points are a large central plaza and public observation tower. The first phase of the Hub&nbsp;will include an outdoor cinema space for screenings and pop-ups, a food truck village, skate park, and family-friendly facilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second and third phases of the project are expected to be finished by 2020 and 2022, respectively.&nbsp;These two phases will include the construction of: a 65,000 sq.ft. waterplay area, an &ldquo;extreme&rdquo; sports center, an 11-screen cinema, an adventure golf course, and a 340,000 sq.ft. community park that will have &ldquo;hundreds of species of trees and plants&rdquo; and numerous outdoor sports facilities &mdash; just to name...</p>