Archinect - News 2017-08-23T21:20:12-04:00 New photos of Louvre Abu Dhabi appear on Twitter Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-23T21:01:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T21:10:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr Pouille posted pictures of the museum's exterior, including its 7,000-tonne dome, which shelters many of the museum's gallery spaces while creating a microclimate for its internal plaza areas. They also show the Louvre Abu Dhabi's concrete beach, whose steps have been designed to act as an amphitheater-like public gathering space and viewing platform, just opposite the main museum complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ludovic Pouille, the social media-savvy French ambassador to the UAE,&nbsp;has posted photos from his recent visit of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel</a>-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi on Twitter.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p>The opening of the museum is projected to take place later this year.<br></p> Barcelona terrorists were planning a bombing of Sagrada Família Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-23T13:50:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T15:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="716" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The terror cell that brought carnage to north-eastern Spain, killing 15 people and injuring more than 130, was planning attacks on a much larger scale, including the bombing of Barcelona&rsquo;s Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia church, a suspect has told a court. Mohamed Houli Chemlal made the admission after being brought before a judge in Madrid, Spanish media reported, quoting court officials.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>As the hearing progressed, police were attempting to reconstruct the final 96 hours in the life of the member of the cell who killed 13 people and injured more than 130 others when he drove a hired Fiat van along the crowded Las Ramblas last Thursday.</em></p> The need to reclaim public spaces from white supremacists Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T12:05:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this article on the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a>, Lance Hosey writes about the horror of watching white surpremacists marching in the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on August 11th and 12th of this year. The Mall, which was significantly redesigned in the 1970s, serves as a unavoidable visual reminder of the pressing need for architects, designers, and city planners to reclaim public spaces from hate groups. As Hosey explains, "In the 70s, when the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin&nbsp;led a community-driven design process that closed East Main Street to cars, they had the foresight to lift the brick paving on pedestals and give room to breathe for the newly planted trees&rsquo; root system, and four decades later the majestic Willow Oaks are bigger than buildings. Strolling down the Mall is like a walk in the woods. On Friday evenings in summer, 'Charlottesville's living room' teems with life, the most vivid sense of community I have ever known."</p> <p>After describing the despicable events of the nig...</p> WOHA builds Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel extension in just 26 days Justine Testado 2017-08-22T15:32:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T13:45:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="627" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WOHA</a> unveiled the latest photos of their 103,495 square-foot extension for the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (CPCA) hotel in Singapore. The extension was completed in a mere 26 days, according to the firm; quite the accomplishment considering the constrained site at one of the world's busiest airports. Completed last year, the 243-room hotel extension is Singapore's first private-sector commercial project that uses pre-fab, pre-finished volumetric construction techniques.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><p>Client OUE Hospitality Trust found that &ldquo;using the PPVC method has slashed manpower requirements on site by as much as 45 percent. It added that the use of PPVC has shaved off 17 percent in overall construction time, with about 40 percent in manpower savings,&rdquo; WOHA describes.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patrick Bingham-Hall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Patri...</figcaption></figure> 'Girder Gothic' or 'memorable traditionalism'? Blair Kamin reviews Yale's new residential colleges Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T18:03:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So Yale's new residential colleges, which New York architect and former Yale architecture school dean Robert A.M. Stern designed according to the Rogers model, have a very high bar to meet and some tough questions to confront: Do they refresh the Gothic tradition, as Rogers did, or are they a pastiche? Does it make sense for Yale, which claims to prize diversity and inclusion, to replicate the physical world of Rogers' day, when the university's student body was largely WASP and male?</p></em><br /><br /><p>When expanding, most university campuses follow the strategy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">replicating</a> the already established style of the existing architecture. Working on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale</a>'s new residential colleges, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A. M. Stern</a> and his partner on the project, Melissa DelVecchio, are, too, striving to not stand apart physically or architecturally from the context in their design.&nbsp;</p> <p>Blair Kamin of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> reports on the university's recent campus additions,"...<em>Stern's traditionalist architecture, which is draped like a Ralph Lauren suit over an underlying frame of steel and concrete, is uneven in quality, wavering between self-assured reinterpretation and over-the-top eclecticism.</em></p> <p><em>It all feels like Yale: Monumental scale in the sky, human scale at ground level, the former not overwhelming the latter. The Gothic language, with its malleable asymmetry, was better suited to this site than the formal Georgian vocabulary of other Yale colleges. But even colleges as sizable as Murray and Franklin cannot replicate t...</em></p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Stairs" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-08-18T15:42:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T15:43:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="915" 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 board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Stairs</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOUNTAIN:house</a> in Barlett, NH by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INTERSTICE Architects</a>; Photo: Greg Pemru<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Floor Area Ratio Game</a> in Ulsan, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On Architecture INC.</a>; Photo: Joonhwan Yoon<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BSA I SPACE I</a> in Boston, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler + Yoon</a>; Photo: Andy Ryan<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small House</a> in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">atelier tho.A</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRESTON</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OBERMEYER</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mulberry House</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MEK House</a> in Memphis, TN by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archimania</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bulgaria 533</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dellekamp Arquitectos</a>; Photo: Sandra Pereznieto<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caroline's Place</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amin Taha Groupwork</a><br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pintere...</p> Denmark may soon have its own remotely located tall tower in new mixed-use HQ, designed by Dorte Mandrup Justine Testado 2017-08-18T15:31:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T18:42:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter</a> was appointed as advisor and architect for the new mixed-use headquarters of fashion company <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bestseller</a> in Brande, Denmark. Located in the company's hometown of Brande, the project will accommodate retail spaces for up to 30 shops, areas for offices, education, and public events, and even hotel facilities for traveling business guests.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.</figcaption></figure><p>But the centerpiece of the mixed-use will be a slender tower that Bestseller says will stand at over 200 meters tall. (Anyone else thinking about Morphosis' proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">381-meter luxury hotel tower</a> in Vals?) More architectural details about the tower are yet to be released. But with Dorte Mandrup's current renderings, the tower will surely stick out in the small railway town of Brande (Population: 7,065 as of 2014). The architects say the building will be Denmark's tallest tower, once built.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.</figcaption></figure><p>According to&nbsp;project leader Anders Krogh Vogdrup, the mixed-use pr...</p> ReACH, AIA Houston and the Houston Architecture Center Foundation's new home Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-18T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T15:27:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a three-year search that included more than 30 potential sites, the American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter selected the 1906 Riesner Building, to be the home of Architecture Center Houston, which is expected to open in mid-September. Originally, the three-story Riesner Building was a typical commercial building for its time, complete with double French doors facing the street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning entry for the 'Re-Imagine Architecture Center Houston' competition, designed by&nbsp;Murphy Mears Architects, proposed to devote the&nbsp;first floor of ReACH to flexible office and meeting space, restore the original brick and openings in the West fa&ccedil;ade, and re-purpose the&nbsp;Boiler Room for events, exhibition.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>West facade elevation. Image courtesy of Murphy Meyers Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the interior. Image courtesy of Murphy Mears Architects</figcaption></figure><p><em>The city can look forward to bigger and better exhibits in the Architecture Center. Past offerings have featured Women in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Stage Design, Environmental Graphics and the work of talented local artists and craftsmen.&nbsp;</em><br></p> New images of world's next tallest tower, Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-18T13:38:00-04:00 >2017-08-19T04:09:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, Emaar is looking to eclipse its most famous creation the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure since 2010. To do so has required laying 236ft deep foundation piles&mdash;a world record&mdash;set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete. When completed, the 3,045ft tower will best the Burj by a massive 322ft.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joint venture is inspired by the lily flower and mosque minarets, say its developers, and will feature a 68-mile array of supporting cables. Swiss-Spanish architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a> has designed a 360-degree observation deck and a capacious Hanging Gardens of Babylon-style floor into the structure, with views over the nearby Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.</em></p> <p>With the new tower, the developer is looking to beat the record height of its most famous creation the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>, the world's tallest structure since 2010, by 322 feet. Located within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbor complex, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> required the deepest foundation piles ever made&mdash;set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Image courtesy of Emaar Properties<br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""><br><br></a>An image from Emaar Properties dated August 13 shows workers constructing the pile cap frame on to which 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete will be poured.</figcaption> First look at Rafael Viñoly's tower for Ritz Carlton NYC DianePham 2017-08-18T10:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T02:23:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>EB-5 filings show that Ritz-Carlton New York has plans to build the &ldquo;Ritz-Carlton New York (Madison Park)&rdquo; at Broadway and East 28th Street. Building permits filed in January 2016 call for a 40-floor, 580-foot tall tower designed by Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, which will contain 164 units, several eating/drinking establishments, a club lounge on the 29th floor and a rooftop bar on the 32nd.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vi&ntilde;oly's leafy design will join "hotel row" where one can already find the Ace, Nomad, and Flatiron hotels. A Virgin Hotel&nbsp;expected to open in 2019.</p> Cuomo releases new renderings of Moynihan Station as major construction gets underway Dana Schulz 2017-08-18T09:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T16:26:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a press conference this morning in the under-construction space, Governor Cuomo announced that major work has begun on transforming the James A. Farley Building into the state-of-the-art, 225,000-square-foot Moynihan Train Hall. Along with the news that the $1.6 billion project will create 12,000+ construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs, come new renderings of the station, showing more exterior views and looks at the 700,000-square-foot shopping and dining concourse.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Via office of Governor Cuomo</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Via office of Governor Cuomo</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Via office of Governor Cuomo</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Via office of Governor Cuomo</figcaption></figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></figure><figure><figcaption>Via office of Governor Cuomo</figcaption></figure> Plans for DC's Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge upgrade are revealed Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:10:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge sits across the Anacostia River in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington, D.C</a>. Named after the prominent American abolitionist, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridge</a> was built in 1950 and today, makes crossing the river possible for 77,000 daily commuters.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the decades, the bridge has deteriorated faster than maintenance can keep up with, as is quite common among America's aging infrastructure. Despite a $27 million renovation in 2007, large corrosion holes in the structural beams necessitated its complete replacement and in 2012, city officials announced plans to replace and realign the bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>After initial bridge designs were rejected by the National Capitol Planning Commission and the United States Commission of Fine Arts for being "uninspired," DDOT has now revealed a much bolder look for the suspension bridge.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Thursday unveiled the design of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. (DDOT)</figcaption></figure><p>Consisting of&nbsp;three sets of parallel white arches, the 1,600 foot lo...</p> Watch the Shed slide along the High Line Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-17T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T17:41:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In its scale, this faintly quaint, eloquently designed contraption aspires to conjure up the spirit of those 19th-century exemplars of elegant engineering like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Eiffel Tower: industrial-era monuments of structural form, both necessary and sufficient, ingenious but not space age, encapsulating the aspirations of a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the Shed, an&nbsp;art and performance space designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>&nbsp;in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rockwell Group</a>&nbsp;will be in construction for at least another year, the structure is already capable of conducting its five minute moving act along the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>. Weighing in at 8 million pounds, it glides on a half-dozen exposed steel &ldquo;bogies,&rdquo; or wheels, six-feet in diameter, 'with tapered bearings so meticulously engineered that the system requires just six 15-horsepower motors'.</p> <p><em>When opened, the shell will drape over the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shed</a>&rsquo;s sprawling plaza at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, which can then be made into a movie palace or a gallery for art or a theater with bleacher seats &mdash; a flexible new 17,000 square foot public space for New York at what promises to be one of the city&rsquo;s busiest pedestrian intersections after all the commercial skyscrapers around it are built.</em></p> Editor's Picks #473 Nam Henderson 2017-08-16T15:29:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T15:30:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> introduced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk #2: Pedagoy</a>. <strong>ryanbacha</strong> complained "<em>the architectural academies of old generated inside their walls self-referential pedagogies. God forbid the layman being able to understand anything you said in this article.</em>" Responding to the criticism <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> countered, referencing agonism "<em>The goal of this series is to allow for individuals to create stances, positions, and talk&mdash;the operative word in Cross Talk being talk.</em>"</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Later</a>, <strong>Schoon</strong> argued with <strong>JuneJuly</strong> "<em>I disagree with the notion that an architect can't be both artist and engineer. &nbsp;Certainly a person can exist with high degrees of both technical knowledge and aesthetic sensibility. &nbsp;Is the traditional architecture education the way to get there? &nbsp;Probably not.</em>"<br></p> <p>On the other hand, after listening to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions: #106</a>, <strong>fictional\_/Chris_Teeter</strong> offered his thanks "<em>excellent thinking Anthony Morel, wished others did the same level of thinking</em>".<br></p> News <p>The AIA <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voiced its support</a> of bipartisan leg...</p> Collapsing? Or is it supposed to look like that? Construction of a new hotel in Bangkok sparks controversy Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-16T12:54:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T14:06:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The panic was kicked off by photos posted to social media tagging traffic news organization JS100. The posts said the under-construction building across from Mahatun Plaza near BTS Phloen Chit looked in danger of collapse. &#8203;Concerned citizens gathered Tuesday at the construction site on Phloen Chit Road where the building&rsquo;s angled appearance sparked concern about its structural integrity to hear district officials and site management say it was part of the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;The building isn&rsquo;t crooked or leaning over, it&rsquo;s part of the architectural design,&rdquo; Morakot Sanitthangkul, Pathum Wan district director, said.&rdquo;Let me confirm for everyone again, for the fourth time: It&rsquo;s part of the 3D design.&rdquo;<br></p> <p>The 32-floor hotel was designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tandem Architects</a>, with consultation from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPF</a>, and is planned to open in February.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>The building under construction Tuesday on Phloen Chit Road.</figcaption></figure> BIG's Cactus Towers to join Dorte Mandrup's urban IKEA masterplan in Copenhagen Justine Testado 2017-08-15T18:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T18:05:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="722" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> recently unveiled the renderings for two hexagonal &ldquo;Cactus Towers&rdquo;, as part of a 74,000 square-meter masterplan in Copenhagen that fellow Danish practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter</a> is in charge of designing. The project will be built in&nbsp;the Vesterbro district at the Kalvebod Brygge waterfront.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter's urban IKEA masterplan, which includes BIG's Cactus Towers (upper left corner). Rendering: Luxigon.</figcaption></figure><p>BIG's residential towers, standing at 60 and 80 meters tall, will have 500 compact &ldquo;youth rooms&rdquo; with an average size of 30m2 as well as balconies and terraces on each story. The project gets its name from the towers' rotating hexagonal cores, which form a distinctly &ldquo;spiky&rdquo; silhouette. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Magasinet KBH</a>, the towers are BIG's&nbsp;first residential project in Copenhagen since their acclaimed &Oslash;restad projects, which include the 8 House.<br></p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Image courtesy of BIG.</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of BIG.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of BIG.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of BIG.</figcaption></figure><p>The Cactus Towers will over...</p> Hossein Amanat, the architect of Tehran's iconic Azadi Tower, reflects on religion and architecture in Iran Alexander Walter 2017-08-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T15:32:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1966, a 24-year-old architect who had just graduated from Tehran University hesitantly entered a competition to design a monument to mark the 2,500-year celebration of the founding of the Persian empire. [...] The architect, Hossein Amanat, had no idea that his hastily prepared design, which went on to win the competition, would one day become a focal point of the Iranian capital&rsquo;s skyline, serving as a backdrop to some of the country&rsquo;s most turbulent political events.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Azadi tower, he said, was an opportunity to &ldquo;design modern architecture using old language, to preserve the good things about a culture, leave aside the meaningless parts and create something new and meaningful&rdquo;.</em></p> Herzog & de Meuron received reduced fee for Tate Modern extension Alexander Walter 2017-08-15T14:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T14:41:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Swiss architecture firm behind the ambitious Tate Modern extension, took a reduced fee for work on the building project after costs went &pound;45m over budget.&nbsp; According to documents obtained by the Architect&rsquo;s Journal under the Freedom of Information act, Herzog &amp; de Meuron was asked not to take its full fee for extra work on the 10-storey building, which went from costing &pound;215m in 2012 to &pound;260m in 2015.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Art Newspaper</em> cites the minutes from a 2015 Tate board of trustees meeting: "Conversation at a senior level indicates that [Herzog &amp; de Meuron] will look sympathetically on this position, but that costs have already been incurred to a certain level, which will require some recompense, allowed for in the figures budgeted."&nbsp;</p> <p>As published minutes reveal, some of the construction firms were also being named for unsatisfactory performance, notably window &amp; facade contractors Seele and Loveld.</p> Studio Gang-led expansion of American Museum of Natural History is moving forward Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T13:34:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T13:52:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposed building will contain exhibition space on the ground floor and second floor, classrooms between the second and third floor, a theater on the third floor and offices between the fourth and sixth floors. There will also be an event space on the second floor and an aquarium room on the fifth floor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The proposed $325 million six-story expansion won the Landmarks Commission&rsquo;s approval&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in October 2016</a>. Designed by Studio Gang, the building&nbsp;will be located along Columbus Avenue on the museum&rsquo;s rear grounds near West 79th Street. The majority of the 218,000-square-foot Gilder Center will be carved out of the museum&rsquo;s existing footprint to&nbsp;minimize encroachment on the adjacent Theodore Roosevelt Park. </p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Studio Gang</figcaption></figure><p>Contrasting the museum&rsquo;s dominant brick-and-mortar facades, the new wing will be constructed from curvilinear stone and glass.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Studio Gang</figcaption></figure><p>The construction on the building is set to be complete by 2020.<br></p> World Monuments Fund pledges to help restore earthquake-damaged Kumamoto Castle Town Julia Ingalls 2017-08-15T13:05:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T13:05:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The historic Japanese city of Kumamoto, famous for its picturesque 15th century castle, experienced a damaging earthquake in 2016, leading to the demolition of several of its historic buildings. The World Monument Fund has pledged to help restore the remaining older buildings (although it should be noted that the current iteration of the castle is a late 20th century concrete copy, retaining only a few of the original wooden walls). According to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>:</p> <p><em>About 350 historic buildings essential to the town&rsquo;s historic streetscape sustained damage in the 2016 earthquake. Some were demolished in the aftermath of the disaster, leaving many of the approximately 300 structures that remained at great risk of demolition. WMF initially joined ICOMOS Japan in an on-site field study in May 2016 to understand priorities and conservation needs, and will now assist KMT [Kumamoto Machinami Trust] in their restoration efforts.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em></em></p> Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue Project files for construction permits with City of Los Angeles Justine Testado 2017-08-14T14:42:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T16:03:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Frank Gehry-designed project has taken a smaller, but important step forward this summer, by filing for building permits with the City of Los Angeles...The latest iteration of the Grand Avenue Project, which has been proposed for well over a decade, calls for the construction of two high-rise buildings at 100 S. Grand Avenue, replacing an infamous "tinker-toy" parking structure...Related has set a 2018 groundbreaking date for the project, with completion targeted in 2022.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Stunning construction photos of Zaha Hadid Architects' Leeza SOHO tower and its record-setting atrium Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T21:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T02:44:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>-designed Leeza SOHO mixed-use tower in Beijing is making progress as newly released photographs document. <br></p> <p>Once the 46-story structure reaches its final height of 207 meters (679 feet) in September of this year, it will be home to the world's tallest atrium&nbsp;&mdash; an impressive 190-meter-tall central tunnel hugged by two wavy halves of the dissected larger volume. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Here is how ZHA describe the project: "The 172,800m&sup2; design straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. The tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium &ndash; the world&rsquo;s tallest &ndash; extends 190m through full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a new public space for the city."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Satoshi Ohashi. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"As the tower ri...</p> Hollywood movies are influencing LA's newest crop of buildings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-11T15:44:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T15:44:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>L.A. now boasts the tallest building west of Chicago&mdash;the Wilshire Grand Center in the Downtown district. &ldquo;If you watch the opening sequence of Blade Runner from 1982 and look at how it imagines L.A.&rsquo;s skyline in 2019, you can&rsquo;t help sense life emulating art" Meanwhile, the creators of the sumptuous new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills traveled back in time for inspiration...&ldquo;We studied everything from the decor of the movie sets to the style of leading Hollywood actresses&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in the day, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood</a> movies used to draw their inspiration from the city of Angels as many of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>'s most iconic buildings played starring roles in Tinseltown. Today, the tables have turned and the cities architecture has begun taking a note or two from Hollywood.&nbsp;<em></em>Proving that the expression "life imitates art" has some weight to it,&nbsp;<em>Architectural Digest&nbsp;</em>examines how LA's newest crop of buildings looks like they walked off a Hollywood set.</p> FXFOWLE proposes attaching 300-foot spire to skyscraper to become Hudson Yards' tallest Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T12:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T20:13:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hudson Yards has been making headlines in recent months...But immediately to the northwest, another tower that&rsquo;s been in the making for an equally long period of time may have just received a boost to become the tallest of them all. A new rendering of the Moinian Group&rsquo;s 3 Hudson Boulevard has surfaced, showing both an updated design for the building itself, as well as the addition of a 300-foot spire, that would make the supertall the tallest in the neighborhood.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite years of vigorous effort in the Hudson Yards, the Related Companies may not have the tallest skyscraper of them all, thanks to FXFOWLE's proposed spire-tastic tower on 3 Hudson Boulevard. Nothing's final as of yet, but as YIMBY notes, "Back in 2012, YIMBY heard speculation that the tower, previously dubbed The Girasole,&nbsp;could rise as tall as 432 Park Avenue. While 1,350 feet isn&rsquo;t quite 1,397 feet, the new height would certainly rival the supertalls of 57th Street, ranking in between 30 Hudson Yards&rsquo; approximately 1,300-foot parapet, and 432 Park Avenue, as the city&rsquo;s fifth tallest building&nbsp;measured by pinnacle."</p> Where the street has no claim: Presidio Terrace in San Francisco bought after no one paid the street's taxes Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T09:54:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tina Lam and Michael Cheng snatched up Presidio Terrace &mdash; the block-long, private oval street lined by 35 megamillion-dollar mansions &mdash; for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill. They outlasted several other bidders. Now they&rsquo;re looking to cash in &mdash; maybe by charging the residents of those mansions to park on their own private street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When the annual $14 city tax bill for the street on Presidio Terrace went unpaid for a little over thirty years, the frustrated municipality held an auction to recoup its lost monies. A savvy couple who live in the decidedly less swanky South Bay snapped it up and now are causing all of the exclusive residents of the street to pay much closer attention to civic matters. &nbsp;</p> Nanjing government pushes to restore more of the city's historic architecture Justine Testado 2017-08-09T17:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-09T17:31:01-04:00 <img src="" width="638" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Over the last 20 years, the [Nanjing] government has made real efforts to establish national laws, local laws and regulations so we can pursue this work," [architect Zhou Qi] said, of his optimism for the city's heritage preservation efforts. "It has just become common sense."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amid the rapid urban development across China, Nanjing's government is making an effort to preserve and restore more of the city's historic buildings. Although some restorative projects expectedly attract some criticism, architect Zhou Qi &mdash; who has worked on restoring over 100 of the city's historic structures &mdash; seems optimistic about these ongoing changes.</p> <p>&ldquo;It appears that government protection, not economic forces, has kept the bulldozers at bay,&rdquo; Charles Musgrove, an associate history professor and author of &ldquo;China's Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, and Response in Nanjing&rdquo;, tells CNN.<br></p> Northeastern professor discusses the architectural history of the White House Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-09T15:13:00-04:00 >2017-08-09T15:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While some presidents have had their personal opinions about the White House, it remains, nonetheless, a central piece of America&rsquo;s identity. And it remains, in the most literal sense of the word, for three major reasons, said David Fannon, assistant professor of architecture and civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Trump</a> is on vacation, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White House</a> is undergoing a $3.4 million West Wing renovation. Just over two centuries old, the home of the President has gone through as many changes as it has residents, maybe even more. David Fannon, an assistant professor of architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Northeastern University</a>, explains how the White House remains because:</p> <ol><li>It is built of durable materials</li><li>Continues to be used by people</li><li>Has major social significance&nbsp;</li></ol> Construction officially underway at Delta’s new $4B LaGuardia facilities, new renderings and details Dana Schulz 2017-08-09T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T13:32:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since Governor Cuomo unveiled his plans for a revamped LaGuardia Airport two years ago, the cost has ballooned from $4 to $8 billion, with $4 billion alone going towards Delta&rsquo;s rebuilt facilities. Construction has finally begun on this part of the project, with the Port Authority signing a long-term lease with Delta Air Lines, which &ldquo;marks the beginning of construction on the final component of the entirely new, unified airport at LaGuardia," according to a press release from the Governor.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure> David Chipperfield's stately design for the Shanghai Centre Pompidou revealed Julia Ingalls 2017-08-08T14:42:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T18:05:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Stately, elegant, reflective:&nbsp;these adjectives have largely described the work of British architect David Chipperfield, whose structures tend to invite contemplation and pause before hot take Instagramming. His selection as the architect of the West Bund Art Museum in the new cultural center created jointly by the Centre Pompidou and Shanghai's West Bund Group is therefore not surprising, especially in light of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's recent dictate to steer away from "weird"&nbsp;architecture.</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: David Chipperfield Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The renderings for the proposed 25,000 square meter structure display Chipperfield's signature moves: meticulously calibrated volumes stack atop and adjacent to one another near a reflective body of water. The renderings steer away from bold colors, favoring muted pastels. The interior renderings also convey a serene setting: an ample entrance hall is not flooded with visitors, but rather hosts only a receptionist and a single guest, effectively conveying the notion of unharrie...</p> See BIG's Tirpitz Museum in action in this new video Justine Testado 2017-08-07T18:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-07T18:03:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a quick tour through BIG's 2,800 m2&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tirpitz Museum</a>&nbsp;in this recent video from Tinker Imagineers, the Dutch firm who designed the museum's first set of exhibitions. These immersive exhibitions revisit the&nbsp;light and dark chapters of the region's history.&nbsp;Check it out below.</p>