Archinect - News 2019-01-17T06:47:20-05:00 KPF's supertall China Resources HQ leaves its mark on the Shenzhen skyline Alexander Walter 2019-01-16T16:11:00-05:00 >2019-01-16T18:49:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a> just completed the 400-meter-tall China Resources Headquarters, now Shenzhen's third tallest building. <br></p> <p>The elegant skyscraper, which takes inspiration from the shape of the winter bamboo shoot, features a number of engineering marvels and impresses with a stunning cathedral-like "sky hall" at the very top.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tim Griffith</figcaption></figure><p>"China Resources Headquarters features a light yet stable tube and diagrid structural system that is expressed in its tapered, sculptural form," explains the project description. "Rendered in pre-fabricated column and steel units, the system affords column-free interiors, in turn allowing greater expression of the tower&rsquo;s radial symmetry and more boutique floorplates as it rises."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tim Griffith</figcaption></figure><p>"The 56 vertical columns converge into 28 columns at the lower and upper sections of the tower, forming a series of entry portals at the tower&rsquo;s base and merging to a singular point at its peak. At these junctures, faceted, triangular gl...</p> Fernando Romero to design world's tallest statue of Christ Alexander Walter 2019-01-16T14:18:00-05:00 >2019-01-16T14:25:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An actor from Tamaulipas has created a project that would give the state&rsquo;s capital, Ciudad Victoria, the world&rsquo;s tallest statue of Jesus Christ. Eduardo Ver&aacute;stegui C&oacute;rdoba explained that the 77-meter-high statue and a complex to be built around it will be known as The Christ of Peace. He said that the purpose of the project is to leave a legacy of peace for the state in which he was born.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Besides the enormous statue of Jesus Christ, the ambitious project is also expected to provide a large plaza for 10,000 people, a church of course, a convention center as well as facilities for retail, dining, hospitality, shopping, entertainment, transportation, and housing. <br></p> <p>Mexican actor Eduardo Ver&aacute;stegui C&oacute;rdoba, the driving force behind the Cristo de la Paz vision, hopes to send a message of peace while also bringing pilgrims, tourists, and thus commerce to his drug war-ravaged home state of Tamaulipas, one the country's most violent.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Romero</a>, a lead architect of Mexico City's recently canceled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NAICM airport development</a>, will reportedly design the project. <br></p> <p>It's unclear how much the endeavor will cost and who is paying for it, but construction is set to start soon.<br></p> MOCA to close its Pacific Design Center satellite Anthony Morey 2019-01-16T13:28:00-05:00 >2019-01-16T13:30:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Museum of Contemporary Art announced Wednesday that it will close its Pacific Design Center location next month after exhibiting architecture and design at the West Hollywood satellite for more than 20 years. MOCA will continue an architecture and design program, but at its Grand Avenue and Geffen Contemporary locations in downtown L.A., board Chairwoman Maria Seferian said in a statement.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> FreelandBuck completes Second House, a knotty little home in Culver City Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-15T18:50:00-05:00 >2019-01-17T04:40:38-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a dense patch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Culver City</a> lies Second House, the newest home built by the Los&nbsp;Angeles&shy; and&shy; New&nbsp;York&shy;-based&nbsp;architecture&nbsp;office of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>, run by David Freeland and Brennan Buck. Given the fact that the home is on a small lot without the affordance of views to the nearly Baldwin Hills, the house was designed to turn inward as a means of encouraging dynamic tensions between interior spaces and small courtyards. Taking a moment to read the two floor plans (below) illustrates the complexity achieved within such a small footprint.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Second House Floor Plans. Courtesy of FreelandBuck</figcaption></figure><p>Distinctions between interior and exterior spaces are intentionally blurry, but are made a little bit more legible by the choice of materials. Tightveined grey limestone is used on exterior flooring, for instance, while white stained knotty pine is used for interior spaces. The weaving of the two makes exploring the home much more dynamic than one might expect from a two-bedroom home.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Second House,...</figcaption></figure> Amazon likely to move into the Chrysler Building Alexander Walter 2019-01-15T13:30:00-05:00 >2019-01-16T14:36:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Amazon could be a new tenant in the Chrysler Building, already increasing its upcoming presence in New York. The tech giant, which is bringing half of its second headquarters to Long Island City, is close to signing a lease for about 10,000 square feet in the famed property, according to the New York Post. The building&rsquo;s owners, Tishman Speyer and Abu Dhabi Investment Council, are putting the landmark tower at Lexington Avenue and East 42nd Street up for sale.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The intention of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chrysler Building</a> owners to sell the iconic property&nbsp;at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made headlines last week</a>. Securing a commercially attractive retail tenant, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, would certainly improve the aging skyscraper's market value.</p> Sitting in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, the lush Mughal Gardens of Agra have been restored Alexander Walter 2019-01-14T18:09:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T18:12:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The World Monuments Fund [...] announced the completion of a conservation project at two historic Mughal gardens along the Yamuna riverfront in Agra, India, that had been threatened by pollution, traffic congestion and other urban ills. The sites, Mehtab Bagh and the Garden of the Tomb of I&rsquo;timad-ud-Daulah, were newly inaugurated by the fund and the Archaeological Survey of India, its partner in the four-year effort, in a ceremony at I&rsquo;timad-ud-Daulah.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via the World Monuments Fund on Facebook</figcaption></figure><p>"The project will finish with the completion of a visitor center at I&rsquo;timad-ud-Daulah, to open in 2019," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports the World Monuments Fund</a>. "Raising awareness and visibility of the gardens that are often overshadowed by their more famous neighbor, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>, was an important objective of the conservation. The enhanced visitor services will offer local residents and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the history of the magnificent gardens."</p> Developer's plans to build condominium complex raise concerns over Buckminster Fuller's oldest extant geodesic dome Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-14T14:17:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T19:23:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a> and his geodesic domes may have gotten special mention in Jeff Bridges'&nbsp;<a href=";utm_term=.e41ee5e7703f" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent Golden Globes speech</a>, his oldest extant lattice-shelled structure is in the news for a less glorious reason. Now under serious threat, the Dome at Woods Hole and the accompanying Nautilus Hotel&mdash;for which it once served as the dining room&mdash;have been bought by a developer planning to build a condominium complex on the historic property.&nbsp;</p> <p>Local developer Longfellow Design-Build, who is looking to build a 43-unit senior living complex, had been in talks about giving control of the dome to a non-profit organization that was created to save and restore the iconic geodesic dome; However, the two have been unable to come to an agreement.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="" alt=" photo DomeInterior.jpg" title=" photo DomeInterior.jpg"></a></p> <figcaption>Courtesy of Woods Hole Historical Museum.</figcaption><p>The non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Dome at Woods Hole</a>&nbsp;was hoping to&nbsp;secure a long-term lease to refurbish the structure and turn it into a site for artistic endeavors. But, after two years of negotiations, the developer has walke...</p> Burj Al Babas, the city of empty castles Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-12T18:42:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T19:23:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Deep in a provincial region of northwestern Turkey, it looks like a mirage -- hundreds of luxury houses built in neat rows, their pointed towers somewhere between French chateau and Disney castle. Meant to provide luxurious accommodations for foreign buyers, the houses are however standing empty in what is anything but a fairytale for their investors.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>A&nbsp;city of castles has sprung up in Northwestern Turkey. Burj Al Babas, the 732-home and shopping center development built by the Sarot Group, cost a whopping $205 million and may not be inhabited in the foreseeable future. In recent years, the country's high inflation and currency crisis have negatively impacted its housing market. While investors felt secure investing in developments like Burj Al Babas only a few short years ago, the current economic climate is now given an image in the eerily empty development of Burj Al Babas.</p> 10 new examples of glass in architecture Alexander Walter 2019-01-11T18:07:00-05:00 >2019-01-11T18:08:15-05:00 <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>Glass</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">New Head Office Big Green Egg Europe</a> in De Lier, Netherlands by Team Paul de Vroom + <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sputnik</a>; Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode<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">Glass Box</a> in Washington, D.C. by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanton Architecture</a>; Project Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bittiker Architecture</a>; Photo: Mark Wickens<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">Five Hundred Wellington</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Core Architects</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">Elmhurst Community Library</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marpillero Pollak Architects</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">Coca-Cola Headquarters</a> in Buenos Aires, Argentina by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MSGSSS</a>; Photo: Alejandro Goldemberg<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">Tacuri House</a> in Quito, Ecuador by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos</a>; Photo: BICUBIK Photography<br></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">Glass Villa on the Lake</a> in Lechlade, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>; Photo: maria...</p> What is Tropical Modernism, and how did it find its way to Hawaii? Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-11T15:46:00-05:00 >2019-01-11T15:46:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The weather in Hawaii is fickle, always shifting depending on the island, the time of day, and the direction of the trade winds. How to design a building in such a place? One must account for the abundant sunshine, the humidity of the air, the salt of the sea, and the damp layers of maritime fog that settle around the smoky mountain peaks. For Vladimir Ossipoff, whose brand of midcentury modernism would define Hawaiian architecture, the answer lay in simplicity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Though Vladimir Ossipoff may not be a household name in the continental United States, his work has become the stuff of legend in the Aloha State. Producing over 1,000 buildings in&nbsp;Hawaii throughout his 60 year career, Ossipoff championed a style of architecture now described as 'Tropical Modernism.'&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Thurston Memorial Chapel, by Vladimir Ossipoff. Photo by Chris Mottalini</figcaption></figure><p>The work of Ossipoff neatly fits into the category of Critical Regionalism as well, a movement the critic Kenneth Frampton associated with architects from different corners of the globe, such as Alvar Aalto, Glen Murcott and J&oslash;rn Utzon. To battle the "war on ugliness" he famously announced in a speech against the mass-produced buildings that grew in popularity by the mid-century, Ossipoff designed his building as a blend of elements from Japanese, Hawaiian and American Mid-century design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Robert Wenkam Ossipoff House in Lanai. Courtesy of Tad Wenkam and Ossipoff, Snyder and Rowland Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Is it possible to resu...</p> The Chrysler Building is up for sale, but what is its real value? Alexander Walter 2019-01-11T13:40:00-05:00 >2019-01-11T13:43:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Abu Dhabi, the Persian Gulf Emirate that&rsquo;s the Chrysler Building&rsquo;s majority owner, is considering a sale of the 77-story tower after about a decade of ownership, people with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday. Abu Dhabi Investment Council, the government&rsquo;s sovereign wealth fund, paid $800 million for a 90 percent stake in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Roughly ten years after changing ownership to&nbsp;an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, the iconic Chrysler Building is back on the market again. But what is a trophy worth?, asks <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a></em>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gorgeous automobile-inspired facade details, symbols of a bygone industrial era. Image via Wikipedia.</figcaption></figure><p>Strictly going by cold, hard math, the 1.2 million-square-foot&nbsp;Art Deco property, which for a brief moment in the 1930s was the world's tallest building, could be valued at up to $1.8 billion (and that is <em>without</em> the land underneath the tower which is owned by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union school</a> and leased for a whopping $32.5 million annually). And the sentimental value could add a special trophy premium that not all buildings in New York City get to enjoy.</p> <p>The cost to maintain the aging skyscraper and to bring its amenities and infrastructure up to competitive standards that could attract technology-reliant tenants however pulls the realistic asking price further down again.</p> The world is filled with perplexing designs, parking garages are one of them Katherine Guimapang 2019-01-10T19:11:00-05:00 >2019-01-11T13:41:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The infamous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">parking garage</a>. These monumentally sized structures have plagued city <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructures</a> across the globe. As the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">automobile</a>&nbsp;still remains the most popular choice of transportation, it's no question we have so many parking garages. Often described as monolithic and bulky many architects and developers, depending on the project, see the parking garage an unfortunate expense. However, despite the many qualms people have about these massive structures, not all parking garage's are alike.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Below are 12 of the most intriguingly designed parking structures found all over the globe. Scroll down to view each car park and their descriptions below. *Structures are listed in no particular order.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Charles Street Car Park Image &copy; Alamy</figcaption></figure><p><strong>#12 Charles Street Car Park&nbsp;<br></strong><strong>Location: </strong>Manchester, UK<br><strong>Designed by:</strong> Allies and Morrison<br><strong>Description: </strong>"The structure consists of precast concrete columns, walls and floors. The external envelope is finished in natural anodized aluminum panels, painted green on...</p> BIG tests out ski slopes for their waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-10T15:55:00-05:00 >2019-01-11T14:41:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a>' transformation of a 100-meter-tall incinerator into a social and cultural hub in the heart of Copenhagen is set to open this coming spring. An example of what the Danish architect refers to as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'hedonistic sustainability'</a>, the waste-to-energy plant will not only be the cleanest in the world, but is also without equal for doubling as a public park, complete with hiking trails, a climbing wall, and a 600-meter-long ski slope.</p> <p>Nearing completion, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amager Resource Center</a>&mdash;opening in seven weeks and billed as one of the most exciting openings of 2019&mdash;has begun testing its distinctive recreational option. This week, for the first time, public visitors have been allowed the chance to give the artificial ski slope a try. Capitalizing on the remaining winter holiday, a section of the slopes will be open a few days a week before an official, large-scale public opening in spring.</p> <p>The slope has been designed in three sections, each graded by steepness and each offering differe...</p> Editor's Picks #494 Nam Henderson 2019-01-09T19:37:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T21:28:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>ICYMI, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shane Reiner-Roth</a>&nbsp;attended <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summit LA18</a> and offered some <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thoughts</a> on LivingHome YB1, an immaculately designed first full-scale prototype ADU, by Yves B&eacute;har. Contrary to what some might think <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erik Evens</a> argued <br></p> <p>"<em>this seems to be a pretty credible attempt at prefabricated housing...And frankly, the $280k price tag (more like $350k all in) is not bad for such a can be easier, faster and somewhat less expensive for people-of-means, who are looking for a neat and simple solution to a particular building type, such as a vacation house on a remote rural site, or a backyard accessory structure.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Floor Plan of YB1 at Summit LA18</figcaption></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Scavnicky</a> launched a new series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Extra Extra</a>: on architecture memes et al. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Lawler</a> was "<em>Looking forward to future ExtraExtras...think Ryan is on to something close to actual criticism...Archinect has a unique position as the largest forum for architectural discussion outside of Facebook. its independence compels it to take a stronger...</em></p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro's highly anticipated Shed announces April opening Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-09T15:26:00-05:00 >2019-01-16T14:32:55-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One of 2019's most anticipated buildings, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Shed</a>, has announced it will launch its opening season on April 5th, 2019. The new art center&mdash;designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>&nbsp;with Rockwell Group in a collaborating role&mdash;will offer interdisciplinary programming, hosting exhibitions, lectures, and performances premiering works in the performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have built a home where established and emerging artists working in all disciplines can create new work in ways that we cannot even imagine,&rdquo; said Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO of The Shed. Blending genres and disciplines, the first year of programming will see lectures by Boots Riley, the filmmaker behind&nbsp;<em>Sorry to Bother You</em>;&nbsp;a Bj&ouml;rk concert directed by John Tiffany of the broadway play &ldquo;Harry Potter and the Cursed Child&rdquo;; and a kung fu musical featuring songs by Sia and Arca.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the Shed will also undergo a name change. Due to a generous $75 million donation and his role in helpin...</p> Nearly three decades old, Eisenman's (still laser-less) Greater Columbus Convention Center revisited Alexander Walter 2019-01-09T14:35:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T14:37:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With full theatrical trappings&mdash;nu-age Philip Glass music, smoke machines, mood lighting--the Eisenman team unveiled to the crowd a scale model of the building, which produced a light show to rival a Laser Floyd spectacular. These dozen red-hued Death Star beams [...] were to be placed on the building and neighboring structures, flashing, blinking, sweeping across downtown like some insane city-scale laser security system.&nbsp; Three years later, it was opened.&nbsp; Sans lasers.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathan Eddy</a>, architecture documentary director and most recently a driving force&nbsp;to save Philip Johnson and John Burgee&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Building</a> in New York, pens a delightful review of Peter Eisenman's 1990 competition-winning proposal for the&nbsp;Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.&nbsp;</p><p>"Forget the Bilbao Effect&mdash;today&rsquo;s clients demand the Instagram Effect, with architects all but forced to include social media experiences into their designs," writes Eddy. "In 2018, a quarter century feels like&nbsp;<em>forever</em>&nbsp;ago, and Eisenman&rsquo;s building, with its peculiar colors, slanted walls and cocky posturing, is still somehow both out of and ahead of its time, a futuristic anachronism."</p> Sainsbury Wing by Venturi, Scott Brown wins 2019 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award Justine Testado 2019-01-08T20:27:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T14:12:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no one</a> received the prize <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, there was a more positive outcome for the AIA's Twenty-Five Year Award for 2019. Today, the AIA announced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates</a>' Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London as this year's recipient. Established in 1969, the annual award distinguishes a building that has gracefully stood the test of time over the last 25-35 years and &ldquo;continues to set standards of excellence for its architectural design and significance&rdquo;.</p> <p>An extension to the historic National Gallery, the 120,000 square-foot Sainsbury Wing houses one of the world's most visited collections of early Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings. Robert Venturi and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a>'s practice was selected to design the project after they won the second iteration of an international competition in 1985-86. Completed in 1991, the new Sainsbury Wing sparked heated debate among modernists, postmodernists, and the general public. Some critics thought its facade wa...</p> Modernist penguin pool is beyond repair, says architect's daughter Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-08T19:10:00-05:00 >2019-01-10T13:33:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Zoo workers withdrew the birds from Berthold Lubetkin&rsquo;s 1934 Penguin Pool after it was claimed the concrete was causing them a bacterial infection known as &ldquo;bumblefoot&rdquo;. His daughter Sasha said it was &ldquo;terribly sad&rdquo; to see her father&rsquo;s design sitting unused in the zoo. &ldquo;Perhaps it&rsquo;s time to blow it to smithereens.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a truly rare example of architecture at a non-human scale,&nbsp;Berthold Lubetkin&rsquo;s 1934 Penguin Pool at London Zoo is a Modernist classic. But it has been disused for several years, given the fact that its concrete ramps were giving the penguins&nbsp;a bacterial infection known as &ldquo;bumblefoot.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the penguins have moved to a larger and more accommodating enclosure, the original penguin pool has been quietly crumbling in an abandoned section of the zoo.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Should the original Penguin Pool be restored for historical value, or should it exist only as images of an impossible penguin utopia?</p> Mobile version of famed Bauhaus building hits the road in celebration of school's centennial Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-08T16:25:00-05:00 >2019-01-10T12:27:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus art school</a>, the Berlin-based design collective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Savvy Contemporary</a> has created a movable, miniature version of their iconic workshop wing. Nicknamed &ldquo;Bauhaus-Wohnmaschine&rdquo; (Bauhaus living machine), the 15-square-meter home on wheels&nbsp;features a replica of the original building's iconic glass facade, conceived by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a> in 1925. It includes an exhibition space and reading room dedicated to the history of the famous school of design.</p> <p>Over the next year, the Wohnmaschine will visit four cities, traveling from Dessau and Berlin to Kinshasa and Hong Kong. Throughout the journey, the school will hold symposiums and workshops intended to challenge traditions and narratives of modernity and modernism, and their inextricable relationship to colonialism.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Alexander Lech.</figcaption></figure><p>"Design education, discourse and practice is still largely dominated by western design principles and philosophies," says the organization. With this projec...</p> These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the first to be threatened by climate change Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-08T14:06:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T19:09:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>From the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, climate change is drastically impacting some of the world's most treasured heritage sites. To date, over 1,000 bucket-list locations have earned a spot on UNESCO's World Heritage list on account of their "outstanding universal value" to humanity. But, if the world continues to warm, many of these landmarks may lose some of those "outstanding" values or even cease to exist at all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As of 2019, one out of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites is under threat by climate change, each with few protections against their respective worst case scenarios. Increased humidity, rising sea levels and other climatological factors are newly placing increased pressure of century and millennia-old structures that have been the symbols of permanence throughout known history. Here are a few that fall under such threats:</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>1. Piazza San Marco. Venice, Italy</strong></p> <p>Spread out over 118 islands, Venice as a city has knowingly been under threat by rising sea levels and land subsidence for several years. However, its Piazza San Marco, one of the oldest and most prized plazas in all of Europe, is in an especially precarious position - just steps from the island's edges.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>2. Rapa Nui (Easter Island)</strong><br></p> <p>The Chilean Island of Rapa Nui, world famous for its mysterious Moai monoliths buried half-way across its landscape, is currently being eroded by increasing sea levels and higher-than-average waves.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>3.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Th...</strong></p> Snøhetta's Outdoor Care Retreats offer respite to patients at Norway's largest hospitals Justine Testado 2019-01-07T19:19:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T08:28:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hidden in lush forests that are within walking distance from two of Norway&rsquo;s largest hospitals, the Outdoor Care Retreat is a group of secluded wooden cabins that offer patients a relaxing space to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of nature. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> on behalf of the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, the cabins let patients get a break from rigorous treatment routines. Plus, a change in environment can help long-term hospitalization feel a little more manageable.</p> <p>The Friluftssykehuset Foundation initiated the Outdoor Care Retreat project and developed it with the Oslo University Hospital's Department of Psychosomatics and CL-Child Psychiatry and Sn&oslash;hetta. The Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services opened the first Outdoor Care Retreat at the Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet&nbsp;last June. A week later, another Outdoor Care Retreat opened near the&nbsp;S&oslash;rlandet Hospital Kristiansand in southern Norway.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Outdoor Care Retreat in Kristiansand. Photo &copy; Ivar Kvaal.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Outdoor Car...</figcaption></figure> Why are we seeing the same trends in apartment design over and over again? Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-05T15:02:00-05:00 >2019-01-10T12:15:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Due to an Amazon-fueled apartment construction boom over the last decade, Seattle has been an epicenter of [a] new school of structural simulacra. But Seattle is not alone. Nearly every city, from Charlotte to Minneapolis, has seen a proliferation of homogenous apartments as construction has increased again in the wake of the financial recession.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Modern, Plonkitecture, Contemporary Contempt, Blandmarks...</p> <p>These are just a few of the names offered for the ubiquitous apartment building design that has swept the nation in the last few decades. They differ marginally across the United States, for they all equally strive for the aesthetically unoffensive and the financially advantageous.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&ldquo;Part of what people are responding to isn&rsquo;t the building themselves, it&rsquo;s that there are so many of them going up so quickly, all in the same places in the city,&rdquo; argued Richard Mohler, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Washington.<br></p> <p>According to this Curbed article, the culprits are cost-cutting, code-following and labor-reducing. As unfortunate as it is from a design standpoint, standardization is indeed a solution that developers have little question about. Geoff Palmer's apartment buildings have famously occupied the corners and edges of Downtown Los Angeles with mass-produced mediterranean affectations in ...</p> Safe from demolition, ​Richard Neutra's Chuey House seeks "preservation-minded buyer​" Justine Testado 2019-01-04T17:36:00-05:00 >2019-01-04T18:10:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Los Angeles Conservancy, which spearheaded the landmarking efforts, canceled plans to name the property a Historic-Cultural Monument after agreeing to a deal with owners Paul and Gigi Shepherd to &ldquo;take demolition off the table.&rdquo; That means buyers must be willing to relocate the home if they plan to build on the stunning hillside vista where it sits.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now listed for $6.25 million, Richard Neutra's historic Chuey House in Hollywood Hills is still up for grabs. &ldquo;According to listing material, the one and a half acres upon which [the house] sits could accommodate a 20,000 square foot megamansion. That&rsquo;s more than 10 times the size of the existing structure,&rdquo; the article states.</p> 10 new interior spaces for your Friday inspiration Alexander Walter 2019-01-04T15:17:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T14:52:55-05:00 <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>Interiors</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">Cortex Park</a> in Odense, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADEPT </a>with Creo Arkitekter, Ramboll DK, Schul Landskabsarkitekter; Photo: Adam M&oslash;rk<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">The Import Building</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio RHE</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">Bi(h)ome</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly Architects</a>; Photo: Nico Marques<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">The Wing Soho</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alda Ly Architecture &amp; Design</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">Umi-Play Children&rsquo;s Dramatic Arts Center</a> in Shijiazhuang, China by&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AntiStatics Architecture Design</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">Shake Shack Corporate Headquarters</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bergmeyer</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">O Cuatro Residence</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIGDAL ARQUITECTOS</a>; Photo: Rafael Gamo<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">Wakecrest Residence</a> in Malibu, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShubinDonaldson</a>; Photo: Benny Ch...</p> Potato peels willed into becoming the hot new building material Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-04T14:58:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T08:38:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>London-based designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll along with research scientist Greg Cooper have developed a biodegradable alternative to resin-based building materials such as low- and medium-density fiberboard. Called Chip[s] Board, the new material is made from non-food-grade industrial potato waste and is free of toxic chemicals and formaldehyde.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Potatoes are truly the most versatile vegetable. Chips, hash browns and vodka are just a few of its miracles, but it has also recently been added to the list of innovative building materials.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>London-based designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll, along with research scientist Greg Cooper, have created Chip[s] Board, an alternative to the often toxic or contaminating building materials tyoically employed in building construction. According to its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">project page</a>, "Chip[s] Board&reg; is an eco-friendly alternative to chip board and MDF made from potato waste. Unlike its resin based counterparts, Chip[s] Board&nbsp;is biodegradable post-use and doesn&rsquo;t contain formaldehyde or any other toxic resins and chemicals."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>In a foreseeable future, could consume the innards of a potato and independently recycle its peels to contribute to a nearby housing project. They have developed a circular model of the building material (above) to indicate how little waste can be produced in the near future with the i...</p> Construction work on partly built Mexico City International Airport officially suspended Alexander Walter 2019-01-04T13:32:00-05:00 >2019-01-08T10:10:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some work continued on Thursday at a partly-built $13 billion Mexico City airport that the new president is scrapping, even after the government announced construction had been halted. [...] The head of the government-run agency responsible for the project, Gerardo Ferrando, said the only construction still underway was to preserve what had already been built, such as drainage works, slabs of foundation and a partly-built tower.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>NAICM aerial visualization. Rendering: Dbox.</figcaption></figure><p>It's unclear what should happen now with the partly built new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City International Airport</a>&nbsp;which, some argue, was about one-third complete. "Construction work is officially suspended on that airport, and negotiations on the early termination of the contracts has begun," said Communications and Transport Minister Javier Jimenez Espriu in a news conference this week.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior concept. Rendering: Dbox.</figcaption></figure><p>The mammoth $13 billion infrastructure project was designed&nbsp;by a conglomerate comprising&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise)</a>, and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants)<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp;</p> An Amsterdam office complex will soon be transformed into residences by MVRDV Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-03T18:54:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T08:35:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A master plan for a 17 acre parcel of land in Amsterdam has been recently unveiled by the Dutch firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>. Given the fact that "Amsterdam urgently needs housing in all sorts of sizes and price ranges, for both purchase and rental,&rdquo; says Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of MVRDV, the project, titled Westerpark West,&nbsp;will transform what was once an office complex into a residential one.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Westerpark West. Image &copy; CIIID</figcaption></figure><p>"What was once a grey, isolated office location in Amsterdam-West will soon become a green, lively neighborhood of around 750 homes," according to the press release. "Placing an emphasis on green space and architectural diversity, the proposal for Westerpark West is a sustainable response to the ever-growing housing demand in Amsterdam."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Westerpark West. Image &copy; CIIID</figcaption></figure><p>In an effort to appeal to the principles of materials cycles and updated standards of sustainability, the master plan will update a number of the office buildings that have been on the site since the 1980s by t...</p> Jean Nouvel's controversial 53 West 53rd Street residential skyscraper nears completion Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-03T16:21:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T16:23:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last week, the final piece of the third and highest apex of Jean Nouvel&rsquo;s first residential skyscraper was anchored and installed over Midtown. 53 West 53rd Street now stands 1,050 feet tall, and is currently the 7th-tallest skyscraper under construction in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If the introduction of 432 Park Avenue, the 1,300-foot-tall&nbsp;Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&nbsp;and SLCE Architects-designed apartment tower wasn't a jarring enough addition to the New York skyline, the completion of a controversial second building will soon normalize the movement towards ultra-tall residential living.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Giles Ashford, via New York YIMBY</figcaption></figure><p>Across from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Jean Nouvel's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">53 West 53rd Street</a> apartment tower is nearly complete. At 1,050 feet tall, it is currently the 7th tallest building under construction in the city. While not the tallest of the supertall that are coming to define New York City's skyline, it stands as a unique triumph for the French architect and a bold addition to the MoMA block. Below is a rendering of the building from when it was first proposed over 13 years ago.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of 53 West 53rd Street, 2006.</figcaption></figure><p>53 West 53rd Street is expected to be complete by the end of the year.<br></p> Steven Holl Architects releases short video spotlighting VCU Institute for Contemporary​ Art Justine Testado 2019-01-03T16:11:00-05:00 >2019-01-04T13:43:28-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a> recently released a short video by Milkbox NY that highlights the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art that opened <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last April</a> in Richmond. Hear Steven Holl and Chris McVoy talk more about the ICA's dynamic design, while artists and VCUarts faculty and alumni comment on the building's impact on the local community over the last nine months. You can watch the 6-minute feature below.</p> Inglewood NFL Stadium takes shape as roof truss is set into place Justine Testado 2019-01-03T14:25:00-05:00 >2019-01-03T14:25:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Crews from AECOM Hunt and Turner Construction are hoisting the components of the stadium's immense roof truss into place. The metal structure will eventually be wrapped with a canopy of the plastic material ETFE, which will give the structure a translucent coat on which the logos of both its occupants can be displayed. Scheduled to open in 2020, the 70,000-seat stadium is scheduled to host the 2022 Super Bowl, and is also poised to play a key role in the 2028 Summer Olympic games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inglewood NFL Stadium</a>&nbsp;moves forward as its distinctive roof truss is hoisted into place. Meanwhile, in a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent report from KTLA 5</a>, longtime business owners in Inglewood are already worried that they may have to move out&nbsp;due to rapidly rising rents as the stadium is built.</p>