Archinect - News 2017-08-22T13:02:49-04:00 Architecture Research Office to update the Rothko Chapel Nicholas Korody 2016-10-25T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:17:47-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Rothko Chapel in Houston, a masterpiece of midcentury architecture, houses 14 panels by the revered artist Mark Rothko. But the Chapel is in need of some TLC, from fixing the HVAC system to improving the lighting. The New York-based office Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been selected to oversee the renovations.</p><p>In addition to bringing the mechanics of the Chapel up-to-date, ARO will retool the entrance vestibule and renovate the Chapel&rsquo;s skylight. They will also design a master plan, which will include modifications to an outdoor plaza and a reflecting pool that contains the Barnett Newman sculpture &ldquo;Broken Obelisk&rdquo;. The master plan also includes several nearby bungalows.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>ARO has a proven track record when it comes to light-weight, highly-sensitive restoration projects. Back in 2013, they renovated a 19th century cast-iron warehouse used by Donald Judd as his studio and home until his death in 1994. While extensive renovations were required, ARO updated the building with ...</p> Review: Menil design by L.A.'s Johnston Marklee is deceptively simple Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T17:10:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:30-05:00 <img src="" width="598" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sharon Johnston, who runs the Los Angeles firm Johnston Marklee &amp; Associates with her husband Mark Lee, told me a couple of years ago that there was one key difference between their work and the mannered, loosely flamboyant designs of Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss and other famous L.A. architects a generation or two older [...] Now that the firm&rsquo;s design for a new building on the campus of the Menil Collection art museum in Houston has been unveiled, it&rsquo;s easier to see what she meant.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In 25th anniversary year, Menil Collection names architect for initial expansion into neighborhood</a></p> Menil Collection hires Michael Van Valkenburgh to enhance Houston campus Archinect 2013-06-12T18:51:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:37:39-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The appointment signals the start of implementing the Menil&rsquo;s master plan for its &ldquo;neighborhood of art,&rdquo; which consists of six buildings devoted to art spread across several blocks, as well as outdoor sculptures, green spaces and bungalows.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In 25th anniversary year, Menil Collection names architect for initial expansion into neighborhood Archinect 2012-06-11T15:20:00-04:00 >2014-02-20T17:12:40-05:00 <img src="" width="614" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost twenty-five years to the day after Dominique de Menil and architect Renzo Piano celebrated the opening of the central museum building of the Menil Collection, Director Josef Helfenstein announced that the Board of Trustees has unanimously chosen the Los Angeles -based architecture firm Johnston Marklee to design the Menil Drawing Institute, the first major building project to be initiated under an ambitious plan for the institution&rsquo;s future.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Review: Menil design by L.A.'s Johnston Marklee is deceptively simple</a></p> Menil Collection plans new building for Drawing Institute; four architecture firms named as finalists Archinect 2012-04-13T15:47:00-04:00 >2012-04-16T20:39:02-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Four finalists have emerged from the Menil Collection's extensive international search to select an architect to design its Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), the first major project to be built as a part of the museum's long-range master plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p> After several years of site visits, careful research and thoughtful interviews, the Menil's architecture selection committee has announced a short list of long-established and newly-emerging architectural firms:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Tatiana Bilbao</strong> &mdash; up-and-coming Mexico City architect with a number of high-profile projects under her belt, including a building co-designed with artist Gabriel Orozco</li> <li> <strong>David Chipperfield Architects</strong> &mdash; renowned London-based firm behind the Menil's 2009 master plan as well as the stunning Figge Art Museum in Iowa</li> <li> <strong>Johnston Marklee</strong> &mdash; design duo from Los Angeles known for its ultramodern nods to architectural history</li> <li> <strong>SANAA</strong> &mdash; Tokyo-based designers behind the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion and winners of the 2010 Pritzker Prize<br> &nbsp;</li> </ul>