Archinect - News 2017-08-24T06:58:38-04:00 Michael Maltzan's renderings of the expanded Hammer Museum reveal cautious, yet possibly ebullient design Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T14:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-27T14:53:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After transforming from a cramped adjunct space to a fully fledged L.A. cultural hotspot in just a few decades, the Hammer Museum is expanding again thanks to Michael Maltzan, who has been gradually increasing and renovating the Hammer over the years via The Billy Wilder Theatre, the expanded public courtyard (featuring Heatherwick Studio's ever delightful spool chairs), and the John V. Tunney Bridge. Based on his past work for the museum, he's able to create aesthetically powerful spaces in fairly constrained circumstances. The new renderings, while not mind-blowing in of themselves, promise a continuance of his detailed, culturally attuned work.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Perhaps the most exciting element of the new design is the pronounced pedestrian entrance on Wilshire Boulevard. Currently, museum goers often enter through the frankly unimpressive subterranean parking garage, or the staircase-heavy entrances on Lindbrook or Wilshire. This nod toward greater accessibility will hopefully not only perk up th...</p> One of the iconic arches of the old Sixth Street Bridge in LA will be preserved Nicholas Korody 2016-10-11T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, the Sixth Street Bridge, which spans the Los Angeles River and connects the Arts District to Boyle Heights, was demolished due to a structural issue known as &ldquo;concrete rot&rdquo;. Built in 1932, the bridge held an iconic status in the collective imagination of the city, particularly due to its easily-recognizable silhouette, formed by two swooping, steel arches. Now officials report that one of these arches will be preserved and placed somewhere in the new, 8-acre park that will soon be beneath the new viaduct, which is designed by Michael Maltzan and features ribbon-like, Y-shaped columns. The city also gave away around 1,000 pieces of the bridge as commemorative objects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t the Eastsider LA</a></p><p>For more on the Sixth Street Bridge, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles is giving away 1,000 pieces of its demolished 6th Street Bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th St...</a></li></ul> Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway Julia Ingalls 2016-07-07T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T14:23:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Christopher Hawthorne, in keeping with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his exploration of the ever evolving urban identity of Los Angeles</a>, reached out via the L.A. Times to Michael Maltzan to see if the architect had any ideas about transforming L.A.'s freeways from noisy polluting agents into civic amenities. Maltzan has responded pro bono with an idea to place a 3/4 mile stretch of the 134 freeway into a tunnel which would not only reduce noise and annually absorb 516,000 tons of carbon dioxide, but double as a site for rooftop solar panels and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vegetation walls</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Drivers in the tunnel would still be able to see their Pasadena surroundings through the lattice-like exterior, although residents near the just south of the Rose Bowl portion of the freeway would experience a significant traffic noise reduction thanks to the tunnel's acoustically insulated walls. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the L.A. Times</a> notes, Michael Maltzan "describes the proposal, produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles office of the engineering firm Arup, as 'an env...</p> Bridging Downtown: Michael Maltzan on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #15 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-14T17:29:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T23:26:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's One-to-One guest, the&nbsp;Los-Angeles based architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan</a>, may be best known for his multiple residential&nbsp;projects with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skid Row Housing Trust</a>, and the longer-than-the-empire-state-building-is-tall residential mixed user, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Santa Fe</a>. But&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maltzan&rsquo;s office</a> is also designing Los Angeles&rsquo; new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sixth Street Viaduct</a>, a since-demolished infrastructural icon of the city that bridged the Los Angeles River between downtown and Boyle Heights. Michael shares his relationship with the growing identity of downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, and his perspective on the style of urbanism arising on LA&rsquo;s westside in the &ldquo;Silicon Beach&rdquo; neighborhood of Playa Vista. We also discuss the effect of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s ban on &ldquo;weird&rdquo; architecture</a> for LA-architects practicing there.</p><p>Listen to One-to-One #15 with&nbsp;<strong>Michael Maltzan</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasti...</li></ul> Archinect's front runners for the 2016 Pritzker Prize Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-08T15:41:00-05:00 >2017-04-13T18:09:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Next Wednesday, January 13, the 2016 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize will be announced. The winner will receive the Pritzker's bronze medal, $100,000, and an avalanche of "what does this mean for architecture" media attention.</p><p>Check back here for the winner announcement first thing Wednesday, but until then, revel with us in the contentious practice of Pritzker-Predictions! Our top 6 picks follow:</p><p><strong>Steven Holl: the perennial prediction</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China</em></p><p>Holl seems like an obvious choice, and his name has certainly echoed before in prediction lists. His work is known for its impressive light choreography and has a far-reaching global roster of projects, most recently including the Reid Building expansion at the Glasgow School of Art and the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum in China.</p><p><strong>DS+R: the buzziest</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>The High Line in New York City.</em></p><p>If buzz were the judge, DSR would be a shoe-in. Their work on the High Line received criticism veering on rapturous, and while their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B...</a></p> Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-01-11T14:01:35-05:00 <img src="" width="580" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The phrases "public housing" or "low-income housing" do not generally conjure thoughts of architectural innovation. [...] But it doesn't have to be that way, as several recent housing developments in Los Angeles prove. Instead, they pose the question: What if low-income housing was perceived as leading the vanguard of innovative, responsive architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future</a></p> Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:36:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is a place that is &ldquo;conducive to making ideas and forms at the same time,&rdquo; asserted Michael Maltzan during a talk yesterday at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Part of the museum&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series inCOLLABORATION, Maltzan&rsquo;s talk focused on the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts, as well as his conception of the role of contemporary architecture in the future of American cities.</p><p>The talk was divided into three categories: housing, civic or landscape design, and infrastructure. Yet as Maltzan moved from one to the next, he noted the conceptual permeability of these categories. On the one hand, he asserted that the movement between a house and an infrastructure project, for example, can be radically divergent. This is a fact with which Michael Maltzan Architecture has become intimately acquainted as they have greatly expanded their reach both programmatically and geographically in recent years. On t...</p> New St. Pete Pier – Finalists 2.0 Archinect 2014-12-30T17:51:00-05:00 >2015-01-01T21:08:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Second time's the charm&nbsp;&mdash; that's what the eight finalists of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New St. Pete Pier </a>competition must be thinking.</p><p>After the first attempt of an architectural competition to redesign the iconic pier in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Petersburg</a>, FL was off to a bad start (remember? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan</a>'s entry <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Lens"</a> was first crowned as winning entry and, after a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">heated debate</a>, quickly fed to the sharks and never realized), the City of St. Petersburg <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">launched a second RFQ</a> for the pier's redesign.</p><p>The latest brief incorporated one of the core arguments brought forward against "The Lens" by the group&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concerned Citizens of St. Pete</a> &mdash; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation of the signature Inverted Pyramid</a> structure built in 1973.</p><p>Eight finalists have now been presented to the public; each team equipped with a $30,000 stipend to develop initial design concepts, cost estimates and detailed reports.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; Discover Bay Life by VOA - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View concept (PDF)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View concept (PDF)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;...</p> Michael Maltzan's One Santa Fe tries to make density appealing in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:18:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a fractal of contemporary Los Angeles architecture, the fragment that both contains and helps explain the whole. [...] What gives the $165-million project its unusual symbolic power is that it takes the generic stuff of a typical L.A. apartment building &mdash; a wood frame slathered in white stucco and lifted above a concrete parking deck &mdash; and expands it dramatically to urban scale. [...] The design takes banality and stretches it like taffy in the direction of monumentality.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Wild architecture makes German cinema come alive at LACMA Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T14:05:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Movies can be great. Art can be great. But put them together in a museum exhibition, and the combination can be not-so-great. [...] A new exhibition of early 20th-century cinema at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), however, rethinks that equation. [...] Designed by Amy Murphy, a professor of architecture at USC, and Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture, the exhibition design is the antithesis of the traditional framed-stuff-on-a-wall model.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interview with Michael Maltzan, ForumFest 2013 Honoree Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-08T10:59:00-05:00 >2013-11-16T01:13:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> This Saturday, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a> will hold its annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ForumFest</a> fundraiser, this year honoring Michael Maltzan. Operating as both educational and artistic platform, the LA Forum has helped shape the critical perspective on Los Angeles urbanism since 1987. In line with the Forum's impact on the city, Maltzan has contributed to L.A.&rsquo;s theoretical urban identity as well as its physical one -- producing many critical writings on the city, along with projects on a variety of scales.</p> <p> In anticipation of ForumFest, I spoke with Michael about his relationship to the city of Los Angeles, why he makes himself write, and the models for successful future cities.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</strong>: How is writing useful to architectural practice, and when considering urbanism?</p> <p> <strong>Michael Maltzan</strong>: The thing I like so much about writing is that I find it very hard, and because of that, because it's not the most immediate way that I express what I'm thinking about, ...</p> LA ForumFest to honor Michael Maltzan Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-01T15:02:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:22:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Celebrating over 25 years of educational and advocacy work, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a> will honor architect Michael Maltzan, FAIA, of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Architecture</a> at their annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ForumFest</a>. The LA Forum is a discussion platform for local architecture and urbanism, where design professionals and the general public alike can reflect on the nature and impact of architecture in Los Angeles.</p> <p> Michael Maltzan was a natural choice for this year's ForumFest honoree -- established in Los Angeles since 1995, his firm embraces the diverse, sometimes contradictory Los Angeles landscape, while retaining a recognizable personality and form specific to his practice. He has also contributed to the architectural discourse on Los Angeles through multiple essays and critical pieces. Maltzan is perhaps most well-known in Los Angeles for his work with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skid Row Housing Trust</a>, as well as his many architectural and urban planning projects at the intersection of education...</p> Michael Maltzan Guest DJ's on Santa Monica's KCRW Archinect 2013-04-10T18:29:00-04:00 >2016-03-02T14:52:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Michael Maltzan has designed prestigious museums, luxurious private residences and social housing in Downtown LA. Music has been a factor in his life since he first started to discover architecture and he ruminates on the connection between the two art forms while sharing songs from Big Star, Talking Heads and more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Track list:</p><ol><li>The Bad Plus - Long Distance Runaround</li><li>Talking Heads - The Big Country</li><li>Big Star - The Ballad Of El Goodo</li><li>PJ Harvey - We Float</li><li>Glen Campbell - There's No Me Without You</li></ol> Michael Maltzan selected to design Inuit Art and Learning Centre for WAG Archinect 2012-11-28T13:58:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:59:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The award-winning American architect Michael Maltzan has been selected to design the Inuit Art and Learning Centre at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winnipeg Art Gallery</a>. The Centre will house both the WAG&rsquo;s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Studio Art and Learning programs. Michael Maltzan will be the Prime and Design Architect for this historic project, and supporting his team will be Cibinel Architects, Ltd, led by principal George Cibinel, acting as the Associate and Technical Architect in Winnipeg.</p> <p> This past August, 65 prospective architectural teams from 15 countries responded to the Call for Expressions of Interest for the IALC project. In September, the architect selection committee narrowed it down to six finalists who submitted expanded proposals and were interviewed last month. The selection committee was unanimous in choosing Michael Maltzan as the winning architect, and this recommendation subsequently received overwhelming approval...</p> Michael Maltzan Sinks Underwater Reef Garden Idea for Revised St. Petersburg Pier Design Archinect 2012-11-28T12:14:00-05:00 >2012-11-28T12:14:46-05:00 <img src="" width="537" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Maltzan and his firm were sent back to the drawing board to revise plans for a pier renovation in St. Petersburg, Florida after scientists disputed the feasibility of the proposal&rsquo;s main appeal: its underwater reef garden. Today, the firm released details of its revisions &ndash; the redesign will add shaded balconies, vehicular transit, and another restaurant &mdash; features suggested by the local community &mdash; while taking away the quasi-aquarium that helped christen the project &ldquo;The Lens.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition Archinect 2012-10-19T17:33:00-04:00 >2016-08-01T19:04:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winning design, easily the most ambitious of three finalists announced last month, calls for a repeating series of concrete arches that both refer to and exaggerate the Butler design as the bridge stretches from downtown Los Angeles on the west to Boyle Heights on the east, spanning the L.A. River and the 101 Freeway on its way.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dignifying Design Archinect 2012-10-07T18:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:31:13-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though unemployment is widespread among designers and architects, there exists a world of products, places and processes in desperate need of redesign. Imagine if designers &mdash; uniquely trained to listen and observe, and to improve the way things function, feel and look &mdash; were, like the Enterprise Rose fellows, embedded in schools, nonprofit organizations, health clinics, religious institutions and government offices, where they could experience community needs and behavioral patterns firsthand.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Michael Maltzan selected for Paris Residential Annex Archinect 2012-10-05T20:37:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T19:01:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA) was selected from a very talented shortlist of three architecture/engineering (A/E) teams that advanced to the final round of presentations and interviews. MMA brought together a strong architectural and landscape team, supplemented with an impressive portfolio of engineers. The design philosophy presented carefully considers the local culture and historical context, and responds accordingly to the sensitivity of the building within a landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the selection of Michael Maltzan Architecture to design the new residential facility in Paris, France.</p> <p> Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA) was selected from a very talented shortlist of three architecture/engineering (A/E) teams that advanced to the final round of presentations and interviews. MMA brought together a strong architectural and landscape team, supplemented with an impressive portfolio of engineers. The design philosophy presented carefully considers the local culture and historical context, and responds accordingly to the sensitivity of the building within a landscape.</p> <p> The new residential annex will be constructed on a U.S. Government-owned property located in a central urban neighborhood that is near the U.S. Embassy and will include an underground parking garage.</p> <p> This project is the second solicited for design under OBO&rsquo;s Design Excellence program. With Design Excellence, OBO seek...</p> Scientists propose more realistic vision for Michael Maltzan's pier's underwater garden Archinect 2012-08-13T15:06:00-04:00 >2012-08-14T01:03:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, architects and city staff met with marine scientists for the first time and heard the verdict: Maltzan's dream of a Key West-style reef with corals and easily visible sea life would remain just that in Tampa Bay waters. Now the architect is going back to the drawing board, looking for more realistic ways to present the centerpiece feature of the Lens, as the replacement of the current Pier is known.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Art Center buys postal facility, plans to expand and renovate Alexander Walter 2012-03-07T14:20:00-05:00 >2012-03-07T15:27:11-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="223" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art Center, often ranked among the nation&rsquo;s top design schools, announced Tuesday that it has spent $7 million to buy a former U.S. Postal Service mail distribution center next to its existing satellite campus in south Pasadena, and has hired the Los Angeles firm Michael Maltzan Architecture to do master planning and design work.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'The Lens' Draws Sharp Comments at Town Hall Meeting Archinect 2012-02-03T17:07:00-05:00 >2012-02-06T14:07:40-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>About three-quarters of the people who spoke favored renovating the existing pier or picking a "Mediterranean-style" design for a replacement. The ultra-modern design of "The Lens" did not draw support from most of the people who spoke. "We are paying for $50 million for a sidewalk over the water," one commenter said. "I wanted Mediterranean style. (I) feel we are being locked into (a design) that doesn't have any local flavor."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Michael Maltzan’s “The Lens” Wins St. Petersburg Pier Competition Alexander Walter 2012-01-20T13:41:00-05:00 >2012-01-22T23:52:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning, the jury at the international St. Petersburg Pier competition announced "The Lens" proposal as the winning entry. Designed by Los Angeles firm Michael Maltzan Architecture in collaboration with landscape architects Tom Leader Studio, the scheme proposes a network of looping walkways and sweeping bridges which will add a landmark to the waterfront of St. Petersburg, Florida. The jury, three architects and two elected officials, selected the concept unanimously.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Big Name Semi-Finalists for the St. Petersburg Pier Design Competition Phillip Crosby 2011-07-30T10:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-01T17:55:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six New York City firms were selected, including BIG, which Saitowitz said had designs of past projects that were "jaw dropping."</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Friday, a five-member panel narrowed down a list of 23 firms and teams competing to design a new $50 million Pier to nine semifinalists. They are:</p> <ul><li> West 8 Urban Design, New York City</li> <li> Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles</li> <li> BIG, New York City</li> <li> James Corner Field Operations, New York City</li> <li> HOK, Tampa</li> <li> Frederic Schwartz, New York City</li> <li> Weiss/Manfredi Architectural/Landscape/Urbanism, NYC</li> <li> Farshid Moussavi Architecture, London</li> <li> !melk Urban Design, NYC</li> </ul>