Archinect - News 2018-05-27T19:03:00-04:00 Bulgaria's Buzludzha Monument opens its doors for the first time in eight years, with restoration plans underway Justine Testado 2018-05-23T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T15:00:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Officially called the &ldquo;House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party&rdquo;, the building fell into disrepair following the collapse of the country's socialist government in 1989, but remains a popular landmark and tourist attraction. The trip comes before an expected visit by European and Bulgarian experts at the end of 2018, who will report on the building&rsquo;s structural integrity with the view of opening it officially to tourists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> PoMo yay, Brutalism nay? Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-25T12:52:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That we are now starting to get to grips with PoMo architecture&rsquo;s controversial legacy is welcome, not least because other important buildings have already been destroyed, and others are threatened. [...] Today the worlds of design and conservation are more closely allied than before. But even as this latest batch of postmodern buildings has won protected status, it is worth noting that important brutalist buildings are still excluded from the roster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commentary by Catherine Croft for <em>The Guardian</em> on Historic England's recent selection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">17 postmodern buildings</a> to be listed as heritage without extending the same love to important examples of the brutalist school.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Recently received Grade II listed status: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge by John Outram. Photo: inkelv1122/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> Despite preservation efforts, many of Chicago's historic buildings are still being abruptly demolished Justine Testado 2018-05-18T19:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:25:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Despite the 90-day hold on demolition permits for buildings determined to be historic by the city, Miller says that some city council members have used aldermanic prerogative to fast-track the eventual destruction of significant structures. But more often than not, Miller says that communities and preservation advocates simply do not have enough time to line up a buyer or produce a plan for adaptive reuse when demolition threats surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With all its rich architectural history, is Chicago facing a preservation crisis?&nbsp;In recent years, many of the city's most historic buildings &mdash; despite being flagged by preservationists for their architectural or cultural significance &mdash; are being abruptly demolished.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago,&ldquo;neighborhood preservation advocates have been stretched beyond capacity in recent years, overburdened by frequent demolitions,&rdquo; he says in Chicago Magazine.<br></p> Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to 'dark' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2018-05-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T16:19:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Drilling holes&mdash;for windows, granted&mdash;into famed architect Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s final project could cost $1 million, and preservationists are peeved such plans are still on the drafting board. But despite community pushback, the window plans are still very much alive. Tuesday night, a crowd again convened at downtown&rsquo;s Central Atlanta Library, a Breuer-designed Brutalist building, to argue against aspects of the $50 million plan to renovate the 38-year-old structure.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current state of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library building. Photo: Aleksandr Zykov/Flickr.</figcaption></figure><p>To drill or not to drill&mdash;that's at the center of a heated debate between the Atlanta&ndash;Fulton Public Library System, who would like to see additional windows to bring some natural light into their aging Marcel Breuer-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Atlanta Library</a> building, and preservationists, who insist that the concrete shell of the brutalist structure from 1980 must not be altered.&nbsp;</p> <p>"What we&rsquo;ve always heard about this building is it&rsquo;s dark; it&rsquo;s dingy; it&rsquo;s dank, and the windows are a way to enliven this," Atlanta library director Gabriel Morley said about the building that once&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced demolition</a> not too long ago. "It&rsquo;s a way to bring some inside out and some outside in."</p> The Taj Mahal went from white to yellow and now greenish Alexander Walter 2018-05-10T19:08:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T19:11:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>India&rsquo;s Supreme Court on Wednesday faulted the country&rsquo;s archaeological conservation body for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration, dirty feet and green slime emitted by millions of mosquito-like insects. Since 2015, the body, the Archaeological Survey of India, has overseen a restoration project at the Taj Mahal, with workers scaling scaffolding to remove grime from the 17th-century tomb [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>After decades of slowly turning dull and yellowish from smog and pollution, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>'s formerly white facade has now taken on an unattractive green discoloration. Archaeological experts suspect swarms of tiny bugs to be the perpetrators, but India's highest court isn't pleased with the slow pace of cleanup of what is arguably India's most well know architectural landmark.<br></p> Google's Open Heritage project applies cutting edge technology to architectural preservation Hope Daley 2018-04-30T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T15:43:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Google provides open access to 3D digital archives of historic sites around the globe, which have been recorded by CyArk for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> purposes. CyArk, a non profit organization founded in 2003, has been working to digitally record, archive, and share immersive sites with people online. Through 3D models, Street Views, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a>, viewers can experience these important sites in new and relevant ways. So far, the group has 26 sites that are digitally preserved and downloadable.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3D Laser Scan data cutaway of the interior of Tudor Place. Image: CyArk.</figcaption></figure><p>CyArk has recorded over 200 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monuments</a> on all 7 continents, while assisting other conservationists through engineering drawings and detailed maps. The data is archived using state of the art processes to ensure continued availability.&nbsp;<br></p> Marcel Breuer's Brutalist Pirelli Building is slated for new life as a hotel Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-24T14:53:00-04:00 >2018-04-26T20:36:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer</a>'s iconic&nbsp;Pirelli Building, once&nbsp;a symbol of New Haven's mid-century embrace of&nbsp;urban renewal and modern architecture, has spent the past two decades completely vacant, save for a recent art show.&nbsp;</p><p>Known for its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist design</a> featuring a 2-story gap, the mid-century masterpiece was taken over by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> in the late 90s. Upon acquiring the property, the Swedish furniture giant demolished the adjacent two-story wing to make room for parking spaces and have since left the remaining structure unoccupied, much to the anxiety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> and civic leaders. Listed by the&nbsp;State Register of Historic Places, many believed it would become the victim of IKEA's demolition-by-neglect strategy.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the&nbsp;<em>New Haven Independent</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reporting</a> on new interest in turning the Sargent drive property into a hotel, the building now has a shot at its adaptive reuse. IKEA has yet to announce updates on plans for the Pirelli Building, but the city's&nbsp;Economic Development Administrator Matthew N...</p> How private citizens helped to save the Astrodome Alexander Walter 2018-04-11T14:23:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T14:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Though Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is the public official most closely tied to the salvation of the Astrodome, many private citizens have played important roles, too. Without their many letters, petitions, documents and road trips &ndash; the tools of architectural preservation &ndash; Houston might have lost its most iconic building.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Houston Chronicle</em> editor Allyn West retells the long and twisting tale of how the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Astrodome</a> went from designated wrecking-ball fodder to National Historic Landmark and the activism behind it.</p> The Frick Collection unveils Selldorf Architects' expansion scheme Justine Testado 2018-04-05T15:03:00-04:00 >2018-04-05T15:03:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rough start</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Frick Collection</a> unveiled their new expansion design by Selldorf Architects,&nbsp;who was appointed for the renovation job <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2016</a>. Currently slated for a 2020 groundbreaking, the project is the Frick's first comprehensive upgrade to its buildings since they opened to the public in 1935.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Elevation of The Frick Collection showing current and proposed views from 70th Street; Courtesy Selldorf Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Designed with Executive Architect Beyer Blinder Belle,&nbsp;Selldorf Architects' scheme adds subtle expansions that address the Frick's programmatic needs, while largely preserving the museum's original aesthetic (watch closely in the GIF above) and its intimate visitor experience.&nbsp;The project comprises approximately 60,000 sq.ft. of repurposed space and 27,000 sq.ft. of new construction.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Frick Collection Reception Hall looking east towards 70th Street Garden; Courtesy of Selldorf Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Frick Collection Reception Hall; Courtesy Selldorf Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>A series of ...</p> 10 examples of old & new architecture coexisting harmoniously Archinect 2018-03-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-02T13:35:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</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">35HP</a> in Rye, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joeb Moore &amp; Partners</a>; Photo: David Sundberg/Esto and Dorothy Hong<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">Chelsea Waterside Residences</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBO4 Architecture PLLC</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">Courtyard Renovation at the White Pagoda Temple</a> in Beijing, China by students from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua University School of Architecture</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">maison h</a>; Photo: Martijn de Geus<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">SculptureCenter</a> in Long Island City, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Berman Architect</a>; Photo: Michael Moran / OTTO<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">Tribeca Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC</a>; Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto<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">One Kearny</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Office of Charles F. Bloszies</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">Architecture Faculty</a> in Tournai, Belgium ...</p> Recent Banksy addition in NYC removed with rumors that property owner will profit from auction Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-20T17:15:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T07:48:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last week, a piece by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">anonymous graffiti artist</a> was stenciled onto a building at the northwest corner of 14th street and sixth avenue in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>.&nbsp;The structure&mdash;a former bank building&mdash;was tagged with one of Banksy's trademark rats running around a clock&nbsp;that is native to the property. Along with another piece that popped up in the city last week, it is believed to be his latest intervention in the city since his October 2013 "residency".</p> <p>The work has been drawing crowds to the old HSBC, which is slated for demolition in order to build a&nbsp;13-story mixed-use building. This morning, according to&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperallergic</a>,&nbsp;</em>the clock was taken down by four workmen who dismantled the clock motor and mechanism from the interior. The removal was apparently ordered by the property owner and is rumored to be going to auction for&nbsp;the owner to conveniently profit off of.&nbsp;</p> The iconic Portland Building's postmodern, multicolored facade is dismantled Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-09T16:09:00-05:00 >2018-03-12T17:56:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves</a>, the pioneering <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland Building</a> is at once considered to be a postmodern icon as well as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"ugliest building in Oregon"</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;A rectangular block of four, heavily ornamented, salmon and turquoise facades, the building can easily be likened to a small, fancy French cake. But, beyond the merits of its aesthetics, the 15-story office tower has also been criticized for its structural mishaps that include&nbsp;seismic deficiencies and water intrusions issues.</p> <p>Concern over these flaws, as well as a healthy dose of po-mo hate, have led to long held discussions regarding its potential destruction. In 2015, the conversation was finally brought to head when the city decided to move forward with a major, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$195 million reconstruction</a> of&nbsp;the building.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Joakim Lord. Courtesy of Docomomo Oregon.</figcaption></figure><p>The rebuild, which was approved by the Landmarks Commission due to the building's historical significance, will mean updates to the building's operating systems and seismic retr...</p> V&A's three-story chunk of demolished housing to be shown at Venice Architecture Biennale Hope Daley 2018-03-07T16:14:00-05:00 >2018-03-07T16:14:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The V&amp;A will transport a recently demolished concrete section from Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, east London, to the Venice Architecture Biennale. It will be delivered by barge to the biennale&rsquo;s Arsenale site, where it will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold, allowing visitors to stand on an original &ldquo;street in the sky&rdquo; &ndash; the elevated deck that was optimistically meant to foster healthy interaction between neighbours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The demolition of east <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s Robin Hood Gardens has been ongoing since last year, which is why the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A moved to acquire a three-story section</a>&nbsp;of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> icon. The museum's section will now be displayed in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale in order to revisit its original vision and what it has to teach us about social housing moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>50 years after its construction, this preserved section will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold where visitors can experience the intended interaction with the building.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse</a> will be exhibited&nbsp;at the Venice Architecture Biennale from 26 May to 25 November.&nbsp;</p> Resignation towards the demolition of SOM's Union Carbide skyscaper Hope Daley 2018-03-05T16:53:00-05:00 >2018-03-11T10:41:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] historians were dumbstruck last week when Chase announced plans to demolish the 52-story glass-curtain-wall skyscraper, which opened in 1961, and replace it with an even bigger structure. The news prompted two immediate responses. The first was an outcry by preservationists. That part was predictable; what is surprising this time around was their wistful sense of resignation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>News of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Union Carbide building's demolition a little over a week ago</a> has incited commotion, yet there is a level of resignation to many of the outcries. Jeffrey Lieber takes a deeper look into why this relinquishment may exist around the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> skyscraper.&nbsp;</p> <p>The building&nbsp;is not protected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landmark status</a> and protestors grow weary of fighting for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> and loosing time and time again. While these are key factors Leiber acknowledges, he also delves into the misattribution of the building and how this plays into its perception. Leiber explains, "...the architect remained invisible.&nbsp;This made it seem as if the building had arranged itself around the corporation&rsquo;s internal drives. The corporation was de facto the architect."</p> Five decades later, Richard Meier unites with Smith House clients Alexander Walter 2018-02-27T15:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-27T15:37:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Richard Meier designed a house on a rocky site on Long Island Sound that exhibited many of the moves that would come to define his career. From the front, the Smith House&mdash;located in Darien, Connecticut, and completed in 1967&mdash;is a narrow, three-story white box.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Completed in 1967, Smith House was one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>'s earliest commissions and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Judging by a new set of images shot by photographer Mike Schwartz, the building with its light-flooded interior and floor-to-ceiling windows enabling stunning vistas of the Long Island Sound has aged gracefully.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><p>Marking the occasion, <em>Surface</em> magazine united Meier with Chuck Smith, current co-owner and one of the original clients' two sons who had the privilege of growing up in this modernist masterpiece.&nbsp;</p> <p>Richard Meier: "The special quality of the house is that it gives you an understanding of the relationship between what&rsquo;s man-made and what&rsquo;s natural. The whiteness, of course, highlights that relationship. It reflects and refracts the color of nature in a way it heightens your perception of the landscape around you."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><p>Read the complete interview <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Planned demolition of SOM-designed JPMorgan Chase HQ draws criticism Alexander Walter 2018-02-22T13:48:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T19:09:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Earlier today, news broke that the De Blasio administration has hashed out a deal with JPMorgan Chase to demolish its existing headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, and replace the structure with a shiny new 70-story building. The deal was negotiated in the wake of the Midtown East rezoning, which loosened zoning regulations for the area in exchange for developers providing street-level and infrastructure improvements.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Not so fast! </em>said architecture critics and preservationists when news broke that the midcentury 270 Park Avenue tower in Manhattan's East Midtown, currently home of banking giant JPMorgan Chase, had quietly been selected&mdash;not for landmark designation&mdash;but for the chopping block.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natalie de Blois</a> as&nbsp;Union Carbide Building,&nbsp;the 50-story&nbsp;skyscraper was completed in 1961 and is considered an important example of female-led midcentury corporate architecture.</p> Ancient Syrian Ain Dara temple severely damaged in Turkish airstrike Alexander Walter 2018-01-31T14:49:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T14:49:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Much of the magnificent 3,000-year-old temple of Ain Dara, with its mysterious and massive footprints and a structure that provides clues for understanding the biblical temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, has been destroyed in a Turkish airstrike. [...] Photos and video from the Syrian Observatory and Hawar News confirm that more than half of the temple is gone, including many of the sculptures that ringed the site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The temple, one of the largest and most extensively ancient excavated structures in Syria," <em>National Geographic</em> reports, "is famous for its intricate stone sculptures of lions and sphinxes, and for its similarities to Solomon&rsquo;s Temple&mdash;the first Jewish temple in Jerusalem, said to have held the Ark of the Covenant."</p> BIG presents revised master plan for controversial Smithsonian campus overhaul Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-19T19:54:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the Smithsonian Institute's massive $2 billion redevelopment plans struggle to gain both public and governmental support, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, the firm heading the project, has released a revised proposal. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversy surrounding the original master plan</a> has been centered largely around the changes that would be made to the Enid A. Haupt Garden, and the seemingly, unnecessarily high costs for the overall overhaul.</p> <p>Responding to concerns previously voiced by Members of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), local decision makers, residents and garden enthusiasts, the firm has now presented updated designs. &ldquo;Since our last proposal, we&rsquo;ve been listening very closely to the public. We wanted the general feeling and fondness for the Haupt Garden to remain the same while also increasing its enjoyment and use, offering educational elements and after hour programs,&rdquo; expressed Bjarke Ingels while presenting the new proposal to CFA yesterday.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group + Brick</figcaption></figure><p>Major changes to the desig...</p> Smithsonian’s $2 billion redevelopment plan, designed by BIG, comes under fire Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-09T20:16:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It's been just over three years since the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smithsonian Institute announced their massive, 2-billion-dollar redevelopment plans</a>. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, the intended overhaul includes a renovation of the Smithsonian castle, expanded visitor services, a new courtyard and mall-facing entrances and walkways to improve visibility and accessibility. In addition, the plans also call for a bold change to the Enid A. Haupt Garden, a 4.2 acre public garden which would be demolished in Ingels' vision in order to raise its edges 30 feet in the air.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution.</figcaption></figure><p>Civic organizations, garden enthusiasts and historic preservation groups have spent two years fighting these plans. Upset by the overhaul, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in April</a>, the D.C. Historic Preservation Board got the Smithsonian Quadrangle to be listed as a historic district in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, though that designation does not actually grant any legal protections to the Smithsonian's four buildings or the Enid A. Haupt G...</p> Despite pending landmark status, demolition to the AT&T Building's lobby has begun Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2018-01-09T12:56:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved interior demolition of the lobby at Philip Johnson and John Burgee&rsquo;s postmodern tower at 550 Madison Avenue. Though the 1984 tower is up for landmark consideration, the designation would only protect the facade, not the interior. Department of Buildings (DOB) records show demo plans received LPC staff approval on December 15 and permits were issued that same day.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> One of Britain's most important 20th-century housing complexes may be demolished Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Despite being in the midst of a housing crisis, the United Kingdom seems bent on destroying some of the finest examples of social housing the post-war era has to offer, even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tampering with the heritage-listing system</a>&nbsp;in order to do so. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens</a> council estate, an icon of brutalist architecture, was recently demolished despite a huge effort involving nation wide press coverage and support from architects like Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers to save it&mdash;a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three story segment was even purchased quite unusually by the V&amp;A Museum</a> in order to salvage an intact piece of the building.</p> <p>Now, it appears the Alton Estate in Roehampton may be next in line for the chopping block. According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apollo Magazine</a></em>, the complex is under threat "from proposals to demolish the center of the estate and replace it with a very large, very clashing new development." Inspired by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>'s L'Unite d'Habitation in Marseille, the Alton estate designed by London County Council's architects departme...</p> Brutalism and preservation: a look at the lucky (and unlucky) ones Alexander Walter 2017-12-18T13:53:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T13:54:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As London&rsquo;s Robin Hood Gardens [...] is destroyed despite a high-profile campaign to save it, we look at some cherished examples of modernist architecture from the 50s, 60s and 70s</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A announced</a> that it had acquired a three-story segment of the Robin Hood Gardens council estate, an iconic and not uncontroversial example of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist architecture</a> currently being demolished, to preserve a significant moment in history. <em>The Guardian</em> takes a look at other important buildings of the movement and their drastically varying degrees of preservation success.<br></p> Carmody Groarke build a giant cage sustaining a Scottish landmark Hope Daley 2017-12-06T20:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Hill House in Helensburgh was built as "a home for the future" by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1902. But the experimental building material used has allowed water to soak into the building. Now, the National Trust for Scotland will surround the house with a protective "shield" in the form of a "giant cage" while it comes up with ways to restore it. The trust plans to build the huge see-through structure [...] over the top of the landmark to protect the building from the elements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This temporary structure buys <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> time in finding a permanent solution to the building's structural problem. While the design problem persists, architects Carmody and Groarke have allowed a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landmark</a> building from new perspectives with a surrounding walkway included in the cage.&nbsp;</p> “Starship Chicago” documentary tracks preservation battle of Thompson Center Hope Daley 2017-11-14T15:07:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center be saved?</a> A newly released short documentary, <em>Starship Chicago</em>, delves into the struggle and controversy around <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preserving</a> the state of Illinois building. Some see the building as a unique representation of transparent government and Chicago's architectural spirit, while others see a rundown waste of space.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Chicago preservationists, along with the building&rsquo;s original champion, Governor James R. Thompson, are gearing up for a major battle to save the city&rsquo;s most provocative architectural statement" tells the director and producer Nathan Eddy. The documentary interviews the architect himself, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helmut Jahn</a>, the governor whose name is on the building, James. R. Thompson, along with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanley Tigerman</a> and other Chicago architects, critics, and historians.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Watch&nbsp;<em>Starship Chicago&nbsp;</em>below.&nbsp;</p> Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism Anthony Morey 2017-11-10T15:04:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A week to the day in which Norwegian design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> released their ambitious designs to modernize Phillip Johnson's Postmodern icon &mdash; the AT&amp;T building in New York &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> has come out and added his name and gravity in support of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building protests</a> against the proposed modifications.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In a short, precise and two-edged statement posted on Instagram no less, Norman Foster defends the project, not for its importance to him, or his interests per se but to Architecture's heritage at large &mdash; one that would be potentially soiled with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's revamp</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Norman Foster Instagram</figcaption></figure><p><em>&lsquo;I was never sympathetic to the short-lived Postmodern movement &ndash; and this building in particular. However, it is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such.'</em><br></p> <p>While no one would declare the building a masterpiece through and through, it has always stood as more than a building, it has come to signify so much more. Johnson's design radically shifted our view of Architecture; it t...</p> Three-story segment of Robin Hood Gardens acquired by V&A Museum ahead of demolition Alexander Walter 2017-11-09T15:38:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:41:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A three-storey chunk of an east London council estate that is venerated and despised in almost equal measures has been acquired by the V&amp;A. The museum announced it had made one of the most unusual property deals in its history: rescuing an enormous chunk of the Robin Hood Gardens estate, complete with walkway and maisonette interiors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Completed in 1972 and considered an icon of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist architecture</a> &mdash; representing the good and the bad traits of the movement, depending on the perspective &mdash; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tower Hamlets "Robin Hood Gardens" council estate</a> is being <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">demolished</a>. By salvaging an intact piece of the building designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, the V&amp;A seeks to preserve a significant moment in history. <br></p> PHOTOS: Gaudí's first house, the exuberant Casa Vicens, is opening to the public for the first time Alexander Walter 2017-11-03T18:42:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Brand Barcelona&rsquo;s comeback begins with a contribution from its heaviest hitter: Antoni Gaud&iacute;. Almost a century after his death, the architect of La Sagrada Familia is still synonymous with the city. On 16 November, Gaud&iacute;&rsquo;s first house, Casa Vicens, begun in 1883, will open permanently to the public for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With tourism considerably down due to mass demonstrations and political unrest, Catalonia's capital <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a> is hoping to lure more visitors back when a stunning architectural gem in the Gr&agrave;cia district opens to the public on November 16: Casa Vicens, a summer house for wealthy industrialist Manel Vicens i Montaner, was the first important commission that the young, and then-unknown, architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antoni Gaud&iacute;</a> received in 1883 &mdash; and it would shape the trajectory of all his architectural work to come. <br></p> <p>Learn more about Casa Vicens, and the meticulous restoration that took place over the past months, on its official <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. <br></p> <p>Scroll on for more photographs of the gorgeous building.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><p><em>All images courtesy of Casa Vicens Gaud&iacute;.</em></p> Old & New: 10 examples of adaptive reuse done right Archinect 2017-10-27T13:52:00-04:00 >2017-10-27T13:53:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</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">Winton Chapel, University of Winchester</a> in Winchester, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Engine 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">The Lined Extension</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YARD Architects</a>; Photo: Richard Chivers<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">A cut stone garden</a> in Peratallada, Spain by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MESURA</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NUA Studio</a> in Tarragona, Spain by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NUA</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lateral House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pitman Tozer Architects</a>; Photo: Nick Kane<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">Alex Monroe Workshop</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DSDHA</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Semi Detached House</a> in Oxford, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delvendahl Martin Architects</a>; Photo: Tim Crocker<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">Union Way</a> in Portland, OR by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEVER Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Okayama Building</a> in Osaka, Japan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yoshihiro Yamamoto</a>; Photo: Yohei Sasakura<br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten To...</p> Trend Watch: Shou sugi ban, the art of preserving wood by charring Nam Henderson 2017-10-21T23:05:00-04:00 >2017-10-21T23:28:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The unpolished, naturalistic quality of burnt wood also appeals to architects seeking to evoke a rough organic feel in tune with the surrounding landscape. It&rsquo;s bituminous-black and scaly, like alligator skin that&rsquo;s been singed. But such dark, reptilian wood is also startling and gorgeously it floated out of a dream</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Fortini highlights the ancient Japanese technique, which has grown&nbsp;in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">popularity</a> among Western architects.</p><p>A topic discussed here on Archinect back in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2007</a> and then in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2012</a>.&nbsp;</p> The 2018 World Monuments Watch announces 25 at-risk sites threatened by human conflict, urbanization, and climate change Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-16T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T15:39:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The monument conservation group, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Monuments Fund</a>, has announced 25 of the world's at-risk sites on its biennial watch list. Threatened by human conflict, climate change, disasters and/or urbanization, the newly listed historical gems span more than 30 countries and territories dating from prehistory to the twentieth century.&nbsp;</p> <p>Presenting a diverse group of cultural heritage sites, experts in archaeology, architecture and art picked from over 170 nominations made by citizens, activists, and governments. The whittled down selection ranges from a collection of little-known homes, churches and community centers in Alabama where pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement took place to a collection of vulnerable modern architecture in Delhi; from&nbsp;the last active synagogue in Alexandria, to sites of the Caribbean, the Gulf, and Mexico, recently affected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by hurricanes</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquakes</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>In the Souk of Aleppo, with a Mamluk portal leading to a courtyard to the right, 2008. Photo: Adli Qu...</figcaption></figure></figure>