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STEVEN HOLL, FAIA, AWARDED THE 2012 AIA GOLD MEDAL BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Steven Holl Architects

STEVEN HOLL, FAIA, AWARDED THE 2012 AIA GOLD MEDAL BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

Profession’s highest honor goes to architect known for humanist approach to formal experimentation

Washington, D.C., December 9, 2011 – The Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted today to award the 2012 AIA Gold Medal to Steven Holl, FAIA. The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an individual can receive. The Gold Medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Holl will be honored at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Holl and his firm, Steven Holl Architects have completed projects that tackle the urban-scale planning and development conundrums that define success in the built environment throughout the world. He’s able to work with diverse clients to get his projects executed, all while being a tenured professor at Columbia University. His explorations have served as an inspiration to his colleagues.

Higgins Hall

Holl completed two projects located in China in 2009 that are emblematic of his approach to architecture and his innovative method of design inquiry. His Linked Hybrid, in Beijing, is a series of circularly arranged towers, filled with 700 apartments and enough ancillary programming (hotels, schools, restaurants, park spaces) to form its own micro-urban community. The towers are linked by a system of 20th floor skywalks that trace a ring of public programs. In contrast to the mega-block street walls typically erected by Chinese developers, the Hybrid invites the city in with green space, public programs, and playfully varied porous massing.

The Vanke Center in Shenzhen is quite literally a horizontal skyscraper: a long rectilinear mass tipped on its side with arms and branches reaching out from its main stem. Holl’s building hovers above garden and park spaces on eight legs, creating a shaded micro-climate and quality public outdoor space that’s sorely lacking in developing-world cities. Making the building co-exist with the green space below necessitated that this developing nation take a fundamental symbol of its burgeoning prosperity–a new shimmering high rise tower–and tip it on its side. Such depth of inquiry and lack of presupposition in Holl’s work makes this kind of audacious gambit almost common in his buildings.

Knut Hamsun Center

In addition to China, Holl’s work can be seen across the United States and Europe. Examples of his work include:

  • The Nelson Atkins Museum Bloch Building in Kansas City, Mo., a subterranean art museum expansion that pierces the ground plane with five translucent boxes that materialize light like blocks of ice.
  • MIT’s Simmons Hall in Cambridge, Mass., a dormitory that Holl used to develop his ideas about urban porosity, later seen in his Chinese projects. Based around the conceptual motif of a sponge, the building features irregular volumetric gaps and transparencies, as well as vertical, funnel-shaped incisions that act as light and air chimneys.
  • The Knut Hamsun Center in Norway, a historical museum honoring the Norwegian writer that takes cues from Hamsun’s work to create a wooded vernacular-referenced façade pierced by walkways and glass observation decks, literary symbols of hidden impulses.
  • NYU’s Department of Philosophy in New York City, which redesigns the interior of a historic masonry building and inserts an open six-story light shaft, taking formal and conceptual guidance from the work of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
  • Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Insertion, an addition to Pratt’s architecture school, in New York City, that join two red brick buildings with a glowing bar-shaped volume of varying transparency and opacity.

Linked Hybrid

“What, in my view, especially commends him as a candidate for the Gold Medal,” wrote Harry Cobb, FAIA, of Pei Cobb Freed, in a recommendation letter, “is his brilliantly demonstrated capacity to join his refined design sensibility to a rigorously exploratory theoretical project.”

Holl is the 68th AIA Gold Medalist. He joins the ranks of such visionaries as Thomas Jefferson (1993), Frank Lloyd Wright (1949), Louis Sullivan (1944), LeCorbusier (1961), Louis Kahn (1971), I.M. Pei (1979), Santiago Calatrava (2005), Glenn Murcutt (2009, and Fumihiko Maki (2011)). In recognition of his legacy to architecture, his name will be chiseled into the granite Wall of Honor in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Vanke

Green Solution House in Strandvejen, Denmark by 3XN and GXN

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: 3XN and GXN

Danish practice 3XN is the architect behind a new experimental conference center and hotel where everything is adapted to the circulation of nature and where guests will get an idea of how it feels to live in a world without waste.

Green Solution House

  • Architects: 3XN and GXN (design and project management)
  • Project: Green Solution House
  • Location: Strandvejen, Denmark
  • Client: Hotel Ryttergården
  • Size: 4.500m2
  • Completion: 2013
  • Budget: 65 mio. DKK
  • Partner Architects: William McDonough + Partners (cradle to cradle)
  • Engineers: Esbensen Consulting Engineers (climate and energy)

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Yalumba Winery – Signature Cellars in Tanunda, Australia by Grieve Gillett

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Grieve Gillett

Yalumba – Signature – Cellar and Tanks 11 & 12 – Grieve Gillett

“Grieve Gillett have considered and applied Yalumba’s ethos of tradition and innovation with a considered retention and a celebration of existing heritage qualities. The master touch of an experienced design hand can be felt with a celebratory juxtaposition between the sophistication of the new and the industrial feel of the old.” Jury Citation.

Interior View

  • Architect: Grieve Gillett
  • Name of Project: Yalumba Winery – Signature Cellars
  • Location: Tanunda, South Australia
  • Year: Completed 2009
  • Client: Yalumba Winery
  • Project Value: $4M
  • Awards: The Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture

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Architecture Research Center in Nicosia, Cyprus by Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects

The University of Nicosia decided to accommodate the Architecture Department- ARC Architecture Research Center in an existing shoe factory of the adjacent Engomi industrial area. The choice was part of the strategy of the University to expand the campus in the neighboring industrial zone, a vital decision for the regeneration of the area!
The needs of the architecture department, the restrictions of the existing concrete structure and the low budget defined the approach of the design, which was thoroughly filtered by the weight of the responsibility for the identity of the “Architecture Research Center”: this is the sixth year that the Architecture Programme has been running in the Architecture Department of the University of Nicosia and it already claims to be very of high quality, very Progressive, Experimental with critical thinking approach.

Image Courtesy Agisilaou and Spyrou

  • Architects: Petros Konstantinou and Yiorgos Hadjichristou
  • Project: Architectural Research Center, University of Nicosia
  • Location: Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Collaborators: Veronika Antoniou and Joao Teigas
  • External collaborator: Alessandra Swiny
  • Civil Engineers: Nikos Kalathas E.P.S. Civil Engineers Consultants
  • Electrical Engineers: Evangelos Lampaskis
  • Mechanical Engineers: Yiorgos Theocharides
  • Quantity surveyor: Achilleas koupepides MDA (Cyprus) Quantity Surveyors Consultants
  • Owner: University of Nicosia
  • Constructor: Lois Builders ltd

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Two new video-projection works in Montreal, Canada by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Two new video-projection works showcase the creative potential of the Luminous Pathway in the Quartier des Spectacles

The Luminous Pathway in the Quartier des Spectacles has taken an important step forward with the illumination of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) design centre and the Grande Bibliothèque belonging to Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Using new, permanent video-projection devices that make it possible to illuminate entire building façades, these new lighting designs are a testament to the significant creative potential of this ambitious urban-branding project.

Two new video-projection works

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Biodiversity Center in Loja, Spain by Tomas Garcia Piriz (CUAC.arquitectura) + Jose Luis Muñoz Muñoz

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Tomas Garcia Piriz (CUAC.arquitectura) + Jose Luis Muñoz Muñoz

“Architecture and landscape joined together in the shade of a great pre-existing tree”.

The building is located on the outskirts of Loja town in marked agricultural character. This project relates to a beautiful plot of cultivated land served by an irrigation ditch and a leafy mass. This building is thought to be very suitable for a new program based on consciousness, protection and publicity of the agricultural beliefs in Loja.

Image Courtesy Javier Callejas Sevilla

  • Architects: Tomas Garcia Piriz (CUAC.arquitectura) + Jose Luis Muñoz Muñoz
  • Project: Biodiversity Center
  • Location: Loja, Granada,  Spain
  • Date of ending: January 2011
  • Built Surface: 430,40 m2
  • Cost: 425.297,73 € = 587.889,05 $
  • Constructor: CONSTRUCCIONES MELLADO ROMERO S.L.
  • Promotor: AYUNTAMIENTO DE LOJA
  • Photographs: JAVIER CALLEJAS SEVILLA
  • Tomás García Píriz (1978). Architect. Asociate Professor at Granada School of Architecture.
  • Jose Luís Múñoz Múñoz (1978). Architect.
  • Software used: AUTOCAD for Drawings; 3D STUDIO Max for 3d Models; PRESTO for Economical studies; CYPECAD for Structure Designing

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SnackBox in Times Square, New York by Aedifica

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Aedifica

The SnackBox has found home in the heart of Times Square. Ædifica and MuvBox have been recently awarded 2 prizes at the Retail Design Institute’s International Store Design Competition 2011: the first in the Pop Up Store/Shop category, and the other in the Special Awards category. The 20-feet long container was selected among about 80 proposals by local restaurant owners and had to comply with New York City’s security departments in this high traffic area.

SnackBox

  • Architect: Aedifica
  • Name of Project: SnackBox
  • Location: Times Square, New York

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SMEC soccer centre in Montréal, Canada by Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects

The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, today unveiled the winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer centre at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC). The jury has chosen the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte / Hughes Condon Marler Architects from among the four submitted by the finalist firms.

SMEC soccer centre

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Villa Midgård in Stockholm, Sweden by DAPstockholm

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: DAPstockholm

When the client met with DAPstockholm they wished for a solid, secluded house with a maintenance‐free facade, a sense of ceiling height and a master bedroom with the benefit of morning sun. They also wished for a solution where they could open up larger windows toward the scenery and have a sheltered space where they could sit and listen to the pouring rain. This resulted in a multi‐faceted house where the shape and direction of the different volumes are based on various factors such as the terrain, the light conditions, the views and the privacy. The volumes give the house seven different facades.

Front View (Images Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman)

  • Architect: DAPstockholm
  • Project: Villa Midgård
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area: approx 300 sqm
  • Number of rooms: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, one toilet, common area, kitchen, living room, cinema, spa, guest room, wine cellar, storage and a tech room divided onto three floors.
  • Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman

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The Residential of Roof in Maintenon, France by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

The site is located in Maintenon 65km southwest of Paris, France. The Residential suburb of Paris inhabited a family of three married couples and children.

Spontaneous grounds surrounded by vast grasslands are and forests open as a place of rest for the weekend of Parisien, give healing to life in the city while enjoying the open-air bath in nature.

The Residential of Roof

  • Architects: Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture
  • Project: The Residential of Roof
  • Location: Maintenon, France
  • Program : residential, Accommondation Spa
  • Plot area : 2,000 m²
  • Built area : 150 m²

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