Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Article source: HOK
After winning a global design ideas competition, HOK has been selected to design the new University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on its downtown campus. Competition finalists included Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Cannon Design, Rafael Vinoly Architects with Foit-Albert Associates, and Grimshaw and Davis Brody Bond.
University at Buffalo School
- Architects: HOK
- Project: University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
- Location: Buffalo, NY
- Client: University at Buffalo
- Budget: $375 million
- Project end date: 2016
Friday, May 18th, 2012
Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio
The program of this project is set on a lake front site with requirements for a light, transparent building in an inhospitable winter climate. Opening the house to the lake was of prime consideration to the client, as this was seen as the “front of house.” The entry sequence was understood as “back of house”. Inside becomes a surrogate outside. inherent in a lake front site is a notion that public and private do not follow traditional rules.
- Architects: The Galante Architecture Studio
- Project: Squam Lake Vacation House
- Location: Center Harbor, New Hampshire
- Size: 2,200 ft2
- Cost: $600k
- Materials: Wood ▫ Stone ▫ Copper ▫ Glass
Friday, May 18th, 2012
Article source: Onishi Yasuaki
In his installation, reverse of volume RG, Yasuaki Onishi uses the simplest materials – plastic sheeting and black hot glue – to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float in space. The process that he calls “casting the invisible” involves draping the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. This process of “reversing” sculpture is Onishi’s meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind.
Image Courtesy Nash Baker
- Architects: Onishi Yasuaki
- Project: Reverse of volume RG
- Location: Rice Gallery, Houston, Texas
- Photography: Nash Baker
Friday, May 18th, 2012
Article source: Rice+Lipka Architects
The Center is NYPL’s first full floor dedicated to teens and occupies a previously gutted third floor space of Harlem’s landmark branch. The space challenges library norms to provide a more open, socially-instigating, technology-rich environment that attracts and engages neighborhood youth.
Image Courtesy Michael Moran
- Architects: Rice+Lipka Architects
- Project: Hamilton Grange Teen Center
- Location: New York Public Library, New York
- Principals: Lyn Rice, Astrid Lipka
- Project Architect: Benjamin Cadena.
- Project Manager: Karl Larson.
- Designer: Andrew Dadds.
- Photographs: Michael Moran, Rice+Lipka Architects
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Article source: HWKN
A space for urban tastemakers without logos or branding. HWKN scouted the location, created the design and oversaw construction of the temporary event location for MINI’s ”Creative Use Of Space” campaign. The sheer surprise of encountering a hill on a roof in NYC is heightened by design elements derived from MINI cars that utilize object-in-field design, like deploying brake lights into a field of sheet metal instead of at a seam.
- Architects: HWKN
- Project: Mini Rooftop
- Location: New York
- Software used: Rhino, VRay, AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Article source: William McDonough + Partners
Sustainability Base, NASA’s new facility at the entrance to Ames Research Center, is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation. The client charged the team with delivering a facility that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle® solutions.
Aerial view of Ames
- Architects: William McDonough + Partners
- Project: NASA Sustainability Base
- Location: Moffett Field, California
- Client: NASA Ames Research Center
- Program: Office Building
- Area: 50,000 square feet
- Status: Completed December 2011
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
To remodel an existing 7,000 sq.ft. 1930’s Art deco Masonry Building Art Gallery into office and work space for production of TV commercials and music videos.
Solution: Reactor presented the unique challenge of satisfying the client’s requirement to move into a completed space in less than fourteen weeks from the beginning of the design process. In order to meet this demand, a systematic working strategy was developed to capitalize on these extreme constraints while cultivating an inventive and dynamic working atmosphere in which client, contractor and architect collaborated with an unprecedented synergism.
Image Courtesy Marvin Rand
- Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa)
- Project: Reactor Films
- Location: 1330 4th Street, Santa Monica, California
- Client: Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
- Total Square Footage: 7000 sq. ft.
- Costs: $350,000.00 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
- Consultants: Gwynne Pugh – Structural Engineering; Dave Scott – Steel and Furniture Fabrication; Richard Godfrey – Light Trough
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Article source: De-Spec
Xocolatti is a new premium chocolate brand, with its first flagship location in New York City’s Soho. Designed by De-Spec inc. Xocolatti defines itself as a luxury chocolate – “Chocolate reimagined” and is planning to have multiple locations nationally and internationally.
De-Spec’s concept for the 150sf space lies in eliminating the traditional barriers of a storefront and window display instead creating an interactive vitrine-like space that seamlessly integrates with the streetscape.
- Architects: De-Spec
- Project: Xocolatti, flagship store & prototype
- Location: 72 Prince Street, New York City
- Program: 150 sqft chocolate store
- Design: de-spec, Farnaz Mansuri, Tom Shea
Friday, May 11th, 2012
Article source: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Once a part of the Pacific coastline, the Wilmington community became disconnected from the waterfront by the Port of Los Angeles—a burgeoning, diverse mix of industrial maritime facilities. After completing the Wilmington Waterfront Master Plan, Sasaki identified three open spaces for implementation: the Wilmington Waterfront Park, the Avalon North Streetscape, and the Avalon South Waterfront Park. The Wilmington Waterfront Park is the first project to be fully implemented. Built on a 30-acre brownfield site, the new urban park revitalizes the community and visually reconnects it to the waterfront. The park integrates a variety of active and passive uses—informal play, public gathering, community events, picnicking, sitting, strolling, and observation—determined through an extensive community outreach process. The open space serves as a public amenity by doubling the current community open space while also buffering the Wilmington community from the extensive Port operations to the south.
© Craig Kuhner Photography
- Architect: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
- Name of Project: Wilmington Waterfront Park
- Location: Los Angeles, California
- Client name: Port of Los Angeles
- Completion date: 2011
- Size: 30 acre
- Photographer: ©Port of Los Angeles, ©Craig Kuhner Photography, ©Sasaki Associates, Inc.
- Services: Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering and Architecture
- Project Team: Steve Hamwey, Nancy Fleming, Owen Lang, Tim Stevens, Vitas Viskanta, Melissa McCann, Caleb Bruner, Mark Eischeid, Raphael Justewicz, Joon Yon Kim, Chang Keun Lee, Conard Lindgren, Meghen Quinn, Simon Raine, NitzaThien, Grace Leung, TomerMaymon, Scott Odom, Angel Cantu, Zach Chrisco, Chuck Coronis, Michelle Gauvin, Oswaldo Palencia, Jose Miranda
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Article source: Santiago Calatrava
Construction Begins on New Campus’ Inaugural Building
On March 22nd Florida Polytechnic broke ground on the first building of its new campus. Designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava, the new Innovation, Science & Technology building will establish the design scheme for all other structures within the campus’ master plan, which Calatrava is also responsible.
Images Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava, LLC.
- Architect: Santiago Calatrava
- Name of Project: Florida Polytechnic’s new campus
- Location: Florida, USA
- Photographer: Santiago Calatrava, LLC.