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Reverse of volume RG in Houston, Texas by Onishi Yasuaki

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

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Hamilton Grange Teen Center in New York by Rice+Lipka Architects

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

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Mini Rooftop in New York by HWKN

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.

Mini Rooftop

  • Architects: HWKN
  • Project: Mini Rooftop
  • Location: New York
  • Software used: Rhino, VRay, AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite

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NASA Sustainability Base in Moffett Field, California by William McDonough + Partners

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

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Reactor Films in Santa Monica, California by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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

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Xocolatti in New York City by De-Spec

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.

Costumer

  • 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

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Wilmington Waterfront Park in Los Angeles, California by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

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

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Florida Polytechnic’s new campus by Santiago Calatrava

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Santiago Calatrava

BREAK GROUND

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.

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MVTP (Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park) by Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Idea of MVTP(Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park) started with raising 2 questions:

01. Do we still need to keep the century-old prototype of (subway-located) theme parks?

Suburb-located theme parks have been by-product of automobile-centered society. Indescribably horrible traffic congestion and huge hard-scaped (Hot asphalt) parking lots and has become a constant problem in the towns where these theme parks have located. Theme parks such as Six Flags attracted all kinds of undesirable sprawl to suburbs. In the contemporary society where zero-car, zero carbon is highly valued, these theme parks have been located at the opposite side of eco-sensitive society.

Elsewhere universe (Images Courtesy Kyu O Kim, Euno Cho and Bohyun Kim)

  • Architect: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA
  • Title: MVTP (Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park)
  • Location: New York City or other major metropolis
  • Project Area: 40,000 SF
  • Year: 2011
  • Type: Speculative Research
  • Collaborators: Kyu O Kim, Euno Cho, Bohyun Kim
  • Software used: Rhino 3D and V-ray

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Wilkinson / Spence Loft in New York by Stephen Roberts

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Stephen Roberts inc.

The project was the renovation of an 3,200 square foot 2 bedroom loft to a one Bedroom and Dressing Room configuration. This included a new white epoxy terrazzo floor throughout and new steel framed windows.

Bathroom (Images Courtesy Greg Delves)

  • Architect: Stephen Roberts inc.
  • Name of Project: Wilkinson / Spence Loft
  • Location: 291 Seventh Ave. Fourth Floor, New York, NY
  • Clients: Ben Wilkinson & Mia Spence
  • Lighting Design: Emily Monato at Cooley Monato Studio, New York
  • Construction: Dutchman Contracting, New York
  • Photography: Greg Delves, New York
  • Flowers: Banchet Flowers, 809 Washington Street, New York
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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