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Memory Foundations in New York by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Studio Daniel Libeskind’s design study was selected in February 2003 as the master site plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site. In addition to a towering spire of 1776 feet, the plan proposed a complex program which called for the construction of a memorial with waterfalls, an underground museum, a visitor center, retail space, a special transit hub and four office towers spiraling to the height of the Freedom Tower.

Images Courtesy SDL

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Memory Foundations
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Competition: 2002
  • Photo Credits: ©SDL, ©Silverstein Properties SPI, ©Michael Arad & Peter Walker

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Figueroa Tower in Los Angeles, CA by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

The 1340 Figueroa Street residential development is a multifaceted composition developed within the current fabric of downtown Los Angeles. The development strikes a balance between the tall buildings of downtown and the large scale civic complexes like the neighboring Convention Center and the Staples Center. The location of the site, at the southern end of the high rise downtown district, allows the tower to create a visible marker, contributing to a new skyline for the City of Los Angeles.  Studio Daniel Libeskind is working with CA Human Technologies on the project.

Image Courtesy SDL

  • Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Project: Figueroa Tower
  • Location: 1340 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA
  • Competition: January 2008
  • Client: CA Human Technologies
  • Building Area: 344,775 sq ft
  • Building Details: 43-story, 273-unit building to include parking, restaurant and spa

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Kroon Hall at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut by Hopkins Architects

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Article source: Hopkins Architects

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kroon Hall

The Kroon Building unifies the dispersed faculty buildings across Science Hill by becoming a new focus for this ‘micro’ campus. It establishes a strong architectural identity for the faculty, forming a new centre for the study of sustainability and has been awarded LEED™ ‘Platinum’ certification by the US Green Building Council.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Hopkins Architects
  • Name of Project: Kroon Hall at Yale University
  • Location: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • Size: 6,208m2
  • Client: Yale University
  • Completed: 2009
  • Awards: AJ100 (Architect’s Journal)  Building of the Year Award

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SoHo Synagogue in New York by Dror Benshetrit

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Article source: Dror Benshetrit

The SoHo Synagogue is the community’s first ever synagogue and represents a fresh vision that translates the inspiration of Judaism to a new generation. With a forward thinking approach, Rabbi Dovi Scheiner along with his wife Esty, founders of SoHo Synagogue,built a religious platform that invites the community to fully integrate their religion within their modern lifestyle. Mindful of the open mindset of lower Manhattan’s Jewish population, The SoHo  Synagogue seeks to reinvent the synagogue as a comfortable and enjoyable setting for personal growth and communal connection. We were humbled and honored when receiving the invitation and assignment to create a space in which the synagogue can embrace the traditions and its fundamental function within a contemporary, casual design setting. On Sunday June 12, a long and festive procession of supporters and congregants dressed in white walked the neighborhood together to cut the ribbon and open the door to their new synagogue. The synagogue will hold both social gatherings and religious services.

Prayers Room (Image Courtesy John Hall)

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980 5th Avenue in New York by Hollwich Kushner

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Article source: Hollwich Kushner

This gut-renovated apartment is meant to function as an escape from the clents’ ordinary life that is filled with collections and objects.  They are an empty-nest couple, with a big home in the suburbs and a self-declared ‘tchatchki‘ addiction.  A renovation of the existing 2,500sf apartment clears out the center space to visually link the dining room and living room together.  The palette of the apartment is kept simple with white walls and dark floors in order to retain a purity of space.

Image Courtesy Michael Moran

  • Architects: Hollwich Kushner
  • Project: 980 5th Avenue
  • Location: 980 5th Avenue, New York, USA
  • Scope: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
  • Project Team: Marc Kushner, Matthias Hollwich, Marc Perrotta, Parker Lee, Chris Barley, Terri Chiao
  • Photographer: Michael Moran
  • Completion: Fall 2008
  • Software used: Rhino, Autocad, Adobe suite

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The Alchemist in Miami Beach, Florida by Rene Gonzalez Architect

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Article source: Rene Gonzalez Architect

Calmly perched 60 feet in the air like a floating cloud. Alchemist is a floating glass box inserted into the fifth floor of a parking structure designed by Herzog and de Meuron and Open to the Miami Beach sky. Inside, its reflective materials capture the colors and energy of the surrounding environment and make the space radiate in such a way that it is visible from many vantage points throughout Miami Beach.

Image Courtesy Michael Stavaridis

  • Architects: Rene Gonzalez Architect
  • Project: The Alchemist
  • Location: Miami Beach, Florida
  • Project Area: 1,726 sqf

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Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage in New York City by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Article source: Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

The design goals for the facades of the Delancey and Essex garage include the development of a lightweight, naturally ventilated, visually dynamic façade that contributes to the rich texture of New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood.

View Across Street Looking North

  • Architects: Michielli + Wyetzner Architects
  • Project: Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage
  • Location: New York City
  • Client: New York City Department of Design and Construction, New York City Department of Transportation
  • Design team: Michielli + Wyetzner Architects, Frank Michielli AIA LEED AP, Partner; Michael Wyetzner AIA LEED AP Partner; Jason Pogorzala, Project Architect; Kotting Luo, Project Designer; Rebecca Arcaro, Project Designer; Elena Hasbun, Project Designer

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East 6th Street House in South Boston, MA by Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Article source: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

This speculative development was built on a rear parcel with restricted views to the street, code restricted openings for windows, and less desirable views of the adjacent lots. The design re-directs the focus to an interior environment with a sun filled “skylight stair hall” and “rear light shaft” that brings natural light to all corners of each floor.

Image Courtesy Stephen Lee

  • Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
  • Project: East Sixth Street – Rear Yard Residence
  • Location: South Boston, MA
  • Developer: Brendon Feeney
  • General Contractor: Mike Ahern
  • Structural Engineer: Uy Than Ly
  • Electrical Lighting Design: Paul Zaferiou
  • Photography: Stephen Lee Photography
  • Contact Person: Theodore Touloukian, AIA, President

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Providence River Pedestrian Bridge in Rhode Island by inFORM Studio

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: inFORM Studio

The Providence River Pedestrian Bridge is a unique urban proposal in that the basis of its proposition is an exchange of transit medium. The relocation of a substantial, vehicular only conduit in favor of a pedestrian oriented connector will completely transform the spatial character of the Jewelry District/Old Harbor. Given this significant urban transformation, the project should envision a potential much larger than a pure connector. The proposed Providence River Pedestrian Bridge can become a spatial mediator between urban and ecological spaces and function as an integrated series of programs into the waterfront public spaces, allowing east and west to become a singular meandering public space. With this perspective, the proposal is better understood less as a bridge and more as an urban intervention. Additionally, the re-invigorated entrepreneurial spirit of Providence is poised to weather the global economic downturn with a future vision for the emerging Knowledge District and potential new biomedical corridor. The face of this future is one of innovation, intellectual fervor and progressive thinking. A project of this magnitude needs to reach out to this “creative class” and “knowledge economy.”

Final view

  • Architects: inFORM Studio
  • Project: Providence River Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Technical design principal: Kenneth Van Tine
  • Marketing, managing principal: Gina Van Tine
  • Design principal: Michael Guthrie

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Sunset Vine Tower in Los Angeles, California by Kanner Architects

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Article source: Kanner Architects

Neighbor to the Hollywood landmark Cinerama Dome, Sunset Vine Tower is a conversion of a 22-story office building into a 63-unit apartment building. This adaptive reuse project stands atop street-level retail. As the tallest building in Hollywood, Sunset Vine Tower’s Modern design creates a dynamic exclamation point in the mostly traditional fabric of the Hollywood residential renaissance.

North Exterior Base

  • Architect: Kanner Architects
  • Name of Project: Sunset Vine Tower
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Size: 110,000 sq. ft.
  • Project Budget: $28 million
  • Status: Completed 2010
  • Owner: CIM Group
  • Photographer: Nicolas O.S. Marques
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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