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Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York by GRIMSHAW

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Article source: GRIMSHAW

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is one of America’s leading research universities with a reputation for creative and interactive learning and the application of information technology to education. The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is a nexus of technological and artistic innovation and optimized performance space, where the intersection of science and the arts is explored through sound, movement and light.

Image Courtesy © Paul Rivera / Archphoto

  • Architects: GRIMSHAW
  • Project: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
  • Location: Troy, New York
  • Photography: Paul Rivera / Archphoto, Peter Aaron / Esto
  • Client: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Size: 19,120 sq m/ 202,000 sq ft
  • Completion Date: September 2008
  • Cost: $140 million
  • Consultants: David Brody Bond (Architect of Record), BuroHappold (Structural and Services Engineer), Saratoga Associates (Landscape Design)

Eichler Front Expansion in Palo Alto by Klopf Architecture

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Article source: Klopf Architecture

How do you expand an L shaped Eichler with the challenge of extending a long dark entry? Klopf Architecture’s solution, to design a light filled atrium in the hallway to open up the bedroom expansion with green plants, sky lights and a glass wall.

Image Courtesy © Klopf Architecture

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Eichler Front Expansion
  • Location: Palo Alto, U.S.A

Ames Hotel in Boston by Rockwell Group

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Article source: Rockwell Group

Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) (“Morgans”) opens Ames in Boston, the latest addition to the company’s collection of Originals.

We are very pleased to be working with Normandy Real Estate Partners on the reinvention of this iconic building and to offer our guests a destination in Boston like no other. We took great pains to preserve the historic elements of the building while adding a spectacular, modern design creating a tension between the two and resulting in a truly special and original experience,” said Marc Gordon, President of Morgans Hotel Group. “Boston is a dynamic, cultural city, relevant both to our company and our guests.

Image Courtesy © Rockwell Group

  • Architects: Rockwell Group
  • Project: Ames Hotel
  • Location: Boston, U.S.A

Coral Gables Residence in Miami, Florida by Touzet Studio

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Article source: Touzet Studio

The “City-side” façade presents itself as two restrained stone-clad volumes – a “mask” clad in material very much identified with the architecture of Coral Gables. The lower volume is rough-hewn Florida Keystone and the larger, main volume is clad in honed limestone. The mask is penetrated by only two openings on the western façade and a “frieze” of windows above. Very little of the house is visible from the street – even the thrust of the sculptural roof is hidden from view.

Image Courtesy © Robin Hill

  • Architects: Touzet Studio
  • Project: Coral Gables Residence
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Photography: Robin Hill
  • Software used: AutoCad, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign.

331 Foothill Road Office & Retail in Beverly Hills, California by Ehrlich Architects

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Article source: Ehrlich Architects

This new city-owned, LEED Gold certified office building, is located at the intersection of the city’s industrial area and a burgeoning media office district. The four-story structure measures approximately 232’ x 95’, and consists of 73,000 gross square feet of program. The building will serve the City of Beverly Hills as well as the public and includes the City’s cable TV facilities and open office and retail space for lease.

The project is located within biking distance of two residential areas, Image Courtesy © RMA Photography

  • Architects: Ehrlich Architects
  • Project: 331 Foothill Road Office & Retail
  • Location: Beverly Hills, California
  • Photography: RMA Photography
  • Software used: 2009 Revit and 2009 AutoCad.

EXOtique in Muncie, Indiana by PROJECTiONE

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Article source: PROJECTiONE

EXOtique is a quick design through fabrication installation at Ball State’s College of Architecture. The Institute for Digital Fabrication invited us to lead the workshop/installation with student help, following three main constraints:

  • Timeline- 5 Days: One day devoted to design, one day of modeling in Rhino / Grasshopper and materials testing, and three shared days of fabrication, assembly, and installation.
  • Budget- $500 materials budget: white acrylic, white polystyrene, and 55 cord sockets and bulbs.
  • Site- Ceiling above the foyer at the west entrance of the architecture building.

Image Courtesy © PROJECTiONE

  • Architects: PROJECTiONE
  • Project: EXOtique
  • Location: Muncie, Indiana

Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center in Menlo Park by Hodgetts + Fung

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Hodgetts + Fung

A single, folded roof plane encloses this $32 million theater complex. Surrounded by the semi-rustic environment of Menlo Park, with a mission to bring both music and drama to the community, the project is the result of a two-stage national competition conducted by the Sequoia School District.

Image Courtesy © Hodgetts + Fung

  • Architects: Hodgetts + Fung
  • Project: Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
  • Location: Menlo Park, U.S.A

Arthur Roger@434 in New Orleans, Louisiana by studioWTA

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: studioWTA

This renovation of an existing space to an art gallery was primarily concerned with highlighting historic elements while providing a clean, crisp surface for installations and shows.

The main gallery features floating perimeter display walls: Existing masonry is exposed along the top, bottom and sides, adding perceived spatial depth and the impression that the gallery itself is an installation.  Heavy timber columns–once an elevator shaft–are a focal point at the entry;  a stretched Dacron sail between the columns is backlit for dramatic effect from the street.

Rough textured masonry walls, wood columns and granite façade columns and lintels contrast the smoothness of gypsum, poured resin flooring and the illuminated Dacron sail. The historic nature of the building is emphasized as the bones of the space; new materials give an impression that they are an installation themselves–a temporal spatial occupation of the original architecture, Image Courtesy © Jeffrey Johnston

  • Architects: studioWTA
  • Project: Arthur Roger@434
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Photography: Jeffrey Johnston
  • Completion date: November 2008
  • Design Team: Wayne Troyer, Tracie Ashe
  • Contractor: Hal Collums Construction
  • Client: Arthur Roger Gallery
  • Size: 1,800 sf
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Sketchup
  • Awards received: 2010 AIA Gulf States Region Award of Merit, 2009 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit, 2009 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit
  • Software used: Vectorworks.

Madison Kitchen in Larchmont, New York by Celano Design Studio

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Celano Design Studio

Larchmont, NYItalianAmerican Chef Nick Di Bona has partnered with New Yorkbased Celano Design Studio to create his first restaurant, Madison Kitchen.

A native of Westchester, 28 year old Chef Di Bona has already proven himself a creative force in his own right, serving as Executive Chef at the renowned Pratt’s Inn and helping to bring its highest Zagat rating to date. Madison Kitchen will be Di Bona’s first solo restaurant venture, and will feature Di Bona’s personal twist on New American. “I wanted to offer an eclectic mix of good food. Westchester has a lot to offer, Asian markets, Italian grocers.” Inspired by Di Bona’s ItalianAmerican background, his respect for fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and his continuous search for new combinations of food and flavor, Madison Kitchen will bring delicious, inventive cuisine to Larchmont.

Image Courtesy © Celano Design Studio

Fire Department Headquarters Proposal in San Francisco by THE OPEN WORKSHOP

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Article source: THE OPEN WORKSHOP 

A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones — one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable.

View of the Headquarters from the Embarcadero, Image Courtesy © THE OPEN WORKSHOP

  • Architects: THE OPEN WORKSHOP
  • Project: Fire Department Headquarters Proposal
  • Location: San Francisco, U.S.A
  • Year: 2013
  • Project Team: Neeraj Bhatia, Alicia Hergenroeder, Jonathan Negron, De Peter Yi, Wei Zhao
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