Jules Gianakos

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) Chosen as Landscape Architect for Menil Collection Master Plan

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In another pleasing step forward in its ultimate execution of David Chipperfield‘s master plan for the museum campus, the Menil Collection has hired Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to design a new landscape for the 30-acre neighborhood that connects more than a half-dozen museum buildings.  

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

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Last Summer, Two Trees bought the Domino Sugar Factory site in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to be developed into a new mix-use master plan. The previously proposed scheme by Rafael Viñoly Architects (seen here) consisted of four large towers along the East River water front, but the design was largely disliked by the community, and as a result Two Trees hired SHoP Architects along with James Corner Field Operations to have a go at the design. The result is a wildly different scheme, consisting of five towers with 60% more open space along the water front, 631,000 square feet of new office space (versus the previous 98,000 square feet), and over two-thousand new apartments. This marks a huge change for what could be considered as the most important waterfront real estate in Brooklyn, and potentially become the new image of Brooklyn for the whole world.

Asia Society Texas Center / Yoshio Taniguchi

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Architect: Taniguchi and Associates
Location: HoustonTexasUnited States
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates
Project Manager: Project Control
Contractor: W. S. Bellows Construction Corp.
Consultants: GBA Architecture, Ingenium Inc., CHPA Consulting Engineers, Walter P. Moore, Office of James Burnett, Fisher Marantz Stone, Minor Design Group, Theater Projects Consultants, Inc., Waterscape Consultants, Inc., Shen Milsom Wilke, CDC Curtain Wall Design and Consulting, Persohn/Hahn Associates, Ulrich Engineers, Inc.
Project Area: 3,716 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hester & Hardaway

   

VINCI Partners International Headquarters / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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With at the center of such current worldwide attention, renowned architecture firms have been flocking to the country for work; partly to be associated with the upcoming 2014 World Cup and/or 2016 Summer Olympics, but also because Brazil’s current economy allows for booming architectural possibilities. The new Leblon Offices for VINCI Partners in will be a historic first step for Richard Meier & Partners as their first architectural undertaking in South America, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist

Downtown Houston has exploded over the past few years with development targeted specifically toward attracting citizens into its downtown center beyond work hours.  Some of these efforts have been a huge success; others have yet to justify themselves.  But none so far have reached the architectural caliber that Houston’s latest competition has.  The current light rail system in Houston is looking to expand rapidly in the near future to keep up with growing downtown attractions, most notably of which being the new and much anticipated Houston Dynamo Stadium by Populous.

The original scheme called for two new separate stations on Main Street – one at the 600 block, and one at the 800 block.  The resolution was then made to create a larger, combined light rail hub in between the two at the 700 block of Main Street, and hold a competition led by Dean Patricia Oliver of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Dean Sarah Whiting of the Rice University School of Architecture.  A short list was created composed of internationally renowned architecture firms, and the competition winner is to be announced in the upcoming weeks.  More to come once the finalist is announced.

    

AD Classics: Rachofsky House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The most satisfying part of the Rachofsky House is that it is not a museum. There is no real reason why it shouldn’t be, considering the multitude of visitors and school fieldtrips that frequent the 11,000 square-foot, three-story building week in and week out. But the House remains a 100% private residence, still owned by Mr. Rachofsky and operated by a small staff. This all lends to a very unique and personal experience for the visitor, because not only does the intimacy of a house enrich one’s interaction with the art, but the lessened formal pressure allows for greater exploration of space and more appreciation to the architectural detail.

    

Oklahoma Case Study House / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architect: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: , Oklahoma, United States
Consultants: Obelisk Engineering, Applied Design, DavCo Construction
Project Area: 530 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs:  Joseph Mills Photography 

   

Flaming Lips Residence and Studio / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architect: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: , Oklahoma, United States
Consultants: Obelisk Engineering
Project Area: 580 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Joseph Mills Photography 

    

AD Classics: Menil Collection / Renzo Piano

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Most important Architectural additions to a city are those of spectacle, meant to stand out and grab attention, such as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, or Daniel Libeskind’s extension to the Denver Art Museum. But when made his American debut with the 25 years ago, the result was far from spectacle, but rather more supplementary to an already established neighborhood scale.

    

AD Classics: Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe

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The Villa Tugendhat was commissioned by the wealthy newlyweds Grete & Fritz Tugendhat, a Jewish couple with family money from textile manufacturing companies in . The couple met in Berlin in 1927, and was already impressed by his design for the Zehlendorf house of Edward Fuchs.  As fans of spacious homes with simple forms, Mies’ free plan method was perfect for the Tugendhats’ taste; however, he was not their only interest in an architect for their own home. They originally confronted Brno’s foremost modern architect at the time, Arnost Wiesner, but after visiting various projects by each architect, the Tugendhats ultimately went with Mies.

    

Francis Parker School / Lake|Flato Architects

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Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
Location: San Diego, ,
Project Team: Greg Papay, FAIA, Brandi Rickels, Betsy Johnson, AIA, Kristin Wiese, AIA, Matt Burton, Brantley Hightower, AIA, LEED AP, Vicki Yuan, LEED AP, Laura Kaupp, AIA, Lewis McNeel, Joe Farren and Jeremy Fields
Project Area: 36,271 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hester + Hardaway Photographers, Frank Ooms

    

Dr. Keith Gibson DDS Clinic Renovation / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architect: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
Consultants: ASI/ModulexPopModern Designs
Project Area: 884 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Joseph Mills Photography

    

AD Classics: De La Warr Pavilion / Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff

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The persistence of design in the midst of even the severest persecution is one of the most remarkable aspects of classic mid-century European Architecture. Even under forceful Nazi discrimination during their rise to power between world wars, was able to design the De La Warr Pavilion with Serge Chermayeff during his exodus to Britain before both ultimately fled to the .

    

AD Classics: Florey Building / James Stirling

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The Queen’s College Florey building is the third and last building of  “The Red Trilogy” (the Leicester Engineering Faculty building and the Cambridge History Faculty building being the first two) designed by , solidifying him as an irreplaceable facet in modern Architecture.

Barndominium / LoJo

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Architect: LoJo
Location: Chappel Hill, ,
Project Team: Jason Logan, Josh Robbins
Project Area: 731.5 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Blue Lemon Photography 

    

Solar Shade Tree / UH GDBS

2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Erin Ferguson

Since 1990, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture has been guiding students through their Graduate Design-Build Studio program, which carries out one built project through all phases of design and construction to completion within one Summer.  This year, the GDBS has designed their latest “Solar Shade Tree” on the grounds of McReynolds Middle School in ’s historic 5th Ward neighborhood.

Review: De Stoel van Rietveld: Rietveld’s Chair, book + film by Marijke Kuper & Lex Reitsma

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“It is hard to tell what the value of something eventually will be”

, 1937.

This new insight into a classic illustrates Gerrit Rietveld’s transition from humble cabinet maker’s son to Architect and leading designer in the De Stijl movement. The book and film compliment each other nicely, covering several different furniture designs both preceding and subsequent to the famed Red Blue Chair, including alternate versions of that particular design (unpainted, arm rest panels, etc.).

Texas Society of Architects’ 25-Year Award Presented to I. M. Pei & Partners’ Fountain Place

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Each year the Society of Architects recognizes a building that was completed 25-50 years ago which they believe has “stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity”.  This year, the prestigious honor is awarded to Fountain Place, designed by Henry Cobb of I. M. Pei & Partners and completed back in 1986 in , Texas.