Karissa Rosenfield

Mecanoo, Martinez + Johnson Selected to Redesign Mies’ MLK Memorial Library

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Mayor Vincent Gray has named Mecanoo architecten and Martinez + Johnson Architecture winners of a competition to reinvent Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the only library and D.C. building ever designed by the legendary architect. The Netherlands- and D.C.-based team aims to resurrect the neglected building by improving “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.” This includes opening up the boxy interiors to enhance flow and increase natural light and, most dramatically, sculpting two rooftop terraces by topping the historic landmark structure with a four-story, mixed-use addition.

We will keep you posted with more details as they come available. In the meantime, scroll through the renderings and presentation that landed Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson the commission, after the break.

Libeskind Designs “Polycentric Spiral” for Cosentino Group

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Daniel Libeskind has unveiled a permanent sculpture at the Cosentino Group world headquarters in Almeria: “Beyond the Wall.” Inspired by the “infinite possibilities of the spiral,” the installation is intended to exhibit how the company’s ultra-compact, innovative surfacing material, ® can be used to clad contemporary facades.

“This is not a traditional spiral with a unique center and axis, but a contemporary spiral that opens multiple paths in many different directions,” describes Cosentino in a press release. “In short, a polycentric spiral energy is projected to a dramatic peak.”

BIG, Kengo Kuma Among Four Visions Unveiled for ARTA Cultural Center in Arnhem

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Four international teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals in the final leg of a highly anticipated competition to design a new “cultural hotspot” on the edge of the Rhine. ArtA, the “catchy” new name of what was previously known as “The Arts Cluster,” is part of a larger redevelopment project for the City of Arnhem which aims to reconnect the southern district of Rijnboog with its waterfront and establish a new home for the Focus Film Theatre and Museum Arnhem. 

A sneak peak of the shortlisted proposals, after the break…

Winners of the 2013 BSA Design Awards Announced

Via Verde – The Green Way / Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects © David Sundberg | Esto Photographics

The Society of Architects has announced the winners of the 2013 Design Program. With programs ranging from accessible design to unbuilt architecture, the following projects were awarded top honors for being Massachusetts and New England’s most prized examples of excellent design.

J. Mayer H. Designs 70-Meter Tower for Duesseldorf

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J. Mayer H. has been crowned as winner of an invited competition to design a 19-story medical services and residential high-rise in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The “sculptural” tower, which is defined by the horizontal “cloud-shaped” strips that cloak its facade, is designed to “provide a natural atmosphere” enhanced by planted terraces and balconies overlooking the adjacent landscape of the Rheinaue and views of Duesseldorf. 

Frank Gehry’s Ground Zero Performing Arts Scheme Abandoned

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The recent hire of temporary artistic director David Lan has indicated that plans for Ground Zero’s “world center for the performing arts” is moving forward in New York. The famed London director will work alongside managing partner Andy Hayles to revise the original Frank Gehry-designed scheme which, according to the center’s president, was prematurely designed. This leaves Gehry’s involvement unclear, as the initial 1000-seat center will be abandoned for a scaled down, three-theater house that ranges from 150 to 550 seats. Competition for funding also remains an obstacle, in light of venues such as Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s 2017 Culture Shed. You can learn more about the center’s update here

A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over

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Rather than a bouquet of roses, we wanted to express our love with a dozen seductive images of architecture dressed in red. Because nothing steals an architect’s heart like a well designed, beautifully detailed structure.

Our 12 most loved projects in , after the break…

20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

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The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at , California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period. View the full list of competitors, after the break.

Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District

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Farrells has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan two prominent commercial zones in ’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between and Hong Kong. The first, 460,000-square-meter masterplan will feature a 320-meter-tall skyscraper and two 185-meter gateway towers, providing high-end office, residential and retail space, as well as serviced apartments.

NBBJ Unveils $310 Million Renovation for Kentucky’s Rupp Arena

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NBBJ, together with EOP Architects, has unveiled a massive plan for Lexington’s famous collegiate basketball arena, Rupp Arena. An attempt to upgrade the 38-year-old arena’s facilities and strengthen its connection to the surrounding urban realm, the 23,500-seat stadium will be separated from the adjoining convention center, which is also undergoing , while its enclosed facade is re-clad in glass and site sculpts a vibrant new public square within the heart of the city. 

Shortlisted Concepts Unveiled for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

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Preliminary designs have been released by three shortlisted teams competing to renovate ’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. – the only library and D.C. building ever designed by the legendary architect. Preview each proposal and learn how you can submit your feedback to the D.C. Public Library before they make their decision, after the break.

Winning Submissions Envision Gateway for Abandoned Railway in Queens

3rd Prize ($1000): Make It! Grow It! / Song Deng and René Biberstein of Toronto,

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter has announced the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. In an effort to imagine the ways in which The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the Queensway could transform an abandoned railway in Central into a vibrant urban greenway, entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch along the rail. 

Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the following winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated:

MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Facade

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Though it has been confirmed that Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Museum of Modern Art expansion will result in the demise of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects’ American Folk Art Museum, the New York Times has confirmed that the beloved copper-bronze facade will be preserved.

“We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,” Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview. “We have made no decision about what happens subsequently, than the fact that we’ll have it and it will be preserved.”

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum

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Alongside news that The Broad’s completion date has been pushed back to 2015, rather than this fall, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled a new collaboration with landscape architect Walter Hood that will transform the mid-block parcel adjacent to the Grand Avenue museum into a pedestrian-friendly landscaped plaza and restaurant. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the new square will establish an important link to the neighboring school and apartment, as well as the future 2020 Regional Connector subway stop. The 24,000 square foot parcel will be enhanced by100-year-old olive trees transplanted from Northern . Watch a video about the design after the break, and find more information here

Wang Shu and Zaha Hadid Among 14 Nominated for “Design of the Year” Award

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The in London has announced the 2014 “” nominees. Spanning the industries of architecture to fashion and furniture design, featuring NLE’s floating school in Nigeria, Toyota’s affordable environmental car, and a mobile phone made from detachable blocks, just one of 76 nominated works will be crowned this year’s most innovative design. Of the nominees, 14 are some of the world’s most renowned structures. Catch a glimpse of the architecture being considered, after the break.  

Richard Meier Unveils First Florida Beach Project, Now Underway

View of The Surf Club from Collins Avenue. Image © dbox for Fort Capital / Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier will be adding his mark to Greater Miami with the completion of a Four Season’s expansion to the historic Russell Pancoast-designed “Surf Club” in 2016, located in . Already under construction, the luxury hospitality and residential project will include two, 12-story residential towers, offering 150 private units, alongside an 80-room hotel on 9-acres of pristine oceanfront property. A members-only club, restaurants, spa and amenities will be included on site, connected to each via an expansive park and oceanside gardens. 

Young Projects Play “Match-Maker” in Times Square

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Young Projects will be spending the week playing “Match-Maker” in City, as the Brooklyn-based studio has debuted their interactive Valentine’s Day in the heart of Times Square. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammetal, as part of Times Square Alliance’s sixth annual heart design competition, the interactive heart-shaped sculpture is designed to cosmically connect people based on their zodiac signs by arranging curious passerby’s at twelve points surrounding the installation.  

As Young Projects describes, “Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer’s four most ideal astrological mates, offering potentially novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers.”

RAW Design Warms Canadian Skaters with Fur-Inspired “Nuzzles”

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Toronto-based RAW Design has been crowned winner of the annual Warming Huts competition, which is intended to “push the envelop of design, craft and art” by encouraging architects to design innovative warming shelters along the frozen River Mutual Trail in Winnipeg,

Moving away from the traditional notion of an enclosed shelter, the firm’s winning proposal “Nuzzles” engages skaters with a playful arrangement of “insulated appendages” (a.k.a. pool noodles) supported by a geodesic lattice structure that is illuminated and heated from within. Users are encouraged to “nestle into the structure” and manipulate its fur-like exterior into informal resting areas.