Kelly Minner

A First Glance at Zaha Hadid’s Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport

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Here is the first look at Zaha Hadid Architects latest project, Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport. Slated to officially open later this week the museum in Glasgow, has 7,000 sqm of exhibition area and also includes cafe, retail and education spaces within its program. Following the break are more photographs and description.

James Hotel / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects

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This SoHo boutique hotel was designed by ODA Architecture in collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects. Custom interiors by ODA Architecture with Amanda Sullivan, blend artistic essentials and luxurious functionality. The hotel design strategy was to bring community together with hospitality. Each detail of the hotel was meticulously fashioned to inspire the senses with a blend of traditional as well as contemporary.

Architects: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C.
Location: City, , USA
Interior Design: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Amanda Sullivan
Project Area: 67,000 sqf
Photographs: Frank Oudeman, Robert Granoff

The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

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This new museum houses a permanent collection as well as a continually rotating exhibit depicting the history of this area of Los Angeles County. The program includes a multi-purpose room and archival area, a curatorial office, and both interior and exterior exhibit spaces. Clerestory windows and focused views provide natural light to the galleries. Views of the nearby San Gabriel Mountains are incorporated into the exhibit as the historical is juxtaposed with the present. Relationships to the site and existing community center west of the museum are created through geometric and material references to the context.

Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Location: Arcadia, California,
Project Area: 4,000 sqf
Photographs: John Edward Linden, Deborah Bird,


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Photographer Franck Bohbot recently shared his photos of Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan-Monumenta with ArchDaily. Organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, MONUMENTA annually invites an internationally renowned artist to transform the 13,5000 sqm of the Grand Palais Nave with an artwork especially created for the event. Leviathan-Monumenta will be on display until June 23rd.

Follow the break for additional photographs.

Video: La Ville Molle

Atelier Raum Architects shared this video of one of their recent projects, an installation for a contemporary art exhibition in France. Accompanied by original music from the french band Mansfield Tya, La Ville Molle was co-produced by the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art de , the FRAC Centre and implemented with the collaboration of the city of and the Council district downtown.  Follow the break for drawings, photographs, and a video showing the installation of the exhibition.

Video: Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois Steilneset Witch Trial Memorial

Shown under construction last month, the project is a memorial for the 91 victims of the 17th-century witch trials in Vardo, . Illuminated windows, 91 in total dedicated to each victim, are incorporated within Zumthor’s information centre design which measures over 400′ long with a connective thread of tautly stretched silk sheets.

in an interview with ArtInfo described his unique collaboration with artist Louise Bourgeois remarking, “I had my idea, I sent it to her, she liked it, and she came up with her idea, reacted to my idea, then I offered to abandon my idea and to do only hers, and she said, ‘No, please stay.’ So, the result is really about two things — there is a line, which is mine, and a dot, which is hers… Louise’s installation is more about the burning and the aggression, and my installation is more about the life and the emotions [of the victims].”

Video: Architectural Record and McGraw-Hill Construction

15 Union Square West / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects

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This structure overlooking Union Square Park was originally designed for Tiffany & Company in the late 19th century. With careful consideration for upholding its historical place within the city, 15 Union Square West is gracefully translated into a 21st century residential masterwork. Creating harmony between the bygone and the present, the design for luxury living wraps the 12-story condominium residence in a translucent, layered glass skin, preserving the prominent cast iron arches of the original 5-story construction and dramatic 16’ceiling height.

Architectural Designer: ODA – Architecture P.C.
Architect of Record: Perkins Eastman Architects P.C.
Location: , New York, USA
Project Area: 62,000 sqf
Photographs: Robert Granoff, Alberto Guglielmo

20 Dwellings in Manresa Barcelona / nothing architecture

© Hisao Suzuki

Designed by nothing architecture the 20 dwellings in Manresa Barcelona project is part of the partial plan for land subdivision in the sector “La Parada” of Manresa promoted by INCASOL who proposed the design of a main axis, av. dels Dolors, where dwelling units are located in isolation.  The building consists of PB +5, for a 3 floor commercial premises and the basement with 31 parking spaces and 20 storage rooms.

Architects: nothing architecture
Location: Av. dels Dolors 27. La Parada. Manresa, Barcelona,
Project Area: 2,500 sqm
Project Year: January 2008
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki

Reggie Rodriguez Community Center / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

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This park’s new community center provides a 6,300 square foot space including a two-story multi-purpose room, a snack bar which serves both the building and the park, storage areas, an elevator, two rooftop decks and space for four non-profit agencies (including a child care facility, a clinic and a computer laboratory) providing services for the at-risk youth of the neighborhood. There is also a neighborhood police drop-in station for the Montebello police. The scope of work for this $900,000 project included full ADA compliance upgrade for the park and the rehabilitation and reprogramming (to storage) of existing restrooms located in the park.

The design was developed through a series of community meetings with the Montebello neighborhood and was strongly influenced by the community outreach effort led by the SMA design team. The project was completed and has been featured in Architectural Record’s on-line magazine and in Architecture California and Bauwelt magazines.

Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: John Sparano, Anne Mooney, Ludwing Juarez and Jorge Beltran
Project Area: 6,300 sqf
Photographs: Toshi Yashimi

Slow Architecture Exhibition 2011

The Slow Architecture Exhibition 2011 has just gotten underway. Canal Boat 107B will meander its way within ’s canals and inland waterways over the next month promoting slow architecture through its floating exhibition centre and museum. Contributors for the summer of 2011 are Sonairte, Carson and Crushell Architects, Solearth, Architectural Farm with Michael Carroll, and Caelan Bristow. You can see a brief description of their contributions here as well as the full timetable for this year’s exhibition.

AIA 2011 Small Project Awards

Tea House / , © Paul Warchol Photography

The eight winners of the 2011 Small Project Awards were recently announced by the AIA. In its eighth year the program focuses on highlighting good design at any scale. The jurors for this year included: Deborah Pierce, Obie G. Bowman, Randy Brown, Lance Hosey, and Wendy Evans Joseph.

A complete list of winners following the break.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design Summer Events Include Workshops, Seminars Plus Study Abroad Opportunities in Europe and Asia

The of Architecture and Design has recently announced their summer events schedule including workshops, seminars and study abroad opportunities in Europe and Asia.

The 2011 Southern Architecture Experience (SoCAL-E><) “Second Exploratory Design Workshop,” is a four-week design workshop beginning July 11 paired with a two-week seminar July 11–24 that is conducted in English and Spanish. Students take part in an intense, totally immersive experience studying the architectural landscape and legacy of southern California. The works of world-renowned architects are examined and include visits to some of the most recent projects and offices of local avant-garde firms.

Further details and programs from NewSchool can be found here.

Symbiotic Districts: Towards a Balanced City

ZGF Architects and PoSI teamed up to provide a concept submission for the International Living Future Institute’s 2011 Living City Design Competition which has been recently awarded a People’s Choice Award voted by the attendees of the Living Future 2011 conference.

Their submission entitled Symbiotic Districts: Towards a Balanced City explores the symbiosis between five EcoDistricts in , as well as regional systems and examines how strategies in a single district contribute to the city’s overall performance.

Competition Team: ZGF Architects, Portland Sustainability Institute, CH2M Hill, David Evans and Associates, Greenworks PC, Newlands and Company, Inc., Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and Sparling

Cooper-Hewitt 2011 National Design Award Winners

Stephen Cassell, Kim Yao, and Adam Yarinsky, © Lajos Geenen

Honoring lasting achievement in American design Cooper-Hewitt announced yesterday the winners and finalists of the 2011 National Design Awards. In its 12th year of celebrating outstanding achievement in design, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum annually presents this award to various disciplines that demonstrate excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.

Garnering first prize for architecture is based Architecture Research Office (ARO).  A list of winners and finalists following the break.

In Progress: Taiyuan Museum / Preston Scott Cohen

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Preston Scott Cohen‘s winning competition proposal for the Museum of Art is currently under construction.  A cluster of buildings unified by continuous and discontinuous promenades both inside and outside. The building responds to the urban parkscape in which it is set; visitors are encouraged to pass through the building while not entering into the museum itself. An exterior ramp threading through the building connects the heterogeneous hardscapes, lawns and sculpture gardens. The integration of building and landscape registers multiple scales of territory ranging from the enormity of the adjacent Fen River to the intimacy of the museum’s own particular spatial episodes.

Architects: Preston Scott Cohen
Location: Taiyuan,
Client: Taiyuan City Government
Project Team: Preston Scott Cohen (architectural design); Amit Nemlich (planning); Collin Gardner, Hao Ruan, Joshua Dannenberg (design assistants, modeling, renderings); Yair Keshet(model)
Project Consultants: Architecture Design and Research Institute of South East University
Project Area: 32,500 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2010

Video: Football for Hope

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Architecture for Humanity’s Kimisagra Football for Hope Center in , has broken ground. This video by Killian Doherty and music by Sophie Nzayisenga features the site location, renderings, and most importantly the communities excitement for the new center.

Steven Holl Architects to Design an Art Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University

Nanjing Sifang Art Museum by © Iwan Baan

Steven Holl Architects were approved last week by the board of visitors’ finance committee to design a $19.3 million gallery at Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia.

An existing surface parking lot on the east side of VCU’s campus will be transformed into the 32,000 sqf arts institute.  This will provide an opportunity to create a distinctive entrance into the campus from Broad and Belvidere streets.  The program for the  new gallery includes space for traveling exhibits and student exhibits, archival study area, offices, and an auditorium.

Points of View from Herman Miller

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Points of View (POV) is a Herman Miller series sharing architects’ perspective on design.  Directed by Hello Design, POV provides five different architects’ step by step process from approach and design development to materials choices.  Architects include Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner of Marmol Radziner, Kim Coleman of Cigolle X Coleman, James Meyer  of , Jim Jennings of Jennings Architecture, and John Friedman of JFAK Architects.

All five interviews can be viewed here.