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David Chipperfield Chosen to Expand New York's Met Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has tapped British architect David Chipperfield to design its new Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. The commission, a result of an international competition, aims to increase gallery space, double the size of the museum’s popular roof garden, and establish accessible on-site storage. “The new design will also enhance gallery configuration and visitor navigation throughout the Southwest Wing, and support a more open dialogue between the Museum and Central Park,” says the architects. 

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins / HGA Architects and Engineers

  • Architects: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Location: Dakota County, MN, USA
  • Area: 227.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul Crosby, Pete VondeLinde

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Family Retreat / Salmela Architect

  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • Location: Herbster, WI 54844, USA
  • Principal Architect: David Salmela FAIA
  • Project Architect: David Getty
  • Area: 1280.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Paul Crosby

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby

Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip”

An overlooked strip mall at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards will soon be replaced by a mixed-use, walkable community designed by Frank Gehry. Known to be the “gateway to the Sunset Strip,” the West Hollywood site will be comprised of 249 apartments, restaurants, retail storefronts and a central plaza - all within "an environmentally sensitive building that complements and contributes to the historic architecture in the neighborhood.”

“Frank Gehry’s deep understanding of the property, its history and the context will elevate the project to the iconic and timeless status that it deserves,” said Townscape partner and project developer Tyler Siegel.

CALS Children’s Library / Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

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MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-up: Roof Deck / Erin Besler

Despite Andrés Jaque of Office of Political Innovation emerging as the winner of the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP), his competitors put up quite a fight. One of this year's five shortlisted proposals, Erin Besler's Roof Deck breathes life into arguably the most overlooked aspect of architecture - the roof - by injecting it with an active public program and making it a vessel for summer celebration. 

Read on after the break for more on Besler's proposal.

Site Model. Image by Walker Olesen Courtyard during warm-up. Image Courtesy of Erin Besler Roof programming area. Image by Walker Olesen Roof Deck during warm-up: night. Image Courtesy of Erin Besler

Reclaimed Modern / Julian Weber Architects

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Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

In 1955 the Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s.

More about Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening at MoMA on March 29th, after the break. 

 Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré (Peruvian, 1926–2014). (Peruvian, 1926–2014). Hotel in Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu (Project). 1969. Perspective. © Archivo Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré  Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. Plaza of the three powers, Brasilia, Brazil, 1958-1960. Photograph: Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti  National School of Plastic Arts, Havana, Cuba, Ricardo Porro, 1961-1965. © Archivo Vittorio Garatti Brasilia under construction, 1957. Geofoto. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal

Renton House / Stettler Design

  • Architects: Stettler Design
  • Location: Renton, WA, USA
  • Project Team: Daniel Stettler, Will Payne
  • Lot Area: 3,500 sq. ft.
  • Area: 3500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Dale Lang

© Dale Lang © Dale Lang © Dale Lang © Dale Lang

Fate of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center to be Decided Tomorrow

Tomorrow legislators are due to decided the fate of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. The midcentury icon, listed on the World Monuments Fund’s global watch list, has been the center of a prolonged debate challenging its right to be preserved. 

The Cardinal / Modus Studio

  • Architects: Modus Studio
  • Location: 831 West Center Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
  • Principal Architect: Chris M. Baribeau, AIA
  • Area: 370605.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

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SteelHouse 1 and 2 / Zack | de Vito Architecture

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HWKN Unveils Design for "Pennovation Center" in Pennsylvania

New York-based firm HWKN have revealed the design for what is to become the University of Pennsylvania's latest hub for entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators. Dubbed "The Pennovation Centre," the project is the first major development within the Pennovation Works, and will occupy a 58,000-square-foot footprint on the campus' south.

A rejuvenation of the former DuPont laboratory, it is hoped that The Pennovation Centre will become an "iconic landmark" for pen, providing a "dynamic environment" for innovation in varied fields.

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See BIG & Heatherwick's Design for Google's California Headquarters

Images have been unveiled of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s design for Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The plan, submitted to city council today, proposes to redevelop and expand the company’s home office with a series of lightweight canopy-like structures organized within a flexible landscape of bicycle paths and commercial opportunities for local companies. 

"It's the first time we'll design and build offices from scratch and we hope these plans by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio will lead to a better way of working,” says Google. “The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas… Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.”

A video about the design and a statement from Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, after the break. 

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Capitol Hill Loft Renovation / SHED Architecture & Design

  • Architects: SHED Architecture & Design
  • Location: 1310 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
  • Contractor: Dolanbuilt Construction
  • Area: 1702.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Mark Woods, James F. Housel

© Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods