The winning design of an international competition, Old Post Office Plaza serves as an urban catalyst for revitalization while forming an iconic event space for downtown St. Louis. Inspired by a large public sculpture, “the Torso of Icaro” by noted sculptor Igor Mitoraj and donated for installation in the project, the design creates a three dimensional armature of spaces and program that spiral upward and around the work to explore the deeper structure of ideas that the myth of Daedelus and Ikarus evokes. Not only was Daedalus the key protagonist of one of the great narratives of flight and fall, he was associated with early manifestations of public space and public art in ancient Greece, as an archetypal architect and sculptor.
Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Project Team: Barry Sampson (project director), Jon Neuert (project advisor), Mauro Carreno (project coordinator), Yves Bonardeaux, Winda Lau, Adrian Phiffer
Landscape Architect: ARCTURIS
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick
US Structural Reps: Optimal Engineering Solutions Inc.
Civil and Electrical Engineer: EDM Incorporated
Quantity Surveyor: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Water Feature: Water Architecture
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Sam Fentress, BSN / Zero Fractal, Debbie Franke
Over 130 artists are continuing to call attention to the working conditions at the site of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, despite the recent intervention by the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum and changes from the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC). The $800 million museum designed by Frank Gehry is just beginning construction on Saadiyat Island.
The group of artists talking boycott, including key figures within the Middle Eastern art world, are threatening to withhold their work as well as refusing participation in museum events, which could be detrimental to the museum as they are essentially building a collection from the ground up. In response to the artists proposed boycott, Foundation Director Richard Armstrong issued the following statement, ”While we share the artists’ concern for the workers, we believe that, in light of the steady progress that has been made with respect to recruitment fees, the prompt payment of wages, the ability to retain passports, the provision of health insurance, good living accommodations, and the imminent appointment of an independent monitor in May, their statement is misinformed. We believe that the Guggenheim Foundation’s work with TDIC has been instrumental in bringing about this progress. We will continue to remain focused on this critical priority.”
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London is the largest urban zone in the European Union with a cosmopolitan population of over 7.7 million residence. The London Games is being eagerly anticipated by millions of sporting fans around the world. The Games, which officially kicks off on the 27th July 2012 will see the arrival of world’s top athletes and their team officials representing various participating nations, international dignitaries, the Games officials and not to mention millions of supporters and fans.
The aim of this International Competition is to design a temporary, freestanding information pavilion within the world famous Trafalgar Square in the Heart of London during the 2012 Games. The competition hopes to achieve the following:
- Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the games.
- Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the games.
- Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.
For complete information please visit the competition’s official website.
The Wave in Vejle, Denmark designed by Henning Larsen Architects is a new unique housing that embraces the sculptural and organic forms to become a new landmark for the city. It takes advantage of both its location and the views it offers, while equally challenging the existing architecture of the area and its program as a housing complex.
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Architects: UArchitects – Emile van Vugt and Misak Terzibasiyan
Location: Overloon, The Netherlands
Client: Government Building Agency
Management of Construction: RU Bouwadvies – Den Bosch
Structural engineer: Sigma engineering
Advisor installations: Government Building Agency
Company of construction: Bam Utiliteitsbouw – Eindhoven
Photographs: Norbert van Onna
This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to Philadelphia. The list of influential architects that have either worked, studied, or taught in Philadelphia is perhaps the only list that challenges the numbers of Founding Fathers that descended on this city of “Brotherly Love.” A brief list includes Sullivan, Kahn, Wright, Pei, Rudolf, Corbusier, Latrobe, Gropius, Mumford, and Furness. That being said, our list of 12 barely scratches the surface of buildings worth seeing in this great city. We would like to hear about your must not miss buildings in the comment section below.
The Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia list and corresponding map after the break!
Immediately, the plan was criticized for its monotony and, in particular, the 90 degree angles of the street intersections – which were designed in an economical fashion as right-angled houses were the most affordable to build. While cities such as Washington DC had grand diagonal cross streets, Manhattan’s plan divided the island into repetitious compressed parcels with no attention paid to changing topography or location. However, opinions of the system seem to be changing, as, over the course of decades, the grid’s logistical framework has proven beneficial and has allowed a magnificent modern city to rise.
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Scaffoldage is a collection of scaffolding photographs highlighting construction throughout the world. Maintained by Shaun Usher, each image links to its corresponding project, location and photographer.
Architects: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
Design team: Marlies Rohmer and Floris Hund; with Ronald Hageman, Gieneke Pieterse, Rikjan Scholten, Klaas Nienhuis and
Client: Proper-Stok Woningen B.V.
Project area: 9,312 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2010
Photographs: Rob de Jong, Marcel van der Burg, René de Wit
Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture
Location: Sydney, Australia
Landscape/Consultant: Aspect Studios
Heritage: CAB Consulting
Engineers: Connell Wagner, Connell Wagner, Warwick Donnelly Pty Ltd
Lightning: Lighting Art + Science
Builders: Ford Civil Contractors
Project area: 25,000 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2010
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Adrian Boddy, Florian Groehn, Alex Rink
Architects: Hofman Dujardin Architects
Location: Geldrop, The Netherlands
Technical engineering: Bouwtechnisch Adviesburo Ad Wouters Mierlo
Contractor: KSB Snoeijen Bouw
Power supply: Mebro Elektrotechniek Nuenen
Climate control: Installatiebedrijf Snijders Best
Project area: 415 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Matthijs van Roon Amsterdam
The University of Washington College of Built Environments presents Next Eco-City, a symposium on Emergent Urbanism April 7th and 8th. Next Eco-City will critically explore the relationships between environment, equity, economy and design in our rapidly urbanizing world; investigate the dynamics and implications of rapid urban growth in the emerging mega-cities of the global south; and examine emerging tactics and approaches that recognize the urban landscape as network of interconnected and spontaneous possibilities.
Featuring a keynote lecture by Kongjian Yu, the symposium also includes the following professional participants: Pierre Belanger, Karen Seto, Jane Wolff, Andy Karvonen, Kristina Hill, Ken Yocom, Chelina Odbert, Jennifer Toy, Viren Brahmbhatt, Alfredo Brillembourg, Ben Spencer, John Bela, Nicholas de Monchaux, Denise Hoffman Brandt and Jeffrey Hou.
The symposium will be held in Kane Hall on the UW Seattle Campus. Pre-registration is required. See conference details here.
Up Inc. commissioned Levitt Goodman Architects to design the third floor of this historic industrial building to purposely suit it needs. Up Inc. is a Toronto-based branding, graphic design and communications firm with a reputation for clear and influential design. The firm had worked with Levitt Goodman Architects over many years, undergoing partial renovations to accommodate its growing business. The firm desired an environment that would improve operations and convey a distinctive character, reflective of its clean aesthetic, its proactive service and its knack for influential and economical design.
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: 488 Wellington, Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Brock James (Partner-in-Charge), Kris Payne (Project Architect), Cynthia Dovell (Architect)
Project Size: 4,950 sqf
Project Area: 2010
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.
UArchitects has, in cooperation with LENS°ASS architecten from Hasselt , won a competition for a new school building The Bridge in Bocholt, Belgium. The special sustainable school is in the form of a circle in an effort to engage the neighborhood into the school with activities and possibilities of an extension.
More on this project after the break.