Bethlehem Steel Brownfield Site Becomes a New Performing Arts Center


Situated on the former Steel brownfield site the newly designed ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks has transformed an industrial site and inspired a community. A unique hybrid project of old and new, the building’s 67,000 sqf will feature a 450-seat venue for live performances and a two-screen state of the art cinema.

“The design grew from the profoundly meaningful history of place here,” said Joseph N. Biondo AIA, Spillman Farmer Architects‘ Design Principal. “The Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces are iconic – they are America’s historic ruins. The arts center is deeply inspired by this former industrial site and the lives that were lived here.  We wanted the building to make a compelling statement about the future of the arts and community here in Bethlehem. This project evolved from the energy generated by the friction of past and future, the human spirit that fueled the American industrial revolution, and the elegance of a finely crafted music box.”

The new Performing Arts Center by Spillman Farmer Architects will host a special dedication ceremony tomorrow Thursday, April 14th.

A video and further construction photographs of this project following the break.

Senior’s Residence / a/LTA

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French architects a/LTA shared with us their Senior’s Residence in , France. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Ex-Container Project / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

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Led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects in association with Nowhere Resort, the main purpose of the Ex-Container Project is to provide immediate housing for those who were displaced following the earthquake and tsunami that hit on 11th of March, 2011.

Utilizing the format of ISO shipping containers the homes are easy to transport and offer a higher quality housing solution at an affordable price.  Thinking beyond the short-term, the Ex-Container Project can initially be built as a temporary house and then converted to a permanent architectural structure.

Further details about the project and how you can offer support can be found here.

Transforming Landscapes Exposition / Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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Reiulf Ramstad Architects will be hosting an exhibition that aims to explore the questions of this century that deal with the tension between local and global conditions of the natural and the artificial, between cyberspace and realspace, and between stillness and change.  Their ambition is to create a contemporary architecture-based analysis of the site, from which emerges a sensitive interpretation of these conditions, paving the way for architectural design.

Based on the uniqueness of each context, RRA hopes to establish a carefully chosen set of materials and spatial distribution characterized by each place and the intervention. Their projects are characterized by forms and innovative tectonic stress of a spatial continuity between exterior and interior landscapes.

The exhibition will take place this Friday, April 15, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at La Galerie d’Architecture.

Prince Henry Community Centre / Lahznimmo Architects

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Architects: Lahznimmo Architects
Location: , Australia
Landscape Architects: EDAW
Structural Engineer: Taylor Thomson Whitting
ESD and Mechanical Engineer: Cundall
Hydraulic Engineer: Whipps-Wood
Electrical Engineer: Shelmerdine
Project area: 2,260 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Anthony Fretwell

Video: Being Zaha Hadid

joined by Patrik Schumacher, Stefano Boeri, Mario Piazza, and Mark and Giovanna Sammicheli Silva spoke to a packed house of students in Milan yesterday.  The conversation, held at the Politecnico, lasted over two hours. This coming August Abitare will be releasing a special issue Being Zaha Hadid.

Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to the city stars fall on. With a few notable exceptions, one can hardly be called a starchitect if s/he hasn’t designed something in . Since 2005 the starchitects that have fallen on this “City of Lakes” include Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Mueron, César Pelli, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, and Frank Gehry. This is a surprising number for a city just north of 380,000 people. Few cities of this size could boast as much. What’s more our list of 12 is far from complete. There are many wonderful historic and contemporary buildings mixed in with the explosion of starchitecture. Please leave comments of buildings one should not miss when visiting .

Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis list and corresponding map after the break!

HAMRA / DinellJohansson

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Architects: DinellJohansson - Morten Johansson
Location: ,
Project area: 64 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Elisabeth Toll

‘Formations’: A SPAN exhibition at the MAK Gallery

(Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger). Formations / / Exhibition view, 2011 © Wolfgang Woessner/MAK

Architects Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger, former recipients of MAK-Schindler Scholarships for the Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program in Los Angeles, teamed up in 2003 to found the Viennese studio SPAN, which designed the Austrian Pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai together with Zeytinoglu ZT. The team conceives of architecture as a process and works in the field of applied architectural theory, i.e. at the interface with research. Their projects are centered on future-oriented strategies of designing. These employ medial technologies and involve the development of architectural models from organic systems which are then placed in relation to each other via dynamic spatial programs.

For the MAK Gallery, SPAN planned a spatial intervention transferred into a black box. “Formations” will unfold its meaning in various scenarios consisting of models, animations and architectonic elements, providing the observer with novel insights into a laboratory of contemporary architectural production. The individual stations and levels of the exhibition, based on organic patterns of movement, refer to one another and oscillate between abstract, dynamic forms and hybrid structures.

Images and more information on the exhibition after the break.

Nuovo Palazzo Della Provincia di Bolzano / OFL architecture + rabatanalab

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Nuovo Palazzo Della Provincia di Bolzano by OFL architecture and rabatanalab was born out of the desire to establish an historical continuity between the present and the past in Bolzano, Italy.  The study was carried out on the innovative facade system as a new organism that recalls the iconography of the symbols of the city, such as the Duomo, while using contemporary technology.

More on this project after the break.

Party Hall / José Marini Bragança & Helena Veludo

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Architects: José Marini Bragança & Helena Veludo
Location: Cortes, Leiria, Portugal
Project Team: Carla Sousa
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Pedro Ferreira

Matter in the Floating World / Blaine Brownell

Author, architect and materials expert Blaine Brownell recently published a book on his travels to twenty leading material and design innovators in . The book includes interviews with Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, and others. Brownell took on this journey to discover the connections between materiality and transience in their work. For centuries the Japanese culture has treated materials with an uncommon reverence. Regarded as rich resources of inspiration, materials are consecrated when they are handled or altered according to their “internal voice”. Brownell sought to find how today’s daily inundation of new materials has affected this thoughtful approach. The discussion is carried out with text and stunning photographs that help illustrate his main points.

Table of Contents following the break.

Twin Condominiums / LOCAL

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Located only one block apart in a historical neighborhood in made up of mostly brownstones and brick row houses, the design of this two ground-up condominium buildings called for façades that would relate to each other while referencing their context, and while embracing the modern living standards of its future residents.

Architect: LOCAL
Location: Brooklyn, New York,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: A-Frame Studio

A Room Over the Sea / Studio Zero85

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Architects: Studio Zero85
Location: Pescara,
Design Team: Mario Michetti, Giovanna Pizzella, Mirko Giardino
Structural Engineer: Paolo Cerasoli
Project area: 136 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2009
Photographs: Sergio Camplone

One Day For Design

Today designers will be gathering from all of the world in real time to exchange ideas, challenge view points, push boundaries and most importantly discuss the future of the profession.

Moderated by Alex Bogusky, Doug Bowman, Liz Danzico, Debbie Millman, Erik Spiekermann, Armin Vit, Alissa Walker and Katherine Walker, you can join the conversation by heading to One Day For Design.

Education House in Kjeller / Lund+Slaatto Architects

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Architects: Lund+Slaatto Architects
Location: Kjeller,
Client: Kunnskapsbyen properties
Project area: 7,000 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Marte Garmann

AD Classics: Chase Manhattan Plaza / SOM

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Known for their innovation and economy in design, SOMs Chase Plaza in the Financial District of Lower displays SOMs architectural language on efficiency and its relationship with the public realm.  Completed in 1961, the 60 story skyscraper by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM is a coming of age story for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill presence as an [inter]national leader of corporate architectural design that evokes efficiency and functionality.

More on the Chase Manhattan Plaza after the break.

MBIArch – The Barcelona Institute of Architecture’s post-professional Master in Architecture

is a place for the production and dissemination of architectural knowledge, anchored in a specific place and culture but open to the exterior.” Josep Lluís Mateo, President of the Board of Directors, Chair of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich and Principal of Mateo Arquitectura

The Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) is an international institution set up to further the interaction between academic research, specialized practice and the dissemination of contemporary architecture. BIArch seeks to promote new ways of considering and practicing architecture within the context of rapidly changing technological, environmental, and economic conditions.

The Institute is currently receiving applications to the second edition of the MBIArch Master in Architecture. The post-professional degree program consists of an innovative curriculum covering Architectural Design, Urban & Territorial Studies, Energy & Building Technologies, Digital Media, as well as History, Theory, & Criticism. Supported by an outstanding international faculty, the course combines lectures, seminars, studio work, and on-site workshops in aiming to bridge the gap between professional training, critical analysis and design-based research.