The New World Center, part of the New World Symphony America’s Orchestral Academy, opened its doors this week. Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the music education and performance facility is the first purpose-built home for the New World Symphony founded by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas.
In terms of design the building’s exterior portrays a quiet, almost tamed Frank Gehry. The rectangle shaped white building expresses Gehry’s well known bends and folds within its interior – glimpses of which are visible through the main entrance east facade 80 foot high glass curtain wall.
The New World Center joins a wave of new architecture and design in Miami. Playing host to the most important art show in the United States, Art Basel | Miami Beach, and the 2010 National AIA Convention, Miami has been focusing its efforts on developing a new vibrant city center. Just down the street from the New World Center resides 1111 Lincoln Road designed by Herzog & de Meuron, completed last year. Currently Herzog & de Meuron are also working on the expansion for the Miami Art Museum.
Miami Beach SoundScape, the public event space designed by the Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8, is located to the east of the New World Center and to the west of the new building is Pennsylvania Avenue Garage, a new 550-car parking structure designed by Gehry Partners, LLP.
Architects: Gehry Partners, LLP
Location: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Design Partner: Frank Gehry
Project Designer: Craig Webb
Managing Partner: Terry Bell
Project Architect: Brad Winkeljohn
Project Manager: Kristin Ragins
Project Team: Curtis Christensen , Dan Sokolosky, Molly Forr, Lisa Cage , Shikha Doogar, Petar Vrcibradic, Leon Cheng, Vartan Chalikian, Armando Solano, Luciana Vidal, Rolando Mendoza
Acoustician: Nagata Acoustics America, Inc
Acoustical Team: Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota Motoo Komoda Kayo Kallas Daniel Beckmann Robert Mahoney, Robert F Mahoney & Associates
Structural Engineering: Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek, LLP
MEPFP Engineering: Cosentini & Associates
Theater Consultant: Theatre projects Consultants
Lighting Designer: LAM Partners, Inc.
Sound & Projection Consultants: Acoustic Dimensions, Sonitus, LLC
Landscape Architect: Raymond Jungles Associates
Civil Engineer: Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc.
Construction Manager: Hines
Performance Hall Seating: Poltrona Frau
Project Area: 100,641 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Rui Dias-Adios, Tomas Loewy
Ehrlich Architects Wins International Design Competition for the Federal National Council’s New Parliament Building Complex
The grand prize in the international architectural competition to design the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) Federal National Council’s (FNC) New Parliament Building Complex has been awarded to Ehrlich Architects, the Los Angeles, California, design firm. More images and complete press release after the break.
The Center for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade, Serbia by PIKASCH architecture studio is an architectural proposal focused on extrapolating the design elements out of the basic compositions of life, and using sustainable technology to promote the knowledge of and use of developing science.
Read on for more images and information after the break.
Located in an industrial area near the city center the new Waste-to-Energy plant will be an exemplary model in the field of waste management and energy production, as well as an architectural landmark in the cityscape of Copenhagen. The project is the single largest environmental initiative in Denmark with a budget of 3,5 Billion DKK, and replaces the adjacent 40 year old Amagerfor- braending plant, integrating the latest technologies in waste treatment and environmental performance.
The shortlisted offices included Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Dominique Perrault Architecture, 3xN, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects & Gottlieb Paludan Architects who were selected to compete out of 36 international proposals in Fall 2010. The winning team is announced by an unanimous judge panel.
More images and complete architect’s description after the break.
As with many urban centers, Kansas City has a wonderful collection of turn of the century low to mid-rise buildings within the urban core. It is the re-use of older buildings that has promoted the ideal of loft living, having the city as a personal backyard. While many existing buildings still need to be renovated, 5 Delaware represents a new approach – a new, modern structure sensitively placed in one of the numerous empty lots downtown.
More photographs, drawings, and project description of 5 Delaware Lofts by el dorado following the break.
Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Project Team: Doug Stockman, Dan Maginn, AIA LEED AP, Sean Slattery AIA LEED AP, Doug Hurt, Brady Neely
General Contractor: Schweiger Construction Company
Owner: Marketview Properties, LLC
Project Area: 46,150 sqf
Photographs: Mike Sinclair
“In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction.” This quote from Peter Zumthor rings true in his design of Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, where a mystical and thought-proving interior is masked by a very rigid rectangular exterior.
More on Bruder Klaus Field Chapel and Peter Zumthor after the break.
The Water + Life Museums and Campus celebrate the infrastructure of water and its central role in the evolution of life and development in California. The first LEED Platinum Museums in the world, the design aims to place beauty and sustainability — an inseparable couplet — at the center of its agenda as an environmental showcase. The 15 acre campus houses two museums, Water – The Center for Water Education and Life – The Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology.
Architects: Lehrer Architects and Gangi Architects
Location: Hemet, California, USA
LEED Consultant: Zinner Consultants
MEP Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youseff & Associates
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
Solar Power Consultant: Vector Delta Design Group
Lighting: Prudential Lighting
Contractor: Lehrer, Gangi Architects
Owners: Metropolitan Water District, Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Fotoworks, Michael Lehrer
In the wake of Rudy Ricciotti, Patrick Bouchain, Lacaton & Vassal, Luca Merlini, Lefèvre & Aubert, TYIN and Anna Heringer, the villa Noailles wishes to briefly halt an astonishing explorer who endlessly travels the planet in order to observe and capture the architecture of this period, along with the life which evolves within it.
Iwan Baan has been invited to the villa so that he may share his visions, which are like so many stopovers in his many endless trips around the world. He possesses a unique perspective on world architecture, because it is synchronous. But that which interests him is the life and interactions which evolve within and around these new structures, such as the large stadium by Herzog and de Meuron in Peking, or the Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, and also the Cultural Center of Medellín in Colombia, or the mud brick Ahmed Baba Library in Timbuktu, Africa.
The exhibition will run from February 20 to March 27. For more information, please click here. You can see Iwan Baan’s photography featured in ArchDaily here.
Columbia University Northwest Corner Building / Rafael Moneo, Davis Brody Bond, and Moneo Brock Studio
The design for the new science building at 120th St and Broadway has its origins in the historic Morningside Heights campus plan designed by McKim, Mead and White for Columbia University in 1897. The architects determined very early on that the new building should respect the McKim Meade & White plan; that it would measure just sixty-five feet in width, and would retain the same separation from its neighbors as indicated in that plan. Because of the construction of the Manhattanville Campus to the north, the new building was able to provide a much-needed gateway to the old campus for pedestrian traffic to and from the new campus to the north.
Drawings and photographs of the Northwest Corner Building following the break.
Architects: Rafael Moneo, Davis Brody Bond and Moneo Brock Studio
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Lead Designer: José Rafael Moneo
Design Project Architect: Moneo Brock Studio
Lead Designers: Belen Moneo and Jeff Brock
Associate Architect: Davis Brody Bond Aedas
Partner-in-Charge: William Paxson
Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Structural/Mechanical Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners Consulting Engineers
Facade Consultant: R.A. Heintges & Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Environmental Engineer: Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin
Landscape Consultant: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
Cost Estimating: Wolf and Company
Project Management: Columbia University Facilities – Capital Project Management
Client: Columbia University
Project Area: 188,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Michael Moran Studio
The Aquilialberg project, the Brixen Public Library for an international architectural competition, has the aim to become a new gathering location for the population. Following this line, the project is designed to assure wide spaces for socialization, both interior and exterior, to accommodate public manifestations and cultural encounters. It is a place to spread knowledge, in which citizen could feel themselves at ease and spend spare time constructively.
Interiors volumes are designed on the base of the educational vocation of a Library. Reading rooms with double height are connected between each other at different levels. In these spaces of interconnection, natural light filtrate smoothly from skylights and narrow windows cut in the external walls. On the other hand, areas for socialization and gathering are overflowed by the light coming from full high windows. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: TEK Architects
Location: New York, USA
Project team: Charles Thanhauser – principal in charge, Andrew Ojamaa – project director, Carolina Meller, Kotting Luo, Hsing Yuan Chen
Structural: Dunne and Markis, PE
Contractor: Summit Construction
Client: DASNY / CUNY/ QCC
Engineers: DLB Consulting, MEP
Photographs: Brian Rose Photography
In an effort to integrate living spaces with the outdoors while maintaining privacy from Burbage Lane and neighboring houses, the scheme is organized around a centrally located garden. With sixteen foot high ceilings, the eastern volume contains the public living spaces. Continuous clerestory windows assist in providing an abundance of natural light into the space, allowing views to the treetops and sky while minimizing the close proximity of the adjacent houses. A twenty foot wide glass wall slides into a pocket, enhancing the relationship to the outdoors, and provides a sense of living in a garden. The two story western volume is comprised of bedrooms and a small second floor living space. A one story glass link connects the volumes and visually opens to the central garden.
Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: Ocean View, Delaware, USA
Project Architect: Claire L. Andreas
Contractor: Gude and Conard, Inc.
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Interior Designer: Baron Gurney Interiors
Landscape Designer: JB Landscaping
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Anice Hoachlander|HD Photo
Christopher Parsons will lead a series of short, focused discussions on best practices for transforming your firm’s thought leadership and organizational learning efforts using technology and social media tools. Discussion topics include best practices for marketing technical knowledge, industry case studies, and proven strategies for improving knowledge sharing in your organization. He will also tell the story of how he leveraged social media tools to build his tribe, KA Connect, which enables AEC professionals to share best practices for knowledge management and organizational learning.
University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design is putting on their Bulthaup Spring 2011 Lecture Series which will feature several well-renowned architects beginning at 6:30pm on February 3rd and ending on March 22nd. The lectures will be held at the University’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in room 103 at 230 College Street, Toronto ON M5T 1R2. Below are the dates of the lectures:
Professor and Chair, Department of English , Rice University
‘Biopolitics , Biopower , and the (Nonhuman ) Animal Body ’
2011 George Baird Lecture
NATOMA ARCHITECTS INC., san Francisco, ‘Frameworks’
Saunders Architecture, Norway ‘Recent Works’
Daoust Lestage Inc., Montreal
‘Daoust Lestage – Fron the city to the object’
Teeple Ardchitects Inc., Toronto
You can find more on each lecture on the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design website.