Last year Frank Gehry won the design competition for the Eisenhower Memorial, which included six other firms (Perkins & Will, Krueck & Sexton, Rogers Marvel Architects, Moshe Safdie & Associates, Natoma Architects and PWP Landscape Architecture). After that, the firm was asked to produce three options for the members of the Eisenhower Memorial Commision to choose from, from which the final design was chosen a few days ago.
LA Time’s Culture Monster has more info about the project:
The design, which Gehry and his colleagues will flesh out in the months to come, combines a grove of oak trees, two parallel colonnades of limestone pillars and loosely piled limestone walls carved with sculptural reliefs — elements common to all three proposals — with a series of woven steel-mesh tapestries that will feature images of Eisenhower and his presidency. There is a gap in the colonnade as it runs along Independence, creating an opening framing views of the Capitol and also marking an informal pedestrian entry into the memorial site.
While the oak trees should provide plenty of shade — along with pockets of contemplative space — the tapestries will give much of the memorial the feeling of an expansive outdoor stage set. Gehry came up with the idea for the steel-mesh panels while exploring the tapestry collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where his firm has been working on an expansion.
More images after the break:
The challenge was to create a footpath and cycling bridge in a place where the first bridge in this city once existed.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza
Location: Avda. Ilustración, Urbanización Montecanal, Zaragoza, Spain
Collaborators: Ignacio Aguirre López, Emilio Delgado Martos
Structure: María Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez
Rigger: José Miguel Moya
Contractor: Construcciones Moya Valero – Rafael Moya, Ramón Moya
Structure: Coral Tarabidau d´Aragon – Ricardo Aranda
Project Area: 216 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2008
Photographs: Javier Callejas
Wai Think Tank have shared with us their proposal for the Fashion Museum Competition in Omotesando Street in Tokyo, Japan. The challenge consisted in designing a 100 meters high tower-museum, containing exhibition areas of 20th century fashion history and becoming a landmark for Tokyo.
See more images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Project Team: Daniel Bonilla, Juliana Lozano, Mauricio Morales, Jaekson Baez, Keily Jaramillo, Manuel Mendoza, Marcela Albornoz, Pedro Pulido, Rodrigo Montoya, Mauricio Ortega and Germán Ortega
Client: Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá
Project Area: 24,876 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila & Andrés Arenas
Exploration of natural systems from the microscopic to the universal unearths vast design potential for overlaying cultural, ecological, and life cycle flows toward determining new architectonic strategies.
The d3 Natural Systems Competition for 2010 invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects. The competition calls for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows.
SANAA was following Steven Holl on the polls (my favorite for next year), a name that was very strong for the award since last year.
The awarded duo will receive the prize at a formal ceremony May 17 at Ellis Island, New York.
Works by SANAA at ArchDaily:
Architects: URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc.
Location: Shenzhen, China
Design Director: Meng Yan
Project Manager: Xing Guo
Designers: Ding Yu, Wu Kaimao, Liao Zhixiong
Client: Luohu Development & Reform Bureau, Shenzhen
Site Area: 6,870 sqm
Design Period: 2005-2006
Construction Period: 2008-2009
Photographs: Meng Yan
Architects: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Client: Zollverein School
Location: Essen, Germany
Construction start: March 2005
Completed: July 2006
Project architect: Nicole Berganski
Associate architects: Böll & Krabel
Built area: 5.000sqm
Masterplan: Rem Koolhaas, OMA
Landscape: Agence Ter
Photos: Iwan Baan
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Client: Toledo Museum of Art
Architect: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Team: Toshi Oki, Takayuki Hasegawa, Keiko Uchiyama, Mizuki Imamura, Tetsuo Kondo, Junya Ishigami
Built area: 7,000sqm
Site area: 20,000sqm
Structure: Guy Nordenson & Associates / SAPS
Glass consultant: Front Inc
Lighting: Arup / Kilt Planning
Photos: Iwan Baan
The Pritzker will be announced in a few minutes. It will probably go to one of the figures you have already voted for in our 2010 Pritzker poll, but deep in our hearts we wish Architecture for Humanity to be awarded.
With the purpose of the Prize being “to honor a living architect whose built work demostrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced a consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture“, don´t you agree with me?
Anyway, Architecture for Humanity has been awarded with the 2010 IIDA Pioneers in Design Award, and we congratulate them once again.
Let’s hope we can probe Cameron Sinclair wrong in the future:
@casinclair: @archforhumanity will never be awarded the Pritzker Prize but we do have this awesome new video http://is.gd/b2yUU
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