AD Round Up: Museums Part I

It’s Tuesday, time for another “Round Up” of previously published works. This week, we bring you our first selection of Museums.

Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified
The new Grand Rapids Art Museum, by wHY Architecture, occupies one city block right in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The new museum has 125,000 SF of floor area with more than 50,000 SF of gallery and art exhibition spaces. The new building is located adjacent to the park with sculpture “Ecliptic” by Maya Lin, forming an urban oasis surrounded by tall buildings. The design stresses both the symbolic need of a museum to be a civic icon within the city, plus fulfilling humanistic needs for people to have their own experience with art (read more…)

Petter Dass Museum
Petter Dass is one of Norways most important and beloved National poets. The project involved designing a new 1350m2 museum building, a landscape plan for the surrounding site, parking facilities and a service building. The project was financed by Alstahaug kommune, Nordland fylkeskommune, Kultur- og kirkedepartementet and commercial contributions. Snøhetta have continuously been involved in the process since 2001 and until the opening of the museum on October the 20th 2007 (read more…)

Jewish Contemporary Museum San Francisco
This two rotated cubes are part of the adaptation of the 1907 Jessie Street Power Substation, adjacent to the Yerba Buena Park in San Francisco, into the new Jewish Contemporary Museum by Daniel Libeskind Studio and local architects WRNS Studio. The project houses 63,000 sq feet for exhibitions and programs in visual, performing and media arts, and includes 3,500 square feet of space for education. The skin of the cubes is made of over 4 million luminous blue steel panels (read more…)

Fundação Iberê Camargo
The new building for the Ibere Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil designed by ´s Alvaro Siza, is a big rectangular white structure. It has a big central space enclose by circulations and exhibition spaces. Some of this circulations separate from the main body as arms going out through the facade. This form is really informed by brazilian modernists, resulting on sculptural rock in front of the river with an amazing light use, a tradition on Siza´s works (read more…)

Ilopolis Bread Museum
The Colognese Mill had been built by the Italian immigrants; and within the same cultural conditions, Brasil Arquitetura have conducted the making of the Bread Museum complex, incorporating the museum, the Baking Workshop, and the restored old Mill. The restoration of the mill, realized in conjunction with the Italo Latino American Institute (IILA), was carried out according to strict rules of scientific restoration, recovering the original elements and functions and reintegrating the abandoned back into the day-to-day of Ilópolis (read more…)

Ordino Complex / Arteks Arquitectura & Esther Pascal architect

Architect: ARTEKS Arquitectura + Esther Pascal architect
Location: Ordino, Andorra
Architects in charge: Elisabet Faura & Ester Pascal
Collaborators: Gemma Roca, Dalila Pregal, Alvaro Briceño, Malte Ruckert, Ruper Maurus, Carlos Cobreros, Cecilia Vázquez , Alex Miralles
Artistic Collaborator: Victor Pérez Porro
Structure: GETCE BEAL_ Xavier Beal Vilaginés
Utilities: Bernabé Rodriguez
Acoustics: Higini Arau
General Contractor: COIMA S.A
Constructed Area: 9,714 sqm
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute & Eugeni Pons

CCTV: Fire report says damage was limited to the building surface

After a high-level meeting on February 13, issued a report that shows that only the surface of the building was damaged. The amazing fire we saw on the images and videos was actually the zinc alloy burning very fast (melts at 400ºC, versus 1000ºC fireworks can get). Anyway,  a Chinese architecture expert puts this in doubt, saying that interior equipment had to be damaged. Now it´s up to the engineers to decide the future of the building.

After seeing images of the building after the fire, compared with the flames seen the night before, this zinc alloy skin burn makes sense…. I don´t think any building could resist a fire like that coming from the inside.

Also in the announcement, CCTV said it will move to their new building sometime near October 1.

For more details, go to the Caijing Online article, here.

Kiev L’oreal Academy / m2r

Architects: m2r
Location: Kiev,
Year: 2008
Client: L’OREAL Ukraine
Contractor: Denza Workspace
Photographs: m2r

House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA

I like how this house uses an existing structure to hide, in both landscape and against the strong winds, creating a new habitable interior. This house by (this weeks AD Futures pick) won the Gran Prix for the Latvian Architecture Prize (2005), the Best Technology Award at the Interior Digest Magazine (outstanding implementation of a project using contemporary construction, constructive and electronic technologies, 2006) and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award (2007).

Location: Saka,
Architects: NRJA (Uldis Luksevics, Martins Osans)
Client: Una and Andris Vitolins
General Constructor: RBS Skals
Object: private house
Size: 200 sqm2
Year: 2002

ORDOS 100 #19: Work AC

This villa is located in plot #96 of the ORDOS .

Architects: Work AC / Dan Wood and Amale Andraos
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

New prefab recently built by architecture students

Our green friends from Inhabitat sent us this interesting . A new prefab recently built by the students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Their goal was to build a prototype prefab conducive to elegant and sustainable living within the heart of the desert landscape.

For more details, click here.
Visit the official website, here.

In Progress: Z Towers / NRJA

This project by young Latvian architects NRJA (previously featured on AD) is currently under construction. The complex, in Riga, , includes 2 towers (29 and 30 stories each), connected by a floor bridge. It also includes a 4-stories podium. Completion is expected durin 1st quarter 2010.

Architect´s description, more renderings and construction photos after the break. You can also watch the construction site via webcam.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects wins competition for a mixed-use masterplan in Denmark

The masterplan will transform a site of a former slaughterhouse in the city of Horsens, Western into a mixed-use commercial, office and cultural complex that will include residential areas. Shla’s masterplan received particular praise for its dynamic design which will create a sense of cohesion between the city’s existing urban identity and the new retail and recreational areas.

More details, after the break.

AD Futures #3: NRJA / No Rules, Just Architecture

This week on AD Futures, :

I found this practice thanks to the recommendation of one of our readers who sent me this video. After watching it, I had a good feeling about next generations.

Fresh ideas, a young team (average age is 25)… actually building those ideas! That´s NRJA (No Rules Just Architecture) a practive based in Riga, , founded by Uldis Luksevics in 2005. As a young office they have a very strong statement, that can be seen (or felt?) on their projects. They feel passionate for what they do, while being professional and always trying to go beyond than  is allowed or required – hence “No Rules Just Architecture”.

But I think their statement describes it better:

Body House / Monolab

Front view

Architects: Monolab architects (Rotterdam)
Location: Rotterdam,
Client: Tijs van Ruiten & Paula Colenbrander
Engineers construction: K-constructies (Rotterdam),  Ove Arup (London)
Engineers specifications/costs: Ingenieursbureau Multical (Rotterdam)
Advisor installations: Schwagermann (‘s-Gravenzande)
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Hofman (Maasdijk)
Construction Roof tent: Stre@m (Rotterdam)
Design year: 2001
Construction year: 2003
Budget: 238.000 euro incl. tax
Constructed Area: 156 sqm, 537 cbm

In progress: Rennes Métropole Crematorium by PLAN 01

Architects: PLAN 01 architects
Location: Rennes Métropole,
Project team: Jean Bocabeille, Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Christophe Ouhayoun, Stéphane Pertusier, Ignacio Prego, Dominique Vitti, Anne-Charlotte Zanassi, Julien Zanassi and Nicolas Ziesel
Project manager: Daniela Miccolis
Project year: 2005-2009
Site Area: 1,100 sqm
Budget: US $2,72 M
Photographs: © Stéphane Chalmeau

Flight 93 National Memorial

Paul Murdoch Architects, with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, won the 2-stage competition for a national memorial and park to occur at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, in Somerset County, . The memorial will honor the passengers and crewmembers of Flight 93.

For more information about the memorial, click here.

Pinnacles Interpretive Centre / Woodhead

Woodhead Architects designed this building over a beautiful landscape in Western Australia, integrated with it through the use of . The exterior spaces offer a shaded place to contemplate this landscape.

Wood house in Caviano / Wespi de Meuron

Architects: Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects
Location: Caviano, Switzerland
year: 2008
Photographs: Wespi de Meuron

The Yorkshire Diamond / Various Architects

Our friends at Various Architects, authors of the innovative Mobile Performance Venue,  just shared with us a new inflatable project, currently running up for the Yorkshire Renaissance Pavilion competition. From a total of 87 submissions, the jury selected 5 projects and then narrowed down to 3 finalists. Final results aren´t announced yet – we´ll keep you posted on that.

Their project, named “The Yorkshire Diamond“, has a very particular structure with inflatable tubes forming a diamond-lattice structure, forming a box with an excavated interior, which allows for different configurations.

The architect´s description:

Times Square celebrates Valentine’s Day

A heart-shaped sculpture by Gage Clemenceau Architects will land on Times Square today. It will stay on Duffy Square until March 1st. The sculpture is constructed with DuPontTM Corian® strawberry ice and welded tubes. The heart is lit from within using color changing LED lighting.

For more information, go to Times Square website.

More pictures after the break.

Vladimir Kaspe Cultural Center / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza

Architects: Jorge Hernandez de la Garza, Gabriel Covarrubias González, Gerardo Broissin Covarrubias
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Collaborators: María Teresa de la Torre Gorráez, Carlos Rubio, Jessica Vega
Year: 2006
Construction: GDI / Ing. José Hinojosa
Structural Engineering: Arq. Fernando Castillo
Photographs: Paul Czitrom