For the University of Southern Indiana’s new University Center, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture designed a local landmark for the campus that aims to promote interaction among students, faculty and the community. Constructed with mostly local materials, the project boasts a salvaged 28 ft.-tall, Indiana limestone arch to mark the main entrance and the exterior is clad in slabs of quarry-faced roughback limestone, which would have otherwise been used as scrap material.
More images and more about the project after the break.
Architects: KUBE Architecture – Stefan Rademan, Simon Mountford
Location: Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa
General Contractor & Project Manager: Venture Projects
Structural Engineer: Gadomsky Structural Engineers
Solar Installation: Solarzone in conjunction with Florad
Project area: 360 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Stefan Rademan
Awarded by the Interior Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the prestigious Lawrence Israel Prize for 2011 has been awarded to David Rockwell. Given annually to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich FIT Interior Design students’ course of study. Past winners include Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, Billie Tsien, and Charles Gwathmey.
David Rockwell is the founder of Rockwell Group based in New York City with a satellite office in Madrid. The firm’s project types range from master planning, strategy, building to interior design, set design, and custom furniture design. Current projects and completed work by Rockwell includes: Imagination Playground in downtown New York City; the JetBlue Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport; and the Nobu restaurants in New York, Dubai and Hong Kong; Sets for Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can; the new restaurant Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the first Yotel outside of Europe, in Times Square; W Hotels in Paris and Singapore; a renovation of Los Angeles’ legendary Hotel Bel Air; and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Society at Lincoln Center.
Recipients of the award are invited to give a public lecture. On Thursday, April 28th Rockwell will discuss his professional journey, current Rockwell Group projects, and his latest explorations using technology to create more powerful spatial experiences. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held at 6:00pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at FIT.
The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 8 Headquarters building sits on an urban brownfield that formerly housed a U.S. Postal Annex. This LEED Gold rated design is the result of a challenging design process that sought to integrate a contemporary, high-performance, secure, and environmentally sensitive building into one of Denver’s most important historic and civic districts. A key program goal was to assimilate the new facility into the urban fabric in a way that strengthens and enhances the quality of the historic neighborhood in which it is located, while establishing the building as a landmark in its own right. As a Federal building, the structure also had to meet strict Department of Homeland Security requirements, resulting in a Level 4 facility.
Project description and images after the break.
Architects: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP
Location: 1595 Wynkoop Street Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
Developer/Design builder/Architect of Record: OPUS Northwest, LLC
Project Area: 292,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Robert Canfield
Formerly called “Dagouyi” and built in 1908, Kaohsiung Port Station was the first train station in Kaohsiung and a terminal station of Taiwan north-south railway line. The freight service of the Station was terminated in 2008 that put an end to the train service of Kaohsiung Port Station. So Kaohsiung Port Station has witnessed the centurial history of Taiwan railway.
The Kaohsiung Port Station occupies 15 hectares of land and plays a pivotal role in revitalizing the Hama Sen area and the old Yancheng community. The Kaohsiung City Government has registered the Station as a historical building and included it in the urban planning as the foundation for cultural preservation and redevelopment of the area.
The City Government holds this urban design competition in the hope to invite creative design ideas conducive to the preservation and revitalization of railway culture and innovative development themes that could be used as a guide for conceiving space management strategies for redevelopment of the area in the future. For more information, visit the competition’s official website.
Group Goetz Architects (GGA) provided full service interior design, architectural, and engineering services to multidisciplinary international law firm Foley & Lardner for their total building renovation into a new state of the art law firm facility. The effort included 210,000 sqf of office space, built in three major phases, over four floors, in approximately 18 months. The project includes a 30,000 sqf Conference Center, a full service Café, and Resource, Records, Document Storage IT, and Reproduction centers.
Project description, images, and drawings after the break.
Architect: Group Goetz Architects
Location: 3000 K Street, N.W. Washington DC, USA
Project Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA (Principal-in-Charge), Mansour Maboudian, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (Principal, Director of Sustainable Design), Amber Kwansiewski (Project Designer), Laura Madge (Designer)
Contractor: Hitt Contracting
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: KTA Group Engineering
Lighting Consultant: MCLA
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates, Inc.
Audio/Visual Consultant: 11 Communications Group
Art Consultant: Jean Efron Associates
Project Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle
Project Area: 210,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Group Goetz Architects
Pratt Institute School of Architecture will feature four lectures this month as a part of their 2011 Spring Lecture Series. Architects and Artists will lecture about their influences, works, and careers at the Institute’s Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Pratt Visiting Associate Professor (Construction/Facilities Management) Gerald McGowan will moderate a panel discussion, titled “FM Roundtable: State of the Art Perspectives” on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213. McGowan will discuss the emergence of facilities management as a profession.
Poet Tina Chang will deliver a talk on behalf of The Annual Christina Porter Art and Poetry in the Schools Lecture, on Thursday, March 24 at 12:30 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. She is the author of two books and her work has been featured in numerous publications. Chang is the current (2010) poet laureate of Brooklyn. Her new collection of poetry, Of Gods and Strangers, is forthcoming this year from Four Way Books.
Distinguished members of Pratt Institute’s Network for Emerging Architectural Research (NEAR) will host a symposium, “NEAR: New Practices GAUD” (Graduate Architecture and Urban Design) on Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 PM and Friday, March 25 at 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, and 6:00 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. NEAR’s director and Pratt associate professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Planning, David Ruy, is highly acclaimed for his work examining the intersection of architecture, nature, and technology.
Carlos and Borja Ferrater, founders of the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), will deliver a lecture on Thursday, March 31 at 6 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Carlos Ferrater is the recipient of numerous awards and is recognized for his design of the Botanical Park and the MediaPro buildings in Barcelona, Spain, among others. Borja Ferrater, also highly awarded, is currently an architecture instructor at the International University of Catalonia.
The new addition to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, which spans 40 years of design and construction, is the Red Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The first phase of the three-part composition is the Blue Building was completed in 1975 by Cesar Pelli when he was Partner for Design at Gruen Associates. The Green Building and an outpost for the Museum of Contemporary was added in 1988. The Red Building is a programmatic addition to the showrooms and museum of the first two structures.
More on this project after the break.
Songdo International Business District (IBD) occupies over 1,500 acres of reclaimed land on the West Coast of Incheon, Korea. This waterfront master plan includes a diverse array of programmatic elements and is designed to be a pedestrian friendly city with walkable streets and an urban density that allows for an active street life. Signature features include, the New Songdo City First World Towers, Northeast Asia Trade Tower, the 100-arce Songdo Central Park, and the Songdo City International School.
For WORKac’s skyscraper design for the Shenzhen Metro Tower, the architects created a new a new kind of mixed density to promote a sustainable and a diverse stacked city. This vertical city holds places places of intense urban interchange that combine infrastructure, mixed uses, and public space. Located at an intersection with a horizontal crossroads of major boulevards, this vertical interchange between the underground metro, ground-level bus station, shopping podium and the offices and hotel above will essentially be linking the metro with the sky. ”We call this tower the Interchange – a vertical city that twists together natural green space with ecological systems, structural and functional efficiency with dramatic new forms and technology, while linking the underground to the sky,” added the architects.
More about the project after the break.
Debate continues on the design for the Glasgow School of Art by Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Glasgow based JM Architects. Last month William J.R. Curtis shared his critical thoughts on the new extension, referencing the diagrams by Holl as ‘cartoonlike’, the surface choices of glass ‘monotonous’, and the external volumes as ‘clumsy’. As we all know architecture is subjective and debate should be welcomed, hopefully resulting in a smart discussion focused on providing the best design solutions for a project. A critique of an extension to a building with such importance as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art, a design that masterfully manipulates light into spaces and skillfully the nature of different materials, is expected. However, this review almost seemed personal and a bit uninformed. Curtis, during his critical rant even asks “where was the client during these intervening months?” referring to the initial announcement and presentation of Holl’s winning design and then later released drawings.
Continuing, “The unsatisfactory state of Holl’s proposal perhaps reveals what may happen when a star architect drops in from another planet and blinds a building committee with the “smoke and mirrors” of popularized phenomenology. Some good old Scottish common sense would have been in order to insist on greater rigor and a more appropriate response to the context.”
Holl took time to respond to Curtis’ article stating, “We welcome criticism as long as it’s based on an accurate understanding of our design. Unfortunately William Curtis’ article is not knowledgeable about our design,” and Holl also shares specifics about both the design material choices for the new extension (his full response following the break).
The Academy of Art University, the nation’s largest private accredited art and design university, has announced the addition of the School of Landscape Architecture.
Led by Heather Clendenin as Director of Landscape Architecture, the School of Landscape Architecture joins the Schools of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Fine Art & Sculpture and Graphic Design.
The School of Landscape Architecture will be offering accredited Associate’s (AA) and Bachelor’s (BFA) degree programs as well as continuing art education courses beginning Summer 2011 semester.
You can find more information about the new landscape architecture program here.