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AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA

01:00 - 12 February, 2014

During the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, we had the opportunity to speak with David Gianotten, partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong office. Gianotten launched the Dutch firm’s Asian headquarters in 2009, where he supervises major projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.  

Standing outside of the recently completed Stock Exchange headquarters, he answered our questions about urbanization, innovation and the intricacies of running an office in an environment with such rapid urban growth. Shenzhen has proven an experiment of economic openness and is a vivid example of China’s recent growth. The city’s skyline is practically a physical graph of an upward-trending economy, with buildings designed by nearly every internationally renowned architecture firm. But OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange building stands apart from the rest not only because of its impeccable construction (a rarity in the fast-paced building booms of Chinese cities), but also because it houses the institution that lists China’s biggest companies.

The 254 meter tower is an elegant structure that combines pure volumes with an exoskeleton grid clad in translucent glass. It represents a characteristic OMA-approach to innovative architectural solutions, made possible by extensive programmatic and technical research.

Read the full interview (which includes Gianotten’s insights on the study of architecture, the role of architects, and the importance of simplicity when communicating complex innovation) after the break. 

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Shortlisted Concepts Unveiled for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Shortlisted Concepts Unveiled for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation, © STUDIOS Architecture with The Freelon Group
© STUDIOS Architecture with The Freelon Group

Preliminary designs have been released by three shortlisted teams competing to renovate Mies van der Rohe’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. - the only library and D.C. building ever designed by the legendary architect. Preview each proposal and learn how you can submit your feedback to the D.C. Public Library before they make their decision, after the break. 

SCAD Museum of Art / Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent, in association with Dawson Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
SCAD Museum of Art / Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent, in association with Dawson Architects, © Savannah College of Art and Design
© Savannah College of Art and Design

© Savannah College of Art and Design © Savannah College of Art and Design © Savannah College of Art and Design © Savannah College of Art and Design +14

Wilden St House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Wilden St House / Shaun Lockyer Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paddington QLD 4064, Australia
  • Design Team

    Shaun Lockyer – Design Principal; Jen Lambkin – Project Architect; Corinne Bolton
  • Area

    387.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +31

Estate Bungalow / Narein Perera

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Estate Bungalow / Narein Perera, Courtesy of Narein Perera
Courtesy of Narein Perera
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matugama, Sri Lanka
  • Design Team

    Dilshan Weeraratne, Sameera Dharmasena, Thanuja Gamage, Lakmal Galagoda
  • Structural Engineer

    Keerthi Ratnayake
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Sunanda Gnanasiri
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Narein Perera

Courtesy of Narein Perera Courtesy of Narein Perera Courtesy of Narein Perera Courtesy of Narein Perera +21

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum, © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom

Alongside news that The Broad’s completion date has been pushed back to 2015, rather than this fall, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled a new collaboration with landscape architect Walter Hood that will transform the mid-block parcel adjacent to the Grand Avenue museum into a pedestrian-friendly landscaped plaza and restaurant. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the new square will establish an important link to the neighboring school and apartment, as well as the future 2020 Regional Connector subway stop. The 24,000 square foot parcel will be enhanced by100-year-old olive trees transplanted from Northern California. Watch a video about the design after the break, and find more information here

MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Facade

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Facade , © Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen
© Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen

Though it has been confirmed that Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Museum of Modern Art expansion will result in the demise of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects' American Folk Art Museum, the New York Times has confirmed that the beloved copper-bronze facade will be preserved. 

“We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,” Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview. “We have made no decision about what happens subsequently, other than the fact that we’ll have it and it will be preserved.”

AD Classics: Pennsylvania Station / McKim, Mead & White

09:00 - 11 February, 2014
AD Classics: Pennsylvania Station / McKim, Mead & White, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

New York City’s original Pennsylvania Station was a monument to movement and an expression of American economic power. In 1902, the noted firm McKim, Mead and White was selected by the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad to design its Manhattan terminal. Completed in 1910, the gigantic steel and stone building covered four city blocks until its demolition in 1963, when it ceded to economic strains hardly fifty years after opening. 

© Wikimedia Commons Track level and concourses. Image © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection Concourse from South, 1962. Image © Cervin Robinson - Historic American Buildings Survey Facade from Northeast. Image © Cervin Robinson - Historic American Buildings Survey +40

Sticky Fingers / Rue Royale Architectes

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Sticky Fingers / Rue Royale Architectes, © Erick Saillet
© Erick Saillet
  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Rue Sylvain Simondan, 69009 Lyon, France
  • Technical Design Offices

    BETREC (accounting, structure), PHILAE (fluids), Génie Acoustique (acoustics), STARACE (acoustics),
  • Area

    2094.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet +13

Azumaya / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Azumaya / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +11

The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects, © Sander Meisner
© Sander Meisner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Buitenpolikliniek Carnisselande, Middeldijkerplein 36, 2993 DL Barendrecht, The Netherlands
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner +13

Young Projects Play “Match-Maker” in Times Square

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Young Projects Play “Match-Maker” in Times Square, © Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts
© Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts

Young Projects will be spending the week playing “Match-Maker” in New York City, as the Brooklyn-based studio has debuted their interactive Valentine’s Day installation in the heart of Times Square. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammetal, as part of Times Square Alliance’s sixth annual heart design competition, the interactive heart-shaped sculpture is designed to cosmically connect people based on their zodiac signs by arranging curious passerby's at twelve points surrounding the installation.  

As Young Projects describes, “Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer's four most ideal astrological mates, offering potentially novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers.”

Wang Shu and Zaha Hadid Among 14 Nominated for "Design of the Year" Award

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Wang Shu and Zaha Hadid Among 14 Nominated for "Design of the Year" Award, Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan
Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

The Design Museum in London has announced the 2014 "Design of the Year" nominees. Spanning the industries of architecture to fashion and furniture design, featuring NLE's floating school in Nigeria, Toyota's affordable environmental car, and a mobile phone made from detachable blocks, just one of 76 nominated works will be crowned this year's most innovative design. Of the nominees, 14 are some of the world's most renowned structures. Catch a glimpse of the architecture being considered, after the break.  

Pedroso House / BAK Architects

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Pedroso  House / BAK Architects, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mar Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Collaborator

    Arch. Diorella Fortunati
  • Land Area

    333 m2
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +22

London Calling: The 'Practical' Architect

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
London Calling: The 'Practical' Architect, Thomas Heatherwick and Arup's plans for a new, 367-meter long ‘Garden Bridge’ that will span the river from Temple to the Southbank (more renderings at http://www.archdaily.com/389848/thomas-heatherwick-designs-garden-bridge-in-london/). Image Courtesy of Arup
Thomas Heatherwick and Arup's plans for a new, 367-meter long ‘Garden Bridge’ that will span the river from Temple to the Southbank (more renderings at http://www.archdaily.com/389848/thomas-heatherwick-designs-garden-bridge-in-london/). Image Courtesy of Arup

Recently the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pledged £30 million towards Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge over the Thames. It was an easy offer to make towards a conspicuous piece of design by the author of the 2012 Olympic flame. Contrast this with the Education Secretary Michael Gove’s remarks about the contribution that our profession might make to schools: "We won't be getting Richard Rogers to design your school. We won't be getting any award-winning architects to design it, because no one in this room is here to make architects richer."

Together, these events indicate that our government does not understand our profession. Genius minds may be called upon to make exceptional contributions to a built environment that otherwise need not be exposed to such frivolity and impracticality. And yet, every day architects make practical decisions that lead to great buildings. It’s about time the politicians here in the UK and abroad listened to a very ‘practical’ profession.

Hospital of Mollet / Corea Moran Arquitectura

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
© Pepo Segura
© Pepo Segura

© Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Mario Corea, Lluís Moran
  • Area

    26650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Sonnenhof Wil / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Sonnenhof Wil / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten, © Roman Keller
© Roman Keller

© Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller +12

Hammerhavn Multipurpose Buildings / Cubo Arkitekter

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Hammerhavn Multipurpose Buildings / Cubo Arkitekter, © Lars Due jensen
© Lars Due jensen

© Martin Schubert © Lars Due jensen © Lars Due jensen © Martin Schubert +16