This project takes advantage of the demolition of the existing building, which occupied the whole of the plot, to design a new Plaza, with a scale and dignity to receive the Law Courts. In dialogue with the granite walls that define its surroundings, the Plaza takes on the form of a bottling of stone, upon which the Law Courts rest.
This project is one piece of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) new headquarters facility, originally awarded through a competition to a team that included the LA office of DMJM/Design (now part of AECOM), Denver-based Roth+Sheppard, Studio 0.10, and John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK).
This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to Columbus; Indiana that is. We have already made the trip to Columbus, Ohio. This lesser known Columbus only has a population of 44,000 people, but for what it lacks in size it makes up in architecture. Columbus, perhaps, has more notable modern architecture buildings per capita than any city in the United States. In fact, it was much harder narrowing the list down to 12 projects than finding enough for the city guide. With the buildings not on the list, it will be impossible to please everyone. Notably our list doesn’t even include Romaldo Giurgola’s Columbus East High School, Cesar Pelli’s Commons Centre and Mall, and SOM’s Republic Newspaper Building. Take a look at the 12 on our list and add your favorites in the comment section below.
The Architecture City Guide: Columbus list and corresponding map after the break.
Brusselssprout is a free curatorial magazine on contemporary thinking and emergent art. It aims to become an open, independent and alternative platform offering content related to the artistic and cultural world.
It strives, with the help of the curatorial endeavours of artists and projects that can contribute a different layer to the ever more monopolized artistic scene.
The third issue is “Dubai Graphic and Visual Encyclopedia”, Dubai Manifesto 3/3. Adapted for the latest electronic devices (Ipad, Kindle, etc), Brusselssprout can be downloaded quarterly in ePub and PDF format from the magazine’s official website.
More information on this third issue and some images after the break.
Made to Measure is a monograph showcasing the work of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, an architecture firm based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Leers Weinzapfel Associates first gained prominence by taking on infrastructure projects that are often left to engineers. Where some might undertake these projects out of consequence, Leers Weinzapfel Associates revels in and seeks out these types of projects. The firm’s ability to finely execute such projects is displayed in the University of Pennsylvania Gateway Complex presented in this book. Although infrastructure projects were their launching point, they now take on an incredibly wide range of projects. In fact, the majority of the projects presented in this book are not infrastructure projects. Perhaps there is something to be said for being able to do the ‘mundane’ well.
Take a look inside after the break.
Architect: Bernardo Rodrigues
Location: Ribeira Grande, Portugal
Preliminary Study: James Grainger, Pedro Mosca, Natacha Viveiros
Execution: Nelson Ferreira, Ye Xuanyong, Vasco Melo, Laura von Dellemann, Alexandra Balona
Work: Adriana Massague, Rita Breda, Ana Soares, Jessica Silva, Sofia Cordeiro, Raquel Fernandes Elena Archipovait Marcello Zahr
Project Year: 2002-2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan
Steven Holl Architects just shared the news that the firm has won the commission for the new Institute for Contemporary Art for Virginia Commonwealth University with BCWH Architects. The 32,000 square-foot building will provide gallery spaces for traveling and school exhibits, classrooms, offices, art storage spaces and an auditorium, and accommodate a sculpture garden and a café. Joseph H. Seipel, Dean of the VCU School of the Arts, exclaimed, ”We are honored to have Steven Holl, internationally recognized as one the most inspired and significant architects of our time. With Holl leading this endeavor, I am confident the ICA is destined to become an iconic building for VCU and the city of Richmond and will find its place as a prominent example of Steven Holl’s contributions to the history of architecture.” As the selection process was organized to find an architect-led team, and not a specific design, we will keep you posted on the progress of the project.
After living a part of their lives in the flood prone region of Fargo, Lance Cayko & Alex Gore from F9 Productions started thinking of the catastrophe that could strike if the flood dikes gave way and for that reason they designed a flood resistant house that takes on the challenge of how to survive in the worst conditions.
This park’s new community center provides a 6,300 square foot space including a two-story multi-purpose room, a snack bar which serves both the building and the park, storage areas, an elevator, two rooftop decks and space for four non-profit agencies (including a child care facility, a clinic and a computer laboratory) providing services for the at-risk youth of the neighborhood. There is also a neighborhood police drop-in station for the Montebello police. The scope of work for this $900,000 project included full ADA compliance upgrade for the park and the rehabilitation and reprogramming (to storage) of existing restrooms located in the park.
The design was developed through a series of community meetings with the Montebello neighborhood and was strongly influenced by the community outreach effort led by the SMA design team. The project was completed and has been featured in Architectural Record’s on-line magazine and in Architecture California and Bauwelt magazines.
Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Location: City of Montebello, California, USA
Project Team: John Sparano, Anne Mooney, Ludwing Juarez and Jorge Beltran
Project Area: 6,300 sqf
Photographs: Toshi Yashimi
The annual Wallpaper* Architects Directory, now in its twelfth year, provides the ultimate little black book to the world’s most promising young practices. For this year’s Directory, Wallpaper* selected twenty studios from around the world. Each was given an open brief to design the ultimate rural retreat. These twenty houses were designed to be flexible and functional, but also formally and technically innovative, sitting on an isolated countryside site. The only sanction was the need for the homes to touch the ground lightly, with minimum disruption to the landscape.
This exhibition, in The Architecture Foundation’s Project Space, unites the featured architects, showcasing all twenty bespoke homes in a single show; a swirling, imaginary topography, designed by emerging UK-based practice Naja de Ostos, who conceived the installation as a blossoming abstracted landscape. Selected highlights of the Wallpaper* Architects Directory and the full list of twenty practices will be revealed in the magazine’s July 2011 issue, and featured in full on wallpaper.com from the exhibition’s opening day.
As part of the exhibition programme, Wallpaper* and The Architecture Foundation have invited a selection of the practices from the 2011 Directory to take part in a series of talks, using the theme of built/unbuilt to explore the relationship between real world commissions and the ideas and approaches that arose out of the open brief for the Directory commission.
The exhibition will run from June 9 to July 14. The talk dates are June 14 and July 5. For more information, including ticket, please click here.
Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) Facility / The Freelon Group Architects
BRITE is a part of a statewide initiative to make North Carolina a premiere provider of skilled workers for the biotechnology industry. The facility houses laboratories and classrooms for faculty providing undergraduate and graduate level education in the areas of Process Development, Quality Control and Quality Assurance. The facility, representative of the development labs found in industry, allow students to get hands-on training as part of their collegiate experience.