Gia Wolff’s latest architectural installation features a 25 ft diameter portal suspended above 2 Avenue between 36 and 35 Street in Industry City, Brooklyn. As part of Superfront Public Summer, the site specific piece is a reaction to the existing typological conditions and explores potential scenarios for the future of Industry City. Finnish for ‘portal’, Portaali refers to the Scandinavian dock workers who used to occupy the buildings in the late 1900s.
More about the installation, including a video, after the break.
We reported last month that community pressure swayed the owners of Richard Neutra’s Kronish House to temporarily postpone plans to flatten the iconic home. However the looming October demolition date is quickly approaching. With the slogan ‘A Solution may be at Hand’ the Neutra Institute has started a National Fund Raising Campaign in hopes of converting the Kronish House into the Neutra Library.
Numerous steps to save this icon are currently underway including an ambitious $16 million fundraising campaign, you can donate via PayPal, and an online petition that is available for everyone to sign.
With only 38 days left to save the house before wrecking day, the Neutra Institute is asking to help change the history of preservation. More details can be found at the Neutra Institute’s website.
Architect: Line and Space, LLC
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Completion Date: 2011
Project Area: 52, 700SqFt
Client: US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management
Contractor: Straub Construction
Structural Engineer: Holben, Martin, and White Consulting Structural Engineers
Civil Engineer: GLHN Architects and Engineers
Exhibit/Interpretive Consultant: Hilferty and Associates
Photography: Robert Reck, Henry Tom
As one of the winners for an open competition, the concept of the Put Vejini concert stage, by Jevgenijs Busins, Anton Gonda, and Ivo Dzenis, is based on the acoustic possibilities of building. The goal was to achieve maximum acoustic potential using a minimal amount of materials and to get an aesthetically appealing image of a concert hall. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The proposal for the New Taipei City Museum of Art by OTA+ challenges the traditional definition of a museum and the conventional relationship between building and site. By freeing the ground plane of enclosed semi-public space, the interface between the museum and the site offers a new experience of a museum; one that is open, friendly, and welcoming. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The 2011 Architecture and the City Festival, being held from September 1st to September 30th, is a month long celebration featuring over 40 behind the scenes tours, workshops, exhibitions, lectures, dining adventures, films and more that explore the best of San Francisco architecture and design.
Hosted by AIA San Francisco, the 2011 festival theme is ‘Architecture of Consequence.’ By selecting this theme, the festival hopes to demonstrate how progressive design and creative problem solving can address society’s current challenges and lead to a more sustainable future. More information on the event after the break.
Gensler has been named lead architect, in collaboration with Groupe-6, of this new multipurpose arena in Villeurbanne, France. The Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena project includes a 12,000 seat arena that incorporates Tony Parker Academy, a training academy for talented young basketball players. This mixed-use project is a large public plaza which fluidly transitions from arena, to public hall, to public transit facilities.
More on the Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena after the break.
Forrest Jessee has recently unveiled his Sleep Suit inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s practice of Dymaxion Sleeping – 30-minute naps over 24 hours – while simultaneously exploring the materiality requirements to accommodate such a function. Interaction between the human body and the suit is the form generator as well as the threshold medium between the internalized occupant and their immediate surroundings.
This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Shanghai. Shanghai is noted for having more Art Deco buildings than any other city, including László Hudec’s Park Hotel, which is not on our list but will be added in a future guide. Like many cities in China, Shanghai’s rapid growth has meant a boon in contemporary architecture styles. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.
Architect: Studio Elmo Vermijs
Location: St. Oedenrode, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
Client: Land Art / BKKC / Forest Green
Project Manager: Erik Luermans
Collaborators: Quentin Corbey, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Henk Wiersma
Engineering: Frans Schippers
Local Companies: Ahrend (residuals), A. van Liempd demolition company, BAM construction company
Project Area: 12.5 meters long, 5.5 meters wide, 3.5 meters high
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Stink Finger / Bob Driessen
Location: Corner of Uspenska and Jevrejska Street, Novi Sad, Serbia
Project Team: Branislav Mitrović, architect; Jelena Kuzmanović, architect; Nemanja Zimonjić, architect; Igor Pantić, architect; Ognjen Krašna, architect
Main Project: Siniša Tatalović, architect
Client: IM “Matijević”, Novi Sad
Project Area: 4364 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Rade Kovač and MITarh
Architectural Digest has compiled a list of college campuses throughout the United States which have the most remarkable architectural traditions, which broadcast their innovative philosophy through design. A number of colleges have fully incorporated modern architecture into their campus schemes, for example MIT; while others have preserved their historical edifices through the course of the years, like the University of Virginia. The list involves some prestigious institutions, in addition to some surprises, all possessing their individual architectural languages.
See the 10 College Campuses with the Best Architecture after the break.