Proposed Renovation to the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School for the AIAS Competition for Schools of Tomorrow / Brian Albrecht, Kristopher Kunkel and Mary Rogero
Miami University graduate students, Brian Albrecht and Kristopher Kunkel, and their faculty adivsor, Mary Rogero, recently sent us their submission for the AIAS School of Tomorrow 2010 Competition. They chose to design for the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School that we recently featured on our site. Their proposed design seeks to accomplish two vital aspects of sustainability and design: the preservation of an iconic Modern structure that embodies the period in which it was built, and secondly adapts that structure to suit present day needs for an area with unique problems and a unique culture.
Under the title “Dense Cities”, the Institute of Architectural Typologies at Graz University of Technology addresses the broad topic of urban density and its relevance to actual production of architecture. There is every indication that the habitat of the 21st century will be the city. Whilst a major part of this development will take place in megacities and megaurban areas, the open development of medium-sized cities, which still see themselves as founded on the centrally oriented historical city, would seem to invite discussion of new approaches to design and planning in architecture.
At an international symposium from 26/05/2011 till 28/05/2011 in Graz, attention turns to the question of how to shape an active role for architecture in the development of “Dense Cities“. The range of questions covers all levels of scale ranging from urban landscape and agglomeration through districts to blocks and individual buildings, covering everything from the development of new building typologies on through actual interventions in the urban setting to analyses of transformations of urban density.
For more information, visit the conference’s official website.
As an all-electric vehicle, the Ecco has no emissions of its own, and can be quickly charged at a standard 240V station. But when used for extended living purposes, even where no electricity is available, its built-in photovoltaic panels and solar sail roof mean that it can cut out the middle man, and charge directly from the sun.
Two of Scotland’s leading design firms have won an international competition to transform Berlin’s famous Tempelhof Airport. GROSS. MAX. with Sutherland Hussey Architects have been awarded the commission to design a new park and associated buildings on the site of the recently closed airport. Additional images of the winning entry are available after the break.
I first learned about Preston Scott Cohen’s work when I read about the Goodman House, a simple and elegant operation of a concrete shell housing an ancient Dutch barn frame. But after further investigation, I was surprised to see a constant spatial and formal research of his work, that we have witnessed in the latest three public buildings from his office and featured on ArchDaily.
On one side we have the Nanjing Performing Arts Center, a curved roof related to the surroundings with a tower that anchors the project on the extended landscape. Also in China, the Taiyuan Museum (under construction) continues the geometric explorations with a tessellated surface that wraps a series of different spaces which alternate with courtyards that maintain a relation with the exterior.
When we visited Preston in Boston for this interview we had the chance to see a preview of his latest work, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (also shown during construction at AD), recently completed and now in final preparations to receive the art pieces and finally be open to the public. The exterior geometry of the building has a dynamic look, due to the changing shadows, while the interior features a careful use of natural light in the exhibitions spaces thanks to a lightfall that crosses the building.
Preston is also the Chair of the Department of Architecture of Harvard GSD, a role that allowed us to talk about the challenges of architectural education.
HAO / Holm Architecture Office in collaboration with Archiland Beijing and Kragh & Berglund landscape architects, has won first prize in a competition to design the Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, China.
Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain was the president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001. Throughout his presidency he advocated for reform and inclusion and was a strong supporter of China’s bid as host city for the 2008 Olympic Games. Tianjin, a city of over 12 million people in northwestern China near Beijing, was the site of several Olympic events. The new museum and memorial will both highlight Samaranch’s professional history and look to the future, offering space for rotating exhibits of contemporary art and culture.
The modest house is a 12 foot wide, 110 foot long wall playing a didactic role within both the natural and cultural landscapes. It sits on a four acre field surrounded by the sea on three sides: east to a domesticated fishing cove, west to the nearby wild, open ocean, and south to the immediate shore of a bay. Its ‘rough-and-ready’ wrapper is in keeping with the dog-patch-like cultural landscape context. The exterior skin is standard, industrial, corrugated galvalume. The top-of-concrete line of the foundation is raised, expressing the relatively high cost of getting out of the ground in cold climates and forming a horizontal datum against the opposing slopes of land and roof. A heavy, concrete stair bump is a protective gesture against the prevailing westerly winds coming off of the sea.
Architects: Brian MacKay-Lyons Urban Design
Location: West Pennant, Nova Scotia, Canada
Client: Vivian and David Howard
Project Team: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Niall Savage, Trevor Davies, Talbot Sweetapple
Structural: Campbell Comeau Engineering Limited
Builder: Andrew Watts
Photographs: James Steeves
The Zagreb Society of Architects is launching the third of four architectural competitions for this year’s Think Space cycle. For this year’s annual cycle, the main theme connecting all four competitions is Borders.
The new – third Ecological Borders competition calls for a radical reimagination of the current relationship between humans and the built environment through the establishment of new architectural protocols of coexistence in the search of a new Partial-Total Ecology: “YUmen[eco]tec-pharming”.
The juror of the competition is François Roche, who together with Stéphanie Lavaux runs R&Sie(n) architectural practice based in Paris. His architectural work builds on research as speculation – integrating nature as a protocol. It seeks to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them, focusing on development of technological experiments as forms of natural distortion or environmental mutations.
For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.
Regional Associates and 42 Architects have collaborated on the design of a mixed use scheme for Nuuk, Greenland. The design is part of a larger master plan designed by TNT Nuuk (GL) and Dahl&Uhre architects (NO) (D&U in collaboration with MDH architects(NO). The project is due to be exhibited in Nuuk, Greenland, opening on 5 April 2011. Images and a brief description of Regional Associates + 42 Architects work can be seen after the jump.
This 2000 sqf Chinese restaurant occupies a floor plan typical in New York, in which the middle of the plan is a bottleneck—a result of lightwells located on each side of the tenement building. Rather than force the design to hide this distinction of the front and the back, the approach for Xing was to accentuate the unique nature of each of the spaces. Employing a logic derived from the Surrealists’ game of the Exquisite Corpse, the space is composed of four distinct, yet interlocked areas, each defined by a specific material.
Architect: Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis Architects (LTL Architects)
Location: 785 Ninth Avenue, New York City, New York, USA
Project Team: Paul Lewis (Principal), Marc Tsurumaki (Principal), David J. Lewis (Principal), Eric Samuels, Lucas Cascardo, Alex Terzich, Matthew Roman
Contractor: Gateway Design Group
Project Area: 2000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Michael Moran Studio
Continuing our coverage of Xi’an Horticultural Exposition, a new garden exhibition by Dutch firm West 8 with DYJG Beijing has recently opened at the expo. Entitled Garden of 10,000 Bridges, the project features gently curving red bridges that are speckled across a wild landscape. According to the designers, “As both a distinct sense of enclosure and vantage points are provided, the Garden plays with the sensation of surprise. In the design advantage is taken of the strategic, central position of the plot, and views to other parts of the exhibition are integrated with those to the features of the park and surrounding landscape.”
More about the project after the break.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, located in the center of the city’s cultural complex and designed by Preston Scott Cohen has completed construction and will open to the public shortly. The program for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building posed an extraordinary architectural challenge: to resolve the tension between the tight, idiosyncratic triangular site and the museum’s need for a series of large, neutral rectangular galleries. The solution: subtly twisting geometric surfaces (hyperbolic parabolas) that connect the disparate angles between the galleries and the context while refracting natural light into the deepest recesses of the half buried building.
Architects: Preston Scott Cohen
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Project Area: 200,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007-2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Preston Scott Cohen