The NRW-Forum Duesseldorf (Germany) invited renowned architects, designers, and artists from around the world to submit designs for container architecture. The response was overwhelming. Submissions included not only existing container buildings, but also new designs that were created specially for the exhibition. Two dozen of these designs have been reconstructed as models on a scale of 1:5 for the ‘Container Architecture’ exhibition; the highest of the models breaks through the ceiling of the museum. Over 100 designs were submitted for consideration and every one of them will be included in a frieze of pictures running around the walls of the exhibition space.
Submissions came from Sean Godsell, MVRVD, Adam Kalkin, Jure Kotnik, Massimiliano Fuksas, Graft, Platoon, Ingenhoven Architects,Han Slawik, Stefan Sous, Luc Deleu, and many others around the world. A catalogue and a magazine will accompany the exhibition. The exhibition will run from June 8 to September 4. For more information, please click here.
CAMPstreet/CHRISpark is the rehabilitation of a 1920’s factory and its grounds near downtown San Antonio, into 20 loft residences and an urban park. The 88,000 sqf structure was divided into lofts with indoor common area including exercise, community gallery and basement parking. Over 100 steel windows were added to the building’s refurbished façade. On the exterior, new concrete and steel porches and balconies are bounded by outdoor garden and courtyard spaces. The interior was treated as a backdrop for art in all media—the developer was a nationally known contemporary art collector.
Architect: Poteet Architects
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Project Team: Jim Poteet, Brett Freeman
Structural Engineers: Beicker Engineering
MEP Engineer: HMG
Lighting: Lighting Consultants
Landscape: Kings Creek Landscaping
Contractor: Metropolitan Contracting
Artist: Teresita Fernandez
Collaborator: Linda Pace
Project Area: building 88,000 sqf, site 0.8 acres
Photographs: Chris Cooper, Poteet Architects
The AIA New Orleans chapter will offer three volunteer outreach opportunities for the upcoming 2011 AIA National Convention attendees and supporters. Convention-goers and the interested public can volunteer prior to and after the Convention, which is scheduled for May 12th – 14th. The three organizations include Hand On New Orleans, the Preservation Resource Center’s Rebuilding Together New Orleans program, and New Orleans Operation Helping Hands. If you are interested in volunteering more information can be found here.
This project divides a once stale space into a youthful lounge atmosphere. The design approach focused on dramatic lighting and creating small gathering spaces partitioned by light. Instead of overused school colors or the typical BEARS mascot, Dake | Wells Architecture’s approach used the light partition as a metaphor for the gooey, amber, transparent bear treat, “HONEY”. The qualities of honey create an undeniable, yet subtle relationship to the University while making the space special and memorable. Simply reorganizing light created variations in mood to define different areas of the program.
This coming Thursday, May 5th Harvard University Graduate School of Design will host Jacques Herzog, of Pritzker Prize winning Herzog de Meuron. The lecture, from 4pm-5pm, will be held at the Piper Auditorium and is free and open to the public. It will also be streaming live on the GSD webcast page. Further information about this upcoming lecture can be found here.
As you may know, an earthquake has destroyed most of the Christchurch City Centre and many of the surrounding suburbs. We want to rebuild with a plan for a sustainable future but we need help getting there. Put simply: We need advice, experience, know-how, and designs on the best ways to implement sustainable change. We have the energy of the people and support of the government with $15 billion earmarked for the rebuild. But we lack visions for how a sustainable city will look and function. We know solutions exist and invite the contributions and experience of designers from around the world. A socially, economically and environmentally sustainable city is not beyond our capacity. Can you help us get there?
It is my hope that collaborations between local and global communities will have the power to enact change. We are using Reddit as our central meeting place. Reddit is an online community that has gained notoriety for its ability to solve real-world problems. Can our local community and the reddit community work together to design solutions? Can we tap the greater global wisdom to address our community’s needs? Specifically we are asking for proposals. These can be submitted to our page on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/projectChristchurch/ or emailed directly to (projectChristchruch@gmail.com).
Younes Diouri has shared with us a proposal for a Culture and Leisure complex in Tangier, Morocco. Read more on the project featuring additional images after the break.
This 6,000 sqf lobby is located at Alliance Center, a speculative office complex in central Buckhead, just north of downtown Atlanta. The lobby serves Two Alliance, a new office tower already under construction when the design of the lobby was proposed as a means to create a dynamic entrance experience. The plaza space between the One Alliance and Two Alliance towers pours into the generously scaled lobby space by way of a crystalline glass entrance pavilion. The glass pavilion opens onto an elegant light-filled lobby of rich, exotic wood, glistening white terrazzo, an energetic sculpted ceiling and finely crafted detail.
Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Project Team: Mack Scogin (principal-in-charge), Merrill Elam (collaborating principal), Barrett Feldman (project manager), Matthew Leach, Barnum Tiller, Misty Boykin, Helen Han
Lighting Consultant: Gabler-Youngston
General Contractor: The Beck Group
Wood Company: Onsite Woodwork Corporation
Electrical Services: Cleveland Electric Company
Project Area: 6,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
The 2011 Festival of Architecture, will take a sharp look at the cutting edge of change and the ways in which the profession continues to push envelopes. Over four days, this event will bring together architects and allied professionals from around the province and across the country to explore best practices, new challenges, and innovative ways in which architects are leaving their indelible mark on our built and natural environments.
Participants will also explore West Coast approaches to place- and space-making: how the perspective from the Western edge of Canada lends itself to a global view for positive change.