Public places embodying shared cultural values and ideals have the opportunity to become the most important activity and urban life centers in cities. Contrary to the iconic architecture and closed façades ubiquitous in China, AZL architects feel public buildings need to present an openness and give back to the urban context, especially in the case of the Zhengdong District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.
Architect: AZL architects
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi Wei, Guo Donghai, Cai Zhenghua
Collaborator: Architectural Design & Planning Institute, Nanjing University
Project Area: 8,450 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Yao Li
This hotel and spa situates itself within the surrounding topography that the design itself creates. This interaction with the landscape produces a range of semi-interior spaces. The several courts created help organize the building’s different functions; leisure and business.
Architect: Pàmpols Arquitecte SLP
Location: c-240 pk. 103-Lleida, Spain
Project Team: Romà Pàmpols i Sales, David Pàmpols i Camats, Susanna Simó i Bañeras
Civil Engineer: David Cívico Florejachs
Engineer: Jordi Dalmau i Clua
Builder: ACSA Sorigué SL
Project Area: 7,217.39 sqm
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Oriol Rosell i Giménez
Architects: Locus Architecten (previously Hendriks Schulten Architecten) - Gert-Jan Hendriks, Ted Schulten
Location: Sophiapromenade, The Netherlands
Project area: 8,700 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2010
Photographs: Kees Hummel
Two thousand eleven marks the 100th anniversary year of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal home and “laboratory” in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Taliesin represents more than just great design—it exempliﬁes Wright’s philosophy that the true sense of organic architecture is the integrated oneness of the land, the building and spirit of life.
A Centennial Celebration is planned for April 28th at the Milwaukee Art Museum, with keynote remarks by Robert Campbell, Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic. Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st, an exhibit sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, runs through May 15th. More information can be found at the Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (TPI).
The largest US film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design will feature a dynamic selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts. Plus, there will be lively discussions with filmmakers, architects and designers about the design process, architecture in film, and the brilliant designs we see and use every day.
This year’s spring festival will be held at The Gene Siskel Film Center. The lounge adjacent to the theater will be “festival central”- a place to relax, discuss, imbibe and meet with friends and colleagues. A number of films will also be shown at the SCREEN@theWit: a small, deluxe theater at theWit Hotel and just a short walk from the Film Center.
For more information, complete schedule and tickets, visit the festival’s official website.
Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
The Gates Center for Computer Science will complete a computer science complex on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. The building will house the three departments of the School of Computer Science providing offices, conference rooms, open collaborative spaces, closed project rooms and a reading room for more than one hundred and twenty faculty, three hundred and fifty graduate students, one hundred researchers or postdoctoral fellows and fifty administrative staff members along with a more public component of ten University classrooms, a two hundred and fifty seat auditorium, a café and two University computer clusters.
In recent years, UNStudio – which has been internationally recognized for its approach to developing dynamic forms – has also grown to focus on sustainability with the intent to decrease C02 emissions. With this in mind, the firm, with consortium DUO², has realized one of the most sustainable large office buildings in Europe for two governmental offices, the Education Executive Agency and the Tax Offices. “The design contains numerous new innovations related to the reduction of materials, lower energy costs and more sustainable working environments. It presents a fully integrated, intelligent design approach towards sustainability,” explained Ben van Berkel.
More images and more about the project after the break.
On May 24th the Whitney Museum of American Art will break ground on a 200,000 sqf facility, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano. Located in the Meatpacking District adjacent to the southern entrance to the High Line, the building will provide the Whitney with essential new space for its collection, exhibitions, and education and performing arts programs in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
To celebrate this historic moment for the Museum, from May 19 to 27 they will host a series of events, programs, performances, and public art initiatives. A special Community Day on Saturday May 21st will feature a variety of activities free and open to the public.
The invitation only ground breaking event begins at 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am) and will include appearances by Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, architect Renzo Piano, as well as the Whitney’s Board of Trustees and city officials, friends, artists, and other supporters.
Special performances by Elizabeth Streb and the STREB Extreme Action Company and So Percussion. The Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building is anticipated to open in 2015. More information can be found here.
For this project Terry & Terry Architecture maintained certain portions of this original Victorian layout, including the compartmentalized front rooms and the wide hallway that contains the stairs and bathrooms and leads to the kitchen. As one moves to the rear of the house, traces of the original Victorian house dissolve. Terry & Terry Architecture designed the new structure at the rear of the house to be a series of interconnected, multi-functional open space for dining, cooking and common living. On the third floor, Terry & Terry Architecture added bedrooms/bathrooms, a large stair shaft, with a roof opening to allow light to reach the core of the house.
Architect: Terry & Terry Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Project Team: Alex Terry AIA, Ivan Terry
Engineer: Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc.
Landscape Architect: Outer Space Landscape Architecture
General Contractor: Timberline Construction
Project Area: 2,600 sqf
Photographs: Ethan Kaplan
The University of Toronto’s Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD) will showcase robots that build architecture May 27th thru 30th. The RAD Workshop: Archibots will investigate the potential for robots to build (or destroy) environments.
Beginning by developing a taxonomy of existing robots, this collaborative design workshop will result in interdisciplinary teams experimenting with robots that can build and design environments. Each robot’s capabilities and limitations will determine the structures they can build and vice versa. This workshop will equally challenge approaches in both robotics and architecture. Every team will be part architect, engineer and robot.