WAHAG Studio shared with us their competition entry in the international ideas competition to establish a design for the Busan Opera House, which is expected to begin construction in 2014. The opera house will include a variety of facilities that will foster a wide range of artistic activities all the while being accessible to the city’s citizens. The grand scale of this project will be suitable for Busan’s status as an international city. More images and architects’ description after the break.
As we reported on Wednesday, rumors were circulating about a new Apple retail store at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Wednesday evening the proposal, a transparent glass ceiling commercial building by an unnamed retailer, went before the Santa Monica Planning Commission. Peggy Clifford of the Santa Monica Dispatch reported that the ‘Apple Glass House’ was approved without even a second thought.
“The surprise was that the staff put the project on the Consent Calendar. I cannot remember any large, complex commercial project ever going on the Consent Calendar. Apple was the only item on last night’s Calendar. And, under the rules, the Consent Calendar is approved as a whole – unless someone wishes to pull at item for discussion.
And in that crucial blink, the commissioners approved the Consent Calendar (aka Apple Glass House), and that was that – except for a staff report on the redesign of the Project Case List, after which they adjourned.”
The 8,000 sqf proposed one-story 34-foot high glass structure would take the place of an old Borders Bookstore on the Third Street Promenade.
(via Santa Monica Dispatch)
Tulane School of Architecture has announced their 2011-2012 school year lecture series featuring Rafael Moneo, Billie Tsien, Adam Yarinsky and others, including a string of lectures on Urban Innovations co-sponsored by The Murphy Institute. More information on the lectures after the break.
To better serve an ever-expanding network of patients, Seattle Children’s Hospital set out to build a new campus in Bellevue, Washington. The resulting building, designed by Seattle-based NBBJ, successfully serves several constituencies simultaneously. The highly efficient building is the winner of a 2010 Honor Award from AIA Seattle. More information and images after the break.
Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Consultants: Sellen Construction, PCS Structural Solutions, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Cierra Lighting Group, Site Workshop
Project Area: 80,000 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Benjamin Benschnieder/OTTO, Sean Airhart
Located on Orcas Island in Washington, the Doe Bay Cabin bespeaks a keen attention to material economy and site sensitivity. Designed by Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects, the small residence utilizes the efficiency of prefabricated building elements to formalize the clients’ modest cohabitation with the site and it’s incredible natural offerings. More photographs and drawings after the break.
A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.
Community pressure has swayed the owners of Richard Neutra‘s Kronish House to postpone plans for demolition, and has also prompted the city of Beverly Hills to draft legislation to preserve its architectural history. The house been spared until at least October 10 in order to give community activists time to devise a plan for its restoration. In a related, ground-breaking action the Beverly Hills City Council has asked the city’s Planning Commission to enact a first-ever historic-preservation ordinance.
Architects: EDDEA / Jose Mª de Cárdenas, Ignacio Laguillo, Harald Schönegger, Luis Ybarra
Location: Seville, Spain
Project Team: Pedro Escobar, Alfonso Losada, Antonio Miguel García, Lucas García, María Romero, José Alexandro Almenara, Salvador Sánchez
Project Area: 65.000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EDDEA
In June we shared with you a first look at Zaha Hadid Architects‘ Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. Opened officially on June 21st the museum in a short seven week time period has already welcomed over half a million visitors!
“It is wonderful to see that the new museum has captured everyone’s imagination,” said Zaha Hadid. “Such passion for innovation and discovery from all members of the community is very exciting.”
“The Riverside Museum has been a huge hit since the day it opened to the public. We knew just how much visitors loved the old Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall but even so, the reaction to the Riverside Museum has been phenomenal. The feedback from people has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already seeing visitors returning time and again to enjoy Glasgow’s latest attraction,” shared Councillor Gordon Matheson.
More about the Riverside Museum, photographs and drawings following the break.
The new Rennie Art Gallery and Office project is a quiet, modern insertion within an extensive heritage revitalization of a pair of masonry buildings in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The project combines a 6-story tall laneway brick building with a 3-story street-front brick building dating to the late 1880’s.
Architect: Walter Francl Architects with mgb
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Architect: Walter Francl Architects: Walter Francl, MAIBC Project Architect; Scott Mitchell, MAIBC; Mark Ashby, MAIBC; Vince Knudsen, IA; Hazen Sise, MAIBC
Interior Architect: mcfarlane | green | biggar Architecture + Design Inc (mgb): Michelle Biggar, BBE Interior Design, Principal; Michael Green, MAIBC AIA AAA MRAIC, Principal; Steve McFarlane, MAIBC AAA MRAIC LEED® AP, Principal; Susan Scott, Associate; Tracey Mactavish, MAIBC, MRAIC. LEED® AP, Associate
Landscape Architect: Jonathan Losee Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux
The Conga Room, in its new location at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles across from the Staples Center, is the city’s premier Latin nightclub. The space will feature today’s hottest Latin performers in its 14,000 square foot live venue space, which includes a restaurant, three distinct bars, patio seating, and a VIP lounge and private room. In addition, the club will host LA TV and world-renowned DJs adjacent to the stage and above the crowd, adding even more excitement to the ambiance. Perhaps the club design’s greatest intent is to be true to the energy of the Latin community, to pay homage to its roots and deep history while infusing it with Los Angeles’ fervent modern lifestyle.
Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; Cory Taylor, Project Manager; Andrew Atwood, Ceiling Project Manager; Chris Arntzen, Kelly Bair, Bill Bowen, Carina Bien-Willner, David Cheung, Brock Desmit, Barry Gartin, Aaron Leppanen, Dan Rentsch, Lauren Zuzack
Project Area: 14,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Belzberg Architects, Fotoworks-Benny Chan
Architect: BIG and Topotek 1
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard
Team: Ondrej Tichy, Jonas Lehmann, Rune Hansen, Jan Borgstrøm, Lacin Karaoz, Jonas Barre, Nicklas Antoni Rasch, Gabrielle Nadeau, Jennifer Dahm Petersen, Richard Howis, Fan Zhang
Collaborators: Topotek 1, Superflex, Help Pr & Communication, Lemming & Eriksson
Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Realdania
Status: 1st Prize, Completion Summer 2011
Size: 4.3 ha
Photographs: BIG, Dragor Luft, Topotek 1
Ever think you could find a moment of peace and quiet to have an intimate conversation with a friend in the middle of Times Square? The designers that go by mmmm… must have considered the same thing. Starting August 16th, people visiting Times Square can enjoy a private moment with up to eight people in one of mmmm…’s Meeting Bowls supported by the Times Square Alliance. The 5-foot tall, 7-foot wide pieces of street furniture will be available as a visiting exhibition until September 16th between 8am and midnight.
In this effort to humanize the otherwise frenetic city of New York, the designers at mmmm… hope to inspire intimate dialogue and interaction in the commercial center. These semi-spherical forms are more than benches; they seat people across from one another, obscuring all the other events outside of the space. They even rock gently as people enter and leave the bowls.