When Architects Try Their Hand at Industrial Design

Getting locals involved helped Workshop to engender a sense of community in Tacloban as well as solve their practical problems. Image © Nelson Petilla

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Mies van der Rohe, many architects have dabbled in designing smaller-scale items. While some argue that industrial design is not an architect’s place, many would beg to differ. The following article, originally published on Design Curial, describes various architects involved with industrial design today.

Architects who take a break from the built environment and turn their attention to designing smaller items are most often driven – initially at least – by what they see as necessity. They struggle to find the right , signage or lighting for their interiors, and convince their client that they are the perfect people to design them.

Those architects quickly get a taste for the smaller scale then hunt down opportunities to design other items, in the hope that some may go into mass production. This is further fueled by those ‘big names’ who are approached by manufacturers to use their signature to brand the product. While there is a logic to this sequence of events, it still begs the question: why would anyone who can get commissioned to design a building bother with anything smaller?

Via Verde / Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects

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Architects: Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects
Location: 700 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY, USA
Co Developers: Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies
Area: 294,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Sundberg, Vanni Archive

Pulkovo International Airport / Grimshaw Architects + Ramboll + Pascall+Watson

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Architects: Grimshaw Architects, Ramboll, Pascall+Watson
Location: Pulkovo (LED), , Russia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Six of Britain’s Best Shortlisted for Crystal Palace Project

Aerial view of site for rebuild. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group

After an open competition that sought to attract “the very best British architecture can offer,” six architects – including Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers – have been selected as the potential architects of the project to rebuild the Crystal Palace in south . See the full shortlist after the break.

Grimshaw to Design World’s Largest Terminal in Istanbul

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Following a competitive interview process Grimshaw, in partnership with , has been appointed by the Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon to design the terminal complex for Istanbul New Airport

Located on the Black Sea coast, some 35km outside of Istanbul, the ambitious six-runway development, masterplanned by Arup, will be delivered in four phases. The first phase will open in 2019 and aims to serve 90 million passengers per year. This will increase to 150 million passengers per annum once fully complete. The new will include the world’s largest terminal, with a gross floor area close to one million square meters.

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute / Samoo Architects & Engineers + Grimshaw Architects

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Architects: Samoo Architects & Engineers, Grimshaw Architects
Location: , Korea
Area: 33090.0 sqm
Photographs: Young Chae Park

Three Projects Shortlisted for 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

The has announced three projects—two located in Asia and one in the United States—for the shortlist of the ’s Lubetkin Prize. Named for Berthold Lubetkin, a Georgian-born architect, the prize celebrates the work of members building outside of the . Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, Grimshaw’s Via Verde and Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories will face off for the honor; the winner of this year’s Lubetkin Prize will be announced (along with the winner of the prestigious Stirling Prize) on September 26th in London.

Angela Brady, RIBA President, said:

“The 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist features three exceptionally innovative projects that meet three very different urban challenges. From the blueprint for New York affordable housing and the creation of an impressive new shopping district in central Beijing to Singapore’s new sustainable gardens, these are all extremely clever solutions. These cutting-edge schemes show the leading role that architects play in delivering visionary new thinking about urban issues, and illustrate why UK creative talent has such recognition around the world.”

More on the shortlisted projects after the break…

Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal / Grimshaw Architects

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Emerging from a design excellence competition held by the Parramatta City Council, the Aspire Tower, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is a landmark mixed-use tower set to establish a new benchmark for innovative, passive-environmental design in Australian high-rise developments. Designed to act as a catalyst project for Parramatta Square, the tower provides high density, urban residential living which is not only affordable but also sustainable. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science / Grimshaw Architects

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Slated to open in 2015, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is on its way to become the world’s most innovative and sustainable science museum with the structural foundation now complete and the vertical construction currently in progress. Designed by Architects, the 250,000 square-foot complex will harness energy from water, sun, wind and even museum visitors to power exhibits and conserve resources. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Queens Museum of Art Expansion / Grimshaw Architects

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Originally constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair, the resilient structure of New York’s Queens Museum of Art has been undergoing its fourth and most ambitious since April 2011. This $68 million , designed by Grimshaw Architects, will double the institution’s size, expanding the museum to a total of 105,000 square feet upon its completion in October 2013.

Equation Exhibition / Grimshaw Architects

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Taking place February 20-March 15, Grimshaw Architects will be holding their first exhibition staged in Asia, titled ‘Equation’. The exhibition will explore how the natural environment provides inspiration for innovative architectural projects around the world. These projects adopt biomimicry for greater efficiency, acknowledge the importance of connecting building users to nature and work to harness natural systems which ensure that buildings conserve and replenish natural resources. Located at the Urban Redevelopment Authority in , this marks the sixth major exhibition of work from Grimshaw which continues on from this tradition. More information after the break.

Video: Reading Station Redevelopment Update / Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects shared with us their construction update video on the Station redevelopment, which consists of the  existing station facilities being enhanced with two new entrances and by the addition of a new transfer bridge over the tracks, designed to accommodate a 100% uplift in passenger growth.  One of the major interchanges of the south east, and one of the busiest stations outside , it is also the Great Western Main Line’s biggest constraint in terms of performance and capacity in its current form.

Grimshaw Reveals Aviation Vision for London

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Grimshaw Architects are the latest practice to add their voice to the debate surrounding the capacity problem of London’s airports. Their innovative proposal, entitled ‘London: Hub City’, bucks the trend of recent ‘superhub’ proposals, which are frequently suggested as a solution to the problem.

Instead of creating a large ‘ hub’ on a single site separated from the city, Grimshaw’s design prioritizes construction of new express lines by creating a ‘City Hub’ that allows passengers to transfer between London’s existing airports via the city center. The benefit being that expansion could be spread amongst its four existing airports incrementally, as needed, instead of being concentrated on the construction of one ‘super-hub’.

More on Grimshaw’s aviation proposal for London after the break.

New Vision for Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 Forecourt / Grimshaw Architects

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Grimshaw Architects recently announced their completion for a detailed masterplanning study for Fraport, which provides a new vision for the existing forecourt area at Frankfurt ’s Terminal 1. Using creative design solutions, the masterplan embraces the challenges presented at the site by bringing light, greenery, and fresh air into the heart of the . More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Pulkovo Airport / Grimshaw Architects

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Architects: Grimshaw Architects
Location: St Petersburg, Russia
Year: 2013
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Grimshaw and Gruen win Union Station commission

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected L.A.’s Gruen Associates and London’s Grimshaw Architects to design the new master plan for Union Station in Los Angeles. The pair was awarded with the commission over some of the biggest names in the profession, such as Norman Foster and Renzo Piano (view the other five fantastical proposals here). They will transform the historic 1939 station and its surrounding 40 acres into a world-class, 21st century transportation hub that will host the future high-speed rail system that plans to connect L.A. and San Francisco.

The master planning process could take as little as 24 months. No surprise, considering both Gruen and Grimshaw have a great amount of experience with transit related projects. Gruen recently worked with Metro on the first phase of the Expo Line, while Grimshaw has extensive resume in Europe and is involved with the forthcoming Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan, which is planned for completion in 2014.

Via Verde Officially Opens

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Via Verde, Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects‘ sustainable housing development for the South Bronx, is officially open. At the ribbon cutting ceremony in front of 700 Brook Avenue and East 156th Street, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, along with the leaders of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, largely praised the team’s commitment to revitalize a once blighted South Bronx neighborhood.  ”No one would have predicted that today there would one day be one of the most innovative, exciting, environmentally sustainable affordable housing developments in the nation – if not the world. The change that has swept through the South Bronx in the last decade challenges the very notions of what is and isn’t possible in urban revival. And investment in high-quality affordable housing – made possible by partnerships like the one behind Via Verde – has been the catalyst,” explained the Mayor.  Located on a formerly contaminated industrial site, the eco-friendly housing development will provide hundreds with a healthy haven to enjoy fresh air and sunlight, natural food production, and outdoor play.

More about Via Verde’s opening after the break. 

Central Tirana Masterplan / Grimshaw Architects

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Grimshaw Architects recently announced that they have been selected to masterplan a large expansion to Albania’s capital city, . Grimshaw proposed a robust sequence of public spaces threaded along the boulevard that responded geometrically to existing patterns of land ownership. is a Mediterranean city with an outdoor culture. Each space or ‘living room’ was presented with a different use and character; a new ‘symphony of squares’. More images and architects’ description after the break.