Richard Meier Designs Two-Tower Residential Development for Bogota

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Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled designs for their first project in Bogota: Vitrvm. Conceptualized as two towers united at the base, the new 13-story residential development will provide 36 apartments along Septima Avenue in the north section of the city.

“The project is contextually inspired by the beauty of its immediate surroundings,” described the architects. “It aims to reflect and to engage the beautiful gardens and large trees at the Chico Park and the Seminario Mayor,” one of the largest and most important seminaries in .

Richard Meier Unveils First Florida Beach Project, Now Underway

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Richard Meier will be adding his mark to Greater with the completion of a Four Season’s expansion to the historic Russell Pancoast-designed “Surf Club” in 2016, located in . Already under construction, the luxury hospitality and residential project will include two, 12-story residential towers, offering 150 private units, alongside an 80-room hotel on 9-acres of pristine oceanfront property. A members-only club, restaurants, spa and other amenities will be included on site, connected to each other via an expansive park and oceanside gardens. 

Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico

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Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled the “Reforma Towers,” a 40-story, mixed use development planned for ’s historic Paseo de la Reforma. Comprised of two high-rise towers, clad in Meier’s signature white concrete, the new development will bring high end office, hotel, and retail space, as well as restaurants and a fitness center to the city’s distinguished Boulevard upon completion in 2015. 

SDA + Volvo Collaborate to Create Portable Car-Charging Pavilion

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After months of design refinement and engineering, Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), winners of the “Switch to Pure Volvo” architecture competition, have launched a free-standing mobile pavilion capable of harnessing solar energy to power the new Volvo V60, the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid car. The ‘Pure Tension’ Pavilion was birthed by SDA’s extensive research on dynamic relaxation, utilizing bendable, lightweight aluminum structures with flexible fabrics that can be stored in the trunk of the car and easily mounted within one hour, similar to a tent.

Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder

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Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its biannual Design Commissions program. This year’s winning proposal, dubbed “Tent Pile,” was designed by the New York-based architectural practice formlessfinder. Its design harnesses the properties of sand and aluminum to create shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for Miami‘s public.

Assembly One Pavilion / Yale School of Architecture Students

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The Yale ‘Assembly One’ is the younger, smaller, more carefree sister to Yale’s building project – a 40-year old tradition in which first-year students design and building a house. It is the product of a seminar and design studio in which students focused on alternative ways in which contemporary buildings can come together and the potential architectural effects computational and material techniques can offer. The ‘Assembly One’ is designed to act as an information center for New Haven’s summer International Festival of Arts and Ideas and therefore was developed with the following characteristics in mind: dynamism, visual transparency and visual density.

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Dune House / JVA

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Architects: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL / Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli
Location: Thorpeness, ,
Client: Living Architecture
Collaborating Architect: Mole Architects Ltd.
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

School Complex at Le Bourget / Hubert & Roy Architectes

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Architects: Hubert & Roy Architectes
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2800 sqm
Photographs: Hérvé Habbadie

C.P.C Headquarters / Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

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Architects: Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
Location: , Israel
Client: CPC Israel
Project Team: Gaby Schwartz, Julia Grinkrug, Abraham Rotal, Gilad Ulman
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

China Diamond Exchange Center / Goettsch Partners

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Architect: Goettsch Partners
Location: Shanghai,
Project Year: 2005-2009
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The China Diamond Exchange Center is a 535,500 square foot office complex designed by of Chicago, Illinois.  Located within Shanghai’s sea of massive and often overstated high-rises, this modest-by-comparison structure is brilliantly detailed, appropriately scaled, and aesthetically beautiful.  The complex was completed in 2009 with the help of associate architects Zhong-fu Architects.  The Diamond Exchange Center is sited within Shanghai’s Pudong district, an international financial and commercial hub and houses both the Exchange and additional relative tenants.

Rochaverá Corporate Towers / Aflalo and Gasperini Architects

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Architects: Aflalo and Gasperini Architects
Location: São Paulo,
Project Area: 228,104 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon and Daniel Ducci

AD Classics: Chase Manhattan Plaza / SOM

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Known for their innovation and economy in design, SOMs Chase Plaza in the Financial District of Lower displays SOMs architectural language on efficiency and its relationship with the public realm.  Completed in 1961, the 60 story skyscraper by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM is a coming of age story for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill presence as an [inter]national leader of corporate architectural design that evokes efficiency and functionality.

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Aluminum House / UNIT Arkitektur AB

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Architects: Unit Arkitektur AB
Location: Alingsås,
Client: Anna-Karin and Alf
Design Principal: Mikael Frej + Klas Moberg
Project Architects: Frans Magnusson
Project Area: 65 sqm
Project year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Krister Engström

North Carolina Museum of Art / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer
Location: Raleigh, , USA
Partner in Charge: Thomas Phifer AIA
Project Partner: Greg Reaves AIA LEED AP
Project Architect: Gabriel Smith AIA LEED AP
Project Team: Adam Ruffin, Katie Bennett, Jonathan Benner, Eric Richey, Daniel Taft, Kerim Demirkan, Len Lopate, ChristophTimm, Joseph Sevene
Local Architects: Pierce Brinkley Cease + Lee, Raleigh, NC
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, IL
Mechanical Engineer: AltieriSeborWieber LLC, Norwalk, CT
Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener, PA, Durham, N.C.
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone, New York, NY
General Contractor: Barnhill, Raleigh NC
Project Area: 136,000 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Scott Frances

Agence Commerciale Opac de l’Aube / Colomès + Nomdedeu Architectes

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Architects: c. Colomès + f. Nomdedeu architectes
Location: ,
Cost: € 1,000,000
Project Date: 2007
Project Area: 500 m2
Photography: Courtesy of Colomès + Nomdedeu Architectes

Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry

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When Frank Gehry and his wife bought an existing house in Santa Monica, , the neighbors did not have the slightest idea that the corner residence would soon be transformed into a symbol of deconstructivism. Gehry, however, knew something had to be done to the house before he moved in. His solution was a bold one in the 1970′s that involved the “balance of fragment and whole, raw and refined, new and old” and would strike up controversy.

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Simmons Hall at MIT/ Steven Holl

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When Institute of Technology commissioned Steven Holl in 1999 to design a new a dormitory for the school they had one goal in sight: that the spaces around and within the building would stir up interaction among students. While MIT focused on the building’s use and function, Holl aimed to create a memorable building. With MIT’s vision in mind along with Holl’s artistic architectural ideas, the ten-story undergraduate dormitory became a small city in itself with balancing opposing architectural elements, such as solids and voids and opaqueness and transparency.

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AD Classics: USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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In 1954 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill were commissioned to design the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Located in El Paso Country, , just outside of Springs, the chapel is of the training center for officers of the United States Air Force which is a large self-contained community. At an elevation of 6500 feet on the East of the Rocky Mountains, the 3,000 acre Academy also contains housing for 8,000 people, a supply center, a hospital, an airfield, and an academic complex rising up the slope of the site. This program is split on three levels due to the slope, with the Administration Building, the Social Center, and the Cadet Chapel on the uppermost level. These spaces are used by both cadets and visitors, which with the beautiful peaks of of the Chapel rising towards the sky, attracts more than a million a year.

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