4 Shortlisted for Armenian American Museum in California

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Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, Belzberg Architects Group and Frederick Fisher have been shortlisted to design an Armenian American Museum planned for Glendale, California. Announced on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this past Friday, the competition aims to ”promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian experience” within a 30,000-square-foot museum that will be dedicated to research and education. Stay tuned for more information.

AD Classics: Armenian Opera Theater / Alexander Tamanian

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Opened in 1933 and completed in its current state in 1953, the Armenian Opera Theater was designed by Armenian architect .  The theater is one of Tamanian’s most profilic architectural works, which include a plethora of Armenian architectural icons such as his hydroelectric station (1926), Republic Square (1926–1941) and many others. 

Intercontinental Hotel & Business Center Competition Proposal / Luis Banazol

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Luis Banazol submitted this proposal for the International Competition for the design of the Intercontinental, a hotel and business center in Yerevan, . The concept for the building comes from the perceptions of the connection between art and technology. It is derived from the architect’s own reflection on art that expresses the way people live and think, and technology as that which transports us beyond that expression. The Intercontinental is an architectural proposal in space and light with the users as the net of expressions that gives technology the meaning to exist.

More on this project after the break.

Lace Hill / Forrest Fulton Architecture

For Forrest Fulton Architecture‘s competition proposal, the Alabama-based firm designed a 900,000 sqf biomorphic spatial surface that connects the adjacent city and the landscape.  The architecture focuses on creating an urbanistic landscape that morphs the common urban element of , the superblock, to the site, a truncated hill along the natural amphitheater of the .  This new model of development supports a “holistic, ultra-green lifestyle” with overlapping natural and urban phenomenon.

More images and more about the project after the break.