Isabella Stewart Gardner Expansion / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Gardner Museum director Anne Hawley and Jim Labeck, the director of operations, look over a model of the Gardner's new wing (center). The original building (right) sits in front of it. (John Tlumacki / Globe Staff)

Opening in 2012, the $118 million steel, glass, and copper-clad expansion to Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Renzo Piano Building Workshop will more than double the size of the current facility. Included in the project are a new entrance, music hall, gallery space, and other amenities for an institution that has remained largely unaltered since opening in 1903.

AD Classics: JFK Presidential Library / I.M. Pei

Photo by Daniel Cooper - http://www.flickr.com/photos/doitintheroad/

After a nine year process and fourteen possible architects the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was finally finished and dedicated on October 20, 1979. Architect ’s signature geometric shapes of steel and glass created an appropriate stately monumentality. A juxtaposition of spaces and light quality along with a defined and lucid circulation creates a logical story line of its namesake.

B Street Lofts / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

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Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
Location: , Massachusetts, USA
General Contractor: Fern Vanchon
Lighting Designer: Scott Richardson
Photographs: Stephen Lee

East 6th Street House / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

© Stephen Lee Photography

Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts,
General Contractor: Mike Ahern
Structural Engineer: Uy Than Ly
Electrical Lighting Design: Paul Zaferiou
Photographs: Stephen Lee Photography

Cambridge Public Library wins Harleston Parker Medal / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects

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The Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced the winner of the 2010 Harleston Parker Medal as the Cambridge Public Library by William Rawn Associates Architects and Ann Beha Architects.  Each year, the Society of Architects (BSA) and the City of award the Harleston Parker Medal to “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the Greater area over the past 10 years.

More images of the winner after the break.

ResilienCity / map-lab

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The International Living Future Institute launched the Living City Design Competition in 2010, seeking designs for our cities in the year 2035. map-lab’s submission was ResilienCity. ResilienCity seeks to set the vision for the future of ’s Innovation District, a new neighborhood built on grey field and brownfield sites that will provide residences and workplaces for over 300,000 people.

We have reached the tipping point where we need to think of the whole, not the self. We have arrived at a time when we need to stop behaving selfishly and begin to explore how we can all come together as a community to create environments that are culturally enriching, healthier, and equitable. We come back to nature to do this. Additional images of map-lab’s submission and a continuing narrative can be seen after the break.

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Competition Winner

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Back in December we told you about the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar. Christopher Karlson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been named the 2011 Rotch Travelling Scholarship recipient. Karlson will receive a $37,000 stipend to spend eight months traveling and studying architecture around the world.

As first runner-up, Young Seop Lee of Jersey City, New Jersey, is invited to compete in next year’s final competition without re-entering the preliminary stage and is the 2011 alternate if Karlson declines the scholarship.

Thirty-four competitors participated in the preliminary competition. They were asked to design an urban bicycle station in downtown . More information and images of the winning proposal after the break.

‘Lighter Than Air’ Proposal / MODU

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Fascinated with the theory of camouflage and interested in how, as a design concept, it could result in the transformation of space, MODU changed the recognizable figure of a barge in a city to an interactive atmospheric phenomenon they titled, ‘Lighter Than Air’. This proposal, which was for “The Barge” competition organized by SHIFTBoston, won first place and will be coming to the Fort Point Channel in in September 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.

West End Museum / PRAUD

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based research and design firm, PRAUD, shared with us the West End Museum which is a community-based museum in Boston dedicated to documenting the history of the West End of Boston. The museum especially captures the immigrant era which dates approximately from 1880 to the West Ends destruction by eminent domain in 1958. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Ames Hotel / Rockwell Group

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The new Ames Hotel is Rockwell Group’s first hotel project in . The boutique hotel occupies the historic Ames Building, a historic office building which was built in the late 19th century, and was the tallest building in when it was completed. The hotel sits along the Washington Mall at One Court Street and is located on the edge of the Financial District, the Downtown Crossing shopping district and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Architect: Rockwell Group
Location: One Court Street, Boston, , USA
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Rockwell Group

AD Classics: Gropius House / Walter Gropius

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Home to one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, the Gropius House was the residence of and his family during his tenure at Harvard University during the mid 1900s. Completed in 1938, the Gropius House was the first commissioned project in the United States for the famed architect.  Located in Lincoln, Massachusetts the house is a hybrid of traditional New England aesthetic and the modernist teachings of the Bauhaus.

More on the Gropius House after the break.

Boston’s Treepods / Influx_Studio

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Paris-based Influx_Studio shared with us a project they are currently developing: a new concept of artificial urban tree which absorbs Co², called TREEPOD. More images and architect’s description on this project after the break.

AD Classics: Boston City Hall / Kallmann, McKinnell, & Knowles

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As part of an international competition to design ’s City Hall in 1962, three Columbia University professors, Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles, diverted from the typical sleek, glass and steel structures that were being requested by popular demand.  Rather than basing their design on the material aesthetics, their goal was to accentuate the governmental buildings connection to the public realm.

Completed in 1968, the Brutalist style city hall bridges the public and private sectors of government through a gradient of reveal and exposure that allows the public to become integrated, either physically or visually, into the daily affairs of the governmental process.

More on the Boston City Hall after the break.

ArchDaily at the GSD / Borderless: Design and digital platforms

The role of the editor, the index of a more and more multidimensional society, the democratization of media, the use of media to create design and collaborative practices.

Next Tuesday (March 8th) at 12:30PM we will be participating at the Borderless: Design and digital platforms panel at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with the MIT Social Media Group.

Looking forward to see you there!

More info at the GSD website.

Boston Hydromall / Influx_Studio

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Paris-based Influx_Studio shared with us their project Hydromall, a submission for SHIFTBoston’s first competition. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Harleston Parker Medal 2011

Nominations are invited for the 2011 Harleston Parker Medal, which is presented to “such architects as shall have, in the opinion of the Boston Society of Architects…completed the erection for any private citizen, association, corporation or public authority, the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the limits of the City of or of the Metropolitan Parks District”.

To be eligible, a project:
• May be of any scale, program or level of public visibility.
• May be a rehabilitated building or structure.
• Must have been completed between December 31, 2000, and December 31, 2010.

You may nominate your own or any other that work you believe merits consideration. Projects that have been honored in past years and work by jurors or by their firms are ineligible.

For more information, click here. Seen at Bustler.

BSA Headquarters / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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The Boston Society of Architects plans to move from its current location on 52 Broad Street to a new space at Atlantic Wharf, as part of a major transformation of the 1867 institution. As part of an open design competition, the BSA selected Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s proposal entitled: Slipstream Public Exchange. Images of the proposal, a fly through video and an architects description after the break.

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Competition

Image by Christopher Shusta, last year's winner

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship is an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar, traveling the world for eight months studying architecture. In the first stage of the selection process, a weekend-long preliminary design competition is held. Finalists from this competition go on to compete in the second stage, a 10-day competition culminating in a design presentation to a distinguished jury in .

More information about requirements and schedule in the competition’s official website.