Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Mario Botta

© Joel Lassiter

Architects: Mario Botta
Location: 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC,
Partner Architect: Wagner Murray Architects PA, Charlotte
Area: 2,490 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Joel Lassiter, Enrico Cano

Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory

Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory is an exhibition spanning the 50-year career of internationally acclaimed architect Mario Botta, the designer of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art building and one of the century’s most fundamental contributors to postmodern architecture. 

Featured are sketches, architectural models and photographs exemplifying Botta’s use of geometric shapes that juxtapose lightness and weight. The exhibition runs January 31, 2014 through July 25, 2014.

Title: Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory
Organizers: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
From: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 
Until: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 
Venue: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Address: 420 South Tryon Street, , NC 28202,

Solar Decathlon 2013: UNC Charlotte Wins “People’s Choice”

© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The people have spoken: ’s 2013 Solar Decathlon entry, UrbanEden has won the “People’s Choice Award.” Designed as an urban infill project for a couple in Charlotte, , the net-zero solar-powered home defines itself by establishing a strong indoor and outdoor connection in the middle of the city. By enclosing the back deck with a seven-foot tall vertical garden and integrating a high-performance glass wall along the home’s south side, dwellers are presented with the unlikely option of privately enjoying the outdoors within a dense urban context. 

NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

© Paul Warchol

In approaching the challenge of designing a Hall of Fame for NASCAR, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners sought to capture the essential spirit of NASCAR and its sport in architectural form. In exploring the possibilities for expressing speed and spectacle, they were drawn to the arena of action, the racecourse, where fans and race teams come together each race week for the spectacle of race day. Curving, sloped forms are evocative not only of the dynamic and changing sinuous shape of the racetrack but also of the perception of speed, which is at the heart of the NASCAR spectacle.

Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Location: , , USA
Project Area: 700,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Brentlinger, Paul Warchol

Architecture City Guide: Charlotte

With the help from a few of our readers, our Architecture City Guide headed to this week. By American standards is an old city, but it has undergone a huge transformation in the last few decades with the influx of banking headquarters. It is now the second largest banking center in the United State and this is partly reflected in its growing skyline. We, with the help of our readers, have put together a list of 12 buildings worth seeing. There are plenty more that could have made the list so please add your favorites to the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Charlotte list and corresponding map after the break.

Help us with our upcoming Architecture City Guide: Charlotte, North Carolina

NASCAR Hall of Fame / / Photo from Flickr -

We want to try a new bottom-up approach to our Architecture City Guides and we need your help. To make the City Guides much more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to a Flickr image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons.

This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to Charlotte, .

NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture / The Freelon Group Architects

© Mark Herboth

The Gantt Center celebrates contributions of African Americans to our nation’s culture and serves as a vital resource in Charlotte for music, dance, theater, visual and film arts, arts education, literature and community outreach. The four-story facility is located in the heart of Charlotte’s downtown cultural district. Flanked by new mixed-use development and the Charlotte Convention Center, the Gantt building is also a close neighbor to the new Bechtler and Mint Museums and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The facility includes highly flexible space for exhibitions, presentations, receptions/events and retail.

Architect: The Freelon Group Architects
Location: Charlotte, ,
Associate Architect: Neighboring Concepts
Project Area: 46,500 sqf
Photographs: Mark Herboth

Revolution Park Sports Academy / Neighboring Concepts

© Sean Busher

Currently seeking LEED Gold Certification, the newly completed Revolution Park Sports Academy in Charlotte, is a key element to the Revolution Park neighborhood. The resulting design incorporates modern lines with respect to its historic southern neighborhood, therefore the holistic design approach needed to not just integrate sustainable design concepts but also provide an environment that both encourages social interaction and is welcoming to its surrounding community.  Revolution Park Sports Academy is a significant first environmental project for Mecklenburg County.

Follow the break for details about this project, photographs, and drawings.


Architects: Neighboring Concepts
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Project Team: Luke Volkmar, Darrel Williams, Steven Sweat, Cameron Kelly, Frank DeBolt, Stephanie King, Daniel McNamee
Civil: Wirth & Associates
Structural: Stewart Engineering
MEP: AME Engineering
Client: Mecklenburg County Real Estate Services
Project Area: 28,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sean Busher