AD Classics: Lever House / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


The Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was one of the first International style office buildings in the United States. Located in midtown Manhattan, it was originally the American corporate headquarters of the soap company Lever Brothers. Built between 1951-1952, the Lever House extends 24 stories in height right across from Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, and stands as its own perfect glass box.

More on the Lever House after the break.

Greenwich Street Project / Archi-tectonics

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Completed in 2004, the Greenwich Street Project by Archi-tectonics is a 64,000 square foot multi-unit residential building in just a few blocks from where the Hudson River meets the city. With the West Village to its north, SoHo, the heart of style to its West, and TriBeCa, where entrenpreneurship has transformed industry into lofts to its south, the Greenwich Street Project is the meeting point of three of downtown’s major cultural districts. Ironically enough, its design also involved the merging of an old renovated warehouse with a completely new structure, combining both to create appropriate live-work spaces that served its context.

More on Archi-tectonics Greenwich Street Project after the break.

University of La Verne / Gonzalez Goodale Architects


Architects: Gonzalez Goodale Architects
Project team: Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA, Project Principal, David L. Goodale, AIA, Design Principal, John Ferguson, AIA, Project Manager, Gerda Buss, Interiors/FF&E
Mechanical / Plumbing: Khalifeh & Associates
Electrical: N.A. Cohen Group Inc.
Structural: Englekirk & Sabol
Food service: Ricca Newmark Design
Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover
Landscape: EPT Design
Signage: Biesek Design
Area: 40,000 sqm
Construction: 2007-2009
Photography: Magnus Stark Photography

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In Progress: 290 Mulberry / SHoP Architects

290 Mulberry is defined by its context through a direct response to zoning and building code regulations. Located in Nolita, , this building is bound on the north by Houston Street and on the west by the historic Puck Building on Mulberry Street.  A zoning district requirement specifying a enclosure for the two street walls created an opportunity to respond directly to the Puck Building, one of ’s most recognizable masonry buildings.  We then focused the idea on the reinterpretation of local laws and regulations with a contemporary response to masonry construction and detailing that doesn’t attempt to imitate the past.

Dolomites House / JM Architecture

Architects: JM Architecture – Jacopo Mascheroni
Location: Dolomite Mountains,
Construction year: 2005-2006
Collaborator: Pietro Borzini
Contractor: Hobag A.G., Campo Tures (BZ)
Structure Engineering: Planungsbüro Dr.Ing. Aichner, Brunico (BZ)
Mechanical Engineering: Thermostudio Bruneck, Brunico (BZ)
Construction Site Supervisors: Oskar Gartner (Hobag A.G.), Rudi Viehweider (Metris GmbH)
Landscape: Nippon Bonsai, Carate Brianza (MI)
: Coges, Padova
Photographs: Hermann Gasser, Jacopo Mascheroni

GreenPix: Zero Energy Media Wall

The 2008 Olympic Games aren´t just a gathering of athletes, it´s also a showcase of the most innovative buildings and technologies like GreenPIX, the Zero Energy Media Wall by Simone Giostra & Partners and ARUP, pictured above.

This curtain wall covers the front of the Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing, near the site of the 2008 Olympic Games. It features the worlds largest color display, powered by a photovoltaic system integrated into the curtain wall.

This Media Wall will showcase a selection of specially commissioned video installations and live performances by artists from China, Europe and the US, starting in May. Pictures, construction progress, diagrams and videos after the break.