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Parallax Gap - American Architecture Celebrated on Smithsonian Gallery Ceilings

12:00 - 4 June, 2017
Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt
Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt

Art is not confined to gallery walls. The concept of art displayed on ceilings stretches back to the Renaissance, perhaps most notably the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo. The Renaissance tradition of Trompel’oeil ceilings went further, using an illusionary depth of perspective to depict a volume which doesn’t exist; be it a dome that was never built or an attic filled with angels.

Four hundred years later, New York and Los Angeles-based architecture firm FreelandBuck has elevated the concept with its upcoming installation ‘Parallax Gap’, which has been selected by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum as the winning entry in a competition entitled ‘ABOVE the Renwick’. From July 2017 to February 2018, the 2,500sqft canopy will be suspended from the ceiling of the Renwick’s largest room, the Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon, depicting an abstract catalog of American architectural icons.

Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt Courtesy of Kevin Kunstadt +17

LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York

16:10 - 31 October, 2016
LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York, Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition
Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

LOT has been selected as the winner of the third annual Flatiron Public Plaza design competition in New York, which called for proposals from 5 New York City firms to design a temporary installation to be located at the base of the iconic Flatiron Building.

The winning proposal, titled “Flatiron Sky-Line,” consists of a series of 10 large contiguous arches, constructed out of white powder-coated steel tubes housing LED lights, from which an array of hammocks will be suspended to allow visitors to rest and take in the surrounding landmarks such as the Met Life Tower and Empire State Building.

Radiant Forest / Architensions. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Flatiron Roc Chair / Büro Koray Duman Architects. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Vanishing Point / FreelandBuck. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Silver Shimmer / Young & Ayata. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition +7

American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China, Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect
Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect

A looping mixture of culture and commerce has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in China, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall divides a large urban block into four 'cultural cores,' each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space.