The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum by Herzog & de Meuron is a remarkable revival of a building that no longer exists. The original museum, which opened in 1895, was an outgrowth of a fair modeled on the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition the previous year known as the California Midwinter Internation Exposition of 1894. Located in the sunny San Francisco, California, the museum was formerly named for one of the city’s newspapermen M.H. de Young. The old museum was a bulky structure decorated with concrete ornaments, which began falling off the building and became hazardous, leading to their removal in 1949. The building was completely destroyed, however, in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake.
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Architects: Mutsue Hayakusa Cell Space Architects
Location : Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
Design Period: August 2008 – May 2009
Construction Period: June 2009 – May 2010
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa
When Massachusetts Institute of Technology commissioned Steven Holl in 1999 to design a new a dormitory for the school they had one goal in sight: that the spaces around and within the building would stir up interaction among students. While MIT focused on the building’s use and function, Holl aimed to create a memorable building. With MIT’s vision in mind along with Holl’s artistic architectural ideas, the ten-story undergraduate dormitory became a small city in itself with balancing opposing architectural elements, such as solids and voids and opaqueness and transparency.
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Location: Marina Boulevard, Central Business District, Republic of Singapore
Co-designer/Design Principal: Peter Pran, RA, FAIA, MNAL
Co-designer/Design Partner: Timothy Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Interior Design Partner: Rysia Suchecka, AIA, IIDA
Design Team Leader/Project Manager: Scott Hunter, AIA, LEED AP
Architecture Design Team: Reggie Aviles, Michael Ramsay, Karin Tehve, Jay Seibenmorgen, Angela Chang, Sara Agrest, Nnamdi Ugenyi, Heather Metzger, Catherine Smith
Interiors Design Team: Tara Schneider, IIDA; Pete Lorimer, LEED AP
Owner: City Developments Limited and AIG Asian Real Estate Partners, L.P.
Consulting Architect: Kiat Supattapone
Associate Architect: Team Design Architects
General Contractor: Dragages Singapore–Bouygues Construction
Structural Engineer: Precast Design Consultants
Mechanical Engineer: Meinhardt Pte, LTD
Interior Designer: NBBJ (Shell and Core Lobbies)
Interior Designer: AXIS Design (Units, Common areas)
Lighting: Lighting Planners Associates (LPA)
Landscape Architect: Belt Collins
Project Area: 1,200,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Tim Griffith & Sean Airhart/NBBJ