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Crossroad Offices Extension / OFIS Arhitekti

Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti
Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti

The new extension for the Crossroad Offices by OFIS Arhitekti acts as a crossroad regulator between the existing villa and its approach from the street on the south side and the underground parking on the east side. The actual form derives from the main logical directions on the site to the main destinations as the new volume is positioned behind the existing villa with individual cut outs, ‘green bays’, in function of the extended external park coming into the pavilion. Inside they form divisions between internal spaces and create dynamic, light and calming atmosphere. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bright Future / Pratt Manhattan Gallery

 Courtesy of Aron Losonczi
Courtesy of Aron Losonczi

Pratt Manhattan Gallery has unveiled their exhibition “Bright Future: New Designs in Glass featuring innovative and mesmerizing uses for the centuries-old material.  The exhibit, which features furniture, tableware, architectural elements and lighting designs, will be on display until May 5th, 2012.  The artists and firms featured here displays a refined use of glass in conjunction with metal, concrete and pigment to evoke its qualities of flexibility and transparency.  In conjunction with this exhibit, Pratt will be hosting a free panel discussion: “Glass, Light and Public Space” on April 5th at 6pm in Lecture Hall 213 of Pratt’s Manhattan Campus at 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor. Read on after the break to see previews of the exhibit and for more on the panel discussion.

Wimmer Medien Business Center and Urban Development / Atelier Thomas Pucher

The proposal for the Wimmer Medien Business Center and Urban Development in Linz, Austria by Atelier Thomas Pucher recently won the third prize in the international invited competition. Their main concept is the creation of a 33,600 m2 gross floor area central public space that recovers the mystical feeling of the Italian piazzas, offering flexibility to host the most variety of events and activities, like ice-skating, Christmas market or outdoors cinema. This piazza is also a central point for the social life of the building, providing outdoors spaces for the offices, significant synergies for the commercial area and a feeling of the life of the city to the apartments. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Glassworks / Krueck + Sexton

Ron Krueck, Mark Sexton and Tom Jacobs of Krueck + Sexton Architects speak about their relationship to, and explorations with, glass through the lens of three innovative projects: the Transparent House, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago.

In Progress: Marlins Ballpark / Populous

© Emilio Collavino
© Emilio Collavino

Architects: Populous Location: Miami, Florida, USA Photographs: Emilio Collavino

© Emilio Collavino © Emilio Collavino © Emilio Collavino © Emilio Collavino

Musicians' Apartment House / Buol & Zünd Architekten

© Michael Fritschi
© Michael Fritschi

Architects: Buol & Zünd Architekten Location: Basel, Switzerland Project Team: Matthias Aebersold, Martin Schröder, Silvio Schubiger Site Area: 3250 sqm Photographs: Michael Fritschi

 Musicians' Apartment House / Buol & Zünd Architekten © Michael Fritschi © Michael Fritschi © Michael Fritschi

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

© Brininstool, Kerwin, & Lynch
© Brininstool, Kerwin, & Lynch

Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Beijing Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of Beijing, China.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Glazing Advancements

Palais Quartier © Wikimedia Commons / Saibo
Palais Quartier © Wikimedia Commons / Saibo

Glazing has always been employed in architecture to convey and complement aesthetics. Its use exemplifies spaces, transitions between indoor and outdoor volumes, and modulates the amount of light penetration. With this in mind, glazing manufacturers are continually innovating new products to resolve the ever increasing demands imposed by designers. Whether it is curvilinear, textured, colored, laminated, etc., the increasing variety available is growing at an increasing rate.

House in Beauvallon / Raphaëlle Segond Architecte

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

Architect : Raphaëlle Segond Architecte Location: Domaine de Beauvallon, Township of Grimaud, France Project Team: Jonhattan Inzerillo, Project Manager Concrete & masonry : Paul Ciotta & Fils, maçons Windows crafters : Maria Aluminium Electrician : Nicolas Espitalier électricité Project Area: 250 sqm Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Woodbury Dermatology Clinic / archimania

Architect: archimania Location: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Project Team: Todd Walker, FAIA; Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA; Tim Michael, AIA, Matt Seltzer, RA, LEED AP; David Pang, RA(Retired); Greg Price, LA; Scott Guidry, CSI, Kayce Williford, Assoc AIA; Todd Steele, LEED AP; Andrew Parks; Stephanie Wexler Malone IIDA Consultants: Dalhoff Thomas Daws, landscape architecture; Sheridan Structural Solutions, Structural Engineering; Shapply Design Consultants, M/P Engineering; Constance Hickey Scott, P.E., Electrical Engineering; Montgomery Martin Contractors, Contractor Project Area: 5,226 SF Project Year: 2006 Photographs:  Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

© Jeffrey Jacobs Photography © Jeffrey Jacobs Photography © Jeffrey Jacobs Photography © Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

© The Barnes Foundation
© The Barnes Foundation

Isabella Stewart Gardner Expansion / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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.

Not Dead Yet! Developer Files Plans for Nouvel "MoMA Tower"

Torre Verre, Atelier Jean Nouvel
Torre Verre, Atelier Jean Nouvel

Developer Hines “quietly filed” plans for a shortened, 1050 foot-version of Jean Nouvel’s “Torre Verre” earlier this month. The tower, on 53rd St. in Midtown Manhattan, will be located on land sold to Hines by the Museum of Modern Art in exchange for$125 million and three floors of new gallery space. Originally designed in 2007, the tower has seen numerous setbacks including a 200-foot “haircut” by the City Planning Commission in July 2009 in response to its impact on views from the nearby Empire State Building. The plans are compliant with two special permits filed in fall 2009. According to a department spokesperson the application is “chair certification,” which doesn’t require public approvals. From the New York Observer via Curbed.

PAS House / Francois Perrin and Gil Lebon Delapointe

© Sam Mc Guire/Etnies
© Sam Mc Guire/Etnies

A unique concept the PAS House is imagined to be a place to both live and skateboard.  The skateable surface of the home, interior to exterior, fluidly moves from the ground to the wall and then to the ceiling in a continuous surface forming a tube of a 10ft diameter. The PAS House will be constructed in Malibu, California for Pierre Andre Senizerques (PAS), a former World Champion and Pro Skater as well as Founder and Owner of Sole Technology, the design by Francois Perrin and Gil Lebon Delapointe divides the home into three separate spaces; including a living room, dining area, and kitchen, the second one includes a bedroom and bathroom and the third a skateboard practice area.

© Sam Mc Guire/Etnies © Skateboarder Magazine © Skateboarder Magazine © Gil Lebon Delapointe/Etnies

Architects: Francois Perrin and Gil Lebon Delapointe Location: Malibu, California (house); Exhibition Public Domaine/Skateboard Culture, La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France (prototype) Client: Pierre Andre Senizergues Project Area: 2,200 sqf (house); 700 sqf (prototype) Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Mike Manzoori and Sam Mc Guire

Tallinn Music High School, Ballet School and Georg Otsa Music School / Atelier Thomas Pucher

rendering
rendering

The key concept of this project was to create not only a building but also a new meaningful city space connecting the people, the place, its history and their music. The building delimits the boundaries of the plot, enclosing an expanse of green at its core: a garden that is urban yet isolated from the hubbub of the city.

Tampere Glass Pavillion / ALA Architects

© Courtesy of ALA Architects
© Courtesy of ALA Architects

ALA Architects has proposed to plant a Magnolia tree for Tampere. An intelligent glass dome will provide this tree with a more southern climate, complete with ventilation, shading and lighting. The air exhaust of the parking garage will provide additional heating during the cold, dark months. This dome will have its own microclimate fine-tuned using the technical abilities provided by its glazed surface. The Magnolia will be nurtured to burst into a magnificent bright pink blossom by the first of May annually. Its strong perfumed scent will fill the pavilion, on some spring days the scent might even flow down to the parking garage.

Corby Cube: Civic Hub and Arts Centre / Hawkins\Brown

© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

Architects: Hawkins\Brown Location: Northants, United Kingdom Project Year: 2010 Client: Corby Borough Council Project Area: 715.35 sqm Photographs: Tim Crocker, Hufton + Crow

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Hufton+Crow Corby Cube: Civic Hub and Arts Centre / Hawkins\Brown