In the early years of the New York City subway system, natural light played a dominant role in the illumination of subterranean spaces. The architecture emphasized a connection to the sky, often through skylights planted in the median of city avenues above — lenses in the concrete sidewalks.
However, it proved extremely difficult to keep the skylights clean, and light eventually stopped passing through. Subway authorities moved toward an almost exclusive reliance on electric lighting. While this allowed for greater flexibility in station design, permitting construction at any location and depth, it also created a sense of disorientation and alienation for some passengers.
Read more about this “enlightening” subway station, after the break…
Originally constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair, the resilient structure of New York’s Queens Museum of Art has been undergoing its fourth and most ambitious renovation since April 2011. This $68 million renovation, designed by Grimshaw Architects, will double the institution’s size, expanding the museum to a total of 105,000 square feet upon its completion in October 2013.
Grimshaw Architects have released submitted a proposal for a major commercial office development planned above the Crossrail station at Paddington in London. The 15-story structure, located at the junction of Bishop’s Bridge Road and the Grand Union Canal, will also provide retail space, a grand colonnade along the canal frontage, and a new entrance to the Hammersmith & City and Circle Line stations below.
Grimshaw Associate Director Declan McCafferty said: “We are delighted to be working once again with Crossrail on what is an exciting and challenging project. We have utilized all of our experience in both the commercial and transport sectors to create a scheme which will provide significant public realm improvements, while integrating the new station entrance and taxi ramp into a coherent and dramatic piece of commercial architecture.”
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The New York office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates were officially awarded the Los Angeles Union Station master plan last Thursday. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, approved a nomination that sets in motion a two year master plan creation process to generate a new vision for Union Station, in conjunction with the general revitalization and growth of downtown Los Angeles as the city and metro look to the future. More architects’ description after the break.
Location: Troy, New York, USA
Principals: Vincent Chang, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Mark Husser, Andrew Whalley
Project Team: Simon Beames, Shane Burger, David Burke, Demetrios Comodromos, Chris Crombie, Chris Duisberg, Matt Eastwood, Paulo Faria, Nikolas Dando-Haenisch, William Horgan, Barbara Kurdiovsky, Kirsten Lees, Melissa Lim, Theo Lorenz, Mariam Mojdehi, Junko Nakagawa, Michael Pawlyn, Juan Porral
Project area: 221,200 sqf
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Paul Rivera, Peter Aaron
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Project team: Michael Blancato, Shane Burger, Vincent Chang, Paulo de Faria, Kenny Grossman, Christian Hoenigschmid-Grossich, William Horgan, Nieves Monasterio, Robert Stuart-Smith, Andrew Whalley, Chung Yeon Won, Richard Yoo, Casimir Zdanius
Associate Architect: Oficina de Arquitectura (Monterrey)
Specialist Structural Engineer: Werner Sobek New York (NY)
Environmental Design: Atelier Ten (NY)
Exhibit Design: Aldrich Pears (Vancouver)
Landscape Designer: Claudia Harari (Monterrey)
MEP Engineer of Record: Asesoria y Diseño (Monterrey)
Structural Engineer of Record: Sistemas Optimos Constructivos, SOCSA (Monterrey)
Acoustics, ICT and Fire: Arup (NY)
Project area: 6,500 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2007
Photographs: Paúl Rivera & Grimshaw