Richard Meier & Partners Architects Wins American Architecture Award for Coffee Plaza

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Richard Meier & Partners Architects has been awarded the American Architecture Award 2011 for Coffee Plaza in Hamburg, Germany. The American Architectural Awards is one of the most prestigious building awards program in the that honors “new and cutting-edge design”. This annual program is organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies to promote the best of new architecture and urban design.

The Coffee Plaza in Hamburg’s is planned as a unique center for international coffee commerce and related lines of business. The project encompasses the design of the headquarters for one of the largest coffee trading companies worldwide and two office buildings with rentable areas as well as a public plaza and underground parking. The site is part of the ambitious new Master plan to redevelop Hamburg’s post-industrial port into a viable business, commercial and cultural center and is currently the largest urban development project in Europe. More after the break.

Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden, J. Paul Getty Center / OLIN

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The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden is one of a series of discrete outdoor sculpture locations throughout the J. Paul Getty Center, featuring an elegant and deferential landscape inspired by Southern California’s rugged beauty. The garden—actually a green roof over part of the museum—showcases works by iconic artists from Noguchi to Henry Moore, offering visitors a striking preview of the museum’s rich collections.

Landscape Architect: OLIN
Architect: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Project Team: Dennis McGlade, FASLA, E. Allan Spulecki
Fluidity Design Consultants: Englekirk Partners
Structural Engineers: Martin Newson & Associates
Project Area: 23,636 sqf
Year: 2006
Photographs: , Marion Brenner

Richard Meier’s Model Museum in Long Island City Reopens

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Richard Meier & Partners is pleased to announce the anticipated reopening of the Richard Meier Model Museum in City on Friday, May 13, 2011. Offering a rare glimpse into the process behind his distinguished 40-year career as an architect, Mr. Meier is once again unveiling his vast breadth of works to the public for its fifth consecutive season.

Further information after the break.

Richard Meier Designs New W Hotels in Mexico

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Richard Meier’s office recently shared with us renderings and drawings for his latest work – two new W Hotels. These projects mark a first for Meier within the hospitality industry in Latin-America, which are located in City and on the Riviera Maya with completion dates scheduled for 2013 and 2014. The hotels, W Santa Fe and the W Retreat Kanai, are the first collaboration between Starwood and Meier who will be assisted by Migdal Arquitectos. Further details, drawings, and renderings following the break.

In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects


Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Location: Jesolo Lido,
Project year: 2003 – 2013
Photographs: Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of & Partners Architects

In Progress: City Green Court / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Construction for the City Green Court, Richard Meier & Partners third building within the 4-Pankrác Master Plan, is underway.  Receiving a pre-certification of LEED Platinum, the building’s design is inspired by the language of Czech Cubism simultaneously responding to issues of conservation and sustainability.  A completion date of early 2012 is anticipated.  The video,

“We are working together to make City Green Court a benchmark for green building design in the Czech Republic,” shared Richard Meier. “This assignment has been particularly challenging as it also meant addressing the historic beauty of Prague and at the same time creating a modern image of the City for its future.”

More renderings and drawings of City Green Court following the break.

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In Progress: Rothschild Tower In Tel Aviv / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Location: Tel Aviv,
Project year: 2007 – 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of LLP & dbox

AD Classics: High Museum of Art / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The is a major public building and art repository that responds to the typological and contextual aspects of the museum’s program. The city of ’s progressive building tradition, as well as its role as a developing cultural center, had a strong influence on the design.

More on the High Museum of Art and Richard Meier & Partners Architects after the break.

AD Classics: United States Courthouse / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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As an interruption of Phoenix’s Jeffersonian grid and “downtown” of glass box and faux adobe, the new federal building is a gravitational point of interest and anchor for the sprawling city of Phoenix. The 500,000 square-foot building with six stories and underground parking is sited on two central city blocks between the governmental and business districts.

More on the United States Courthouse in , by Richard Meier & Partners Architects after the break.

AD Classics: The Atheneum / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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As in many of the civic and public buildings designed by , The Atheneum built in New Harmony, Indiana plays a key role in its community.

More on the history of The Atheneum after the break.

Ara Pacis Museum / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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This museum on the bank of the Tiber River has been designed as a renewed setting for the Ara Pacis, a sacrificial altar dating to 9 B.C. and now located on the western edge of the Piazza Augusto Imperatore. Planned as part of an effort to protect ’s cultural legacy, the new structure replaces the monument’s previous enclosure, which was in a state of advanced decay. The structure consists of a long, single-story glazed loggia elevated above a shallow podium providing a transparent barrier between the embankment of the Tiber and the existing circular perimeter of the mausoleum of Augustus, built circa 28 B.C.

Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
Location: Rome, Italy
Project Year: 1995-2006
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Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles

The Architecture City Guide series heads to the West Coast this week.   area is huge and it was nearly impossible to narrow down 12 buildings for this weeks list.  Here’s what we suggest visiting if you are in LA, but we want to know what additional buildings you think we should add to our list!  Visit the comment section and provide your can’t miss buildings in LA.

The Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles list and corresponding map after the break!

Arp Museum / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The design of the Arp Museum represents the seamless integration of the building’s spectacular site with the museum’s mission to showcase the work of the Dadaist master Hans Arp and his circle. One of the unique features of the region in which the museum is located is the series of medieval castles that line a 35-mile stretch of the river Rhine. The Arp Museum, sited on a wooded escarpment overlooking the Rhine, is intended to respond to and echo the forms of these captivating relics.

Video and drawings of the Arp Museum in , following the break.

Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Location: Remagen-Rolandseck, Germany
Principal in Charge: Richard Meier
Design Partner: Bernhard Karpf
Project Architect: Stefan Scheiber
Designer: Bernhard Stocker, Michael Thanner
Collaborators: Clay Collier, James Luhur, Aaron Vaden-Youmans
Associate Architect: Ehrensberger & OertzArchitekten
Principal: Matthias Oertz
Site Administration: Thomas Böhling, Marco Theil, Thilo Bergmann
Structural Engineers: Buro Happold, Draheim Ingenieure
Geotechnical Engineer: Dietrich Beratende Ingenieure Witt, Jehle & Kriechbaum
Mechanical Engineer: Zibell – Willner & Partner Freiländer & Partner
Electrical Engineer: Müller & Bleher
Façade Consultant: Albrecht Memmert & Partner
Lighting Consultant: Müller & Bleher, LichtDesign, Zumtobel Staff
Acoustic Consultant: Trümper – Overath – Heimann – Römer, Ingenieurgesellschaft für Bauphysik
Client: Ministery of Finance Rheinland Pfalz, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
Client Representative: Landesbetrieb Bau Koblenz
Photographs: Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Roland Halbe ARTUR IMAGES

AD Classics: Neugebauer House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Among many other things, the , which was completed in 1998, stands as a prime example of an architects ability to creatively design within the city codes and regulations while still maintaining the quality and style found in their other buidings.

As a prominent twentieth century architect who fuses main principles of design from his peers and fellow architects with his own, Richard Meier is known for his endless variations of a rather specific theme of white Neo-Corbusian form, mostly using enameled panels and glass. The emphasis on light, color, place, plain geometry and the interaction between all of the latter help Richard Meier & Partners Architects to design architecture that is clear, comprehensible, and easily admirable.

More on the Neugebauer House and Richard Meier & Partners Architects after the break.

AD Classics: Getty Center / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The Getty Center occupies a narrow, hilly stretch high above the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles California. Jutting southward from the Santa Monica Mountains, the museum’s acropolis-like stature affords spectacular views over the city, the mountains and the ocean.

More on the Getty Center by Richard Meier & Partners Architects after the break.

International Coffee Plaza / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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New York architects Richard Meier & Partners announced the opening of the new corporate headquarters for Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), the world’s largest green coffee service group located in Hamburg’s . The site of the new building is a part of a redevelopment initiative of the post-industrial port into a business, commercial and cultural center. Overlooking the Sandtorpark, harbor basins and the traditional skyline of Hamburg, the 12-story tower, now called Coffee Plaza, and its two adjacent office buildings, act as an anchor for the renovated harbor.

More information and images after the break.

AD Classics: Douglas House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects


Hovering over the shores of Lake , the Douglas House was built by in 1971-1973 for Jim and Jean Douglas. The house is gently placed on a steep slope over the water, almost as if it is floating amongst the trees. As Meier stated about the house, “So steep is the slope to the water that the house appears to have been dropped into the site, a machine-crafted object that has landed in a natural world. The dramatic dialogue between the whiteness of the house and the primary blues and greens of the water, trees, and sky allows the house not only to assert its own presence but to enhance, by contrast, the beauty of its natural environment as well.”

More on the Douglas House after the break.

Church of 2000 / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Architects: Richard Meier and Partners, New York, USA
Location: Tor Tre Teste, Rome, Italy
Client: Vicariato of Rome
Structural engineers: Ove Arup and Partners, Italcementi
Mechanical engineers: Ove Arup and Partners, Luigi Dell’Aquila
prefabricated panels: Italcementi
Lights and illumination: FMRS, Erco
Year of the competition: 1996
Year of completion: 2003
Constructed area: 830 m2 church, 1671 m2 parish complex
Photographs: Andrea Giannotti, Gabriele Rossetti

Located in the eastern suburban area of Rome, the Church of 2000 “Dives in Misericordia” by architect is the first realized work of the American architect in the Italian capital, followed by the Ara Pacis Museum (2005).