Last week we told you about our interview with Richard Meier, and his opinion on the importance of white for contemporary architecture. We invited you to give us your opinion for the chance to win one of three signed copies of Meier’s book Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. The deadline is now over, and among the more than 200 comments we randomly selected the three winners! Congratulations to Madeeha Merchant, Sarah Hall, and Terry Williams! You are the winners of the three signed copies of the book! Check your emails as we will contact you to send you the books.
A while ago, we had the chance of interviewing Richard Meier. During the interview, Meier told us about the importance of white in architecture. Now, we want to know your opinion. For you, what is the importance of white in contemporary architecture? Leave us your answer in the comments below, and among all the registered users who comment we will give away three signed copies of the book by Richard Meier and Associate Partner – Reynolds Logan.
Become a registered user right here, share with us your comment and next Wednesday, May4 we’ll announce the three winners! You can see more photos by and a short review of “Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona” after the break.
Richard Meier’s importance of white:
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 Mexico 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.
Richard Meier, the architect who landed ‘the commission of the century’ and one of the New York Five, has a portfolio of pristine structures that range in scale from the Douglas House on Lake Michigan to the sprawling Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Meier’s work, recognizable and clearly defined by its whiteness, creates a distinction and dialogue between nature and man made. Architecture to Meier should not mimic but rather provide a counterpoint to the surroundings while still maintaining a relationship.
“Whiteness is perhaps the memory and the anticipation of color. For me, the contrast becomes the definition that, which is natural, organic, changing, contains at different times, all of the colors of the rainbow. And that which is manmade should help to focus and intensify one’s perception of all that is around us.”
Passionate about the profession, Meier has also dedicated a lot of energies to architecture education. He strongly believes in the role of architecture in government, education, private practice, and our local communities. Noting that architects in governmental positions often have more influence than those in private practice, emphasizing an architect’s role in our local communities and through non-professional organizations. All architects can provide a very influential role helping guide public policy.
Meier earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in 1957, worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and then alongside Marcel Breuer before starting his own practice in New York in 1963. In 1969 MoMA exhibited work by the New York Five: Meier, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk, and Peter Eisenman (Meier’s second cousin). The members of the New York Five, ‘a group of architects whose work, represented a return to the formalism of early modern rationalist architecture’ over time pursued different formal directions, however the most prolific builder of the group, Meier, continued to investigate the true Corbusian form particularly through the built environment.
In 1984 Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the youngest recipient of this award in the history of the prize. That same year Meier garnered the prestigious commission for the $1 billion Getty Center in Los Angeles. Meier stated, “In my career, nothing can or will ever equal getting to be the architect for the Getty Center. Not only was it the most important event of my career, but as things worked out the project became inextricably inked with my children’s growing up.”
Richard Meier & Partners includes Michael Palladino, James R. Crawford, Reynolds Logan, Bernhard Karpf, Dukho Yeon. We featured partner Bernhard Karpf, who heads up many of the projects in Europe, in a video interview describing the design of the Arp Museum in Germany.
Along with the Pritzker Prize, Meier currently holds the Frank T. Rhodes Class of 1956 University Professorship at Cornell University, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has received the Medal of Honor (New York Chapter), Gold Medal (Los Angeles Chapter), 29 National AIA Honor Awards, 53 Regional AIA Design Awards.
Meier never stops: This past October he visited the 103 year old architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil, a meeting of 2 Pritzkers.
Projects by Richard Meier & Partners previously featured at ArchDaily:
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 Rome’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.
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 Remagen-Rolandseck, Germany 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
ArchDaily would like to wish Oscar Niemeyer a Happy 103rd Birthday today. In 1988, at age 81, Niemeyer was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, together with American architect Gordon Bunshaft. Setting the pace for us all, Niemeyer continues to practice architect from his office in Rio de Janeiro, with ongoing projects in Brazil and Spain. He even recently composed the song Tranquilo com a Vida, download and listen here.
Richard Meier and Oscar Niemeyer met in October and here are some photos that Richard Meier & Partners shared with ArchDaily. We will soon be featuring an interview with Richard Meier, so be sure to keep a look out.
Follow the break for Richard Meier and Oscar Niemeyer.
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 HafenCity. 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 glass 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.
A few weeks ago, Richard Meier’s four-block-long mixed-use development was approved by Newark’s planning board. The project is a drastic shift for Meier; a break from his New York Five era and the decades of working with exclusive clientele on neo-Corbusian residences and museums. The development brings Meier back to his Newark roots and speaks to the recurring trend of architects designing for the people.
More about project after the break.
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
Concrete 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 Richard Meier is the first realized work of the American architect in the Italian capital, followed by the Ara Pacis Museum (2005).