Video: Richard Meier on Creating Public Spaces

Richard Meier recently discussed his perspective on creating . He expands on his experiences of designing numerous buildings across the globe and their importance in relation to . He discourses how the Getty Center in LA fosters a special environment for all activities, whether it be viewing the entire city or participating in cultural activities – the surroundings of the building are just as important as the structure itself. He also comments on the significance of the square that is encompassed on one side by his Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and its destination as a mecca for teenage skateboarders and the seniors that come to watch the youths. Interestingly enough, his talk emphasizes the places that surround the architecture, the idea that the intent is not about making a building or monument, it is about creating a place and making a statement. This in turn makes for a much more exciting architectural experience – because it is the spaces that objects make that we inhabit.

Be sure to check out our recent interview with here.

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AD Classics: Rachofsky House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The most satisfying part of the Rachofsky House is that it is not a museum. There is no real reason why it shouldn’t be, considering the multitude of visitors and school fieldtrips that frequent the 11,000 square-foot, three-story building week in and week out. But the House remains a 100% private residence, still owned by Mr. Rachofsky and operated by a small staff. This all lends to a very unique and personal experience for the visitor, because not only does the intimacy of a house enrich one’s interaction with the art, but the lessened formal pressure allows for greater exploration of space and more appreciation to the architectural detail.


Trees of the Architects

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In Progress: Shenzhen Clubhouse / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Construction of Richard Meier’s Shenzhen Clubhouse is nearing completion. Unique geometry fully clad in white metal panels play with overlays of solid and void, unmistakably consistent with the Richard Meier signature style. Being located on an island in the center of OCT Bay, the facility is surrounded by large bodies of water and lush gardens. The Shenzhen Clubhouse is scheduled to be completed early next year.

Continue reading for the architects project description, photographs, renderings and drawings.

Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Location: Shenzhen, China
Project Area: 11,000 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Villa Gardone / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Yesterday Richard Meier & Partners announced the design of a new Italian residence, Villa Gardone. The home is part of a complex in Gardone Riviera that is to be designed by a number of illustrious architecture firms from Europe and the U.S and completed by 2014.

Continue reading from more information on the Villa Gardone.


Video: Richard Meier Retrospective

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On October 20, The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) and Richard Meier & Partners Architects launched Latin America’s first retrospective exhibition celebrating the forty-eight years of ’s career. The show reveals an in-depth overview of many significant projects, showcasing a large collection of models, original sketches, photographs, renderings and an exclusive gallery dedicated to Meier’s product design.

Richard Meier Retrospective

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The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) will host ‘Richard Meier Retrospective’ his first exhibition in Latin America beginning October 20th. The works on display will make it possible to view Meier’s design philosophy as a whole and in depth for the first time, with examples of nearly every type of work.

The retrospective includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings, photographs, and product design. Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the show include the Smith House, The Getty Center, The Neugebauer Residence and the Jubilee Church. Other projects on view in the retrospective are well-known architectural projects such as the Perry Street Towers, the High Museum of Art, the Ara Pacis Museum, and the recently completed Arp Museum in Germany.

Richard Meier 2011 President’s Award Recipient

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The AIA New York Chapter has chosen has the 2011 President Award recipient, past award winners include Philip Johnson, , and Henry Cobb.  Recognizing Meier’s contribution and influence to the city of New York, he will be honored at the upcoming Heritage Ball on October 27th, which is part New York City’s Archtober, the month long celebration of architecture and design.

Video: Richard Meier

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Documenting ’s career this video starts at the beginning with Meier’s acceptance to along with his earliest projects. Included within the documentary is a description by Meier and fellow alumni Peter Eisenman about The New York Five, video footage of Meier’s Getty Center along with a lecture by Meier in ’92 describing his architecture.

This video was created in 2006 in honor of Meier’s 50th reunion (Cornell class of 1956)

Win a Richard Meier Designed Ana Watch

Italian architect Ernesto Rogers once famously stated that he wanted to design everything from “a spoon to a city”.  Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier has done nearly that with his newly designed wristwatch, which becomes part of the prolific collection of objects designed by the architect.  In collaboration with the Markuse Corporation the Meier designed Ana Watch adheres to a modernist vocabulary, focusing on proportion, human scale and the manipulation of a strong geometry. “Working on various designs of objects used in daily life, such as watches, I am conscious of participating in a tradition of architects that worked in a variety of scales such as Joseph Hoffmann and Frank Lloyd Wright. In my case, the theoretical point of departure is consistently related to function and beauty,” said .

We want to know your opinion about architects and product design. For you, what is the importance of the architect’s ideals provided in a compact form? Leave us your answer in the comments below, and among all the registered users who comment, thanks to Markuse and , one of our readers can win this exclusive watch.

You can become a registered user right here, and make sure to share with us your comment by Sunday, September 18th.  More information about the Richard Meier designed Ana Watch along with official rules can be found after the break.

Restoring a Classic: Richard Meier’s Douglas House

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Referred to as one of Meier’s best works, the Douglas House hovers over the shores of Lake placed upon a steep slope over the water almost as if it is floating amongst the trees.   The Douglas House was designed for clients Jim and Jean Douglas and was completed in 1973 after a three year construction period (1971-1973).   Meier furnished the home with furniture designed by Le Corbusier, , and himself, and it needed no ornamentation other than the nature it was designed around.

As is typical of Meier buildings, the house is completely white made with reinforced concrete and glass except for two steel pipes that extend from the chimney up to the roof, framing views at the entry level. Taking the natural surroundings into consideration during the construction, the house was positioned to remove as few trees as possible.

Featured in Dwell’s latest edition (out this week!), the full article can be found following the break.

Architecture City Guide: Rome

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . As the city that gave us the arch, the dome, and the vault, its influence on architecture is undeniable. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.

The Architecture City Guide: Rome list and corresponding map after the break.

U.S. Invests in Brazil’s Infrastructure Upgrades

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Although has been growing quickly as a nation, its economic growth has been stinted by the country’s lack of investment in infrastructure. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expected to spend over one trillion dollars from the Brazilian government and as much as $34 billion from private investors. The money will go toward numerous construction projects designed to increase and improve upon Brazil’s roads, railways, stadiums, hotels and airports. More information after the break.

Richard Meier’s new book: “Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona” giveaway winners!

Last week we told you about our 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.

Win three signed copies of Richard Meier’s new book: “Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona”

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 after the break.

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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.

AD Interviews: Richard Meier

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 , a meeting of 2 Pritzkers.

Projects by Richard Meier & Partners previously featured at ArchDaily:

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,
Project Year: 1995-2006
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