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Bow House / Edwards Moore

© Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden

VCU Breaks Ground on Steven Holl's Institute of Contemporary Art

Virginia Commonwealth University has officially broken ground this week on the Markel Center, the building that will house VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Institute is sited at a busy intersection at the edge of the Richmond campus, and will serve as a gateway between city and university. Inspired by the metaphysical idea of multiple timelines occurring simultaneously, the building will have four galleries which can host individual exhibitions at the same time, or link up to host a single, unified show.

Kew Tree Top Walkway & Rhizotron / Marks Barfield Architects

Kew Garden's Tree Top Walkway opened on 24th May 2008, Kew’s Year of the Tree, to over 9,000 visitors. The Walkway is a thrilling experience, taking visitors 18m high into the tree canopies for a birds-eye view of Kew, providing insights into the special role of trees in our breathing planet and the intimate views of a deciduous woodland and its inhabitants from within the tranquillity of the leaves. Inspiration for the walkway was drawn from the ancient Fibonacci sequence found repeatedly in nature.

The Maze Apartments / CHT Architects

  • Architects: CHT Architects
  • Location: Richmond VIC, Australia
  • Design Director: Ivan Turcinov
  • Project Director: David Carabott
  • Project Architect: Chivonne Hollis
  • Project Leader: Nathan Byron
  • Architect: Johan Hermijanto, Ilana Freadman
  • Interior Designer: Chantelle Balliro, Adele Bates
  • Documenter: Darius Tanujoyo
  • Developer: Carta Group
  • Building Surveyor: Reddo Building Surveyors
  • Structural Engineer: The O’Neill Group
  • Services Engineer: The O’Neill Group
  • Fire Engineer: RawFire
  • Acoustic Engineer: Acoustic Logic
  • Construction Manager: Adam Wulff
  • Builder/Contractor: Momentum Pty Ltd
  • Area: 4356.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Christine Francis

© Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis © Christine Francis

Richmond Firehall No.2 / HCMA

  • Architects: HCMA
  • Location: Richmond, BC, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: HCMA
  • Area: 840.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of HCMA

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North Fitzroy House /

  • Architects: AM Architecture
  • Location: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
  • Architect In Charge: Andrew Mellios
  • Graduate Architect: Antry Lau
  • Area: 205.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Dianna Snape

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Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Update: Covington Farmers Market / design/buildLAB

For those of you that enjoyed our post on the Covington Farmers Market you might enjoy visiting an exhibition that features Jeff Goldberg’s images and the students’ bass wood models of the project at The Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. The exhibition, ”Design 2011: A Retrospective of Winning Work”, will be held from October 20, 2011 – January 8, 2012.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW

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Steven Holl Architects to Design an Art Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University

Nanjing Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan
Nanjing Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Steven Holl Architects were approved last week by the board of visitors’ finance committee to design a $19.3 million gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. An existing surface parking lot on the east side of VCU’s campus will be transformed into the 32,000 sqf arts institute.  This will provide an opportunity to create a distinctive entrance into the campus from Broad and Belvidere streets.  The program for the  new gallery includes space for traveling exhibits and student exhibits, archival study area, offices, and an auditorium.

Architecture City Guide: Richmond

© Patrick Hummel
© Patrick Hummel

This week our Architecture City Guide heads to Richmond, Virginia. Admittedly, it was Richmond’s pair of Cinderellas in this year’s NCAA Tournament that first caught our attention. However, with our interest peaked, we spent the last week exploring its architecture and found much to be admired. Richmond is by far the smallest city we have featured; with only 200,000 residents, the next closest on our list is twice its size. Architecturally, this Cinderella city can compete in her own way with the architectural powerhouses we have previously featured. Richmond’s architectural appeal comes from the city’s ability to keep its rich historic fabric intact while experimenting with new modes of design. While the city strongly embraces the gritty manufacturing buildings of its past, Richmond has resisted the imitation trap and has promoted modern interpretations of the older forms and materials. The majority of the buildings we chose to feature are emblematic of Richmond architecture, rehab/addition projects. We couldn’t possibly fit all our favorites in our list of twelve, so please take a look and add ones that visitors should not miss in the comment section below. The Architecture City Guide: Richmond list and corresponding map after the break!

PizzaExpress / Ab Rogers Design

  • Architects: Ab Rogers Design
  • Location: Red Lion Street, Richmond, Greater London TW9 1RW, UK
  • Architect: Ab Rogers Design, in collaboration with DA. Studio
  • Mural Artist: Enzo Apicella
  • Lighting Consultant: Liminaires
  • Project Management: The Richard Greenwood Partnership
  • Branding And Graphic Design: Graphic Thought Facility
  • Acoustic Consultant: Sergio Luzzi, Vie En.Ro.Se
  • Av And Interactive Consultant: Dominic Robson
  • Principle Contractor: Atlas
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Ab Rogers Design

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Ford Assembly Building / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

  • Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
  • Location: Richmond, California, USA
  • Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
  • Project Team: Marcy Wong (partner), Donn Logan (partner), Kent Royle (project manager)
  • Interiors: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
  • Preservation Architect: Preservation Architecture
  • Lighting: Architecture + Light
  • General Contractor: Dalzell Corporation
  • Plumbing: Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.
  • Acoustics: Charles M. Salter Associates
  • Area: 525000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Billy Hustace Photography, Anna Finke, Alex Vertikoff Photography, Charles C. Benton

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