David Rockwell Designs Pop-Up “Talk” Theater for TED2014

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commenced yesterday at the Vancouver Convention Center within a temporary 1200-seat auditorium designed by David Rockwell. Built from 600 wood components, and assembled in just 4.5 days, the pop-up theater was designed to be easily disassembled and reused by TED for years to come. Viewers are presented with sixteen seating options, from beanbags to lounge seating and traditional theater chairs, to ensure they are provided with the optimal listening, and sharing, experience. More images and a time-lapse video of construction, after the break. 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Telescopic ‘Culture Shed’ for New York

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The expandable multi-use venue dubbed ‘Culture Shed’ is one of the most radical proposals to come out of New York’s Hudson Yards Development Project. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro - the New York-based interdisciplinary practice that played a major role in designing the High Line - in collaboration with the Rockwell Group, this 170,000 square foot cultural center will be located at the south end of the Hudson Yards, with the main entrance located near the conclusion of the High Line at West 30th Street.

More information on the Culture Shed after the break…

Nobu Dubai / Rockwell Group

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In Dubai, Rockwell Group has created an extension of the Nobu brand for the first Middle East location. The design is an evolution of many of the concepts developed for the flagship Nobu 57, such as the emphasis on craftsmanship, natural materials and storytelling. Large-scale computer generated woven panels surround the restaurant walls and ceiling, creating a fluid, curvilinear environment for dining. The textures and materials in this particular location were chosen to reflect the finely crafted cuisine and Nobu’s roots in the Japanese countryside, while also celebrating the Dubai beachfront context. David Rockwell, Founder and CEO of Rockwell Group, explained: “The context, landscape and history of this new restaurant brought about all sorts of new and exciting challenges. We had to think about its location not only in the Middle East, but also in Dubai as the epicenter of an ever-growing and flourishing environment for building, not to mention being more specifically in the larger-than-life Atlantis resort on Palm Jumeirah.”

Architect: Rockwell Group
Location: Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Project Area: 11,500 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Rockwell Group

The Ames Hotel / Rockwell Group

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The new Ames Hotel is Rockwell Group’s first hotel project in . The boutique hotel occupies the historic Ames Building, a historic office building which was built in the late 19th century, and was the tallest building in when it was completed. The hotel sits along the Washington Mall at One Court Street and is located on the edge of the Financial District, the Downtown Crossing shopping district and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Architect: Rockwell Group
Location: One Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Rockwell Group

JetBlue Airways T5 at JFK / Rockwell Group with Gensler

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Rockwell Group worked with JetBlue to re-think the airline’s brand concept and to re-imagine the T5 marketplace – a triangular retail and dining area where all three concourses will meet. JetBlue believed that the marketplace was the one area in its new terminal where it could fully exhibit its “JetBlue-ness.” In response, expanded JetBlue’s brand concept by equating “JetBlue-ness” with “-ness” and created a marketplace interior concept that is bold, celebratory and affirmatively .

Architect: Rockwell Group with Gensler
Location: John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, New York, USA
Planner and Design Manager: Arup
Airside/Landside Civil Engineers: DMJM Harris
Construction Management: Turner Construction
Engineers: Amman & Whitney
Collaborator: Port Authority of New York and New York
Project Area: 55,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Jamie Oliver Food Truck / Rockwell Group

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When Jamie Oliver decided to take his “Food Revolution“ movement on the road he sought help from the Rockwell Group to design his mobile food truck. Designed pro bono by the Rockwell Group, the truck will travel to communities to educate kids, parents and professionals about healthy food and cooking.

Architect: Rockwell Group
Photographs: Courtesy of Rockwell Group

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Interior / Rockwell Group

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Architects: Rockwell Group
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Principals: Edmond Bakos, Tucker Viemeister
Studio Leader: Gregory Stanford
Project Managers: Robert Vertes
Interior Designers: Penelope Fisher-White, Lauren Farquhar and Emily Morley
Staff: Ray Chuang, Harold Gainer Jodel Narcisse, Nancy Thiel and Rahm Erez
Project area: 10,000 sq. ft.
Photographs: James Medcraft

Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas

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is our destination for the Architecture City Guide series this week.  Some of the most famous hotels and casinos grace the streets of , we’ve included those and much more. We want to hear from you, so take a minute to add your favorite can’t miss buildings in in our comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas list and corresponding map after the break!

City Center Las Vegas: 6 LEED Gold certifications

CityCenter Crystals Veer Aria and Harmon

With over 16,797,000 square feet (1,560,500 m2), the recently opened City Center Las Vegas has become one of the largest LEED certified projects in the world. The project included some of the world’s largest firms: Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, , Studio Daniel Libeskind, and Rockwell Group, and Gensler.

City Center

Inside the complex we find several towers, with hotels, casino and residences, from which the Mandarin Oriental, ARIA Resort’s hotel tower, ARIA’s convention center and theater, Vdara Hotel & Spa, Crystals and Veer towers have received LEED Gold certification.

More photos and information about each building after the break.