The second iteration of stillspotting nyc–a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim’s programming into the streets of New York City–features Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and U.S. and Norway–based architecture firm Snøhetta in collaboration on urban soundscapes around Lower Manhattan. To a Great City, the Manhattan edition of stillspotting nyc, will be open to the public for two extended weekends on September 15–18 and 22–25, 2011. The installations explore the relationship between space and sound.
The architects have selected, and sometimes altered, urban spaces embodying the concept of a central tone, extending the perception of sound in the realm of space. Visitors will experience the confluence of music and architecture at five locations that quietly celebrate the city, ten years after September 11th. Around the periphery of Ground Zero, “participants may encounter a green labyrinth created by The Battery Conservancy, reflect in an underground chamber at Governors Island National Monument, and enter otherwise inaccessible spaces in landmark skyscrapers.” Participants can visit spaces multiple times at their leisure to understand how their perception changes based on circumstances such as time, stress, appetite, and sleep.
Exhibition: stillspotting nyc: manhattan (To a Great City by Arvo Pärt and Snøhetta)
Venue: Five locations, starting at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, across from 17 Battery Place, New York, NY
Dates: September 15–18 and 22–25, 2011
Read the press release here: http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/press-room/releases/4219-stillspottingmanhattan
Ten years since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the National September 11 Memorial was dedicated in a private ceremony with the victims’ families. It was officially opened to the public as of today, September 12th. The opening of the 9/11 Memorial is a first step towards the closing of a long chapter of construction at the World Trade Center site.
We recently viewed an informative video about the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion on Architecture Record’s website. In this video Snøhetta‘s principal Craig Dykers explains the pavilion’s various meanings and features. The exterior is slotted to be completed this September 11th and the interior is expected to open September 11th, 2012.
Earlier this week, we shared the news of Steven Holl + BCWH recent commission for the Institute for Contemporary Art in Virginia. It seems Holl will also be busy working on a conceptual design for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as the museum recently announced their short list from ten international architects to three. In addition to Holl, the museum has selected Morphosis and Snohetta to submit design proposals for the expansion project. “This decision marks an important step forward for the future MFAH,” said Richard D. Kinder, chair of the museum’s long-range planning committee. “Even before Rafael Moneo’s Audrey Jones Beck Building opened, in 2000, MFAH director Peter Marzio and the board recognized that it would not be the final step in expanding the MFAH.”
More after the break.
“With the collections now numbering some 63,000 objects—more than half of them works of art created after 1900—the need for a building dedicated to these expanding collections is unquestioned,” continued Kinder.
The three firms will develop concepts for a new building which will be situated on a two-acre and will house post-1990 art. In addition, the projects must address the needs for a parking garage and integration with the surrounding MFAH buildings. It is an exciting competition as the new building will be adjacent to the Isamu Noguchi-designed Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, across from Moneo’s Audrey Jones Beck Building and Mies van der Rohe’s Caroline Wiess Law Building. We’ll keep you updated with the proposals.
As seen on Bustler.
Today Ryerson University announced the design of a new Student Learning Centre for their Toronto campus. Designed by Snøhetta in collaboration with Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto, the 155,463sqf Student Learning Centre will feature a transparent glass skin that will provide varying light qualities within the interior spaces. Sustainable practices have also been incorporated into the design with 50% of the roof intended to act as a green roof and plans for the building to be LEED Silver compliant. Construction on the building is expected to begin late this year, with a targeted completion date of Winter 2014. More about the new Student Learning Centre including renderings following the break.
Competing against shortlisted firms Shigeru Ban, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Smiljan Radic, and Mauricio Rocha, Snøhetta was awarded first prize for their museum design for the University of Guadalajara. Scheduled to begin in 2011, the new Museum of Environmental Science will be part of the cultural district adjacent to the main campus and planned wilderness preserves in Mexico. Snøhetta’s winning design was developed in collaboration with ARUP for structural MEP, sustainability, acoustics and theater planning.
More images of the winning proposal after the break.
Last month we shared with you the six designs from the shortlisted group for the future Victoria & Albert Museum in Scotland:
The six designs are now on exhibition at the library of Abertay University on Bell Street in Dundee until November 4th.
We now have more photographs and a short description of each proposal plus a video after the break.
We just found exciting news from Bustler that the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta recently won the Times Square Reconstruction Project in New York City. Times Square is the epitome of a chaotic New York block, with signs, noise and tons of people and taxis. The area currently has a public space which was deemed traffic free, yet now the city is looking to make the space more permanent and Snohetta will be heading the project.
More about the project after the break.
Snøhetta create a unified vision for Gambia’s higher level educational institutions with the new University of Gambia. The new university will relocate and unite three of Gambia’s existing formal institutions and one university in a single campus for 15,000 students. In addition to designing with the educational experience in mind, Snøhetta also want the project to set new environmental standards.
Part of this plan involves a solar park for generating energy, a waste management centre and locally done water harvesting. Because the masterplan for the university was previously undeveloped, there was no infrastructure, allowing the architects to re-invent the established western conventions. Snøhetta worked to develop a campus based on Gambian traditions in architecture and culture.
Seen at designboom. More images after the break.
The Wolfe Center for the Arts will be the first completed American project for the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. The new structure is located on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The building design was led by Snøhetta architect Craig Dykers and will feature 93,000 square-feet of space.
Project was recently launched with a unique groundbreaking celebration that featured a 60-piece wind symphony and a architectural model created by the school’s ceramic students. The building is designed to unite a diverse range of art studies into a social facility that encourages interaction between the students and faculty. The architects also wanted to make it a space for the whole school, breaking barriers between people’s different interests.
Seen at designboom. More images after the break.
Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta has won the Mies van der Rohe architecture award for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo (previously featured on AD), the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced Wednesday in Barcelona.
The price worth 60,000 euros (78,000 dollars) is awarded every two years by the European Union and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona for works completed over the previous two years.
The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation has just announced the final five projects that will compete for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009. The winning building will be announced in May.
The five finalists are:
Multimodal Centre-Nice Tramway / Nice, France / by Marc Barani – Atelier Marc Barani
University Luigi Bocconi / Milan, Italy / by Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell – Grafton Architects
Library, Senior Citizen’ Centre and City Block Core Zone, Sant Antoni District / Barcelona, Spain / by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta – RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes
Location: Alstahaug, Norway
Project year: 2001-2007
Collaborators: Kjetil Traedal Thorsen, Tarald Lundevall, Astrid Renata Van Veen, Jim Dodson, Bartek Milewski, Maria Svaland, Jenny B. Osuldsen, Lars Jørstad Nordbye, Heidi Pettersvold
Client: Alstahaug kommune
Constructed Area: 1350 sqm
Photographs: Snøhetta, Aake E. Lindman, Inge Ove Tysnes
Location: Bjørvika, Oslo, Norway
Client: Ministry of Church an Cultural Affairs
Construction start: 2004
Contractors: 55 contracts
Geological Engineer: NGI
Structural Engineer: Reinertsen Engineering ANS
Electrical Engineer: Ingeniør Per Rasmussen AS
Theatre Planning: Theatre Project Consultants
Acoustics: Brekke Strand Akustikk, Arup Acoustic
Artists, integrated artwork: Kristian Blystad, Kalle Grude, Jorunn Sannes, Astrid Løvaas og Kirsten Wagle
Photos: Snohetta, Nina Reistad, Statsbygg, Erik Berg & Nicolas Buisson