Weddle Gilmore, West 8 and Colwell Shelor Selected to Redesign Arizona’s Mesa City Center

Context. Image © , West 8 and Weddle Gilmore

Weddle Gilmore black rock studio, West 8 and Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture have been selected to transform 19 acres surrounding Arizona’s Mesa City Hall into a unique civic space that will “capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa’s downtown core.” Unanimously selected by the City of Mesa, over finalists Woods Bagot + Surface Design and Otak + Mayer Reed, the winning scheme plans to activate the public space with a series of flexible plazas and garden spaces centered around a distinct cooper shade structure.

More about the design and competition, after the break.

Harvard Art Museums Renovation and Expansion / Renzo Piano + Payette

© Nic Lehoux

Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Payette
Location: Harvard University, 32 Quincy Street, , MA 02138, USA
Design Team: M.Carroll and E.Trezzani (partners in charge) with J.Lee, E.Baglietto (partner), S.Ishida (partner), R.Aeck, F.Becchi, B.Cook, M.Orlandi, J.Pejkovic, A.Stern and J.Cook, M.Fleming, J.M.Palacio, S. Joubert; M. Ottonello (CAD operator); F.Cappellini, F.Terranova, I.Corsaro (models)
Area: 204000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Michel Denancé, Aerial by Lesvants.com

Mariposa Land Port of Entry / Jones Studio

© Bill Timmerman

Architects: Jones Studio
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Phoenix—Neal Jones, AIA (principal in charge), Eddie Jones, AIA (principal designer), Brian Farling (lead designer), Jacob Benyi (project director), Melissa Farling, FAIA, Maria Salenger, AIA, Joanna Noonan, Rob Viergutz, Bill Osborne, AIA, J. Barry Moffitt, AIA, Tom Conner, Kevin Jones, Brian Lee, Ashley Kenneally, Brett Marinoff, Nick Nevels, David Takeuchi, Amit Upadhye, Eric Weber
Area: 115772.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Hardesty Arts Center / Selser Schaefer Architects

© Ralph Cole Photography

Architects: Selser Schaefer Architects
Location: , OK, USA
Area: 43000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ralph Cole Photography

Eduardo Souto de Moura Tapped for Mixed-Use Condo Project in DC

, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © Francisco Nogueira

Eastbanc has tapped Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura to transform a former “Four Seasons gas station” site into a mixed-use condo. According to a report on the Georgetowner, the developer has asked residents to have “an open mind” for the design, which, as Urban Turf points out, is likely to stand out in the historic D.C. district. Little details have been released. “We are considering all options, from condo to rental to hotel,” Eastbanc President Anthony Lanier stated. “It’s early in the design phase.”

State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect

© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

Architects: Ben Hansen Architect
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Design Team: Eric Simon, Ben Hansen and Christine Hansen
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

BIG Reveals 20-Year Restoration Plan for Washington DC’s Smithsonian Campus

© BIG

Nearly a year-and-a-half since the announcement of their selection, BIG has unveiled plans for a massive, 20-year-long overhaul for the Smithsonian’s southern campus in the center of . With an overarching goal to unite the site by dissolving the notable impediments and discontinuous pathways that plague the area, BIG plans to also expand visitor, education and gallery spaces, while updating aging and inefficient building systems. 

“Where today each museum is almost like a separate entity, in the future, it’s going to be a much more open, intuitive and inviting campus to meander around,” Bjarke Ingels explained.

Oak Pass Guest / Walker Workshop

© Nicholas Alan Cope

Architects: Walker Workshop
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2650.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nicholas Alan Cope

Lakeview Residence / Alterstudio Architecture

© Casey Dunn

Architects: Alterstudio Architecture
Location: , TX, USA
Design Team: Kevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino, Tim Whitehill, Matt Slusarek, Jessica Connolly, Joanna Hartman
Collaborators: Mark Word Design
Area: 5900.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Whit Preston, Patrick Wong

Nadau Lavergne Architects Present Proposal to Revitalize Detroit’s Decaying Packard Plant

Courtesy of Nadau Lavergne Architects

Nadau Lavergne Architects, the winning team of the Reanimate the Ruins international ideas contest, have shared with us their proposal to revive Detroit‘s historic Packard Automotive Plant, the former factory which has become an icon of the city’s post-industrial decline. By developing a proposal which frees the land from unwanted structures and knits the colossal 1 kilometer-long building back into the urban landscape, Nadau Lavergne Architects have created a design which returns both a sense of community and some economic hope back to the building.

Read more about the proposal after the break

AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates

© Darren Bradley

The alien form of the Geisel Library at the University of California, seems befitting of a backdrop from a science fiction movie. The building occupies a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism that its architect, William Pereira, intrepidly pursued throughout his career. With its strong concrete piers and hovering glassy enclosures, the library beautifully occupies an ambiguous state between massiveness and levitation, as if the upper stories have only just been set into their base and can be lifted back out at any moment. The tension between these two conditions gives the library an otherworldly appearance and provides a startling statement about the generative and imaginative power of the architect.

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Morphosis Architects
Location: Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, Cornell University, Campus Road, , NY 14853, USA
Area: 9425.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe, doublespace photography

Hicks Orthodontics / BarberMcMurry architects

© Denise Retallack

Architects: BarberMcMurry architects
Location: , TN, USA
Area: 6800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Denise Retallack

Dineen Hall at Syracuse University College Of Law / Gluckman Mayner Architects

© Ty Cole

Architects: Gluckman Mayner Architects
Location: University, 1045 James Street, , NY 13203, USA
Area: 200000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ty Cole

Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

© Benny Chan / Fotoworks

Architects: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: John Friedman
Area: 1430.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benny Chan / Fotoworks

Studio Gang Reimagines Beloit Powerhouse as Campus Hub

©

Wisconsin’s College has commissioned Studio Gang Architects to reimagine a decommissioned coal-burning power plant as a “lively” student recreation and meeting center. As it currently stands, the “Powerhouse” is a barrier between the College campus and the Rock River. Upon completion in 2018, Studio Gang hopes the structure’s revitalization will reconnect the campus with the waterfront, further catalyzing the redevelopment of Beloit’s riverfront.

More about the “Powerhouse,” after the break.

Seagrape House / Traction Architecture

© Moris Moreno

Architects: Traction Architecture
Location: , FL, USA
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Moris Moreno

Images of SOM’s Completed One World Trade Center in New York

© James Ewing OTTO

The first tenant has moved into the One World Trade Center, making Monday, November 3, the official opening of the (arguably) tallest building in the Western hemisphere 13 years after the tragedy of 9/11. The “extraordinary moment was passed in the most ordinary of ways,” described the New York Times, as employees of Conde Nast entered into the white marble lobby (taken from the same quarry that produced marble for the original twin towers) and headed straight to the elevators to start their work day.

To celebrate its completion, renowned architectural photographers Iwan Baan and James Ewing took it to the sky to capture the One in all its glory. The images, after the break.