Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects
Location: Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Project Team: Rand Elliott, Bill Yen, Miho Kolliopoulos, John Creach
General Contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction
Civil Engineering: Johnson & Associates
Structural Engineering: Walker Parking Consultants
MEP: PSA Consulting Engineers
Lighting: Smith Lighting Sales
Project Area: 298,907 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Scott McDonald
With 600 participants from 43 countries, the Sukkah City competition has challenged designers across the globe to try their hand at making a temporary structure fusing a traditional religious festival with contemporary architectural strategies. We’ve shared several different proposals for the competition with you, but don’t forget that your vote at NYMag.com will determine which structure will be displayed until October 2, in Union Square.
This just in from Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The firm has recently completed an installation at Lincoln Center that will serve as the primary entrance for over seventy fashion events taking place this week . The dramatically hovering volume of 50 ft seems to float without support above the Lincoln Center plaza. Constructed to mirror the travertine cladding of the Center, the canopy is a fabric structure that wraps about a structural support system. Yet, the effect of walking under a seemingly travertine volume is completely breath-taking and leaves people marveling at its construction. Only when the viewer sees the fabric gently cascading about the bottom of the installation does its flexibility become apparent.
More images from our friend, architectural photographer Iwan Baan.
The Global Design Competition of Seattle, WA USA calls for entries of integrated function, high efficiency, low carbon restaurant designs toward the goal of creating a shareware reference resource of design solutions and services directory for participating design teams. Our design objective is low carbon restaurants, by any means possible, including but not limited to reduction in the need for electricity, food menu and ingredient choices, localized power generation and waste energy capture and reuse.
For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.
Trained as a landscape architect, W. Garett Carlson has designed a 1700 sf residence entitled the Joshua Tree Boulder House. Situated on 2.5 acres in Joshua Tree, California, the residence is intended to seem as though it is emerging from the ground. This conceptual idea stems from the site’s proximity to the Joshua Tree National Park which contains some of the most fascinating boulder shapes in the world, according to Carlson.
More images and more about the residence after the break.
New York’s Sukkah City competition was a great success, as both the winning entries and the other proposals developed creative and thoughtful spaces. Check out Studiometrico’s proposal for the competition which is more of a do-it-yourself sukkah. People can build their own space using a triangular module that folds over itself to provide a sheltered condition. Interested in the actual construction of the sukkah, the studio built a 1:1 scale prototype to test its feasibility and decided to present the idea to the Citizens of New York by telling the story of how it was built once upon a time, in a hypothetical place, by three imaginary boys.
More images and information about the sukkah, including a short video after the break.
Joseph N. Biondo has paired with internationally recognized abstract painter Ed Kerns to design a conceptual, unbuilt project that will house Kerns’ Bones Like Iron-Blood Like Mercury. This unique collaboration has resulted in an exploratory exercise of modest materials to create a renewed reality within the material condition of a building. “The materials we use are commonplace however, the care for their methods of assembly and absolute passion for scrupulous detailing are not… To make an extraordinary material special is trite, but to heighten one’s awareness of a humble material can be poetic,” explained Biondo.
More images and more about the project after the break.
Material Parametrics is a two-day intensive design and prototyping workshop (with an optional third day) to be held in New York City during the weekend of September 25. Over the course of two(+) days participants will examine the cultural as well as technological domains of associative practices within architecture and its related fields. Participants will iteratively develop parametric assemblies with an emphasis placed on material prototyping as a vehicle for design innovation.
The format of the workshop includes daily instructional, design, and fabrication sessions and will be conducted in a fast-paced and hands-on studio environment. Participants will have direct access to digital fabrication equipment, including an industrial CNC 3-axis Mill and CNC High-Force Cutter. An optional third workshop day is offered to those participants desiring further time to develop and prototype individual projects.
For more information, visit the workshop’s official website.
Amidst finishing the second installation of the High Line with James Corner Field Operations, and beginning to design the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, DS + R has carved out a little pocket of time to add the finishing touches to their redesign of Lincoln Center. According to the Times, the team has turned their attention to the smaller details of project, specifically the Center’s electronic infoscape. It takes a lot to stop a New Yorker, yet Reynold Levy, Lincoln Center’s president, told the Times, “We think this will cause them to stop in their tracks and really take a look. We are endeavoring to create a feeling, engender a mood, provide a sense of the drama and the beauty of what goes on in our halls. We want to attract passers-by, but we also want to surprise Upper West Siders.”
More about the new infoscape after the break.
Architects: Cunningham Architects
Location: Cedar Hill, TX, USA
Project Team: Gary Cunningham, Paul Field
Structural Engineering: GroupStructural Engineers, Inc.
Landscape Architects: David Hocker
MEP: Mark Portnoy
Lighting Design: Pamela Hull Wilson
Project Area: 6,700 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: James F. Wilson & Mark McWilliams
Recently, we shared Visiondivision’s Cancer City project – if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out as the firm’s fresh outlook results in a new kind of landscape for the animals. Moving from designing a new metropolis for crayfish, the architects have switched gears for their latest project to create a sukkah for an annual Jewish harvest festival. The proposal is part of the New York competition for Sukkah City (be sure to view the finalists here), which asked participants to re-imagine the temporary pavilion by developing new methods of material practice and parametric design. For Visiondivison’s proposal, the organic pavilion changes the conditions for social interaction and behavior within a simplistic structure of compression.
More images and more about the proposal after the break.
Imagine napping in a big hammock on the Greenway during your lunch hour. Designed and led by Hansy Better Barraza AIA, a team has woven The Big Hammock, the world’s largest portable relaxation/napping/hangout device, at the Fort Point Channel Parks. Take a turn in the hammock and enjoy activities from noon to 8:00 pm daily through September 4.
To find out more about The Big Hammock, click here. See more images after the break.
This documentary film explores the fascinating life and complex legacy of architect and city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham, famous for designing the Flatiron Building in New York, Union Station in Washington D.C., and the 1909 master plan for Chicago, among others.
The film will premiere nationally on PBS on Labor Day, September 6. Seen at Architectural Record.
Peaking above some contemporary New York favorites – such as Gehry’s IAC Building and Field Operations + DS+R’s High Line – Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Avenue adds yet another touch of character to Manhattan’s West Side. ArchRecord‘s great pieces on curtains walls gave us a better look at Nouvel’s textured glass curtain wall.
More about the curtain wall after the break.