New Look for the Winter Garden

The New Winter Garden Design. Courtesy Brookfield

Talk about a great public space, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center seems to have it all.   A sudden and much welcomed break from the chaotic streets and hectic bustle of city life, Caesar Pelli’s amazing garden slows down the pace of a passerby’s day for just a second as one may steal a glance of the river, read under palm trees or relax on the grand marble stairs.  This space is so meaningful that it was one of the first things rebuilt after the attack on the World Trade Center back in 2001.  Yet, according to the New York Observer, Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, has proposed a redesign of the winter garden, including the removal of the beloved steps.

More about the proposal after the break.

Woodbridge12 Condominiums / SPF:a

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Architects: Studio Pali Fekete
Location: California, USA
Designer: Zoltan Pali
Project year: 2010
Photographs: John Edward Linden

T Space / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: Dutchess County, NY,
Design Architect: Steven Holl
Project Advisor: Chris McVoy
Project Architect: Garrick Ambrose
Project Team: Jackie Luk, Lautaro Pereyra, Jeanne Wellinger
Structural Engineering: Silman Associates, PC.
Fabricator: JLP Home Improvement
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Susan Wides

Atlantic City Holocaust Memorial Design Competition proposal / Julian King Architect

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-based Julian King Architect shared with us their proposal for the Atlantic City Holocaust Memorial Design Competition, selected as one of the six finalists. The competition will announce the winning project in November. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Hundred Foot House / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

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Architects: Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Location: Orinda, ,
Project Team: Luke Ogrydziak, Zoë Prillinger, Diana Martinez
Structural Engineering: Julia Chen
General Contractor: Jon Gasparini
Project Area: 2,400 sq ft
Project Year: 2004-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of OPA

PARK + NetLab Named Winners in Competition to Re-Imagine Long Island’s Downtowns

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“Build a Better Burb”, a design and planning competition sponsored by the Long Island Index with the Rauch Foundation, has named the team of PARK and NetLab as one of five winners. Will Prince of the architecture and planning studio PARK and Kazys Varnelis, the founder of NetLab, collaborated on the winning proposal “Long Division,” a regional strategy that promotes both responsible growth and planned contraction.

More images, a video on the project,  and complete press release after the break.

Salt Point House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer
Managing Partner: Thomas Phifer AIA
Project Partner: Greg Reaves AIA LEED AP
Project Team: Joseph Sevene, Christoph Timm, Jonathan Benner, Katie Bennett, Kerim Kemirkan, Ina Ko, Matthew Jull
Location: Salt Point, ,
Client: Cristina Grajales and Isabelle Kirshner
Project Area: 204 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Scott Frances and Karin Kohlberg Photography

Stone Creek Camp / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: Bigfork, Montana,
Project Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Christopher Sanders, Becky Joye
Contractor: Bigfork Builders, Martel Construction
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray

CaesarStone Showroom / Dan Brunn


Architect: Dan Brunn
Location: , CA, USA
Client: Arik Tendler, CaesarStone USA
Contractor: Sigura Construction
Project Area: 4,000 sq ft
Budget: $500,000
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Dan Brunn

Sigal Museum / Spillman Farmer Architects

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Architects: Spillman Farmer Architects
Location: Easton, PA,
Project Team: James Whildin, Joseph N. Biondo, Randy Galiotto, Michael Metzger, Wayne Stitt, Joanne Titcomb, Brian Brandis, David Wrigley, Sierra Krause, Deirdre Kwiatek
Project Area: 31,626 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Steve Wolfe

Sukkah City Design Competition proposal / UGO architecture and design

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After the H3Ar split earlier this year, Hugon Kowalski founded UGO architecture and design, and he shared with us his proposal for the Sukkah City Design Competition in . More images and architect’s description after the break.

North Carolina Museum of Art / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Partner in Charge: Thomas Phifer AIA
Project Partner: Greg Reaves AIA LEED AP
Project Architect: Gabriel Smith AIA LEED AP
Project Team: Adam Ruffin, Katie Bennett, Jonathan Benner, Eric Richey, Daniel Taft, Kerim Demirkan, Len Lopate, ChristophTimm, Joseph Sevene
Local Architects: Pierce Brinkley Cease + Lee, Raleigh, NC
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, IL
Mechanical Engineer: AltieriSeborWieber LLC, Norwalk, CT
Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener, PA, Durham, N.C.
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz , , NY
General Contractor: Barnhill, Raleigh NC
Project Area: 136,000 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Scott Frances

Tribeca Loft / Fearon Hay Architects

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Architect: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Manhattan, ,
Interior Collaborator: Penny Hay
Project Area: 550 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Richard Powers

Video: PARK(ing) Day 2010 in San Francisco

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PARK(ing) Day is a world-wide attempt to draw attention to how much space is taken for parking in our cities. STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group have developed some site furniture that pixilates views of the city through plotter paper tubes and binder clips.

The site was at the intersection of 1st and Howard in San Francisco, .

Greenwich House / Julian King Architect

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Architect: Julian King Architect
Location: Greenwich, ,
Project Team: Julian King, Christina Lyons, Sean Barry, Julie Boynton, Marc Levin
Structural Engineer: Alnour Consulting Engineering PC
Mechanical Engineer: AltieriSeborWiebor LLC, (Adam Trojanowski project engineer)
Lighting Consultant: Melanie Freundlich Lighting Design
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Julian King Architect

AD Interviews: Bradley Khouri / b9 Architects

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Sustainability has become one of the main issues when designing for any architecture practice around the world, and not only thinking in technological aspects but also in the quality of the community environment. Awarded with the Young Architect Award by AIA Seattle, b9 Architects creates innovative, sustainable, modern architectural solutions utilizing open, connective spaces and maximizing access to natural light. Working through a comprehensive design process, they translate initial concepts into form through text, drawing and modeling, utilizing rhythm and pattern in order to create moments of contrast and difference. Through thoughtful site planning, energy considerations, daylighting and material choices, are committed to working towards achieving carbon neutrality in our built environment.

With this introduction, we would like to present an interview we made to , AIA, the Principal and founder of b9 Architects inc. Their work focuses on creating positive change in the urban environment through innovative place-specific modern architecture. Supporting sustainable, transit oriented, walkable communities, b9’s completed works include urban single- and multi-family housing projects, live-work dwellings and commercial interiors.

Sugar Hill Housing / David Adjaye

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David Adjaye’s new affordable housing building for Sugar Hill, is expected to strengthen the community with its mixed program on the base level and impvero the poverty-stricken neighborhood by providing quality housing for 124 families. In addition to apartments that will house some of the city’s poorest residents, a new educational, cultural and arts space will also be incorporated into the scheme. Resting at the bottom of Adjaye’s stacked and shifted volumes, the 18,000 sqf Faith Ringgold Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling will hold a permanent exhibition of Ringgold’s quilt art in addition to temporary exhibitions. As reported, “Ringgold, who grew up in the area, has developed the museum in order to provide local children with early education through art. The museum will, in particular, attempt to foster pride in Harlem’s own artistic legacy.” The building’s construction is projected for later this year.   We’re hoping this building has the potential to uplift a burdened community; what do you think?

Denver Art Museum / Daniel Libeskind

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Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: Denver, Colorado,
Joint Venture Partner: Davis Partnership
Contractor: M.A Mortensen Co. (Colorado)
Structural Engineer: Arup (Los Angeles)
Structural Connection Design: Structural Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Mechanical Air: Arup-Los Angeles
Mechanical/Electrical: MKK Engineers and Arup (Los Angeles)
Structural Engineers: ARUP (Los Angeles)
Structural Connection Design: Structural Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Interior Designers: Studio with Davis Partnership
Landscape Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership
Lighting Consultant: George Sexton and Associates
Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Acoustical Consultant: ARUP (Los Angeles)
Exterior Façade Consultant: Gordon H Smith, ARUP, BCE;
Project Area: 146,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Bitter Bredt, DAM, SDL, Michele Nastasi