In Progress: Beekman Tower / Frank Gehry

© David Assael - Arch Daily

Our director, David Assael, took some shots of Gehry’s latest creation – a wavy residential tower clad in undulating metal panels.  While still in the construction phase, it is easy to get the overall idea of the structure.  In person, the tower demands attention as its presence, due both to scale and materiality, is unmatched within its context.  Throughout the day, the light plays upon the curves making the hard metallic color almost glisten.   Some of Assael’s photos capture the tower in the early evening – the perfect time of day to see the reds and oranges of the setting sun against the building.  What do you think of Gehry’s skyscraper?

More of Assael’s photos after the break.

Moose Hill House / Utile

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Architects: Utile, Inc
Location: South of Boston, , USA
Structural Engineer: Amy Dean, PE
Total Area: 344 sqm
Conditioned Area: 260 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Robert Knight

Playcloud / NAMELESS

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NAMELESS, a -based practice shared with us their project ‘Playcloud’, for which they won the 2010 BSA Unbuilt Architecture Awards for Art Pavilion. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Preston Thomas Memorial Symposium 2010

This year’s Preston Thomas Memorial Symposium (August 27-28) will re-examine concepts central to the teaching of architectural design. The symposium draws on the experiences and insights of a core group of challenging educators and will address a matrix of critical issues: teaching arrangements and ideologies of foundational programs in architecture, techniques and theory as determining factors in the design processes, and the effect of architectural discourses on larger social constructs.

A significant part of the conference will be dedicated to discussions among speakers, faculty, and students, and is intended to amplify and interrogate the presentations. The conference is coordinated and led by Dagmar Richer, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Christian Otto, Professor of Architectural History. For details and participant abstracts, click here.

Material Intelligence Intensive Design + Prototyping Workshop

Material Intelligence is a one-week intensive design and prototyping workshop to be held in City during the week of August 16-20.

Over the course of five days participants will examine the cultural as well as technological domains of associative practices within architecture and its related fields. Participants will develop projects through iterative workflows with an emphasis placed on material prototyping as a vehicle for design innovation. The workshop will be conducted in a fast-paced and hands-on studio environment where participants will have access to digital fabrication equipment including an industrial CNC 3-axis Mill and CNC High-Force Cutter.

The format of the workshop includes daily instructional, design, and fabrication sessions in addition to lunch time and evening lectures by leading practitioners in the field. The primary CAD platform will be Grasshopper for Rhino3D, supported by a suite of associated programs including RhinoCam, RhinoNest, and Brazil Render. The workshop will culminate in a public exhibition and opening reception on the evening of Saturday, August 21.

For more information, click here.

The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

© Bill Timmerman

Architects: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Location: Tucson, , USA
Principals-in-charge: Luis Ibarra, Teresa Rosano
Structural Engineer: Caruso Turley Scott
Developer: Dreamspace, LLC.
Contractor: Repp Design + Construction, Inc.
Cost of Construction: approx. $130/sf
Phase 1-2: 2,297 sf (each of four houses)
Phase 3: 2360 sf + 438 sf studio (each of two houses)
Project completion: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

House on Fire Island / Studio 27 Architecture

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Architects: Studio 27 Architecture
Location: Fire Island Pines, NY,
Principal in Charge: Todd Ray, AIA
Project Architect: Bethan Llewellyn
Contractor: Bill Santangelo
Project Area: 1,550 sq ft
Project Year: 2005-2007
Photographs: Judy Davis

Peoples Bank of the South / Sanders Pace Architecture

© Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

Architects: Sanders Pace Architecture
Location: Jacksboro, Tennesse,
Project Team: Brandon F. Pace, John L. Sanders, Michael K. Aktalay, Michael A. Davis
Client: David Reynolds, President, Peoples bank of the South
Project Area: 4,400 sq ft
Budget: $780,000.00
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Sanders Pace & Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

Schönberg Residence / Dialect Design

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Architects: Dialect Design
Location: Charlotte, NC,
Construction & Design: Tobias “Toby” Witte & Jahan Nourbakhsh /
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Armando Bellmas

Branson School Student Commons / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

© David Wakely Photography

Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Location: Ross, CA,
Project Team: Mary Griffin, FAIA, Eric Haesloop, FAIA, John Kleman, Georgianna Salz, Evan Makiewicz, Tory Wolcott, Juliet Hsu
Landscape Architect: Christian Lemon, Sasaki
Engineer: Mike Forbes, Fratessa Forbes Wong
Contractor: Herrero Construction
Energy/LEED: Loisos and Ubbelohde
Project Area: 7,550 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: David Wakely, David Wakely Photography

Benning Library / Davis Brody Bond

© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

Architects: Davis Brody Bond Aedas
Location: ,
Co-Lead Designers: Peter Cook, AIA & J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA
Project Team: Christiane DeJong, AIA, LEED AP, Jeffrey Harrigan, Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, Andrew McGee, Cody McNeal, LEED AP, Charlie Salinas
Contractor: Forrester Construction Company
Structural/Civil Engineer: Delon Hampton
Geotechnical Engineer: Professional Consulting Corporation
Mechanical Engineer: JVP Engineers
Lighting Consultant: MCLA
Landscape Architect: Lee and Associates
A/V, Security, IT: Polysonics
Elevator Consultant: Williams-Huntt & Associates
Furniture Management: Fahrenheit, LLC
Cost Estimator: S.C. Meyers & Associates, Inc.
Community Outreach: Circle Point
Owner’s Representative: A-1 Construction
Project Area: 22,000 sq ft
Project Cost: $10,000,000
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Paúl Rivera – archphoto

In Progress: Salvador Dalí Museum / HOK + Beck Group

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HOK, along with Beck Group, has designed a new museum to house the works of Salvador Dalí in , Florida. The architecture, greatly inspired by the great surrealist, “combines elements of the classical and the fantastical,” according to the director of the museum. The design speaks to the essence of Dalí while incorporating functional elements to combat Florida’s tough weather.

More images and more about the museum after the break.

Arritt Farmhouse / OnSite

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Architects: OnSite
Location: Virginia,
Project Managers: Marie and Keith Zawistowski
Project Team: Sean King, Patrick Hummel, Erin Carraher
Structural Engineering: Pierre LaFlamme
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of OnSite Architecture

Stadium 302 / Workshop Architecture|Design

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Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design
Location: Tacoma, WA,
Principal in Charge: Steve Bull, AIA, LEED
Project Team: James Steel, Dan Rusler
Interior Design: LairDesign
Lighting Design: Precision LD, Seattle
Structural Engineering: Quantum Consulting Engineers
General Contrator: Norpoint
Project Area: 10,900 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Workshop Architecture|Design

2010 Los Angeles Architecture Awards

Grand Prize: LAPD Administration Building / AECOM in a joint venture with Roth Sheppard Associates

A few weeks ago the LA Business Council hosted the 40th version of the LA Architectural Awards.

Selected by a jury of 10 notable design and building professionals, the winning projects cut across a wide range of building types, from commercial office spaces to affordable apartment complexes to sports arenas. The call for entries went out in December 2009 to more than 7,000 industry leaders. From the hundreds of submissions received, the jury selected 31 winning projects in 20 overall categories. All winning projects, except the “Best of LA Architects” award winners, are located within County. “Best of LA Architects” recognizes local architects for projects completed outside of County.

The Grand Prize went to the LAPD Administration Building by AECOM (in a joint venture with Roth Sheppard Associates), and we also find projects recently featured at ArchDaily such as the Hidden House by Standard Architecture, the Cherokee Lofts by Pugh + Scarpa, the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories  by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects or the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics by Morphosis.

All the awarded projects after the break:

New Art Museum / SANAA

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Architect: SANAA
Location: 235 Bowery, , NY 10002
Client: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City; Zubatkin Owner Representation
Project Leadership: Saul Dennison, Chairman, Board of Trustees, New Museum; Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum; Lisa Roumell, Deputy Director, New Museum
Architect of record: Gensler Architects
Project Management: Plaza Construction Corporation, New York City

Structural engineers: Guy Nordenson Associates, Simpson Gumperts & Heger Inc., New York City
Lights and illumination: Arup
Constructed area: 58,700 sq ft
Year of enchargement: 2002
Year of completion: 2007
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Dean Kaufman, Benoit Pailley

Nearpoint Residence / Workshop Architecture|Design

© Kevin G. Smith

Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design
Location: Anchorage, AK,
Principal in Charge: Steve Bull, AIA, LEED
Project Architect: Dan Rusler
Design Collaborator: Rachel Massey
Structural Engineering: HSV Engineers
Contractor: WinterSun Construction
Lighting Design: Precision LD
Cabinetry: Jon’s Woodworking
Project Area: 2,900 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Kevin G. Smith

Abiquiu House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

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Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: New Mexico,
Collaborators: Birgitte Ginge, Madeline Williams
Project Area: 1,900 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Anderson Anderson Architecture