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Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) Chosen as Landscape Architect for Menil Collection Master Plan

Courtesy of www.mvvainc.com
Courtesy of www.mvvainc.com

In another pleasing step forward in its ultimate execution of David Chipperfield‘s master plan for the museum campus, the Menil Collection has hired Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to design a new landscape for the 30-acre neighborhood that connects more than a half-dozen museum buildings.

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

Last Summer, Two Trees bought the Domino Sugar Factory site in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to be developed into a new mix-use master plan. The previously proposed scheme by Rafael Viñoly Architects (seen here) consisted of four large towers along the East River water front, but the design was largely disliked by the community, and as a result Two Trees hired SHoP Architects along with James Corner Field Operations to have a go at the design. The result is a wildly different scheme, consisting of five towers with 60% more open space along the water front, 631,000 square feet of new office space (versus the previous 98,000 square feet), and over two-thousand new apartments. This marks a huge change for what could be considered as the most important waterfront real estate in Brooklyn, and potentially become the new image of Brooklyn for the whole world.

Asia Society Texas Center / Yoshio Taniguchi

© Paul Hester
© Paul Hester

Architect: Taniguchi and Associates Location: Houston, Texas, United States Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates Project Manager: Project Control Contractor: W. S. Bellows Construction Corp. Consultants: GBA Architecture, Ingenium Inc., CHPA Consulting Engineers, Walter P. Moore, Office of James Burnett, Fisher Marantz Stone, Minor Design Group, Theater Projects Consultants, Inc., Waterscape Consultants, Inc., Shen Milsom Wilke, CDC Curtain Wall Design and Consulting, Persohn/Hahn Associates, Ulrich Engineers, Inc. Project Area: 3,716 sqm Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Hester & Hardaway

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VINCI Partners International Headquarters / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

© Richard Meier & Partners
© Richard Meier & Partners

With Brazil at the center of such current worldwide attention, renowned architecture firms have been flocking to the country for work; partly to be associated with the upcoming 2014 World Cup and/or 2016 Summer Olympics, but also because Brazil’s current economy allows for booming architectural possibilities. The new Leblon Offices for VINCI Partners in Rio de Janeiro will be a historic first step for Richard Meier & Partners as their first architectural undertaking in South America, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist /

Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist / Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist / Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist / Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist / + 21

Houston, United States

AD Classics: Rachofsky House / Richard Meier & Partners

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Dallas, United States

Oklahoma Case Study House / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Oklahoma City, United States

Flaming Lips Residence and Studio / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Oklahoma City, United States

AD Classics: Menil Collection / Renzo Piano

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Houston, United States

AD Classics: Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe

The Villa Tugendhat was commissioned by the wealthy newlyweds Grete & Fritz Tugendhat, a Jewish couple with family money from textile manufacturing companies in Brno. The couple met Mies van der Rohe in Berlin in 1927, and was already impressed by his design for the Zehlendorf house of Edward Fuchs. As fans of spacious homes with simple forms, Mies’ free plan method was perfect for the Tugendhats’ taste; however, he was not their only interest in an architect for their own home. They originally confronted Brno’s foremost modern architect at the time, Arnost Wiesner, but after visiting various projects by each architect, the Tugendhats ultimately went with Mies.

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Francis Parker School / Lake|Flato Architects

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San Diego, United States
  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects ; Landscape architects: Ivy Landscape Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Dr. Keith Gibson DDS Clinic Renovation / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Oklahoma City, United States

AD Classics: De La Warr Pavilion / Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff

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Solar Shade Tree / UH GDBS

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  • Architects: UH GDBS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  152
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Barndominium / LoJo

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  • Architects: LoJo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  731
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

Review: De Stoel van Rietveld: Rietveld's Chair, book + film by Marijke Kuper & Lex Reitsma

© Jules Gianakos
© Jules Gianakos

“It is hard to tell what the value of something eventually will be”

Gerrit Rietveld, 1937.

This new insight into a classic illustrates Gerrit Rietveld’s transition from humble cabinet maker’s son to Architect and leading designer in the De Stijl movement. The book and film compliment each other nicely, covering several different furniture designs both preceding and subsequent to the famed Red Blue Chair, including alternate versions of that particular design (unpainted, arm rest panels, etc.).

Texas Society of Architects' 25-Year Award Presented to I. M. Pei & Partners' Fountain Place

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© Andreas Praefcke / Wikimedia Commons

Each year the Texas Society of Architects recognizes a building that was completed 25-50 years ago which they believe has “stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity”. This year, the prestigious honor is awarded to Fountain Place, designed by Henry Cobb of I. M. Pei & Partners and completed back in 1986 in Dallas, Texas.

School of Nursing and Student Community Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston / Lake|Flato Architects and BNIM Architects

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