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A First Look at the US Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, Designed by Fentress

10:20 - 28 November, 2018
A First Look at the US Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, Designed by Fentress, Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

The design of the USA Pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai has been revealed, designed by Curtis W. Fentress and Fentress Architects. Destined to represent more than 325million Americans, the pavilion seeks to “provide a unique platform for [the United States] to come together to showcase the very best of [their] cultural and commercial achievements.”

The pavilion is to be circular in form, with “slants fashioned to project a sensation of movement, making the viewer feel like the building itself is in motion.” The pavilion’s interior will showcase American innovation and technology, including the premiere of the Virgin Hyperloop One ride experience.

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Rethinking the Future of Air Travel: Students and Fentress Architects Collaborate in Venice Biennale Exhibition

12:00 - 4 November, 2018
Rethinking the Future of Air Travel: Students and Fentress Architects Collaborate in Venice Biennale Exhibition

Deemed to be the homogenized "spaces of circulation, consumption, and communication", airports around the world appear to be almost indistinguishable in their dissolution of identity. Despite technological changes in air travel, the typology of the airport has remained consistently ordinary.

In the European Cultural Center’s biennial exhibition, students from North Carolina State University’s College of Design worked alongside Curtis Fentress, Ana-Maria Drughi, and Joshua Stephens of Fentress Architects to propose innovative concepts for reshaping air travel. PLANE—SITE’s latest film from their series of short videos of the Time-Space-Existence exhibition showcases this design collaboration.

Fentress Designs Norwegian Chancery in Washington D.C. as a Homage to National History

09:00 - 5 October, 2018
Fentress Designs Norwegian Chancery in Washington D.C. as a Homage to National History, Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

Fentress Architects has revealed their design for the expansion of the Norwegian Chancery in Washington D.C. A prominent new addition to the embassy’s Washington D.C. campus. The scheme expands the architectural language of the existing embassy buildings, embracing contemporary design techniques within the context of traditional bureaucratic architecture.

Fentress’ design integrates materials of Norwegian cultural significance as prominent features of the façade. The use of Norwegian spruce timber, Oppdal stone, and patinated copper pay homage to the country’s traditions in shipbuilding and woodworking, as well as their abundance of natural resources.

Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilions and Architecture

15:05 - 28 September, 2018
Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilions and Architecture, UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Es Devlin
UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Es Devlin

For the Dubai 2020 Expo, the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, selected the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Organized around ideas of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, the next world Expo will be the first to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. Organised every five years, the world expo lasts six months and is created as a global destination for millions of people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity.

UAE Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Sustainability Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Mobility Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft + 10

Fentress Architects Chosen to Design USA Pavilion for World Expo 2020 in Dubai

14:00 - 16 July, 2018
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK

Fentress Architects has been chosen to design the USA Pavilion for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The Pavilion USA 2020 will sit within the 438-hectare masterplan designed by HOK, pictured above.

The U.S. Department of State selected the consortium containing Fentress Architects, led by Big Things Group, to deliver a pavilion based on the theme “What Moves You,” featuring highlights of American culture and technology. The team will seek to use the program as “a showcase of the innovation, creativity, and diversity that defines the United States.”

Denver Art Museum Receives $12 Million to Revitalize Ponti North Building

08:00 - 1 March, 2017
Denver Art Museum Receives $12 Million to Revitalize Ponti North Building, Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building at dusk. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti
Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building at dusk. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has announced that a $12 million gift from Anna and John J. Sie will support the construction of a new welcome center at the museum’s Gio Ponti-designed North Building.

Paying homage to the shapes and volumes of the existing building, the new construction—by Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects—aims to enhance the museum campus’ connection to the Golden Triangle neighborhood, as well as to improve visitor navigation and amenities.

Denver Art Museum North Building entryway and welcome desk. 1971. Image © Wayne Thom Denver Art Museum North Building constructed by Italian architect Gio Ponti. 1971. Image © Wayne Thom Proposed North Building Project Model 2016. Jason A. Knowles. Image © Fentress Architects Proposed architectural rendering of North Building from the Cultural Center Complex Garage. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti + 25

Open Call: Fentress Global Challenge

01:00 - 15 February, 2015
Open Call: Fentress Global Challenge, Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects. Image © Fentress Architects
Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects. Image © Fentress Architects

The Fentress Global Challenge is an international design competition created to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. This year the annual competition is challenging students to imagine "The Airport of the Future."

Fentress Releases Final Design for Miami Beach Convention Center

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
Fentress Releases Final Design for Miami Beach Convention Center , © Fentress Architects
© Fentress Architects

Fentress Architects has released plans for the $500 million redesign of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The news follows the City of Miami’s controversial decision to nix plans provided by OMA, who was originally awarded the commission after a high profile competition against BIG.

Fentress will be working with Arquitectonica and West 8 on a significantly scaled-down masterplan that will include the renovation of the 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall and 200,000-square-feet of existing meeting space, as well as a new 80,000-square-foot ballroom and outdoor event space.

AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

00:00 - 13 July, 2014
AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA
AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave it as soon as possible. While the novelty of air travel has worn off since its inception in the 20th century, the work devoted to designing airports has only increased. We’ve collected some of our favorite terminals we'd actually love to get stuck in, including works by Eero Sarinen, SOM, Fentress, J. Mayer H., KCAP, Paul Andreu, bblur architecture and 3DReid, Corgan Associates, De Bever, and Studio Fuksas. Enjoy!

Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects, Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

Courtesy of Fentress Architects © Jason A. Knowles © Jason A. Knowles © Jason A. Knowles + 11

LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal

00:00 - 20 June, 2013
LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal, © Fentress Architects
© Fentress Architects

Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles, has been completed. The new airport, designed by Fentress Architects to be a LEED-certified landmark for the city, will feature a flowing, ocean-inspired roofline, a three-story,150,000-square-foot Great Hall, and one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) in the world. The $1.5 billion project has been funded solely from LAX’s operating revenues, without public funds.

Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel / Fentress Architects

00:00 - 8 June, 2012
Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel / Fentress Architects, © Jason A. Knowles
© Jason A. Knowles

© Ben Rasmussen © Jason A. Knowles © Ken Paul © Ken Paul + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Quantico, Virginia 22134, EEUU
  • Electrical Engineer

    Hankins & Anderson
  • Structural Engineer

    Ammann + Whitney
  • Civil Engineer

    Patton Harris Rust & Associates
  • General Constractor

    Forrester Construction
  • LEED Certification

    Silver
  • Area

    2.276 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

'Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight' Exhibition

11:00 - 17 February, 2012
© 2012 Now Boarding
© 2012 Now Boarding

The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight’ exhibition, opening July 15 until October 7 at the Denver Art Musuem, will take visitors on a multi-media tour of airport design of the past, present and future. Visitors will journey through six airports designed by Denver-based Fentress Architects, encountering sketches, renderings, photographs, video installations and large models of these technically advanced public spaces. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Humanities Gateway / Fentress Architects

00:00 - 28 December, 2011
Humanities Gateway / Fentress Architects, © Heliphoto
© Heliphoto

© Nick Merrick & Hedrich Blessing © Heliphoto © Heliphoto © Nick Merrick & Hedrich Blessing + 9

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Fentress Architects

00:00 - 8 December, 2011
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Fentress Architects, © Jason A. Knowles
© Jason A. Knowles

© Jason A. Knowles © Jason A. Knowles © Jason A. Knowles © Jason A. Knowles + 8

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Jolla, California, USA
  • Associate Architect

    Davis Davis Architects
  • Project Team

    Curtis Fentress, Jeff Olson, Robin Ault, Al Roberts, Sharlene Bhyun, Jesse Dzierzanowski
  • Lanscape Architect

    Civitas, Inc.
  • Contractor

    Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
  • Photographs

Sacramento International Airport / Fentress Architects + Corgan

01:00 - 16 October, 2011
Sacramento International Airport / Fentress Architects + Corgan , © Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects
© Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects

© Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects © Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects © Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects © Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects + 8

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary / Fentress Architects

00:00 - 19 September, 2011
Mile Hi Church Sanctuary / Fentress Architects, © Jerry Butts
© Jerry Butts

© Ben Tremper Photography © Ben Tremper Photography + 7

Fentress Global Challenge 2011: Airport of the Future

04:00 - 5 September, 2011
Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created by Fentress Architects to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. The competition theme changes each year to reflect current issues. For 2011, students around the globe are invited to envision the Airport of the Future.

Winning students will receive cash prizes and gain international exposure. Top design concepts will be exhibited online and in the Airport of the Future section of the international touring exhibition Now Boarding: Fentress Airports and the Architecture of Flight, which will offer a multi-media immersion into the past, present and future of airport design. It will open in North America in the summer of 2012, and will travel internationally through 2015. More information on the competition after the break.