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Adjaye Associates Selected to Design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

10:15 - 16 June, 2016
Adjaye Associates Selected to Design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, © Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation has selected Adjaye Associates to lead the design for a new contemporary art museum in downtown Riga. Selected from a pool of 7 finalists including wHY and Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, the winning design features a strongly animated roof geometry designed to pull soft northern light into each of the gallery spaces.

Adjaye Associates, working with local firm AB3D, envisioned the museum as a social incubator, a welcoming and porous space where people could be brought together through a variety of formal and spontaneous interactions. The jury found that the proposal’s distinctive silhouette would give the museum a strong presence within its context of planned commercial and residential developments, and that is orientation and materiality showed a keen awareness of the vernacular and cultural contexts.

Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Reveals Shortlisted Designs

12:15 - 6 June, 2016
Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Reveals Shortlisted Designs, © Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Malcolm Reading Consultants

The design proposals of seven shortlisted finalists for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Design Competition have been released by the competition’s organizer, Malcolm Reading Consultants. Located in the capital city of Riga, the funding for the €30 million project is a public private partnership with support from from the ABLV Charitable Foundation and the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation, which co-founded the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and the Museum’s Foundation signed a memorandum of intent regarding the museum and building on 30 October 2014. The competition, organized in 2015 with 25 first-stage participants, will announce a jury-selected winner in mid-June.

wHY to Expand San Francisco's Asian Art Museum

16:00 - 10 March, 2016
wHY to Expand San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, Proposed. Image © wHY
Proposed. Image © wHY

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has announced major renovation and expansion plans by wHY Architecture. The practice is expected to design a new 12,000-square-foot exhibition pavilion, reconfigure the Museum’s existing galleries, and modernize its education and public programming spaces. Work will begin in 2017.

"The new pavilion will underscore San Francisco’s cultural diversity, create one of the nation’s premier exhibition spaces dedicated to Asian art, and increase the number of special exhibitions on view for visitors," says the Museum.

4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park

16:00 - 21 December, 2015
4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park, AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta

Update: The winner of the competition has now been announced!

Four teams have been chosen to move on to the second stage of the Pershing Square Renew competition. Aiming to transform downtown Los Angeles' oldest park, the finalists will now refine their schematic proposals in preparation of a second review in March 2016. The winning scheme will potentially be the five-acre park's sixth iteration, replacing Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin current design that first opened in 1994.

The four teams and their preliminary ideas, include: 

In Residence: Kulapat Yantrasast

14:00 - 27 October, 2015

"You cannot bullshit with concrete." - Kulapat Yantrasast

Kulapat Yantrasast is the latest to be featured on NOWNESS' In Residence series. Set within Yantrasast's home in Venice Beach, the Thai architect and founder of wHY shares his thoughts on how to create meaningful architecture, from the "process of making" to designing with a "sense of play" and how the building can form an "engaging" relationship with its user.

Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park, Aerial View of the Park. Image Courtesy of Project 120 Chicago
Aerial View of the Park. Image Courtesy of Project 120 Chicago

Chicago’s Jackson Park is expected to see some big changes in the coming years. Nonprofit organization Project 120 is working to revitalize the park, restoring many of the design aspects implemented by its landscape architect, the famous Frederick Law Olmsted. Alongside this restoration, the park will also receive a new Phoenix Pavilion, homage to Japan’s gift to the US for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. An outdoor performance space will be added to the park, as will an installation funded by musician and activist Yoko Ono. See the details, after the break.

Three Shortlisted to Design New UCSC Art and Science Institute

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
Three Shortlisted to Design New UCSC Art and Science Institute , © UCSC, Courtesy of ARCHITECT
© UCSC, Courtesy of ARCHITECT

UPDATE: Three teams have been selected to move forward in the competition: Allied Works Architecture (Portland/New York), Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York), and the team of Patkau Architects (Vancouver, B.C.) and Fong & Chan Architects (San Francisco). The finalists will present their proposals April 3 and a winner will be announced shortly after.

Seven high-profile teams have been shortlisted to design a new research, museum and performing arts center for the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Planned for a stunning site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the $32 million project is intended to be “an innovative educational experiment” that will “blur the lines between disciplines to beautiful effect.” The shortlist ranges from Steven Holl to Tod Williams Billies Tsien. The complete list of competitors, after the break.

Portal to the Point proposal / wHY Design

13:00 - 6 November, 2011

Portal to the Point is a design project initiated to honor the completion of renovations to Pittsburgh’s most visible National Historic Landmark, Point State Park. wHY Architecture is one of five finalists selected to redefine the space beneath the Portal Bridge that leads into 36-acre park.

Continue reading for more project information and renderings.

MNBAQ expansion competition proposal / wHY architecture

12:36 - 25 May, 2010

wHY architecture shared with us their proposal for the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec (MNBAQ) international competition, which was won by OMA. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Art Bridge / wHY Architecture

06:00 - 16 December, 2009

wHY Architecture has shown us their expertise on cultural projects at different scales: the Grand Rapids Art Museum (the first LEED Gold certified museum) on the large scale in one side and the Royal/T Gallery on a smaller scale, among other cultural projects shown on their website.

And now they share with us a cultural project on the infrastructure scale that I had the chance to see when I visited their office early this year, which got green light and enters construction phase in 2010: the Art Bridge.

The project is located over the Los Angeles river and it’s very related to it, as most of its structure will be built from trash salvaged from the river itself. This project will achieve what many have been looking for, and that is to reconnect with the river that crosses LA. And I think that it will make it.

You can also watch our interview with Yo-ichiro Hakomori from whY Architecture, filmed at Postopolis! LA earlier this year.

Project description and more images after the break:

AD Interviews: whY Architecture

08:53 - 1 June, 2009

This is the first interview recorded live at Postopolis! LA at the rooftop of The Standard. This time we present Yo-ichiro Hakomori from whY Architecture.

Hollywood House / wHY Architecture

21:00 - 28 February, 2009

wHY Architecture shared with us an interesting project for a house in Hollywood, a series of spaces contained by a single stripe, alternating between open and closed.

Read more about it:

Casa Wakasa / wHY Architecture

00:00 - 12 December, 2008
Casa Wakasa / wHY Architecture

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Japan
  • Program

    Private Residence
  • Area

    279.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006

Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture

00:00 - 5 May, 2008
Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Structural Engineer

    Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
  • Environmental Engineer

    Atelier Ten / Design Plus, Inc.
  • Lighting Consultant

    Isometrix Lighting + Design
  • Curtain Wall Consultant

    W.J. Higgins & Associates
  • Landscape Design

    Design Plus
  • Light

    POETIC and PRACTICAL
  • Client

    Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • General Contractors

    Rockford / Pepper Construction
  • Concrete Contractor

    Grand River Construction
  • Lanterns

    URBAN SYMBOLS and Light for art
  • Area

    125.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007