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Armani Fifth Ave. / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

00:00 - 8 March, 2009
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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
  • Design Team

    Sara Bernardi, Alfio Faro, Andrea D'Antrassi, Chiara Marchionni, Rossella Mastronardi
  • Furniture Design

    Ana Gugic, Farshid Tavakolitehrani, Lucrezia Rendace
  • Lighting Consultant

    Speirs & Major Associates
  • Project Consultant On Site

    Davide Stolfi
  • Structural Engineering

    Gilberto Sarti
  • Art Work

    Mimmo Paladino
  • Model Makers

    Nicola Cabiati, Lucrezia Rendace, Jaim Telias
  • 3 D Model & Render

    Giuseppe Zaccaria, Jaim Telias, Stratos Christofidellis, Valerio Romondia, Giorgos Machairas
  • Client

    Gruppo Giorgio Armani
  • Site Area

    7.000 sqm
  • Area

    2.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center / Lyn Rice Architects

00:00 - 1 March, 2009
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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Category

  • Architects In Charge

    Lyn Rice & Astrid Lipka
  • Team Leaders

    Karl-Erik Larson & Anne-Rachel Schiffmann
  • Design Team

    Leif Halverson (SD project architect), Kai Hotson, Julie Torres Moscovitz, Pamela Torres, Erik Carver, Jonathan Garnett, Joanna Gulik
  • Project Manager

    Kimberlae Saul
  • Structural, Mep, & Fire Protection Engineering

    Buro Happold
  • Lighting Consultant

    Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting
  • Glazing Consultant

    Front, Inc.
  • Av+Acoustical Consultant

    Cerami
  • Project Year

    2008

Times Square celebrates Valentine's Day

12:30 - 14 February, 2009

A heart-shaped sculpture by Gage Clemenceau Architects will land on Times Square today. It will stay on Duffy Square until March 1st. The sculpture is constructed with DuPontTM Corian® strawberry ice and welded steel tubes. The heart is lit from within using color changing LED lighting.

For more information, go to Times Square website.

More pictures after the break.

AD Futures #2: L.E.FT

14:30 - 9 February, 2009

AD Futures is a weekly section showcasing emerging practices from around the world. We are open for submissions.

I got to meet L.E.FT when we interviewed them at their office in New York back in September, 2008. This practice is lead by three partners, Makram el Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine and Naji Moujaes. They all graduated in Beirut between 1995 and 1997, and then got their masters at Parsons, Harvard and SCI-Arc, respectively. After that, they worked on big practices such as Massimiliano Fuksas and Steven Holl Architects, and then founded L.E.FT in 2001.

They are still related to the academy (UPenn, Yale, Cornell, RPI), a constant on innovative practices. Also, they got invited to the Young Architects Program at P.S.1 2009, an annual competition that invites emerging architects to design a temporary structure.

You can hear their thoughts on several aspects of the architectural practice on the interview we conducted. Now, onto some of their featured works:

AD Interviews: L.E.FT

14:28 - 9 February, 2009

We got the chance to sit down with the tree partners at L.E.FT a few months ago, and chatted about their practice, ongoing projects and their thoughts on the state of architectural education, the role of architects in current society and more.

I found their work very interesting, and it was no surprise to see them invited to the P.S.1 competition for 2009 we featured earlier. I also selected them for our section AD Futures, as i think they have a promising future.

You can read more about them on the article AD Futures #2. Some pictures of their office after the break.

UPDATE: I´m currently uploading the video to Blip.tv in better quality

MOS Architects wins the P.S.1 competition

04:30 - 29 January, 2009

We just got the news that MOS Architects won the competition to build a temporary installation at MoMA´s P.S.1 during this summer.

For this competition the P.S.1 invites each year a group of emerging architects to experiment with new shapes and materials, as Work AC did last year with their PF1 project.

MOS project is entitled Afterparty, a design that Micheal Meredith and Hilary Sample (MOS partners) say is meant  to honor and reflect current economic realities, by using basic materials. The main structure is a lightweight aluminum frame using recyclable parts which require minimal assembly, which will become a landmark for the neigborhood – all this on a USD$70,000 budget.

I spoke with Michael a few minutes ago and he refered to the name of the project: One thing about the “Afterparty,” as we’re calling it, is the need to look for new promiscuities after the party of a sort of high-formalism which has dominated academic discourse, and in our case it’s with the basic structural arch geometries, rough almost singular materiality and the production and interaction of “environment,” (literally cooling down the courtyard through stack effect) looking towards a more primitive state of architecture. – (See afterparty definition on Wikipedia).

The project is still under development, and we´ll keep you posted on further updates. We´ll try to do a good coverage on this as we did last year.

You can see other works from MOS previously featured on AD: Floating House and their ORDOS 100 villa.

More images of Afterparty after the break.

TKTS Booth / Perkins Eastman + Choi Ropiha

00:00 - 1 December, 2008
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ArchDaily Interviews: SHoP Architects

17:00 - 19 November, 2008

SHoP Architects PC is a New York based practice we meet a few months ago. We knew a little about them, because of the PS1 Competition they won back in 2000, the Porter House condos in NY -a great example of urban renovation- and the East River Waterfront Renovation, currently in progress.

Something that interested me before getting to know them in person, was the fact that they stated “we believe in both ideas and profitability”, as a middle point between academia and service firms – something that some architects escape from.

During our conversation, they told us something very important for current practices: how to manage the growth of your office, how to work in a multidisciplinary environment and how to get the most out of computer aided design technologies, not just in terms of design, but in streamlining the construction process and create new efficiencies and cost-savings.

After the break, the office profile and some selected works from SHoP.

OMA unveils new images for their New York residential tower

16:00 - 17 September, 2008

Remember the renderings from the mid-rise residential project by OMA in New York we posted a few days ago?

Well, OMA sent us more renderings that show more on the structural facade and the amazing cantilever of this building. more images after the break.

56 Leonard Street, New York / Herzog & de Meuron

08:00 - 16 September, 2008

Yesterday, I was visiting the Skyscraper Museum in New York, and I saw an incredible aerial photo that shows the evolution of downtown Manhattan during the last century, from the water reclamation to the black towers to the new skyline without the twin towers. Undoubtedly, this city changes its shape very often.

And as of now, new residential buildings are bringing new forms to this skyline. First, we have OMA on the 23rd street with its structural facade and cantilevered volume, and now the 56 Leonard Street building by Herzog & de Meuron, which entered the construction phase.

This 57-story residential in the Tribeca area will house 145 residences, each one with its own unique floor plan and private outdoor space. This typology makes the building look like a stack of houses, away from the traditional skyscraper form. I wonder how the concrete structure works on this building, which was done by consultant firm WSP Cantor Seinuk (who also worked on the Freedom Tower).

Switch Building / nArchitects

00:00 - 31 July, 2008
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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    nArchitects
  • Design Team

    Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Partners); Daniela Zimmer (Project Architect), Jorge Pereira, Takuya Shinoda
  • Client

    109 Norfolk, LLC
  • Program

    Art gallery on Ground & Cellar Floors & 5 condo apartments
  • Area

    1328.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007

DVF Studio Headquarters / WORKac

00:00 - 15 July, 2008
DVF Studio Headquarters / WORKac

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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    WORK AC - Amale Andraos & Dan Wood
  • Project Architects

    Silvia Fuster, Eckart Graeve, Michael Chirigos
  • Structural Engineering

    Goldstein and Associates
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Athwal Associates (main building) / Syska Hennessy (penthouse)
  • Crystals, Research And Development

    D. Swarovski & Co.
  • Design Period

    June 2004 to February 2005
  • General Contractor

    Americon
  • Client

    Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) Studio
  • Budget

    US $28,000,000
  • Area

    2790.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007

Metal Shutter Houses / Shigeru Ban

16:52 - 26 June, 2008

Starchitects are all over New York, giving an extra value to new condos in Manhattan. A few months ago i visted the Herzog & de Meuron and Bernard Tschumi projects on the lower east side, and they looked quite impressive. While most people didn’t liked the Tschumi’s Blu Condo, despite it’s iconic image, i had mixed feelings with HdM’s 40 Bond St.

But on West Chelsea a new 9 unit condo is under construction, designed by japanese Shigeru Ban. The project is located on the south side of West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in West Chelsea’s art gallery district, right next to the High Line, the Hudson River Park, Ghery´s IAC Building and Jean Nouvel´s 100 11th.

On this building, Shigeru Ban once again innovates on the material use by incorporating motorized perforated metal shutters on its -dynamic- facade, which act as light-modulating privacy screen at the outer edge of each residence’s terrace adjacent to the double-height living rooms.

AD Interviews: Amale Andraos & Dan Wood / Work AC

20:05 - 19 May, 2008

As I had previously mentioned we visited Work AC in New York a few months ago, where we interviewed Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. This turned out to be a great interview, where they shared their thoughts on the current state of architectural practice, the role of architects in current society, humor, networking, media and something that really interested me: the importance of knowing how to manage the growth of your office.

On their office we saw the amazing model for their Cadavre Exquis Lebanese, a proposal based on a series of interventions to re-create Downtown Beirut presented at the 2007 Rotterdam Biennale. We also got to see their on on going projects and a 1:1 prototype of their Public Farm 1 structure soon to be opened at the PS1. You can check the construction progress at the PF1 website.

Pictures of Work AC after the jump.

Two residences in New York / Gage Clemenceau

00:00 - 12 May, 2008
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