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NONG STUDIO / NONG STUDIO

22:00 - 9 February, 2018
© Chasing Wang
© Chasing Wang

© Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    1247 Suzhou South Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Chasing Wang
  • Design Team

    Neal Zhu, Luca Lannote (Italy), Kunyang Wang
  • Construction Team

    Shanghai Taoyi Building Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd
  • Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Renovation of Louis Kahn's Yale University Art Center: A Significant Moment for Architectural Preservation

09:30 - 19 January, 2018
The Renovation of Louis Kahn's Yale University Art Center: A Significant Moment for Architectural Preservation, © Elizabeth Felicella, courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery
© Elizabeth Felicella, courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "How the Restoration of Louis Kahn’s Yale Art Gallery Helped Kickstart Modern Preservation."

I have a distinct memory from my days as an architecture student at the University of California Berkeley in the late ‘80s. During an architectural survey class taught by Spiro Kostof, Louis I Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery popped up in the slideshow. “Nice building,” I thought, “but what’s with those windows?”

Fifteen years later at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects), I would become the project architect for the construction phase overseeing the rehabilitation of that classic building—the most challenging aspect of which was to replace “those windows.” I came to understand, intimately, how the double-paned window wall had failed almost as soon as construction was complete. Condensation accumulated between the panes, creating the foggy effect that marred my first impression of this groundbreaking building.

Space Renovation of 69 Beishan St. / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art

20:01 - 8 December, 2017
Space Renovation of 69 Beishan St. / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art, Central courtyard. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture
Central courtyard. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture

Vestibule. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Courtyard and entrances. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Brick pattern. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Courtyard facing living area. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture + 36

Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

22:00 - 15 November, 2017
Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang + 59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tongling, China
  • Architect in Charge

  • Design Team

    Zhengdong Qi, Jing Li, Xin Zhao, Hongyu Fan, Kunyu Zhu, Jiaxin Wang (Intern)
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

SimplyWork 6.0 Co-Working Space / 11architecture

19:00 - 13 July, 2017
SimplyWork 6.0 Co-Working Space / 11architecture, © ZC Architectural Photography Studio
© ZC Architectural Photography Studio

© ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    4F Vanke Xinghuo Online, Tianshu Building, 2 Wuhe Ave South, Longgang Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Design Team

    Fujimori Ryo, Xie Jing, Luo Ming Gang, Yang Jian You
  • Area

    2100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO

20:00 - 14 June, 2017
Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO, Courtyard. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi
Courtyard. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi

Kitchen. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Entrance turn. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Room - tearoom mode. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Details. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Han Wenqiang, Huang Tao
  • Main Materials

    Gray brick, oak panels
  • Area

    161.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

From War Relic to Mixed-Use: Plans to Build a “Green Mountain” Atop a Bunker in Hamburg

06:00 - 25 May, 2017
From War Relic to Mixed-Use: Plans to Build a “Green Mountain” Atop a Bunker in Hamburg, Courtesy of Hilldegarden.org
Courtesy of Hilldegarden.org

A team of local residents and architects in Hamburg’s neighborhood of St. Pauli have been granted planning permission for a proposal to repurpose a war bunker dating back from the 1940s. Coined Hilldegarden, the proposal seeks to create a “green mountain” garden atop the disused roof of the bunker along with a range of mixed-use projects that increase its height by several stories. “We are rebuilding what we inherit.” The project’s initiative states, “Adding something to history while dealing with it and thereby reshaping history itself.”

via PLANUNGSBÜRO BUNKER via PLANUNGSBÜRO BUNKER Courtesy of Hilldegarden.org Courtesy of Hilldegarden.org + 19

Architecture Initiative Transforms Derelict Brutalist Northampton Landmark into Mixed-Use Academy

08:00 - 5 February, 2017
Architecture Initiative Transforms Derelict Brutalist Northampton Landmark into Mixed-Use Academy, Proposed public plaza at night. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative
Proposed public plaza at night. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative

London-based firm Architecture Initiative has released updates of their mixed-use scheme set to transform a neglected brutalist building in Northampton, England. The Northampton International Academy, currently an abandoned Royal Mail sorting office, will be centered around educational, commercial, and community use. The scheme aims to address a need for school places in a manner which contributes to the economic regeneration of the local area.

Public plaza and facilities. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Voids allow natural light deep into the building. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Existing concrete structure is retained. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Work began on site in September 2016. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative + 22

Competition Winning Stadium Design Promotes Inclusivity in Dunkirk, France

12:00 - 4 February, 2017
Competition Winning Stadium Design Promotes Inclusivity in Dunkirk, France, The stadium is located in the heart of Dunkirk. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán
The stadium is located in the heart of Dunkirk. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán

The SOCKEEL + OLGGA consortium have won a competition to design the new Tribut Stadium in Dunkirk, France. The historic stadium, in a prominent location on a canal bank in central Dunkirk, will be transformed into a 5,000 seat stadium seeking to maximize inclusiveness and accessibility.

Public plaza and entrance concourse. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán Interior perspective with concourse in background. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán Exploded axonometric . Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán Movement through the transparent lattice animates the streetfront. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán + 11

The Met Breuer: A Loving Restoration of a Mid-Century Icon

09:30 - 11 March, 2016
The Met Breuer: A Loving Restoration of a Mid-Century Icon, © Ed Lederman
© Ed Lederman

The New York art world let out a collective cry of grief when the Whitney Museum of American Art abandoned Marcel Breuer's iconic 1966 building on Madison Avenue at 75th Street. Whether New Yorkers loved, loved to hate, or hated to love the old Whitney, Breuer's building suddenly became the building that evoked more passion than any other.

Now, thanks to a restoration led by New York City firm Beyer Blinder Belle, the iconic building has been transformed into the Met Breuer—the bold new showcase for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's renewed embrace of modernist and contemporary art. It will open to the public on March 18, 2016, and as the crowds ready to descend, the curators and architects are no doubt anxious to see whether, by faithfully adhering to Breuer's original vision, the restored building will succeed in both delighting museum-goers and helping redefine the Met's public image.

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2016 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2016 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2016 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2016 + 20

How My Trip to Jordan to Escape Design Rekindled My Faith in Architecture

09:30 - 26 February, 2016
How My Trip to Jordan to Escape Design Rekindled My Faith in Architecture, Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects
Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects

Let yourself be silently drawn by 
the stronger pull of what you really love.

To the bewilderment of many friends, this quote by Rumi adorns the cover of my portfolio. It justifies my pursuit of a career in architecture instead of a more stable field. Although I teasingly explain that “architecture is chronic,” the quote still holds some truth.

As an architect, I thought I did my due diligence: working long, underpaid hours and late nights to build a solid portfolio. But, despite the recognition one’s work may receive, underpayment and employment uncertainty are considered part of the job. On the other hand, the diversity inherent to the profession promotes creative thinking and an aspiration to incite meaningful change; thus, it continues to ignite the imagination.

That’s why, when the opportunity presented itself in the summer of 2014, I took leave from work to visit the Middle East. Yes, that is correct. Having the opportunity to grow up in the East and then to live in the West, I know better than to submit to the media’s fear-inspiring propaganda. I figured that speaking the language and being a seasoned traveler would come in handy. So I set out on an expedition that not only reconnected me to architecture, but also led to one of the most meaningful projects I have worked on.

Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects Courtesy of Yaghmour Architects + 18

Heatherwick to Transform Historic Coal Drop Buildings into New King's Cross Shopping Area

14:00 - 18 December, 2015
Heatherwick to Transform Historic Coal Drop Buildings into New King's Cross Shopping Area, © ForbesMassie
© ForbesMassie

Heatherwick Studio has received approval to realize a new shopping area at King's Cross in London. By 2018, the practice will transform the city's 1850 historic Coal Drops Yard buildings into an "eclectic mix" of 65 boutique and destination shops and restaurants.

"Over a two-year restoration and build process, Londoners will see the existing Victorian buildings – the East and West Coal Drops and Wharf Road Arches – refurbished and re-purposed in a way that creates a stunning new upper level and improves connectivity, whilst allowing the original forms and functions to be read," says the architects. 

Gaudí’s Casa Vicens to Open as a Museum in 2016

12:00 - 7 September, 2015
Gaudí’s Casa Vicens to Open as a Museum in 2016, Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr CC]
Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr CC]

Designed by Antonio Gaudí in Barcelona when he was 30, and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005, Casa Vicens will be converted into a museum and open its doors to the public during the second half of 2016. 

Built between 1883 and 1889, Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Gaudí. The building’s current owner, a subsidiary of the financial group Mora Banc Grup, is currently working on its restoration and the museum planning. “The mission of Casa Vicens as a house museum is to present the first Gaudí house, presenting it as an essential work to understand his unique architectural language and the development of Art Nouveau in Barcelona,” explained the executive manager of the project, Mercedes Mora, in a recent interview with Iconic Houses

Learn more after the break. 

Casa Vicens. Image © Michela Simoncini [Flickr CC] Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr CC] Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr CC] Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr CC] + 5

Family Box / Crossboundaries

20:00 - 22 June, 2015
Family Box / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers

    Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Town House in Antwerp / Sculp[IT]

03:00 - 22 June, 2015
Town House in Antwerp / Sculp[IT], © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Antwerp, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

076 Susaloon / elii

05:00 - 21 June, 2015
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    elii - Uriel Fogué + Eva Gil + Carlos Palacios
  • Design Team

    elii - Pedro P. García + Alicia García Martín + Claire Laborde
  • Area

    24.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán + 11

Shop and Exhibition Space in Marseille / Atelier M3a Architectes

15:00 - 19 June, 2015
Shop and Exhibition Space in Marseille / Atelier M3a Architectes, © Patricia Giudicelli
© Patricia Giudicelli

© Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Place de la Corderie Henry Bergasse, 13006 Marseille, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Caroline Ménager + Mathieu Ménager
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Hello Lisbon Castello / André Espinho Arquitectura

09:00 - 19 June, 2015
Hello Lisbon Castello / André Espinho Arquitectura, © Giorgio Bordino
© Giorgio Bordino

© Giorgio Bordino © Giorgio Bordino © Giorgio Bordino © Giorgio Bordino + 44