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Renovation: The Latest Architecture and News

Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle Unveil $317 Million Masterplan for the New York Public Library's Main Branch

The New York Public Library has revealed plans for the transformation of their iconic main branch on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Led by Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle, the $317 million masterplan will increase accessibility to the library as well as increase public space for research, exhibitions and educational programs by 20%.

“For over a century, the Schwarzman Building has been a beacon of open access to information and a tireless preservationist of the world’s knowledge,” said New York Public Library President Tony Marx. “We have a responsibility to preserve its architectural wonder and its role as an important civic space, while also preparing it for the future, and another century of best serving the public. We believe this plan does just that.”

The renovation at the Public Library will include new exhibition spaces, like this one planned for an area currently used as the gift shop. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The new Lenox and Astor Room will house books and artwork bequeathed to the library by Brooke Astor, a longtime benefactor. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The new 40th Street entrance will lead to the Center for Research and Learning, where students will be able to work with materials from the library’s collections. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The connection between the Mid-Manhattan Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and Bryant Park is an important aspect of the campus plan. Image © Mecanoo Architecten + 13

Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

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

Refurbishment  · 
Tongling, China
  • Architects: RSAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 160.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Snøhetta to Transform 550 Madison, Philip Johnson's Iconic Postmodern New York Skyscraper

One of New York’s most iconic Postmodern skyscrapers, the Philip Johnson-designed 550 Madison (formerly AT&T Building) is set to receive a major renovation that will completely transform how the building base interacts with the street.

Designed by Snøhetta, the project centers on improving the transparency of its street presence. To do this, the stone facade at the building base will be replaced with a undulating glass curtain wall intended to be more inviting and attractive toward pedestrians, while the existing mid-block public passageway will be opened into a much larger outdoor landscape.

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Falling Masonry Kills Tourist in Florence's Deteriorating Basilica di Santa Croce

A Spanish tourist has been killed by a piece of falling masonry in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. As reported by The Guardian, the 52-year old victim was hit by "a piece of decorative stone that fell from a height of 20 metres (66 ft) as he visited the religious building with his wife." Reports suggest that the fragment was around 15cm by 15cm (6 by 6 inches) in size; according to Yahoo, the fragment "had supported a beam in the right transept of the Basilica."

Following the incident, the attraction has been closed to visitors indefinitely.

Qingyuan Young Professors’ Club / The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University

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Renovation  · 
Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 620.11 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Iconic and Revered, Notre Dame de Paris Faces an Uncertain Future

Broken gargoyles and fallen balustrades replaced by plastic pipes and wooden planks. Flying buttresses darkened by pollution and eroded by rainwater. Pinnacles propped up by beams and held together with straps.

According to the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, the iconic Parisian cathedral is in "desperate need of attention." Perhaps more concerningly, the holy site and French national monument is also in "a worrisome state of preservation." Built of limestone—a material notoriously susceptible to erosion—the building is in an accelerating state of wear-and-tear, demanding renewed funding efforts and expertise to secure its immediate and long-term future. From the lead roof to the stone buttresses, the world-renowned gargoyles to the stained glass windows, every inch of the structure requires differing levels of attention.

OMA and FABRICations Win Competition to Transform Former Prison Complex in Amsterdam

The team of OMA and FABRICations in collaboration with LOLA landscape architects has been selected as the winners of a competition to transform a former prison complex in Amsterdam into a 135,000-square-meter mixed-use development. Located in southeastern Amsterdam, Bijlmerbajes has been seen as a distant landmark for the city since its construction in the 1970s. But with recent expansions, the once peripheral site has moved to the center of new urban development, making the property prime location for redevelopment.

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Chui Yuan / Shanghai HuaDu Architecture and Urban Design Group

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang + 45

Shanghai, China

Call for Entries: A|N Best of Design Awards 2017

Be seen by 1,000,000 A|N readers and Members of the A/E/C Design Community! Our Fifth Annual Best Of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements.

Town Folktales / FON STUDIO

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Dushan, China
  • Architects: FON STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 480.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

SimplyWork 6.0 Co-Working Space / 11architecture

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Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: 11architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2100.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Mies van der Rohe's Other Illinois Home, the McCormick House, to Undergo Restoration

As Mies van der Rohe’s adopted city, Chicago and its surrounding area are home to more of the Modernist architect’s projects than anywhere else in the world, from Crown Hall to Federal Center to the Farnsworth House. Perhaps for that very reason, the McCormick House, located in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, is one of the lesser known projects in the architect's’ oeuvre – despite being one of just three single-family homes in the United States completed by Mies.

Built in 1952 for Robert McCormick Jr. – the owner of the land where Mies' 860-880 N. Lake Shore Drive was constructed – the house was moved down the street in 1994, where it was attached to the newly built Elmhurst Museum of Art via a 15-foot-long corridor. While its relocation allowed the building to remain in good care over the next 23 years, it also obscured the home’s front facade, “camouflaging one of the most prized objects in the museum's collection.”

But that’s all about to change, thanks to an upcoming restoration that will remove the offending corridor, allowing the original architecture to shine once again.

Tadao Ando to Design Art Museum Inside Historic Domed Structure in Paris

Renowned art collector François Pinault has revealed plans for a “completely circular museum” that will be located within a 19th century, domed structure that once housed the Parisian Stock Exchange. To accomplish this, Pinault has enlisted the services of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, whose design calls for the construction of a giant concrete cylinder located directly below the building’s soaring rotunda.

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Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO

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

Renovation  · 
Beijing, China
  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 161.5 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

MoMA Completes First Phase of Renovations, Reveals Designs for Extension by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler

At this morning’s press event, The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) unveiled the completed renovations to the east end of its museum campus, while also revealing for the first time the full design of their multi-year expansion project designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler.

With the completion of the east wing renovation, which began in February 2016, the museum has created two spacious third-floor galleries by reconfiguring 15,000 square feet of space, allowing for better flexibility in installing the collection and temporary exhibitions.

View of The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge. Image © Iwan Baan View of the restored Bauhaus staircase, with Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus Stairway (1932). Image © Iwan Baan View of the second floor looking east with new Museum Store, espresso bar and The Daniel and Jane Och Lounge. Image © Iwan Baan View of The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge. Image © Iwan Baan + 10

Renovation of Captain's House / Vector Architects

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Renovation  · 
Fuzhou, China
  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 470.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Buero Wagner Selected for Interior Renovation of Frankfurt’s World Renowned Opera House

A competition for the interior renovation of the Alte Oper, one of the world’s most prominent opera houses in Frankfurt, has been won by German firm Buero Wagner, selected ahead of heavyweight runner-up Zaha Hadid Architects. The scope included the conversion of one of the building’s multipurpose foyers into a central social space, to be activated by the 450,000 annual visitors that attend the Alter Oper’s 400-plus concerts.

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Lee Family Residence / Harmony-design Studio

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Renovation  · 
Puzi city,, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Architects: Harmony-design Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 270.4 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016