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A wall of windows winches up and down to reveal the interior of this <a title="Galleries archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/gallery/">gallery</a> renovation in Los Altos, <a title="California archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/california/">California</a>, by Seattle architect <a title="Olson Kundig Architects archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/olson-kundig-architects/">Tom Kundig</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/20/tom-kundig-242-state-street-gallery-california/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
UPDATE: We’ve updated this post with newly released images. Mana Contemporary is the new home to the museum of one of the most celebrated architects of our time. The Richard Meier Model Museum opened to the public on Sunday, January 12.
The new space at Mana Contemporary replaces Richard Meier’s 3,600-square-foot model museum in Long Island City with a 15,000-square-foot suite on the art center’s 2nd floor. The grand space will feature The Richard Meier Model Museum, as well as the architect’s personal studio and research library. A gallery will rotate exhibitions of his art, such as prints, sketches, renderings, photographs, and sculptures.
Richard Meier’s 150-plus model collection spans the architect’s entire career, going back to the 1965 Smith House, one of the early projects which established his reputation. Highlights of the model museum include large-scale study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The research center will be open to students and practicing architects and will serve as an incubator and educational resource for emerging architects and designers.
”Richard Meier’s new space at Mana Contemporary will reveal his intricate design process to a wider audience,” said Eugene Lemay, founder and director of Mana Contemporary. “We are honored to be the home of not only the museum but also a research institute for ongoing study.”
Contractor: David Gray Construction
Landscape Desgin: Urban Wilds
Structural Engineer: Harriott Valentine Engineers
From the architect. Located in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood the Main Street House takes its name from the unimproved right of way and pedestrian path that bounds its site to the north. The single family house was built for a husband and wife, both geologists, nearing retirement but actively working from home.
The house is situated on a sloping site, 20’ from top to toe, that extends from the Main street pedestrian path and Leschi Park beyond to an alley below. The site affords partial views of Lake Washington, Leschi Park, and the surrounding terrain. Multifamily developments to the east and south conspire with the topography to create a fishbowl effect.
The primary aim of the clients was to develop spaces inside and out that engage the site and surroundings while retaining a sense of refuge. This was achieved through the arrangement of program and the composition of elements that work to focus views and extend enclosure beyond the building envelop.
Principal Sustainable Features:
high-efficiency boiler with rooftop solar-thermal preheat
heat recovery ventilation system
rain water detention tank
passive solar and ventilation
4-star Builtgreen certified
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Cedar <a title="Shingles archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/shingles/">shingles</a> typical to New England <a title="Houses archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/houses/">houses</a> have gradually faded from warm beige to a soft greyish brown on the walls of this residence in Maine by <a title="Los Angeles archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/los-angeles/">Los Angeles</a> office Bruce Norelius Studio (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/19/house-punkinville-road-maine-shingles-bruce-norelius/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> construction is now underway on a 222-metre <a title="More skyscrapers on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/architecture/skyscrapers/">skyscraper</a> by New York studios HWKN and Handel Architects that is set to become the tallest building in the state of New Jersey. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/18/new-jersey-tallest-sksyscraper-hwkn-handel-architects/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
For this residence, light, transparency and continued spacial flow was vital. Privacy was also a concern since the residence is located in a tight urban location.
The solution was to create open, fluid interior spaces, both horizontally and vertically and then to wrap it all in white masonry. This white veil is scored with window bands that allow abundant natural light, yet because of strategic locating, provide privacy and eliminate the need for window treatments.
The light filled white interior is strengthened by the use of reflective white surfaces and the use of glass railings. The main central stairs is clad in glass, both clear and opaque to again maintain privacy but allow natural light.
The flowing and light filled interiors are carried to the two surrounding exterior landscapes, blurring the boundaries creating an urban retreat.
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A sequence of vaulted ceilings and arched openings sets up layered vistas through the interior of this beach <a title="More houses on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/houses/">house</a> in Southern <a title="California archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/California/">California</a> by <a title="Los Angeles archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Los-Angeles/">Los Angeles</a> firm Johnston Marklee (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/17/johnston-marklee-vault-house-beach-california/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
Title: AA Visiting School Los Angeles
Organizers: Architectural Association
From: Mon, 16 Jun 2014
Until: Fri, 27 Jun 2014
Venue: University of Southern California (USC)
Address: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> the United States Mint has produced its first contact lens-shaped coins to commemorate 75 years of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/14/us-mint-produces-domed-coins/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
Situated in a flood plain on the barrier island off of Long Island, this house is elevated on piles, allowing the beach landscape to run through the site. A wood boardwalk, running the length of the site from the entry road out to the rear yard boat dock, splits the house, providing dramatic views of the bay and marsh grasses. The house’s massing is a composition of solid and void, with solid walls to the ground and others on piles left exposed.
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. Built on the grounds of cancer hospitals, they are designed to be warm, welcoming places that provide practical, emotional, and social support. Conceived by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, along with her husband Charles Jencks, as a direct response to her own experience with cancer, the first Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh opened its doors to the public in 1996. Since then, Maggie’s has grown to 17 centers across the United Kingdom and beyond, with many more to follow.
This exhibition will focus in depth on five centers: Maggie’s Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry; Maggie’s Gartnavel, designed by Rem Koolhaas; Maggie’s Nottingham, designed by Piers Gough with interiors designed by Paul Smith; Maggie’s West London, designed by Richard Rogers; and Maggie’s Barts, designed by Steven Holl (not yet realized). In exploring the unique architectural elements of each center, from the undulating roofs of Gehry’s Dundee to Holl’s musically inspired space at the future Maggie’s Barts, the exhibition illustrates the importance of user-focused design in creating an environment of help and healing. By design, Maggie’s combines aspects of healthcare and treatment that are often separate in to a single hybrid building type; a space that is part-hospital, part-church, part-museum, and part-home.
Foster + Partner’scontroversial renovation plans for the New York Public Library (NYPL) are currently in a state of limbo while the city decides their course of action. Foster’s proposal for the 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” on 5th Avenue is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years. Although the renovation promises to “preserve the building’s legacy as it integrates a new, state-of-the-art Circulating Library into its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street”, Robin Progrebin of the New York Times, has reported that Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, is letting the $150 million in capital funds set aside for the project sit idle while cost analysis is undertaken. The Committee to Save the New York Public Library, who oppose the renovation works, have “forwarded about 3,000 email letters from supporters imploring the mayor to reconsider the plan”.
From a design point of view, “the library has maintained that the stacks in their current state are unworkable because they lack humidity and temperature control.” Foster + Partners are reportedly reworking the design. According to Tony Marx, President of the NYPL, the library is “simply taking the time to get it right.”
Find out more about Foster’s designs for the New York Public Library on ArchDaily here.
Click here to view the embedded video.References: New York Times
Location: Main Street, Glen Jean, WV, USA
Executive Architect/Architect Of Record: BNIM
Area: 3,357 sqft
Photographs: Joe Fletcher
Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz
Structural Engineering: Tipping Mar
Mep Engineer: Integral Group
Exhibit Design: Volume, Inc./ Studio Terpeluk
Lighting Design: Dave Nelson & Associates
Code Consultant: FP&C Consultants
Contractor: Swope Construction
Client: Boy Scouts of America / Trinity Works
Site Area: 10,000 acres
From the architect. The Sustainability Treehouse, a Living Building Challenge targeted interpretive and gathering facility situated in the forest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, serves as a unique icon of camp adventure, environmental stewardship and innovative building design. Mithun led the integrated design process and a multidisciplinary team to achieve the engaging, high‐performance facility.
The Treehouse provides dynamic educational and gathering spaces for exploring and understanding the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy, and sky. The towering Corten steel frame elevates visitors to extraordinary vantages and provides an armature for green building systems, such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and a large cistern and water cleansing system. Interactive exhibits showcase and celebrate sustainable technologies.
Overall, the Treehouse captures the wonder of childhood exploration and places environmental education at the forefront of meaningful experiences and camp messages for thousands of annual visitors to take home.
Title: Symposium: Cities and Citizenship
From: Thu, 13 Mar 2014
Until: Sat, 15 Mar 2014
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Wyoming Building / New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Address: 5 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003, USA
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The three-fingered plan of this rural Californian retreat by Mork-Ulnes Architects is oriented to frame views of a mountain ridge, vineyards and a local landmark named Eagle Rock (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/05/moose-road-house-mork-ulnes-architects-california/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
Among last year’s winners of the International Photography Awards Competition, were some fantastic night photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia taken by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos. The awarded photos, and more photographs taken by Andrew in Brazil, will be exhibited in “Brazil: Night & Day”, at Banco do Brasil, 11 W 42nd St., New York.
Sponsored by Banco do Brasil and the Year of Brazil at Queens College, CUNY, the exhibition will include photographs from Niemeyer’s Brasilia, panoramic cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro at night, landscapes from Rio’s Botanical Gardens, and Rio street scenes. It will be on display from April 3 to April 25.
“Some days it feels like Google is taking over the world.” In an article for The Verge Sean Hollister investigates how Google now represents one tenth of Mountain View, the city which hosts the company’s Californian headquarters. Having one of the world’s largest tech companies on their doorstep is a cause of concern for residents, some of whom are now referring to their home as Googleville. Having just bought the lease for a former military airport some city council members are seeing the expansionist move as a step too far – read the article in full here.
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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> the latest <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2013/09/30/special-feature-design-by-celebrities/">celebrity to dip their toes into design</a> is hip-hop artist Snoop, who has teamed up with holiday rental website Airbnb to create a pop-up house during next week's SXSW festival in Austin, <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/texas/">Texas</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/04/snoop-collaborates-with-airbnb-to-design-pavilion-for-sxsw/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
BIG has unveiled new plans for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. Departing from his original competition winning design, a twisted 76-foot tall log cabin, the new scheme will now top out at a more modest 46-feet as two slanted concrete walls lift towards the sky and expose the center’s interior to the historic Old Main Street.
“The building seems to rise with Main Street and the mountain landscape, while bowing down to match the scale of the existing Kimball,” described Bjarke Ingels in a statement.
Originally built within the confines of former Kimball Bros. auto garage, BIG’s design will nearly double the center in size. At 30,000 square feet, the new space will add over 9,000 square feet of museum and exhibition space, large social and flexible use areas, a 4,000 foot Children’s Interactive Discovery Center, and a 3,000 square foot educational studio, as well as expanded administration and support areas. In addition to this, upper galleries will be fitted with a new outdoor exhibition space that occupies the roof of the former garage and frames stunning views of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains.
Contingent on city approval, construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.
Location: 638 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060, USA
Local Architect: Park City’s Elliott Workgroup
Area: 30000.0 ft2