OMA’s stacked Timmerhuis project in Rotterdam edges closer to its December opening

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode / OMA)

OMA‘s Timmerhuis project for Rotterdam, a gleaming stack of municipal offices, will open to the public on December 11, 2015. The mixed-use building will primarily house office space taking up 262,000 square feet with residential, parking, gallery, and retail spaces occupying the rest of the building.

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Vishaan Chakrabarti departs SHoP to begin his own practice, the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

Architect and planner Vishaan Chakrabarti has had some crazy ideas over the years. In the past he has worked to convert an old Post Office adjacent to Penn Station into the monumental Moynihan Station and helped shape a loopy scheme to transform the former Domino Sugar Factory on Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Waterfront. In 2013, he even spearheaded a proposal to extend Manhattan island to connect it with Governors Island and project a new plot of land into New York Harbor.

It’s fair to say that Chakrabarti thinks big. Today, Chakrabarti announced his latest big idea: his own architecture firm called the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU).

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The sun shines on SURE HOUSE as it triumphs in the Solar Decathlon

(Courtesy SURE HOUSE)

(Courtesy SURE HOUSE)

The Stevens Institute of Technology‘s SURE HOUSE has won the biennial United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon for 2015, beating out 13 other teams. Showcasing aesthetics, serious sustainability, and financial viability wrapped in a tiny and efficient solar house, the winning dwelling scored consistently well in all ten of the competition’s categories. Read More

Marvel at the time-lapse renderings of Nolita’s 34 Prince Street

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter
Monday, October 19, 2015
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34 Prince Street, 1980 (Courtesy MARCH)

34 Prince Street, 1980. (Courtesy MARCH)

Those feeling nostalgic for the New York of yesterday can feast on time lapse renderings by Brooklyn-based MARCH for Marvel Architects‘ 34 Prince Street. The New York firm is converting the former convent, orphanage, and school into luxury residences. Newly released renderings depict the 1825 Federal-style building as it was in 1900, 1940, 1980, and 2016 (the project’s expected completion date). Read More

SOM’s Neil Katz on parametric modeling in facade design

Parametric model of structural system for a very early version of Tower One of the World Trade Center project, New York. (Courtesy Neil Katz)

Parametric model of structural system for a very early version of Tower One of the World Trade Center project, New York. (Courtesy Neil Katz)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) associate Neil Katz describes his approach to crafting facades as involving a “computational design” methodology.

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Surveying the 2015 Architecture & Design Film Festival, going on now in New York City

Architecture, East, Newsletter, On View
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Architecture & Design Film Festival
New York
Through October 18, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The Architecture & Design Film Festival is back with a roundup of films on architecture, design, and the built environment. It’s a great way of taking the pulse of what’s going on here and abroad, and how work is being represented to a wider public.

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There’s a Michael Graves–designed apartment hidden in the Brooklyn Museum

(Courtesy Brooklyn Museum)

(Courtesy Brooklyn Museum)

Fun fact: there’s a set of fully furnished rooms, designed by Michael Graves, that lives in storage at the Brooklyn Museum. Built between 1979 and 1981 for Susan and John Reinhold, the suite within their duplex at 101 Central Park West was donated to the museum when the couple divorced in 1986. Preserved in situ, the rooms are a rare surviving example of interior postmodern architecture.

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No glass ceilings here: Eva Jiricna will design new home for Tiffany lamp collection

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

The New York Historical Society announced today that Czech architect Eva Jiřičná will design a new space for exhibitions and study on the 20,000 square foot fourth floor of the society’s Central Park West building.

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Apple to lease HOK’s Curvy Central & Wolfe Campus in Sunnyvale, California

Apple to lease curvy office building by HOK. (Courtesy HOK and Landbank)

Apple to lease curvy office building by HOK. (Courtesy HOK and Landbank)

News broke last week that Apple plans to move into another spaceship of a building, the Central & Wolfe Campus in Sunnyvale, California designed by HOK. Read More

Kissing Constructs: Barbara Kasten’s surreal photography at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Art, International, Midwest, Newsletter, On View
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Barbara Kasten's all-analog photography from the 1980's is on display at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Barbara Kasten’s all-analog photography from the 1980’s is on display at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. (Courtesy Graham Foundation)

Thursday night, Barbara Kasten’s first major retrospective opened at the Graham Foundation as an offsite event of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Set in the Madlener house, a turn-of-the century Prairie-Style mansion, the exhibition brings together a roughly chronological overview of the artist’s practice from the 1970s until today. The works on display are of an astonishingly contemporary quality—many of the framed photographs follow the aesthetic paradigms of current net—or Tumblr art featuring primitive geometric shapes of varying surface texture lit in a rich palette of pastel colors forming surreal spatial compositions.

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NBBJ’s just-opened Samsung headquarters seeks urbanism in Silicon Valley

Architecture, Interiors, Newsletter, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Courtyard encourages public and employee interaction. (Courtesy NBBJ and Samsung)

Courtyard encourages public and employee interaction. (Courtesy NBBJ Architects)

Samsung’s new North American headquarters in San Jose is now open for business. Designed by NBBJ, the 1.1 million-square-foot, $300 million building presents itself as a counterpoint to the introverted campuses that dot Silicon Valley: Facebook’s self-contained, Gehry-ific HQ or Foster’s secluded spaceship for Apple.

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Architect John Ronan talks opportunities, challenges in dynamic facade design

John Ronan Architects' Urban Filter Office Building, Geneva, Switzerland. (Courtesy John Ronan Architects)

John Ronan Architects’ Urban Filter Office Building, Geneva, Switzerland. (Courtesy John Ronan Architects)

In recent years, building envelope assemblies have become increasingly sophisticated, separating the skin from its traditional, structural function and thus making way for formal experimentation.

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