Unveiled> Studio Gang’s new wing for the American Museum of Natural History

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Interior, looking east (Courtesy Studio Gang)

Interior, looking east (Courtesy Studio Gang)

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has unveiled the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, a six story, 218,000 square foot, $325 million expansion, at Columbus Avenue and 79th Street, designed by Jeanne Gang. The principal of New York– and Chicago-based Studio Gang stated that the exuberant organic forms recall “geological canyons, glacial forms,” spaces shaped in increments by the forces of nature. Here, form follows function: the aim of the Gilder Center is to build scientific literacy in young people and encourage study in the STEM fields.

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REX unveils a fluted glass office building in Washington, D.C.

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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(Courtesy REX)

(Courtesy REX)

As the United States capital,Washington, D.C. is a de facto magnet for smart people who want to make an impact on government. The city doesn’t often make headlines for its contemporary architecture, though occasionally, a sharp new project breaks into the parade of undistinguished office buildings. One of those is a newly unveiled 11-story structure by Brooklyn-based REX at 2050 M Street, between Washington and Dupont Circles. Read More

Ocean Liner S.S. United States may dock in Red Hook after ship-shape conversion

Rendering of the proposed S.S. United States conversion (Courtesy GBX)

Rendering of the proposed S.S. United States conversion (Courtesy GBX)

New York City has 520 miles of coastline. The city’s coastline-to-swanky-offshore-vessel ratio, however, is seriously skewed. Although New Yorkers may enjoy drinks on the Frying Pan, at Chelsea Piers, or visit the oil tanker cultural center aboard the Mary A. Whalen, in Red Hook, there is certainly room for another moldering boat-turned-modern-recreation-and-entertainment-space. Read More

Bjarke Ingels’ Lego House museum tops out in Billund, Denmark

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

In Lego‘s hometown of Billund, Denmark, 3,000 residents came together to celebrate the topping out of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Lego House. Devoted to the international company, the buildings modular aesthetic is derived from the signature Lego toy bricks. Read More

Museum of Food and Drink Lab opens in Williamsburg with exhibition on real fake flavors

Architecture, East, Interiors, News, Newsletter, Open
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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(Courtesy MOFAD Lab)

(Courtesy MOFAD Lab)

At most museums, “Do Not Touch” is a core commandment. Even at idiosyncratic institutions like the New York Hall of Science or the City Museum in St. Louis, licking or sniffing the exhibits is not encouraged. The behavioral guidelines are very different at Brooklyn’s just-opened Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) Lab. MOFAD Lab engages all five senses to investigate the history, science, and culture of food and drink.

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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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