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
With architects seeking lower carbon building alternatives and renewable materials, there is a growing interest in innovative mass timber building systems.
At the forefront is the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and its new home for departments of Architecture, Building Construction Technology, and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning using an array of mass timber products including glulam, CLT shear walls and composite floors to help reduce the building’s carbon footprint while meeting the same standards for safety and performance as other building types.
Designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the 86,000 sq ft Design Building will be the first of its kind in the U.S. to feature these innovative technologies in a unique, cantilevered form. Peggi Clouston, a UMass Professor researching wood products for over two decades, proudly notes, “this building will be a living laboratory to teach and inspire our students, the next generation of design professionals, about building sustainably with mass timber.” Clouston is leading an interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students at UMass on a companion exhibition that will feature a student-built timber grid shell and showcase the transformational advances in wood construction in recent years.
For more on innovative wood design and mass timber, visit reThink Wood.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.