REX starts sewing a pleated-glass facade onto a brutalist Manhattan tower

The Manhattan West Development. (Courtesy Brookfield)

The Manhattan West Development. (Courtesy Brookfield)

Last year, AN explored REX’s strategy to revamp a brutalist, ziggurat-shaped tower on Manhattan‘s west side with a modern, pleated-glass facade. Since the Davis Brody Bond–designed structure was originally a warehouse, developer Brookfield Properties thought it made sense to give the building a glassy facelift before the tech companies moved in.

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Portland designers crafted this tea-toned tea shop in Miami to feature an inviting lounge-meets-café interior

(Courtesy Ken Hayden)

(Courtesy Ken Hayden)

Miami’s caffeine junkies have a new, chic watering hole to haunt. Small Tea, whose neutral brown and tan–toned interior begets the perfect cuppa, was designed by Portland, OR–based Osmose Design. The store, café, and retreat serves 84 tea varieties, and its material palette is inspired by tea-making implements.

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Visions of Plasticity: TEX-FAB 2015 probes into new digital fabrication technologies

Plastic Stereotomy by Justin Diles

Plastic Stereotomy by Justin Diles.

This year’s TEX-FAB symposium in Houston continued the digital fabrication alliance’s exploration of new frontiers and technologies in the field by investigating the latest developments in 3D printing and composites.

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Polish architect debuts plans for an “underwater Wimbledon,” a submerged tennis court in Dubai

(Courtesy 8 + 8 Concept Studio)

(Courtesy 8 + 8 Concept Studio)

Engineers have been hotly debating the feasibility of a proposed underwater tennis court off the coast of Dubai with a curved glass roof from which spectators can view marine life. Or, rather, a tennis match.

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Erik L’Heureux Wins 2015 Wheelwright Prize

2015 Wheelwright Prize winner Erik L’Heureux. (Courtesy Wheelwright Prize)

2015 Wheelwright Prize winner Erik L’Heureux. (Courtesy Wheelwright Prize)

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has named Erik L’Heureux as the winner of the 2015 Wheelwright Prize. L’Heureux is an American architect and current professor at the National University of Singapore; he also heads up his own firm called Pencil Office. Along with the prestigious accolade comes a $100,000 traveling fellowship for L’Heureux to study new approaches to contemporary design for two years.

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Eavesdrop> Stiffed! The Lisbon Architecture Triennale tells its curators they won’t be paid

"Marshmallow Laser Feast" was part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. (Delfino Legnani)

“Marshmallow Laser Feast” was part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. (Delfino Legnani)

The life of an independent architecture curator is always tenuous at best. They develop a concept for an exhibit then pitch it to multiple venues in academia and museums and spend three to four years realizing the project. The financial rewards for such projects are minimal, but usually cover the curator’s costs and allow them a modicum of profit.

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Pictorial> Here’s your first glimpse inside Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum

Catwalks on the building's east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Catwalks on the building’s east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

On May 1, the southern terminus of the High Line will have a true anchor tenant. Renzo Piano‘s towering new Whitney Museum for American Art will throw open its glass doors—or at least unlock the revolving ones—as tourists and eager New Yorkers alike throng in for a look around the highly anticipated gallery spaces. Until then, here’s a peek at the the museum, inside and out, from a press junket on Thursday.

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More in Milan: Rem Koolhaas’ arts complex for Prada brings together old and new—with gold

OMA-.-fondazione-prada-.-milan-(19)

(Courtesy OMA)

Should you be looking for yet another reason to add Milan to your architectural travel itinerary, the Prada Foundation is scheduled to open its many doors to the public on May 9. Designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, the campus—part new construction, part rehabbed structures—will include 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, a theater, a children’s area, a restaurant, and library.

And Rem plans to wrap another building in gold leaf.

East London ad agency expands its office space with chic plywood interiors by Design Haus Liberty

(Courtesy Design Haus Liberty)

(Courtesy Design Haus Liberty)

East London–based ad agency AnalogFolk recently tacked some extra real estate onto its main headquarters in the British capital, a high-ceilinged loft turned industrial workspace where reclaimed artifacts are repurposed using modern technology.

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