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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Virgin Hotels breaks ground on a new glass tower in New York City’s burgeoning NoMad neighborhood

(Courtesy VOA)

(Courtesy VOA)

LAM Group and Virgin Hotels in collaboration with interior designer and architects at VOA, have broken ground on their 39-story tower on the southwest corner of 30th Street and Broadway in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan.

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Oakland Uber Alles: Gensler unveils new East Bay headquarters for booming ride-share company

Architecture, Development, Other, Preservation, West
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Not content with 423,000 square feet designed by SHoP Architects in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, Uber is expanding into Oakland. The company purchased the former Sears building from developer Lane Partners, who bought the building last year. Genlser is on deck to transform the old department store into 330,000 square feet of creative office space. The iconic chunk of real estate prominently faces both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue and its redevelopment marks a turning point for Oakland.

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Pelli Clarke Pelli designs San Antonio’s first new office tower in three decades

This hand-crafted paper model of San Antonio had several tower options for the new Frost Bank.

This hand-crafted paper model of San Antonio offers several tower options for the new Frost Bank. (Courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli)

In downtown San Antonio, famed New Haven, Connecticut–based firm Pelli Clarke Pelli (PCP) teamed up with local Alamo Architects to design the new Frost Bank Tower headquarters. It will be the first office tower to join the San Antonio skyline in three decades and one of several new PCP buildings in Texas, including Dallas’ McKinney & Olive tower and the Shraman South Asian Museum and Learning Center.

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Norman Foster proposes African Droneport to save lives and build economies

Rendering of the drones being prepared (Courtesy Foster+Partners)

Rendering of the drones being prepared (Courtesy Foster+Partners)

Who needs roads when you can fly? Norman Foster‘s latest project aims to support cargo drone routes that could deliver “urgent and precious supplies to remote areas on a massive scale.”

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New Detroit urban arts venue Wasserman Projects set to open September 25

Midwest, Newsletter, Region
Monday, September 21, 2015
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Designer Nick Gelpi's collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink

Designer Nick Gelpi’s collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink. (Courtesy Gelpi Projects)

“Detroit is not having a renaissance,” philanthropist Gary Wasserman proclaimed in the Bushwick, Brooklyn studio space of painter Markus Linnenbruck, “It is an entirely new expression of urbanism.” With the sun pouring in through large, iron-frame windows, he introduced the concept for his new Detroit arts venue. Cities, he says, are “the 21st century frontier,” not the West or Space.

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A Porous Building Skin for Downtown Los Angeles

Architecture, Envelope, Other, West
Friday, September 18, 2015
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The Broad Museum at dusk (image courtesy Iwan Baan)

The Broad Museum at dusk (image courtesy Iwan Baan)

The veil functions both as the primary facade and the daylighting system, providing a sense of connection between the gallery spaces and the city.

The Broad Museum will open its doors to the public on Sunday, 5 years after after Diller Scofidio + Renfro won a small invite-only design competition to design a space for Eli Broad’s immense contemporary art collection. All of the public spaces in the museum are created between the building’s two enclosure systems, coined the “vault and veil” by DS+R. The veil, a daylight-absorbing concrete exoskeleton balances performance with fashion, while an interior vault protects a nearly 2,000 piece art collection. Visitors move over, under and through the vault, which consumes almost half of the 120,000 sq. ft., 3-story building.

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OMA does weddings and bar mitzvahs on Wilshire Boulevard

Architecture, News, Newsletter, West
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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SANCTUARY CEILING FROM WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE’S RECENT RENOVATION. (TOM BONNER)

Word of an OMA-designed building for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been in the grapevine for months. The firm was on the short list this past spring along with Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects for the 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s recently restored 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Now, a new building is moving forward with a name, an architect, and a fundraising campaign.

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