Jun 15,2018 / Architecture

KPF’s Jeff T. Blau Hall at the University of Michigan for the Ross School of Business

Jeff T. Blau Hall at the University of Michigan was designed by our friends at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), and is characterized by a contemporary linear aesthetic. The Hall houses UM’s Ross School of Business and contains classrooms, lecture halls, and public space. The ​​exterior of the hall ​​​​was created with a material​ palette of ​stone, terra-cotta, and glass​ arranged in geometric patterns.​ ​The glass volumes are LEED Gold certified, in keeping with the team’s and project’s focus on innovation and sustainability; the Hall has other energy-efficient features including expansive windows which minimize the need for artificial lighting, and a landscape design which reduces storm-water runoff.

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Jun 13,2018 / Architecture

Renderings released for Rafael Viñoly renovation of a historic building in Hell’s Kitchen

Our friends at Rafael Viñoly Architects have released new renderings for their renovation of a large historic Hell’s Kitchen industrial building in an Art Deco style at 787 Eleventh Avenue originally designed by Albert Kahn, 1927. This project entails the reconfiguration of the existing structure into a series of car showrooms and office spaces. Viñoly and company will add two floors to the 8-storey building, unique in that they will be slightly receded to create a private outdoor green terrace connecting the original structure to the addition. A double-height office will be created by removing the 7th floor slab. The project also includes a renovation of the facade, the ground-floor entrance and lobby, and the introduction of enormous floor to ceiling windows as large of which some will measure 10’x10′: the purpose of which is to activate the heretofore unrealized natural lighting afforded the building by its unobstructed nearness to the Hudson River.

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