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.
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.
After beating out a group of 107 teams of international renown, the team consisting of our friends at Woods Bagot and Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been selected by Arts South Australia (the Australian Government’s ministry for funding for the arts and cultural heritage) to build an arts facility in Adelaide, state capital of South Australia, which will sit at the edge of a Botanic Garden near the Art Gallery of South Australia. The museum includes a sculpture park and, it is hoped, will become the foremost repository of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the country. The designers call their scheme a “soft beacon” which follows the sloping grade of the building site. While by day the glassy structure will reflect the sky, at night the galleries will glow from within, offering glimpses inside at the collection to passersby. The plan also includes floating “sky galleries” on the top floor, and a suspended rooftop garden which in its design pays tribute to the site’s precolonial landscape, the traditional lands of the Karuna people.
TPG Architecture has designed a New York office for Associated Press (AP), located in Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’s Brookfield Place. It is made up of three continuous executive floors with a separate dedicated newsroom floor. The New York outpost acts as a satellite for 263 offices in 106 countries. Transparency was embraced as a design theme to reflect the ethos of the AP as a cooperative, unincorporated association of journalists working together to get at the truth behind current events. Our friends at TPG were given a canvas of 172,K SqFt of space on which to work, and charged with the task of creating a workplace “ring as on-brand” for the organization, which was established in 1846, meaning the scheme had to embrace the past of journalistic tradition and the future of news reporting.
Our friends at OMA | Office for Metropolitan Architecture‘s 9-storey exhibition venue “The Tower” is a luminous white poured-in-place concrete structure which stands beside the Prada Foundation arts complex in Milano. The Rotterdam office of OMA and its head, Rem Koolhaas, along with Christopher van Duijn, have headed up the renovation of 7 former industrial buildings dating back to 1910, and constructed 3 new. The tower is relatively small in terms of footprint—21.6,K Sqft, featuring one gallery per floor on six levels, with the additional three featuring a café, coat check rooms, and miscellaneous services—but stands 200’. It features rectangular and wedge-shaped floors.