Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

Thirteen years, an ocean of cash, and such a torrent of words that by the end nearly everyone had averted their eyes: finally, One World Trade Center, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), officially the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on the 16 acres of Ground Zero, has opened.
Forget, for the moment, the site's history, and let's just describe what's there. Just north of the 9/11 Memorial fountains, One WTC rises 1,776 feet from the ground plane to the tip of its antenna. The boxy, largely windowless base is 200 feet square in plan and 186 feet tall. Punctured with four street-level entrances, its 28-inch-thick concrete walls are clad in a two-ply skirt: narrow, horizontal stainless-steel slats peek from behind a scrim of vertical translucent glass fins. Floor plates at the base and crown are square; between them rise 71 stories of rentable office space, as well as mechanical floors and soon-to-open observation areas and restaurants, all contained in an elegantly glazed, curtain-walled prism. Between the square base and crown, the tower's corners are chamfered, so that by its midpoint, the floor plate has become a regular octagon. This creates an obelisk-like effect when you look up at the building, with the tower's thinly attenuated isosceles triangles appearing to lean into the skyline of lower Manhattan. -

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center by HOK

When the City of Anaheim launched a design competition in 2009 for a new transit hub, city leaders wanted an iconic structure. In the Southern California home of Disneyland, itself a celebration of mobility and fantasy, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC, is a soaring, optimistic expression of the potential for public transportation in this capital of car culture. - See more at:

“A Joy of Things”: The Architecture World Remembers Michael Graves

This past Thursday Michael Graves, the famed member of the New York Five and one of the Postmodern movement’s great icons, passed away at age 80. With a legacy spanning more than 350 buildings and 2,000 product designs for companies like Alessi, Target and J.C. Penney, Graves will be remembered as a prolific designer, but for many within the profession his 50-year career will be memorable for so much more. Since news of Graves’ death broke on Thursday, tributes have been posted all around the internet, starting with his company’s official statement which said:
“Since founding the firm in 1964, Michael transformed the role of architects and designers, and even the place of design in our everyday lives. For those of us who had the opportunity to work closely with Michael, we knew him as an extraordinary designer, teacher, mentor and friend. For the countless students that he taught for more than 40 years, Michael was an inspiring professor who encouraged everyone to find their unique design voice.”

Monday, March 9, 2015


Bauhaus Dessau headquarters

Few architectural schools have had such a broad, lasting impact on the discipline as Bauhaus, Walter Gropius’s (and later Hannes Meyer’s and Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe’s) all-encompassing German modernist design institution. On the eve of its centennial celebration (the school will turn 100 in 2019) Bauhaus is set to be cemented, quite literally, in design history with the opening of a museum dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of its extensive collections and archives. The museum, sponsored by the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau, will occupy a lot not far from the German city’s Gropius-designed headquarters, completed in 1926. The foundation will be accepting design proposals until April 13, 2015.

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