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Archive for March, 2010

Le Mannequin – Cre8architecture’s Entry for The Tokyo Fashion Museum competition

Project description by Cre8architecture:
Le Mannequin stands in Omotesando Street – a new landmark on this iconic promenade. The alabaster facade draped in a black concrete robe unveils itself to its audience – invites the visitor to cross a bottom lit cat-walk within a large entrance atrium space that respects the scale of the existing Omotesando Street buildings. The 20’s – 60’s exhibition spaces tumble over each other allowing glimpses into and from adjoining genres. The runway space articulates the building form between the 60’s and 70’s spaces and provides an exhilarating skyline to the street. The crimson spine – zipping the fabric of the building together allows visitors to meander between spaces whilst high speed 3D dynamic lifts whisk you up to the rooftop Japanese garden and sky bar.

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Riverside 66 Hang Lung Plaza by KPF

Project description by KPF:
The Hai He River, which flows through Tianjin into the Pacific Ocean, has long made Beijing’s port city a critical center of trade and commerce in Northern China. Over time, Tianjin has become one of the most active international shipping ports and one of the country’s most important cities. The redevelopment plan for Tianjin aims to reinvigorate the river banks through new uses and an enhanced urban center. Surrounded by cultural institutions, this urban center will establish a new identity for the city that links its culture to its historic place of commerce. The project site defines the eastern portion of the new center in which the building itself is justified toward Tianjin’s main pedestrian street, He Ping Lu, freeing the Hai He river portion of the site for a public park. The building’s form engages the site’s disconnected edges and unites them within a single carapace, which generates the project’s presence on the river. In doing this, two primary hubs of pedestrian flow at the east and west are connected through public atriums. Operating as a public plaza, as well as a vertical concourse to the building’s upper skystreet, the central public atrium divides the internal shell and directly links the Hai He River with He Ping Lu. The concrete and glass structure curves dramatically upward from the riverside and converges with the opposing south façade, yielding a six-story building to meet the context of the Heping District.

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The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010 Presented to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

Press Release:
Architectural Partners in Japan Become the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates

Los Angeles, CA—Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the architectural firm, SANAA, have been chosen as the 2010 Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be held on May 17 on historic Ellis Island in New York. At that time, a $100,000 grant and bronze medallions will be bestowed on the two architects.

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M&T Bank’s Newest Branch at Southgate Plaza in West Seneca / Pentagram

Press Release:
M&T Bank opened its newest branch at Southgate Plaza in West Seneca, the first branch built with a contemporary new design serving as a model for future branch construction and renovation. The office was constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED) established by the U.S. Green Building Council and will soon be LEED registered. LEED is a rating system distinguishing high-performance buildings with less impact on the environment.

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Design Concept for National Eisenhower Memorial by Frank O. Gehry

Press Release:
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission has unanimously selected the preferred design concept created by world-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry. The Eisenhower Memorial will be the first presidential memorial of the 21st century, and only the seventh in U.S. history. In selecting the preferred concept alternative, the Commissioners considered not only aesthetic and thematic issues, but also the impact on historic resources, the impact on the environment, and the estimated construction costs.

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Baltazar Residence La Jolla, California / Public

Project description by Public:
A small one story bungalow sat on a substandard lot between two nondescript condominiums. Within that small house lived a growing family with a modern aesthetic who wanted to take advantage of the ocean views their site offered while adding square footage. The house has a concrete base that rises out of the ground with a minimal amount of openings until the second story, where it turns into a steel frame with a glass window wall that offers a panoramic view out to the Pacific Ocean.

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Bay Adelaide Centre by WZMH Partners

Bay Adelaide Centre is a 51-story, 1.2-million-square-foot Class AAA office building which integrates the façade of the historic National Building. Designed by architects WZMH Partners, the building’s interior features a sophisticated and contemporary design with its main lobby rising 28 feet floor-to-ceiling, enabling maximum use of natural light. The lobby also features a creative light installation by world-renowned artist James Turrell. The property features 40,000 square feet of concourse-level retail providing the final north/south link to the PATH underground pedestrian walkway. Adjacent to the office tower is Arnell Plaza – a half-acre urban public park – as well as a 1,100-stall parking garage.

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Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center Opens

Hyatt Place brand announced the opening of its 150th hotel, Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center. Owned by South Carolina-based Naman Hotels, Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center offers: 127 guestrooms, all of which feature a 42-inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and an eight-foot sectional sofa-sleeper; Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel; 1,000 square feet of meeting space.

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