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10 Titles to Inspire, Inform, and Amuse

From pleasures to patterns, and waterfronts to wonders (and even something for dummies)

 
by Ellen Louer

December 17, 2002

Pleasure: The Architecture and Design of Rockwell Group
Not Your Father's Car Dealer: Jaguar of Tampa by JGA, Inc. and Illuminating Concepts

Tampa, Florida: Classy cars take center stage in a traffic-stopping showroom.

 
by Kristen Richards

December 10, 2002

Aston Martin Jaguar of Tampa: passers-by turn into the parking lot to watch the "show."
(Scott Stephens/Illuminating Concepts)

INSIGHT: Creating an Arbor for Art in Fort Worth

Just how was Tadao Ando's design for Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth translated into a concrete reality? The engineers explain the solutions that range from the exotic to the purely functional.

 
by David B. Spires, P.E., Leo J. Galletta, P.E., and Leonard M.

December 3, 2002

Architectural concrete beams and columns frame the view toward the galleries and reflecting pond, as seen from the café terrace.
(David B. Spires/Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers)
Symphonic Shimmer: Dortmund Concert Hall by Architekten Schröder Schulte-Ladbeck Strothmann

Dortmund, Germany: A new concert hall hits all the right notes for the renaissance of an urban neighborhood.

 
by Kristen Richards

November 19, 2002

The Dortmund Concert Hall shimmers against the evening sky.
(architects schröder schulte-ladbeck strothmann)

Exhibition/Award: Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront, Amsterdam, by West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

Two docks in Amsterdam take on new life as a suburban-style housing project, pick up an award for urban design, and get star billing at an exhibition at Harvard Design School.

 
by ArchNewsNow

November 13, 2002

Borneo Sporenburg consists of 2,500 housing units on two docks along Amsterdam's waterfront.
(West 8)
City on a Site: Simmons Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Steven Holl Architects

Cambridge, Massachusetts: A new campus dormitory goes well beyond typical cinder block and laminates - the words "pixilated" and "audacious" come to mind.

 
by David Sokol

November 5, 2002

On the other side of the fence: MIT's Simmons Hall is a "vertical slice of a city."
(Kevin McCarthy)

Green Values: Environmental Defense Office by Envision Design (updated January 2005)

Washington, DC: An environmental organization doesn't give up having a beautiful space just so it can be "green."

 
by Kristen Richards

October 29, 2002

From the elevator lobby, the transparency of the Environmental Defense office is obvious.
(Michael Moran)
Company Cultures: Red Tettemer Advertising and Electronic Ink by Agoos/Lovera Architects

Philadelphia: One firm gives two companies in the same Center City office building two very different personae.

 
by Kristen Richards

October 24, 2002

Red Tettemer: The playful reception area; copper laminate ceiling panels, red cork flooring, and the client's logo introduce visitors to the unusual environment beyond.
(Matt Wargo Photography)

Exhibition: Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Architecture of William McDonough + Partners at the Atlanta International Museum

"Being less bad is not being good" is a tune we all should learn.

 
by Kristen Richards

October 15, 2002

Ecology, Economy, Equity: all equal parts
(William McDonough + Partners (WMP))
Moribund Mall Makeover: Sherman Oaks Galleria by Gensler

Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles), California: An iconic shopping mall bucks the dead-mall trend with a mixed-use formula.

 
by ArchNewsNow

October 9, 2002

The new Sherman Oaks Galleria
(Benny Chan / fotoworks)

INSIGHT: Chihuly Bridge of Glass By Arthur W. Andersson, AIA/Andersson-Wise Architects

Tacoma, Washington: An architect and an artist combine visions for a pedestrian crossing.

 
by Arthur W. Andersson, AIA

October 3, 2002

Bridge of Glass: view east from Seaform Pavilion to Crystal Towers at dusk
(Tim Hursley)
From Caterpillar to Butterfly: DuPage Children's Museum by Peter J. Exley Architect/architectureisfun and Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Architects Planners

Naperville, Illinois: The metamorphosis of a retail lumber building into a place that combines learning and fun offered the same experience to the design team.

 
by Sharon Exley, MAAE, and Kristin Baker

September 23, 2002

The DuPage Children's Museum raucously colored exterior signage signals there's fun to be had inside.
(Doug Snower Photography)

Healing Hearts: Genesis Heart Institute by Flad & Associates

Davenport, Iowa: A new cardiac clinic offers an environment that promotes well-being and optimism, helping patients and their families focus on healing.

 
by ArchNewsNow

September 17, 2002

The curved glass curtainwall of the Genesis Heart Institute's lobby reflects the Midwest sunset.
(Bob Harr, Hedrich Blessing)
9/11: A Reflection

 
by Kristen Richards

September 11, 2002

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(Chris Calori, Calori & Vanden-Eynden/Design Consultants)

Architecture Parlante: The Darwin Centre by HOK International

London, UK: A modern building sensitive to its historic setting is designed to captivate and educate visitors who want to see millions of bottled zoological specimens and the scientists who study them.

 
by Kristen Richards

August 26, 2002

The Darwin Centre, view from Queensgate
(Peter Durant/Arcblue.com)
INSIGHT: Art in Architecture: Ancient Simpatico By Gordon Huether

An artist partners his art with architecture - to the extent that he even has a patent for a glass art technique that meets stringent requirements of contemporary building codes.

 
by Gordon Huether

August 21, 2002

Detail: Charles Schwab Building, San Francisco; Public Art Award 2001. Etched, fused, and enameled glass, each panel 45"x33". Architect: HOK San Francisco
(Misha Bruk)

Spatial Experiments: "Zaha Hadid Laboratories" at the National Building Museum

The evolution from project concept to completion is explored in an exhibition honoring an architect known for challenging popular convention.

 
by Kristen Richards

August 19, 2002

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts - Presentation Model, Cincinnati, Ohio (Nov. 1998)
(Zaha Hadid Architects)
Pioneering Forum Stimulates Urban Regeneration Debate

Leeds, UK: A British architect's vision to enhance the quality of projects that impact on our everyday lives brings together key players who shape cities and towns throughout Yorkshire.

 
by ArchNewsNow

August 12, 2002

Lister's Mill in Manningham, Urban Splash

Luxurious Hospitality: St. Regis Shanghai Hotel by Sydness Architects, P.C. and HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates

Shanghai, China: A slender hotel tower adds distinctive grace to the skyline and offers elegant interiors for guests.

 
by Kristen Richards

August 8, 2002

Outlined in lights at night, the St. Regis Shanghai cuts a slender profile against the skyline.
(Mr. Miao)
Modern Moderne: Berkeley Public Library Renovation and Expansion by Ripley/BOORA Associated Architects

Berkekey, California: An urban treasure is thoughtfully brought into the 21st century.

 
by ArchNewsNow

August 1, 2002

The Berkeley Public Library includes the original 1931 building (left), and a new addition (right).
(David Wakely Photography)


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