From the architect. The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery is the second oldest museum in Australia and its collection mandate is the most diverse of any in the country. Its campus at Constitution Dock on Hobart’s waterfront includes a rich collection of heritage buildings including the Commissariat Store (1808-10), the Private Secretary’s Cottage (1815) and Custom House (1902).
This masterplan project will expand the museum through new additions and adaptive reuse as well as extend the public open space and museum forecourt. The redevelopment will be the single largest and most significant cultural development ever undertaken in Tasmania.
The scheme interweaves heritage buildings, new contemporary elements and archaeology to create a rich and unique experience for visitors. A series of new elements have been integrated into the existing heritage fabric to create a coherent museum complex.
A new louvred and glass roof is suspended on fine timber columns to enclose the central courtyard. The intentional randomness of the columns within the courtyard allude to the trees of the original waterfront landscape while the multi-layered timber louvre, steel and glazed roof reinterprets the tree canopies and provide environmental control of the courtyard space underneath. The operable curved timber louvres on the underside of the roof enable natural light to be manipulated at different times of the day and throughout the year, transforming the character of light and shade in the courtyard.
Two new box-like timber volumes are carefully placed in relation to the heritage elements. The first frames the new entrance into the courtyard with a café underneath the suspended volume and a gallery/lecture space above. The second box is locked into position between the Private Secretary’s Cottage courtyard and street-front opening out to Sullivans Cove and connects the extensive new gallery spaces with the public waterfront. These suspended timber forms are akin to fine jewellery boxes protecting their contents, and along one side a series of spiral wood louvres behind glass rotate to reveal Hobart’s waterfront.
Two new courtyards are formed by this juxtaposition of new and existing elements: the Central Gallery with its glazed lantern roof and the Private Secretary’s Cottage courtyard. Both atrium spaces improve orientation and circulation for both the new galleries and heritage galleries.
Finally, a new public open space is created that also forms a forecourt to the new Watergate museum entrance. The ground plane of this new public square has been delineated by a series of folded strips that have been generated from the existing built fabric geometry. The topography of the site both artificial and natural is transformed to provide a dynamic civic square that offers a range of opportunities and scales for intimate and large gatherings.
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 20 Apr 2014.
From the architect. An existing three-family house from the 50′s, situated in a for this decade typical featureless residential area, should be fundamentally renovated and modernised fort the use by a married couple.
While the exterior form of the existing building wasn’t allowed to change, the interior was completly converted. New Airspaces and galleries, which connect the different levels, create the favoured open living-structure. Existing windows were closed almost completly and replaced by new openings in roof and walls, with different sizes, forms and functions.
Both ceiling-high windows on the ground-floor can be wide opened, so that the living- and dining-area inside is getting a unity area with the front- and backyard. A large-sized skylight above the three-storied airspace, with a planted tree in it, provides an ideal natural lighting of the house.
At the outside the stainless steel covering, coherent on walls and roof, reflects the environment and wants the house to dematerialize, in order to adapt to the existing surrounding, without beeing subordinated to it.
This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide. The aim of this competition is to increase interest in and gain support for the vision42 initiative for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street.
The competition is intended to encourage architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking this important but noisy, traffic-clogged street into an enhanced, world-class pedestrian environment that is served by a high-quality, low-floor, modern surface light rail tram. The winning design will be one that utilizes the potential of the boulevard to inspire New Yorkers and its elected officials to transform the street into a model for a 21st century live/work space and transportation corridor.
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Participants: Alejandro Danel
Lighting: LUA – Luz en Arquitectura
Furnishings: Steelcase, Moblity
From the architect. The corporate offices of American Standard are located at the Corporate Headquarters, Corporate Campus Coyoacán, Av. Coyoacán 1622, México, D.F.
With a land area of 1500m2 the offices are conceived based on two central concepts which were fundamental for the development of the project. The first was to generate a showroom for its clients and the second, the corporate offices.
The showroom was a singular element in the project, requiring a flexible space that could change easily, for which a lighting analysis was worked on in order to be able to have a space that, whatever the arrangement of the furniture, would be well lighted. The materials that were used for this space were carefully selected in order to generate a neutral background that would look good during the different furniture shows.
The panel design, subtle lines in the marble and rug cutting are based on the concept of WATER, curvilinear elements that simulate the waves that are transformed in panels that literally simulate the continuity in the space.
Access to the offices consists of a spacious reception with a waiting area, coffee area and two meeting rooms for clients. From this space there is access to the showroom or the offices.
As part of the architectural program, we have meeting rooms, a dining room, telephone booths, a training room, the general director’s private office, and a very important space, the laboratory, where tests are done on the equipment and their different products in use are shown.
The offices also have men’s and women’s bathrooms. In these bathrooms it was sought to generate a homey touch that was different from those normally found in offices.
For the design of these offices, aspects were considered that altogether generate a much more comfortable space for the user, such as the use of natural light, lighting efficiency, standardization of work positions, more open work stations in order to promote communication among work groups.
BR Design is an award winning, boutique interiors firm specializing in commercial interior design for public corporations and privately held businesses. We are seeking a self-motivated individual with a minimum of five years corporate project management experience to direct a variety of interior projects in New York.
The ideal candidate would have a degree in architecture or interior design, a minimum of 5 years project management experience, be fluent in management software such as msexcel, ms projects, powerpoint as well as architectural software.You would also have a deep understanding of building infrastructure including all mechanical and structural systems and IT/AV systems and requirements.
As the project’s manager, you would be working directly with the client project team and all consultants, and be responsible for managing the design process in-house from project inception to completion.
Responsibilities would include: Developing budgets and schedules, documenting client/co…
Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.
“The harmony between nature and creatures gives the best solution for living,” stated design team leader Qian Qiang.
The project focuses on establishing a strong visual connection between nature and the individuals work space. This will be achieved through the use of a unique, stepped vertical green system that attempts to pull nature from the outside balconies in to the interior working spaces. This same green roof system is intended to control the interior temperature of the building, reducing the need for internal climate control.
In an attempt to break from traditional office podium-tower typologies, large surface areas will be broken down to a much more human scale. Uneven stone walls and a series of louvers will develop a unique, less intimidating sense of space around the building. Similarly, the central podium will be split in two, opening towards the north and south. This gesture invites the surrounding city towards the interior of the complex ensuring that there is a strong connection between the architecture and its immediate context.
Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 19 Apr 2014.
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Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure.
These shopping “embassies” will be grouped along the mall axis in a manner resembling a traditional European neighborhood. At the same time, the roofs of the shops will be utilized as restaurant space, and will be connected to each other by elevated footbridges. This is intended to create a unique, multi-level promenade which the architects describe as “an exterior landscape that is air-conditioned and unified beneath the glass canopy of the mall.”
The lower portions of the complex’s towers will provide space for residential areas and a hotel. The top of each tower will be more devoted to public features such as pools, gardens, and bars, connected via misted suspension bridges between towers.
Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 19 Apr 2014.