'We thought, it would be great if a corporation tried to reach out to the public. Roca wants to erase this detachment that companies have from society.' ' Borja Ferrater, Office of Architecture in Barcelona The Barcelona-based Roca, one of the world’s top producers of bath furnishings and tile, wanted to increase its visibility. So the company approached Carlos Ferrater’s Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) in 2008 to transform a small 1960s office building it occupied into a brand showroom. Although the timing was precarious — right when the financial crisis hit — design architect Borja Ferrater developed a
'We had to . . . figure out ways to make the merchandise look like art. Now many people walk into the lobby and think the store is the first gallery.' ' Jeff Sheppard, Roth + Sheppard Architects Established more than 26 years ago, Roth + Sheppard Architects have a bunch of retail projects in their portfolio — “just cool spaces that seemed to work,” says Jeff Sheppard, coprincipal of the Denver-based firm. His design of the gift shop at Daniel Libeskind’s Denver Art Museum wasn’t based on a gut sensibility, though. Instead, he and his team took a scientific
'Now, the early guys got it. Schindler, Neutra, Wright,' says Barton Myers, sitting on a ledge of the terrace outside of his most recent steel and glass house in Montecito, California, completed in 2009.
When Serie Architects was selected in March 2010 along with Grimshaw's London office and Berlin-based Pysall Ruge Architekten to transform a group of disused steel factory buildings in Hangzhou, into a new mixed-use complex, the firm faced a big challenge.
Image courtesy Houses at Sagaponac Click on the slide show button to see the new designs proposed for the Houses at Sagaponac development. Houses at Sagaponac was a project for a robust economy. In 2001, the late Harry Brown Jr. recruited Richard Meier to help lure architects, many of them famous, to design 32 modern, high-end residences for a 72-acre plot of land in Sagaponac, a village in the town of Southampton, on Long Island. Brown was hoping to beat back the number of traditional, shingle-style mansions cropping up in the area. Related Links: The Sagaponac Effect: Modernist Subdivisions Multiply
Rendering by CO Architects Click on the slide show button to see more images of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. An intact, teeth-baring 33-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex named Thomas is among the 20 dinosaur skeletons and 300 fossils that are moving into an upgraded space inside the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, located in Exposition Park. Designed by Los Angeles-based CO Architects, in collaboration with Brooklyn-based exhibition designer Evidence Design, the exhibition hall, at 14,000 square feet, is twice the size of the museum’s old dinosaur gallery. Never-before-displayed stars of the exhibition include a Triceratops and
Image courtesy Höweler + Yoon The new center will occupy a roughly 17,000-square-foot, two-story space in a new waterfront tower. In an effort to provide more services for its members and create a stronger public presence, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) plans to move to a bigger, more visible spot this November. And after launching a competition to engage emerging architects and solicit the best ideas for the new center, the BSA has selected Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s attention-grabbing design. The new center will occupy a roughly 17,000-square-foot, two-story space the BSA is renting in a new waterfront tower.
June Williamson is an associate professor at the School of Architecture at The City College of New York and the coauthor, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.
With the name of their design firm — L.E.FT — Makram el Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine tip us off to their ideology and offer a partial clue pointing to the location of their first New York City office, on the Lower East Side.
The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture announced today that Robert A.M. Stern has won the 2011 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. Photo courtesy Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP Stern has won the 2011 Driehaus Prize, which is bestowed by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Related Links: Driehaus Prize Given to Egyptian Architect Duany and Plater-Zyberk Donate Driehaus Winnings The annual award, established in 2003 by the university, recognizes architects and urban planners who spend their careers championing traditional design principles with sensitivity to region and context. “Bob brought tradition into the mainstream of