Image courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture The curators of the United States's Pavilion at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice call their project OfficeUS. The curators of the United States Pavilion at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice have very ambitious plans: to transform an exhibition space into an architectural office. Announced last week, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selected the team of Ashley Schafer, Ana Miljački, and Eva Franch i Gilabert and their proposal to reinterpret the last 100 years of American building outside our borders in a project called OfficeUS. "We want to
A model of Renzo Piano's Parco della Musica (2002) in Rome, on display at Manhattan's Gagosian gallery. The art and architecture worlds have come together of late for several exhibitions at some of the most prominent art galleries in New York. The Marlborough Gallery announced this spring that it was adding Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava to its roster of artists, just in time to feature his work during the all-important Armory Show. Often the subject of solo exhibitions at museums worldwide, Maya Lin’s Here and There at Pace Gallery just closed. The latest convergence of these sometimes disparate
The new East Building seen from Fine Arts Drive (north façade). As the only permanent structure built for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis—an event which looms large in the collective consciousness of the city to this day—the Cass Gilbert-designed Palace of Fine Arts, later known as the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM), persists as a cultural and architectural icon. The handsome neoclassical pile sits atop a rolling hill in the town’s beloved Forest Park, where admission through its porticoed main entrance to view an encyclopedic collection has remained free for over a century. Needless to say, alterations to
The Swiss have long held a reputation for creating products of impeccable precision. Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann, and Simon Frommenwiler, partners in the Basel-based HHF Architects, have found early international success by turning that stereotype on its head.
St. Louis is a city of brick. That most traditional of materials clads the majority of structures in this midwestern metropolis, including the academic buildings on Harris-Stowe State University’s (HSSU) small midtown campus.
Many museum buildings have incorporated systems that allow daylight to illuminate their galleries, but none as robustly as MAXXI, where almost every roof surface is glazed. To support such a roof above the museum’s winding galleries, whose bays average 40 feet wide, reinforced-concrete walls on either side sandwich a series of trusses. While these trusses run parallel to the gallery walls, transversal steel beams connect the walls. Originally conceived as a precast-concrete element, each of these longitudinal sections, typically six per bay, is composed of a steel truss encased in 1⁄2-inch-thick fiberglass-reinforced concrete panels. The nearly 8-foot-deep assembly, which rises
Image courtesy Foreign Office Architects Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, rendering. Click here to view images. Talk to most architects in Ohio and they’ll tell you it’s a pretty conservative place. But while design innovation may be a hard sell for local architects, the state has had an astonishing track record in the last decade for giving cutting-edge foreign architects their first shot at building on American soil, arguably more so than more “forward-thinking” locales on either coast. When the Toledo Museum of Art picked this year’s Pritzker Prize winner, SANAA, to design an ethereal Glass Pavilion in 2000, it