Anna Fixsen was a staff writer and editor for Architectural Record from 2013 to 2017, during which time she covered topics ranging from new projects to human rights, and edited Firms to Watch—a special section devoted to emerging architecture firms.
Head in the CloudsStudio Klimoski Chang ArchitectsNew York City, New York Part Anish Kapoor, part meteorological boon, Brooklyn-based Studio Klimoski Chang Architects (STUDIOKCA) created an 800-square-foot cloud to grace Governor’s Island as FIGMENT’s third annual City of Dreams Pavilion. The Head in the Clouds Pavilion, funded in part through Kickstarter, beat out 200 other design proposals to generate a “place to dream in the city of dreams.” To create the seemingly cotton-soft, billowing form, volunteers and the architects at STUDIOKCA clustered 53,780 recycled milk jugs and water bottles (the amount discarded in New York City in just one hour) in mesh.
For the second consecutive year, Gensler maintains the top position on Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architecture Firms list, which ranks companies according to architectural revenue in the prior year as reported to our sister publication Engineering News-Record.
Allied Works Architecture’s tasting room for the Sokol Blosser Winery, nestled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, is a low-profile building with a complex flavor profile. Architect Brad Cloepfil set the low-slung, 5,000-square-foot structure into a hillside and clad the interior and exterior walls in earthy-hued bands of tight knot cedar, Douglas fir, and hickory. Large windows frame vistas of the landscape, while large, striated skylights cast shadows that evoke the grape trellises of the surrounding vineyards. The Allied Works addition gives the winery, which opened Oregon’s first tasting room in 1978, a new centerpiece. It serves as a point of orientation
One of the world’s most ambitious civic projects, the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong gained momentum today. The District announced that Herzog & de Meuron, in partnership with TFP Farrells, won the job to design Hong Kong’s largest contemporary art museum called M+. Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells beat out five other teams: Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizwas/SANAA; Toyo Ito & Associates and Benoy; Shigeru Ban Architects and Thomas Chow Architects; and Snøhetta. The M+ project, slated for completion in 2017, will join several other proposed cultural venues, including the Xiqu Centre designed
On Thursday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Shaun Donovan launched Rebuild by Design, a multistage competition meant to generate designs that increase resiliency in vulnerable coastal communities.
French Architect Rudy Ricciotti recently unveiled his completed Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM), a cube of lacy concrete resting at the lip of the Mediterranean Sea. Located in Marseille, the museum chronicles more than 4,000 years of Mediterranean history with a collection of art and artifacts spread over 40,000 square feet of exhibition space. The project also includes a 335-seat theater. A delicate walkway bridges Ricciotti’s building with Fort Saint-Jean, the city’s historic military stronghold built in the 17th century. Click the image below to view a slideshow. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM)Rudy RicciottiMarseilles, France
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed this year's temporary pavilion for London's Serpentine Gallery. The structure—a delicate 3,770-square-foot installation composed of thin steel poles—will serve as a social space and house a café. The pavilion will begin its four-month run on the gallery’s front lawn on June 8.