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MdeAS’ Long Island City office development with food hall and rooftop park

“The JACX” will be a major addition to NYC’s fastest growing neighborhood, in the form of two identical mixed-use towers at 28-01 Jackson Avenue, which will consist of 40,K SqFt of retail space, a gourmet market, food hall and restaurants, boutique fitness centers and a one-acre rooftop terrace/greenspace. Each tower will stand 26-storeys with a gross SqFtge of 1.2M. Our friends at Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects (MdeAS) have said their intention in the design was to “bring the outside in,” with their landscaped terraces and rooftop which will serve as a quadrangle for tenants to socialize, eat or do work. The quad itself will have a 2,000 SqFt food & beverage pavilion, and, at ground level, there will be a another large greenspace along Queens Plaza.

CetraRuddy’s First Project in Canada will be this Strikingly Modern, Vertebral Luxury Tower

The strikingly modern, vertebral, 64 Prince Arthur will lie between two neighborhoods in Toronto, The Annex and Yorkville. The 29-storey tower, designed by our friends at CetraRuddy, will stand around 400 feet and comprise 60 units of a luxury-residential nature. Its uniquely textured exoskeletal facade peels away to allow for outdoor terraces which in increase in SqFTge higher and higher up the building. The structure is also unique insofar as its central core is its only consistent shape, with each floor plate slowly morphing from a rectangle at the entry level until it terminates in a polygon at the top floor.

ICRAVE Built an Indoor Neighborhood for this Luxury Development

Interior designers, and our friends, ICRAVE‘s mission was to create a self-sufficient neighborhood-within-a-building for (other friends) SLCE Architects‘ 21 West End. Aiding them in this pursuit was a commodious underground space originally designated as a parking garage, which they’ve turned into a 30,K SqFt amenity space, featuring a library, wine lockers, a carpentry workshop, a lounge, soundproof spaces with a karaoke machine and a room-size golf simulator, storage units for residents, a dog playground and pet spa, and also a gym for human use with a yoga studio and an indoor pool. There’s even a real wooden dinosaur in a child’s play area. In addition to housing a lot of stuff, the amenities complex constitutes a self-contained neighborhood, in the metaphysical sense: a place which invokes a sense of community and of being a public, – and this is a great idea because this building is on the Upper West Side, which arguably isn’t a neighborhood at all.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Zaryadye Park Opens in Moscow

Zaryadye Park in Moscow has more in common with a biosphere than most parks: one of its pavilions features a continuously replenished ice sculpture and is meant to replicate the conditions of winter the year round, while a 15,K SqFt glass canopy-covered lawn on the roof of the park’s new concert hall uses passive solar heating to replicate the conditions of summer at all times. Other notable features include a boomerang-shaped concrete bridge cantilevering 45 feet above the Moskva River. Zaryadye Park by our friends at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, half a mile from Red Square, is the first major new park in Moscow designed by an American office in half a century.

Deborah Berke’s Hotel Henry

The Richardson Olmsted Campus is regarded as the centerpiece of a citywide effort to revive the architectural history of the city of Buffalo. Formerly the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, the complex comprises a 1,500-foot-long row of stone and brick buildings. The first phase will be in the installation of the new Hotel Henry, an “urban resort” and conference/event center. Our friends at Deborah Berke Partners have relocated the main entrance from the south side to the north side of Administration and enclosed it in a glass box, designed a restaurant, café, and lounges in former offices attempting to alter the original floor plan as little as possible; numerous meeting and event rooms. The team also restored existing maple flooring, molding, and windows.

Richard Meier completes first project in Israel

The first project in Israel by our friends at Richard Meier & Partners Architects, is a Bauhaus-influenced residential tower in Tel Aviv’s “White City”: a collection of over 4,000 buildings constructed in a Bauhaus-influenced style by German-Jewish architects who, with the rise of Hitler, fled to what was then Mandatory Palestine (also, the block of buildings that is: a UNESCO site). Veiled in louvers in the architect’s signature (presumably favorite color) white, Rothschild Tower (at Rothschild Boulevard) is unique for its multi-layered facade, and protuberant corner balconies.

SOM’s FBI tech building in West Virginia

This biometric technology facility for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation features air, open, light-filled workspaces, and is enveloped with glass bands with internal automated blinds controlled by the sun’s position. Built, by our friends at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM​)​, in an existing FBI campus, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the structure will accomodate 1,300 federal employees, and will centralize the FBI’s research, development, and application of biometrics.​​ ​(Biometric technology measures and ​analyzes human characteristics, such as DNA​​, palm prints, irises​,​ and voice patterns.​)

Richard Meier’s First Bridge

The namesake of our friends at Richard Meier & Partners Architects has completed his first bridge in Alessandria, Italy, a 607-foot-long bowstring arch bridge replacing a Napoleonic-era structure deemed unfit for long-term use after it experienced flooding on its road deck in 1994, and because it was too narrow to accommodate 21 century volumes of traffic. The bridge connects the city of Alessandria to the Cittadella of Alessandria, an 18th-century citadel across the Tanaro River; it is constructed of precast-concrete and steel (painted white, like much of Meier’s work), and characterized by its creator as “a bridge between the past and the future:” to this end, one arch of the old bridge is preserved, in place, on each bank of the river. The new bridge has two spans that hold each other in check; the new road deck is counterbalanced by a separate pedestrian deck, and a south-tilting, 100-foot-tall arch that supports them both. The pedestrian deck, which has a walkway of ipé decking, has become a popular public space: the traffic issues of the old bridge made it unsafe for pedestrian use.

Foster + Partners Win Phase 2 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

In the second and latest stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, our friends at Foster + Partners, in collaboration with Branch Technology, have been awarded first prize ($250,000). The Habitat Challenge is a $2.5M competition to generate ideas which advance technology for sustainable housing solutions “for Earth and beyond:” the beyond in question is Mars. Foster + Partners, with Branch, and competing teams were asked to design and print a 1.5-meter dome using Martian soil and recyclable materials. The team won the prize for a concrete dome capable of bearing a maximum load of 3700 Lbs, and maximizing the use of locally sourced materials (Mars being the locale in question). The winning project utilized 70% simulated Martian regolith.

OMA’s Lab City, CentraleSupélec

Lab City, designed for the CentraleSupélec research institute, in Paris Saclay, is now complete. It is the international A+D firm’s first foray into a scientific building: housing, as it does, an engineering school, whose laboratories our friends at OMA have reconfigured so as to render them more flexible. Characteristic of its name, Lab City is laid out like an urban grid made up of independent blocks of varying heights which house either labs or classrooms. A translucent roof covers the building’s public areas creating a continuity of natural light. Rooftop terraces will also be utilized as workspaces, and a main street, which diagonally intersects Lab City, will serve as a public pathway connecting it to the surrounding campus.