Zaha Hadid Architects’ second Melbourne tower, The Mayfair

The Folks at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have released renderings of a 19-storey/210′ apartment complex called The Mayfair, the be constructed in Melbourne. The structure will, unless the renderings are lies, be characterized by extensive balconies nestled in distinctively Hadidian curves, and a pair of adjacent rooftop swimming pools which are also curvy. The Mayfair will be located just outside of Melbourne’s central business district, where our friends at ZHA are working on their first tower in Melbourne – this will be their second. In addition to the communal roof terrace with its interesting looking compartmentalized pools, the most notable feature of the structure will probably be the glass-enclosed balconies which will make up its facade, which will be divided by diagonal struts, each linked to the floor plate of the level below, creating a continuous design.

Deborah Berke Partners’ Nashville 21C Museum Hotels Outpost Their Seventh

This outpost of the hotel chain boasts a double-height glass wall in its reception area giving a view of art in a ballroom below. In keeping with the museum-hotel hybrid concept of the 21C Museum Hotels, all of the hotel’s 138 guest rooms double as galleries. A glass ceiling poised directly beneath the second level skylights allows copious light ingress to a corridor connecting the lobby and a restaurant, in which corridor there is a high concentration of paintings and objects d’art. In a number of other ways is the economy of natural light played with intricately by our friends at Deborah Berke Partners, this being necessary given a lack of windows in the building’s party wall, including a series of lightwells, so that the hotel is thoroughly naturally lit, albeit primarily from above.

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.

New Gensler-designed building for the New England Conservatory of Music

Ann Beha Architects, in collaboration with our friends at Gensler, for a new Student Life and Performance Center for the New England Conservatory of Music‘s campus in Boston: a 10-story mixed-use building with 250+ residential units, and space for dining and music-related research and experimentation. In the hopes of giving the building’s exterior a unique and distinctive identity, which also embodied a “handmade” aesthetic, the team opted for a facade of variously-colored and -finished terra-cotta tiles applied in mixed patterns, with stainless steel screen cladding. Additionally there are broad (transparent) glass expanses at the street level. For this purpose the team utilized Ludowici, a terra-cotta manufacturer specializing in 19th century historic roof tile renovations.

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.​)