Posts Tagged ‘news’

The Rolling Huts of Tom Kundig/Olson Kundig

The Rolling Huts are a group of six 200 SqFt platform homes in the meadowlands of Methow Valley in Washington state, designed by Tom Kundig and our friends at Olson Kundig. Conceived as an alternative to traditional camping huts, the Huts allow for a kind of mobile hospitality experience: camping, along with the creature comforts of a conventional hotel. The huts themselves are little more than boxes on steel platforms, clad in steel, hovering above the meadows to afford guests unobstructed views; typical to this point: each Hut also has 240 SqFt of deck space, double-paned sliding glass doors. Features of the interiors include raw cork, plywood, and high windows welcoming abundant natural light while maintaining privacy from the other huts. (A stay in a Rolling Hut runs two people $145/night.)

Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen

Our friends at KPF | Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s supertall HQ for Ping An Insurance Company is intended to, in the architects’ words, “Become the physical and iconic centre of Shenzhen’s burgeoning central business district, the Futian District.” It is an obviously very large project which connects to both neighboring commercial and residential properties and a metro station, making it a kind of infrastructural anchor. The building is now the tallest in Shenzen; it houses over 100 office floors above a retail podium, and will accommodate 15,K workers, as well as 9,000 daily passengers. The skyscraper is anchored by eight diagonally braced stone mega-columns with shaped like chevrons. These rise 1900′, converging at the top.

EwingCole’s Hospitality Industry-influenced Philadelphia Hospital

Our friends at EwingCole​ have been enlisted for the ​$​​​​80​M, 124,​K SqFt​ first phase of the Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital revitalization​, part of ​​a ​”​broader ​​​rebranding​” of the hospital. The new structure addresses shifting trends in the healthcare industry, namely the way in which medical treatment facilities are drawing inspiration from the hospitality industry for techniques of better coping with the presence of humans. The hospital’s chief administrative officer ​worked closely ​with the ​team throughout the design process, as one result of which: personnel ​in the lobby ​​greet visitors from behind a ​tree-trunk-shaped ​​sculptural ​stand ​of CNC-milled Corian​ which is​ topped with wood.

Galeria Melissa NYC by Mancini•Duffy

Galeria Melissa NYC is a clothing and shoe boutique for Brazilian brand Melissa, with the aesthetic and ostensive practicing ethos of an art gallery. Its parent company, Grendene, chose our friends at Mancini•Duffy for their extensive NYC retail expertise (the firm redesigned one floor of Saks Fifth Avenue.) Leaving the building’s cast-iron facade in place, the office installed, in a triangular vestibule, two gargantuan LED monitors, reflecting “infinitely” off mirrored flooring, displaying video art by Sam Cannon featuring women’s bodies coated in fluid. Melissa’s presence on social media played a role in the store’s design which Ali Aslam, designer at Mancini•Duffy, attributes to the shift away from traditional brick-and-mortar retail promoted by social media, towards online retail supported by brick-and-mortar media (sort of).

Office of Architecture tears down the walls for a Tribeca apartment renovation

Office of Architecture decided that walls were unnecessary for this large Tribeca apartment which they renovated. Those which stood were collapsed and replaced with walnut cabinetry, sliding doors, and industrial steel columns. The walls were removed from the 3,000 SqFt space, occupying a full floor in a former 19th-century warehouse, in an attempt open up living areas and maximize use of natural light to an extreme. Black American walnut was used by our friends at OA on all floors, and sliding doors separate off bedrooms; all instances of which are offset with white. Different “zones” of the apartment are delineated by the building’s original wooden beams which were left in place. (Walls of the master bathroom feature Calacatta Gold marble.)

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Under Armour Connected Fitness HQ

Our friends Bohlin Cywinski Jackson have fashioned an HQ for Under Armour’s Connected Fitness digital division in a 50,K SqFt historic building in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. This involved polishing concrete floors, leaving brick exposed and retaining industrial sash windows. And adding bleachers for a dining room/ping-pong stadium/yoga studio. But obviously that’s not all. To a blackened steel staircase that connects the fourth and fifth floors was added white oak flooring: an open stair designed by the office in the center of the floorplate, characterized, also, by perforated steel panels which are transparent and delicate. The bleachers also function as a kind of communal space and breakout area.

Gensler’s Village of Tiny Homes Approved by San Jose City Council

In response to San Jose’s growing homelessness problem, our friends at Gensler undertook two pro-bono design proposals for tiny homes. Now the plan has been approved by San Jose’s City Council, and a 40-unit village of tiny homes in the work. The homes would offer between 80 and 140 SqFt of shelter in Bridge Housing Communities; ~25 people might live (temporarily) in each community; The Mercury News reported that the city seeks to have such a village in each of its 10 council districts. According to the city, each site could have community bathrooms and showers, a cooking facility, common areas, and case management resources onsite.

ASH NYC transform 19th century glass factory to luxury rentals

The conversion into rentals of a 19th century glass factory in Bushwick is now underway, led by our friends at ASH NYC. It is now known as “Glassworks Bushwick” (and has its own teaser website): the name being inspired by the former Dannenhoffer Opalescent Glassworks factory, founded in 1888. Aspects of the original factory are being incorporated into the development, which will feature 63 units; additionally, white oak flooring, stainless steel appliances, and custom light fixtures by ASH NYC.

BIG’s first professional sports stadium for Austin

BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group have designed and now released renderings of a very unorthodox sports arena in Austin: the East Austin District, which bills itself as “Austin’s first pro-sports stadium” will actually also host office space, convention space, retail volumes, a medical facility, and a museum arena. For this reason, it was designed by our friends at BIG as many interlocking stadiums; mass square footage: 1.3M SqFt. The main stadium will feature 40,K seats and is designed for soccer and rugby; it is connected to a 15,K-seat multipurpose arena. The connected spaces will be covered by a latticed rooftop with a checkerboard pattern, which is also photovoltaic, hence it will allow the complex to be self-sufficient; hopes are that it will eventually be able to export electricity to the rest of eastern Austin.