The staircase will have wooden steps that come in various types (Beech, Oak, Doussie, Wenge, Teak, Iroko) and with several finishes (oil, bleached, polyurethane varnishes, etc). The thickness of the step and riser can vary (73-80 mm) depending on the width of the staircase. The stainless steel used in the system is type AISI 303/304 with polished or satinised finish.
The staircases with structural glass and wooden steps have a patented wall fastening system with steel pins and are tested with a certified load test for a total capacity for each step of 150 Kg. The banisters or bearing panels are completely made of toughened structural glass 12+12 (one 0.6 mm PVB film between layers); the step supports are made of stainless steel with no welds and can have a polished or satinised finish.
The 2016 Matsumoto Prize, supported by the McAdams Foundation, includes public voting to determine three “People’s Choice” winners. Anyone may vote by email (one time per email address) for his or her favorite entry starting today and running through June 29.
The Matsumoto Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, an eminent Modernist architect well-known for exceptional residential designs.
Matsumoto also serves as Honorary Chair for the Prize’s blue-ribbon jury of professional architects who select the Jury Award winners of cash prizes from a pool of $6000.
“These entries inspire people dreaming of a Modernist house to know Modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house their families will love for decades,” said NCMH executive director George Smart. “We’re looking forward to record-breaking participation in this year’s online voting.”
North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. This year, the American Institute of Architects awarded NCMH founder and director George Smart its Collaborative Achievement Award for his work with NCMH. The website www.ncmodernist.org is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on Facebook. Follow NCMH on Twitter and Instagram.
The design proposals of seven shortlisted finalists for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Design Competition have been released by the competition’s organizer, Malcolm Reading Consultants. Located in the capital city of Riga, the funding for the €30 million project is a public private partnership with support from from the ABLV Charitable Foundation and the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation, which co-founded the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and the Museum’s Foundation signed a memorandum of intent regarding the museum and building on 30 October 2014. The competition, organized in 2015 with 25 first-stage participants, will announce a jury-selected winner in mid-June.
The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art will be located in a new business and leisure center of Rigaknown as New Hanza City (NHC), a 24.5 hectare development on the site of the city’s former railway goods station. The project will be joined by the headquarters of ABLV Bank, a hotel, conference center, exclusive apartment district, a pre-school, and urban gardens for recreation. According to the competition organizers, the museum is “set to become a cultural and arts centre of interregional as well as national significance…[benefitting] from a strategic site in the centre of Riga…its unique collection will span art and visual culture in Latvia and the Baltic Sea region from the 1960s to the present day.”
“It is a source of pride that we can experience the first example in Latvia’s history of cultural patronage on such a scale,” said Dace Melbārde, Minister for Culture of the Republic of Latvia. “The new museum building is becoming a catalyst for changes in Latvia. It is an affirmation of the power of private public partnership and the ability to significantly influence our cultural environment. The ambitiousness of the project proves that, by involving the private sector, it is possible to embark on the construction of large-scale, nationally important infrastructure. The creation of the museum is also a huge investment in the shaping of Latvia’s international image. I am glad that this project has already made creative partnerships between the world’s top class and Latvian architects’ offices.”
David Bickle, Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan, at London’s V&A Museum, will chair the jury
Uldis Balodis, Architect, representing the Ministry of Culture
Gianni Botsford, Director & Head of Design, Gianni Botsford Architects
Jānis Dripe, Architect, representing the Ministry of Culture
Reinier de Graaf, Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and Director of AMO (OMA’s think-tank)
Luke Jerram, Visual artist and director of Luke Jerram Ltd
Ieva Valtere, Executive Director, Pillar Management, SIA
Malcolm Reading, Competition Director, will advise the jury
The museum is slated to open on 18 November 2021. In accordance with the Republic of Latvia’s Museums Law for private accredited museums, the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art will be publicly accessible and its holdings will be included in the National Museum Collection Catalogue.
Adjaye Associates (UK) and AB3D
Caruso St John Architects (UK) and Arhitektu birojs Jaunromāns un Ābele
Henning Larsen Architects (Denmark) and MARK arhitekti
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (Finland) and MADE arhitekti
Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Netherlands) and Brigita Bula arhitekte
Sauerbruch Hutton (Germany) and Arhitekts Ingurds Lazdiņš