Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year

Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year, © Steven Holl Architects
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Steven Holl Architects has released updates on four of its latest projects slated for completion this year. The projects, located in the United States and the United Kingdom, include two university arts buildings, a community library, and a cancer support center.

We are very excited about the intensity of the architecture for an unprecedented four Steven Holl Architects’ projects opening in 2017, said Steven Holl. Each ones serves as an inspiring ‘social condenser’ for their community.

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Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University

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Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Built in 21 million-year-old Lecce stone blocks set against the concrete structure, the Lewis Center for the Arts shapes an amazing new campus quadrangle with the same spatial proportions as The Campidoglio in Rome. It will present transparent connections to all the performing arts facilities, shaping the space and offer a large Forum dappled by sunlight thru water.  The building will be celebrated during an arts fair among all LCA disciplines the weekend of October 5-8.

Institute for Contemporary Art – Virginia Commonwealth University

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Institute for Contemporary Art – Virginia Commonwealth University. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Institute for Contemporary Art – Virginia Commonwealth University. Image © Steven Holl Architects

The building is slated to open with its inaugural exhibition “Declarations” on October 28th.  Soon Richmond and VCU will have a publicly accessible gateway through the Arts at the intersection of Broad and Belvidere.

Hunters Point Community Library

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Hunters Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Hunters Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Set to open this Fall, the Hunters Point Community Library will have sweeping views of the city, a public rooftop cafe and serve as a new “social consensus” for the community.

Maggies Centre Barts

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Maggies Centre Barts. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Maggies Centre Barts. Image © Steven Holl Architects

London’s Historic West Smithfield will soon have a calming collective support space for cancer patients, survivors and their families and friends. The concrete frame of Maggies Centre Barts is complete and the roof slab and concrete stairs will be cast in the next few weeks. A topping out ceremony will be held on the 17th of May and the building is set for substantial completion December 5th.

SKA Hockey Club Sports Complex

Sport Complex perspective view

Sport Complex perspective view

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Location: Вld.6, blocks 1-6, Rossiysky Avenue, St.Petersburg
Project Year: 2013
Construction Year: 2016
Project Status: built
Customer: «SKA Hockey Club»  Closed Joint-Stock Company

Awards:
Silver Diploma of the “Architecton -2016”  architectural review-competition (nomination “Built objects”)
– Silver Diploma of the “Golden Capital 2014” architectural rating (for the facades project)
– Silver Diploma of the “Golden Capital 2015” architectural rating (for the interiors project)

Authors:
S.Oreshkin – Project Manager
A.Weiner – Project Chief Engineer
R.Andreeva – Project Chief Architect
P.Kochnev, T.Kovalenko, M.Nukhina,
E.Oreshkina, E.Belyat, T.Gomonova, D.Uraksin – Architects

The Sports Complex is a fixed-site hockey center of the SKA sports club. 

The building is designed in simple orthogonal volumes. The sports building architectural image is created by the artistic design of the facade surface and formation of the window/stained-glass openings: the system of the slope direct lines of the windows and stained-glass windows’ reveals, their intersection — add dynamics to the static volume of the building. Ceramic granite white colour and it’s surface finish create associative bond with the ice arena.

The building volumetric and planning solution is determined by it’s main functional purpose — covered sports arena meant for the hockey training and home competitions. It is also made in accordance with the surrounding buildings mainly presented by orthogonal form residential houses.

For the training process organization the project’s solutions provide for the following objects: ice fields of “European standard”, one of each is meant for 1000 places, hockey training center, fitness gyms, strength training gym, multi-purpose sports hall.

The following objects are also included into the complex: medical rehabilitation center, SKA hockey club museum,  conference-hall,  hotel for 140 places, SPA-complex,  boarding school for the sports school trainees, restaurant, café, administrative & office block, utility rooms.

Open flatwork includes the  following objects:  small football field, basketball field, tennis court, mono-module — multi purpose ground for skateboarding and roller- skates,run track, open parking lots, landscaping, children playgrounds, gas boiler house and stabilized grass lawn for temporary helicopter landing site.

Plot total area –  76 742.0 sq.m
Coverage – 16700.0 sq.m
Complex total area — 34750.0 sq.m
Constructional volume — 251681.0 cu. m

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Status: Built
Location: Saint Petersburg, RU
My Role: Sergey Oreshkin – Project Manager

Sport Complex perspective view

Sport Complex perspective view
Sport Complex night illumination

Sport Complex night illumination
Sport Complex perspective view

Sport Complex perspective view
Sport Complex ice arena

Sport Complex ice arena
Sport Complex interiors

Sport Complex interiors
Sport Complex perspective view

Sport Complex perspective view
Sport Complex facades design

Sport Complex facades design
Sport Complex facades design

Sport Complex facades design
Sport Complex perspective view

Sport Complex perspective view
Sport Complex perspective view

Sport Complex perspective view
Sport Complex & context area

Sport Complex & context area
Sport Complex & context area

Sport Complex & context area
Sport Complex night illumination

Sport Complex night illumination
Sport Complex perspective view

Sport Complex perspective view
Sport Complex facades design

Sport Complex facades design
Sport Complex facades design

Sport Complex facades design

Iosa Ghini Associati Bring Italian Luxury to New Miami Skyscraper

Iosa Ghini Associati Bring Italian Luxury to New Miami Skyscraper, Courtesy of Iosa Ghini Associati
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A soaring new skyscraper dubbed the “Brickell Flatiron” is set to rise 213 meters above the skyline inBrickellMiami. Designed by Luis Revuelta, the tower features an organic floorplate profile with wide elliptical terraces, maximizing sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami.

These curvilinear, flowing lines are complemented by the interiors, designed by acclaimed Italian architect and designer Massimo Iosa Ghini of Iosa Ghini Associati. The Italian craftsmanship and renaissance-revival air of Iosa Ghini’s design together with the clean functionality of Revuelta’s architecture, presenting two harmonious elements of design in Miami; old school glamor, and contemporary luxury.

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Sitting at the epicenter of the downtown Miami financial district, the project will provide 548 residential units and 39,344 square feet of ground level retail. Its central location places it within walking distance to Mary Brickell Village and Brickell City Center, allowing users to take advantage of the lively cafe and restaurant scene in Miami’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. The distinct shape of the building will differentiate it from the Brickell skyline, hinting at the sinuous architectural elements which also lie within.

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Massimo Iosa Ghini is renowned for his industrial design as much as his architecture. The holistic awareness of the two is apparent within his vision for Brickell Flatiron, which incorporates bold furnishings and premium Italian finishes within carefully considered spatial layouts. Each of his interior spaces, which aside from the residential apartments include a sky spa, gym, theatre, library lounge, and children’s center utilizes “clear surfaces, rich textures, fine raw materials, and bright natural light.”

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My approach to design is to envision a single object, conceptualizing “full” architecture in which the exterior and interior are as one. When designing the interior spaces of Brickell Flatiron, I wanted to honor and incorporate the fluid aesthetics of the building’s exterior created by Revuelta Architecture International. – Massimo Iosa Ghini

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The premium ground floor retail and dining are accentuated by the inclusion of specialty artworks in the grand lobby. Large scale paintings from New York artist Julian Schnabel, produced exclusively for BrickellFlatiron, will create a culturally rich and visually interesting art gallery for residents and visitors as they enter the building.

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The Brickell Flatiron is currently working through a contractual development and is set for completion in 2018.

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Silicon Valley Comes to Beijing – Cheetah Mobile

Recently, IDEAL completed the design and construction of the global office headquarters for Cheetah Mobile, China’s leading developer of mobile tools and internet security. Located in the Chaoyang District of east Beijing, in a new hi-tech park on Hui Tong Road, the construction area totals roughly 40,000

The original building, a light industrial factory with three internal courtyards, was converted into a multilayered office building. IDEAL designers boldly converted the end courtyards into indoor atrium spaces (while retaining the middle courtyard), and integrated a variety of business functions into a single form. This contemporary design approach reflects the vitality of the internet business culture and personality traits, an interpretation exploring the client’s new business ideas into the future development of spatial patterns.

After the remarkable transformation, the main entrance is centered on the south façade, where a distinctive gate is located across from a spacious lawn. Employees and guests enter onto an open lobby, stretched laterally in both directions. To the right of the reception desk is a large electronic screen, and next to it is a casual waiting area. To the left is an open café, where employees can comfortably enjoy the outdoor view to the landscape while either working or just relaxing and chatting with friends.

Adjacent to the café and overlooking the west atrium is a row of conference reception rooms. The bold wooden side walls and ceiling frame these spaces while the north/side sides of transparent glazing give them a casual atmosphere and a three-dimensional connection to the outdoors and sun-filled atrium.

Water features prominently with small canal linking the main lobby with the two atriums. In the west atrium, the canal flows into an artificial pond surrounded by seating areas, a large conference hall on the atriums’ east side and meeting room on its west side. The atriums’ walls are aligned with a glass curtain wall inboard of wood surfaces containing long slat openings with green planters with climbing plants. Accenting the atrium walls is a sculptural staircase (in a bold orange color – the company logo) whose story platforms are linked with the three levels of interior office space. The staircase rises from the surface of the water and its twists and turns dancing reflection on the waters’ surface.

From the atriums’ second floor seating platform, a stainless steel slide connects to the atrium floor, spiraling down and landing into a sunken area used for brainstorming forums. From the second floor platform, a box diagonal steel bridge connects a conference room with a leisure coffee break area on the west side. The bridge, bathed in sunlight as it extends through the atrium, enhances lateral floor connections while enriching atrium views from the office interior.

Adjacent to the northwest side of the atrium are auxiliary spaces; recording studio, mobile offices, along with a children’s activity room – all interconnected. Children’s activity areas are designated by color; orange, blue and green. Office functions are strung together and enclosed office spaces with custom benches, countertops and cabinets link themed mobile office areas.

Along the south side of the large conference room, the water canal is channeled, twisting and turning, moving eastward, and connects with the east atrium.

Balancing the west atrium and its work theme, the east atrium’s theme is sports and health. Along its northeast corner stands a large stair tower (colored orange, corporate brand) which acts as the main vertical circulation for the great space. Its conspicuousness is to encourage employees to walk up and down stairs and it also possesses platforms for social congregation. Along the atriums’ west wall is a fitness activity climbing wall, with distinctive triangular faceted face, colored orange and white.

Arranged around the first floor of the east atrium are activity rooms; gym and yoga, etc. primarily with translucent glass walls that draw in sunlight from the atrium. Opposite, in addition to group meeting rooms are a message center, medical clinic and a massage room. In between, along the south side, is an open office area with custom millwork in an orange meandering ribbon motif. Together with bar table, chairs, floors and ceilings strung together to make a three-dimensional space, giving a sense of proximity and brevity.

Cheetah Mobiles’ floor layout combines both functionality and efficiency with a focus toward human interaction and collaboration. Here, open office area furniture accessories vary in shape and color composition depending on function. Segway electric vehicles can shuttle employees with greater mobility in an open office environment exchange. The design fully considered the Cheetah employees have a high degree of mobility, and flexibility to accommodate a variety of functional requirements. Highly saturated and beautiful colors and rich graphics create a youthful, creative, interesting and fun place to work. The office building is designed for casual gatherings of employees, such as the large KTV room. Also included are a comfortable medical room, hairdresser and massage room to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere where employees feel safe and calm.

Interspersed among the offices are tea lounges, with regional styled themes and designs such as American, Japanese, French and other countries. Also in the mix are several dozen large and small conference rooms with names of international cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. Cheetah Mobile’s main business comes from these cities and regions, and many employees come from these places as well. This is a reflection of the global community that this company is a part of.

After the transformation from industrial to high-tech, the overall office space is both functional and creative. Fulfilling the entrepreneurial needs of young creative professionals, this garden-style office brings green landscape, together with geographic and cultural features that promote the integration of communication within the company while enhancing the staff’s sense of cohesion and sense of belonging.

Recently, IDEAL completed the design and construction of the global office headquarters for Cheetah Mobile, China’s leading developer of mobile tools and internet security. Located in the Chaoyang District of east Beijing, in a new hi-tech park on Hui Tong Road, the construction area totals roughly 40,000

The original building, a light industrial factory with three internal courtyards, was converted into a multilayered office building. IDEAL designers boldly converted the end courtyards into indoor atrium spaces (while retaining the middle courtyard), and integrated a variety of business functions into a single form. This contemporary design approach reflects the vitality of the internet business culture and personality traits, an interpretation exploring the client’s new business ideas into the future development of spatial patterns.

After the remarkable transformation, the main entrance is centered on the south façade, where a distinctive gate is located across from a spacious lawn. Employees and guests enter onto an open lobby, stretched laterally in both directions. To the right of the reception desk is a large electronic screen, and next to it is a casual waiting area. To the left is an open café, where employees can comfortably enjoy the outdoor view to the landscape while either working or just relaxing and chatting with friends.

Adjacent to the café and overlooking the west atrium is a row of conference reception rooms. The bold wooden side walls and ceiling frame these spaces while the north/side sides of transparent glazing give them a casual atmosphere and a three-dimensional connection to the outdoors and sun-filled atrium.

Water features prominently with small canal linking the main lobby with the two atriums. In the west atrium, the canal flows into an artificial pond surrounded by seating areas, a large conference hall on the atriums’ east side and meeting room on its west side. The atriums’ walls are aligned with a glass curtain wall inboard of wood surfaces containing long slat openings with green planters with climbing plants. Accenting the atrium walls is a sculptural staircase (in a bold orange color – the company logo) whose story platforms are linked with the three levels of interior office space. The staircase rises from the surface of the water and its twists and turns dancing reflection on the waters’ surface.

From the atriums’ second floor seating platform, a stainless steel slide connects to the atrium floor, spiraling down and landing into a sunken area used for brainstorming forums. From the second floor platform, a box diagonal steel bridge connects a conference room with a leisure coffee break area on the west side. The bridge, bathed in sunlight as it extends through the atrium, enhances lateral floor connections while enriching atrium views from the office interior.

Adjacent to the northwest side of the atrium are auxiliary spaces; recording studio, mobile offices, along with a children’s activity room – all interconnected. Children’s activity areas are designated by color; orange, blue and green. Office functions are strung together and enclosed office spaces with custom benches, countertops and cabinets link themed mobile office areas.

Along the south side of the large conference room, the water canal is channeled, twisting and turning, moving eastward, and connects with the east atrium.

Balancing the west atrium and its work theme, the east atrium’s theme is sports and health. Along its northeast corner stands a large stair tower (colored orange, corporate brand) which acts as the main vertical circulation for the great space. Its conspicuousness is to encourage employees to walk up and down stairs and it also possesses platforms for social congregation. Along the atriums’ west wall is a fitness activity climbing wall, with distinctive triangular faceted face, colored orange and white.

Arranged around the first floor of the east atrium are activity rooms; gym and yoga, etc. primarily with translucent glass walls that draw in sunlight from the atrium. Opposite, in addition to group meeting rooms are a message center, medical clinic and a massage room. In between, along the south side, is an open office area with custom millwork in an orange meandering ribbon motif. Together with bar table, chairs, floors and ceilings strung together to make a three-dimensional space, giving a sense of proximity and brevity.

 

Cheetah Mobiles’ floor layout combines both functionality and efficiency with a focus toward human interaction and collaboration. Here, open office area furniture accessories vary in shape and color composition depending on function. Segway electric vehicles can shuttle employees with greater mobility in an open office environment exchange. The design fully considered the Cheetah employees have a high degree of mobility, and flexibility to accommodate a variety of functional requirements. Highly saturated and beautiful colors and rich graphics create a youthful, creative, interesting and fun place to work. The office building is designed for casual gatherings of employees, such as the large KTV room. Also included are a comfortable medical room, hairdresser and massage room to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere where employees feel safe and calm.

Interspersed among the offices are tea lounges, with regional styled themes and designs such as American, Japanese, French and other countries. Also in the mix are several dozen large and small conference rooms with names of international cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. Cheetah Mobile’s main business comes from these cities and regions, and many employees come from these places as well. This is a reflection of the global community that this company is a part of.

After the transformation from industrial to high-tech, the overall office space is both functional and creative. Fulfilling the entrepreneurial needs of young creative professionals, this garden-style office brings green landscape, together with geographic and cultural features that promote the integration of communication within the company while enhancing the staff’s sense of cohesion and sense of belonging.

 

Status: Built
Location: Beijing, CN
My Role: architect
Additional Credits: Construction Area:40,000 square meters
Completion Time: Dec., 2015
Design Unit: IDEAL Design & Construction Inc.

Construction of the World’s Tallest Timber Tower is Underway in Vancouver

Construction of the World's Tallest Timber Tower is Underway in Vancouver, Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia
Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia

Construction is underway in Vancouver for the world’s tallest timber tower by Acton Ostry Architects. The 18-story Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia, which began construction in November 2015, will be completed in the summer of 2017. At 53 meters tall, with housing for 404 students, it will be the tallest mass wood hybrid building in the world. The structure’s two freestanding concrete cores will be completed by the end of May, after which, the erection of the mass wood structure will take place.

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The $51.5 million project is being completed with Architekten Hermann Kaufmann of Austria as tall wood advisors, Fast + Epp as structural engineers, and GHL Consultants Ltd. as science and building code consultants. Brock Commons demonstrates the benefit of a hybrid design that combines mass wood and concrete, with costs that are comparable to all concrete and steel structures.

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The building’s construction is comprised of a one story concrete podium, the two concrete cores currently under construction, and 17 stories of mass timber topped with a prefabricated steel beam and metal deck roof. Lateral stability is provided by the cores, while vertical loads are carried by the timber structure. The building’s glulam columns are fitted with steel connectors that provide a direct load transfer between the columns and a grid of cross laminated timber (CLT) panels, allowing the building to meet new seismic design requirements for the 2015 National Building Code of Canada.

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Upon completion of the concrete cores, it is projected that the mass wood hybrid structure and facade will be erected at a rate of at least one floor per week. Speed is being achieved by use of prefabricated materials, including the CLT slab panels, glulam columns, steel connectors, and facade elements. As a proof of concept for the swiftness of construction, a two story project mockup was successfully built in July of last year. The building, which has been designed to target LEED Gold certification, will tap into the UBC district energy system, and by employing carbon-trapping wood construction, it will have a carbon benefit of 2,563 tonnes (the equivalent of taking 490 cars off the road for a year). The hope is that once Brock Commons is completed and able to be studied, British Columbia’s building codes for tall wood structures will be revised and mass wood construction will become more common.

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Construction Begins on Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum in Miami

Following the ground breaking last December, construction has begun on Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum in Miami, with 9,500 cubic yards of concrete already poured. In total, the residential skyscraper will rise 62 stories, comprising half- and full-floor residences, duplex townhomes, and a single duplex penthouse, overlooking Museum Park and Biscane Bay at 1000 Biscane Boulevard. As a burgeoning area, Museum Park—once called Bicentennial Park—is also the future home of the Peréz Art Museum Miami and the Frost Museum of Science. Continue reading