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New Year 2019 100

The Best of ADG for 2018


New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.

~Alex Morritt

We want to take this opportunity to review some of the Best of ADG for 2018. Every end marks a new beginning. Keep your spirits and determination unshaken, and you will always walk the glory road. With courage, faith and great effort, you shall achieve everything you desire. We wish you a Happy New Year!

~ The ADG Team

The Best of ADG 2018

Paul Williams Shaped the Face of Los Angeles Architecture

Paulwilliams Architect Historical

The Broadway District Rises Again

Broadway District Los Angeles





Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee Now Led By Supreme Court Justice

Stephen Breyer

The Noted Passing of Gene Leedy

Leedy Architect

Fuzhou Architecture 100

Fuzhou Tower New Centerpiece Feature in China

In Fuzhou, China, the Shimao North Riverfront Tower was made to be the centerpiece of a new business district within the city. The focal point of the project will be the super tall, twisting 1700-foot tower Shimao. The vision for this landmark in Fuzhou is to create a futuristic landmark with remarkable efficiency.

Surrounded by a total building area of 1.5 million square feet, the Shimao Fuzhou tower will consist of office spaces, a hotel and a breathtaking observation deck. The seven-story podium base for the tower will feature retail and cultural venues, along with hotel amenities, which will include a museum, a ballroom and a spacious conference center. It will also feature a large roof terrace with an amphitheater space.  The grounds will feature a sunken plaza, sculptured gardens and public gathering spaces.

A key feature of the Shimao Fuzhou tower will be two intertwining and twisting volumes, gently tapering towards the top, creating a dynamic and futuristic sculptural form. The tapered form is inspired by natural surroundings of the site, such as the rolling hills and flowing waterways. Shimao Fuzhou took contemporary inspiration from Chinese landscape painting and sculptured artifacts. The facade will be unique in so many ways, which is both ambitious and dynamic.

Shimao Fuzhou offers an innovative structure solution using outrigger trusses coupled with columns on the megastructure. In concert with the twisting envelope design,this optimized structural system is engineered to remove the diagonal frames typically associated with the megastructure. It is designed to provide maximum efficiency and minimal interference to the views by the diagonals. The tower incorporates sustainable strategies, such as photovoltaic panels, water harvesting system, recycled building materials and external shading panels.

The Shimao Fuzhou Tower was designed with a holistic approach for a supertall building, blending architectural design with structural optimization, along with cultural and environmental sensitivity. The design aspired to act as a catalyst in the transformation of the North Riverfront district into a vibrant urban center.

From the Design Studio

A working concept …

From The Design Studio

by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting


Richard Rogers Architect

Richard Rogers Wins AIA Gold

Richard Rogers wins the 2019 AIA Gold Medal, and will be recognized at this year’s national conference in Las Vegas. Rogers is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect recognized for his work on the Centre Pompidou and the Lloyd’s of London headquarters. Rogers is recognized as one of the leading architects of the British high-tech movement. He stands out as one of the most innovative and distinctive architects of a generation.

After attending the Architectural Association in London, Rogers studied at Yale University, where he met architecture student Norman Foster. After graduating Yale, the two architects joined forces with Su Brumwell and Wendy Cheeseman to form Team 4 in 1963. Though their collaboration as Team 4 lasted just four years, it would prove to be a crucial formative stage in British architecture, as both Rogers and Foster went on to be the leading names of the British high-tech scene.

Rogers began another fruitful collaboration after Team 4; this time with Renzo Piano, whose big break came in 1971 when, working with architect Gianfranco Franchini and Peter Rice, an engineer from Arup, won the competition to design the Centre Pompidou. Rogers and Piano shocked many with their radical design, placing the building’s services in full view in a trademark technique that went on to be known as “bowellism.” He considers the work his team delivered through the Urban Task Force to be among his most significant achievements. The initiative brought together a range of people who were concerned with the physical environment, from academics, planners and politicians to developers and architects.

Since 1947, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) had awarded the AIA Gold Medal, which is conferred by the AIA Board of Directors. It is awarded to those architects for a significant body of work with influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

From the Factory Floor

New doors for the bar!



by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting