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World’s Tallest Statue Rises Above Gujarat, India

A 600-foot towering sculpture of India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel comes to life on the Narmada River. The sculpture was designed and master planned by Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D). The statue itself was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar and reaches nearly 50 stories high. It sits on a three-tiered base which boosts it to its record-setting status.

This imposing bronze work, with its sculptured base, sits on its own riverine island, which is connected to the mainland by both pedestrian and vehicle bridges. The Statue of Unity is anchored with two structural concrete cores, which support the steel framework of the project. Attached to the framework are over 2,000 tons of exterior bronze paneling. It is designed by MGA&D to be an occupiable structure and act as the centerpiece for a resort that is coming to life around the statue. A viewing platform in the chest of the statue is approximately at 500 feet in altitude, offering magnificent and breathtaking views of the surrounding area. One of the biggest challenges in the statue, being shaped in a non-symmetrical pose was properly orienting the statue to the base and accommodating zig-zagging elevators inside the statue’s slowing robes.

Sardar Vallabhai Patel was a central figure in the Indian independence struggle as well as the unification of India’s 567 British states into one country. A rammed earth wall, constructed from dirt taken from every state in India, is used at the statue’s base as a background for the national flag.  This impressive statue and monument took eight years to design and four years to build at a cost of over $460 million dollars.

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Midtown Center 100

Midtown Center in Washington DC

Midtown Center is located at the corner of L Street Northwest and 15th Street Northwest, on the site of the old Washington Post, which was razed in 2016. Three elevated walkways link two wings of the U-shaped, glass-faced office building. Midtown Center was designed by SHoP Architects, just four blocks from the White House in the heart of Washington DC.

This innovative addition to the DC landscape is a 14 story U-shaped building, encompassing 865,000 square feet and serves as the headquarters of Fannie Mae. Beyond meeting the needs of Fannie Mae, the aim of the Midtown Center project was to create a building that helps energize this part of the city. One of the most welcoming features is the open and expansive public plaza, with retail and dining enterprises that bring the space to life. The courtyard features intimate gathering areas, a sunken granite fountain, and angled pathways that connect with the surrounding neighborhood.

High above the public plaza are three angular sky bridges connecting the towers, which help to animate the public plaza below. The façades of the building are sheathed in glass, allowing natural light to penetrate the interior workspaces. The copper accents on the exterior pay homage to local design traditions in Washington DC. It will develop a patina over time and is used throughout, adding a deep texture to the skybridges.

In the planning of Midtown Center, SHoP Architects took their inspiration from the original master plan for Washington DC by Pierre Charles L’Enfant. They created a building that allows visitors to angle strategically across the site and engage with it in new ways.  

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Handmade art deco chain getting ready for Bel Air!

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Bloomberg Architecture400

Bloomberg European Headquarters Wins Stirling Prize

 

Located in the heart of London, near the Bank of England and Saint Paul’s Cathedral, this two-building structure has won the Stirling prize, which is the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. The Stirling Prize is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In a unanimous decision, the Bloomberg building won over five other finalists. Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President stated that:

“This building is a profound expression of confidence in British architecture — and perfectly illustrates why the UK is the profession’s global capital. This role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of Brexit.”

Designed by Foster + Partners with sustainability in mind, it is also recognized as the top-rated major office building in the world based on BREEAM standards.  The inspiration for the building was to create a cutting-edge design that would push the boundaries of accepted design and set new standards for openness and sustainability, while honoring London’s history. The building uses 73% less water and 35% less energy than a typical office building because of the latest innovations in power, lighting and water imagined in the design. The airflow is automatically adjusted by smart sensors, based on the number of people occupying each area of the building at any given time. This alone reduces CO2 emissions by 300 metric tons annually, plus another 500-750 metric tons are reduced by a unique heat/power generation unit which reuses its own waste heat for cooling and heating the building.

The Bloomberg HQ is not only the standard for sustainability, it is just plain gorgeous. The first thing you notice is the sandstone facade, which is accented by large bronze fins which vary in pitch and scale according to orientation and solar exposure, which provide both shade and ventilation. At the center of the site is a pedestrian arcade which re-establishes an ancient Roman road and a museum which displays the Roman temple of Mithras, which was discovered on the site 60 years ago.

Visitors to the Bloomberg HQ enter a two story artwork made from curved timber shells called the Vortex. The entire flow through the building is choreographed by art. The heart of the building is the 6th floor ‘Pantry’ which encompasses a large concourse and cafe space that offer panoramic views of the city. A distinctive bronze ramps spirals down to the office floors below the ‘Pantry,’ which was designed to encourage, by chance, walk and talk meetings that are comfortable and collaborative. The high-tech offices have ceilings fitted with 2.5 million aluminum petals, which regulate acoustics, temperature and light.

In its 23rd year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architect of the most signifcant building of the year. The award criteria is based upon factors such as design vision, innovation, originality, accessibility, sustainability and the capacity to stimulate.

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 A little inspiration…

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Venturi Architect 100

Robert Venturi, Pioneer of Post Modernism Passes at 93

“Don’t trust an architect who’s trying to start a movement.”

~ Robert Venturi

Robert Venturi, considered the father of postmodernism and an iconic architect, passed away this week at the age of 93. Declaring once that ‘Less is a bore,’ He gained acclaim from his 1966 book “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.” In his work, he overturned the theory of Mies van der Rohe’s famous dictum of ‘less is more.’  During his lauded career, he went from an architectural renegade to a master, winning the 1991 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He has brought architecture to where it is today by shaping a generation of architects. The last 20 years of architecture would be lost without the influential work of Venturi.

His first important work was the Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia, which was designed for his mother and completed in the early 1960’s. The house can be recognized as a traditional house, but past that Venturi put his vision to work. He left the gable of the house open at the top, and the staircase wide at the bottom and narrow at the top. This gave you the strong impression that you were leaving the grandness of the open living area into the private living spaces above. He painted the exterior of the house a pale green, simply because he was told no one should paint a house green. This work was so significant that it was recognized on a postage stamp in 2005.

His reputation continued to grow after the acclaim of the Vanna Venturi House, as his views of architecture became more accepted in the mainstream. In the 1970’s, he designed the iconic Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. He later designed buildings for Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Venturi was celebrated with his addition to the Oberlin College Art Museum in Ohio, the National Gallery in London, and the new Seattle Art Museum.

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6′ tall double pair of bar doors, in collaboration with Studio William Hefner

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New Delhi Architecture 100

New Delhi Will Feature Smog Towers to Reduce Smog

New Delhi citizens are facing a smog crisis of epic proportions. The World Health Organization has classified Indian cities in the top 20 of the most polluted in the world. In 2017, the air quality in New Delhi was so poor that it was the equivalent of smoking 44 cigarettes a day. The health implications of this crisis are profound.

The Smog Project encompasses a series of 328 feet-high filtration pods, each capable of producing 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day, and is the brainchild of architect Najmus Chowdhry. He has said that the air quality in New Delhi is comparable to a gas chamber, and that everyone in positions of authority are passing the buck.

Chowdhry’s design sucks air in through the base of each tower structure and it passes through five stages of filtration. As the air flows through the tower, it is filtered through charcoal activated carbon, negative ion generators, and electrostatically charged plasma and photo-catalyst elements. These filters will trap airborne particles, bacteria and viruses. The towers would be powered by solar hydrogen cells, laid out in a hexagonal network of sky bridges between towers. The repository of carbon particles will be recycled into the production of graphene, concrete, fertilizer, ink, and the water distillation process.

Curbing practices that cause smog in the New Delhi area is a slow process that could take generations if something drastic is not done. Biomass burning, industry and transport emissions are the chief contributors to the smog crisis. It is estimated that it will increase by 775% in 2040, while public transportation is in a sharp decline. It is truly the perfect storm.

The Smog Project is shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival 2018 award in the  ‘Experimental Future Project’ category, for proposals that challenge conventional thinking.

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Patina on steel custom joints, on a project with architect Eric Meyorwitz

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