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MARS Case Offers Solutions For Colonizing the Red Planet

Space exploration and the planet Mars have been in the imagination of many for decades. The Red Planet has especially intrigued many, imagining the possibilities of settling another planet near Earth and the potential of little green men. As technology has advanced, space exploration became a true reality, as man slipped the bonds of Earth and headed out into the galaxy. No matter how far our machines have traveled into space, the Red Planet has remained the main fascination of scientists and adventurers. Today, Mars remains a top focus of Elon Musk and Space X. One day, we will settle Mars!

One of the first challenges encountered when exploring or settling Mars is, of course, providing livable structures that can be reasonably transported to the Red Planet and easily constructed. The Beijing-based design firm Open Architecture has partnered with the Chinese technology firm Xiaomi to design a structure to house our explorers on Mars. Out of that partnership, the MARS case has come to life. The innovative design represents the vision of an ideal hosting unit, combining technology with product design and innovative architecture.

The MARS case is a portable structure that is easily transferable to and from confined space transports. It is a living bubble, which is attached to a base, which can be inflated, collapsed and folded into itself, much like a suitcase. Inside is a main living area, a bathroom, a desk and chairs, along with a storage area. Smartphones will able to control lighting, appliances and other functions inside the house. There are even windows in the structure that pop out when it is inflated. The design is also capable of harnessing and recycling heat, exhaust, and condensation, which allows the minimal use of resources.

From the Factory Floor

Handmade art deco chain getting ready for Bel Air!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

 

 

 

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Beverly Center Shows off a New Image

The Beverly Center is showing off a new facelift and revitalization on November 1st. The mid-city landmark first opened in July 1982, and showed off a unique design presence for the area. The unusual shape of the mall was a result of its position at the intersection of a number of angled local streets and the salt lake oilfield.

The new look of the Beverly Center will improve and enhance the aesthetic qualities of the landmark, with moving surfaces that replace the original static facade. The new surface will feature wavelike movement, which reflects the surrounding urban landscape. This effect is achieved through the use of a vertical series of throbbing LEDs, which create the wavy effect. The combination of new surfaces and LEDs dematerializes the volume of light and color, decomposing them and altering the viewer’s perception of the building in both day and night.

Visitors will enter into large brightly lit open spaces surrounded by the three story design of the mall, featuring breathtaking skylights. The skylight allows the flow of natural light to expand into all areas of the mall, including the first level and commercial meeting spaces. From the pleasant promenade inside the building, a panoramic terrace on the mall’s roof strengthens the relationship between inside and out, and welcomes both visitors and occupants of the surrounding areas to use it.

Beverly Center has been an iconic building in mid-city, drawing locals and tourists to this shopping mecca for decades. Withe the newest renovation and facelift, the area will continue to enjoy the upscale shopping and meeting center for the area. It will continue to reflect the innovation and lifeblood of Los Angeles for many decades to come.

From the Factory Floor

Sneak peak of our cast bronze art deco chandelier!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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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.

  From the Factory Floor

 A little inspiration…

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Kanye West Launches YEEZY Home In Calabasas

“I want to do product, I am a product person. Not just clothing but water bottle design, architecture … I make music but I shouldn’t be limited to once place of creativity. I hang around architects mostly, people that wanna make things as dope as possible.”

~Kanye West, YEEZY

Entertainer, entrepreneur and social icon, Kanye West is constantly pushing the envelope and impacting modern culture. Best know for his music, he has taken his YEEZY brand to the top of fashion circles and made a name for himself as a designer. His shoe brand has become one of the most influential brands on the market.  Now, he is taking his YEEZY brand into the design space, specifically working with architects and interior designers to bring his inspirations to life. The design space is located in Calabasas, CA and will be the creative studio and headquarters for all aspects of the YEEZY brand.

The space was designed by longtime West collaborator Willo Perron. The equal parts rough and minimal spaces contain a mix of production facilities for West’s YEEZY brand clothing line, a recording studio, and meeting spaces, among other uses. The creative spaces reflect West’s collaborations with Axel Vervoordt for the rapper’s nearby home in Hidden Hills and speak to an interest on the part of West to mix and match visual modes. The endeavor will aim to include architectural and urban design in West’s growing collaborative art practice, which already includes music, film, fashion, and performance art initiatives. 

Kanye West has been known also for his outspoken political and social views, not to mention his strange behavior and comments during awards shows over the years. This has created a significant amount of controversy. Whether he is a lightning rod for public opinion or a genius marketer is up for significant debate. However, there is no doubt that the YEEZY brand is influential and Kanye is the one people are buzzing about. The old saying that any PR is good PR because people are talking may be just his approach. With that being said, Kanye West is a successful creative, and he is opening a door to an avenue for him to innovate and collaborate in with the backing of a powerful and influential brand.  

From the ADG Jobsite

A pair of gigantic lanterns at a client’s beach house 

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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ICAA SoCal Annual Summer Party

 

ADG Lighting had the pleasure of joining colleagues at the ICAA SoCal Summer Party on Wednesday, July 19th. The event is an annual summer party for the organization’s growing membership! The event provides an opportunity to learn more about upcoming programs and celebrate the season. This year’s event was graciously hosted in the beautiful garden at Charles Jacobsen Inc., in Culver City. ADG Lighting was the proud educational sponsor for the event. Sub-Zero & Wolf was also a major sponsor of the event.

ICAA was founded as two separate non-profit organizations in 1968 and 1991. They merged in 2002 as a national non-profit organization by a small group of passionate design professionals whose goals were to celebrate, teach and preserve the classical architectural tradition in America. ICAA does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Southern California Chapter was founded in 2004 by architect Marc Appleton and builder David Cohen. ICAA membership is comprised of architects, interior designers, landscape designers, allied professionals, and assorted vendors throughout the metro Los Angeles area.

The ICAA mission is focused on advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in regional architecture, urbanism and the allied arts. They fulfill their mission through program areas including education, media, events and advocacy.

Highlights of the Summer Party

While we were enjoying the event in Southern California, ADG was also partying at the Luxe Magazine event in Austin, Texas with team leader Tina McClard Harlan!

 

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Architectural Photography: The World’s Largest Collection…All from an Obsession

If you appreciate architecture and the photography of architecture, your architectural fantasy awaits you in London. Housed in a limestone-clad art deco style building in the heart of London, you will find the world’s greatest collection of architectural photography. This astounding collection contains more than 1.5 million items, including prints and negatives from around the globe.

The building that houses this mass collection is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971.

Amassing a Great Archive of Architectural Photography

Upon going the RIBA in 1976 as the librarian, the late Robert Elwall immediately recognized the ability of photography to capture the energy and life of architecture. He spent the rest of his life preserving, protecting and championing architectural photography. Elwall also understood the aesthetic value and transformative power of architecture. The photography was the means he employed the protect the future and promote knowledge.

“What really made Robert special was his absolute dedication to sharing the photographs with the widest possible audience.”

Valeria Carullo, Curator, RIBA

Elwall had a strong desire to disseminate historic architectural photography to the wider public, not least in giving many talks, and in books written in an informative but very readable style. He produced a dozen or so monographs, and his 2004 book, Building With Light: the International History of Architectural Photography was nominated for the 2005 Bruno Zevi Book Award.

From the Factory Floor

Stone finials for a client’s columns in Calabasas, CA.

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