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Sustainable Architecture Sets the Standard

Sustainable architecture is now at the forefront of design for the future. Scientific studies have proven time and time again that global warming is a real threat to the health of our planet. As we move forward as a global society, we must consider the effects of sustainability in every aspect of our lives. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that close to 50% of all CO2 emissions come from our buildings. It creates a sense of urgency in the architectural community to embrace sustainable architecture.

Since the late 60s and early 70s, the concept of sustainable architecture has gradually taken hold in the architecture community. In recent years, it has become standard practice in many countries, but many others continue to ignore the value or impact of the practice.

The idea behind the practice is to use only environmentally friendly techniques and materials during the building process. It also seeks to minimize the negative impact of buildings through efficient energy consumption and development space. Architects who practice sustainable architecture look to renewable resources such as harvested wood, concrete, and rock, along with recycled materials like glass and lumber. They also look to reuse architectural components of other buildings, including doors, windows, and flooring. Setting aside materials, sustainable architecture also focuses on how efficiently energy will be used and how to effectively conserve. Thoughtfully designed buildings also rely on solar energy or other alternative energy sources.

Sustainable architecture provides not only an eco-friendly alternative to traditional construction techniques but also added energy efficiency and superior style. There’s no doubt that sustainable architecture is the way of the future. With the known impact of global warming, willfully ignoring the impact of our architectural practices could have a catastrophic impact on our society. Sound practices exist for sustainable architecture and more countries need to embrace these concepts and make them the standard, not the option.

From the ADG Job Site

 Custom made order for a client out of San Francisco

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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

Miami Architecture Glamorous Environmental

Miami River Hosts a New Industrial Headquarters

The styles of architecture displayed by the buildings in Miami include the pristine examples in the eponymous Art Deco District, but aren’t at all limited to them. Miami and Art Deco seem synonymous. The city is known for this particular architectural style, especially in South Beach. Miami offers a wealth of interesting architecture to explore, and the buildings employ more than the familiar pastels and geometric lines.

The latest structure on the Miami River by Oppenheim Architecture reflects the vibe of its surrounding neighbor, which is pure 1980’s Miami Vice, with palm trees lining both sides of the river and speed boats filling the private quays. The design team states that they drew inspiration from the simple geometry of shipping containers. Most appropriate for the region and adds to the true vibe of Miami.

Miami Architecture Waterfront Stylish

 The building comprises various shared and private offices, conferences rooms, and various other spaces where one can enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine. The building is right on the water, so theoretically engineers working there could take a water taxi to work. Some might be skeptical of such a design inspiration. However, the interlocking concrete boxes creates inspiring spaces reflecting refinement and soothing appearances.

Today’s innovative thinking in architecture is demanding fresh thinking and vision to a new future. Impacts of population and conservation are forcing a new way of imagining the way we use space and build structures that are both functionally appealing and environmentally sound. This new design by Oppenheim Architecture hits all the marks.  Their design is elegant. Most of all, through a simple structure design, they have captured the essence of Miami and the waterfront lifestyle this glamorous city is best known for.         

Oppenheim Architecture is an award-winning architecture, planning, and interior design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial mixed-use, retail and residential buildings worldwide. The firm’s projects are crafted to establish the perfect balance between artistry and economics. They celebrate timeless architecture that is as beautiful as it is functional.  

From the ADG Showroom

 Cut. Weld. Form

Adg Custom Lighting Manufacturing

by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

A simple Box Lantern is all you need

For a variety of custom lanterns box lights ADG presentation down load here.

Many clients like to select a fixture and say – this is what I want. But the most distinctive elements on a project  are usually designed with effort and thought. The Team at ADG Lighting designs lighting fixtures to work with the architectural space.

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Custom Light fixtures by ADG Eco Lighting’s CEO Gerald Olesker
for Mammoth Mountain Ski Estate

A simple box light says it all. The elements used to make each box’s simple shape is crucial. A lantern can be made from angle iron. Brass lanterns can be made from sheet or angle stock. there are different scales to each lantern.  Zinc lanterns are typically made from steel sheet that’s galvanized and dipped and then Zinc coated.tavi box lights ADG_01

Light fixtures are personal and can be made to order. A quick modified sketch will enhance and create any fixture from Architectural Detail Group. Client’s can expect full scale shop drawings for homes, hotels and commercial lightning projects.

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a simple cube by ADG Lighting hangs over doorway
size and shape can be customized

 

 

For more information about ordering lighting from ADG Lighting call 818-597-9494 or email EcoCA@adgmail.com .

ADG ships internationally and complies with UL 1598. Fixtures are ETL USA and ETL Canada, Request ADG’s ETL sheet. Fixtures made with New Providence label are made in the USA. For Title 24 compliance please request photo-metrics. Lanterns and all light fixtures can be submitted to ADG Lighting for Photo-metric testing.

A Spotlight of a Different Kind

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While our daily work focuses on creating custom lighting and furnishings for our clients, we thought we’d take a different approach today, and create a different sort of spotlight if you will.

Today, we’ll focus our attention on those who make it happen everyday: the talent here at ADG.

At times we all review and look at lighting as an item you pluck off the shelf. At times we look at furniture as that item that you see when you walk into the showroom. It is selected, spec’d, and delivered to the customer, and we wait for the relaxed and wonderful smile that comes from the customer’s amazement.

“Wow, my design professional helped with that selection and it looks wonderful!” she says. However, what happens when the specialty side for designers, homeowners and hoteliers alike is customized? Teams like Architectural Detail Group and ADG Lighting take the pen and calipers in hand and begin the design process — because they hold the control with the fabrication that makes the process extra special.

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What about the leap of faith to custom design and manufactured lighting and architectural furnishings? We all know the design studio of Charles and Ray Eames and furniture by the iconic Mies van der Rohe.

If you’ve seen the lighting and ornament work by Gerald Olesker and his team at ADG Eco Lighting, you know it is a sight to see. Many have likened their work to the works of Edward F. Caldwell & Co.

Here at ADG, we take pride in our work and craftsmanship. Our significant designs and inspired collections are developed from Olesker working with some of the finest and most prominent architects, designers and building owners around the globe. His works have been placed into homes designed by Marc Appleton, Gwathmey Siegel, and Robert Stern’s office.

 

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Inspired by Michael Berman, Olesker got into the metal furniture industry when Michael suggested to Gerald that he make the MBL Shearboun table for himself. Olesker then began to fulfill orders for Berman and other designers in town for metal furniture. Each fixture and piece of furniture initially comes in a form developed by Olesker within a specific scope for the project. Certainly while designs are repeated, many of the original inspirations remain some of the most published and seen homes and projects today.

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Diversity is key component of Olesker’s work. The above chandelier was a requested piece, developed for a homeowner and her prominent husband in the banking industry. Read up on what ADG customers have had to say about our work, and you’ll begin to see why Olesker and ADG are sought after in the industry. 

The below modern fixture was developed for a hospital in New Orleans. Joey Genarro, the industrial designer in charge of production at ADG, developed this fixture. It is quite the hit! ADG Lighting has had many orders for this and variations of this fixture. Eight phases of the hospital currently display this timeless piece.

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Contrasting designs and fixtures are key to the successful following and modest studio approach by Olesker and Genarro. The Mid Century Mixx above and the classical iron light and copper lantern are additional examples of the pairings by ADG Lighting.

 

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Where can designers find diversity in lighting and furniture? Look no further. With Olesker’s formal education degree in Architecture and Genarro’s applied hands-on training in Industrial Design, this duo is the 21st-century of teams like Cadwell and Lossberg, Charles and Ray Eames, and the talents of Taliesen.

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The team of Olesker and Genarro have worked on many private label projects for designers from LA to New York. They are currently launching other lines, as well as continuing their custom design and manufactured lighting and furniture projects. Their work can be seen worldwide, from the West Coast all the way to the Middle East.

The talent of this dynamic duo fill some of the world’s most beautiful spaces. From restaurant commissions for the likes of Spago and the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, to the exclusive estates throughout Southern California, their projects represent their multi-faceted talents. For more information about ADG Eco Lighting, a division of Architectural Detail Group, Inc or Gerald Olesker and Joey Genarro, please contact EcoCA@adgmail.com or call (818) 597-9494.

For all PR and social media inquiries for ADG, please contact Endrea Kosven, Executive Director of EDK & Company at Endrea@EDKandCompany.com or call (818) 259-0339.

Government work, private projects, commercial properties and hotel properties are part of the exclusive packaging by Architectural Detail Group’s team.

 

 

Newly Remodeled Mid Century Lights by Gerald Olesker of ADG Eco Lighting

Newly Remodeled Mid Century

This newly remodeled Mid Century is located on a quiet cul de sac street. Behind a private gate enter a long walkway featuring a dramatic waterfall into this magical five bedroom oasis. Dramatic pivotal glass front door leads into huge living room with 12 foot ceilings and Fleetwood doors opening to outdoor living room.

– See more at: http://www.hiltonhyland.com/listings/2630-eden-place-beverly-hills-ca-90210#sthash.Pm86JTjY.dpuf

Ipe wood deck surround pool area with panoramic views. Huge eating center island in this gourmet kitchen which includes sleek Italian design cabinets and top of the line appliances. Sexy master suite with huge master closet and bathroom with freestanding tub. Separate gym/bedroom with its own bathroom. 

Two other huge guest rooms each has its own bathroom and views. Very cool separate studio/office/creative space with its own bathroom above the garage. House has Control 4 smart home system as well as upgraded security and cameras. Extremely private and views forever. 

Exterior Light fixtures and interior Focal point light fixtures are designed and fabricated by Gerald Olesker’s ADG Lighting. Interior Designer Jacquelyn M. Barnes Interior Design worked with Olesker to size each location. Custom Mid century pieces were made to balance the exterior and illuminate for a beautiful setting, while not detracting from the view.

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After graduating from Law School in 1986, Susan practiced in a firm specializing in real estate and immigration for a couple of years. Her first love was always sales so in 1989 she started a retail business that included her own manufactured clothing as well as other clothing lines. She eventually opened a second store and four years later she sold the business. Susan then opened a real estate boutique firm. Her legal background combined with her strength in sales made her a perfect candidate to excel in the real estate.

During the past 13 years Susan has completed some of the largest and most notable properties sold on the Westside. Recently Susan joined Hilton and Hyland. In the high- end market it is key to have global exposure. Hilton & Hyland’s affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate make it the perfect match. 

Susan Smith
Licensed Realtor.

BRE# 01187140Office: (310) 492-0733
Mobile: (310) 415-5175
susan@susansmithrealty.com

AND for More info about ADG Eco Lighting email EcoCA@adgmail.com and find out how ADG works with your spec projects and custom homes. thousands of projects completed world wide.

Joey Genarro Studio factory team leader. ALL fixtures customization and ADG furniture are all made to order.