The installation of the final element of the @56leonard residential building in Tribeca, NY, is underway: a specially commissioned artwork by artist @anish.kapoor.
Kapoor’s monumental mirror sculpture at the base of the 60-story structure will seemingly both prop up the building and be squashed by it. An enigmatic balloon-like form, weighing 40 tons and measuring 48 feet long by 19 feet high, the work will define the corner of the building at Church Street and Leonard Street and will “reflect” the Tribeca Historic District, its residents and visitors.
Second image courtesy of #alexicogroup
469 Neue Nationalgalerie - Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts moving forward:
Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture, informed the members of the budget committee of the German Bundestag responsible for the cultural budget about the schedule and cost planning for the Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin. The ground-breaking ceremony will take place in the coming weeks.
Jacques Herzog: "The museum of the 20th century is an independent architecture, like Mies's building and Scharoun's architecture. In addition to its function for the presentation of art, however, it also has another, very important task: connecting and crosslinking the surrounding buildings and exterior spaces to form an urban whole - a cultural forum for the 21st century.” #Berlin#NeueNationalgalerie#MuseumderModerne#NG20
Herzog & de Meuron, working alongside Rapp Architekten, has been selected to complete a new hospital building in Basel, Switzerland. The design comprises a 12-storey, 68-meter-tall structure, which sits on top of a more horizontally oriented three- to four-storey base with a gross floor area of 50,000 square meters (538,195 sqf), the new structures will house the hospital’s outpatient tumor and nephrology centers, as well as a host of new laboratories.
The project, titled ‘perimeter B’, expands the existing campus of universitätsspital basel. broadly speaking, the plans hope to increase efficiency, simplify the work of employees, and shorten waiting times for patients. The scheme by Herzog & de Meuron and Rapp Architekten seeks to make a strong contribution to the site’s existing urban fabric, while ensuring that the design offers a high degree of flexibility.
The Gallery lobby below the courtyard is accessed by a sweeping ceremonial staircase between Cambie Street, the courtyard and the lobby. A suite of galleries and education studios unfold around the lobby. Two densely planted sunken gardens bring nature and light into the lobby and the galleries. Some doubleheight galleries rise up to street level, allowing for another form of daylight and even views into the art spaces from the street.
The billowing glass elements soften the contour of the tall building and give it depth and lightness. Together, the glass ’logs’ form one continuous three dimensional glass façade. Where needed, the glass skin offers views out and daylight in, while in other areas it performs as a protective membrane over the opaque structural wall behind.
Unlike most glass facades that appear as gridded, flat, dark and reflective surfaces, the glass facades of the new Vancouver Art Gallery are detailed to ensure that no metal frames are expressed. Only glass is visible.
The soffits and recessed facades of the tall building are clad in wood. From the street looking up at the structure both wood and glass are equally present.
The largest-ever single private donation to an arts and culture organization in British Columbia secures the continuation of a museum project which started off in 2014. The unprecedented gift of $ 40 million was made by the Chan family, which has a long-standing history of supporting education as well as arts and culture institutions and programs.
Yesterday, Herzog & de Meuron unveiled the design of the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The project has visibly evolved over the course of the last five years.
The proposal for the new Vancouver Art Gallery is a sculptural, symmetrical, upright building. From an urban standpoint it is a classical type: a recognizable public building along a prominent boulevard. The building has both a low and a tall component. The low component addresses human scale and street
life, whilst the high one offers public visibility within the vertically dominated Downtown Peninsula.
The low building densifies and activates the public realm around the new Vancouver Art Gallery by providing an active and accessible, continuous street front. The building contains entrances to the courtyard from all four surrounding streets. It also responds to the topography along West Georgia: the building’s roofline follows the slope of the street, resulting in a building that is consistently low throughout. In scale and materiality, it echoes the low wooden structures of early Vancouver, including those that framed Larwill Park until their demolition in the 1950s.
The courtyard is open to the public, an urban space where museum-goers and others crisscross and encounter one another daily. It is also a place for a variety of artistic practices and experiences, from art installations and performances to concerts and evening cinema programs. The cantilevered roofs of the one-story structure and the main building rising above the courtyard offer ample covered outdoor space, needed and welcomed during the relatively mild but wet Vancouver winters. At the same time the courtyard receives enough sun in spring and summer, an equally important factor to ensure an enjoyable
outdoor space in British Columbia.
Cantilevered floors and brise-soleils of varying sizes structure the façade and lend it spatial depth. Depending on one’s vantage point, the building may appear weighty, as if it were of solid stone, or transparent and light. The play of horizontal and vertical lines and the curved motif of the brise-soleils enter into a dialogue with the historicizing Palazzo architecture of the neighboring institutions.
The unifying Forum extends across five stories from the plinth up into the building and continues outdoors as a garden, hosting a bit of forest in the midst of the university. #ForumUZH
The FORUM UZH brings the faculites of law, economics and modern languages together in one building in the middle of Zurich’s university and hospital quarter. The new university building consists of a topographical plinth for teaching, a hovering stand-alone building for research and a unifying Forum.
Herzog & de Meuron: "Space is at a premium around the university, more and more area is required for diverse institutions to guarantee a future for their research and teaching missions. How, then, can spaces be created for people and nature?
Only by placing many of the uses in an elevated building have we been able to bring daylight into the terraced plinth and make room for the public space that we were aiming for. The inviting atmosphere and the numerous trees will make the large plaza in front of the new building and also the Forum itself a new focal point of university and urban life." #ForumUZH