MVRDV to dramatically revitalize Frances historic Palais du Commerce

February 14, 2019 by  
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Dutch design firm MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and expand the historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. The impressive 19th century palace had once served multiple public functions but now suffers from disconnect with current civic life. Working in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin for developers Frey and Engie Avenue, MVRDV plans to reactivate the former public building and transform it into an inviting mixed-use destination that will serve as the centerpiece of the city’s main commercial street. The 18,000-square-meter redevelopment project will include not only a building restoration with a modern 6,000-square-meter timber expansion of the Palais du Commerce, but also the reactivation of the surroundings including the transformation of the Place de la République into a pedestrian-friendly public square as well as the conversion of the Rue du Pré Botté into a landscaped pedestrian area. The landmark building will also be updated with a sensitive approach that will be respectful of its iconic 19th-century design while greatly increasing the building’s transparency. In addition to the replacement of existing windows with larger panes of glass, glazed storefronts will be added to the arches of the arcade and a new grand, winding staircase will anchor the center of the facade. “Not only is Palais du Commerce a local landmark, but its transformation will turn the Place de la République into a popular destination and act as a vital catalyst for its surroundings,” says Nathalie de Vries, founding partner of MVRDV. “Our design approaches this task with an appreciation of the building’s history, but also with an eye towards the future, helping Rennes to achieve its urban vision. The additions that we will make are clearly modern in character, clearly showcasing this design as the latest chapter in the building’s storied history.” Related: MVRDV designs solar-powered “KoolKiel” with Jenga-like architecture in Germany The building’s mixed-use program will include new shops, a hotel, offices, a co-working space, a variety of leisure spaces — including a LEGO museum, event space and an electronic music bar — and a school for the kitchen and hotel industry led by chef Thierry Marx. All spaces of the building will be used more effectively, from the basements to the roof, which will include a new bistro in the building’s central dome. Construction on the project is slated to begin in 2022, with completion expected in 2025. + MVRDV Images via ENGRAM, diagrams via MVRDV

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SCAD students save a piece of American history with vintage train car restoration

June 22, 2017 by  
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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)’s award-winning tradition of historic preservation hit another home run for Preservation Month. SCAD students salvaged a piece of American history that would have otherwise disappeared when they restored of a rare 1911 wooden passenger train car. The students turned the railroad preservation project into an educational opportunity and intentionally left parts of the train car in its found state to teach visitors about the preservation process. Owned by the nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society , the decrepit rare train car was originally brought to the Georgia State Railroad Museum from the city of Augusta. As part of a spring student project, three graduate and eight undergraduate SCAD students carefully restored the 1911 train car to complement the SCAD Museum of Art, an adaptive reuse project that turned an 1853 antebellum railroad depot into a modern museum. The train car is currently displayed alongside the museum. Related: SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community “SCAD knows well the stories of Georgia’s railways—our award-winning SCAD Museum of Art rises proudly from the ruins of the nation’s oldest surviving antebellum railroad depot,” said SCAD President and Founder, Paula Wallace. “Now, the nation’s premier preservation design program helps narrate another tale for the appreciation of railfans for generations to come.” Students’ preservation work included replacing the train car’s exterior wood siding, refinishing woodwork, and stripping the original mahogany panels of layers of paint and shellac. + Savannah College of Art and Design Images by Dylan Wilson

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Buffalo’s Grain Elevators to Be Used in Large-Scale Narrative Lighting Dislpay

May 13, 2013 by  
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Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

March 8, 2013 by  
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MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

March 8, 2013 by  
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Last year, we reported that MIT’s cheetah robot broke the speed record for four-legged robots by running at 18mph. Now, MIT researchers say that their robotic version of the wild cat may soon outpace its animal counterpart in running efficiency ! The robot’s streamlined stride and its lightweight electric motors produce high torque with very little energy wasted. Read the rest of MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all terrain robot , bigdog , bigdog robot , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , darpa , ls3 , power arm , robots , us army robot

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Frank Lloyd Wright House in Phoenix Still Faces Demolition After Anonymous Buyer Retracts Offer

November 14, 2012 by  
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SCAD Students Attend Class in a Spectacular Restored Medieval Century Village in Southern France

October 22, 2012 by  
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The Well Proven Chair Transforms Wood Waste and Bio-Resin into Unique Furniture

October 22, 2012 by  
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London-based designers Marjan Van Aubel and Jamie Shaw have developed an intriguing material that can be used to create sturdy, lightweight furniture from waste. Their Well Proven Chair, which looks rather like an amorphous, organic mass mounted atop four wooden legs, is made from a new moldable material that utilizes wood waste and bio-resin. Read the rest of The Well Proven Chair Transforms Wood Waste and Bio-Resin into Unique Furniture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco friendly chair , green design , Jamie Shaw , London designers , Marjan van Aubel , recyclable materials , recycled furniture , Well Proven Chair , wood waste

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San Francisco’s Mesh-Encased Transbay Tower Will Be the Tallest Building on the West Coast

October 22, 2012 by  
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The San Francisco skyline will soon feature the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast, following approval by the San Francisco Planning Commission. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects , the 1,070 foot, sixty-one story Transbay Tower will form the pinnacle of the Transbay Transit Center. The center is to serve as a downtown hub for Caltrain and its forthcoming high-speed rail network . A lower portion of the transit center will be topped with an elevated green space, which will be called City Park, while the area surrounding First and Mission Street undergo significant redevelopment. Read the rest of San Francisco’s Mesh-Encased Transbay Tower Will Be the Tallest Building on the West Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Caltrain , eco design , First and Mission Streets , green design , Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects , sustainable design , Tallest Skyscraper on West Coast , Transbay Transit Center

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Inhabitat Tours the Stunning St. Germain Residence in San Francisco!

September 28, 2012 by  
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