Amazing Hive comes alive with sights and sounds in Washington, D.C.

July 13, 2017 by  
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Incredible sights and sounds have popped up at the National Building Museum in the heart of our nation’s capital. Thousands of giant paper tubes have been stacked together to construct soaring mountain-like structures in the Hive, an interactive sculpture created by Studio Gang Architects for the museum’s annual Summer Block Party. Read on to see the interior of the stunning installation and to hear the Hive come alive. Every year, the National Building Museum invites a different architecture firm to craft a large-scale, immersive installation for its Great Hall. Past projects included BIG’s concave Maze , Snarkitecture’s massive BEACH ball pit , and James Corner Field Operations’ cool ICEBERGS . Studio Gang Architects created the museum’s tallest installation yet that comprises 2,551 Sonotubes, wound paper tubes typically used to pour concrete. If laid end-to-end, the recyclable tubes would measure over a mile in length and have a combined weight of 72,961 pounds. A giant Hive has popped up in D.C.! Explore the National Building Museum's summer installation by Studio Gang Architects. It's made with #recyclable materials, interactive, and absolutely massive. #hivedc @nationalbuildingmuseum @studiogang #architecture #dc #washingtondc #ecofriendly ?: @landscapevoice A post shared by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on Jul 11, 2017 at 9:10am PDT To complement the National Building Museum’s neoclassical Great Hall, Studio Gang Architects used a silver shade for the tube exterior. The tube interior and the Hive floor were painted magenta, a color inspired by the pink used in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. last January. Ninety different tube sizes were used to construct the three interconnected chambers and allow filtered light into the spaces to create beautiful patterns of light and shadow that change throughout the day. Related: ICEBERGS immerse visitors in a beautiful underwater world in Washington, D.C. “We’ve also incorporated a lot of sound elements in here,” Emma Filar, NBM’s Interim Director of Marketing & Communications told Inhabitat. “Jeanne Gang, the founding principal of Studio Gang, is really interested in the way that people move through spaces and how they interact with space here, so that’s why we have instruments inside. Sound travels in a really interesting way through these paper tubes; they both absorb sound and reflect it in different ways.” Visitors at the Hive are free to play with the installation’s many instruments, which range from hanging wind chimes constructed from a variety of materials including wrenches, CDs, and metal pipes. Some paper tubes are used as drums, while others are combined with other common building materials like pipes to create more complicated instruments. Round openings at the top of each chamber allow natural light into the chambers and frame views of the Great Hall’s ceilings and columns. The Hive also has a hands-on building area, where people can play with paper diskettes to build their own structures. The National Building Museum will host a full slate of programs that complement the installation, from concerts to late-night events with food. The Hive is open to the public July 6 through September 4, 2017. + Studio Gang Watermarked photos © Lucy Wang , non-watermarked photos © Tim Schenck

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The Sax: MVRDV-designed towers to create a striking modern icon in Rotterdam

July 13, 2017 by  
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Prolific architecture firm MVRDV has won a competition to design new mixed-use towers for Rotterdam that are sure to turn heads. Designed for the Wilhelminapier port development, the project, called The Sax, comprises two interconnected towers with an eye-catching contemporary facade. The Sax will house a mix of residential, retail, restaurant space, and public areas and function like a “vertical city.” The 51-story Sax will cover a total surface area of 82,000 square meters across two structures—the Philadelphia and Havana residential towers—connected with an air bridge, where a 150-room hotel will be located. The new high-rise is set to rise between the New Luxor Theater and the Boston & Seattle residential areas. The Sax will include 450 apartments , a hotel, wellness center, parking, public viewing platform, and a lively plinth with numerous commercial facilities such as restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes at street level. Related: MVRDV to upgrade historic French city with modern, ecological design “Rotterdam is more and more a city of towers and The Sax will add a new element to this collection,” says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV. “The façade features a contemporary reinterpretation of the bay window, providing views for each unit with the advantage of allowing individual and unique apartments in this large collective complex. This windowed effect adds an extra dimension in experiencing the view onto Rotterdam. The plinth and the bridge which contains a hotel will be open to the public making Wilheminapier even more lively.” All apartments will be filled with natural light and have access to 270-degree panoramic views of Nieuwe Maas and city. The public viewing terrace is located on top of the hotel at 80 meters high. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV, WAX Architectural Visualizations, Wikipedia

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Rooftop wheat fields elevate Chicago’s urban farming scene to exciting new heights

September 27, 2016 by  
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The would-be wheat farm is atop a landmark building that once housed the Polish National Alliance but now serves as Studio Gang’s headquarters. The rooftop was originally intended to be a wildflower meadow filled with many varieties of pollinator -friendly plants such as butterfly weed, black-eyed susan, and milkweed. Omni Ecosystems were hired late in the year for this project, which limited their sowing abilities. “We knew it would be a mixed bag for establishment, so we threw down this annual that would get us through the winter,” said Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems. “As it turned out, the wheat did really well.” Related: Why a buckwheat pillow makes a good pillow This surprisingly robust wheat crop was delicately harvested and turned into flour by students in an after-school program. Students were involved in the process of winnowing the grains by removing the chaff and separating the wheat berries from the wheat grain. It was a novel experience for them.  “The kids didn’t know flour was part of wheat,” says Tracy Boychuk of Omni’s sister company, The Roof Crop. This processed wheat was then turned into flour by Baker Miller , though not without some initial skepticism. “Just because you grow the wheat doesn’t mean you can eat it,” said Dave Miller, co-owner of Baker Miller. “I was thinking we were going to have ‘feed’ grade,” which is appropriate for animals but not people. This was as good as anything I’ve gotten from a farmer.” + Omni Ecosystems

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Atlantas elevated Buckhead Park will connect a city separated by highways

September 27, 2016 by  
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Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Waltz are the firms behind the project, and they hope to inspire other cities that are seemingly broken apart by sprawling highways to reintegrate and offer locals a beautiful gathering place. In Buckhead’s case, the area was divided by busy streets in the 1990s, causing a community divide. Rogers Partners explains how the project will “make the area whole again, providing the public with safe, easy and efficient access to the many amenities in the district.” Related: Colorful Spinning Tops transform traditional toys into large-scale interactive art in Atlanta The park features three distinct design features. The northern end will be the common area, including a small amphitheatre for local events. A lush garden will adorn the southern end and a variety of shade trees will stretch across the entire structure. In the middle, a plaza for local retail businesses and restaurants will be found. The project is also aiming to include access to Park 400, a biking and running trail currently under construction in the area. The Atlanta area is known for its large population and intense heat, which the firms have taken into account while designing Buckhead Park Over GA400. Stormwater collection will create a sustainable irrigation system and the installation of native plants will reduce the need for excess maintenance. “When Buckhead Park Over GA400 is complete, Atlanta will have a unique, world-class civic space that is both beautiful and functional,” expressed Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. The next phase of the project will be discussed by city officials in October. +Rogers Partners , Nelson Byrd Waltz Via Dezeen Images via Rogers Partners, Nelson Byrd Waltz

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MAD Architects announces a design overhaul for the controversial George Lucas Museum in Chicago

September 22, 2015 by  
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Studio Gang Unveils Designs for Sculptural University of Chicago Dorm Complex

July 24, 2013 by  
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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

July 24, 2013 by  
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Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Dalí works, and since its debut this past April, the dazzling venue has already welcomed over 300,000 visitors. With its clean minimalist lines juxtaposed against a sparkling geodesic glass atrium, the spectacular structure designed by HOK stands as a work of art in its own right, while still paying homage to the spirit of Salvador Dalí . The building also brings more to the table than just its looks. Housing over 2,000 pieces of Dalí’s most important works , the museum is sited within a corner of the country that often finds itself battered by severe storms with catastrophic results. To prepare for the worst, HOK designed the shell of the structure to withstand a Category 5 hurricane . The design also features numerous green systems, including a solar hot water powered dehumidification system , high efficiency HVAC and ventilation systems, and strategic daylighting to illuminate the interiors. We recently sat down with principal architect and Senior Vice President of HOK Yann Weymouth who enlightened us on the intricacies of the design, and what it took to get the museum built. Jump ahead for our exclusive interview with Yann as he explains the design, and how his team of architects and engineers used Building Information Modeling to build a space that’s not only beautiful and sustainable, but disaster-proof. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2 2d/3d cad , 3D representation , 3d studio max , 3DS , Architecture , autdocad , autodesk , BIM , Buckminster Fuller , building information modeling , Building Modeling , CAD , computer aided design , dali , dali museum , dali-esque , disaster proof architecture , Disaster-proof design , eco design , eco museums , florida , geodesic dome , geodesic inspired , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green museums , greywater filtration , HOK , HOK architects , hurricane proof architecture , hurricane resistant architecture , hurricane resistant building , Revit , salvador dali , salvador dali art collection , salvador dali museum , st. petersburg , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable museums , tampa bay , Using BIM For Green Building , virtual design and construction , world’s largest salvador dali collection , Yann Weymouth        

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Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital

October 18, 2012 by  
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New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and architect Jeanne Gang both waded into one of Chicago’s biggest preservation battles this week in an effort to save Prentice Women’s Hospital , a clover leaf-shaped hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg. Northwestern University wants to demolish the unique building to build a new biomedical research facility, and university officials have said that the oddly-shaped structure would be too difficult to retrofit. So Kimmelman reached out to Gang to develop a new proposal that would involve building a modern research facility right on top of the existing building. Read the rest of Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bertrand Goldberg , chicago , jeanne gang , Michael Kimmelman , new york times , Northwestern University , Prentice , Prentice Hospital , Prentice Women’s Hospital , Rahm Emanuel , Save Prentice , studio gang , studio gang architects

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Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens

October 18, 2012 by  
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Macro Micro Studio is a 50-square-meter (538-square-foot) live-work Passivhaus developed by the University of Dundee’s Macro Micro research unit at the  Botanic Gardens in Dundee . The project will be the UK’s first fully net-zero energy live/work studio, and construction is set to run from January-May 2013. The design and technologies will be tested in a real-world situation over a period of four years in order to gain a better understanding of user behavior and technical performance. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Botanic Gardens Dundee , live work studio , live-work , Macro Micro Studio , macromicrostudi , net-zero energy , off-grid , off-grid studio , passivhaus , University of Dundee

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Donna Ruff Draws With Fire to Create Gorgeous Patterns on Cast-Off Book Pages

October 18, 2012 by  
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