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OfficeUS Announces American Pavilion ‘Partners’ for Architecture Biennale

When the Venice Architecture Biennale opens on June 6, OfficeUs, the American Pavilion project joint-curated by Eva Franch of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Ana Miljački of M.I.T., and Ashley Schafer of the University of Ohio, will operate a functioning architecture firm inside the U.S. Pavilion for the six-month duration of the Biennale. And like any architecture firm, this one has partners, who were revealed on Friday following an open call for participants that was announced last October. Continue Reading

Tacoma Art Museum Will Open Sustainable New Galleries by Olson Kundig in November

The Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington has announced that it will open its new Haub Family Galleries, devoted to art from the American West, to the public on November 16. The new wing and renovations to the original museum building were designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, with an eye to sustainability. Olson Kundig partnered with local firm Sellen Sustainability to produce an energy efficient building with post-recycled materials for their first museum expansion project.

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See Inside Dubai’s Opus Office Towers, Where Zaha Hadid Designed Her First Hotel

The interiors are just as curvy and spaceship-like as you’d imagine.

The organic, expressive lines of the midcentury Isamu Noguchi table actually pair really well with the digitally designed space — logical, but still surprising.

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Paddle8 Auctions Architectural Drawings to Benefit Drawing Center

If you’re in New York and want to see architectural ephemera, the Drawing Center’s Lebbeus Woods exhibition is primed for your enjoyment. But even if you aren’t in the Big Apple — if you’re anywhere that has a wifi connection — the Drawing Center has something to offer by way of architectural illustrations: Online auction house Paddle8 is hosting a sale of architects’ drawings through May 9, to benefit future design-themed programming at the Drawing Center. Curated by Center director Brett Littman with architects Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works and Steven Holl, the auction seeks both to raise funds and fill a gap in the marketplace for paper architecture: “With the recent closing of several New York galleries that deal with architecture, there are now very few places left to buy architect’s drawings,” notes Littman. To that end, 16 drawings by the likes of Annabelle Selldorf, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, ranging from $1,200 to $6,000, are up for grabs online through May 9. Continue Reading

Architecture Instagram: Checking in on L.A.’s Broad Museum

Because we’ve had the fortune of riding out New York’s recent bad weather spell in Los Angeles, where the days have been sunny — nay, sweltering — of late, ARTINFO decided to stop by the city’s most talked-about construction site: the forthcoming Broad Art Museum, the first West Coast project designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Continue Reading

Hans Hollein and Frederic Schwartz, Remembered

The past week has been witness to two tragic, untimely deaths in the architecture community: Pritzker-winning post-modernist Hans Hollein passed away at the age of 80 in his native Vienna on April 24, and designer of several 9/11 memorials Frederic Schwartz passed away at the age of 63 in New York City. Both worked within the framework of post-modernism, and both passed away from extended illness.

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Herzog & de Meuron Revealed as Designers of the Vancouver Art Gallery Expansion

The Vancouver Art Gallery announced today that it has selected Herzog & de Meuron to design its forthcoming expansion, selecting the Swiss firm from a shortlist that also included fellow Pritzker winners SANAA, Toronto firm KPMB Architects, and the New York-based firms Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Renderings, design details, and a construction timeline have yet to be released, but the new Vancouver Art Gallery building will cover approximately 300,000 square feet — more than double the Gallery’s current size. The Vancouver project represents the firm’s first Canadian commission, and will be located in the city’s downtown at West Georgia and Cambie Streets. The new building will include dedicated space for the museum’s collections, indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, and educational facilities geared toward the Gallery’s desire to expand educational and public programs, according to a press release. Continue Reading

Catitecture: Furniture for Felines and Their Human Friends

Behold the CATable: an object that operates by compressing several words and multiple functions into a single unit. Designed by architects Hao Ruan, Zhenyu Lai, and Jingrui Lin, of the Hangzhou- and Hong Kong-based firm LYCS Architecture, the multi-user CATable does double duty as a workspace for people and a play area for pets. Both functional and inventive, the desk-cum-toy caused a minor frenzy earlier this month at Milan Design Week and won the jury’s vote of approval in the Office Interior Design category of Architizer’s A+ Awards. Continue Reading

Philippe Malouin’s Mollo Chair, A Fabulous Use of Foam

In industrial design, comfort often requires meticulous engineering — but not the case with Mollo, Philippe Malouin’s newly launched armchair for London purveyor of eye-catching goods Established & Sons. The Canadian-born, London-based designer took the simplest route to building this full-bodied piece of furniture, opting out of rigid structural supports and sticking instead to foams of various densities.

Mollo on display at Established & Sons Fuorisalone exhibition in Milan

“The shape of the Mollo came about while experimenting with flat polyurethane foam sheets,” he recently told ARTINFO via email. “After making many models, we made a discovery while making a foam tube and curling it. We made three small stitches on the model and it created the seat, while elevating the backrest and armrests.” The result is a plump form that begs you to curl up inside, and once you get a feel of the velvet upholstery, there’s no getting up.

— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)
Images via Established & Sons

Richard Serra Wins the Architectural League of New York’s Highest Honor

Richard Serra in front of his 2005 installation, “The Matter of Time,” at the Guggenheim Bilbao.

Land artist and sculptor Richard Serra, noted for his monumental, architectural sheet metal sculptures, has won the 2014 President’s Medal from the Architectural League of New York, the League announced in a press release on Wednesday. Serra is the first visual artist to win the Architectural League’s highest honor, bestowed annually on an individual who has produced an exceptional body of work in architecture, urbanism, design or art. Serra’s oeuvre receives acclaim in part for its success in blurring these disciplinary boundaries.  In announcing the award, League president Annabelle Selldorf acknowledged that Serra’s minimalist but multivalent work ”engages the senses in terms of scale, space, volume, and materiality in a way that is inevitably fascinating for every architect,” as per the press release. Serra, in turn, has long acknowledged his interest in architecture: “I think of myself as a builder,” he says in the 2005 documentary “Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet.” Serra will receive the medal on May 6 in New York City, at which point he will join the ranks of past President’s Medal recipients like architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, designers Massimo and Leila Vignelli, and last year’s winner, architect Renzo Piano.

— Anna Kats (@fortunaviriliis)

Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Bilbao.