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The Danish Maritime Museum, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, will be located near Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Image: Bjarke Ingels Group

Dublin · 2007.0918
In Dublin, Ireland, a theater designed by Daniel Libeskind and his firm, Studio Daniel Libeskind of New York City, is under construction. The diamond-shaped 2,000-seat theater will be the centerpiece of Grand Canal Square, part of the South Docklands being rehabilitated by the Dublin Docklands Authority. Completion is expected by 2010. The firm also designed adjacent office buildings.

New Haven · 2007.0918
Yale University has chosen Foster + Partners — the London, United Kingdom-based firm led by Norman Foster — to design a new complex for the Yale School of Management. The 230,000-square-foot (21,400-square-meter) building will be located on a 4.25-acre (1.72-hectare) site. It will house state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, the School's academic centers, and student and community spaces. Completion is expected by fall 2011. Yale plans to seek LEED certification for the project.

Burlingame · 2007.0917
Construction is underway on the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, California. The San Francisco office of Anshen + Allen designed the project, which comprises a five-story, 410,000-square-foot (38,000-square-meter) acute-care hospital and a 200,000-square-foot (18,600-square-meter) medical office building.

Located near the San Andreas Fault, the facility will be "base isolated" to enable sustained hospital operations after an earthquake. It was designed to move horizontally up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) and vertically up to two inches (five centimeters) without incurring major damage.

The facility will feature single-occupancy patient rooms with views of San Francisco Bay, ground-level and rooftop gardens, and extensive daylighting. "Green" features will include high-performance glazing, solar shading, efficient ventilation that uses fresh outdoor air, recycled-content materials, and low-VOC materials and finishes.

New York · 2007.0917
I.M. Pei and his son L.C. "Sandi" Pei, design partner of Pei Partnership Architects, have revealed their design for The Centurion, a 19-story residential building in New York City.

The tower will feature a stepped profile with a succession of cascading terraces. The exterior will be fully clad in hand-set French "Chamesson" limestone. A symmetrical arrangement of five double-height windows with pewter-colored aluminum mullions will decorate the south facade. The entrance canopy will consist of dark aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, and translucent glass.

SLCE Architects of New York City served as the interior architect. The 48-unit building will be ready for occupancy in early 2009. Stillman Development International and Antonio Development are developing the project.

Philadelphia · 2007.0915
The Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has opened its expanded space in the renovated Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company Building (1926). Gluckman Mayner Architects of New York City designed the project, which included construction of a 59,000-square-foot (5,500-square-meter) addition to the 125,000-square-foot (11,600-square-meter) Art Deco structure, now renamed the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

Located across the street from the main building, the Perelman Building now houses galleries, study centers, a library, a cafe, a new bookstore, and a soaring skylit walkway. This is the first phase of a master plan to dramatically expand and modernize the museum.

The Perelman Building was originally designed by Zantzinger, Borie, and Medary, who also designed the museum's main building with architects Horace Trumbauer and Julian Abele. The sculptor Lee Lawrie is principally responsible for the original decorative scheme, and Leon Solon served as color advisor.

Helsingør · 2007.0914
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of Copenhagen, Denmark, has revealed its winning design for the Danish Maritime Museum in Helsingør, Denmark. The 5,000-square-meter (54,000-square-foot) museum will be housed inside and around a decommissioned dry dock that is within sight of Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To preserve views of the castle, the building was constrained to no higher than a meter above ground level. The firm chose to go even further, setting the entire museum below grade and preserving the dry dock as a dramatic negative space. A series of bridges will span the dry dock, and visitors will enter the museum through a descending set of ramps. One bridge will both provide access from Kronborg Castle to the harbor and also serve as an auditorium.

A continuous 4,000-square-meter (43,000-square-foot) exhibition gallery, designed to feel like a ship deck, will be easily dividable into 12 individual galleries of different shapes, sizes, and lighting options. The museum will also accommodate outdoor activities, exhibitions, and events. The opening is tentatively planned for 2010.

New York · 2007.0914
A renovation project is underway at Bronx Lebanon Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City. The 17,000-square-foot (1,600-square-meter) project will revamp the emergency and radiology departments and the surgery suite. The architect is Francis Cauffman Architects, which just opened an office in New York City.

Las Vegas · 2007.0913
Construction continues on an $109 million expansion at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 128,000-square-foot (11,900-square-meter) addition will add nine gates to the facility. The project includes an vehicle barrier comprising bollards and wire rope cables. Completion is scheduled for fall 2008.

Henderson, Nevada-based Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects is the architect. The Henderson office of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is constructing the project.

El Cerrito · 2007.0912
Ground has been broken for a new addition to Windrush School in El Cerrito, California. Architecture, consulting, and interiors firm Ratcliff of Emeryville designed the 14,000-square-foot (1,300-square-meter) wing for LEED Silver certification.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star system, the addition will be 96 percent more energy-efficient than typical school buildings, an efficiency achieved primarily through photovoltaic panels and an innovative building envelope. Classrooms will be naturally ventilated and cooled, with operable windows and skylights. The interiors will include low-VOC paint, countertops, and ceiling tiles, and durable window roller shades. Bioretention planters will reduce and filter stormwater runoff. Insulated concrete forms will incorporate a high level of fly ash in the concrete mix. Landscaping will include drought-tolerant plant varieties.

The new wing will open in the fall of 2008. The construction project will include renovation of the existing gymnasium to improve circulation and daylighting; site circulation and wheelchair accessibility improvements throughout the campus; and a new outdoor plaza.

Boston · 2007.0905
In a striking example of adaptive reuse, the 1851 Charles Street Jail in Boston, Massachusetts, has been converted into the high-end Liberty Hotel. Cambridge Seven Associates (C7A) served as architect for the $150 million project, and Alexandra Champalimaud & Associates served as interior designer. The original building design was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant and Reverend Louis Dwight.

The jail's granite exterior and light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged. The 90-foot- (27-meter-) high rotunda was preserved to form the lobby and public spaces of the hotel. The historic jail building also houses 18 guest rooms with exposed brick walls. The former jail exercise yard was converted into a courtyard garden.

A new, separate 16-story tower houses 280 rooms accented with mahogany and touches of stainless steel. The Liberty Hotel includes three restaurants/bars and 6,000 square feet (560 square meters) of flexible space.

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