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Polshek Partnership Architects and GSBS Architects have revealed their design for the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City. Image: Courtesy Polshek Partnership Architects Extra Large Image

Frankfurt · 2008.0604
Morgen Studio of Frankfurt, Germany, has revealed its design for "cocoonlounge." The project will expand "cocoonclub" in Frankfurt by 500 square meters (5,400 square feet). The lounge will feature its own infrastructure, stage, bar, and lighting installation.

New York · 2008.0602
Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC (MAP) of New York City has promoted Christine M. Hunter, AIA, LEED AP, to principal. Hunter has been practicing for over 25 years in the areas of housing and neighborhood facility design, sustainable design, and historic preservation. She has been with the firm since 2004 and currently heads its affordable and supportive housing efforts.

MAP has also promoted Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP, to senior associate, and Damian Possidente, AIA, LEED AP, and Perry Winston, AIA, LEED AP, to associate.

Seattle · 2008.0531
The new Wing Luke Asian Museum has opened in Seattle, Washington. Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects of Seattle designed the project to preserve and restore the historic fabric of the 1910 East Kong Yick Building and create new and expanded space for the 40-year-old museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate.

The museum design saved as much as possible of the original 1910 building, which had served as a social center and living quarters for Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino immigrants. The character ands scale of the building were maintained, as well as many building materials, such as timbers cut out between floors.

On the upper floors, original narrow doorways and corridors and small rooms preserve the intimacy of the original space. Windows and doors were repaired and reinstalled, fir joists were recycled as stair treads, and fire doors and other objects served as inspiration for furniture and art pieces.

Located in Seattle's Chinatown International District, the museum building includes performance space, and spaces for community and neighborhood use. Operable windows and two-story lightwells facilitate natural ventilation, and transparency between adjacent spaces and floors allows daylight to filter down to the main entry level. Firm principal Rick Sundberg led the design.

New York · 2008.0530
Frank Gehry has revealed his design for Beekman tower, a 76-story mixed-use building under construction in Manhattan. The 867-foot- (264-meter-) tall building will comprise a a glass-and-stainless-steel clad tower atop a six-story buff-colored brick podium.

In addition to 903 rental apartments, the development will house a four-story, 100,000-square-foot (9,300-square-meter) public school; a 21,000-square-foot (2,000-square-meter) ambulatory care center for the adjacent New York Downtown Hospital; 1,300 square feet (120 square meters) of ground-floor retail space; and a below-grade parking facility.

Each floor of the tower will have a different configuration, and each apartment will have a unique shape. Gehry is designing all of the tower's residential interior spaces, including the gym, spa, and other amenities.

Forest City Ratner is developing the project, which will also include two public plazas totaling 15,000 square feet (1,400 square meters), being designed by Field Operations in collaboration with Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. Delivery of the school is planned for July 2010.

Salt Lake City · 2008.0515
The Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah has revealed the design for its new museum (rendered above). Polshek Partnership Architects of New York City and the Salt Lake City office of GSBS Architects designed the building, which will be located on a 17-acre (seven-hectare) site at the edge of Salt Lake City and the University of Utah campus, in the foothills of the Wasatch Range.

LEED Gold certification will be sought for the project. Sustainable design features and practices will include minimal site disruption; green roofs and other measures for onsite stormwater management; use of recycled and recyclable building materials; and high-performance mechanical systems, building envelope, and glazing.

New York-based Ralph Appelbaum Associates is performing exhibit planning and design, and the Salt Lake City office of Design Workshop is doing landscape design. Groundbreaking is scheduled for July 2008, and opening is slated for late 2010 or early 2011.

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