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Construction is underway on the Metal Shutter Houses in Manhattan, designed by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect, with Montroy Andersen DeMarco as architect of record. Image: Shigeru Ban Architects Extra Large Image

New York · 2008.1022
Foster + Partners of London, United Kingdom, has been selected to design the transformation of the New York Public Library's 1911 building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. The new central library will feature expansive new reading rooms overlooking Bryant Park. The project will remodel the existing building to add circulating collections to the library, which has functioned exclusively as a research library for nearly 40 years.

The general research collection will be moved from the original 1911 stacks to high-density shelving beneath Bryant Park, freeing space for the creation of a light-filled multilevel library. The facility will also offer improved exhibition spaces, hundreds of computers and full wireless access, meeting rooms, program venues, and a cafe.

Philadelphia · 2008.1018
The Please Touch Museum has opened in its new space: the renovated and expanded 1876 Memorial Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia-based firm Kise, Straw & Kolodner developed the restoration plans and designed the new construction for the children's museum.

The Beaux-Arts Memorial Hall was designed by architect Herman J. Schwarzmann to be the art gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 156,000-square-foot (14,500-square-meter) building now includes more than 38,000 square feet (3,500 square meters) of exhibit space, as well as a cafe, store, and performance area.

San Francisco · 2008.1017
San Francisco, California-based SMWM, a prominent woman-owned architecture, urban design, and planning practice, has merged with Perkins + Will, which has 18 offices in North America and three overseas. SMWM staff in San Francisco and New York City will move into the respective local offices of Perkins + Will.

SMWM's architectural portfolio includes the San Francisco Ferry Building, numerous mixed-use urban buildings, the new San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and UC Berkeley's Hearst Memorial Gym. Academic clients include Harvard, Brown, New York, and Stanford Universities. The firm has also planned neighborhoods, districts, waterfronts, and communities in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. Major urban plans have been undertaken in New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Brooklyn · 2008.1016
Construction continues on the Steelworks Lofts in Brooklyn, New York City. Multidisciplinary design firm AvroKO of New York City designed the condominium project, which converted the 130,000-square-foot (12,000-square-meter) Lewis Steel Products factory into 88 high-end loft residences.

Lumber reclaimed from the building is being used in shelving, interior details, and a rough-hewn wood reception desk. The steel-sash industrial window frames will be preserved and refurbished, and new energy-efficient windows will be installed as well. The lobby will include new steel mesh wall-coverings and polished concrete floors. Amenities include a 8,500-square-foot (790-square-meter) roof deck with landscaping, a mezzanine lounge, a fitness center, and a parking garage.

The units will feature white oak flooring, seven-foot (two-meter) windows, and ceiling heights ranging from 11 to 20 feet (3.4 to six meters). They are expected to be ready for occupancy in early spring 2010. The developer is Manhattan-based Fifth Square Partners.

New York · 2008.1014
Construction is underway in Manhattan on an 11-story residential building designed by Tokyo, Japan-based Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect of New York City. Located in the Chelsea district, the Metal Shutter Houses (rendered above) will be a 33,000-square-foot (3,100-square-meter) building with eight duplex units and a ground-floor lobby and art gallery. New York City firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco is the architect of record.

The defining element of the building is the north facade, featuring roll-up perforated metal shutters. When closed, the shutters form a uniform facade. When retracted, they reveal 20-foot- (six-meter-) high bi-fold glass doors, which allow continuity between the duplex interiors and decks. Completion is slated for spring 2009.

Camden · 2008.1014
Ground has been broken for the new Campbell Soup Company World Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey. The $90 million expansion project includes an employee services building designed by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based KlingStubbins and a planned 100-acre (40-hectare) office park.

The 80,000-square-foot (7,400-square-meter) employee services building will include a cafe, fitness center, company store and credit union, additional office space, conference rooms, and a learning and development center, as well as a glass entrance and lobby with supergraphics. LEED certification is expected. Sustainable features include an energy-efficient HVAC system, water conservation, recycled building materials, and daylighting. Completion is scheduled for early 2010.

Bodrum · 2008.1008
The Kuum Hotel Spa & Residences in Bodrum, Turkey, was recently completed. Global Architectural Development, based in Istanbul and New York City, designed the resort and residential complex to emphasize its waterfront hillside location. The programmatic elements of the design curve, shift, and shape according to the topography and ocean views. The resort includes a 66-room hotel, 13 private residences, a health spa, restaurants, and other facilities.

Hamburg · 2008.1008
Pott Architects of Berlin and London has revealed its design for the Studio Lofts in Hamburg, Germany. The project will convert an existing industrial complex into an "incubator" facility for emerging businesses. Building permission was recently granted, and construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2009.

Hong Kong · 2008.1001
Construction continues on The Pulse, a commercial development on Hong Kong's Repulse Bay. Andy Martin Associates of London, United Kingdom, designed the project, working with a concrete superstructure that was already mostly complete. The program consists of retail and parking, with restaurants and spas on the upper floor and a roof deck.

The existing linear structure creates a barrier between the surrounding residential areas and the beach, so the architects added transparency through the building at street level by using nonreflective planar glass walls. At higher levels, the glass facade will have a more sculptural treatment that resembles a webbing. Large custom-designed tiles clad the circulation cores. Completion is expected by August 2009.

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