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Ground was recently broken for the 127-story Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China, designed by Gensler. Image: Gensler Extra Large Image

New York · 2008.1210
A $28 million renovation nears completion on a fragrance development facility for Switzerland-based Givaudan Fragrance and Flavors. The company's 150,000-square-foot (14,000-square-meter) campus in East Hanover, New Jersey, has now been occupied. Architecture and interior design firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco of New York City designed the project, which converted two existing office buildings.

One building now houses commercial and corporate offices; the other contains research and development labs and "odor booths." The design team worked closely with Givaudan's project engineer, Eugenio Dizon, to address the facility's technical requirements, including the need for the odor booths to be completely impermeable to external odors.

The layout emphasizes open space and natural lighting. Energy-efficient features include low-e glass, fiber-optic lighting, and an automated monitoring and control system for climate and lighting.

Another Montroy Andersen DeMarco project, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo, recently opened.

Sacramento · 2008.1210
At American River College in Sacramento, California, construction is underway on the second phase of a $19 million Fine Arts Building expansion and renovation designed by the Roseville office of HGA Architects and Engineers (Hammel, Green and Abrahamson). Phase two will double the size of the existing 27,000-square-foot (2,500-square-meter) facility, adding rehearsal rooms, a black box theater, a new recording suite, music practice rooms, and an expanded lobby.

The first phase included renovation of the 360-seat theater by adding a fly tower over the existing stage, new scene shop, recording studio, faculty office and practice rooms, in addition to upgrading the mechanical and electrical systems. Opening is planned for January 2010. John Justus, AIA, vice president in HGA's Roseville office, is serving as principal-in-charge.

Rowsley · 2008.1204
The Level Centre has officially opened in Rowsley, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, at the edge of the Peak District National Park. Architecture firm Clash Associates of London designed the building, which is the new home to First Movement, an organization that develops arts projects with people with learning disabilities. The building has flexible spaces with facilities for general-purpose arts and creative events, along with meeting rooms and offices, and creative-industry studios available for rent to local artists.

The highly accessible center features clear spatial organization, allowing easy and intuitive movement through a sequence of architectural spaces. The structure incorporates low-tech environmental design, including extensive insulation, predominantly high-mass construction, and daylighting and natural ventilation. Materials include handmade brick and gray-green zinc.

Atlantic City · 2008.1203
mUSE Architects of New York City has revealed its design for One Atlantic, an independent event venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The building will stretch 300 feet (91 meters) out over the Atlantic Ocean and feature views of the ocean and city skyline though floor-to-ceiling windows in each room.

The project comprises 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of interior event space and a 2,500-square-foot (230-square-meter) terrace. The main space is a glass box with a reflective sail-like coffered ceiling and flooring made of natural cork. Lighting and truss are concealed in the ceiling through slots, and columns are wrapped in a bronze, veil-like screen. Icon Group will manage the venue. Opening is scheduled for summer 2009.

New York · 2008.1203
An office expansion for New York City law firm Braverman and Associates is complete. Architecture and design firm Tobin + Parnes Design Enterprises of New York City designed the project, which doubled the office space by expanding into an adjacent floor. The office entrance features a restored marble staircase leading to panels of full-height patterned glass. Connecting the two floors internally is a new "floating" staircase of walnut, glass, acrylic, and steel.

Shanghai · 2008.1129
Ground has been broken for the 127-story Shanghai Tower (rendered above) in Shanghai, China. Gensler designed the 632-meter- (2,073-foot-) tall building, currently on target to be the tallest building in China. It will rise in the Lujiazui section of the city's Pudong district, adjacent to two other super-tall buildings, the Jin Mao and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

The tower will feature a softly rotating triangular form, with an open notch that curves around the building to direct wind away from it. The building will house office space, a high-end hotel and residences, retail space, restaurants, and a public observatory. The development will be separated into nine distinct "bioclimatic zones," each with its own atrium, gardens, indoor air controls, and panoramic views.

LEED certification will be sought from the China Green Building Council, in association with the USGBC. Energy-efficient features will include a double skin, extensive daylighting, and wind turbines. Completion is scheduled for 2014. Marshall Strabala, AIA, LEED AP, AFAAR, director of design for Gensler, is leading a design team that includes Jun Xia, principle of the firm's Shanghai office.

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