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04 August 2010
Architecture People and Places

Denver International Airport has revealed the conceptual design, by Santiago Calatrava, for the airport's South Terminal Redevelopment Program. Image: Santiago Calatrava, Inc./ Courtesy Denver International Airport Extra Large Image

Denver · 2010.0729
Denver International Airport has revealed the conceptual design by Santiago Calatrava for the airport's South Terminal Redevelopment Program (rendered above) in Denver, Colorado. Completing the original plans for the airport, the project's first phase is slated to include a 500-room hotel and conference center, an RTD FasTracks commuter rail station to connect the airport to downtown Denver, a rail bridge, and a plaza with commercial and retail space. Phase II, if undertaken, will include a new parking structure and renovations to the Great Hall of the existing Jeppesen Terminal (1995), designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects (now Fentress Architects).

Calatrava is overseeing the entire program's conceptual design and the interrelationships of the individual projects. He will also be the architect and engineer for the train station and the rail bridge. Gensler is the hotel architect.

The train station, plaza, and hotel are planned to form an integrated complex directly south of Jeppesen Terminal. The design continues the strong axial symmetry of the terminal, and features an arch motif to contrast with the distinctive tensile fabric tents of Jeppesen.

The rail crossing is designed as a tied arch structure. At the station, the arch, used in repetition, will span the facility and create a generous four-story vaulted space. The podium structures flanking the station will house the conference center and hotel support spaces on the east, and office space on the west. These areas will receive daylight filtered through the translucent station ceiling and from glazed north and south facades. Arched steel ribs will form the ceiling of the hotel's sky lobby, on level six, and will extend outward to form a canopy over the plaza. The hotel's prominent volume will be defined by an undulating metal frame and white roof that emanate from the geometry of the canopy arches.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016. Parsons Transportation Group is the program manager, M.A. Mortenson Company is the construction manager and general contractor (CMGC), and Kiewit is the CMGC for the enabling elements, including excavation and utility relocation.

Beaumont · 2010.0726
Construction has begun on the new City of Beaumont Event Center in Beaumont, Texas, designed by Houston-based Studio Red Architects in collaboration with the Houston office of landscape architecture and planning firm SWA Group. The building will feature an outdoor canopy reminiscent of a wooden hull, in reference to the city's history as a shipbuilding center. CF Jordan is building the $7.9 million project, slated for completion in July 2011.

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has inaugurated its expanded campus, including additions by James Carpenter Design Associates and renovations by Efrat-Kowalsky Architects. Photo: © Tim Hursley/ Courtesy the Israel Museum Extra Large Image

Jerusalem · 2010.0726
The Israel Museum (pictured above) in Jerusalem, Israel, has inaugurated its renewed 20-acre (eight-hectare) campus. The recent $100 million construction project doubled the museum's gallery space and increased its architectural footprint by about 15 percent. James Carpenter Design Associates of New York City led the design of 7,800 square meters (84,000 square feet) of new construction, and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects of Tel Aviv oversaw renovation and reconfiguration of the three existing collection wings. A. Lerman Architects Ltd. of Tel Aviv served as project architect.

Three new glass entry pavilions house ticketing and information, retail, and restaurant facilities. Echoing the modernist geometry of the museum's original stone-clad 1965 buildings by Alfred Mansfeld and Dora Gad, the glass pavilions are shaded within cast terra cotta louvered housings. Beyond these pavilions, visitors may either ascend the museum's refurbished Carter Promenade or enter a newly designed route of passage directly below.

This route brings visitors into the lowest level of a new three-story gallery entrance pavilion, also of terra cotta-shaded glass. That pavilion provides centralized access to the museum's three collection wings and temporary exhibition galleries on its main floor, while also allowing visitors to reach the Crown Plaza via its top floor.

The new galleries of the Archaeology Wing were designed by the London, United Kingdom, office of Pentagram. The design of both the Fine Arts Wing and Jewish Art and Life Wing was directed by Studio de Lange of Tel Aviv. Additional design in the Fine Arts Wing was provided by Oren Sagiv and Halina Hamou. The campus also features two new site-specific art commissions: Whenever the rainbow appears by Olafur Eliasson and Turning The World Upside Down, Jerusalem by Anish Kapoor.

Banff · 2010.0724
The Kinnear Centre for Creativity &, Innovation has opened at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada, within Banff National Park. Designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects of Toronto, the 21,000-square-foot (2,000-square-meter) facility will be the new hub of the arts and conference center, with three levels of education and meeting rooms, and rehearsal and performance space, plus informal gallery areas, a cafe/ lounge, and the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives.

The building features a daylit atrium, and classrooms and meeting areas have floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views. Exterior wood slats mitigate glare that might otherwise disturb wildlife. Zinc cladding resembles the extant weathered cedar of other buildings on campus. Sustainable features include an efficient exterior building envelope, sun shading, and a stormwater management system. Diamond and Schmitt previously designed the Banff Centre Master Plan (2004) and the Centre's Sally Borden Building (2007).

Savannah · 2010.0720
The Savannah College of Art and Design announces the appointment of Heriberto J. Brito, Assoc. AIA, as dean of its School of Building Arts. Brito previously taught at SCAD from 1979 to 1985, and developed the curricula for the architecture, historic preservation, and interior design programs of study. He then served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University, Brenau University, and the Atlanta College of Art, among other institutions.

Brito is a Design Excellence Peer for the General Services Administration, and is also principal of Brito, LLC, an interior design firm specializing in high-end residences, historic preservation projects, hospitality commissions, and specialty design projects in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has also served as a studio director, project director, preservation planner, and architectural historian for a variety of firms and agencies.

Brito replaces Brian Wishne, who now serves as chair of the SCAD urban design department.

St. Petersburg · 2010.0720
The new home of the Dalí Museum nears completion in St. Petersburg, Florida. HOK designed the 66,450-square-foot (6,173-square-meter) building, which will showcase works of art by Salvador Dalí from the museum's 2,140-piece collection. Located within the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, the new facility includes 50 percent more gallery space than the museum's current location, plus a new cafe, surrealist outdoor gardens, a larger store, and a library, theater, and community room.

Hundreds of unique triangular glass panels compose two forms, called the "Igloo" and "Enigma," that stand over 75 feet (23 meters) tall and appear to melt over the building. The building is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Scheduled to open to the public in January 2011, the museum is currently in the final phases of construction.

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