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04 April 2012
Architecture People and Places One

Hans van Heeswijk in Amsterdam, NetherlandsTod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Holabird & Root in Chicago, IllinoisSolomon Cordwell Buenz in San Francisco, CaliforniaKjellgren Kaminsky Architecture in Kungälv, SwedenJohn McAslan + Partners in London, England, United Kingdom | Nicolas Laisné and Christophe Rousselle in Paris, FranceFoster + Partners in Courbevoie, FranceÆdifica and Gilles Huot in Montreal, CanadaTorti Gallas and Partners in Silver Spring, MarylandLeo A Daly in St. Paul, MinnesotaBFLS and Arup Acoustics in London, England, United Kingdom...  

Hans van Heeswijk designed a new home for himself and his family in Amsterdam. Photo: Imre Csany/ Csany Studio Extra Large Image

Amsterdam · 2012.0312

Dutch architect Hans van Heeswijk recently designed a new home for himself and his family. Located on the recently developed island of IJburg on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the 270-square-meter (2,900-square-foot) Rieteiland House is a rectangular prism comprising three stories plus a basement. The street facade is clad in perforated aluminum panels, some of which can be opened to reveal the windows behind. In contrast, the waterfront facade is fully glazed, providing broad views of the landscape. The upper floor also includes a roof terrace.

Inside, openings in the floor slabs create double-height spaces in the large ground-floor dining area, second-floor living area, and third-floor master bedroom. At the center of the plan, a core volume rises the full three-story height of the building. Wrapped in wenge wood for acoustics, the core contains storage closets, a bathroom on each floor, cables, and a dumbwaiter.

Van Heeswijk also designed furniture, shelving, cabinets, and fixtures for the home, which was occupied in October 2011.


At the University of Chicago, the new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, is partially open and nearing completion. Photo: Tom Rossiter Extra Large Image

Chicago · 2012.0326

Arts programming has begun at the University of Chicago's new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, Illinois, as part of a six-month preview period while construction continues. The building was designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York City, with Holabird & Root of Chicago as associate architect.

Located on the Midway Plaisance park, the 184,000-square-foot (17,100-square-meter) building is intended to serve as multidisciplinary hub for the arts on campus, and as a bridge between the campus and greater Chicago. The university is pursuing LEED Silver certification for it.

An 11-story glass-and-stone tower adjoins a three-story volume with a sawtooth roof. The tower houses a performance penthouse, screening room, rooftop deck, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and performance labs, while the lower volume contains studio space, music practice rooms, workshops, a cafe, a digital media center, production and editing labs, two theaters, and a 474-seat performance hall. The facility also includes exhibit space.


San Francisco · 2012.0326

Chicago, Illinois-based architecture, interior design, and planning firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) has named Chris Pemberton, AIA, a principal. Pemberton has been with the firm since 2004 and has led the San Francisco, California, office since its inception in 2006.

Pemberton has over 20 years of experience with large-scale, mixed-use, high-rise projects, including the 60-story One Rincon Hill residential tower. He currently leads several major mixed-use developments in San Francisco and a number of large-scale residential projects in Honolulu. He previously worked with SOM in London and with Palmer & Turner in Hong Kong.

Pemberton recently recruited three former principals from Sasaki Associates to strengthen SCB's institutional practice in the San Francisco office: Tim Stevens, AIA; Strachan Forgan, RIBA and Vitas Viskanta, AIA. Collectively, their experience with higher education projects has focused on student life facilities and learning environments for clients such as Stanford University, Oregon State University, the University of Arizona, and several University of California campuses.


A new headquarters building designed by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture for the steel manufacturer Lecor was recently completed near Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo: Kalle Sanner/ Courtesy Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture Extra Large Image

Kungälv · 2012.0321

A new headquarters building for the steel manufacturer Lecor was recently completed in Kungälv, Sweden. Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture of Gothenburg designed the 1,100-square-meter (12,000-square-foot) building to be visible from the nearby highway and to showcase Lecor's products.

The building is clad in dark gray steel panels, with some steel-framed glass boxes protruding form the facade. Steel accent frames in bright yellow and pastel blue contrast with the gray panels. On top of the building extends a volume containing a conference room and outdoor terrace, enclosed in a steel box truss.

Inside, the first floor of the building is divided into four main parts. The dining room at one end has a forest view. There are also changing rooms, the main entrance area with a steel staircase, and the office area with a stairwell of glass and steel, as well as a spiral "shortcut" staircase of yellow polished steel. The dining area and kitchenette are located upstairs.


The new Western Concourse has opened at King's Cross station in London as part of a redevelopment project designed by John McAslan + Partners. Photo: Hufton and Crow Extra Large Image

London · 2012.0319

The new Western Concourse has opened at King's Cross railway station in London, England, United Kingdom. John McAslan + Partners of London, Manchester, and Edinburgh served as lead architect and master planner of the 547 million station redevelopment for Network Rail.

The multiphase project involved a combination of three approaches: reuse, restoration, and new build. The train shed and range buildings have been adapted and reused, the station's previously obscured Grade I listed facade was precisely restored, and the new Western Concourse was designed as a centerpiece of the project.

The Grade I listed Western Range is the historic station's biggest component, accommodating a wide range of uses in five buildings. A careful architectural intervention has improved working conditions for staff, and the Northern Wing, which was destroyed by bombing in World War II, has now been rebuilt to its original design.

Restoration of the main train shed has revealed the bold architecture of the original south facade, and has also involved reglazing the north and south gables and refurbishing the platforms. The two barrel-vaulted roofs are being lined with photovoltaic arrays along the linear roof lanterns, and a new glass footbridge designed by John McAslan + Partners extends across the shed.

The vaulted, semicircular Western Concourse rises some 20 meters (66 feet) and spans the full 150-meter (492-foot) length of the Western Range, creating a new entrance to the station. The 7,500-square-meter (81,000-square-foot) concourse is reportedly Europe's largest single-span station structure, comprising 16 steel tree-form columns that radiate from an expressive, tapered central funnel. The new building clearly reveals the restored brickwork and masonry of the adjacent original station.

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