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18 April 2012
Architecture People and Places

logon in Shanghai, ChinaPerkins + Will in Baltimore, MarylandGoettsch Partners in Evanston, IllinoisHandel Architects in Santiago, ChileSantiago Calatrava in Calgary, CanadaCallison and Hobbs + Black in Salt Lake City, UtahEYP in New York, New York...  

The new Shanghai Museum of Glass was designed by logon. Photo: logon Extra Large Image

Shanghai · 2012.0329

The new Shanghai Museum of Glass is located on a former glass manufacturing and processing site in Shanghai, China. Architecture firm logon of Berlin, Germany, and Shanghai designed the adaptation and expansion of two existing buildings to create the 5,500-square-meter (59,000-square-foot) museum.

As part of the conversion, the two buildings — a former glass bottle factory and warehouse — were insulated and their single-glazed windows were replaced with double-glazing. Two new elements were added: a glass atrium connects the buildings on both exhibit floors, and a two-story steel structure provides space at the front of the museum for a lobby, cafe, and gift shop. The new entrance structure also serves as a "service belt."

The museum features a distinctive black-and-white facade comprising more than 500 panels of U-shaped channel glass backlit by LEDs. The panels were coated with black enamel and sandblasted to depict glass-related words in several languages.

Completed in May 2011, the museum represents the first phase of the G+ Glass Theme Park redevelopment project by Shanghai Glass Co.


A colorful, curvilinear new building designed by Perkins + Will has been dedicated at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: © Paul Warchol Extra Large Image

Baltimore · 2012.0412

A new building has been dedicated at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The 12-story, 1.6 million-square-foot (150,000-square-meter) facility comprises two towers rising from a shared base. One tower is the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center, while the other, the Sheikh Zayed Tower, houses cardiovascular and critical care services for adults. The curvilinear glass-and-brick building, accented with colorful panels, serves as the new front door to the hospital and the entire 14-acre (5.7-hectare) campus.

International multidisciplinary firm Perkins + Will designed the facility, working with a team that included consulting architect Allen Kolkowitz, artist Spencer Finch, art curator Nancy Rosen, landscape architect and urban designer Olin, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Johns Hopkins Hospital facilities and design staff.

The complex contains 560 private patient rooms, 33 operating rooms, and expansive new adult and pediatric emergency departments. Space planning resulted in a high level of colocation and proximity for medical technology and services. To create a quiet environment, the hospital has a quiet nurse call system, along with sound-absorbing and sound-deflecting ceiling tiles, soffits, wall configurations, fabric-wrapped wall panels, and custom light fixtures.

Art is integrated throughout the facility, the result of a multidisciplinary collaboration. The most prominent such feature is the multicolored fritted glass curtain wall designed with Spencer Finch. The building also incorporates more than 500 works of art by over 70 artists, along with extensive daylighting, several gardens, bold color palettes, whimsical furniture, and materials such as marble, limestone, terrazzo, and wood.

The building is scheduled to open on May 1. Perkins + Will's team for the project includes design principal Ralph Johnson, FAIA, LEED AP, of the firm's Chicago office, and managing principal Eric Van Aukee, AIA, LEED AP, of the Los Angeles office.


Goettsch Partners has revealed its design for Northwestern University's new Bienen School of Music building in Evanston, Illinois. Image: Courtesy Goettsch Partners Extra Large Image

Evanston · 2012.0409

Chicago-based Goettsch Partners has revealed its design for the new home of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music in Evanston, Illinois. Located on the southeastern edge of campus, the five-story, 152,000-square-foot (14,000-square-meter) building will include a 400-seat recital hall, a 150-seat opera rehearsal room/ black box theater, and a 2,400-square-foot (220-square-meter) choral rehearsal room and library, along with classrooms and offices. The building's fifth floor will provide space for the School of Communication administration.

Connecting with the Regenstein Hall of Music, the Z-shaped plan of the main building mass will run along the eastern edge of a new arts green on one side and along the western edge of Lake Michigan on the other. A large atrium will define the main entry, connecting the academic and performance functions, and offering clear views through the building.

The showcase facility is the recital hall, which will be an intimate, two-level space with undulating walls of wood that provide excellent acoustics, as well as a 50-foot- (15-meter-) high wall of cable-supported double-skin glass. During performances, the lake and Chicago skyline will serve as a backdrop.

An integral part of the project is the new Music and Arts Green, which will connect the new music building with the Block Museum, Theatre and Interpretation Center, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

A minimum of LEED Silver certification is targeted. The groundbreaking is slated for May 2012, and completion is expected by fall 2015.


Handel Architects has revealed its design for the Alto El Golf office tower in Santiago, Chile. Image: Handel Architects Extra Large Image

Santiago · 2012.0329

New York City-based Handel Architects has revealed its design for Alto El Golf, an 18-story office building in the El Golf neighborhood of Santiago, Chile. The tower form will consist of a stack of six rectilinear volumes, varying in height and offset from each other, that are wrapped in a silvery glass curtain wall with white vertical fins.

The two podium levels will house 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) of retail space, and the 16 floors above will house 11,000 square meters (120,000 square feet) of office space. The project also includes parking for 480 cars.

Completion is scheduled for this year. The client is developer Inmobiliaria Atacama.


Santiago Calatrava's new Peace Bridge has opened in Calgary, Alberta. Photo: Courtesy City of Calgary Extra Large Image

Calgary · 2012.0324

The new Peace Bridge has opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Designed by Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, the bridge provides passage over the Bow River for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting downtown Calgary with regional pathways and residential areas. Defined by a series of red steel helical forms, the design stands in contrast to Calatrava's past work, such as the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, Texas.

The form of the 126-meter- (413-foot-) long Peace Bridge was constrained by a no-fly zone above it and the river's high water and ice levels below it. In addition, the structure was designed without supporting piers in the riverbed to minimize environmental impacts. These parameters influenced Calatrava's design of a tubular steel truss bridge.

The steel helix structure has an oval cross section. The tube's upper openings are filled with curved leaves of fritted glass, but between the glazed roof and clear glass balustrade, the sheltered space is permeable to the elements. The bridge contains a pair of bike lanes flanked by pedestrian lanes.

The engineer of record was Edmonton-based Stantec.


City Creek Center, a new shopping center designed by Callison and Hobbs + Black, has opened in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Tom Fox/ SWA Group Extra Large Image

Salt Lake City · 2012.0322

City Creek Center has opened in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The 700,000-square-foot (65,000-square-meter) shopping center was designed by Seattle, Washington-based architecture firm Callison in partnership with Hobbs + Black Architects, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In addition to containing 100 retail and restaurant spaces, the indoor-outdoor facility features a retractable glass roof, a 140-foot (43-meter-) pedestrian skybridge over Main Street, and a sidewalk snow-melt system. The LEED-certified shopping center was built on the site of two former shopping malls, and more than 70 percent of the material from the structures formerly onsite was recycled or reused as part of the project.

The facility is the retail component of City Creek, a 23-acre (9.3-hectare) mixed-use development comprising two superblocks that straddle Main Street. The development's signature feature is a 1,200-foot- (370-meter-) long artificial creek that meanders in an S-shape across the entire project. Flanked by landscaped pedestrian promenades and retail shops, the waterway contains live fish and features three waterfalls and a fountain with 50-foot- (15-meter-) high jets. The constructed creek is intended to mimic the eponymous natural creek, which has long been undergrounded beneath downtown for flood-control purposes.

The City Creek development also includes 1.7 million square feet (160,000 square meters) of office space, about 535 residential units, and underground parking for 5,000 vehicles. Portland, Oregon-based ZGF Architects designed the residential towers, and the San Francisco, California, office of SWA Group is the landscape architect for the project.


New York · 2012.0412

Kenneth B. Drake, AIA, NCARB, recently joined the New York City office of Albany, New York-based EYP Architecture & Engineering as a senior project executive supporting the firm's government, corporate, and higher education sectors. In his new role, he is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic relationships, as well as overseeing architectural and engineering teams.

An expert in integrated science and technology projects, Drake has more than 30 years of diverse design and project delivery experience. He was previously senior vice president/ global project direct at HDR Architects, Inc., and vice president/ direct of architecture at Paulus Sokolowski & Sartor. His previous clients include McGraw-Hill, the National Institutes of Health, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Nabisco, Merck, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Drake is also a published author.

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