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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 534
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 534 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.


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    At the same time as the Sage Gateshead by Foster + Partners succeeds as an expressionist modern "object in the landscape," it also seems to succeed at meshing with a multilayered civic context. Photo: Nigel Young/ Foster + Partners

    by Anthony Sargent

    At the time the Sage Gateshead opened in 2004, Foster + Partners was often asked by the media whether they had set out to create a new icon for Tyneside — the conurbation that includes Newcastle, Gateshead and adjacent cities on the banks of the River Tyne.

    The architects replied that their overriding intention had been to create a series of spaces that would prove functionally and aesthetically hospitable to a range of carefully specified uses.

    In that aim the design team has triumphantly succeeded, but they have also created — whether or not it was their intention — an inspiring new emblem for the ongoing cultural renaissance of Newcastle–Gateshead, where over £250 million has been spent in eight years creating five completely new cultural institutions and vividly characterized refurbishments of six more.


    Arched steel ribs provide the primary roof structure for the Sage Gateshead. Photo: Nigel Young/ Foster + Partners

    Like the Swiss Re building in London, the Sage Gateshead peeps into view from innumerable vantage points on Tyneside, sometimes all of it visible, sometimes partially but unmistakably glimpsed between other buildings — or, teasingly, for seven seconds from the Edinburgh-bound trains as they leave Newcastle.

    Not unlike the sea 15 minutes away, the perpetual dancing miracle of the roof with its 3,000 linen-finished steel panels offers an almost infinite juxtaposition of colors and patterns as the changing light falls on them.   >>>


    Section drawings of unmodified and modified window assemblies show the difference in thermal gradients. Image: KieranTimberlake

    KieranTimberlake Tunes a Building
    by Stephen Kieran, James Timberlake, and Karl Wallick

    At KieranTimberlake, we frequently conduct postoccupancy building monitoring to verify the performance of our buildings. Preproject monitoring services are used to diagnose and treat existing buildings.

    A monitoring program preceded renovation work at Yale University's Sage Bowers Hall, a 1920s-era classroom and office building. The study compared existing uninsulated construction with mock-ups that added new insulation and energy-efficient window assemblies.

    We sought data to answer the following questions: How much energy is lost through the wall? Is the dew point reached in the modified or unmodified wall assemblies? Does the indoor ambient room temperature exceed thermal comfort levels? How does the modified window compare to the unmodified window in keeping the room comfortable?

    Data from this project may inform other renovation projects on the campus. Given current and emerging energy paradigms, it is no longer tenable to compensate for underperforming solid masonry walls and single-glazed windows by overheating.   >>>

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    Milstein Hall, designed by OMA, has opened at Cornell. Photo: © Cornell University

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    OMA in Ithaca, New YorkVOA Associates and Berners-Schober Associates in Oshkosh, WisconsinAlbert Kahn Associates and Pratt Design Studio in Elmhurst, IllinoisAmerican Structurepoint, Inc. in Madison, IndianaDiller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD in Berkeley, California

    Ithaca — 2011.0916
    The new Milstein Hall recently opened at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Designed by the New York City office of OMA, the 47,000-square-foot (4,400-square-meter) building provides additional space for the university's College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), linking two existing buildings at the northern edge of campus.

    Milstein Hall's large horizontal plate connects the second levels of AAP's Sibley Hall and Rand Hall to provide 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters) of studio space with panoramic views of the surrounding environment. Enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass and a green roof with 41 skylights, this "upper plate" cantilevers almost 50 feet (15 meters) over University Avenue to establish a relationship with the Foundry, a third existing AAP facility. The wide-open expanse of the plate, structurally supported by a hybrid truss system, allows flexible use over time and is intended to foster interaction.

    Beneath the hovering studio plate, the ground level accommodates major program elements, including a 253-seat auditorium and a dome that encloses a 5,000-square-foot (460-square-meter) circular critique space. The dome serves multiple functions: it supports the raked auditorium seating, it becomes the stairs leading up to the studio plate above, and it is the artificial ground for an array of exterior seating pods intended to foster public activities.

    OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, director of the New York City office, led the design, along with Rem Koolhaas. The architect of record was KHA Architects, LCC. The hall's studios opened for students in late August 2011, and building completion is scheduled for October.   >>>


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    Competition Announcement

    Sebastopol announces "The Core Project" ideas competition:

    The City of Sebastopol, together with The Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a group of local business sponsors, is hosting The Core Project (, an international design competition to generate innovative ideas for renewing the city center.


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