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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 557
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 557 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more...


    The new town hall in East Hampton, New York elegantly combines new construction with four salvaged historic wood structures from the 1700s and 1800s. Photo: Francis Dzikowski/ESTO

    East Hampton Town Hall - Robert A.M. Stern Architects
    by Michael J. Crosbie

    There are many approaches to sustainable architecture, and one of the most efficient and effective is the reuse of old buildings.

    Often, adaptive reuse is not as sexy as designing a high-tech green building from scratch, with its full complement of the latest gizmos. But reconceptualizing a building that already exists is often the most sustainable choice, because such structures contain embodied energy — the energy that was invested in their original design and construction.

    Employing that embodied energy in a repurposed structure helps us to achieve new architecture with very little new energy investment.

    The modest yet elegant new town hall for East Hampton, New York, near the eastern tip of Long Island, is just such a building. When you first see it, you might think that it has been there for a couple of centuries, set back from the old Montauk Highway.

    Actually, this new town hall complex was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) using pieces of historic fabric that had been relocated at least once before, and that have now found new life as town offices and meeting rooms, thanks to some ingenious design interventions.

    The story of these buildings starts in the 18th and 19th centuries, when they were constructed on different sites around this historic region. In the 1970s, these four timber-framed structures — Hedges House, Hand House, Bridgehampton Barn, and Parsons Barn — were among those acquired by the heiress Adelaide de Menil and her late husband, Ted Carpenter, who relocated the buildings to a property on East Hampton's Further Lane and restored them to form a tidy compound.   >>>


    I.M. Pei designed the sublime helical stair that descends from the Pyramide du Louvre. Photo: Sina Almassi

    Basics - Stairs, Ramps, and Slopes Title
    by Nancy Gesimondo and Jim Postell

    Stairs, ramps, and slopes are specific types of flooring assemblies that join two or more different levels. Their design is guided, in part, by larger design intentions that involve human movement through space, along with scale, location, orientation, wayfinding strategies, and their contextual fit within the immediate and surrounding environment.

    Their design and construction are also influenced by code constraints established to address concerns of safety and accessibility.

    Through their components, materials, and surface articulation, stairs, ramps, and slopes can communicate spatial hierarchy in the way people navigate through buildings. The assembly of these systems can serve many purposes, including articulating space and establishing spatial order.

    These elements also contribute to a wide variety serendipitous functions, such as serving as a place to sit and talk, or as a place to meet briefly.

    Consider opportunities for integrating building assemblies with engineering systems. Stairs, ramps, and slopes can be considered primary building assemblies in which structural support, lighting, and MEP systems are incorporated.

    These systems will influence the material selection as well as the composition and detail of their assembly.   >>>


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    Logon designed the new Shanghai Museum of Glass. Photo: logon

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    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...

    Shanghai — 2011.0329
    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.   >>>

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    Classic Home 045 — Two-story brick house with porch, by William Carver

    "Here is a splendid two-story house, with exterior walls of brick, which is very popular in the South. The first floor has the splendid feature of a bedroom and bath. Entrance from the pergola is into a hall, where the stair and coat closet are located. One may also enter directly into the living room, which is well lighted on three sides and has an open fireplace. On the second floor, there are three large bedrooms and another bathroom."


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