Public & Cultural

From Past to Present

The “Unfinished Theatre” is the name that the inhabitants of Lublin nicknamed the old building that has occupied the city center for more than 40 years. With construction starting in 1960, it was set to be Europe’s largest opera palace. Funding problems at the start, together with the economic crisis of the 1980s and political changes at the end, left the unfinished building as a metaphor for a society that went down in history. The center’s program is composed of artistic events and the building has been adapted to its new uses. To be highlighted is the great central avenue—the Avenue of Culture—that runs through the building and that takes in various public institutions, art galleries, ch


Power on the Fly

Legrand’s Plugmold Multioutlet Systems are compatible with airport furnishings and its Vista Point5 USB Pedestal easily integrates with terminal architecture; both provide commuters with power on the go. Passengers can get a full charge, download in-flight entertainment and contact loved ones and business associates while they wait in the boarding area.

Long Beach Airport in California features energy-efficient, low-E glass.

Destination: Long Beach Airport

Described as a destination, as opposed to a transportation hub, the modernized 46,000-sq.-ft. Long Beach Airport project features energy-efficient, low-E glass from Oldcastle Building Envelope. Thanks to HOK’s linear design, and photocells integrated into the lighting system, electrical lighting is automatically adjusted in response to daylighting, thereby reducing HVAC demand and creating an appealing, daylit environment.


Old and New

Chicago O’Hare Airport’s Terminal 5 was designed more than 20 years ago, so when it recently underwent a renovation and expansion, architects Epstein Global specified Starphire Ultra-Clear glass by Vitro Architectural Glass to enhance the existing architecture and continue it through the expansion. A two-story interior curtainwall serves as a partition separating secured and non-secured areas of the terminal. The glass panels line up against one another and create a continuous image that shows the gradual changes in color and texture that can be seen when heading inland from Lake Michigan to Chicago and on to Illinois’ rural cornfields.


Tree Pose

Burkina Faso-born Francis Kéré was selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary installation at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Garden, London. His Berlin-based practice has designed everything from schools to retail environments. Kéré’s installation addresses how people move through the gardens while they interact with one another. “I was interested in how my contribution to this Royal Park could not only enhance the visitors’ experience of nature, but also provoke a new way for people to connect with each other,” says Kéré. Kéré’s pavilion speaks to the ecological and social value of trees. “It is a micro cosmos that fuses cultural references from my home country of Burkina F

Valspar’s Fluropon was the best product for this complicated job due to its durability and color retention, which will help showcase the vivid colors for many years.

Monument Showcases High Heritage

Built on the last available spot on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) included many partners that worked collaboratively during the design and construction phases. Three American architecture firms, The Freelon Group, architect of record and design team leader—and now part of global design firm Perkins+Will; Davis Brody Bond, with extensive experience in museum projects; and the local D.C.- based firm SmithGroup, joined forces. David Adjaye, lead designer of London-based Adjaye Assocs., was the last to join and brought an international design element to the project. Together, they formed a group named ”Freel

The new Whitney Museum of American Art designed by Renzo Piano, in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, presents art to its audience outside its walls. Placing art on the building façade is a sight-specifi c response to the museum that sits adjacent to the High Line in downtown Manhattan. Works of art anchored to the façades and outdoor terraces can be seen through low-iron glass as an extension of the galleries and provide museum visitors with dramatic views to the city.

Museum Façade a Calling Card to Patrons

Architect Cooper Robertson has embarked on a five-part series of white papers that examines the use of the façade of a museum and cultural institutions as an extension of a facility’s galleries. It is somewhat of a juxtaposition of art, as museum interiors typically maintain a set of tightly controlled lighting and humidity parameters in order to preserve artifacts. Shown here is the exterior terrace of the Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano Workshop that acts as an outdoor experience for parents and their young children to explore in the elements. Robertson explains the careful planning and detail that allows the façade to act as an outdoor gallery. Visit


DC Metrorail Covers Its Tracks

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is a 23-mile extension of Washington’s existing Metrorail System. Construction of Phase 1 is complete and covers 11.7 miles with five stations. Phase 2 is underway and will complete the extension with six additional stations. Upon completion, the line will provide a one-seat, no-transfer ride from Dulles Airport to downtown Washington, D.C. creating a long-sought connectivity between the burgeoning Washington corridor and the nation’s capital. Chu Contracting completed installation of the panels on the Phase 1 stations and is the roofing contractor on all Phase 2 stations as well. “Phase 1 was an extremely complex design and a challenging installation,”

When entering the underpass the color-changing lighting effects provide a dynamic display. There are also lighting fixtures under benches (below) to provide a soft glow for adjacent walking surfaces, which gives the paths a “romantic” feel in contrast to the underpass lighting.

Innovative Teaming of Baseball and Transit

Target Field Metro Transit Station in downtown Minneapolis represents a whole new concept in public transit. Located adjacent to Target Field—home to Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins—the open-air, 60-acre multi-modal transportation hub is becoming a communal backyard for the Twin Cities. This urban gathering space uniquely integrates commuter trains, a light rail station, bus service, and parking with green space, retailers, an amphitheater, and more. Perkins Eastman Architects’ vision for Target Field Station extended well beyond transit. The goal was an iconic destination for game-day activities, as well as year-round activities and events like movie nights, festivals and concerts.


Minneapolis’ Commons Paves Permeable

Completed in Aug. 2016, the Downtown Commons, Minneapolis, Minn., is a 4.2-acre public park and green space adjacent to U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. “The Commons is the centerpiece of the revitalization and redevelopment of the Downtown East neighborhood,” said Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council member whose Ward 3 includes the Commons. “The reduction in harmful stormwater runoff and water pollution is one of its many environmental benefits for the entire city.”