March 2017

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

Arup and Next Architects discovered a lighting design for the popular DeCentraleAs (highway) that weaves through the Dutch countryside. Lighting subtly integrated into the landscape preserves the beauty of the night sky, gives an intuitive sense of location at landmarks, and provides public safety at pedestrian and cyclist intersections.

Cherishing the Night Landscape

A recent project in Friesland, Netherlands, proves that preserving public safety simultaneously with darkness may be successfully achieved. Here are some of the main aspects of a design that tastefully melds the roadscape into the landscape during the daylight hours and preserves the feeling of night after dark. NEXT and Arup’s lighting design not only minimizes ecological impact, it resulted in lower energy expenditure and material for the cables and the overall cost of the new infrastructure: Motorists are guests in the landscape and light their own way after dark. The design provides safety through visual cues such as refl ection and low light where necessary; for instance, a trafficc cir


UNStudios on its Toes with Structural Composites

Ben Van Berkel and the crew at UNStudio achieved something of a building ballet for Alpolic’s booth at BAU 2017, a construction tradeshow in Munich, Germany. The geometries of the structural composite material exhibit grace and drama in a three-dimensional edifice. The firm’s research on the ultra-light, yet resilient, façade material from Mitsubishi plastics stands as symphony of design. UNStudios transformed the composite material into a multi-compartment design with distinctly shaped chambers for different activities. The design is based on one single structural element; beyond that, UNStudio made use of parametric design techniques and smart fabrication methods to orient and combine that

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


Dining Center Mimics Northern Lights

The Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks planned a 34,000-sq.-ft. addition to, and renovation of, the Wood Center to expand the dining facility and create a campus destination. Architect Perkins+Will wanted to create a building that was visually interesting and inviting to passersby while so comfortable, occupants were happy to stay put, regardless of the season. The original building did little of either. Mentioning its few small, punched windows, Devin Kleiner, project architect, associate at Perkins+Will explains: “They were sitting nooks. It was one of the first things we talked about. The students wouldn’t sit near the windows, even if it were warm enough. It was a psychological thing.” The Perkin

The architectural details, made with the finest materials and finishes, are appropriate for a Park Avenue home.

Bronze Makes Park Avenue Shine

There is something special when you visit 1110 Park Ave.—a new luxury, boutique condo building in New York City’s Upper East Side. The 16-story building’s façade is Indiana limestone, a recognizable calling card for distinctive properties throughout New York City and elsewhere, including the World Trade Center Towers along with Oculus and Transportation Hub, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Columbia University, J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas and the Art Institute of Chicago, to name a few. Inside are nine spacious, opulent residences with elegant architectural details, the finest materials, and impeccable finishes appropriate for a

LEDS highlight and shade the angles of the metallic exterior panels.

Science Center Goes for Industrial Look

Trying to mimic the tech theme of the Applied Science Center, exterior wall panels created the desired industrial feel look while adding excitement to the campus. Metal panels are the ideal choice when technology is the driving force of a building’s purpose and design. For the community college, the dimension of the panels—along with the color selection— speak to the high-tech work going on inside.