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* Residential Architecture: Frank Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Frank Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

Residential Architecture: Frank Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica: “..Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California, USA. The 22-story “Ocean Avenue Project” aims to stimulate the coastal city’s economy with street-level restaurant and retail space below a 125-room hotel and 22-unit condominium tower topped with a rooftop observation deck. As for accommodating the car-centric lifestyle of the West Coast, resident and visitor parking will be available in a three-story subterranean garage beneath the tower. In addition, the developers plan to integrate a 36,000 square foot museum campus that will add a cultural perk to the development just North of its two-acre site..Although this project looks promising, the 244-foot, Gehry-esque tower is currently pending approval from the City. A vote by the end of March will decide its fate..”

See some of our other posts on work by Frank Gehry:

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image: © Gehry Partners; article: Rosenfield , Karissa. “Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica” 04 Mar 2013.ArchDaily

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* Architecture: Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion

Posted by the editors on Monday, 27 August 2012

Architecture: Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion: “..Mark Zuckerberg, the 28-year-old co-founder of Facebook, has commissioned Frank Gehry to design a new campus headquarters on the outskirts of San Francisco Bay, California. Located across the highway from Facebook East, the company’s current headquarters, Facebook West will provide every luxury expected from a modern office space, from a flexible open floor plan, to arcade-filled lounge areas and a massive roof garden..The enormous, ten acre “room” breaks away from Gehry’s signature curves, and aims to provide a “system that’s not precious, that they [Facebook] can manipulate.” Work benches “line up in curving arcs like swarming fish”, organizing the 420,000 square foot facility into “neighborhoods” that softly flow into each other in an attempt to foster a collaborative, community-like environment..When Facebook employees need a break, they can retreat to outdoor-terraced cafes for some sushi and barbecue, play arcade games in the lounge with their co-workers, or escape up a “twisting wooden stair” to the lush roof garden..Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013..For more information, check out Bloomberg’s exclusive coverage here..”

See some of our posts on other work by Frank Gehry:

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image: Photo: Frank Gehry/ via Bloomberg; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion” 25 Aug 2012. ArchDaily.<http://www.archdaily.com/266898&gt;

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Architecture: Zaha Hadid: Chinese Gem That Elevates Its Setting by Nicolai Ouroussoff

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, photo by Iwan Baan

The outstanding architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff has written an inspired and inspiring article entitled “Chinese Gem That Elevates Its Setting” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the marvel that is Zaha Hadid‘s Guangzhou Opera House.  Ouroussoff’s fine eye, and gift for language, make his article a model for astute, yet accessible, architectural observation and critique.

Knowing that Ouroussoff will soon be leaving his post as primary architecture critic at The New York Times, to be replaced by art critic Michael Kimmelman, certainly saddens us here at Designalog, who have always appreciated, though not always agreed with, his keen observations (though we have always thought his writing was marvelous).  We hope that he will continue to offer us, in the future, the fruits of his many talents.

Any information on Ouroussoff’s next endeavors?  Any ideas about an art critic taking on the role of the primary architecture critic for such a widely read publication?  Do let us know.

Excellent slide show, with photos by Iwan Baan, accompanying Ouroussoff’s article, here.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, interior view; photo by Iwan Baan

images: Iwan Baan/The New York Times

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Visually Stunning, Technologically Ingenious, Poetic, Subversive – The Lighting of Ron Gilad for FLOS by Alice Rawsthorn

Posted by the editors on Monday, 23 May 2011

The 2620, by Ron Gilad, a chandelier unveiled by Flos at the Salone del Mobile 2011

The astute and refined Alice Rawsthorn has written “Creations of Poetry and Chaos” in the Arts section of The New York Times; a short, fine article looking at the creations, notably the lighting, of the designer Ron Gilad, which Rawsthorn calls “visually stunning, technologically ingenious”; how can one not agree?

Here is a link to the official site of the, seemingly now defunct, brand Designfenzider (the link to Ron Gilad’s own site redirects to the Designfenzider site).

Here is a link to the Google image search for Ron Gilad, which yields upward of 99000 images; here.

image: Flos

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