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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..”

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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: Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’

Posted by the editors on Friday, 5 October 2012

Architecture: Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’: “..David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect  have officially unveiled a massive, mixed-use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The multi-phase project will significantly alter the city’s skyline with three, “sculptural” residential towers perched atop two, six story podiums..Mirvish describes, “I am not building three towers, I am building three sculptures that people can live in.”..The towers are inspired by Mirvish’s family history, as he describes, “This area was transformed 50 years ago after my father purchased the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and this project will continue the theatre’s future and transform the neighborhood again for the next 50 years. I am proud that we can continue this legacy that my father began.”..“It is very special for me to be able to work in Toronto where I was born and to engage the neighborhoods where I grew up,” added Gehry, as reported on Dexigner. “It’s especially interesting that this project involves the arts. That is always meaningful to me. With this project, I wanted to create buildings that were good neighbors to the surrounding buildings and that respected the rich and diverse history of the area. I also wanted to make nice places for the people who live in and visit the buildings. David has an exciting vision, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”..The Mirvish/Gehry proposal will transform a significant stretch of King West between the Royal Alex Theater and John Street. Two, stepped podiums, relating to the scale of the surrounding context, will serve as a pedestal for the  80+ storey, “iconic” towers. They will house a 60,000-square-foot, non profit gallery that showcases Mirvish’s personal contemporary art collection, along with a new OCAD University facility that will front King Street West..The casualty of the proposal is the existing, 1993 Princess of Wales Theatre..Mirvish explained, “If there were a way of completing this project without removing the Princess of Wales Theatre, we would have followed it. But after careful consideration and many different plans, I decided not giving Gehry a full canvas on which to work would have meant compromises that would have lessened the power of the project.”..Both Mirvish and Gehry readily pointed out that the conceptual models do not necessarily represent the final project as it will eventually be built..Mirvish and Gehry’s next step depends on City approval..”

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image: © Gehry International Inc.; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’” 02 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/278586&gt;

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* Residential Architecture: Tower Flower by Edouard François

Posted by the editors on Monday, 25 June 2012

Residential Architecture: Tower Flower by Edouard François: “..The tower is the vertical continuation of an adjacent park. Its giant flower pots, hanging from the balconies, were inspired by Parisian window planters that can be in themselves botanical treasures. These façade elements were one of the first applications of Ductal (by Lafarge). The social housing is freed of all bearing walls. The inhabitants enjoy the rustling of bamboo and a light filtered by the foliage. The elevator is on the façade and, glazed on both sides, it allows light to penetrate into the common areas. On the ground floor, it opens to the outside, transforming the exterior into a hall..Christian de Portzamparc, architect in charge of the urban regeneration zone of Hauts Malesherbes, had given us a carte blanche..”  Social housing with a green installation..

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image: Courtesy of Edouard François; article: “Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François” 25 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/245014&gt;

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* Residential Architecture: Manhattan Loft Gardens by SOM

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 17 June 2012

Residential Architecture: Manhattan Loft Gardens by SOM: “..a 135-metre skyscraper by architects SOM full of apartments overlooking the Olympic park [in London, UK]..set to become the tallest building in the area and will contain apartments, a hotel, restaurants and a spa..Three large rooftop gardens will slice into the body of the tower so that upper storeys will be supported on a cantilever, while terracotta louvers will shade the glazed facade..American firm SOM are the architects of the tallest building in the world right now, the Burj Khalifa..”

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image: Courtesy of SOM; article: Dezeen

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