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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Monday
Nov222010

'Flexible' Office Features Descending Desks for a Multi-Use Space

On a weekday morning, the ground floor of the Droste silo is empty.  At nine o' clock the big tables with computers slowly descends. A fresh new day begins! At the end of the day the workstations disappear back into the ceiling. The space is ready for another purpose: a lecture, a dinner, a party, a promotion of a new product, an exhibition or an evening Yoga class.

The design is achieved by multidisciplinary design team, Zecc Architecten, Heldergroen communication, and Vrolijk design & construction. The team collaborated on a design process where there was room for the different disciplines; innovation, discussion and change. Because of this collaboration a strong identity and high level of quality has been realized.

The space is a pleasant and creative atmosphere to work. It tells the story that Heldergroen wants to tell its clients: "sustainability and innovation can and may lead to attractive and profitable projects. And communication starts with showing who you really are."
Three tables can be hoisted individually, which ensures the space can be flexible in the daytime. Most offices are used only 40 hours a week, but in the interior of studio Heldergroen the possibilities for evening and weekend activities are considerably increased, the tables being pulled up in the evening means the space can be let out for all kinds of different inspiring initiatives: from trading lady's clothing to wine tasting. The hoisted table also acts as a deterrent to burglars.

In Studio Heldergroen, installations have been integrated in an industrial way. Most striking is of course the hoist, which is delivered by professionals from the theatre industry. They are used to working with large set pieces that have to be placed quietly and safely on the stage. The tables disappear in large boxes in the ceiling, where LED lights and acoustic facilities are integrated. The wiring of computers runs through ‘flexible white cable caterpillars', derived from the medical industry.
The temperature regulation of the space is housed in the polished concrete floor. During winter there is hot water running through it, and in summer cold water for cooling. The natural ventilation passes through spiral radiators that either heat or cool the air.

The electric winches of the tables refer to the original use of the Droste silo. The choice for concrete, wood and steel came directly from the history of this place. The cupboard doors are made of rolled car doors and robust tables made of old telephone poles. The communicative power of the re-use of materials fits in perfectly with the message of the design team: Sustainability can be very sexy!

Studio Heldergroen has an all-glass facade on all three sides. This shows the space transparency and provides a fantastic view at the water and the center of the city of Haarlem from the inside. The studio has one complete closed side, where all supporting services are included that are necessary for the office such as a toilets, cloakroom, kitchen, closets and server room. The wall has a functional classification, but looks sculptural because of the integrated benches, cabinets and ceiling recesses for the hoisted tables.

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