In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No, the first of the James Bond blockbusters, the Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage will open its doors next year in Momence, IL. Gensler's design of the 14,000-square-foot structure—intended to hold the world's largest collection of vehicles driven in Bond films and exhibitions exploring the impact of the debonair spy—features an exterior sheathed in an unbroken expanse of black corrugated metal, save for a single window marked by two zeros and culminating in the angled shape of a seven. [via WAN]
Come tour this 2010 Historic Preservation Award recipient from the Los Angeles Conservancy. The 5-acre oceanfront site upon which the Annenberg Community Beach House now sits was originally developed during the Gold Coast era of the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies.
The project involved rehabilitation of the historic Marion Davies Guest House and pool, as well as construction of new recreation and event spaces. The Beach House is another step forward in the City of Santa Monica 's commitment to sustainability - it has been awarded a Gold LEED rating.
The controversy continues in Westwood over Richard Neutra's Strathmore Apartments. Residents of the 1937 complex, including FORM contributing writer Michael Webb, are trying to stop a Dallas-based developer from moving forward with its plan of building a five-story rooming house, intended for nearby UCLA students, directly across the street. The project has been approved by the City Planning Department, and residents are preparing a final appeal to the Area Planning Commission. For more information visit: neutralives.org