Just east of the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the just finished L.A. Metro Portal and Plaza is the newest addition to the one of the world’s most famous stretches of urban streetscape. Rios Clementi Hale Studios was commissioned to create a covered entryway for an existing Metro subway stop, and an engaging plaza surrounding it. Bordered on three sides by a multi-use project, the entry canopy and adjacent common areas artfully merge into the ground plane of Hollywood Boulevard, serving as a pedestrian threshold and grand “front door” for the elegant W Hollywood Hotel and W Residences—which rise up just behind—and a gracious arrival point for Metro Red Line riders.
While it may look like something that a bunch of homeless architects cobbled together, this massive garbage "village" is actually an art piece at this year's Artissima International Art Fair. Conceived by raumlabor, the House of Contamination is made of used clothes, electronics, crumpled paper and all kinds of other trash that were intercepted from the recycling process and taken to be used as main building element. Even the furniture has been constructed of obsolete appliances.
Design Green Awards 2010 - Awards for Exceptional Design - Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles(AFLA)
Design Green is a competition to honor projects that integrate exceptional design with new high performance standards for sustainability, LEED certified for their effectiveneww, while redefining architecture. The awards were announced recently at the AIA/LA Design Awards 2010. Sponsors for the 2010 awards were Louis Poulsen, Savings By Design, and American Commissioning Group, LLC. AFLA partnered with both USGBC-LA and AIA/LA.
The Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles is dedicated to bringing awareness about the value of architecture and related arts to the general public and design professionals. More details about the awards here. See images of the 2009 winners here.
Milwaukee Art Museum Announces Exhibition to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Calatrava's Awe-Inspiring Quadracci Pavilion
Almost 10 years ago, Santiago Calatrava debuted his famous Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwakee Art Museum. The design for the amazing shaded pavilion and sun screen was conceived back in 1994 and at the time of construction was considered unprecedented. Calatrava’s design was considered challenging and required a significant amount of custom work. As part of the 10th Anniversary, the museum will honor Calatrava and his design for the museum with a special exhibition starting in September 2011.