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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.

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.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

 

 

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Orchard School Library by HMC Architects

HMC Architects has released photos of a recently opened elementary and middle school library for Orchard School in San Jose, one of the oldest schools in Northern California.

The LEED Gold project combines a 3,000-square-foot renovation and a 3,000-square-foot addition. The façade, perhaps the building’s most striking feature, employs metallic composite-panel with zinc plate accents and glass. According to an HMC blog post on the building, “The angular, sloping windows emphasize the building entries and focus interior vistas obliquely toward view corridors.”

The building may seem non sequiter in the context of the stucco-clad, flat roofed ‘90s buildings that surround it on campus, but the design team deliberately and successfully positioned the building as the physical and cultural center for the campus community. The building seamlessly draws in the landscaping of the adjacent courtyard and provides opposing entries to the library for the elementary and middle schools.

Full-height glass brings natural light deep into the interior space, and a natural wood screen, locally crafted from FSC-certified wood, defines space and provides boundaries without compromising supervision.

HMC claims that the high-performance exterior building envelope, interior day lighting, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, upgraded mechanical systems, green-certified interior furnishings and finishes, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and siting and orientation to reduce solar heat gain are responsible for the building’s achievement of LEED Gold certification. (All images by David Wakely)