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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/ar...pagewanted=all



By the Architects, for the People: A Trend for the 2010s
By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF

NEWARK — Last week, when the city planning board here voted to approve construction of a four-block-long mixed-use development, the decision was barely noticed outside a small circle of civic boosters. But it was a turning point in the career of the project’s architect, Richard Meier.

For decades Mr. Meier, with his trademark dark suits and leonine white hair, has been a fixture on the New York social scene, where he often rubs elbows with his moneyed clients. And his designs, from second homes in the Hamptons to international art museums, have become known for an almost unbearable, and expensive, refinement. He is the Martha Stewart of the Modernists.

But the Newark development, a complex for middle- and lower-income tenants to be known as Teachers Village, takes Mr. Meier, 75, back to his roots, to a time more than 40 years ago when he devoted as much energy to subsidized housing as to beach houses. Despite the project’s modest budget of $120 million, its tautly composed and thoughtfully laid out forms reflect the same intelligence and care found in most of Mr. Meier’s work. City officials are hoping its design — along with its location, a dilapidated neighborhood between City Hall and a cluster of college campuses — will help contribute to a much wider urban revival.

Teachers Village is not only the most impressive of several new initiatives in Newark, but also the most dramatic example yet of what is shaping up to be a significant and hopeful trend in architecture. After a long period in which America’s greatest talents seemed to work almost exclusively at the service of the wealthy, there are signs that their efforts are trickling down to other segments of society. In New York, for example, Annabelle Selldorf, best known for the exacting precision of her gallery designs and loft renovations — and for revamping the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel — is about to break ground on a recycling plant on the Brooklyn waterfront; she may soon start work on another in the Bronx. Michael Maltzan, the architect behind the Museum of Modern Art’s temporary home in Queens during its last renovation, as well as homes for major art collectors, recently completed his second housing project for the homeless in six years, and is now working on his third.

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I hope that's still got a pole for the fireman to slide down.

Sir John Soane's plans for a fancy kennel for the Bishop of Derry:



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Tromsø Firestation / Stein Halvorsen Sivilarkitekter
Architects: Stein Halvorsen Sivilarkitekter
Location: Forsøket, 9010 Tromsø, Norway
Project area: 5,300 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Bent Raanes, Sarah Sørensen








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Helmut Jahn's recently completed Utility Plants for the University of Chicago:

South Campus Plant

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West Campus Plant


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Helmut Jahn's recently completed Utility Plants for the University of Chicago:

South Campus Plant

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That is truly beautiful
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Helmut Jahn has really come a long way. Remember when he was doing this stuff?


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Those power stations are phenomenal.
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^^^

Well to be fair, at the same time he was turning out stuff like this:


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Have you seen his new reading room for the library at U of C? Its pretty funky and kinda utilitarian as it sits above a massive repository of books. Its a essentially a robot book bunker with a reading bubble on top:


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University of Chicago shames many universities with its elite architectural pedigree.
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Does a post office count as utilitarian???



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One of my all time favorite structures...
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Continuing the Gas Station Theme:


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Gas Station by Arne Jacobson



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Gas Station by Bertrand Goldberg
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Old Posted Dec 23, 2010, 2:05 PM
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I like those gas stations a lot - especially the lettering on the second one.

The utility plant does look great - I think it's the colours that make it - it kind of reminds me of those old imacs.
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^^^ Yeah that plant is pretty damn perfect. It does exactly what its supposed to do and no more. It provides a shelter for the equipment inside and nothing beyond that. It allows the equipment to do the talking and tell the outside world what goes on inside the building. I also love how it mimics the massing of the old steam plant next door.
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I don't know who this is by, but this art-deco gas station in Miami (as featured on Miami Vice) is pretty cool. But I think a good part of the "coolness" is from the pastel neon lights used to light up the tower and the canopy.



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^^^ Who is that by? I think this thread needs to restrict the content to buildings by famous architects. Either that or we need to just change the subject to "Cool Utilitarian Buildings"...
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The Patcenter in my hometown in New Jersey by Sir Richard Rogers (Pompidou). Growing up we used to call it the "Pointy Building".

Google Streetview of it:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...36.74,,0,-2.58
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^^^ Interesting, its rare that an industrial building of any sort would be so fancy. I guess the design will help draw in tourists...


Big Blue Zoo (IBM Research Facility and Factory), Rochester MN
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This building is more than a mile long and one of the largest in the world. Its nearly impossible to get in one picture, but the last picture gives you a good idea of its size.

Overhead of this massive building: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...01929&t=h&z=16
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Adie, Button and Partners aren't the most famous of architects, but they did build some significant flats and houses between the wars. Their masterpiece was the Stockwell bus garage - a 'cathedral of transport'.

Unremarkable on the outside, it is simple a row of bays:


The Courtauld Institute of Art http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk.../e41f7db5.html




It's concrete roof steals the show on the inside, however:






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RIBA, John Pantlin http://www.ribapix.com/image.php?i=1...ef=RIBA3254-49


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I like that one
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