Concept of glass box takes shape in the Midwest
February 1, 2006
Facing a downtown in serious need of makeover, city fathers in Davenport, Iowa, place the innovative, glass-clad Figge Art Museum at the forefront of urban renewal. The museum broke ground in September 2002 and opened in August 2005.Overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, the $46.9 million landmark was designed by London’s David Chipperfield Architects. Its striking box-within-a-box...
Architectural, auto-glass designers win accolades
January 1, 2006
For the first time, automotive entries were accepted and celebrated at the seventh annual 2005 Solutia International Design Awards, according to the St. Louis company’s release Nov. 9.The awards recognize architects, interior designers, automotive designers and laminators for outstanding architectural and automotive design projects with Solutia glazing products. Bold use of color dominated...
December 1, 2005
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November 1, 2005
The proliferation of stadium construction during the past 10 years indicates the importance of sports in the lives of Americans. However, today’s stadiums serve more than the sporting needs of a city; they have become venues for business and entertainment. Further, the use of glass in stadium construction soars. Glass appears in press boxes, interior railings, super boxes and even exterior...
November 1, 2005
Parking is an essential element of most any property. Yet North Americans rarely exhibit creativity when it comes to building parking structures that protect and contain their automobiles, sports utility vehicles and trucks. Typically, ramps and garages stand as bland and boring concrete bunkers that dominate the streetscape or become invisible with hidden underground entrances and shrouded...
The play of glass in the preservation of art, history
September 1, 2005
Museums house antiques, treasures and heritage. They conserve history and tell the story of who we are. People visit museums to view exhibits, preferably well lit. Curators and visitors, however, express dramatically opposing views of what kind of light best illuminates exhibits in a museum. The trend runs toward natural light from large expanses of glass. Nearly every current museum renovation,...
Visit these sparkling sites
July 1, 2005
For years, Arthur Berkowitz, president of J.E. Berkowitz L.P. in Westville, N.J., has wanted to take clients and suppliers on a tour of commercial and public buildings with innovative glass features in the Philadelphia area. He wanted to host the tour for the company’s 85th anniversary celebration this fall, but party planners voted him down because of time constraints and other probable...
High-technology walls on Greenwich Street wow jaded New Yorkers
May 1, 2005
Hidden pocket parks in Manhattan invite pedestrians to escape the discordance of bumper-to-bumper traffic, blaring horns and screaming subway trains by enveloping them in the white noise of man-made waterfalls. Winka Dubbeldam, a designer and principal in charge at Archi-tectonics in New York City, created a visual counterpart to the pocket parks at 497 Greenwich St. The building’s custom-...
November 1, 2004
Owners of The New York Times Co., along with researchers at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in Berkeley, Calif., constructed a 4,500-square-foot mock-up of the paper’s new headquarters in the parking lot of its College Point, Queens, printing facility. The researchers used the model of the southwest corner of the headquarters for...
Corner glazing glitters night and day
July 1, 2004
Like the prow of a ship, the dramatic outcropping of glass on the Global Learning Center overhangs Interstate 75/85 as the road cleaves Atlanta. The eye-grabbing, 60-foot cantilevered lantern at Technology Square hums with light day and night. It invites commuters, perhaps even lures them, to take the very next exit. This is luminary as herald: It proclaims that exciting events take place in...