Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 26

by | 27. Jun 2013

Article | News

By Eva Bjerring

Summer is closing in on architects around the world and so is your well-deserved summer holiday. Arcspace will continue to write, post and keep you on your toes, but we will shift into holiday mode. This means that our weekly updates on the best and the biggest from all of our colleagues will take a breather during July.

Instead we will focus on providing you with unique and interesting stories on selected projects from around the globe. So please enjoy our last weekly pick on this side of summer.

It seems Miami Beach Convention Center is a step closer to finding its architectural shape, while the Annual LA Architectural Awards have been handed out for the 43rd time – a big congratulation to the winners from the arcspace crew.

Sadly this week also opened with the news that one of the biggest names in Danish architecture has passed away. Henning Larsen was 87 years old. One of the few interior-only projects from Frank Lloyd Wright, the Hoffman Auto Showroom in New York, has been knocked out by the Big Apple’s real estaters. And least join Canadian comedian Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown on a trip to into the unknown territory of the suburbs.

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Top Story


BIG seems to hit home once again

The battle over Miami Beach Convention Center between the two three-lettered starchi-firms, BIG and OMA, seems to come to an end with BIG leaving on top. Apparently parking made the difference and made the arrow from Miami Beach Convention Center Advisory Board point to the Portman-CMC team and Bjarke Ingels’ lead proposal.

The final decision will be made on July 17th

Read Advisory Board head  Stu Blumberg’s comment on his vote cast on good parking conditions

Watch BIG’s animation video of the proposal


Another News Story


Obituary: Henning Larsen has died at the age of 87

One of the biggest and most influential names in Danish architecture, Henning Larsen, has died at the age of 87. Henning Larsen was the essential link between the old masters from the Golden Age of Danish architecture and the new generation moving in on the international architecture scene.

Get to know a great architect a little better.


Remember the good old automobile times?

week-26-3-Drawing Hoffman-Auto-Showroom.jpgCourtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, the Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York on Metropolis Mag

Frank Lloyd Wright’s bijou, the Hoffman Auto Showroom, at 430 Park Avenue is no more. Debra Pickrel from Metropolis Mag tells the story.

Realized during New York’s post-World War II commercial construction boom, it was the architect’s single gesture along the corporate corridor of International Style buildings designed by his rivals, the “glass box boys.” The showroom’s signature ramp was also one of Wright’s several design experiments with the spiral, culminating in the Guggenheim Museum.

Catch the full report on the architectural loss


This week’s win


Presenting for the 43rd timeā€¦

For the past 43 years, the Los Angeles Business Council has hosted an annual event to recognize the full project teams behind the architecture projects in Los Angeles County that demonstrate exceptional advances in sustainability, design excellence and community impact.

The 43rd Annual LA Architectural Awards highlighted the achievements of Ray Kappe, the co-founder of SCI-Arc.

Congratulations to all 31 winners of 2013 – selected from among hundreds of submissions.

Catch the winners on Los Angeles Business Council website


Video of the Week


Radiant City

Suburbs, tangling teeth from cell phone towers and communities in the making. Gary Burns, Canada’s king of surreal comedy, and journalist Jim Brown went on an outing to the suburbs. Venturing into unknown territory, they turn the documentary genre inside out, crafting a vivid account of life in The Late Suburban Age.

“Radiant City” by Jim Brown & Gary Burns, 2006