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August 18, 2010

OMA to design Scotts Tower in Singapore

Rotterdam, 21 March 2007 – Far East Organization, Singapore’s largest private development company, has commissioned the Office for Metropolitan Architecture for OMA’s first architectural project in Singapore – a 36-story residential high-rise.

The 153-meter tall tower will be located at the intersection of Scotts Road and Cairnhill Road, in close proximity to Orchard Road, Singapore’s famous shopping and lifestyle street. With 20,000m2 of built floor area, the building will provide 68 high-end apartment units with panoramic views.

The design strategically maneuvers within the highly regulated building environment to maximize the full potential of the site: Four individual apartment towers are vertically offset from one another and suspended from a central core. The skyline of floating towers directly relates to the surrounding building volumes and explores the most attractive views towards the city center and an extensive green zone to the north.

The lifted apartment towers reduce the building’s footprint to a minimum; the liberated ground level provides communal leisure activities embedded in the tropical landscape.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to create an outstanding project in partnership with OMA. The design reflects the new vibrancy and vitality of Orchard Road and Singapore. OMA with its extensive international experience will certainly bring a new perspective to luxury urban living and add to the cosmopolitan flavor of our development,” says Far East Organization Chief Operating Officer, Property Sales, Chia Boon Kuah.

“The collaboration with the Far East Organization is an exciting opportunity to further engage Asia,” says Ole Scheeren, Partner of OMA. “The design vertically redistributes the floor area in four alternating towers to create a skyscraper in which architectural and urbanistic concerns merge with mechanisms that create added value. The architecture, in this sense, goes beyond form and generates symbiotic qualities.”

Ole Scheeren is leading the project’s design, together with OMA Associate Eric Chang as the Project Architect. Ole Scheeren, Director of OMA Beijing, is responsible for the office’s work across Asia, including the 575,000 m2 CCTV tower and TVCC cultural center currently under construction in Beijing. His previous work includes the Prada epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles, for which Eric Chang also served as Project Architect.

August 18, 2010

1100 First Street | Krueck & Sexton Architects

1100 First Street, Wasington DC

Tishman Speyer Properties

Architect of Record: Gensler

With building heights limited to a uniform 130’ throughout the city and allowable floor area to be maximized, the urban design opportunity for 1100 and 1150 First Street is realized in the most advantageous placement of the limited and precious open site area.

The project consists of two distinct buildings placed perpendicularly to First Street, and parallel to each other. This allows both buildings equal frontage on the primary, address side of the site while forming a common plaza courtyard between the opposing long sides.

The two buildings are subtly shaped to create a dynamic plaza and courtyard that allow natural light deep onto the site and into the buildings. Additionally, the proportions of the First Street Facades are improved as their verticality is emphasized. Rather than following the Washington, D.C. office building paradigm of absorbing open site area in an enclosed atrium, 1100 & 1150 First Street acknowledge and improve the immediate neighborhood by creating public space on private property.

Environmentally sustainable design principles are followed throughout, with LEED Gold certification as the projected benchmark.

The concrete structural frame, consisting of a typical 30’ by 30’ bay, is manipulated along the perimeter to allow for the building shape. On the courtyard side, perimeter columns lean in, out, or kink once as they rise.

The precisely folded facades open up to the sky to maximize daylight, and offer an intriguing play of unexpected views and reflections. Visually, once building #2 is completed, the project will have a sense of movement, like two icebergs sliding past, one shaping the other.

The strength of the architectural concept is proven in its ability to guide all aspects of aesthetic and technical development and decision making during all phases of design: selection of materials and systems, articulation of building elements, and the resolution of details at every scale are guided by the overriding concepts of dynamic design, precision, and innovation.

The all glass east and courtyard facades of 1100 & 1150 First Street are made of insulated glazing units with 5/16” thick outer glass. This additional 1/16” thickness over the typically used ¼” glass results in extraordinary flatness, which conveys the precision of a machined aesthetic. Additionally, the sound isolation from the exterior is improved significantly. The selection of Viracon VRE 1-46 for the glass low-emissivity coating was driven by a balancing of glass color, reflectivity and transparency, and thermal performance. The ever changing appearance of the selected glass which oscillates between transparent and reflective enhances the character the dynamically shaped buildings.     

read it from Archdaily:

Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Location: Washington, , USA
Client: Tishman Speyer
MEP Engineer: Flack + Kurtz
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates, Inc.
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 355,000 sqf
Photographs: Prakash Patel

Krueck + Sexton’s architectural design vision for 1100 First Street re-defines the expectations of the speculative office building in Washington, D.C. Organized as two distinct 350,000 sqf blocks on a 1.7 acre site, the forms of this -clad building pair are subtly manipulated to emphasize verticality and activate a dynamic courtyard at the center of the complex. This space brings natural light deep into the site and identifies the building’s main entry.

In a city known more for stone facades and traditional windows, 1100 First Street is decisively modern in its expression and 21st century in its technology. Glass, the building’s exterior material, is used in two different but related ways: cleanly detailed and folded at the courtyard in a manner that lightens each volume and clearly identifies the main facade, and more deferential and modular at the adjacent streets. The architectural language that results from the precise articulation of surfaces and edges is timeless and enduring.

A high-performance facade, which uses glass in varying directions for careful infiltration and controlled reflection, provides for an open & light-filled building offering daylight and views to over 75% of its occupied areas. Throughout the building’s office spaces, natural light penetrates deep into the plate from the floor to ceiling exterior glazing. All of the glazing units are insulated with a low-e coating, providing superior energy performance.

At the ground floor the lobby is revealed, opening up the building to the scale of the street. Detailed with care and sophistication, the lobby design draws upon the language of the exterior to create a distinctive identity. The first completed building of the pair is certified LEED Gold, achieved through site strategies, water savings and energy efficiency.

August 18, 2010

860-880 Lake Shore Drive refurbishment by Krueck & Sexton

Chicago office Krueck & Sexton have completed the restoration of two apartment towers in Chicago by German-American architect Mies van der Rohe.

Called 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, the 26-storey glass and steel towers were built between 1949 and 1951.

The refurbishment involved re-coating the steel frame facade and cleaning the aluminium windows, as well as adding sand-blasted glass to the lobby.

The surrounding plaza was also rebuilt.

Photos are by William Zbaren. Here’s some more information from Krueck & Sexton:

Krueck & Sexton Restores Mies Classic

860-880 Lake Shore Drive redefined highrise living for post-war generation

Architects Krueck & Sexton recently completed restoring one of legendary Modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s most celebrated commissions: 860-880 Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago.

860-880, which was built between 1949 and 1951, consists of two 26-story, exposed steel and glass apartment towers set at right angles on an irregular travertine plaza. Based on ideas and theories Mies had been perfecting since his earliest days as an independent architect in 1920s Berlin, the buildings redefined highrise living for the post-war generation.

“They were the most radical buildings of their time,” said Ron Krueck. “They’re light and delicate and surprisingly sexy. They also prove that – contrary to what many people believe — it’s not so easy to design a glass box.”

860-880, which is both a local and national landmark, is located just north of Chicago’s Loop central business district and steps away from Lake Michigan. Many architects and critics believe 860-880 is the closest Mies ever came to achieving his goal of less is more “skin and bones” architecture. According to the American Institute of Architects’ “Guide to Chicago,” “No other building(s) by Mies had as immediate or strong an impact on his American contemporaries, and the influence of these structures was to pervade much of modern architecture.”

“There’s not a lot to them,” said Mark Sexton. “They’re mainly just steel and glass used in the most efficient way possible. By contrast, buildings today often have layer upon layer of materials.”

In addition to more than half a century of normal wear and tear, the buildings had endured several restoration attempts over the years. The problems included corrosion of the buildings’ exposed steel frame, failure of the lobby glazing system and extensive cracking and discoloration of the travertine plaza.

There were also aesthetic issues. The original frosted glass in the lobby had been replaced in the early 1980s by a laminate system with a translucent interlayer that created an historically inaccurate aquamarine tint. The restoration included recoating the steel frame facade and cleaning the original aluminum windows. In addition, new sandblasted glass in the lobby recreated the soft, velvety glow of the original.

Finally, the plaza was rebuilt, a process that included replacing the original travertine slabs, designing a new drainage system and recreating the original plaza lighting scheme. Krueck & Sexton began work in the summer of 2007 and finished in December of 2009. The total cost of the project was $9 million.

860-880 is the third and largest Mies commission Krueck & Sexton, a firm more noted for its original work, has completed in recent years. The other two – all are in Chicago – are Crown Hall on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

“One of the things I’ve learned from restoring these buildings is that, for Mies, there was never a final answer,” said Krueck. “He was always interested in what else could happen, what the other design possibilities might be. What’s fascinating is to watch his thinking evolve over the course of a project. At 860-880, for example, the early sketches show a scalloped exterior with large bay windows. This eventually changes to what is there today. There’s also a continual process of refinement in terms of the massing, the enclosures at the bottom and the way the plazas are laid out.”

Krueck & Sexton Architects was founded by architects Ronald Krueck and Mark Sexton in 1991 and is a multi-disciplinary firm with a varied portfolio. In addition to its innovative Mid-Century restoration and renovation practice, it has completed numerous award-winning civic, commercial and residential projects. The firm’s Spertus Institute Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago received three AIA awards in 2008, including a Distinguished Building Award. The firm currently is working on a 25 acre expansion of Grant Park in downtown Chicago, the highlight of which will be a new home – also designed by Krueck & Sexton – for the Chicago Children’s Museum.

see the full credits of projects from archadily:

Location: 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, , Illinois, USA
Original Architect: Mies van der Rohe
Original Completion Date: 1951
Restoration Architect: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Restoration Completion Date: 2009
Client: 860-880 Condominium Association
Photos: William Zbaren

Widely recognized as one of the 20th Century’s most iconic residential projects, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive consists of two 26-story rectangular condominium buildings surrounded by an irregular travertine plaza. The steel and glass towers are connected by a covered walkway.In addition to more than half a century of normal wear and tear, the buildings had endured several restoration attempts over the years. The problems included corrosion of the building’s exposed steel frame, failure of the lobby glazing system and extensive cracking and discoloration of the travertine plaza.There were also aesthetic issues. The original frosted glass in the lobby had been replaced in the early 1980s by a laminate system with a translucent interlayer that created an historically inaccurate aquamarine tint.The restoration included recoating the steel frame and cleaning the original aluminum windows. In addition, new sandblasted glass in the lobby recreated the soft, velvety look of the original.Finally, the plaza was rebuilt, a process that included replacing the original travertine slabs, designing a new more or less invisible drainage system and recreating the original plaza lighting scheme.

Designed to take advantage of a 2008 tax credit, the project began in the summer of 2007 and was completed in December of 2009 at a cost of $9 million.

Client / Owner: 860 Lake Shore Drive Trust, Marc Boxerman, Board Member & President
Building Management: 860 Lake Shore Drive Trust, Kayla Ehrlich, Building Manager
Owner’s Representative: Cotter Consulting, Inc., David Krc, Senior Project Manager
Architect & Prime Consultant:  – Mark Sexton (Principal in Charge), Ron Krueck (Design Principal), Tim Tracey (Project Architect).
Preservation Architect: Harboe Architects, P.C., Gunny Harboe (Principal in Charge), Douglas Gilbert (Preservation Project Architect).
Forensic Analysis, Structural Engineering:
– Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., Arne Johnson (Principal in Charge & Structural Engineer), Michael Scheffler, PE (Senior Consultant), Ken Itle (Forensic Project Architect)
– Wiss Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Paul Gaudette (Concrete Quality Control), Joshua Freedland (Paint Forensics), Jason Aspin (Roofing)
Lighting Consultant: Schuler Shook, Jim Baney, IALD, LC
Chicago Landmark Review: City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division, Dijana Cuvalo, Director of Permit Review.
General Contractor: Bulley & Andrews, LLC, Paul Hellermann (President), Bruce Wance (Sr. Project Manager)
Painting Subcontractor: National Decorating Service, Inc.
Travertine Supplier / Fabricator: Mariotti Carlo & Figli S.p.A., Italy
Travertine Testing: Corestone S.r.l
Travertine Installer: Cleveland Marble Mosaic Company, Robert Zavagno Jr. (President), Daniel Ulmer (Project Manager)
Waterproofing Sub-Contractor: Allied Waterproofing, Inc., Bill Leonhard
Landscape Contractor, Landscape Maintenance: Kinsella Landscape, Inc., George Kinsella
Material Testing: STS, Raul Dilig