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November 20, 2011

shenzhen clubhouse | richard meier architects


‘shenzhen clubhouse’ by richard meier architects, shenzhen, china
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positioned upon an island within the OCT bay in shenzhen, china, the ‘shenzhen clubhouse’ designed by new york-based
practice richard meier architects is nearing completion. upon traversing a pedestrian bridge across the water, guests pass through
a promenade lined with and allée of trees towards an arrival court and central fountain. within view of the urban and
cultural district across the water, the internal spaces are radially arranged within the sweeping external form offering views
of the city. clad with signature white metal panels, daylight filters through the overlay of solid panes and voids producing
an interplay of light and shadow through the skylights and vertical screens.


approach to the complex

the 11,000 square meter complex will provide a restaurant, multipurpose area and a small gallery along with private
dining suites and recreational facilities. a lush landscape and pathway connect to the pool and fitness center at the southern end
of the isle. the outdoor areas are planted with indigenous flowers and orchards while a reflecting pool cascades from the lobby.
rooted within chinese philosophy, the meandering garden paths produce an intimate experience filled with delicate textures
and captivating vistas. the understated massing of the secondary structure compliments the entry building by reducing the overall scale
and instead opening the ceiling into a generous skylight above the 25 meter lap pool along with three glass perimeter walls with
prospects of the landscape.


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http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/17648/richard-meier-architects-shenzhen-clubhouse.html

April 24, 2011

Richard Meier’s Sunday Routine – Designing Collages

Richard Meier, the architect, works on a collage at his Upper East Side apartment.

By ELISA MALA | Published: April 1, 2011

The professional portfolio of Richard Meier, 76, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, includes dozens of geometric designs spanning decades and continents. On Sundays, he contributes to another body of work, using scraps of found paper to create collages, a collection of which will eventually appear in a book. Mr. Meier lives in a duplex on East 72nd Street and owns a house in East Hampton, N.Y. ELISA MALA

RISE AND SHINE, MAYBE Usually somewhere around 8 or 8:30. Well, it depends on the weather. If it’s still gray and unpleasant-looking, maybe I’ll stay in bed until 9. I usually have just coffee, with milk and sugar.

TO THE PARK When the weather permits, I go to Central Park and sit on the bench for a couple of hours, watch the people go by and read a lot of newspapers and books. I read “A Life of Picasso,” by John Richardson. There are three volumes, and I can’t wait until the next one is published. I read “Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg,” by Calvin Tomkins, which was a terrific book. Occasionally, I see an old friend or someone I know, and we’ll stop and talk. That’s always nice.

REGULAR SEAT I sit in the same seat. There’s a row of benches on the north side as you go into the park from East 72nd Street — it’s kind of in the middle. The sun hits that area until at least 4 or 4:30. When the sun goes down, I leave. If I get hungry, I go home.

SMOKE A CIGAR? Not anymore. Not since Mayor Bloomberg banned it with his new law.

AVOIDING THE KITCHEN I just heat something up — whenever I cook, I burn it. Sometimes I just wait and have dinner. For sushi, it’s Sushi of Gari.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE I listen to classical music, read and do collages. I have a variety of different composers. Besides Beethoven, I listen to BrahmsBartok, Bernstein and Mahler. I listen to them on CDs. Just this morning, I was talking to someone who wanted to get me an iPod. It can be white or black — I hope it’s not a color!

BITS OF INSPIRATION Whatever I have at hand, whatever I pick up: cards, tickets, photographs, things I cut out of magazines, things people give me, business cards, invitations. Whatever passes through my hands during the day, I kind of put in an envelope. It finds its way into a collage, sometimes years later.

SCRAPBOOKS I sometimes do them in blank-paged books, A4-sized Sennelier’s. I’m doing a book of collages with Rizzoli, with my friend Massimo Vignelli. Between collecting the stuff and working it out, I spend an hour and a half on each collage, and sometimes finish six or seven or eight in a night.

SPECTATOR SPORT I like the New York teams. I’m both a Jets and a Giants fan, and I like to watch the Knicks.

SUMMER SWIMS In the summer, I will go to the Hamptons. Every day when I am there, I go swimming, usually in Georgica Beach. I freestyle. Everyone should know how to swim: someone threw me in the pool and said, “Swim!”

TAKING NOTES Years ago, I used to work on Sundays. I stopped going to the office on Sundays right around the time that we finished the Getty Center. Now, I jot down notes on what I need to do on Monday.

BEDTIME I try to stop by midnight, but sometimes I’ll go to bed at 2 a.m. I try to sleep seven or seven and a half hours a night. If I could, I would like to have more than one Sunday a week.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/nyregion/03routine.html?ref=richardmeier

April 9, 2011

Richard Meier | New W Hotels in Mexico

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’s office recently shared with us renderings and drawings for his latest work – two new W Hotels. These projects mark a first for Meier within the hospitality industry in Latin-America, which are located in  City and on the Riviera Maya with completion dates scheduled for 2013 and 2014. The hotels, W Santa Fe and the W Retreat Kanai, are the first collaboration between Starwood and Meier who will be assisted by Migdal Arquitectos. Further details, drawings, and renderings.“I believe these two modern structures, each with their own sense of space and identity, will be a welcome addition to the beautiful modern architecture being built in  today. As our first foray into hospitality in Central America, we couldn’t be working with a better company or brand,” said . “While I have designed hotel interiors and currently have two hotels in construction in China and Italy, I have never designed one from the ground up in Latin America, and I am grateful to our clients ALHEL and GIM Desarrollos and to the hotel operator Starwood for coming to us with this opportunity. I have always been impressed with W Hotels for their creative and contemporary approach to design, which I feel will be complimentary with our modern, contextual and timeless architecture.”

W Retreat Kanai is the centerpiece of the Kanai Resort which includes four hotels and a Beach Club. Kanai is located on a natural reserve in ’s magnificent Yucatan coast line. The 180-room hotel is spread out over 183 hectare of lush mangroves and pristine beaches. It has unparalleled accommodations, state of the art leisure, spa and fitness facilities, two restaurants and three bars. The dramatic forms of the architecture are incised into the site and the hotel floats on a carpet of mangroves against the infinite horizon of sea and sky. Building and landscape flow into one another, as meandering gardens and courtyards, sinuous pools and waterworks intersect with brilliant terraces and foot paths that seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

Guest rooms have unobstructed views toward the sea and have been developed as continuous living areas, with the interior space continuing to an exterior deck furnished with lounge seating, cocktail bar, exterior tub and shower. The decks are enclosed by retractable privacy screens and sun shading louvers. The hotel interiors are being designed by the New York based firm Meyer Davis Studio.

The W Santa Fe is part of Liberty Plaza, a mixed-use building complex comprised of three 15-story towers on the periphery of  City. It is a unique urban setting, overlooking a natural reserve with views of the  City valley and surrounding mountains and volcanoes. The W Hotel Sante Fe is the centerpiece of a new business district, and hopes to be an attraction to both travelers and businessmen. A series of guestroom and public terraces with views to the city start at ground level and climb the façade, as landscaped green gardens in dialogue with the undisturbed green valley beyond. The lobby and lower level public amenities include a bar and living room, two restaurants, a nightclub and a medium-sized conference facility. A grand stair connects these public functions and appears as the sculptural centerpiece of the dramatic multi-story lobby. The upper public floors house fitness and spa facilities and a semi covered rooftop swimming pool and bar with exceptional views. The hotel interiors are being designed jointly by  based Edmonds International and New York based KrauseSawyer.

Liberty Plaza will be one of the first  accredited developments in  City, incorporating efficient systems of energy and water consumption, managing site and materials, and enhancing user comfort in an environmentally conscious manner.
Abraham Metta and Fredy Helfon, the developers who are also trained architects said:
“As architects we have always admired ’s architecture above any others and always hoped for an opportunity to invite him to participate in a project worthy of his art. With beautiful sites and a great program for both projects, we felt these were up to his reputation and with great honor he accepted to participate in both.

We are sure Liberty Plaza, a Mixed Use Development in the city’s newest financial district of City will be an icon with two corporate office buildings and the best hotel brand we could ever had for the area: a Starwood’s W. With Richard’s clean and modern style, this will be a sure success”

In regards to the W Retreat Kanai Riviera Maya project, Mr. Metta and Mr. Helfon added:
“Having a breathtaking 135 acre site with a beautiful seafront of more than a mile and only four hotel sites for roughly 600 rooms required the best firms both in resort architecture as well as Hotel operators. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity which we did not want to waste. We were very careful to select Park Hyatt, St. Regis and Auberge Resorts and the design teams with different proposals. But the one that really stands out for its presence and strong concept is the W Retreat by  which is unlike anything we have seen for a Resort before. Elegant and sensible, it is beautifully integrated with the privileged nature of the site. We are very excited with the W-Meier combination, and very confident we made right choices”

Both hotels are owned by co developers ALHEL and GIM Desarrollos of .

http://www.archdaily.com/124849/richard-meier-designs-new-w-hotels-in-mexico/

 

 

 

April 9, 2011

esolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses | Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Location: 
Project year: 2003 – 2013
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In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © DBOX

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In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In Progress: Jesolo Lido Condominium – The Beach Houses / Richard Meier & Partners Architects © Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The  Project will be a landmark beachfront destination intended to draw guests to its residential and hotel components. The project is being completed in three phases.Phase 1 is The  Village, a three-story condominium complex completed in 2007. The low-rise, residential Village consists of two parts: a long bar building containing 23 apartments with retail on ground floor, facing a plaza that serves as the “heart” of the intervention, and houses arranged along either side of a swimming pool and park space.Phase 2 is a 10-story seafront condominium currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in 2011. It consists of 69 apartments and is topped by 5 two-storey penthouse units with private terraces and pools. The project has been designed as a light and airy building with open staircases and shaded terraces on all elevations with extensive views of the beach and the Mediterranean Sea. A private spa and outdoor pools in a secluded garden on the ground floor complement the exclusive ambiance of the project.Phase 3 consists of a hotel property with rooms and elaborate wellness facilities with access to pools on the ground floor and a direct connection to the beach. The project is currently in design development phase.

http://www.archdaily.com/124231/in-progress-jesolo-lido-condominium-%E2%80%93-the-beach-houses-richard-meier-partners-architects/

February 27, 2011

Rothschild Tower | Richard Meier & Partners

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Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
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Project year: 2007 – 2013
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A pure and simple iconic mixed use residential, retail and office facility for the city of , this 37-story tower for Berggruen Construction and Development will be located on Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street, one of ’s most distinguished addresses. The fundamental considerations that shape the tower scheme are the quality of light in the plan, views to the sea, and relationships with the existing fabric of Rothschild Boulevard. In the local neighborhood the intention is to integrate a new landmark building as an “anchor” in the heart of , complementing its nearby modern predecessors in the Bauhaus style design of the historic “White City”.

The massing of the tower is simple and graceful, focusing on materials that are light, elegant, and transparent. The tower base, open and transparent, will feature an inviting lobby and retail space. The open plaza in front of the tower will enjoy minimal separation from the street and sidewalk, with new trees at the edge of Rothschild Boulevard separating the public area from traffic. New light and airy glass canopy structures along the ground level street facades and large openings in the second-floor facades featuring a pool deck on Allenby Street and spa on Yavne Street will add new vitality to this famed area of . The residential building also features a basement wine cellar and lounge.

The Retail Building is designed essentially to update/upgrade the original Arcade design of the existing building. The passage will have prominent entrances that serve both Allenby and Yavne streets; the Yavne street entrance will also accommodate an entrance to the 5000 square feet office building above. This dynamic combination will contribute to the continuing growth of  as a vibrant urban place in the spirit of European capitals.

http://www.archdaily.com/112615/in-progress-rothschild-tower-in-tel-aviv-richard-meier-partners/

 

February 27, 2011

City Green Court | Richard Meier & Partners

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Construction for the City Green Court,  third building within the 4-Pankrác Master Plan, is underway.  Receiving a pre-certification of , the building’s design is inspired by the language of Czech Cubism simultaneously responding to issues of conservation and sustainability.  A completion date of early 2012 is anticipated.  The video,

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“We are working together to make City Green Court a benchmark for green building design in the ,” shared Richard Meier. “This assignment has been particularly challenging as it also meant addressing the historic beauty of  and at the same time creating a modern image of the City for its future.”

More renderings and drawings of City Green Court following the break.

Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
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Architects is pleased to announce the construction of City Green Court which has recently started last September 2010. This is RM&P’s third building within the Master Plan of  4- Pankrác that began almost a decade ago with a local Czech developer and named the CITY Project. Based on RM&P’s Master Plan of the superblock on the Pankrác Plains, this once neglected area of  has now been transformed into a multi-functional, vibrant and revitalized business, commercial, and residential district filled with green public spaces and amenities. City Green Court has been modified and re-designed to the new owner Skanska’s sustainability goals and high standards to achieve the highest level of LEED certification. The project has recently received a  Pre-certification.

With City Green Court,  completes the northwestern corner of the superblock along M. Pujmanové and Hvĕzdova Streets with a cluster of three buildings. Conceived as a geometric volume in dialogue with the near context, City Green Court also offers respected contrast to the surrounding buildings. Like its earlier siblings City Tower and City Point, it is inspired by the language of Czech Cubism with an expressive façade that responds to issues of conservation and sustainability articulated with forms reminiscent of this avant-garde movement. When completed in early 2012, it will be a welcomed and key addition to the Pankrác superblock.

Distinctive vertical solid panels with fins angled according to the sun’s orientation are integrated into the design of the curtain wall, emerging from both the south and west facades to minimize solar heat gain and to provide balanced shading and comfort within the interiors while maximizing daylight and views. In contrast, the north and east facades do not need solar protection: shading is unnecessary to the north, and City Tower, the adjacent high rise standing on the neighboring site shields the building to the east. White spandrel glass replaces the fin panels producing facades which are calm, sleek and uniform. The four facades when juxtaposed create a harmonious and dynamic envelope that can be perceived differently from close and distant vantage points. The eight-story building is organized around a central sky-lit atrium surrounded by highly efficient office floor spaces. To the south, a grand canopy marks the formal entrance to the building that leads into a single height lobby which then opens into the multi-story atrium. Atop the seven office floor plates, the partial mechanical penthouse level is covered with an extensive green roof and a skylight. Nestled in the atrium is a singular black olive tree and green ivy wall, with bridges spanning above from one side of the space to the other while a free standing stair connects the first four floors promoting movement and interaction, and encouraging less use of elevators. The exterior and interior of City Green Court are intertwined visually and physically with landscape elements spilling into and reappearing in the atrium.

“Skanska Property , our Associate Architect CUBOID and our local consultants in are fast becoming experts in green building design,” said Partner in Charge Dukho Yeon. “With its tautly composed form and elements, City Green Court embodies a certain discipline and restraint; designed within the framework of Skanska’s green initiative. We hope that we continue to educate each other and influence future development with a critical outlook on architecture and social responsibility.”

City Green Court is expected to achieve  certification in the  by drastically reducing energy consumption. In addition to the very efficient building envelop, some of the most important measures towards LEED certification include natural ventilation of the atrium during the summer, state-of-the-art mechanical systems, reduction of water runoffs and storm water collection, green roof, indoor air quality control and the use of local and recycled materials.
“We are proud to cooperate with  Architects on the redesign of City Green Court to meet the growing interest in green, modern and flexible office space that offers a stimulating work environment,” said Britta Cesar, Managing Director of Skanska Property , and continued: ”Together with the enthusiasm and commitment from  Architects we managed to achieve  Pre-certification.”

“Above all we hoped this Master Plan for the Pankrác Plains would be a catalyst for growth, said Richard Meier. “After 10 years of hard work and dedication we are now seeing the result – which is an incredibly robust neighborhood, a new urban fabric rich with activity, and an optimistic view of urbanism for .”

http://www.archdaily.com/114605/in-progress-city-green-court-richard-meier-partners/

February 1, 2011

United States Courthouse | Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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As an interruption of Phoenix’s Jeffersonian grid and “downtown” of glass box and faux adobe, the new federal building is a gravitational point of interest and anchor for the sprawling city of Phoenix. The 500,000 square-foot building with six stories and underground parking is sited on two central city blocks between the governmental and business districts.

The building’s exterior massing harmonizes with the indigenous, rectilinear geometry of its context, but the focus is a massive atrium lobby which offers occupants and visitors a naturally acclimatized public space of outdoor proportions. An interior, urban landscape has been designed into the void: the ceremonial, glass-clad Special Proceedings Court rises as a cylindrical building volume; while the southern flank of the atrium features a street-like facade of multiple levels with entries to various offices, agencies and courtrooms.The building’s diverse program, including special security provisions, is clarified by a straight-forward organization: an L-shaped block, fronted on the western and southern limits of the site, contains federal offices; facilities such as child care, credit union, press room, library and judges’ chambers with the capacity for nineteen District Courts and four Magistrate Courts. A cafeteria on the second floor looks onto a garden on the western side of the site.Passively cooled by natural convection currents and a water-misting system, the atrium provides energy efficient space that is comfortable for public gatherings. The phenomenon of adiabatic cooling – through evaporation rather than heat exchange – is used to attain a drop in air temperature without a significant expenditure of energy. Even on the hottest summer days, the temperature in the hall can be lowered from between 15 degrees to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the movement of air at occupied levels enhances the sensation of comfort.Solar orientation and facade articulation reinforce the design intentions: the atrium faces north, receiving the benefits of reflected light through a tessellated curtain wall of transparent and frit glass. The facade is given additional dimension by its structural framework: T-profile steel columns, which raise the full height of the building, mullions that project in relief, and shadowbox techniques. The air-conditioned office and courtroom block receives limited southern light through a more opaque, louvered facade.

Special thanks to  and Scott Frances for their contributions of information, photographs and drawings.

Architect: Richard Meier & Partners
Location: 
Project Year: 1994-2000
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http://www.archdaily.com/108119/ad-classics-united-states-courthouse-richard-meier-partners-architects/