Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is expanding! It has been a joy to return to the campus of our 2005 project, with an exciting new design challenge: adapting the neighboring Carnegie Library (the first in the US) into the hands-on MuseumLab+, administrative offices for program partners, and the new home of Manchester Academic Charter School. Take a sneak peak at these collages to imagine how this historic space will take on a new life in 2018, thanks to our fantastic team- including exec PWWG Architecture + Urban Planning.
As Director Jane Werner says, when work is done on old buildings, “you can actually feel them breathe.” In this case, according to CMP project director Chris Cieslak, renovation is also like an archaeological dig: the thrilling discovery of 5 thought-to-be lost portraits painted by Pittsburgh artist Elizabeth Black in 1940 has excited local interest. We can’t wait to see what we discover next!
Thornton Tomasetti’s Downtown LA office (KEA, 2016) has achieved LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification. This open office for an innovative structural engineering firm builds on brand identity and coworking strategy first developed at their westside location (KEA, 2010). Thornton Tomasetti Vice President and LA Office Director Stephan Eisenreich says that the company is “dedicated not only to talking the talk, but walking the walk when it comes to sustainability,” and is especially proud of the 33% water use reduction and 25% energy consumption reduction.
In addition to earning 19/21 possible Sustainable Site credits, the office earned all possible points in the Innovation & Design category. Congratulations to Thornton Tomasetti, Glumac, Oculus Light Studio, and the rest of our hardworking team!
On the morning of April 25, 2017, we joined Community Corporation of Santa Monica and many Santa Monica elected officials and commissioners to celebrate the groundbreaking of The Arroyo at 1626 Lincoln. The sister project of 500 Broadway, the Arroyo will provide 64 units of affordable housing and indoor/outdoor community space for very low income families. Thank you to CCSM, the City of Santa Monica Government, the developers of 500 Broadway, our outstanding consultant team, and everyone else who has helped realize this important project.
Julie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning on December 12, 2016. The award honors her leadership in design innovation across various building types; extensive history of research, teaching, and lecturing; and her writing, including 2006 firm monograph Architecture isn’t just for special occasions and forthcoming publication Urban Hallucinations.
Julie also delivered a commencement address, structured around five questions: “Why did they show us this movie?” asked in reference to a screening of Luis Brunuel’s “The Exterminating Angel” at her own University of Melbourne orientation; the “Why did you leave Australia?”; “What will you be doing in five years?” with a disclaimer for parents to “be careful about asking this question and empower your graduate to steer their own path;” “Will someone find me out?” (“clearly, not yet”); and a question posed by the University itself, “What will you make possible?”
Completed in summer 2016, new light-filled, informal worship and social spaces create an everyday focus to a synagogue anchored by a traditional masonry sanctuary.
A reform congregation, Temple Israel of Hollywood members sought improvements that kept pace with evolving attitudes towards worship, education, identity and community; which 40 years of additions and renovations no longer advanced. Addressing contemporary practice in the progressive congregation called for flexible, interactive social and worship space informally infused with Jewish spirit and traditions.
The core of this last phase is the new chapel, and social hall renovation. Expansive glazing around the chapel offers views to the outdoors to reveal the previously disconnected historic sanctuary beyond. The existing administrative wing’s 1949 north facade was reinstated to form a gallery for the Temple’s Judaica collection, which connects the sanctuary to the new chapel. Between, the new lobby creates a welcoming meeting place.