May 27, 2009 @ 12:28 AM - Filed under Architecture | Interior Design | Miscellaneous
Have you seen Architectural Digest's recent feature on great ceilings? Beautiful! I especially like the second and eleventh ones. Check them all out here..
Architectural Digest's Great Ceilings Slideshow
May 23, 2009 @ 08:19 PM - Filed under Architecture
Have you heard about the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City? It's still under construction, but I heard about it as the result of a newsletter I receive.
When completed, the center will house a 1,600-seat concert hall and an 1,800-seat proscenium theater in the 280,000+ square foot, state-of-the-art facility. According to the Kaufmann Center website, the future home of the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet is certain to become "the singular architectural icon for Kansas City, and be counted among the finest performing arts centers in the world".
The internationally recognized design team includes Moshe Safdie & Associates, Theatre Projects Consultants, and Nagata Acoustics. The designers are claiming that both performance halls will boast virtually perfect acoustics and optimal sightlines.
You can check out more about the Kauffman Center, its design team and the late Muriel McBrien Kauffman and her Foundation after which the center is named here.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 
Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts - Kansas City, MO
May 21, 2009 @ 01:31 AM - Filed under Architecture | Commercial Design | Top 10 Lists
Building Design + Construction has named its top architecture, engineering and construction firms for 2009.
According to the survey, the selected AEC companies place strong emphasis upon employee career development, training and education, display extraordinary involvement in the communities they serve, and have a passion for business leadership and excellence.
The top eleven companies are:
Read about each of the BD+C's selections here.
May 11, 2009 @ 09:24 PM - Filed under Architecture | Green Design | Interior Design
Last week, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum announced this year's National Design Award winners.
First established in 2000, the annual awards have sought to "increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement." The 2009 edition honors outstanding contributions from the following design categories, among others: architecture design, interior design, landscape design and lifetime achievement, with a focus upon the responsible use of resources.
Some of the 2009 National Design Awards recipients include:

Lifetime Achievement: Bill Moggridge

Architecture Design: SHoP Architects
Finalists: Architecture Research Office and Michael Maltzan

Fashion Design: Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection
Finalists: Thom Browne and Rodarte

Interior Design: TsAO & McKOWN Architects
Finalists: Ali Tayar and Work AC

Landscape Design: Hood Design
Finalists: Andrea Cochran and Rios Clementi Hale Studios

A project that TsAO & McKOWN Architects is currently working on involves 2.3 million square feet of residential, retail, office and civic spaces in Qingdao, China, overlooking the Yellow Sea along the east coast of China. The project includes a giant media wall in a five-story retail atrium.
IMC Centre in Qingdao, China
For a complete list of the 2009 National Design Awards winners, click here.
May 08, 2009 @ 10:17 AM - Filed under Architecture | Top 10 Lists
Have you checked out Architectural Digest's "Spotlight on Gem-like Structures that Defy the Traditional Sense of Space" slide show feature? Check it out here. It features 12 innovative designs with glass everywhere..
Architectural Digest's Glass Houses  
I hope the homeowners have professional cleaning companies to keep all of those windows clean!
May 05, 2009 @ 12:05 AM - Filed under Color | Lighting | Products
Have you seen Applied Coating Group's new Color MirageTM line of decorative glass products? They're very cool. I haven't used them on any projects yet, but I'm sure that I will at some point in the near future.
Their offerings include glass wall and floor tiles as well as glass blocks, panels, lighting fixtures and tableware. All of the products and materials have one thing in common: they appear to change color as the light sources associated with the products change in direction or intensity. The colors also appear to change as the viewer's perspective changes. Even a rising or setting sun will change the color of the item being viewed. Cool!!
According to their website, the effect is accomplished with optical thin film dichroic coatings that are applied to the products. A particular coating dictates which colors (light wavelengths) are transmitted through, reflected off, or absorbed by the material.
All of their product and application types seem like they'd be equally wonderful in either a commercial or a residential application. Their product literature says that their glass blocks are available in a variety of  patterns, colors and sizes and that each individual block is unique with its own subtle color variation. Visit the SwiftTrack Glass Block System website to see some example glass block applications. The SwiftTrack site also provides a video that gives installation instructions.
Here are some sample photos that show some of the possibilities that the Color MirageTM and SwiftTrack products offer:
Color Mirage TM - Gorgeous Glass Blocks
Color Mirage TM - Glass Block Bar Application
Color Mirage TM - Glass Block Kitchen Application Using SwiftTrack System
Color Mirage TM - Lighting and Tile Applications
The Color MirageTM glass material can be used for custom applications such as railing banisters, restaurant dividers, wall panels and tempered glass (once a final size is determined). See the examples shown above and below.
Color Mirage TM - Custom Commercial Railing / Divider Application
The Applied Coating Group has also showcased their colored glass Modono TileTM on their website. The Modono tiles can be used for flooring accents, backsplashes, and a variety of other applications. Simply beautiful!
Modono Tile TM - Stunning Flooring Accent
For more details about all of the aforementioned products, visit the or websites. Disclaimer: I have received no compensation of any kind for talking up these products. Enjoy!


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