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Architecture’s Top Moments in 2017

Written by Cindy Marie Jenkins on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 3:05am.

‘Tis the season for end of year lists! Here at Nook, you know we love architecture and design, and always have our ears peeled for the interesting news or upcoming taste-makers. Here is just a small sampling of how our industry has changed over the last year.

  • Herzog and de Meuro continue their tradition of modifying modern design for Miami living with Jade Signature, a condo tower that rises to 650 feet. Read about its 200 units that are specially built for the afternoon sunlight and other Design Miami 2017 news here.

  • LACMA loses gallery space but gains a singular gallery unit - the “mega-gallery” - divided into smaller exhibit rooms. They will demolish William Pereira’s design and make way for Atelier Zumthor’s $600 million expansion.

  • Los Angeles’s Exposition Park gains another museum; the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, beating out the rival Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.  Chinese visionary Ma Yansong designed the futuristic 275,000 square feet that will house Lucas’s art collection -- over 10,000 pieces -- and memorabilia from his films.

  • The Bing Crosby Estate went on sale, with a nostalgic and hefty price tag: $4,850,000. For the VIP Broker Viewing on December 2, they premiered the film “The Road to Rancho Mirage,” in case you didn’t know the rich celebrity history of Crosby’s estate and surrounding areas.

  • In San Francisco, Michael Hennessey renovates a 1965 Eichler home to include more energy efficiency while retaining everything that makes it an Eichler. We saw this on one of our favorite blogs, Design Milk, and it’s a great example of how to preserve while updating.  

  • The  Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis, California, won the 2017 Best of Design Award for Civic – Cultural. Architects SO-IL with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson sought to define the museum as a “landscape of cultivation”

  • Snow Kreilich Architects earned this year’s AIA (American Institute of Architects) Architecture Firm Award. Among their noteworthy work includes “designing humanistic ports of entry for the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection in Maine and Minnesota,” according to Architecture Daily.

  • Dezeen conducted a survey that showed how women hold only one in ten positions of power in architectural firms. Hear responses from leading women in the field here.

  • San Francisco established 24 design guidelines for the future of the city, to improve the predictability and consistency of projects. .

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Photo Credit: Design Milk



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