Famed 79-year old architect and proud Newark, NJ native Richard Meier, best known for creating refined, luminous houses and cultural landmarks, has just completed installing the Richard Meier Model Museum in Jersey City. It contains nearly 400 handmade models of projects he’s designed since 1963. His firm is also currently building affordable housing and schools in downtown Newark, drawing on his less-well-known early work designing community-oriented residential projects. What a wonderful thing for him to be doing at this phase of his life! There's a great article about this in the Jan. 24 issue of the NY Times.
(All photos from NY Times)
The ever-elegant Mr. Meier checks out his new museum in Jersey City.
Models,sculptures and architectural drawings
are featured in this new 15,000-square-foot space.
Mumbai India's International Airport has just been transformed by
a dazzling new makeover. Wowza!
The terminal’s design, by New York-based architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, was inspired by India’s national bird, the peacock. Traces of the motif are found in the giant columns and marble flooring.The venue will also be home to the world’s largest public art program, with over 7,000 artworks featured along a 2-mile long wall.
I've just been reading a NY Times article about the passing of Madeline Arakawa Gins, a poet-turned-painter-turned-architect who whose buildings, by her own account, were designed to pre-empt death for those living in them. She designed what she called "reversible destiny" lofts in Japan.
Gins, along with her husband and longtime collaborator, completed nine "reversible destiny"
loft-style apartments in Mitaka, Japan, after competing for the commission.
"... Ms. Gins practiced an idiosyncratic and highly personal brand of art that sought to deploy architecture in the service of large essential questions about the nature of being. The couple’s vision was beyond Utopian. It sought not merely better living — but, ideally, eternal living — through design."