Revised designs for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University have been unveiled. The project is designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) with architect of record Ayers Saint Gross.
One of the world’s most famous buildings, the Empire State Building, New York, hosts more than four million visitors from around the globe annually. As part of the $165-million redevelopment of the Empire State Building Observatory, the opportunity to transform the attraction’s famed 102nd floor posed an opportunity and unique challenge. To offer visitors clearer views to the city, designers used floor-to-ceiling fire-rated glass in the elevator that goes up to the observation deck.
Architects and designers have discovered the benefits of using laminated glass with colored interlayers to achieve a specific objective. Whether daylighting, wayfinding, area-defining, or simply transforming the space to bring joy, color is being used increasingly and creatively in interior and exterior design.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, will open its Nancy and Rich Kinder Building to the public on November 21. The Kinder Building is characterized by porosity, opening the ground floor at all elevations.