Author: CHB

Modernist with a delicate touch by Joseph Kelly, Editor

It’s funny how familiar places can suddenly take on a new significance – as an Oxford student in the mid-1980s I occasionally visited St. Catherine’s College but, like most young undergrads, spared no thought for its architecture or creator. Nova et Vetera is the college’s motto, ‘Things both old and new’. It was built in 1962 by the radical Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Colloquially known simply as ‘Catz’, it’s now quite rightly a Grade One listed structure and interior. Although Jacobsen was a truly groundbreaking architect, he’s remembered best today for his iconic furniture designs – including the ‘Swan’,...

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Chicago Union Station Great Hall restored

Named a Chicago landmark in 2002, Chicago Union Station was designed by noted architecture firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White and completed in 1925. The station’s ornate Beaux-Arts main waiting room, the “Great Hall,” is one of the United States’ most historic and memorable public spaces with its 219-foot-long vaulted skylight and connecting lobbies and stairwells. Over the years, extensive deterioration and leaks developed in the original skylight, and plasterwork showed signs of decay. The project team was hired to investigate and assess the existing conditions, and design and construct a new watertight skylight over the original system. The...

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Frank Gehry’s latest phase in Philadelphia museum project

Frank Gehry and his team have presented the latest milestone of the philadelphia museum of art’s master plan and renovation. the landmark building has served as the cultural heart of the great American city since its opening in 1928 at which time its north entrance and the ground-level spaces to which it led were designated entirely for public use. As this area was eventually repurposed as a loading dock in 1975 in preparation for the nation’s bicentennial, the significant space has since been hidden from public view. This latest phase in Gehry’s ‘core project’ master plan at last reintroduces to...

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Radical parish church restoration at Eltham

St.Margaret’s Anglican Church was built in 1861, designed by the architect Nathaniel Billing as a polychromatic brick gothic revival building atop a hill in Pitt Street, Eltham.  The Heritage Victoria registered building is notable for its geometric brickwork, large buttresses, and central bell turret, but also featured a farsighted temporary rear wall which facilitated the extension of the worship space to nearly twice its original size.   The property is also occupied by another Heritage Victoria listed building in Dendy House, a 1870s former vicarage as well as the 1978 mud-brick community hall by Robert Marshall.  Aside from extending the worship space, the...

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Memorial to revolutionaries sets new boundaries

Project overview Jiangshan City in Zhejiang Province of China is a “red” and heroic land where many revolutionaries sacrificed their lives to fight for the liberty of the nation and the people. In order to remember the history and revolutionary martyrs as well as take warning for the future, the local government decided to build the Jiangshan Martyrs Memorial Hall. Located on the south end of a mountain park, the project is adjacent to Xishan Road and urban area on the east, Xishan Park on the north, and the already-existed public cemetery on south and west sides. The north-south...

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