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by Jun Aoki
Louis Vuitton NY HQ (2004)




by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)
(they are now designing 'New Louvre Museum in Reims, France as well)

New Museum of Contemporary Art New York (2006)






by Yoshio Taniguchi
(he is now designing 'Asian Center' in Houston, Texas.)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (2004)







by Shigeru Ban
(He is now designing New Pompidou Center in Metz, France)

Nomadic Museum on the Hudson(2005)




by Fumihiko Maki
United Nations New HQ Building (35 stories. 2008)


The United Nations has chosen Pritzker Prize-winning Fumihiko Maki to design another building, which will be on First Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets. According to the Times, "glassy, white and sheer but elegant" design is projected to cost $330 million and to be finished by 2008. Since the older Secretariat building (picture, left) needs to be renovated, Maki's building will house the General Assembly, the Secretariat and their staffs until the Secretariat is ready; then U.N. offices in other parts of the city will move into the Maki building. Only Pritzker Prize winning architects were allowed to competer; Richard Meier dropped out because he didn't think the site would work, given physical issues of size, security, traffic, etc.
Maki's buildings, like the Fujisawa Municipal Gym in Fujisawa, Japan (picture, right), are considered to be in the International Style modernism, much like the U.N. Headquarters by Wallace K. Harrison. Another example of International Style modernism: The Lever House.
 

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Fumihiko Maki , as well as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, to design a Skyscraper at Ground Zero, Manhattan

(NY Metro. MAY 3, 2006 )

NEW YORK (AP) -- The creator of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Japanese winner of a prestigious architectural award will design the next two office towers to be built at the World Trade center site, officials said Wednesday.

Lord Richard Rogers, a British architect known for the Pompidou Centre and the Millennium Dome in England, and Fumihiko Maki, a Pritzker Prize winner who is designing a temporary United Nations headquarters, will create the two towers at the 16-acre trade center site.

In an elaborate renegotiation last week of Larry Silverstein's lease to the destroyed trade center, the developer gave up rights to the symbolic, 1,776-foot Freedom Tower and another planned skyscraper to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owned the trade center.

Silverstein also agreed to change the order in which he would build the three most potentially lucrative towers on the site. Now, the tower that Rogers will design will be built first, then Maki's, then a third that Lord Norman Foster has been named to design. All three towers are scheduled to be finished by 2012.

"The selection of architects to produce inspirational designs for two of the remaining four towers is yet another sign that the World Trade Center rebuilding is proceeding swiftly and intelligently," Silverstein said in a statement.

The tower that Rogers will design, next to a planned transit hub, will include 2 million square feet of office space. Maki's building will house 1.8 million square feet of office space, and each will include five floors of retail space at and above street level and in an underground concourse that links to the transit hub.

"It is a rare opportunity to have been appointed to design one of the new buildings on this key site in New York, and we are particularly delighted that we will be working in the heart of the city," said Rogers.

Said Maki: "This is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated redevelopment project of our time, and I am honored to have been selected."

Construction on both towers is scheduled to begin next year. Topped by a spire, the Freedom Tower would rise to 1,776 feet. Silverstein's three towers are expected to rise from 1,200 to 1,450 feet.

Rogers also has a $1.7 billion contract to redesign the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West Side. Lawmakers called for Rogers' removal from the project earlier this year after hearing that he had been the host at a meeting of an organization that advocated a boycott of Israel.

The lawmakers changed their mind after speaking to Rogers, who said he wasn't aware of the political agenda of the group, Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine.

Maki's other projects include the Spiral Building in Tokyo and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.

They join a half-dozen other architects designing projects at ground zero. Santiago Calatrava of Spain has designed a $2.2 billion transit hub under construction. Americans Michael Arad and Peter Walker designed the trade center memorial, David Childs designed the Freedom Tower, and Frank Gehry has been hired to design a performing arts center. Germany's Daniel Libeskind created the original master plan for what should be built at the site.



WTC TOWER 1 (FREEDOM TOWER): Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (David Childs)
WTC TOWER 2: Norman Forster (UK)
WTC TOWER 3: Richard Rogers (UK)
WTC TOWER 4: Fumihiko Maki (Japan)
WTC TOWER 5: purported, Jean Nouvel (France)
 

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that Louis Vuitton NY HQ building is great. i spent 15 minuets staring at it in my trip to ny... i never knew it was from japan! im happy to see that non-us architects are leaving there mark on us cities
 

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outside the island:

by Arata Isozaki

Brooklyn Museum NY (The master plan of revival and renovation of the museum)



Cantor Auditorium, Boorklym Museum


(His latest work in the world: Turin Olympic Ice Hocky Stadium,2006)
 

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godblessbotox said:
that Louis Vuitton NY HQ building is great. i spent 15 minuets staring at it in my trip to ny... i never knew it was from japan! im happy to see that non-us architects are leaving there mark on us cities
Jun aoki also designed Louis Vuitton Ginza HQ, Louis Vuitton Hong Kong HQ, Louis Vuitton Omotesando, Louis Vuitton Roppongi.
 

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by Nobutaka Ashihara
Bryant Park Tower (2006)

and his major architecture in Manhattan

New York Marriott Financial Center (1991)
 

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(from the left, Fumihiko Maki, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers)

(from the left, Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Fumihiko Maki )
and their WTC complex

(the scraper at the far right is Maki's)


and the new WTC complex rendering designed by the team 'THINK' (its chief designer Shigeru Ban and Rafael Vinoly.)

Their proposal was defeated by Daniel Libeskind at the very final round.
 

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by Masayuki Sono
Staten Island September 11 Memorial

Memorial to Staten Islanders lost on September 11.
Japanese architect, Masayuki Sono's poetic proposal "Postcards" was chosen finally among 179 entries from 19 countries.

 

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lots of nice designs, however Nobutaka Ashihara's Bryant Park Tower is awful. His other one is a decent design from the postmodern era.

Maki's WTC is good looking, but it is pretty plain and boring, especially as a high profile WTC tower... and compared to Foster's and Rodger's towers.
 

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Maki's WTC is good looking, but it is pretty plain and boring, especially as a high profile WTC tower... and compared to Foster's and Rodger's towers.
Judging from the rendering alone, I think many people would agree with you.
But Maki is a completely pure modernist. The traits of his architecture are exquisitely clean cut faces, fine drawn angular measures, and anorganic multi-layered spaces. Hence as for Maki, the rendering always talks nothing.

one example of the interiors
by Fumihiko Maki
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Media Arts and Sciences Building
(2009. ground-breaking ceremony:Apr.2007)
 

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coldstar said:
by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa
(they are now designing 'Louvre Museum Annex in Reims, France as well)
New Museum of Contemporary Art New York (2006)



the renderings of Louvre 2 (2009) by Kazuyo Sejima (female) and Ryue Nishizawa
The Louvre 2 is the first branch of the Louvre Museum in Paris, and it is being built in Lens, in the Nord-Pas de Calais region.




coldstar said:
by Shigeru Ban
(He is now designing New Pompidou Center in Metz, France)
Nomadic Museum on the Hudson(2005)


Pompidou Center in Paris designed by Renzo Piano & Richiard Rogers has been one of the masterpieces of modern architecture. And this time, its annex in Metz (New Pompidou Center. CPM ) is being designed by Shigeru Ban (opens this year).
renderings of CPM (2007).

 

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British architecture magazine 'BUILDING DESIGN has chosen Japan's firm NIKKEN as 'World's Best and Biggest Architect of 2006, again

BD's ranking in 2006 (top5)
1. Nikken
2. Gensler
3. HOK
4. Aedas
5. SOM

personally, I'm far from a fan of the firm, anyway, some of their works are as follows

Bank of China (Shanghai)


Trade Tower (Seoul)
 

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I love Tadao Ando's work.

Saw an exhibition at Roppongi Hills last year (or was it the year before?) which featured a few of Shigeru Ban's designs. They really stood out above the rest. Have to find out some more about him.
 
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