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industry High Class Chicago—The Art Institute of Chicago has been applying interior finishes to its new galleries and public spaces in preparation for the installation within the new Modern Wing, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. The construction of the exterior is complete. With its limestone and glass façade and innovative sun-screen canopy that floats over the roof like a flying carpet, the Modern Wing holds its own in a city renowned for its architectural prowess. The addition of the Nichols Bridgeway, a pedestrian bridge also designed by Renzo Piano, will connect the Modern Wing to another of the city’s major visitor attractions, Millennium Park. The $300-million, 264,000-sq.-ft. building is the centerpiece of a comprehensive building project that will reorganize the entire museum by 2010 and increase total museum gallery space by 35 percent and education space by 100 percent. “My desire was to root the Art Institute’s building deeply in this ground, but at the same time to give the Modern Wing air and lightness—to let it levitate. A continuation of an urban fabric, a flight into new experiences: this is what I have hoped to achieve—for Chicago and for one of the world’s best-loved museums,” says Piano. In materials and configuration, the Modern Wing is evocative of the Art Institute’s landmark original 1893 Beaux-Arts building. It will showcase four of the encyclopedic Art Institute’s 10 collections—20th century works from the museum’s holdings of European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography—which will be installed on three floors of spacious, light-filled galleries. The new building also will feature a vastly expanded education center, an outdoor sculpture terrace, a restaurant, a double-height entrance and “main street” known as Griffin Court, and a garden courtyard. Gansevoort Toronto Hotel. Photo by Teeple Architects. Heading North Toronto—The Gansevoort Hotel brand will soon extend its reach even further up North America, as the group teams up with Toronto developer TAS DesignBuild to develop another of its properties in Toronto’s entertainment and fashion district. The Gansevoort Toronto Hotel & Residences is scheduled to open in 2011 and is set to be the city’s first LEED-certified hotel/residence. “Toronto is fast emerging on the world’s radar as a dynamic international city with a spirited 24/7 vibe. We are delighted to extend the Gansevoort brand to a destination with not only a robust real estate environment but also a genuine commitment to the environment,” says Gansevoort Hotel Group (GHG) principal Michael Achenbaum. The project’s asymmetrical structure will showcase an innovative stepping form, which will be highlighted by vertical hanging gardens. Teeple Architects is credited with the building’s original design. The hotel/residence will feature a range of integrated sustainable functions, including building automation (systems tied to computer monitors to intelligently draw less power); ERV systems (energy recovery ventilators designed to reclaim energy before it is discharged); and HRV systems (heat recovery systems). The building’s low-impact design features a unique sequence of units (known as geometric articulation) providing shade and decreasing cooling costs as well as a lighter-colored exterior, which reflects heat and decreases the building’s heat gain, requiring less energy to cool. Gansevoort Toronto marks the first time the Gansevoort approach to lifestyle and design meets sustainability. “Buildings are known to take up green space,” says Mazyar Mortazavi, a principal of TAS DesignBuild. “This building replaces the green space it uses by creating individual gardens and hanging them in a vertical fashion.” Modern Wing of the Chicago Art Institute. Photo by Charles G. Young Interactive Design Architects. For more industry news, visit 14 contract march 2009

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Contract - March 2009
Color Therapy
On The Green
Shifting First Cost Mentalities
Eco Chic
Realm of Possibility
Favorite Table
About Face
Seeing Is Believing
Domestic Partnership
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Contract - March 2009