The Urban Land Institute has selected City by Design – Chicago (published by Panache Partners) for feature at the forthcoming American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo to be held in Chicago in September 2009. This book features the 160 East Illinois Street project designed by Built Form, LLC.
On July 2nd, the Architecture For Humanity competition jury met at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO to choose the finalists in the Open Architecture Network International Design Competition for the Classroom of the Future. Built Form’s entry “Extending the Classroom” was honored as one of 8 finalists out of over 400 qualified international entries.
Teaming with Northwestern University Settlement House, a not-for profit client based in Chicago, the Built Form design entry gave expression to the client’s vision for a rural satellite classroom to support their urban-based grade school environment. The idea behind the design highlighted the notion of expanding and extending the learning environment to allow children to experience different contexts and cultures. The architectural response used sustainable and modular building strategies to create a structure that meets the demanding requirements of a space for learning while at the same time being an example of green, sustainable architecture.
The jury stated that the design entry’s approach to the educational environment was an exciting and unique departure from the typical classroom. By linking the urban and rural environments with a structure that is both educationally effective and environmentally friendly is a strong idea for a classroom of the future.
Along with the other 7 finalists, the Built Form design entry will be assembled into a portfolio to be presented at a White House luncheon on July 24th. Competition winners will be announced at the end of August 2009 with the grand prize winner receiving a financial assistance to be used to construct the new classroom.
On July 7th, Greenfire Development and Built Form, LLC presented the design concept for a new city center office building to the Durham, North Carolina Historic Preservation Committee. The design, which preserves and reinforces the city’s historical fabric while at the same time providing an exciting dynamic form to the city skyline, will provide approximately 150,000 sf of new state of the art office space. The HPC voted unanimously to approve the design which clears the way for work to move ahead on the project.
Following a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this year, Energy City Qatar’s $200 million corporate headquarters in Lusail/Doha Qatar is on track to be the first building completed in the new 5,650,000-square-foot business development. Envisioned as the world’s next major energy hub, the development is comprised of 93 development sites with the headquarters slated for completion in 2010. Once completed, the development will provide a business center for companies, customers and suppliers involved in the oil and gas industries in the Gulf region.
Chicago-based Built Form, LLC, as the architectural partner of US-based ABS International, is the project’s architect and leads a design team of consultants from around the world. ABS’ selection was based on its creative design and proven ability to execute projects of a wide variety in many different locations throughout the world. “Even amid an uncertain economic climate, exceptional projects such as this one are still moving forward,” said Robert Bistry of Built Form. “It’s a cutting edge development and we’re excited to be part of the team that will bring it to completion”
As part of the Energy City Qatar commitment to environmentally sensitive construction, the new headquarters has been designed to meet U.S. LEED Gold certification requirements. Highlighting the technology-driven nature of the hydrocarbon industry, the environmental design incorporates an active exterior enclosure of thin-film photovoltaic modules integrated into the exterior wall. Additionally, the atrium space is sheltered by a custom tension membrane floating roof and the building will rely on wind towers to aid the building’s environmental control systems.
160 East Illinois Street featured in the book City By Design – Chicago
City By Design – Chicago is a high-end book featuring distinguished projects located in the Chicagoland area. 160 East Illinois Street, which opened in the spring of 2008, is an upscale residential tower located just off of North Michigan Avenue in the Streeterville neighborhood and was developed by Residential Homes of America. See: http://www.panache.com/CBD/cbd_chicago.html
In November, excavation started for the new Gallery on Fulton project located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. For real time viewing of construction progress of the project follow the link below. See: http://gallery.triangle-inc.com/view/view.shtml
The October 2008 online version of Architectural Record Magazine featured the Built Form designed Breakthrough Ministry Center in its Building Types Study. The article highlighted the west side Chicago Men’s Shelter and Administrative office facility with facts and photographs. See: HYPERLINK http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/bts/archives/civic/08_Breakthrough/default.asp
Breakthrough Ministry Center Opens
The west side Chicago Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter opened in July 2008. The facility provides support services for homeless or unemployed men in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of the city while also serving as the main administrative offices for Breakthrough Urban Ministries.
Built Form featured in Builder and Developer Magazine
The June 2008 issue of Builder and Developer Magazine contained an article on Built Form, LLC and the firm’s work in Russia. Many Russian developers have looked to Western firms to provide new design ideas for the latest development in their cities. Built Form has provided designs for several projects ranging from a 400,000 m2 (4,000,000 sf) resort community to a high-end mountain residence.
Built Form featured in Chicago Architect Magazine
The April 2008 issue of Chicago Architect Magazine featured Built Form, LLC along with Murphy/Jahn and Goettsch Partners in an issue focused on Chicago architecture firms performing design work for international projects. The article about Built Form highlighted the firm’s work in the Russian city of Sochi as the city prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Also noted were the firm’s projects in the Middle East.