The incredibly talented architect/developer Sebastian Mariscal has finally blessed the East Coast with some of his work. Pio Pio restaurant in Hell's Kitchen combines rough-formed concrete enclaves with a dramatic ceiling and wall of dried canes from a ranch in Mexico. The cantilevered reception desk is pretty slick as well.
A quick and fun project came across our desks this past week in the form of a replacement sink for Fly Lounge nightclub in Washington DC. We've had several furniture projects recently that have kept us busy besides the usual architecture work, so this was a chance to again explore some CNC milled pieces and digital fabrication.
The nightclub is modeled after the interior of an airplane, so we carried the idea into the bathroom with a wing-shaped sink counter top CNC milled from 1/2" acrylic with the club logo and aerial photos of various airports printed on the underside.
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Every now and then when I'm jetting down Constitution Ave or rolling around Dupont Circle in DC, I realize that this place, my stomping grounds, is actually one of the top 3 tourist destinations in the country. Somehow the tourists elude the locals very effectively. Tourists don't go to the bars and lounges we do. Tourists aren't at the networking happy hours or business events in the city. The tourists for the most part aren't even on the roads with us in DC, they are.... at the memorials. People come to DC for politics, government contracting business, and memorial tourism. Let's take a look at what went into the making of some of those famous memorials and buildings. This will be Part 1 in a series of posts.
Driving into DC on I-66 from the west the first prominent structure you pass in DC is the Lincoln Memorial. After 8 years of construction it was completed in 1922, and was designed by Henry Bacon, it sits on what was formerly swampland. The stone is Yule Marble brought all the way from Marble, Colorado.
Directly east from the Lincoln Memorial stands the world's tallest stone structure, the Washington Monument. This 555' tall obelisk began construction in 1848 but and didn't complete until 1884 due to delays caused by the Civil War and lack of funds. Once completed it was the world's tallest structure, beating out the Cologne Cathedral. Architect Robert Mills' original sketch (shown below) called for a round colonnade at the base.
The Potomac River used to run much closer to the monument, but the land mass has since been built up and the Mall extended for structures such as the Lincoln Memorial. See a map from 1810 showing the proximity to the Potomac below.
At the east end of the National Mall stand the United States Capital. Architect William Thornton won a design competition for the building in 1793 and construction began in 1793. After being damaged by the war of 1812, it was completed in 1819. It was later expanded and added to.
(Lincoln's Inauguration in 1861 with the Capitol still under construction) (a great past/present composition by flickr user jasonepowell)
More images and stories to come on the building of Washington DC, stay tuned.
Gore Design Co. has launched a product line to help jump-start your concrete sink project. Instead of going through the process of creating your own form or mould, there is now the option of ordering one from Concrete Apothecary and get to pouring. See my previous post on the works of Gore Design Company here. They also offer a line of instructional DVD's and a hands on workshop for those interested.
Most of all I like how Gore Design presents their website, humorous, informal, and clean. It makes me want to do business with them or buy their products. Take note web vendors.
(from the Gore Design website)
Some of their offerings:
Also worth a look, the Omphalos Sink by Concrete Works, absolutely stunning.
Hantz Farms has said they plan to utilize over 5,000 acres of land within Detroit city limits for what will essentially be classified as urban farming. That's just over 5% of the city's land area destined to return to vegetation. Financier John Hantz has put $30m of his own money towards the project, which will start small with only around 30 acres. This is welcome news to the area, which boasts a 17.7% unemployment rate.