UNStudio designed the Mumuth Music Theatre in Graz, Austria’s largest student-based city, back in 1998. Beating out over 200 competitive proposals for the University Theater, UNStudio’s Principal Architect, Ben van Berkel states, “The desire to make a building that is as much about music as a building can be, has been a constant throughout the nearly ten years that it took to build the theatre and the themes that are at the basis of the building and its overall organization have also endured throughout this time.”
In 2009, the Mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., introduced the Green Phoenix plan, partnering with community groups and individuals with the goal of becoming the most sustainable city in the United States. Exemplifying this partnership, Arizona State University built the 223,000 square foot Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication building in downtown Phoenix, providing new classrooms, office space and a home for local PBS affiliate KAET Channel 8. GKD–USA’s Lago stainless steel woven metal fabric was used to create sunscreens, bringing the sustainable elements of sun control to the building.
Impressively beating out over a hundred design firms, JDS Architects were commissioned by the Oslo municipality to build the city a new ski jump. The project would replace an older ski jump that was considered below standard, originally costing the city its hosting position for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The award-winning Hartford Hospital parking garage was part of a massive hospital modernization project known as HH2020. The project, designed by Perkins+Will in collaboration with engineers, Desman Associates, faced numerous challenges. A time constraint forced construction to be done within 12 months. Additionally, adjacent property line adjustments were necessary as well as the relocation of a sanitary main.