QUINCY – House of Commons Speaker Ron Mariano said he fondly remembers his childhood years around Quincy Point, opposite the once booming Quincy Shipyard.
Affectionately known as “The Point,” the neighborhood sits between Town River and Quincy Center and is home to Mound Street Beach, the original Stop & Shop, and the USS Salem.
In just under a year, 18 people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless will also be able to call The Point home thanks to an affordable housing project launched by the non-profit NeighborWorks Housing Solutions.
“It’s great to have (affordable housing) in your own backyard,” said Mariano. “It’s a special place for me.… It’s great to see that.”
The project will bring 18 studios to the former site of four Winter Street houses, and the local Father Bill’s & MainSpring association will provide services to its residents.
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The new project will replace four buildings that housed seven people. NeighborWorks CEO Rob Corley said previous buildings looked “tired” and the new project would help more people than the previous ones.
Construction of the new building will cost $ 4 million and will be funded by state and city affordable housing money. State and federal grants will pay the rent for the people who live there.
The project took two decades to materialize. State Senator John Keenan, a Democrat from Quincy, said he wanted the state to have a more streamlined way of allocating money to affordable housing projects.
Mayor Tom Koch said a booming economy has made it difficult for people to find affordable housing in Quincy,
“We are a city on the move,” Koch said. “But, we cannot forget the people who are being left behind.”
The new building site at 54-64 Winter St. was once home to Ma’s Lunch, a family-owned business that looked after blue-collar workers from a bustling shipyard, once the backbone of Quincy Point.
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Mariano said it was appropriate for the site to become affordable housing, and said the project will honor Zaida Shaw, the late magnanimous owner of Ma’s Lunch who grew up on Winter Street with her 10 siblings, in the shade. of the shipyard’s goliath crane.
Mariano also touted the House’s recent plan to spend $ 600 million in federal assistance on housing initiatives.
The contractor for the project is Curtis Construction Co, based in Stoughton. The architect is Placetailor, a Boston-based company that focuses on sustainable design.
NeighborWorks has an office on Washington Street in Quincy and has overseen several large affordable housing developments in the city, including two in Quincy Point. The larger project, called The Watson on East Howard Street, opened in 2019 and has 140 residential units leased to people of varying incomes.
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For his first project in Russia, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano transformed a 1907 power plant on an island in the Moskva River into a five-acre cultural campus for contemporary art focused on VAC Foundation. (Started by Russian natural gas mogul Leonid Mikhelson and Italian-born art impresario Teresa Mavica, the organization has had exhibition space in Venice since 2017.) other machines – contain a plethora of rooms flexible exhibition and performance, as well as a library, boutique, restaurant, classrooms, workshops and spaces for artist residencies. By replacing several ceilings with glass and replacing the small pane windows with large flat glass panels, Piano flooded the plant with natural light. In classic piano style, the redesign celebrates the building’s original industrial elements – roof trusses, ducts, columns and exposed beams – as well as its connection to the city and the natural world: on one side, the campus overlooks a wide embankment stepped up to the river; on the other, a birch grove.
Park Union Bridge
With a design meant to evoke the speed, skill and style of athletes of all stripes, the new Park Union Bridge connects the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum complex in downtown Colorado Springs to America the Beautiful Park, spanning some 250 feet above an active rail yard. New York firm architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, including Benjamin Gilmartin who led the project, created a diagram centered on two interlocking steel loops that appear to run over the railroad tracks – a technical as well as an aesthetic feat: the structure acts simultaneously as an arch and a farm. The architects, who previously built the adjacent museum, designed the bridge to be mostly prefabricated off-site and then installed in around eight hours. Today, it welcomes walkers and cyclists, framing views of the trains below, the town’s downtown area to the east and Pikes Peak to the west.
The land has a spray-free alliance and includes a terraced orchard with over 60 fruit and nut trees, including apples, citrus, peaches, feijoas, medlars, almonds and berries. It also has extensive vegetable gardens – all organic – as well as a greenhouse.
Listing agent Claire Stilwell, of Harcourts Motueka, says the cottage was custom built for the couple in 2018, but they are now moving on to “other plans.”
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“This is not your standard little house,” she says. “Because it was custom built, it is far superior to that of many small houses being destroyed today.
“There are flush toilets, pretty wooden benches, a small fireplace. It’s double glazing. Even the rainwater harvesting they have in place is a choice.
“The views are incredible; to Mount Arthur and across the valley to the Western Ranges.
She says the current owners have been the stewards of the land: “And (they) turned it into a land that will someday take care of itself. It’s all organic, no sprays. It’s permaculture; the earth surrenders to itself; you grow from your compost, recycle water.
Stilwell says that while the request for bids over $ 975,000 may seem high, a large part of the asking price is the value of the land.
The property is classified as a “breath of fresh air”, with one bedroom, one bathroom and four parking spaces.
“This property is large in space but small in footprint.
“Completely off-grid, on a sturdy cast-iron trailer, the exterior is clad in Japanese cedar, while the interior is lined with plywood. The house is heated by a wet-backed Wagener wood stove and a Rinnai gas heater serves as a backup if needed.
The house has mosquito nets, a removable patio and comes with a fridge freezer and a gas hob.
The bathroom has a flush toilet and a washing machine with a capacity of 7 kg.
A fully licensed sanitation system also serves as irrigation for native plants. The rainwater tank holds approximately 80,000 liters, collected from the roof of the house and from a specially designed “rain-collecting roof”.
There are eight solar panels and eight 14 kWh batteries to store energy.
Stilwell says it has generated a lot of interest from people interested in permaculture.
“These are people who just want to walk in the trees and pick their own vegetables, to live off the grid in a sustainable way.”
“It’s a niche market because it’s a small home, but if you’ve got the right foresight you’re going to love it. It’s perfect for a couple, or a single person, or a mother and daughter.
“The feel of the place once you are there you can just feel the peace and quiet. Someone will love it.
Built in 1845 to house a volunteer firefighting company, this renovated structure has everything that makes it original as well as a lot of things that make it modern.
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Incorporated in 1781. Built in 1845. Very recently rebuilt. The black siding between the second and third floor windows gives this classic traditional home located at 308-10 Aramingo St., Philadelphia, PA 19125, a decidedly modern appearance. | Photos: Jonathan Arena via Bright MLS and Compass
“The Kensington Engine Company has almost completed a beautiful three-story brick building. “
—News article, The public ledger, April 14, 1845
You are looking at this beautiful brick building in the photo above. The fire company that built it was incorporated in 1781, as the marble stone embedded in its facade informs passers-by.
At the time, Fishtown was part of the Kensington District, as it was in 1845; the district takes its name from the shad fisheries which bordered the Delaware at this point. All of Kensington became part of Philadelphia during the consolidation of 1854, and the fire company was eventually taken over by a professional city fire department.
This converted fire station for sale in Fishtown, however, has much more than history behind it. This beautifully remodeled looker ticks just about every box on the Fishtown home search checklist.
Some of these boxes have to do with the location of this house, which I will come back to in a moment. But first, let’s take a look at the house itself.
For starters, it sits on unusually wide and unusually deep terrain: 35 feet wide and 93 feet deep. And the way the lot and the house are set up makes this one of the few homes in Philadelphia where parking will never be an issue.
This is because its original engine compartment, behind the double doors at the front, remains a garage for one car.
Driveway and side yard
Then, next to the house, a paved driveway can contain two more.
Rear wing garage entrance
And a one-story rear wing, accessible from the side yard, contains a second garage with room for six more cars. These cars will spoil the plantings in the side yard as it is now configured; you might want to think about other uses for this rear spoiler. (More on that later, too.)
Inside, a hallway leads from the front door past the garage to a beautiful living room, which also has French doors which open onto the side courtyard. The original wood slat paneling has been freshly repainted and the old heart pine hardwood floors now glisten.
You will find many original items, accessories and items in this home, such as porcelain door handles mounted on iron locks, marble thresholds and original joinery. The brass light fixtures and clawfoot tubs came later but are still vintage, as are other items you’ll see in this old Fishtown fire hall for sale.
The second floor kitchen-diner has a full suite of modern features, including a Kenmore five-burner stainless steel gas range, stainless steel fridge-freezer, modern white cabinets and a matte black faucet , an island drop-down butcher’s block and a kegerator.
Second-floor balcony The bathroom has period plumbing and a reclaimed vanity under its reclaimed marble sink.
The third floor has two more bedrooms. The original roof beams are visible in the primary.
Master bedroom loft; note the markings on the central beam
It also has a mezzanine with a skylight accessible by a ladder. Support trusses diminish its usefulness a bit, but you can still use this loft as a storage space, sitting area, or even a home office.
And the bathroom has been modernized: accompanying its clawfoot tub, tiled paneling, tiled floor, a tiled outline for this tub, and a contemporary-style vanity.
Third floor rear bedroom
The back bedroom has a mirror and matte finish cabinet for a closet.
Other modern features added as part of the renovation include dual zone air conditioning with electronic air purifier with ultraviolet purifier, two laundry rooms, Toto toilets and Cat5 Ethernet cabling as well as coaxial cable.
The listing agent offers a multitude of possibilities for the rear wing and the field. Instead of using it as a garage, you can use the rear wing as a workshop, or you can convert it into additional living space, a new master bedroom, in-laws / au pair / guest suite, studio art or photography, a home gym or game room, or a combination of these. You can also build a roof terrace or garden above – one of the kitchen windows is large enough to be converted into a door – or you can build two more floors above.
You could also build a second three-story house on the side of the land. You have enough space to give it parking and a yard of its own. (In which case, you might consider demolishing part of the garage to give your house back a backyard, especially if you decide to sell the secondary lot.)
Now for the other boxes that this house ticks. It has a very desirable location – with an asterisk. The “very desirable” part: Just about everything that brings people to Fishtown is within a reasonable walking distance of here: the shops, restaurants and nightclubs along Girard Avenue. The Frankford Avenue shopping and dining district. Penn Treaty Park. Rivers Casino and the Canal Street entertainment complex.
You can even walk to the Aramingo Village mall at the end of Fishtown, but that means you have to negotiate the maze of roads around the Girard Avenue exit of I-95.
Which brings us to the asterisk: Here you have the highway for a neighbor across the street. Fortunately, the sound walls keep it from disturbing you too much. If you drive, this interchange may be worth living here, especially since parking won’t be an issue. But even if you don’t, living here puts you close to Route 15 and the Girard station on the Market-Frankford line.
All of this, and you get a certified true copy of the Kensington Fire Company Deed of Incorporation No. 1, with a wax seal, as part of the agreement.
That certainly makes I-95 a small price to pay to make this converted fire station for sale yours, doesn’t it?
THE FINE PRINTING
SPA: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3 319
SELLING PRICE: $ 799,900
308-10 Richmond St., Philadelphia, PA 19125 [Tim Owen | Compass]
Dr Benedict Jones of Inbye Engineering Limited in the UK has written a manual titled “Soft ground tunnel design”. It was released on 11e November 2021 by CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group. It is available as an eBook or in print at: https://www.routledge.com/Soft-Ground-Tunnel-Design/Jones/p/book/9781482254679
This is the very first comprehensive manual on the design of loose soil tunnels. The target audience is master’s students, graduate engineers, and experienced engineers new to loose soil tunnels, but even for experienced tunnel design experts there will be things that are new or interesting and for which this will be a useful reference book, a compilation of methods and a summary of the state of the art.
Each chapter begins with an introduction that lays out the learning points, i.e. what the reader is going to understand and go to be able to do after reading the chapter. Throughout the book there are many worked examples that go through the calculation steps and problems at the end of each chapter to practice and consolidate the learning.
The three main topics are stability, prediction of ground movements and the structural design of the tunnel lining. These themes are the key to understanding the operation of tunnels and are the basis for the choice of construction method and type of coating. The reader is guided through the basic principles of soil-structure interaction, the three-dimensional effects of the construction sequence, and the effects of construction on other structures, in stages of increasing complexity, from basic principles to construction. sophisticated design. As calculations become more complex, it is increasingly important that they remain based on a thorough understanding of the behavior of real tunnels. For this reason, the very first chapter begins with case studies of the actual behavior of a tunnel, to provide a conceptual framework of what happens to the tunnel lining and what happens in the ground around a tunnel. terms of displacements, stresses and strains.
The book also clearly presents all of the most commonly used design methods, taking them step by step from first principles. In the original articles, there are often missing steps in the derivations, missing information, implicit assumptions that are not explained, and even errors. It is alarming how many times these errors have been inherited, used and circulated over the years. In this book they are presented transparently and correctly in an easy to follow manner.
Dr Benoît Jones has worked as a designer, researcher, entrepreneur, scholar, teacher, inventor and consultant. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Managing Director of Inbye Engineering, a technology and consulting company he founded in 2014. He is the author of over 60 articles and articles. He won the ICE Telford Premium Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Civil Engineering Conference, as well as two NCE Tunneling Awards, an ITA Austria Innovation Prize and an ITA Award.
From 2011 to 2014, Benoît created and directed the MSc in Tunneling and Underground Space at the University of Warwick. In doing so, he discovered that there was no comprehensive textbook available on loose soil tunnel design, so he had to synthesize the literature and his own experience to find the best ways to present this topic to his students. . In recent years, these educational materials have been developed and improved in this book.
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Since winter usually means spending more time indoors, you should think about the air quality inside your home. Air purifiers can help suck dirt, dust, mold, and even germs from the air you breathe, leaving cleaner, healthier air in its wake.
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“I have noticed less dust on my furniture and the air in my house is just lighter, if that makes sense,” said one happy customer noted. “I just changed the charcoal filter and it was totally disgusting, I just couldn’t believe how dirty it was. There was animal hair with dust and a lot. I’m so happy. whether it’s on the filter and not in my house or worse yet in my lungs! “
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The Afloia Gala air purifier cleans spaces up to 600 square feet, making it ideal for living rooms and bedrooms. This machine is equipped with a HEPA filter to remove up to 99.97% of allergens, smoke, pollen, odors, dust and mold that lurk in your air. It even has a night light function, in case you want help seeing in the dark.
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This is one of the best Black Friday deals on air purifiers. At present, you can mark the Germ Guardian Genuine HEPA Filter Air Purifier for an impressive 50 percent off. This filter easily attacks germs, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns in the air, and even uses UV light -C to kill airborne viruses lurking in your air. An activated carbon filter also helps remove unwanted odors.
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MiG-31: Russia has given a boost to its combat capability by modernizing the Foxhound or MiG-31 fighter plane. The development comes shortly after Moscow unveiled a “Checkmate” medium fighter jet while projecting it as a game changer, and signed an agreement with China to develop a heavy lift helicopter.
Earlier this year, two Russian MiG-31 interceptors flew over the North Pole, marking a milestone for the country’s navy.
The MiG-31 Foxhound set several world records. It reached an absolute maximum altitude of 37,650 meters in 1977 and set a record of 35,000 meters in 4 minutes and 11.78 seconds, both set by famous MiG test pilot Alexander Fedotov.
Needless to say, Russia has made constant efforts to modernize its air power and the MiG-31 upgrade is the latest effort in that direction.
The country is currently testing the improved MiG-31 fighter-interceptor with an electric flight control system, officials at the Sokol aircraft factory told Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko during his visit. in the facility on November 25.
Krivoruchko inspected the unit’s production capabilities and checked the pace of repair and upgrade work on MiG-31 fighters. He also held a meeting on the completion of the defense procurement plan, as part of his working trip to the Volga region.
“There is an option to upgrade this aircraft where we go from the mechanical control system to the electric flight control system, resulting in a multitude of computers mounted on the aircraft,” said Sokol Aviation Enterprise.
The hunter’s on-board equipment will be completely replaced; The fighter aircraft will also be examined for defects to replace corrosion parts which could represent 15 to 50 percent of the total weight. The hunter’s canopy, as well as all wiring and rubber parts, will be completely overhauled.
Sokol’s main task is now to carry out substantial repairs to the MiG-31 fighter-interceptor, as well as a heavy upgrade to the MiG-31BM level, which has been underway since 2007.
The modification of the MiG-31 high altitude fighter-interceptors will improve the efficiency of their operations, in particular by protecting Russia’s northern borders against the backdrop of growing interest from other countries in the Northern Sea Route, a said Major General Vladimir Popov, a senior military pilot and defense expert.
As tensions between Russia and NATO countries increase in the region and as Moscow announces that its radars have intercepted some 40 spy planes and drones in about a week of tension, the announcement comes at the right time.
In March of this year, two Russian high-altitude MiG-31 Foxhound supersonic interceptor planes flew over the North Pole, marking a milestone for the country’s navy.
MiG-31 in the Russian fleet
Launched in 1981, the MiG-31 is a two-seater long-range supersonic interceptor aircraft. Day or night, the MiG-31 can perform well in any weather situation while complying with visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight regulations (IFR). The MiG-31 was the first Soviet fighter jet to be able to look down and shoot down.
In July 2020, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed its intention to invest in a program to modernize and extend the life of the MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor. The MiG-31 has a streamlined and aerodynamic fuselage that allows it to fly at high speed and at low altitude. The aircraft is designed to track multiple high altitude targets at the same time.
One of the most powerful variants of the MiG-31 is the MiG-31BM. It is a multi-functional, long-range, high-speed fighter aircraft capable of killing both air and ground targets.
Upgraded avionics, manual throttle and stick controls (HOTAS), color liquid crystal multifunction displays (MFDs), a rugged on-board computer system, digital data links and phased radar are all included in the variant. It has the ability to intercept 24 targets at a time.
The MiG-31 is equipped with four Vympel R-33E long-range air-to-air missiles. The R-33 can be launched in inertial navigation mode to shoot the target at long range.
For initial acquisition and mid-term updates, it can be steered in semi-active radar (SARH) mode. The Cold War era warplane was designed to take out huge, fast targets like the American SR-71 Blackbird, B-1 Lancer Bomber, and B-52 Stratofortress.
The aircraft is also equipped with four R-60MK short-range missiles and two Bisnovat R-40TD1 medium-range missiles. A 30mm six-gun internal cannon (Ghs-6-23M) is installed above the starboard main landing gear bay of the aircraft. The barrel holds 800 rounds and can fire at a rate of over 10,000 rounds per minute.
The MiG-31BM can accommodate the AA-12 Adder missile and various Russian air-to-surface missiles (AGMs) such as the AS-17 Krypton anti-radiation missile (ARM).
The Zaslon N007 electronic scanning radar on board the MiG-31 is the world’s first electronic scanning radar. It is also known as SBI-16 Zaslon (Flash Dance) and it is controlled by a Weapons System Officer (WSO) from the aft cockpit. Early warning radar (EWR) and air traffic control and warning systems can send signals to it (AWACS).
Zaslon can scan a distance of 200 kilometers. The radar can track 10 targets and engage four of them at a time in the immediate vicinity of the aircraft (behind and under the aircraft).
According to a count, there are 252 MiG-31s in the inventory of the Russian Air Force. Moscow began modernizing its Foxhound fleet to the MiG-31BM and BSM variants from 2010 with plans to upgrade 100 by 2020.
The 35-year-old MiG-31 is expected to serve until 2030. Moscow says the MiG-41 or PAK-DP, a dedicated “Mach 4” interceptor, will be developed to replace the Foxhound in the air defense role.
This is puzzling, given that the Kremlin has so far only funded the manufacture of 10 advanced PAK-FA stealth planes, which begs the question of whether it can afford to deploy a platform as well. much more specialized.
How will the upgraded MiG-31s help you?
The combat effectiveness of the MiG-31 fighter-interceptors will be tripled after substantial repairs and upgrades, says Sokol.
“In the meantime, the upgrade, in which the on-board radio-electronic equipment is completely replaced with cutting-edge technology, plans to use the latest air-launched weapons, which will increase the aircraft’s combat efficiency. about three times, ”Sokol management said.
The MiG-31 is one of the most widely deployed fighter jets in Russia, with several hundred more in reserve.
According to Aleksandr Osokin, chief designer at the Sokol aircraft factory, where MiG-31s are repaired, the new variants of the Foxhound are around 2.6 times more efficient than the original Cold War planes.
The aircraft was intended to intercept not only all types of enemy aircraft, from bombers and observation aircraft to fighters and airborne early warning aircraft, but also missiles, with the aircraft being particularly capable of intercepting low-altitude cruise missiles.
Now, with the latest upgrade, the capacity is expected to increase dramatically. Fly-by-wire systems are computer controlled. The “hands-on” design allows pilots to have a clear and tactile idea of how the aircraft handles aerodynamic forces as it flies. This will improve combat power by limiting the number of manual controls the pilot must otherwise perform.
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The Bissell Robot Broom Vacuum is the only smart home cleaning gadget you’ll need this holiday season and beyond. Whether you’re getting ready to entertain the family or cleaning up after your pets, your entire home is covered with 130 minutes of battery life. Oh, and reviews confirm it’s really quiet, which means you can work, watch TV, and spend some quality family time while it’s happening, with no distractions.
In vacuum mode, the robot has an impressive suction power of 1500 Pa to remove dirt, hair, dust bunnies, etc. It is designed with two edge brushes to remove forgotten messes in corners and along walls. You’ll also love that the internal brush roll loosens debris on tile, hardwood floors,and low pile carpet.
When you’re ready to wipe down, simply swap the dry cleaning tank system to the wet cleaning tank system, fill it with cleaning solution, and press Start (on the device or on your phone). The wet tank system uses two machine washable mop pads that easily scrub and polish sticky and muddy messes. It even has a smart sensor that prevents it from going on the carpet, so you won’t have wet carpets for hours.
Whether you are mopping or vacuuming, the Bissell SpinWave cleans your floors in rows, so there won’t be missing a stain. Plus, unlike older robot vacuums, this one has a cliff detection sensor to prevent it from falling down stairs. And when the cleaning is done, it heads to the docking station to recharge.
“Whether the cat has knocked over a plant or I just need to sweep all animal hair around the house daily, this thing is my favorite buy from the past. several yearsOne Amazon buyer wrote. He’s a treasured member of the family now, and we’ve dubbed him Mr. Clean. “
“We love this robot vacuum! Another wrote. “Rotating skates are a game-changer for Actually clean floors, as opposed to a pad spreading over the floor. We love the mop to avoid carpets and rugs, and there’s nothing better than put down and forget. You can also set a cleaning schedule if you want it to clean at a certain time, and the app is super easy to use! We already love our Bissell Cordless Mop, but it’s another product we can take advantage of that we don’t have to think about. “
Architecture studio OMA has completed the first phase of transforming a U.S. Postal Service building into a multi-purpose destination in downtown Houston.
POST Houston’s public spaces opened on November 13, 2021 in a 500,000 square foot (46,450 square meters) concrete mail sorting warehouse and office building, which was used by USPS until 2015.
The massive structure was built in 1962 by Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson – the company behind the city of Texas’ Astrodome sports arena – on the site of what was once Houston’s Grand Central Station.
Led by partner Jason Long, OMA’s New York studio planned the adaptive reuse project and designed a series of spatial and structural interventions in the old warehouse.
To connect the 16-acre site to the downtown business and theater districts, the team created a series of routes to the building that continue inside as voids.
“As farmers working on concrete ground, we raked a series of horizontal lanes in and through,” OMA said.
These cut-out sections serve as large atriums that bring light into the deep floors of the building.
Named X, O and Z, the atriums also organize the ground floor into cultural and commercial areas, a food market and collaborative workspaces.
“By cutting into the building and drawing people in and through, we aim to fit different programs into every nook and cranny – from weddings next to food halls next to concerts next to new ways of working – and to make Houston a sight that reveals the city’s radical ambition, ”Long said.
Each atrium contains a “monumental” staircase that leads to the offices through the upper level and a six-acre rooftop park.
The stairs are distinct in shape, structure and materiality, but all three are intended to encourage interaction between visitors.
The former, wrapped in weather-resistant steel, incorporates bleacher-style seating in its sloping flights that connect a series of mezzanine platforms.
Vertical light bars surround the white shape of the second staircase, which winds in a double helix around an elevator shaft.
The third features concrete steps with green bottom brackets, arranged in pairs of symmetrical dogleg flights to create two X-shaped front views.
“Their paths are doubled, intertwined and extended to provide not only paths to the roof, but accidental meeting places – each is an instrument for bringing people together,” OMA said.
A fourth void inserted in the east wing forms a concert hall with a capacity of 5,500 people called 713 Music Hall.
The structural intervention allows for column-free reach across the overall flat assembly area, while multi-level seats are suspended above it.
On the rooftop, which offers impressive views over the downtown skyline, there are two additional restaurants and an urban farm, as well as additional performance areas, shady gardens, and recreation areas.
OMA New York also recently completed work on the new design galleries of the renovated Denver Art Museum and the extension of a Jewish temple in Los Angeles.
Photography is by Leonid Furmansky, unless otherwise noted.