“David M. Rubenstein, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, today announced an additional $40 million in gifts for the Kennedy Center expansion project, including a significant leadership pledge from Michael and Noémi Neidorff and the Centene Charitable Foundation. Mr. Neidorff and David Rubenstein serve as co-chairs of the expansion project’s capital campaign. With these new commitments and the initial $50 million pledge from Mr. Rubenstein, $90 million has been raised for the Kennedy Center’s $125 million campaign. As previously announced, the design and construction costs for the expansion project will be paid for entirely with private funds.
The Kennedy Center’s expansion project will be constructed south of the existing facility and will include rehearsal space as well as dedicated classroom space and multipurpose rooms for the Center’s extensive arts education programs. Public access spaces will include gardens which will fuse the Kennedy Center with the landscape and river and an outdoor video wall upon which simulcast performances and other multimedia events may be projected. The exteriors will utilize translucent Okalux, glass, and Carrara marble, the same Italian marble which clads the original facility.
The expansion is being designed by Steven Holl and senior partner Chris McVoy of Steven Holl Architects of New York in partnership with BNIM Architects of Kansas City. The expansion is currently in design development and groundbreaking is expected in late 2014. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.”
Georgia and Missouri Avenues NW (5929 Georgia Ave, NW)
Last week we learned DC’s first two Walmarts would be opening on Dec. 4th. While we have seen the one on H Street, above you can see how the Georgia Ave building is looking. Like the way it turned out?
Thanks to a reader for sending the photo above:
“Seems like a lot of finishing touches are needed, but the sign is up and and the site is buzzing with activity.”
“The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G Street NW, will have a major renovation and overhaul to meet the current and future needs of D.C. residents. Forty years after opening its doors, DC Public Library is now in the initial phase of exploring what’s possible for this historic building, and what makes a spectacular central library.
The renovated library will have books and other library materials and services for children, teens and adults including seniors and people with disabilities. The library will have space for meetings and events and will feature the latest technology. It will continue to have space devoted to D.C. history, including D.C. African American history.
As part of the design process, the Library is asking residents to share what combination of services, activities and technologies they would like to see in their new central library.
“On September 23rd, CSIS moved into its new headquarters at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, D.C. CSIS’ new home is designed to be the premier destination for global dialogue and the development of strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions.
Our new headquarters is a catalyst for the future—a premier destination that facilitates the union of intellect and opportunity. Behind the striking stone and glass façade, are a world-class, two-story conference space; multiple visitor and staff meeting rooms; modern, flexible office space to support our growing staff; and state-of-the-art electronics and audiovisual facilities. The building’s design and construction was guided by the latest green principles as we seek a LEED Platinum Certification.”
Blurbs from the ‘Burbs is written by Arlington resident Jeff Zeeman. Jeff previously wrote about the Lake Barcroft Community
This month’s Blurbs from the Burbs is courtesy of my wife Reina: Just down the road from the home of the man who built our country is a home designed by one who built for our country. George Washington might have established our lives as Americans, but Frank Lloyd Wright understood how Americans wanted to live.
Pass Mount Vernon on Richmond Highway in Alexandria to get to the Pope-Leighey House, a Frank Lloyd Wright home dating back to 1940. The house was originally located in Falls Church and was later moved to the site of Woodlawn, the plantation of Washington’s niece and nephew.
The home is a must-see, not for its spectacular nature like Wright’s Falling Water house, but for its livability and genius as a place that all modern folks (with shopping trips to Ikea and even Design Within Reach) are trying to emulate. The house revels in dual purpose, from the planter outside the kitchen window at arm’s length to grab herbs while cooking, to the compressed carport meant to highlight the vastness of the open living room.
The Pope-Leighey House was not built by someone rich — Mr. Pope was forced to borrow $8,000 from his employer, because the bank felt that a Wright house was too risky. And the house contains only two bedrooms plus a den, but therein lies its appeal. The Pope-Leighey House is especially worth a visit if you want to see how things used to be built for Americans; and then compare it to how we live now.
The current building, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, was constructed in 1893 under the direction of Alexander Graham Bell to serve as a center of information for deaf and hard of hearing persons. Bell, best known for receiving the first telephone patent in 1876, was also a prominent figure of his generation in the education of the deaf. His grandfather, father and elder brother were teachers of speech and the younger Bell worked with them.
Thanks to a reader for sending this petition – Georgetown University: Solicit new architects’ drawings for the new ‘Northeast Triangle’ dorm:
On July 2, 2013, Georgetown University revealed its plans for a new dorm on campus, across from the last patch of green space opposite Reiss, tenatively dubbed ‘Northeast Triangle’. The plans were developed by Boston-based Sasaki Associates, whose past experience includes developing residence halls at UC Riverside, Purdue University, and California State Polytechnic University.
Students and alumni were unanimous in their opposition to the uninspired, Eastern Bloc-like proposal, completely incongruous with Georgetown’s rich architectural heritage, in addition to taking up one of the last remaining green spaces on campus. The Old Georgetown Board agreed, asking for the University to go back to the drawing board and produce alternatives for the next board meeting in September. (more…)
I took this photo about a week ago and just don’t see how this is normal — see how crooked the beam that connects the first floor to the ground is? Doesn’t seem like something that can be fixed after the top floors are finished and I was really hoping to take advantage of the Trader Joe’s that’s going in there.”
Can engineers out there explain the slanted beam? It’s designed to support more weight?
Be Civilized – Be Urban Installation and Exhibit at Filter Coffeehouse, Washington DC, through September 2013 Architect: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture Design Team: John Burke, Jon Grinham, Todd Ray, Sophia Zelov Location: Filter Coffeehouse, 1916 I Street, NW, Washington DC.
Taking Dr. Spiro Kostof’s dictum “To be civilized is to be urban” as inspiration, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture has launched the first in a series of installations and exhibits with which it hopes to challenge urban norms and encourage non-standard thinking and discourse on our city and beyond. Be Civilized – Be Urban is on display at Filter Coffeehouse at 1916 I Street, NW through the end of September, 2013.
This installation focuses on Studio Twenty Seven’s research concerning Washington DC’s most urbanistically fraught administrative quadrant, Southwest. A neighborhood in its own right, Southwest is markedly different from the rest of Washington DC, a difference that can be attributed almost completely to the rise of the District’s commuter culture.
Southwest is bound by federal and civic infrastructure and the Eisenhower era highways that were built to provide easy access to the core for the 20th Century’s newly suburbanized workers. Isolated in this way, the quadrant was further marked by one of the nation’s most concerted federal efforts at urban renewal. National policies that encouraged suburbanization also spurred urban divestment, and the built result of this cycle, along with decades of attempted remediation, are writ large in Southwest. (more…)