"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.”
LET THE RECLADDING BEGIN
Construction for the transformation of Brookfield’s Five Manhattan West—450 W. 33rd—has begun with the East façade. The 1,500,000 sf building near New York’s Highline will have a drastically new façade and new lobbies by the end of 2016.
JOSHUA PRINCE-RAMUS WILL DELIVER MCHAP LECTURE AT IIT
Joshua Prince-Ramus, Partner in Charge of the MCHAP Finalist Seattle Central Library, will deliver the MCHAP Lecture at IIT on Wednesday April 1st at 6.30 p.m. in S. R. Crown Hall as part of the Spring 2015 Dean’s Lecture Series.
DEMOLITION STARTING ON FIVE MANHATTAN WEST
Tishman has begun interior demolition of this 1,500,000 sf brutalist building on the edge of the High Line. The façade’s precast panels are expected to come down at the end of January and REX’s brand new envelope will start erection in the Spring. The total project, which includes lobbies renovations, will be completed in 2018.
REX is pleased to present our finalist “malleable strategy” for the Calgary New Central Library. Six typological clusters, a central learning commons, and a plinth drawn from the library’s organizational DNA provide tailored adaptability and serendipitous wayfinding, and free the librarians to become curators. With an open and public central core, the library takes on the urban and intellectual role of Public Lighthouse, emphasized further in its sitting at a nexus of the city’s major pathways.
REX IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR DESIGN FOR THE CALVIN KLEIN VOYEUR HOUSE
Calvin Klein celebrated the growth of its presence in Asia with a Calvin Klein Live event in Singapore. For the party, REX created a temporary house in a hangar on the abandoned Kallang Airport. The house was occupied by thirty models wearing the brand’s four collections (CK Collection, Platinum, Jeans, and Underwear), each in its own distinct room.
JOSHUA PRINCE-RAMUS TO LECTURE AT HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Joshua Prince-Ramus will lecture at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Inaugural Challenge Conference on Friday November 7th, 10:15 am (panel session at 11:45) at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
The Challenge Conference convenes visionaries from diverse disciplines to articulate the global environmental challenge of climate change and new strategies for sustainable building and city planning.
REX WINS AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AWARD FOR 2014
REX is pleased to announce that Yongsan International Business District “Project R6” has received the The American Architecture Award for 2014 from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.
REX SHORTLISTED FOR U.S. OLYMPIC MUSEUM
Colorado Springs, Colorado
We are excited to announce that REX is one of five offices shortlisted for The U.S. Olympic Museum! Situated on 2.5 acres in beautiful Colorado Springs, the 60,000 sf museum aims to embody the values and spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Selection of the winning office is anticipated in summer 2014.
WYLY THEATRE & SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY NOMINATED FOR THE INAUGURAL MIES CROWN HALL AMERICAS PRIZE
REX is honored to announce that both The Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre and the Seattle Central Library have been nominated for the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). The Americas’ correlate to the biannual “Mies Prize” in Europe, the first MCHAP will honor the best architectural work in the Americas completed from 2000 to 2013. In the future, the award will honor the best architectural work completed in the preceding two years.
"[The Americas Prize] will honor those projects that consider how we might elevate the quality of our built environments by extending our interests beyond the proverbial four walls. It will endorse those who acknowledge the interdisciplinary nature of our new ventures. Above all, it will recognize those who have invested their work with the mystery and power of human imagination. The objective is to reward the daring contemplation of the intersection of the new metropolis and human ecology."
JOSHUA PRINCE-RAMUS TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS
New York, New York
April 24, 2014
Joshua will be giving the keynote address at this years Facades + Performance Conference in New York City. More information about the event can be seen here.
MEDIA HEADQUARTERS BUILDINGS
REX is pleased to release our Media Headquarters Buildings design. The 240,200 m² (2,600,000 sf) design for sister media companies features offices, studios, and common facilities (agora, amphitheater, auditorium, café, canteen, employee lounge, executive lounge, fine dining, gallery, health club, majlis, and theater).
Both sides of each tower incorporate 14.5 m (47.5 ft) diameter, retractable sunshades to shield the headquarters from the unrelenting Middle Eastern sun. The geometry and overlap of the sunshades reference a traditional Arab Mashrabiya pattern, meeting the media companies’ shared desire for infusing the buildings with local iconography.
The project has been nominated for an AZ People's Choice Award in the Unbuilt Competitions category! Click here to vote (you must register first).
CALVIN KLEIN CONCEPT HOUSE SINGAPORE
April 10, 2014
REX is honored to announce that together with Calvin Klein we have designed and constructed a special architectural installation, situated inside an abandoned hangar at the former Kallang Airport in Singapore—a Concept House for Calvin Klein. The House will be the centerpiece of an event held this Friday, 11 April 2014 celebrating Calvin Klein’s rapid growth in the region. The structure—which “mingles the modernist sophistication befitting a Calvin Klein home with a little architectural disobedience and a touch of voyeurism”—will feature thirty models sporting the various collections and pieces from the home collection on display. Each label will have its own distinct space in the house.
REX WINS MERCEDES-BENZ CAMPUS EXTENSION AND FUTURE CENTER
January 31, 2014
REX is pleased to announce that we have won the international competition to expand the Mercedes-Benz World in Stuttgart Germany, including design of the new Mercedes-Benz Future Center—a showcase of the brand’s near and far future visions. The invited competition—launched in the summer of 2012—initially included 8 firms from around the world. In early 2013, the 18-member jury invited 3 firms to revise and optimize their proposals, an effort concluding with REX’s selection on 31 January 2014. The Mercedes-Benz World, opened on May 19, 2006, currently consists of the Mercedes-Benz Museum (displaying the brand’s past) and the Mercedes-Benz Center (displaying the brand’s present). With the inclusion of REX’s design for the Mercedes-Benz Future Center and other campus facilities, the Mercedes-Benz World will form a global epicenter for experiencing the past, present, and future of the brand, the automobile, and mobility in general.
JOSHUA PRINCE-RAMUS TO LECTURE AT UNC CHARLOTTE
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
UNC Charlotte College of Arts & Architecture welcomes Joshua Prince-Ramus to present REX's recent work on April 3, 2014. More information on the event can be found here.
REX/FRONT PRESENT CONCEPT DESIGN FOR SURYA
We are pleased to release our concept design for Surya, a 400-foot tall, dynamic, sun-responsive installation shading the Nasher Sculpture Gallery in the Dallas Arts District. Click here to see the complete project description.
REX is pleased to unveil Equator Tower. The 80-story, 173,000 m² (1,860,000 sf) tower is comprised of offices and related amenities, including auditoria, bar, banquet halls, cafeterias, executive clubs, gift shop, meeting rooms, prayer halls, restaurants, retail, and sky terraces, and is wrapped in an external, retractable sun shade. Click here to see the complete project narrative.
REX is pleased to unveil The Necklace Residence, our competition-winning design for a 35,500 sf private estate. Click here to see the full design narrative.
REX SHORTLISTED FOR RENOVATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL LIBRARY
REX has been shortlisted for the renovation and expansion of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. This landmark building is Mies van der Rohe's only library project and serves as the central library for the DC Public Library system.
REX SHORTLISTED FOR NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY OF CALGARY
Calgary, AB, Canada
REX is honored to announce that we have been shortlisted for the New Central Library of Calgary, Alberta. This 286,000-sf landmark building will be a gateway to the new East Village development in Calgary, and will serve as a multi-faceted family destination and gathering place for the city.
JOSHUA PRINCE-RAMUS LECTURES IN TASMANIA
Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania
The Tasmania chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects has invited Joshua Prince-Ramus to present REX's work at two lectures. Joshua will speak in Hobart on July 18 and in Launceston on July 19. More information on the event can be found here.
REX FEATURED IN LEGO ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
REX has been included in Architecture Studio, a new product from LEGO, designed to explore architectural concept through their iconic building blocks. LEGO enthusiasts can learn REX's design methodology for projects such as Museum Plaza, the Wyly Theatre, and the Yongsan International Business District 'R6' tower.
REX SHORTLISTED FOR ACADEMY OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES AND PERFORMING ARTS
REX, with Australian-based TERROIR, is one of 4 teams shortlisted for the Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts (ACIPA) for the University of Tasmania in Hobart.
REX RECEIVES SECOND PRIZE IN THE LOW2NO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION SPONSORED BY SITRA, THE FINNISH INNOVATION FUND
JOSHUA PRINCE-RAMUS HEADLINING CELEBRATE ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL
Baton Rouge, LA
Joshua Prince-Ramus will headline the Celebrate Architecture festival presented by AIA Louisiana, with a lecture at the Manship Theatre at The Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge on April 5, 2013. More information on the event can be found here.
JOSHUA-PRINCE RAMUS DELIVERING KEYNOTE AT PREMIERE NORTHWEST 2013
Joshua Prince-Ramus will deliver the keynote lecture, Critical Naiveté, at the Seattle Design Center on Wednesday, May 08, as part of the Premiere Northwest 2013 festival.