The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia recently honored KieranTimberlake's studio at 841 North American Street with a Grand Jury Award. This award recognizes projects that contribute to the Philadelphia area's unique character and architectural identity by focusing on the restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, or by incorporating sympathetic additions or new constructions to valued historic resources. Alongside projects such as the John Bartram House in Bartram's Gardens, the University of Pennyslvania's Pennovation Center, and the Walnut Lane Bridge, KieranTimberlake was honored for our commitment to creative and adaptive reuse during our transformation of the former Ortlieb's Brewing Company's Bottling House into our current studio space, which includes a fabrication lab and prototyping shop in the former loading dock.
To read more about the award, or to see a full list of award winners, click here.
KieranTimberlake is home to a curious bunch that finds inspiration in unlikely places. In anticipation of the fast-approaching summer season, we asked our designers to tell us about their architectural must-reads. Whether you're reading on the beach or in a crowded train car, these staff suggestions are sure to stir up your summer:
Tally®, a Revit®-integrated Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) application developed in-house by KT Innovations, recently released a Submission Guide to help its users earn LEED v4 credits. The Submission Guide is a free resource that gives Tally users step-by-step instructions to help them document and submit for the LEED v4 Building Life Cycle Impact Reduction Credit, Option 4. Through this credit, users can earn up to five points for reducing the environmental impacts a building's materials and processes over its full life cycle.
To learn more about Tally, or to download the free Submission Guide, clickhere.
At KieranTimberlake, we use several mediums at one time to develop our designs. That means it's important for us to move between sketches, computer models, and physical prototypes with ease. We also want our entire team, including experts and non-experts alike, to engage with our digital models in order to derive insight from what they see and contribute to the design process. One of the tools we've tested to achieve this ideal collaboration and integration is Modelo, a web-based application for presenting 3D and virtual reality models. The results have been so positive that when the company asked us to share our experience with their product in a video, we were happy to oblige.
To learn more about some of the other technologies we use in our design process, clickhere.
The US Embassy in London was recently featured on the art and design website Artsy. Listed alongside such striking works as the Ghana National Museum of Slavery and Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Image and Sound, the embassy was named cited as one of the buildings that will “define architecture in 2017.” Writer Anna Kats praises the embassy's unique and transparent polymer-clad cube exterior that “rejects the fortress-like designs of so many other American embassies,” noting that this design results in a building that “interacts with and is semipermeable to the densely populated surrounding neighborhood while maintaining the necessary standards of high security.”
Did you know that the average low-income American can only afford to spend $5.20 on food per day? This past year, KieranTimberlake partnered with local hunger relief organization Philabundance to develop an app, called CAN-opy, that generated awareness and donations through a game that challenges users to create a balanced meal with just $5.20. In total we've raised over $10,000, but we want you to help us raise even more. Starting today, if you play our game and donate, KieranTimberlake will match your gift, up to $25,000.
Mars City Facility Ops Challenge students will use virtual reality to simulate life on Mars. Click the video above for a brief tour of Mars City's Mission Control.
As part of KieranTimberlake's commitment to dedicate 1% of its time to community service and engagement, the Community Involvement group collaborates with nonprofit organizations on pro-bono projects of various scales. In this Report from the Studio, Community Involvement members Fátima Olivieri and Efrie Friedlander discuss their work on Mars City.
As part of KieranTimberlake's commitment to dedicate 1% of its time to community service and engagement, the Community Involvement group collaborates with nonprofit organizations on pro-bono projects of various scales. In this Report from the Studio, Community Involvement member Theresa Starrs discusses the group's involvement with Spark.
This past December, a new documentary examining the work of late architectural legend Eero Saarinen aired in the American Masters series on PBS. KieranTimberlake was proud to sponsor the production of this exciting film. Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future examines some of Saarinen's most iconic work, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Terminal in New York City, and the David S. Ingalls Rink in New Haven. Having completed the renovation and expansion of Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges which were among Saarinen's last works, KieranTimberlake is doubly inspired by this film.
A story about KieranTimberlake's design for a new multi-use building for New York University recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal's real estate section. In the piece, “NYU Expansion Aims to Make School More Inclusive,” reporter Josh Barbanel describes the design for 181 Mercer, a new 735,000-square-foot building that was unveiled to the University community on December 8, 2016. He outlines the history of the site and how the building meets NYU's mission, highlighting the ways in which the building ties itself to the surrounding community. In addition to a glass facade that visually links the building and neighborhood, 181 Mercer's footprint was shifted in order to create a landscaped pedestrian walkway through the block, bringing connectivity and life to a previously dark and gloomy landscape.