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Bregman + Hamann Architects is working with Studio Daniel Libeskind in joint venture partnership on the Royal Ontario Museum's ambitious $270 million transformation project which will ensure its vital growth and development locally, nationally and globally. Libeskind's sculptural Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition transforms the ROM experience, creating a new landmark entrance along Bloor Street and providing dynamic gallery space. Renaissance ROM creates bold new architecture, retrieves the best of the historic architecture, and improves visitor circulation and public amenities. It will result in more than 388,000 square feet of new and renovated gallery and public space overall. Ten renovated galleries opened in the historic buildings on December 26, 2005; the architectural opening of the Lee-Chin Crystal took place on June 2, 2007, and ten more renovated galleries will open in the historic buildings by early 2009.




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The commission to expand and renovate the Natick Mall in Massachusetts, one of the first enclosed shopping centers built east of the Mississippi River, presented Beyer Blinder Belle with the opportunity to reinvigorate this building type with a new energy. The architects’ approach to remaking this drab suburban mall was to introduce a high standard of design typically found in upscale urban shopping environments. The architects covered the existing mall with a luminous undulating clerestory that runs the length of the building and introduced fine art and high end finishes like wood floors and porcelain tiles throughout. This upscale upgrade together with the developer’s decision to bring in tony retailers like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s and Neiman Marcus is intended to draw shoppers who typically shop in major metropolitan areas to the suburbs. In addition to the 500,000 square foot renovation and expansion of the mall, the redevelopment of the 60- acre site calls for a luxury residential condominium building, an outdoor lifestyle center, parking area and a future luxury hotel. The project opened to the public in September ‘07.





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UK based Zaha Hadid’s new civil courts building in Madrid is set to become the focal point of the new urban complex which includes designs from fellow UK architects Foster + Partners. So as to create a better collective experience, the design for the Civil Courts of Justice inserts public space in its core - integrating it by connecting it with the campus’s public circulation. As a result, the Civil Court of Justice design shifts from being a component of the overall system to becoming its pivoting point, helping to organise the entire urban masterplan complex. The envelope of the 74,500sqm building is composed of a double-ventilated façade. The exterior layer of the facade is composed of metallic panels which respond to environmental and program conditions. These panels shift from open to closed and from flat to extended depending on the circumstances affecting them. It is also envisaged for the metallic panels on the rooftop incorporate photovoltaic cells. Inside the building, a spiralling semi-circular atrium is developed around the courtyard where all public space evolves. The project is due for completion in 2010




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