liberal reenactment of phone call to VSBA office:
"What's the address of the Nurse's office in Ambler?"
"Hold on, please."
"Mr. Venturi said it's better now to just look at the pictures."
Went to Ambler, found the building, and took my own pictures (of the current condition) anyway.
Venturi and Short, Headquarters for the North Penn Visiting Nurses' Association (Ambler, PA: 1960-63).
Noticed today that the Headquarters for the North Penn Visiting Nurses' Association and Mitchell/Giurgola's Administration Building, Academy of the New Church were both built in 1963.
A schematic design of the Giurgola building was featured within the Progressive Architecture "The Philadelphia School" article (1961), and the Nurses's Headquarters is essentially Venturi's first constucted building. What's interesting now, however, is that both buildings share distinct commonalities that I never noticed before. There is the 'zoot' (the 45 degree angled wall) adjacent both entrances, as well as a arch over the doors. Plus, Venturi's play with window scale on the side wall seems to be a riff off of Giurgola's side wall.
The Koolhaas/OMA use of the Ichnographia Campus Martius as 'floor paper' (not wall paper) occurs in several project, but the one project (that I know of at least) where the usage went from schematics through to execution is the plinth of the CCTV Headquarters.
The ICM 'floor paper' usage still occasionally occurs in more recent projects as well. And there's a little more 'background' on the subject here.
Archinect's critical round-up for the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum
Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans
Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building."
Who's work are you currently interested in?
Are diagrams in architecture bullshit and ditto for process?
Why are people so fascinated with classical architecture?
The Vanna Venturi House is for sale
Hole, no: Archinect's comparison of exterior facades
3312g 3312h 3312i
Architecture of Decadence
In the future, everything will be a museum.
Herzog & de Meuron's concept for new Vancouver Art Gallery released
A good example of art about architecture