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  1. #46

    Default Part One - The M. Palladino Effect on Meier & Partners - San Jose City Hall Interiors

    San Jose City Hall Interiors

    The Rotunda - aka R2D2 - has slowly become the favourite place to hold weddings. Unlike the exterior, the interior is still in basic white, Meier's preferred backdrop, and then there are those lovely, swirling staircases, that he often employs. Why not have one-stop shopping - get your licence in city hall's Tower, then go back and have a wedding in city hall's Rotunda ... sounds simple enough.

    Rotunda Wedding

    Bride and Maid of Honour

    Courtesy flickr / lilszeto

    Father of Bride and Bride

    Courtesy flickr / lilszeto


    Main Floor

    Courtesy flickr / ken mccown

    Looking through Rotunda Dome toward the Tower

    Courtesy flickr / Jimmy · Lin

    Inside the Tower

    Mayor's Office
    Overlooking the City

    Courtesy flickr / Jimmy · Lin

    Left: "Looking down the gap between
    the screen and the main floors of the Tower"

    Right: "Looking down the Main Walkway
    from the Tower to the Auditorium"

    Courtesy flickr / ken mccown

    Last edited by Zephyr; December 25th, 2008 at 08:59 AM.

  2. #47

    Default Part Two - The M. Palladino Effect on Meier & Partners - Proposed Mandeville Place

    Part Two

    "The Michael Palladino Effect"
    on Richard Meier & Partners

    Mandeville Place in Philadelphia (Proposed)

    When a singular Architect becomes important enough to get larger and more complex commissions based on his style and consistency, he or she must consider the implication of staffing that would not dilute the result.

    The Getty Center was just such a project for Richard Meier. On the one hand, it could have thrust him to the pinnacle of his profession, but it could also be premature and too difficult to do, given his smaller-scale. In hindsight, his decisions, his focus, and his results for Getty, were such a tour de force, he was awarded Architecture’s highest Award for lifetime achievement, at what is relatively speaking a young age for an Architect. That award was given by the Chicago-based family that owned the Hyatt hotel chain – the Pritzkers. And there was no doubt that Richard Meier had made the grade.

    One of his most important decisions in expanding his staff during this period was a late hire - Michael Palladino. Mr. Palladino was a brillant designer but also a driving organising element to the Partnership out West. He was indeed a critical part of the Getty project, where much deference was paid to Meier's ideas. He rose relatively swiftly thereafter to the level of Partner in 1985, and he went from background roles on major projects to frontline status as co-lead.

    Courtesy Bedrock Group

    Note the picture of Getty Center
    in the background

    Palladino's forte was actually skyscrapers, and Meier seldom did skyscrapers. Eventually, however, skyscrapers would come to this firm. Meier depended on Partners such as Palladino, to advise and contribute. But their particular relationship was not a simple one. Clearly, San Jose City Hall was different for Meier, and Michael Pallandino was answering many of the detailed questions on design, rather than Meier. Mandeville Place, a proposed skyscraper for Philadelphia near the end of the San Jose City Hall project, seem to push Palladino back into a lesser role, since this time the building looked more like Meier, and less like something that Palladino would do. Specifically, this building was more planar, white, and contained all the details that one associates with Meier - gone were the rough finishes. and bolted on elements in the exterior. There was nothing wrong with these design differences, except they did not look like the brand that Meier spent so many years in defining.

    I would argue that there was still a "Palladino effect" in the building. This side of the effect was more structural and subtle. The San Jose project had set the stage for this in the way the building was layered, and the elevator/lift moved to one side. This Philadelphia proposal was more invisible on the outside, but reflected in many internal details all the way down to its intriguing base. In fact, that base actually made the thin structure possible - and it came from Palladino's own research, tied firmly to Meier's more familiar, signature look.

    - Zephyr

    Last edited by Zephyr; December 25th, 2008 at 09:02 AM.

  3. #48

    Default Part Two - The M. Palladino Effect on Meier - Mandeville's Exterior Renderings

    Mandeville Place
    Exterior Renderings

    Richard Meier & Partners’
    Mandeville Place
    Proposed 2004
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

    Located a few blocks west of Philadelphia's urban core, on the Schuylkill River, Mandeville Place is designed to offer an urban alternative to the suburban residence. The ultra-thin proportions andorientation of the 43-story tower contrast with a more predictable frontal massing in riverfront development. The east/west building axis is also responsive to urban view corridors from the center city to the river and park.

    With only one condominium unit occupying each floor, the broad north and south facades offer each residence 360-degree views to the city and river. The minimal west exposure limits sun control issues, and the facade ventilators allow natural ventilation at appropriate times of the year. The building finishes include architectural concrete, stainless steel panels, and clear glass.

    Richard Meier & Partners, Architects LLP
    Last edited by Zephyr; December 25th, 2008 at 09:03 AM.

  4. #49

    Default Part Two - The M. Palladino Effect on Meier - Mandeville's Interior Renderings

    Mandeville Place
    Interior Renderings

  5. #50

    Default Part Two - The M. Palladino Effect on Meier - Staged Videos

    Staged Videos

    of Meier / Palladino / Project Manager (PM)
    talking about
    Mandeville Place project


    • Video starts playing immediately, and will be complete when it fades to white (how appropriate with Meier ).

    • Sorry, but it is not uncommon for video to stop along the way, freezing on one frame as the data are buffering, then automatically resume after a brief or long wait, depending on Internet traffic.

    • If you wish to see other videos without this WNY interface, wait until video selected is complete, and then select a different line of interest and it will play, of course, within that frame.

    Richard Meier: “Great Site and a Great Project”

    To Access Video

    Courtesy Cornell Education

    Runtime Not Given

    Michael Palladino: Tall and Thin: Views, Design, Engineering

    To Access Video

    Runtime Not Given

    PM Jim Crawford: “Views - 360 Degrees of Opportunity”

    To Access Video

    Runtime Not Given

  6. #51


    Thanks for that.

    Mandeville Place is a clearly articulated architectural and structural expression of a rigorous formal parti. It sets a very high standard.

  7. #52

    Default On the Beach at Neugebauer House in Naples Florida - Overview Article

    Richard Meier & Partners

    Neugebauer House

    Naples, Florida

    Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners

    Located in a prestigious residential community on a one-and-a-half-acre waterfront site, this house spans the full width of its wedge-shaped plot to face southwest across Doubloon Bay. One approaches the house from a winding access road lined with royal palm trees. The entrance is across the front lawn. This expanse of grass is uninterrupted except for an orthogonal cluster of royal palms and a low opaque cylinder faced with bent panels. This drum discreetly encloses a two-car garage. Since the turf is reinforced throughout, cars and pedestrians are free to circulate across the greensward at will.

    Beyond, effectively concealing a view of the water, lies the horizontal front of the house itself, clad in two-foot by three-foot limestone slabs backed by concrete-frame and masonry construction. Pierced at regular intervals by vertical slot windows, this stone-faced facade conceals a wide, top-lit access corridor running the length of the house.

    The inhabited volume of the house lies under a large steel-frame butterfly roof cantilevered off steel-box stanchions at 15-foot centers. The inverted roof pitch provided an unexpected way to meet the local design code requiring a pitched roof and at the same time reinforces the house's orientation toward the water. The double-layered roof is finished with 2-foot by 3-foot square panels in pulverized composite stone; its soffit is finished in plaster. The stone paneling on the roof serves solely as a rain screen, with the water drained away beneath.

    Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners

    The roof is also integrated into an elaborate sun-screening system made up of one-inch-diameter aluminum tubes placed at two-inch center that screen the upper part of the oceanfront and span openings in the roof.

    The aluminum sub-framed curtain walls are made of hurricane resistant, 1 5/16"-thick laminated glass. The skylight glass is treated with a ceramic frit to provide additional sun-screening. …

    Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners

    Richard Meier & Partners New York, NY

    • Project: Neugebauer House Naples, Florida
    • Client: Klaus and Ursula Neugebauer
    • Design: 1995-1996
    • Construction: 1996-1998
    • Design: Richard Meier, Thomas Phifer
    • Project Architect: Donald Cox
    • Collaborators: Greg Reaves, Thomas Savory, Paul Masi, Ron Castellano
    • Structural and Mechanical Engineers: Ove Arup & Partners New York, NY
    • Curtain Wall Consultant: R.A. Heintges New York, NY
    • Lighting Consultant: Fisher Marantz Stone New York, NY
    • General Contractor: Newbury North Associates Naples, FL
    • Floor Area: 7,500 square feet (including garage)
    • Structural System: Concrete slab on concrete foundation comprised of driven concrete piles. Architectural steel columns and curtain wall.
    • Major Materials: Architectural steel, Spanish limestone, plaster, insulated glass within architectural steel frame and aluminum frame.

    July 15, 2001

    Copyright 1999 - 2008 arcspace all rights reserved.

    Last edited by Zephyr; December 25th, 2008 at 09:05 AM.

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    Default On the Beach at Neugebauer House in Naples Florida - Sketches and Models

    Naugebauer House
    Sketches and Models

    Site Plan
    accompanied by cross-section of property
    where land meets Doubloon Bay

    Drawings copyrighted by Richard Meier & Partners \ Courtesy arcspace

    Model of House Exterior

    Courtesy flickr / vedostail

  9. #54

    Default On the Beach at Neugebauer House in Naples Florida - Completed Structure

    Naugebauer House
    Completed Structure

    Richard Meier & Partners’
    Dr. Klaus Neugebauer House
    1995 - 1998
    Naples, Florida USA

    Above two photo images are courtesy of flickr / marcelbotha

    Last three photo images are courtesy of Bolivia Arquitectura

    Last edited by Zephyr; June 21st, 2008 at 07:24 PM.

  10. #55


    From NYMag: Meier lives in a 5,000-square-foot apartment in an Upper East Side prewar.

    Well, OF COURSE he does.

    And no doubt the building features plenty of renaissance-revival-Florentine-palazzo-style details.

    Last edited by Fabrizio; June 16th, 2008 at 01:04 PM.

  11. #56


    Ah yes ...I detect a bit of a "Meier is also a hypocrite" theme in your posting Fabrizio. And turnabout is fair play. Robert Stern had a similar paradox in once living in a walk-up that was distinctly Modernist in several of its furnishings, and most of the interior design. This was just after he became the controversial Dean of YSOA, and had a mini-revolt of students there:

    AT HOME WITH: Robert A. M. Stern; A Dean's Remodeling Job: Himself

    New York Times
    Published: July 1, 1999

    …. When Mr. Stern gave his first speech as dean, 10 students walked out to protest the unilateral process by which the dapper Mr. Stern had been selected: he had not been one of the four paraded contenders for the job.

    It was a rocky start.

    Mr. Stern, who graduated from the school in 1965, bridles at the suggestion that such blatantly traditional projects as the Thornton Wilder-esque master plan for Celebration, the Disney town in Florida, or the model house in Wilton, Conn., for This Old House magazine, might represent the gamut of his esthetic sensibility.

    ''Listen, I was trained as a modernist under Paul Rudolph,'' Mr. Stern said, invoking Yale's eccentric but much admired architecture dean during the 1960's. ''I don't know what they thought I was going to do. Open a Ralph Lauren shop?'' He spoke in the low growl, a mock rage that is his trademark.

    Mr. Stern is well on his way to reinventing himself as a happening dean … Key to the transformation is a bachelor pad, a duplex loft in downtown New Haven, for entertaining. … Mr. Stern ... lives in a third-floor walk-up. Inside, from the swatch of Andy Warhol's pink and yellow ''Cow'' wallpaper, the Bang & Olufsen compact-disk player and the black rubber rug in the living room to the Philippe Starck clear polycarbonate chair in the kitchen, the loft is stridently modern.

    The furnishings are a role call of classics by Le Corbusier, Jean Prouve, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Robert Venturi and Norman Foster, with a few rusty finds from Lafayette Street rakishly thrown in.

    It would be hard to imagine anything farther from the lobbylike salons, chockablock with stuffed sofas and the marble-lined foyers published so frequently over Mr. Stern's name in Architectural Digest. …

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

    Last edited by Zephyr; December 25th, 2008 at 09:08 AM.

  12. #57


    Did Stern ever claim to be a purist?

    If you are eclectic, you mix&match, borrow from here and there... with no excuses.

    Gee, maybe those Philip Stark pieces mentioned in the article, are Stark's clear plastic Louis the XVI chairs...

    But now imagine one of those homes in the photos shown above, decorated in brocades, patterned wallpaper, and Biedermeir.

    Look, I can't blame Meier for chosing to live in one of those UpperEastSide faux palazzi, rather than a glass walled fish-bowl.....

    I mean WHERE are you going to hang your stuff without wall space?

  13. #58


    I responded in kind to where I perceived you had left some graffiti.

    But that has sent you off into an alien realm that I will respectively not join you in discussing. I have said all I needed to say on that topic for now, and will return dutifully to Meier in my next post.

  14. #59


    Graffiti? Now wait a minum...

    Is this just a Richard Meier admiration thread with NO other observations allowed?

    I don't think WiredNY works that way.

    If you can post this:

    "American architecture is going all over the place, like pellets sprayed from a shotgun. ... You cannot evoke the past by simply taking historical symbols ... What does it mean to put a Roman arch over someone's house in Connecticut? Nothing. Architecture has to do with the totality of the building, not the application of illiterately assembled elements."

    - Richard Meier

    Then I think I can post that he actually lives in a luxe pre-war.

    Graffiti indeed...

  15. #60

    Default On the Beach in Miami Florida - A "House" is sometimes a Condominium

    This building is not yet under construction but has been approved. As you may have guessed after this post, I am focusing on beach front designs by Richard Meier. But the first two are in Florida, the next will be in California. The order is not chronological, and that is true of all the posts, but rather thematic.

    I will explain more fully in a later post, the import of this series of beach structures.

    Beach House
    (in Miami)

    Beach House is a 12 story glass enclosed condominium located on Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida. The building is sited on 200 feet of beach front with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Floor to ceiling glazing and generous terraces enhance the natural beauty of the context, the panoramic ocean views and the light.

    One arrives through a sleek porte cochere with a drop off plaza, which connects to the building lobby. The landscaped entrance includes reflecting pools and a dramatic waterfall, designed to enhance relaxation and well-being, and to presage the lush tropical landscaping and beach on the ocean side. Once inside, a striking lobby comprised of a double-height space leads to direct and dramatic views through the building to the ocean and Private Beach Club.

    The beachfront portion of the site contains a Private Beach Club, a pool and cabanas overlooking the ocean. The building also has a rooftop Sky pool, a health club, a wine and cigar lounge and a spa.

    The Beach House contains 101 residences comprised of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom luxury condominiums. Most residences are afforded private elevator entries and some have private ground level entrances.

    The Beach House has proximity to both the shopping of Bal Harbour and the nightlife, beaches and restaurants of the Art Deco District in Miami’s South Beach, making it a strategic location for residents seeking an oasis-like calm and tranquility while being close to all the area has to offer.

    Richard Meier & Partners, Architects LLP

    Richard Meier & Partners’
    Beach House
    Approved in 2007
    Miami, Florida USA

    Renders of Exteriors

    Renders of the Interior Units

    All images above are courtesy of PRODIGY INTERNATIONAL

    Last edited by Zephyr; December 25th, 2008 at 09:10 AM.

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