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Michael Arad, Chris Ward, Philip Nobel at The Standard Talks on May 20th
National September 11 Memorial Wins ENR Global Award
Engineering News Record recently honored the National September 11 Memorial as one of its “Global Best Projects.” The competition honors design and construction excellence from the past year around the world. The Memorial was honored with a Merit Award in the Cultural category.
San Francisco Staff Member to Present at San Jose Museum of Art
Please join Asheshh Saheba, Design Director of Handel Architects' San Francisco office, as he discusses design visions for the city of San Jose. May 16th. EVENT DETAIL
Pier 57 Unanimously Approved by New York City Council
Developer Young Woo Associates’ Pier 57 renovation was recently approved by the New York City Council. Working in conjunction with LOT-EK and landscape architecture firm !melk, Handel Architects is leading the renovation and design of the exterior of the project. Plans call to turn the pier into urban marketplace with restaurants, a large rooftop open space, and public circulation space around the perimeter.
Hollywood Towers Plan Unanimously Approved
Millennium Partners' proposal for Hollywood was unanimously approved last night by the City Planning Commission. The plans call for two towers holding up to 492 residential units, a 200-key hotel, office space, and retail. Parking would be above and below grade.
706 Mission – The Mexican Museum Takes Important Step Forward
Millennium Partners’ proposed new 47-story tower in San Francisco, 706 Mission – The Mexican Museum, took an important step forward last week when the Planning Commission certified the environmental impact report. The 550-foot tall tower will house up to 215 residential units, as well as space for the Mexican Museum on levels one through four. The tower and museum will connect to the adjacent 1903 Aronson Building, which will be restored and rehabilitated as part of the project.
The Boston Conservatory’s Ipswich Studios Begins Construction
Handel Architects’ new building for The Boston Conservatory, named Ipswich Studios, is now under construction in the Fenway neighborhood in Boston. The three-story, 20,000 SF building will house a large orchestra rehearsal hall, new dance studios and some of the specialized instruction and practice spaces needed by the Conservatory. Utile, Inc. is acting as Architect of Record.
Designing Schools for Health
Join Handel Architects’ Partner Michael Arad on Thursday as he participates in a conversation titled "Designing School for Health," located at the Center for Architecture in New York. HERE
Rosewood Abu Dhabi Near Completion
Handel Architects’ Rosewood Abu Dhabi project is nearing completion, with an anticipated opening scheduled for this spring.
Please Join Handel Architects in Supporting the St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya
The St. Vincent Maisha Bora Centre is an orphanage outside of Nairobi, Kenya housing over 35 children, and caring for numerous more through its outreach services. Run by Sister Mary Jane Orioki, the orphanage has existed since 2003, supporting itself on both donations and a small income producing farm nearby which the orphanage recently purchased. However, tensions surrounding upcoming elections in Kenya have forced the landowner of both the orphanage and farm to insist that the entire debt be paid off immediately.
The Handel family has initiated this private campaign which we manage with 100% oversight of funds. In addition, we will pay the nominal FundRazr fee, ensuring that 100% of your donation will reach the orphanage. Please help us save this important institution by donating, or by liking and sharing us on Facebook. To visit our FundRazr page and learn more about the orphanage, please click HERE. Thank you!
150 East 72nd Street Now Under Construction
150 East 72nd Street, built originally in 1913, is undergoing a complete renovation, led by Handel Architects. The goal of the project is to improve the entire infrastructure and design aesthetic of the building to contemporary, luxury living standards. The entry, lobby, amenities and shared areas have been redesigned, combining details of the original architecture with modern custom-designed features and materials.
170 Amsterdam Begins Construction
Handel Architects’ new residential development for Equity Residential, 170 Amsterdam, is now under construction on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
737 Park Avenue Renovations Underway
737 Park Avenue, at the northeast corner of 71st street on the Upper East Side, is currently undergoing renovation, led by Handel Architects for developer Macklowe Properties. Built in 1940, the building is being transformed into a contemporary condominium building, with an emphasis on creating “homes”. Each unit includes large living, dining and bedrooms, solid oak floors and new casement windows. Residents enjoy 24-hour doorman and elevator operators, a resident manager, fitness center, children’s playroom, private storage and bicycle and stroller storage.
National September 11 Memorial Wins 2013 Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
The National September 11 Memorial was recently awarded an AIA Institute Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design, which recognizes “distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.” The jury stated: “This is an exquisite memorial that captures the absence of the towers both literally and poetically. Its execution creates a successful space for collective mourning and remembrance. It lives up to its role as a significant and appropriate memorial but also acts as a functioning part of a more livable and beautiful city by providing remarkable views from above, casual seating for daily use as well as the emotional experience of the memorial.” Congratulations to everyone that was involved in this important project. A complete list of 2013 winners in Regional and Urban Design can be found HERE.
One Bonifacio High Street in Manila Breaks Ground
Located in Bonifacio Global City in Manila, Handel Architects’ One Bonifacio High Street was designed for developer Ayala Land Premier. The 1.6 million SF (148,650 m2) mixed-use project broke ground last month, and includes a 63-story luxury residential tower, a 291,000 SF (27,000 m2) retail mall, and a 27-story office tower (pictured above), which will house the Philippine Stock Exchange.
340 Fremont Street Given Go-Ahead by San Francisco Planning Department
Handel Architects’ new 40-story residential tower, 340 Fremont, is located in the Rincon Hill district of San Francisco and includes 348 units. Designed for Archstone / Jackson Pacific, the building also includes generous amenities in a 9-story podium, including a fitness center, yoga room, owner’s lounge, business center, game room, and pet grooming. 340 Fremont completed San Francisco’s Planning Reviews and Approvals process and is slated to begin construction in 2013.
National September 11 Memorial Honored by the ASLA
The American Society of Landscape Architects bestowed an Honor Award in General Design to the National September 11 Memorial as part of their 2012 Professional Awards program.
National September 11 Memorial Awarded ENR’s “Best of the Best Projects 2012”
Handel Architects’ National September 11 Memorial was recently awarded ENR’s “Best of the Best” award for 2012, a competition that drew nearly 1,000 entries from around the U.S. The Memorial, which won in the category “Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development” was earlier honored with ENR New York’s “Best 2012 Project” award in the same category. The complete list of 2012 winners can be found HERE.
Journal Squared in Jersey City Approved by Planning Board
Journal Squared, a new 2.3 million SF high-rise residential development in Jersey City, New Jersey, was unanimously approved yesterday by the Jersey City Planning Board. Designed in collaboration with HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), the three tower project will include 1,840 residential units above a retail base, as well as sweeping pedestrian plaza for community events.
Pier 57 on Manhattan’s West Side Given Go-Ahead by local Community Board
Handel Architects’ proposed renovation of Pier 57 was approved by the local Community Board last night, marking an important step in the project’s development. Located on the Hudson River waterfront between West 16th and West 17th Streets in Manhattan, the plan calls for retail, restaurants, an art gallery, and a rooftop space for the Tribeca Film Festival.
1000 Port Imperial Now Under Construction
Developer Lennar Urban recently broke ground on this new seven-story condo building, located on the waterfront of Weehawken, New Jersey. With amazing views of Manhattan, the building will contain 74 one- to three-bedroom units. Expected completion is summer of 2014.
Handel Architects’ New York City Office Reopens After Hurricane Sandy
We would like to express our thanks for all of the expression of concern from our clients, friends, and colleagues. Our thoughts are with those that did not fare as well.
Fifth Street Farm Project Opens
Handel Architects’ Fifth Street Farm project officially opened on October 12th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony atop the Robert E. Simon Complex in the East Village. In addition to students and teachers, the event was attended by Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, as well as Handel Architects’ Partner Michael Arad. The East Sixth Street building is shared by the Earth School, P.S. 64, and Tompkins Square Park School. For more information on the Fifth Street Farm, as well as how to how to contribute, please click HERE.
Related Midwest’s 111 West Wacker in Chicago Under Construction
Originally designed to be a hotel but halted during construction, the existing 25-story structure is being converted into a 59-story residential tower. The building will mend a gap on the waterfront, completing the assemblage of one of the most powerful architectural experiences in the city.
Filene’s Site Project is Approved by City of Boston
The Boston Redevelopment Authority unanimously approved Millennium Partners’ mixed-use Millennium Tower and Burnham Building, located in Downtown Crossing, Boston. The slender tower will house residential and retail space, while the adjacent 1912 Burnham Building is being renovated to include both office and retail space.
Gary Handel to Present at Schuco Event, ‘Building Sustainability with Glass Facades’ on October 18th
Titled ‘Glass without Guilt,’ Gary Handel’s presentation is part of a symposium organized by Schuco and sponsored by Architectural Record. The event will be held at 7 World Trade Center. For more information or to register, please click HERE.
Handel Architects’ New York Office to Host Architectural League Event
The Architectural League’s monthly First Friday event is an opportunity for architects and designers to discuss ongoing work in an informal atmosphere. For more information, visit HERE.
Aire Wins Top Multi-Housing News Excellence Award
Handel Architects' Aire residential tower in New York City was recently awarded the Best New Development Award, High-Rise category, by Multi-Housing News. The 310-unit rental tower was developed by A+R Kalimian Realty.
Millennium Tower named as one of the "Top 10 Residential Buildings in the World"
Worth Magazine recently released its list of the top ten residential buildings in the world, and Handel Architects' Millennium Tower in San Francisco was included. View all 10 buildings HERE.
37 Warren Lofts Nears Completion
The renovation and addition at 37 Warren Street in Manhattan involves the conversion of 45,000 SF of office space to residential, plus four new levels at the top of the building.
National September 11 Memorial Wins 2012 American Architecture Award
Handel Architects’ National September 11 Memorial was honored by The Chicago Athenaeum with the 2012 American Architecture Award. The awards recognize new and cutting edge design throughout a range of disciplines. More about the awards can be found HERE.
National September 11 Memorial and Dream Downtown Hotel Win AIA New York State Design Awards
Two Handel Architects projects were recently honored with Design Awards from the New York State AIA. The National September 11 Memorial was honored with an Award of Excellence for Urban Planning and Design, while Dream Downtown Hotel was honored with a Design Citation for Adaptive Reuse and Historic Preservation.
Nove Wins 2012 EcoHome Grand Award
The EcoHome Award honors the best sustainable homes for innovative design, green building features, environmental performance, and integration with their sites and communities.
The Wharf Project Approved
Handel Architects’ portion of the Southwest Waterfront Development in Washington, DC was recently approved by the Commission of Fine Arts. The new 12-story residential building is being developed by Hoffman-Madison and is designed with an industrial palette of brick and black metal.
10000 Santa Monica Project Approved by the City of Los Angeles
10000 Santa Monica is a new residential tower in Los Angeles being developed by Crescent Heights. The 39-story, 282 unit project is located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Moreno Drive. The building is composed of four crystal-like quadrants, with balconies that define the dramatic angles along the north and south facades. Each of the facades is slightly angled away from the other, creating the illusion of multiple planes of glass.
Dream Downtown Hotel Shortlisted for World Architecture News’ Hotel of the Year Award
Handel Architects’ Dream Downtown Hotel was recently shortlisted with five other hotel projects for the World Architecture News (WAN) Hotel of the Year Award. According to the WAN website: “The judges were unanimous in their decision to shortlist both the Dream Downtown in New York and the Downtown, Mexico City. Both of these projects mix an existing building with a new programme and both are expertly set into their urban context.”
Fifth Street Farm Green Roof Under Construction
Handel Architects’ 3,000 SF Fifth Street Farm Green Roof is now under construction on top of the Robert Simon School Complex on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The easily replicable system involves perching a green deck directly onto the columns below the roof, similar to the way most rooftop mechanical equipment is handled.
Michael Arad Honored with AIA Presidential Citation
Handel Architects’ Michael Arad was honored on May 19th in Washington, DC, with an AIA Presidential Citation for his work on the September 11 Memorial. Above, Michael is pictured with Memorial Project Designer Cristobal Canas and Etaim Fitzpatrick, president of AIA UK, who attended the ceremony.
Shangri-La Hotel Begins Construction in Manila
Handel Architects’ new 1.4 million SF (130,000 SM) Shangri-La Hotel is under construction at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, in the Philippines. The 60-story tower will include 577 hotel rooms, 97 hotel residences and 96 exclusive Horizon Homes, as well as meeting and banqueting facilities, function rooms, retail, a sports club, and parking. At 820 feet (250 meters) tall, it will be one of the tallest skyscrapers in the Philippines.
Michael Arad to be Honored at AIA National Convention
On May 19th, Michael Arad will be honored at the 2012 AIA National Convention as part of a ceremony dedicated to “Architects of Healing.” Arad, along with Daniel Liebeskind, David Childs, Craig Dykers, Steve Davis, and Santiago Calatrava will be recognized for their work to help rebuild and memorialize Ground Zero.
National September 11 Memorial Wins AIA/NY Honor Award
The National September 11 Memorial was honored with a 2012 Architecture Honor Award from the New York Chapter of the AIA. The Memorial was one of only two projects given the prestigious award this year.
Handel Architects to Design New Mixed-Use Development in Boston
Boston city officials recently announced that developer Millennium Partners will build a new mixed-use project on the long-idle Filene’s site in Boston, and Handel Architects will be leading the design. Read the full article in the Boston Globe.
Zinfandel Wine Tower Opens in Napa Valley
Handel Architects’ 3-bedroom private retreat called Zinfandel Wine Tower recently opened in Napa Valley, California. The home sits among the grapevines of a winery, and includes a 32-foot high tower, which functions as both entryway and observation deck. Chipped granite pathways and low stucco walls frame the house and grounds. The broad outdoor pavilion, with over 1,000 SF of space, has multiple levels and is interspersed with oaks.
Santa Barbara Bowl Wins USITT 2012 Architecture Merit Award
The Santa Barbara Bowl, Handel Architects’ 4,500-seat outdoor amphitheater project in Santa Barbara, California, was recently awarded an Architecture Merit Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). USITT is a membership organization dedicated to the performing arts and entertainment industry and includes over 3,800 professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and 40 other countries.
Two Handel Architects Office Towers Under Construction in Chile
Territoria El Bosque (Left) and Alto El Golf (Right) are Handel Architects' newest projects in Chile; both buildings are located in Santiago’s El Golf neighborhood. Territoria El Bosque is a 21-story tower with office and ground floor retail space and parking for 370 cars. Alto El Golf is 18-stories with office and ground floor retail space and parking for 480 cars.
Nove Recognized for Highly Sustainable Design
Handel Architects’ Nove Residences was recently featured in Green Building & Design Magazine, as Partner Glenn Rescalvo discusses this and other projects. Read the article HERE.
Nove was also named one of the 16 Leading Platinum Projects of 2011 by Jetson Green. See all 16 of the projects named HERE.
Travel+Leisure Magazine Names Five Handel Architects Projects in its Annual Best of Year Issue
Travel + Leisure Magazine announced the 500 Best Hotels In The World in its January 2012 issue. Four of Handel Architects’ hotels were honored, including the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, which was named the best hotel in New York City. In the same issue, the Magazine named the Best New Landmarks of 2012, and Handel Architects’ National September 11 Memorial was voted the best Park & Public Space.
National September 11 Memorial Reaches One Million Visitors
Handel Architects’ National September 11 Memorial reached a major milestone, as officials announced that more than 1 million people have visited since its opening in September.
Handel Architects' New Honolulu Development
Handel Architects has been invited to work collaboratively with WCIT Architecture on a new 1.4 million SF multi-building project in Honolulu. The Princess Ka'iulani Development is a hotel, residential, and retail development located at the corner of Kalakaua and Ka'iulani Avenues. The project includes a new 35-story condo-hotel, called the Pikake Tower, and the renovation of the existing 28-story Ainahau Hotel Tower. A new four story podium contains 80,000 SF of retail on two levels, amenity space, and a pooldeck. A 954-car parking garage has an additional pooldeck, as well as a restaurant and ballroom on top.
The new Pikaki Tower includes 300 hotel rooms on 12 floors and 152 condominium units on 20 floors. The renovated Ainahau Tower contains 660 hotel rooms.
Drop-off for both buildings is at an elevated drive court between the two towers and is accessed with a driveway from Ka'iulani Avenue. A grand stair provides a pedestrian connection up from Kalakaua Avenue to the drive court.
Millennium Place III Breaks Ground
On November 15th, Handel Architects along with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino participated in a ground breaking ceremony for Millennium Place III in downtown Boston. Located across from the Ritz-Carlton, the 256 residential unit building will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units as well as 9,700 square feet of ground floor retail. The project is being developed by Millennium Partners-Boston.
10th And Market Breaks Ground
Located at the corner 10th and Market Streets adjacent to the San Francisco Civic Center district, Handel Architects' new residential rental complex for Crescent Heights SM began construction on November 4, 2011. The project will create one of the densest developments in the city at 754 units. The 9-, 12-, 22-, and 35- story towers contain mostly studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. The towers are unified at the base with a podium that houses two residential lobbies, common areas, and retail fronting both Market and 10th streets. The 30,000 SF of amenity space includes a fitness center, swimming pool, fire pit, and billiards room. There are three landscaped terraces - on the 3rd, 11th, and 24th floors - as well as private terraces for units located on those three floors. The project is anticipated to be LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Dream Featured in Interior Design Magazine, Wins Multiple Awards
Handel Architects' new Dream Hotel in Chelsea was recently featured in Interior Design Magazine, titled In Your Wildest Dreams. The 316-room boutique hotel, which opened this summer, features prints by Anish Kapoor and Richard Phillips of Dirty Vegas-fame, teak planks that line the lobby, and light wells between the lobby, pool and lower level that allow the spaces to flow. Dream has also been featured in other design publications, including Surface Magazine, Hotel Architecture & Design Magazine and ELLE DÉCOR Japan. In addition, Interior Design Magazine recently honored Dream Hotel by naming it a finalist in the magazine's annual Best of Year Awards. Other recent awards for the hotel include both Best Hotel and Best Exterior Award from Boutique Design Magazine.
To read In Your Wildest Dreams, click HERE.
Handel Architects Awarded New Project "The Wharf" in Washington D.C
Southwest Washington, DC has long been a neglected area of the city, but the quadrant has recently seen a spate of new building projects. Handel Architects is designing a new residential tower on the waterfront in Southwest, following a master plan designed by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K). The project is a mix of rental and condo units and includes a sports club and retail.
Handel Architects' Michael Arad to Chair Jury for New Aids Memorial Park
St. Vincent's Triangle Park in New York City is to be the home of a new AIDS Memorial, and the coalition behind it has asked Michael Arad to chair the selection jury for an international design competition. The goal of the competition is to create a park, memorial, and underground learning center to educate visitors and honor the victims. Entries are being accepted on the website Architizer through January 21, 2012.
National September 11 Memorial Dedicated
In the fall of 2003, "Reflecting Absence" was selected as one of the finalists in the World Trade Center Memorial design competition. I had created the design as a way of imagining a 9/11 Memorial that I myself might visit someday for mourning, commemoration, solace and hope.
Over the past eight years, all of us at Handel Architects, along with countless others in the design and construction industry, have worked hard to realize that vision and develop it to incorporate the aspirations and hopes of many more. It has been an incredible journey, simultaneously exhausting and inspiring, whose power we could not have imagined. The challenges of this project, so deeply emotional in nature, were the fuel that kept us going when we felt we could go no further. As the memorial opens to the public, and we step aside to allow the next chapter in the history of this site to unfold, we are proud of the work we have done, grateful for the opportunity to have made our contribution, and profoundly humbled by the responsibility that was entrusted to our hands. It has been an honor, a privilege, a duty, and, above all, a labor of love.
-MICHAEL ARAD, HANDEL ARCHITECTS
The memorial site offers a space for meditation and contemplation, centered around two reflecting pools that sit in the footprints of the original World Trade Center Towers. Lining the perimeter of each fountain is parapet of victims' names, arranged and inscribed according to a system of "meaningful adjacencies." The fountains rest within a new plaza that presents carefully chosen green space that acts as a sacred ground for those coming to honor the victims, while also integrating the Memorial into the surrounding city. The pools are clad in Jet Mist granite, and the names panels are made of bronze that has been treated with a ferric based patina. At night, the names are illuminated from within.
For an in-depth look at Handel Architect's design of the National September 11 Memorial, including a time-lapse video of the construction, please click here: National 9/11 Memorial