Experiencing Great Architecture and Creative Built Environments

  • 01_The Belt
  • 01_GRAM
  • 01_Mission
  • 01_South Mountain
  • 01_Quincie
  • 01_Tree Ring
  • 01_Meinel
  • 01_Pima County
  • 01_White House
  • 01_NV Art Museum

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The Belt – Detroit MI

Public Alley behind the “Z” Parking Garage.

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This project definitely falls into the Creative Built Environment category. A public alley has been transformed into a public art gallery – while still function as a public alley. Bedrock Real Estate, in conjunction with the Library Street Collective in Detroit. Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate company has turned this into an inviting walkway with commissioned artwork installed along the way. Recently Shepard Fairey installed several installations while in town. One of his murals will become the background for a new open air bar that will be in an alcove along the alley. Unusual benches provide spaces to sit along the way. Another thinking-outside-the-box project transforming downtown Detroit. I am looking forward to future additions.

Grand Rapids Art Museum – GRAM – (2007)

Kulapat Yantrasast, Yo Hakomori, Aaron Loewenson, wHY Architecture; Architects

101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids MI

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Touted as the world’s first LEED Gold certified art museum, this brutalist bare concrete structure actually has very sophisticated details and beautiful spaces. The “green features” are integrated throughout the building. Some are obvious, and some are cleverly integrated and were only discovered by reading reports of all of the earth friendly features of the building.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum website

Need a place to stay while visiting? The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the Downtown Courtyard are within a short walk.

Hungry? These are my favorite restaurants within a short walk that I discovered while visiting:

Osteria Rossa, Rockwell Republic and San Chez (which also has breakfast)

Mission San Xavier del Bac (1797)

Construction believed to have begun in 1783, and completed in 1797.

Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15 2014

I almost didn’t venture down to this old Mission while I was visiting Tucson, but I am so glad I did. This mission is not only striking from the exterior, but the interior is an amazing display of dramatic, colorful and in some cases astonishing sculptures, paintings, frescos, moldings, carvings, and relics. The Nave and side chapel walls are saturated with these elements. The daylight coming through the dome windows and the hundreds of prayer candles creates a truly religious experience.

Mission San Xavier del Bac Website

While visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

South Mountain Community Library (2012)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

South Mountain Community College, Phoenix AZ

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Visited November 16, 2014

In a search for notable architecture in the Tucson and Phoenix, I came across the architecture of Richard + Bauer Architecture. The more I investigated their work, the more of their projects I put on my list to see. I visited 4 of their projects in my short time in Arizona, and was very impressed with their work. Take a look at this library in Phoenix, and their other projects in Tucson. Here are the links to the other projects I visited:

They were all interesting in their own way, and well worth a visit.

 Richärd + Bauer Architecture Website

While in the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

Quincie Davis Branch Library (2005)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

1585 E. 36th Street, Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15 2014

This branch library with it’s dramatic entry roof is an interesting composition sited on a nondescript corner south of the University. The exterior is where the most fun is if you are an architectural purist. The interior unfortunately has been “junked up” with all manner of taped up signs, papers, banners and assorted decorations – which of course is their prerogative as it is their building. I just wish I could have experienced the interior space before it obtained the “lived-in” look. There is an enclosed courtyard on the north side of the building.

The jutting angular roof form, the rounded courtyard fence, the rusted metal paneled box and the red accent wall are all put together brilliantly.

Richärd + Bauer Architecture Website

While in the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

Tree-Ring Building (2013)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

Officially the Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building on the University of Arizona Campus, Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15, 2014

The University of Arizona webpage on the Building

Richärd + Bauer Architecture Website

Other Richärd + Bauer Architecture Building I have posted:

While visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

Meinel Optical Sciences Building (2006)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

University of Arizona Campus, Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15, 2014

College of Optical Sciences webpage on the Building

Richärd + Bauer Architecture Website

While Visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

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