The Alexander

The Alexander Hotel is in Indianapolis, Indiana and was designed by Gensler & Associates.  This modern hotel has a fitness center, restaurant, bar, and conference centers in addition to 209 rooms.  This hotel also has a storm water collection system and irrigation systems with an energy conservation system.  I think it is great that the hotel is eco-friendly while also providing enough amenities so that the guests won’t have to leave the hotel for every meal or a drink.

Fort Negley Visitors Center – Moody-Nolan

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This center’s purpose is to introduce visitors to Fort Negley and to give them an understanding of the importance Fort Negley played in the civil war. I think it is a very interesting piece of architecture particularly because of the convergence of the fort ruins and the contemporary center. You can see that they used the same color stone and also columns. I might have thought that this would make the ruins look poorly, but I actually think that is complements them well. The center has three main areas: an exhibit lobby with enhanced graphics and interactive displays, a multi-purpose theater with capacity to seat 60 people, and an outdoor classroom. They used the outdoor classroom and its backdrop to give visual appreciation Civil War scenes. Overall, I think that this is something unique for architects to work with because of the historical element.

Center of Science and Industry – Ohio – Moody-Nolan

images Unknown-1 Unknown-2The COSI is an modern Museum dedicated to the advents of science and technology, including space. It is around 300,000 square feet and faces downtown Columbus on the Scioto River. It has an “ultra-contemporary” facade that adjoins the original structure. It also has a 3d theatre inside. From the pictures you can tell that this building is visually striking. The museum is hands-on museum, geared towards children but interesting to all ages. The firm Moody-Nolan contracted with lead designer, internationally renowned Arata Isozaki. The museum also partners with several different universities to create a collaborative learning environment.



Phillip Johnson – JFK Memorial (Dallas)

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  People visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza on November 22, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Visitors streamed through the memorial on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy as he rode in a Presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 451684237
This is the JFK Memorial in Dallas, designed in 1970 and is an open tomb design. It is situated in downtown Dallas near where Kennedy was shot. It is made of vertical concrete walls, that make a sort of barricade around you. In the center of the memorial is a solid granite block with a message describing Kennedy’s thoughts. An informational yet attractive memorial with a lot of cool history behind it. 

Hotel- Atelier Deshaus

The hotel is located in the Xixi National Wetland Park in Hangzhou.  The project was finished in 2008.  The new hotel design tries to apply the characteristics of settlement like, spread and border, similarities and differences, and aggregation and growth to create a texture of village with freeness and romanticism.  This produces a poetical mood of village which is the idiosyncrasy of Jiangnan area.

Orlando Convention Center


While visiting Florida this summer, we saw from our hotel the Orlando Convention Center. Coming from Dallas our convention center is nice but nothing special. The Center in Orlando was absolutely huge. It looked more like an airport or a company HQ. The attention to detail is very nice, from the pond stocked with fish or all glass structure. Very cool building recommend going to an event there.

Quingpu Business Association Office Building – Atelier Deshaus

The office building is located at the east side of Xiayang Lake in the new area of Quingpu District and it belongs to the Xiayang Lake Landscape Area, which is controlled by the government.   The project was started in 2003 and was finished October of 2005.   The solution is a cube covered with a glass curtain wall.  The square building is 60×60 meter. The three story building encloses a green yard with a steel and glass framework.  The transparent glass walls define private space and creates a visual communication to the landscapes inside and outside.

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU – Apartment and Office Building Schlachthausgasse

The complex is located in Schlachthausgasse, the central third district of the city of Vienna.

At the end of 1998, the Mautner-Markhof Children’s Hospital in the 3rd district of Vienna was closed. In 1999 the municipality explored alternative development possibilities for the vacant area. A limited design competition was held, from which Coop Himmelb(l)au emerged as the winner.

The 6+1-storey building is individually differentiated by sculpturally protruding building components.

Together with neighboring buildings, the design closed the gap in the urban space of the perimeter block. At the same time, it left untouched the area of the property oriented along the Kleingasse, while acoustically separating that area from the high-traffic Schlachthausgasse. This allowed for the preservation of valuable pre-existing trees.

If I lived in this building, I’d be happy to come home after work or school. It’s such a beautiful design

Coop Himmelblau – BMW Welt

BMW Welt (English – BMW World) is a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility of the BMW AG, located in Munich, Germany.

In 2001 an international architectural design competition was sponsored by BMW AG. The contract was awarded to COOP HIMMELB(L)AU and the facility was constructed from August 2003 through summer 2007.

It was designed with an 800 kW solar plant on its roof. A natural air supply is generated by thermal currents, wind pressure and turbulences when air accumulates in the area of the facade and roof projection.

For the fact that it’s a customer service building it really invites it’s customers in. The uniqueness of the building alone would make me want to go in even if I don’t own a BMW.

Peter Zumthor, Therme Vals


The Therme Vals, an architect project from Peter Zumthor won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2009. Therme Vals is a hotel and spa complex in Vals, built in Swithzerland. there are over 1000 beds  and the naturally occurring thermal springs.

The idea was to create a form of cave or quarry like structure, working with the natural surroundings  around the built location. The Therme Vals is designed for luxury  and bath.