Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Drawn Here at Walker Art Center
If you missed the lecture by London architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates at the Walker Art Center a couple of weeks ago, the museum has been kind enough to archive it at The Walker Channel, a kind of online C-SPAN for art and design junkies. Adjaye designed the new Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and several buildings and houses in the U.K. According to the Walker, Adjaye's firm has "quickly garnered international acclaim for its inventive approaches to the design of a variety of private residences and public buildings."

One of Adjaye's future projects is a planned hotel/residence/office tower at Sixth and Wabasha in downtown St. Paul (though Adjaye called this location "Minneapolis"). "This will be my first tower if we do this," Adjaye said. "It looks we're going to start next year. I want to do a tower as a geology of a place, to look at the history of place."

It's not clear the project will actually get built. On November 16, The Business Journal reported that the developer hasn't shown plans to the city yet. And then there's the shaky economy.

The Walker Channel's video includes images for the modernist tower in downtown St. Paul. It's near the end of Adjaye's presentation. If I get my hands on images, I will post them here.

By now, you're probably wondering what the heck the image is at the top of this post. It's from a close-up of windows at the student center at Tulane University, designed by Vincent James Associates Architects. Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos of VJAA will be talking about that New Orleans building and other projects during their Drawn Here lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Walker Art Center.

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