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Architectural Art: Activating Environments

Welcome to the April issue of <i>CODAmagazine</i>, where we share the best design + art projects from all over the world. Architectural Art is the organizing …


Walter Gordinier’s Large-Scale Sculptures Imbue Their Sites with “An Invitation to Stay”

Cast glass wasn’t contemporary sculptor Walter Gordinier’s first medium of choice. After an education in ceramic sculpture, he says, “I spent the …


“Bullseye Projects Doors” submitted by Bullseye Studio / Bullseye Glass Co. . . Each door is comprised of two kilnformed clear glass panels, laminated together, and measuring 35" x 75.5" x 1.5". A raised central, circular area on the inside and outside of the double doors, with a diameter of 55", was hand-polished to create a window that acts as a lens into the gallery. Bullseye Projects, a contemporary glass exhibition space in NW Portland, had entry doors that were completely opaque. Their heavy wood-plank doors inhibited people from entering. The gallery wanted new doors to send a message of welcome and be representative of the compelling work inside. The solution was found in a door design using kilnformed glass. Not your average glass doors, the new doors mimic the vertical grooves of the original vertical wood planks and feature variations in surface texture and relief that allow them to serve as windows in and out of the space, while also being present and visible in and of themselves. @bullseye__studio @bullseyeglassco

“Suspension” submitted by Lisa Borgiani . . . Installation at the showroom Marmi Due Ci, Italy. My focus embraces contemporary artistic interpretations of photography, in addition to conceptual “mobile installations” created on a large scale, to interact within the existing architecture. The conceptual aspect combines a focus on installation within its environment (according to its shape and history) and developing an on-going dialogue with the space that surrounds it, offering new ways for the public to observe and enjoy their installation. Wind, a natural element which moves the mesh, creates a visual storm and generates an emotional storm. @lisaborgiani

“Threshold” submitted by Ed Carpenter . “Threshold” 35’ x 35’ x 1’ Laminated dichroic safety glass, perforated stainless steel, aluminum extrusions, aluminum rods, glass tip elements “Threshold” was conceived as a transparent and timeless architectural feature that creates a welcoming beacon and icon for the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University. The mercurial reflectivity of dichroic glass gives "Threshold" a feeling of luminous vivacity and a spirit of lightness and optimism. At night, the colorful ensemble glows like a lantern, projecting the spirit of the business school outward in a warm and welcoming gesture.

Lucile Packard Children Hospital Art Collection submitted by @aestheticsincorporated . . “Wolf Head” The 531,000 sf expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford hospital building was designed by Architect Perkins+ Will who used innovative sustainable features and set the building on track to earn LEED Gold certification. The art program developed hand in hand with the architecture, and it was a seven-year project, with installation completed in 2017. Included in the art program, and part of the 3.5 acres outdoor space are the Dunlevie Garden featuring interactive habitat sculptures like a Redwood Treehouse, and the Emerald Garden featuring Rocky Shore themed mosaic play sculptures.

"Club Light" submitted by Digital Ambiance . . . Digital Ambiance and Photonic Bliss were tapped to create a series of interactive infinity mirrors that would line the entryway into the club. Consisting of 44 custom mirrors, the walls were lined on both sides to create a tunnel of light that patrons would pass through upon entering. Each mirror was lined with addressable LED and fitted with a proximity sensor so that as someone passed by the mirror, the lighting would “spin up” in the mirror beside them. The effect created resembled running a hand through a bowl of glitter, light swirling behind you as you walked. @digital_ambiance

“Main Street Pedway” submitted by Kenneth von Roenn . . The objective of the pedway was to provide a dramatic entrance into the cultural district of downtown Louisville. The forms reference the bridges across the Ohio River that is only a few blocks away as well as the exterior exposed trusses of the convention center. The dichroic elements are positioned so they don't create a visual distraction for the drivers and to appear more vividly to the pedestrians on the sidewalk. The glass casts and reflects colors onto the adjacent buildings creating a dramatic experience throughout the day.


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United States

"Microsoft Gallery Lounge Interactive Experience DTLA" submitted by Volvox Labs [VVOX]

"The William Vale" submitted by Studio Munge

Lamella Dining Hall at Ross Creek

Overview<p>The project is located at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts where it serves as a dining hall and event space that can change with the needs …

Food & Dining

Holy Family Catholic Church

Overview<p>Here 6 Parishes joined to become one. The clients wanted the window to express this movement towards unity, and draw them towards the Spirit, …


Mount Royal University - Acoustic Panels

Overview<p>Heavy Industries facilitated the design, fabrication and installation of specially designed acoustic panels and structural steel frameworks …


Deloitte Canada

Overview<p>Deloitte Canada moved their headquarters into a new building downtown, requiring an interior experiential graphics package and wayfinding for …



Overview<p>Surface, a new, permanent, public art installation created by Ivan Toth Depena for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) opened in late …

Public Art

Biscayne Bay

Overview<p>The existing community building at Biscayne Bay offered heavy architectural details, multiple enclosed spaces and a palette of dark desert …


Interfaith Chapel

Overview<p>Stained glass window, 10' x 60', separating two interior spaces: The Interfaith Chapel and the Entry Atrium. Materials used were primarily …

Stained Glass

Mapping St James

Overview<p>“Mapping St James’s” 55 St James’s Street, Piccadilly, London. Interior lobby wall: 9 metres wide X 3 metres high. Exterior doors and main …


School Spirits

Overview<p>SCHOOL SPIRITS uses historical images from the building's past when it served as the community's high school. The images are laminated into …



Overview<p>The Church of Baranzate is one of the most important example of modern liturgical architecture designed by Arch. Mangiarotti. Also known as …

Emerging Technology

Floating Waters

Overview<p>Granite Place at Southlake Town Square is the latest in an ever expanding series of WGW commercial installations. This serpentine fusion of …

Audio Mixing

Notre Dame University Door Pulls

Overview<p>A private commission for the University of Notre Dame's new Duncan Student Center, Folwell's sculptures pay homage to a rich legacy of art …

Notre Dame

Sky Cycles

Overview<p>The entryway to the vast station is a glass rotunda 60’ in diameter and two 300’ glass walls on either side of the platforms. On the rotunda …


Power and Water

Overview<p>Art for a new administration building reflects the energy and water sources employed by a municipally owned utility. At the main entrance, a …

Fossil Fuels

The Nearest of the Faraway Places

Overview<p>Measuring 4.5 metres high by 9 metres long and 4.5 metres wide, The Nearest of the Faraway Places combines public artwork with a public …

Western Australia

A walk along the California Seashore

Overview<p>'A walk along the California Seashore' - Terrazzo floor design including ten mosaic floor panels and 6 inset bronze Sand Dollar medallions. …


Safeway Bethesda

Overview<p>With Safeway Supermarket's direction to have their new building act as a “civic gateway” to Bethesda, MD's Central Business District, Safeway …

Sustainable Design

Beacon to the Community

Overview<p>I titled the project "Beacon to the Community" with the understanding that most people would view the art glass windows from outside of the …