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The Pinnacle – Helter Skelter

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The Pinnacle London

Helter Skelter Tower: Skyscraper Building Development, England – design by KPF

30 + 15 Jun 2015

The Pinnacle – Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter Replacement

The first images of 22 Bishopsgate London – the PLP-designed replacement for KPF’s abandoned Pinnacle tower in the City of London – have been revealed, reports the AJ.

22 Bishopsgate Pinnacle tower

Height: 278m

Floors: 62 storeys

Area: 130,000 sqm of office space

22 Bishopsgate images by Hayes-Davidson

22 Bishopsgate City of London tower

The visuals have been released as part of a public exhibition ahead of a planning application for the scheme being submitted later this summer.

22 Bishopsgate City of London

The new proposals come after the stalled site was taken over by French fund manager Axa Real Estate and development partner Lipton Rogers in a £500m deal last February.

Pinnacle London Tower design

Opinion of the 22 Bishopsgate London tower design seems fairly negative, here are selected views from the

“I would suggest everyone get down there and give them your feedback – personally this feels a wasted opportunity. The Pinnacle had panache, soar and status, this is an overbloated office block designed to make money – not to improve or excite the lives of those living and visiting London. Go back to the drawing board and come up with a scraper worthy of London, one to rival the Gherkin and the Shard.”

“I think this is much better than the Pinnacle, there need to be some normal-ish looking buildings in the city, not all new bits of London can be more architectural dickwaving.”

“I like the free viewing gallery but otherwise this is uninspiring”

“Only the developer wants the building this BIG in its location. The City needs something modest in that location. The building ruins the view from the Bank station towards Royal Exchange, which should be one of the images to be shown in the exhibition.”

22 Bishopsgate London

At 278m-tall this proposed skyscraper would be 10m / one storey shorter than the Pinnacle tower.

The scheme would provide 130,000m² of office space – increasing the floor space of the Helter Skelter by more than 25%.

A public viewing gallery is located at the top plus a two-storey public restaurant and bar, a conference venue, medical centre, library, a wellness suite, and specialised sports facilities.

22 Bishopsgate London tower

Project Architect: Karen Cook, PLP co-founder, ex-KPF

Pinnacle tower in the City of London

5 Mar 2015
22 Bishopsgate London Skyscraper – news update

20 Feb 2015
Helter Skelter London
Julia Kollewe in the Guardian reports yesterday that,

“The partially built Pinnacle building is to be revived to become the tallest tower in the City of London – but without the elegant twisting design at the top that earned it the nickname “the Helter Skelter”.

The Pinnacle, as seen from Waterloo Bridge, forms the apex of the emerging cluster of tall buildings in the City of London:
The Pinnacle - Helter Skelter
image : KPF and Cityscape

After months of negotiations, a consortium led by Axa Real Estate has clinched a £300m deal to buy the site near Liverpool Street station in the Square Mile. The building became known as “the Stump” when construction stopped abruptly three years ago.

Until now called the Pinnacle, the building will be renamed 22 Bishopsgate. Its design has undergone radical changes to save money. The office tower will be 60 storeys rather than 64, and the expensive curved-glass panels at the top are to be scrapped.

Aeria view of 22 Bishopsgate London looking south east towards the River Thames (Tower Bridge on right, Canary wharf beyond to left):
The Pinnacle - Helter Skelter London
aerial picture : public domain

It will however be the tallest building in the financial district at 262m, overtopping the nearby Heron Tower at 231 metres tall (758ft).”

Website: The Pinnacle Helter Skelter Tower – London skyscraper building

14 Mar 2013

The Pinnacle Skyscraper

Alternative plans for The Pinnacle skyscraper are being formed by various architects offices.

Aerial View:
The Pinnacle
image : KPF and Cityscape

Helter Skelter Building London

Progress on the £1 billion skyscraper stopped 14 months ago.

Ken Shuttleworth of make architects told The Guardian the original tower proposal was ‘too complicated to build because each piece of glass is a different size’.

City planning officer Peter Rees said: ‘The Pinnacle, or Helter-Skelter as I prefer to call it, was one of the last of the era of wacky buildings.

A proposal by Lipton Rogers – the new developer launched by Sir Stuart Lipton and former Stanhope director Peter Rogers (brother of architect Richard Rogers) to focus on affordable office developments – is being formulated.

Close up : Scheme B – Waterloo Bridge, South Viewing Plaque ; Close up : Aerial View

The Pinnacle London skyscraper The Pinnacle skyscraper
images : KPF and Cityscape

There is an element of posturing here, a chance for architects to showcase their practices, but Arab Investments are most likely to continue with a reduced cost design variation but with the same development team ie contractor Brookfield Multiplex.

31 + 30 Oct 2012

Helter Skelter Skyscraper

Design: KPF

Status: on site

Height: 288m high / 72 levels above ground, approx.

Approx. value: £1bn

New photos from 12 Nov 2012:

Pinnacle Building Pinnacle Building London Helter Skelter Building
photos © Adrian Welch

Contractor: Brookfield Construction (UK)

Financial Backer: Sedco, Saudi Arabia

Key attribute: to be tallest skyscraper in London’s financial district

BD report today that there is some movement on this major London skyscraper, ie that the architects are loking to reduce costs on The Pinnacle to accelerate progress. We feature some exclusive photos below of the project on site.

Upon completion in 2015 The Pinnacle will be the tallest skyscraper in the City of London, beating both the current tallest – Heron Tower – and the soon-to-be-tallest – The Cheesegrater.

The site for The Pinnacle is in the heart of the City, at 22-38 Bishopsgate, next to Richard Roger’s Leadenhall Building, nicknamed the The Cheesegrater, which is making good progress and is roughly half way up its full height. This cluster of buildings is ‘fighting back’ against Canary Wharf, and winning in both design terms and it terms of building numbers. With the Walkie Talkie Building and 122 Leadenhall Street joining the existing Heron Tower, 30 St Mary Axe, Willis Building, St Helen’s Building, Tower 42 and Lloyds Building (now appearing quite low!) there is a mass of office space to counteract the draw out to the Isle of Dogs, which looked so persuasive at the start of the nineties.

Editor – Adrian Welch.

The stalled construction of The Pinnacle has become the subject of a legal dispute. Brookfield Construction (UK), the contractor, is suing the developers alleging breach of contract and non-payment of fees. Many companies are reluctant to sign pre-let deals that make such speculative schemes viable, hence the funding issues.

Work on The Pinnacle building stopped in Autumn 2011 after the developer struggled to secure the finance to continue the project. It was the second time construction had halted after an earlier delay in 2011. The tower core has been built to just seven storeys and Brookfield has left the site.

The aim is for The Pinnacle to gain an ‘Excellent’ Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating. The Pinnacle incorporates a number of environmental systems including heat recovery, high-efficiency plant, low-energy cooling systems and 1,500sqm of photovoltaic cells incorporated into the unitized cladding panels that wrap around the spiral collar of the tower.

30 Jun 2011

The Pinnacle Construction

Construction work is due to start in the next week on this major London skyscraper designed by KPF.

The 64-storey structure, nicknamed the ‘Helter Skelter‘ has only got up to ground level.

The development is by Arab Investments and is due to complete somewhere between 2012 and 2014.

11 Jan 2011

The Pinnacle

Latest photos from the weekend of The Pinnacle tower by KPF: cranes and core rising.

The Pinnacle The Pinnacle London The Pinnacle Tower London
tower photographs © Nick Weall

The groundwork for ‘The Cheesegrater‘ is in the foreground, with The Pinnacle behind:
The Helter Skelter
tower photo © Nick Weall

The Pinnacle – Helter Skelter

London, UK


Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Nicknamed the Helter Skelter Tower

Height: 288m high (previously projected to be 305m high)

Storeys: 60

The Pinnacle – Description

Spiralling 288 meters (941 feet) upward from its base, the Pinnacle tower will form the apex of an emerging cluster of tall buildings in the centre of London’s financial district. Designed to make substantial contribution to the public realm, the project involves reopening a ground-level pedestrian passageway closed to pedestrians by a previous building on the site since the 1980s and linking a number of important public spaces along Bishopsgate and St. Mary Axe.

Interior view:
The Pinnacle interior

The tower’s complex tapered geometry-resolved through advanced computational parametric modeling-comprises inwardly inclined planar surfaces, which are linked by conical surfaces. The design of the entrance canopy at its base responds to the immediate context, creating a zone at the foot of the tower similar in height to nearby buildings. The entrance also signals the historic public right-of-way. The configuration of the entrance evolved during numerous wind-tunnel tests, iterative processes used to find a form that could provide an acceptable pedestrian environment.

Scheme B – Waterloo Bridge, South Viewing Plaque:
The Pinnacle London
image : KPF and Cityscape

Sustainable systems are also integral to the tower’s design. Its aerodynamic shape, for example, improves the performance of the ventilated façade. The façade is made of two layers of clear glass: an inner, sealed (weatherproof and thermally broken) skin and an outer, un-insulated “snakeskin” layer made of repetitively sized, overlapping rectangular glass panels. The gaps between panels allow air to flow into the cavity and permit operable windows ventilate the offices. The outer layer of glass protects against the wind.

View from Threadneedle Street:
The Pinnacle tower London
image : KPF and Cityscape

The Pinnacle London Building Information

Client: The Pinnacle No.1 Ltd, c/o Arab Investments Ltd

Type: Office building

Size: Office – 90,000m² / 970,000ft² ; Retail – 3,000 m² / 30,000 ft²

Status: Under Construction


The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award (2004)

AIA New York Chapter Design Awards, Architectural Excellence (2003)

AIA New York Chapter Project Design Award (2001)

Project: The Pinnacle

Location: 22-38 Bishopsgate, London EC2, England

Completion: Estimated 2013

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – KPF

Team: Renos Charitou, Efrat Cohen, Karen Cook, Stylianos Dritsas,

Jon Neville-Jones, Rob Peebles, Daniel Perez, Lee Polisano, Karl Sharro, Paul Voysey, Wayne McKiernan, Tim Yu, Daniel Moore, Clara Doty, Dennis Hill, Karthik Ramamoorthy, Alanna Zie, Kornelia Krueger, Gustav Fagerstrom, Jacquie Bignell, Cindy Liu, Lolita Mickuviene

Development Manager: City Offices LLP / Stanhope

Planning Consultants: DP9

Investment & Leasing Advisors: Savills

Structural Engineers: Arup

MEP Engineers: Hilson Moran

Lift Consultants: Jappsen and Stangier

Other Consultants: Georg Penker (Landscape)

Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG (Cladding)

Reef (Access – Maintenance/Cleaning)

Arup (Fire / Wind / Extreme Events / Mobility Impaired Persons Access)

GDA (Security)

Gordon Ingram (Rights of Light)

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Heron Tower

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The New York Hall of Science Great Hall, NY, USA
Design: Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects

NySci Spring for STEM Day 2 at New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York May 16, 2015. :
The New York Hall of Science Great Hall
image © Andrew Kelly for NySci


New York, NY, June 30, 2015 – The New York Hall of Science celebrates the reopening of the Great Hall following a renovation led by Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects which returns this landmark of mid-century modernism to its place as the centerpiece of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).

Among the most formally exotic buildings in Queens, the Great Hall was the main exhibit space of the original Hall of Science, designed by Harrison and Abramovitz Architects for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair and is among the Fair’s few surviving structures. Its undulating cobalt blue dalle-de-verre glass and concrete walls define the institution’s identity and enclose an irregular hall, designed to give the illusion of being in deep space. There, visitors to the World’s Fair could see science exhibits and docking spacecraft suspended high above. The building has been expanded a number of times, most recently by Schliemann and Ennead in 2004.

The ambitious restoration project included stabilization and repair of the exterior building envelope, renovation and modernization of the interior of the Great Hall and Great Hall Lobby and re-paving and improvements to the terrace outside the Great Hall. Inside, each of the 5,400- blue dalle-de-verre glass panels was cleaned by hand, with fifty new panels painstakingly color-matched and installed by Willet Hauser Studios, under whose commission the original 5,400 panels were constructed in 1964.

NYSCI celebrates its reopening with Connected Worlds, the first permanent exhibit to open inside the historic hall since NYSCI began renovations in 2009, an immersive exhibit that explores the connectivity of the planet and everyone’s role in it. With the return of this latest important building to the Queens landscape, Ennead continues to be recognized as a catalyst for change in the public realm and for enhancing the quality of civic life in our City.

According to Ennead partner Todd Schliemann, “Alan Friedman, Director of NYSCI from 1984-2006, told me that he wanted visitors to be inspired to learn, so I proceeded to create architecture that supported this mission. Along the way, I started thinking there was magic here—and I learned that NYSCI is a place that also demystifies the magic. It is an honor to be to be a part of the place where the magicians of science live.”

New York City Center, NY, USA
Ennead Architects
City Center New York
image © Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects

New York City Center – news, 11 Sep 2013
New York City Center was recently presented with the 2013 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award by The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT). City Center has been recognized as a national model for historic theater restoration and renovation, for the quality of its programs and services and for providing cultural leadership within its community – both on stage and off.

Peabody Essex Museum Building, Salem, Massachusetts, USA – 14 Aug 2013
Architects: Ennead Architects
John W. Olver Transit Center Greenfield
photograph Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the selection of Ennead Architects to design the museum’s $200 million, 175,000-square-foot expansion. Renowned for design excellence and for its collaborative approach, Ennead was chosen from a group of distinguished architecture firms that were invited to participate in a design charrette this summer. Ennead brings extensive museum experience to the project, having designed the much-acclaimed renovation and expansion of the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as several significant projects at the Brooklyn Museum, Natural History Museum of Utah, William J. Clinton Presidential Center and the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History.

Ennead Selected as Finalist in FAR ROC Competition


New York, NY, July 23, 2013 – Ennead Architects / Ennead Lab is one of four finalist teams to proceed to Phase II of the For a Resilient Rockaway (FAR ROC) design competition for the sustainable and resilient development of Arverne East, an approximately 80-acre parcel on the Atlantic Ocean devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Ennead Lab

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania, USA – building news
Design: Susan T. Rodriguez of Ennead Architects
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
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Westmoreland Museum of American Art – 31 + 18 Jul 2013
Groundbreaking news for the renovation and expansion of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, designed by Susan T. Rodriguez of Ennead Architects. The design creates a new face and identity for the original neo-Georgian building, which enhances the Museum’s link to the City. The L-shaped massing of the expanded building features a new south-facing façade that visually frames the original brick building and forms a linear porch along its length.

Global and International Studies Building, Indiana, USA
GISB Indiana University
image : Ennead Architects
GISB Indiana University – 11 + 10 Jun 2013
The Global and International Studies Building (GISB) designed by Susan Rodriguez of Ennead Architects, in association with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, recently broke ground on the campus of Indiana University. With this inaugural home of IU’s School of Global and International Studies, the University takes a major step toward becoming a world leader in global studies, educating students to play key roles in solving critical global issues.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, San Francisco, CA, USA
Design: Ennead Architects with Fisher Dachs Associates and Nagata Acoustics
Bing Concert Hall Building
photograph © Jeff Goldberg

Ennead Architects – latest building – 28 Nov 2012
this new building was created with the total audience experience very much at the forefront. Its seats are arranged in a “vineyard” format, with seating sections ringing the stage and beginning on the same level as the performance platform. The result will be a concert experience of unparalleled intimacy. Complementing the artistic presentations will be amenities such as customer-service areas to spacious restroom facilities, a café and a picturesque foyer that opens onto a graceful veranda.

West Kowloon Cultural District Art-themed Park, SAR, China
One of 7 Shortlisted Design Teams news
Santa Fe Opera
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West Kowloon Cultural District Art-themed Park – 8 Nov 2012
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (“WKCDA”) announced today a shortlist of seven design teams that have been invited to submit technical proposals for the development of Hong Kong’s first art-themed park, 14 hectares of landscaped public space for arts and culture at the West Kowloon Cultural District, by the waterfront in Kowloon.

Recent Ennead Architects News

American Architecture Awards Honor Four Buildings By Ennead Architects, NY, USA

New York, NY, September 4, 2012 –The Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, has announced the winners of its 2012 American Architecture Awards. These are among the field’s most prestigious awards, honoring the best of new design in American architecture.

Four projects designed by Ennead Architects have been recognized with 2012 American Architecture Awards:

– Natural History Museum of Utah: Team led by Todd Schliemann, design partner, and Don Weinreich, management partner.

– New York City Center: Team led by Duncan Hazard, partner-in-charge.

– Stanford Law School William H. Neukom Building: Team led by Richard Olcott, design partner, and Don Weinreich, management partner.

– Westchester Community College Gateway Center: Team led by Susan Rodriguez, design partner, and Timothy Hartung, management partner.

A special exhibition of all awarded American buildings will be presented at “The City and the World” symposium presented by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum in Istanbul, Turkey in conjunction with the Istanbul Biennial. The exhibition will travel throughout Europe following its opening in Turkey.

Ennead Architects Wins Two AIA New York State Awards, NY, USA

31 Aug 2012 – Two projects designed by Ennead Architects have been awarded 2012 AIANYS Design Citations: the Natural History Museum of Utah and New York City Center. Recognizing outstanding works of architecture through its annual Design Awards Program each year since 1968, the New York State American Institute of Architects celebrates achievements in design excellence by New York State architects, honoring the architects, clients and consultants who work together to create and enhance our built environment.

Natural History Museum of Utah, University of Utah, USA
Natural History Museum of Utah Building
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Natural History Museum of Utah. Designed by Todd Schliemann, the Natural History Museum of Utah overlooks the Salt Lake Valley, its commanding profile and copper skin blending seamlessly into the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Partners Schliemann and Don Weinreich led the Ennead design team, in association with David Brems and John Branson of GSBS (Gillies Stransky Brems Smith) of Salt Lake City.

City Center New York, USA
City Center New York
image © Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects

New York City Center. Led by Duncan Hazard, the complete renovation of New York City Center has preserved the essential character of the landmark building while reinvigorating the identity of one of the City’s most venerable performing arts venues.

The 2012 AIANYS Design Awards Reception and Presentation will take place Friday, September 28th at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.

23 May 2012

Yale University Art Gallery Redevelopment, New Haven, CO, USA
Yale University Art Gallery Building
photo © Christopher Gardner, 2012
Yale University Art Gallery
The Yale University Art Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut, has completed major work on its renovation and expansion and commenced installation of the museum’s esteemed collections. The revitalized Gallery will open to the public on December 12, 2012. The expansion project, which has been accompanied by parallel growth in the museum’s holdings, will transform the visitor experience.

5 May 2012

Two New Partners, USA


New York, NY, May 4, 2012 – Guy Maxwell and Thomas Wong have become partners in Ennead Architects. They join Joseph Fleischer, Timothy Hartung, Duncan Hazard, Kevin McClurkan, Richard Olcott, Susan Rodriguez, Tomas Rossant, Todd Schliemann and Don Weinreich as the leaders of the internationally-acclaimed 170-person New York City studio.

Guy Maxwell received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Maxwell is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. He joined Ennead in 1994. Projects include: Department of Homeless Services, Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH); Fire Department of New York, Rescue Company 3; New York Hall of Science Great Hall Interior and Terrace Restoration; Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Crypt Arts Center and North Transept Renovation; and Vassar College, Science Project. Maxwell is also on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Audubon Society, a Trustee of the Bird-Safe Glass Foundation, and a former member of the Egress Committee of the New York City Model Code Program.

Thomas Wong received both Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Wong joined Ennead in 1993 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Projects include: New York City Center Renovation; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center at the Wall; NYU Langone Medical Center Master Plan and Kimmel Pavilion; Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; and Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion. Wong is a member of the Municipal Arts Society.

Ennead Architects Award News

Ennead Architects Awarded 2012 AIANY Medal of Honor

New York, NY, April 2012 – Ennead Architects was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter at its 2012 Honors and Awards Luncheon held Wednesday at Cipriani Wall Street. Since 1917, the AIANY has awarded the Medal of Honor, the Chapter’s highest honor, to a member or firm for distinguished work and high professional standing, reinforcing the AIA’s central principle: design matters.

Ennead Architects
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An internationally recognized studio in New York City, Ennead is known for its cultural, educational, scientific, and governmental work: award-winning buildings whose designs authentically express the progressive missions of their institutions and are responsive to their specific environmental conditions. The studio’s collaborative process is rooted in extensive research involving the analysis of context, program, public image, emerging technologies and a commitment to sustainable solutions.

Eleven partners lead the 170-person studio: Joseph Fleischer, Timothy Hartung, Duncan Hazard, Guy Maxwell, Kevin McClurkan, Richard Olcott, Susan Rodriguez, Tomas Rossant, Todd Schliemann, Don Weinreich and Thomas Wong.

Among Ennead’s award-winning projects are: New York City Center; Natural History Museum of Utah; Stanford Law School William H. Neukom Building; The Standard, New York; Rose Center for Earth and Space; William J. Clinton Presidential Center; Carnegie Hall; Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion; Weill Cornell Medical Center Weill Greenberg Building; The Schemerhorn; Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant; and Fire Department of New York, Rescue Company 3.

16 Dec 2011

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Ennead Architects to design Penn State’s Veterans Plaza, Pennsylvania, USA
Penn State Veterans Plaza
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New York, NY, December 15, 2011 – Pennsylvania State University has selected Ennead Architects in collaboration with Sculptor Mark Mennin as winner of the design competition for the new Veterans Plaza. The gift of the class of 2011, the memorial will honor Penn State veterans. Ennead partners Richard Olcott and Timothy Hartung will lead the design team.

In a pivotal location adjacent to both the University’s Old Main and its quad and Pollack Road, the memorial occupies a culturally and spatially significant spot on campus, sited to become a central part of the campus experience.

Preliminary plans for the Veterans Plaza feature a circular walkway and curved wall made of precast concrete, centered around an artistic representation of a warrior’s shield, symbolizing honor and sacrifice.

The plaza’s curved wall will be named to honor Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a 1998 liberal arts graduate and the only Penn State alumnus to earn the Medal of Honor. Lt. Murphy, a Navy Seal, posthumously received the U.S. military’s highest decoration for his actions in 2005 during the war in Afghanistan.

The proposed shield form is a ten-foot-diameter disc carved in polished black “jet-mist” granite set to float above the grass, its surface carved to simulate “rippling water” and thus to evoke a feeling of contemplation.

With this project, Ennead will now have designed three projects for Penn State, including the Dickinson School of Law’s Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus and the Lewis Katz Hall on the Carlisle campus. Richard Olcott and Timothy Hartung, along with partner Kevin McClurkan, led the Ennead design team for these previous projects.

Ennead Architects Building News

Natural History Museum of Utah, University of Utah, USA
Ennead Architects, LLP with GSBS
Utah Museum of Natural History Building
photo © Stuart Ruckman

Natural History Museum of Utah

Ennead Architects is Recognized with Four SARA NY Awards

New York , NY, July 11, 2011 – Established by the Society of American Registered Architects, the SARA Awards recognize design excellence and encourage client participation in achieving the best in the built environment. Four projects by Ennead Architects have received 2011 SARANY Awards:

FDNY Rescue Company 3 ; Westchester Community College ; National Museum of American Jewish History:
FDNY Rescue Company 3 The Schermerhorn Westchester Community College Building NMAJH Philadelphia
photographs : Jeff Goldberg/Esto & David Sundberg/Esto for Ennead Architects

FDNY Rescue Company 3, SARA Award of Excellence; design team led by Todd Schliemann, Timothy Hartung, V. Guy Maxwell, and Wm. Jack Phillips. The Schermerhorn, SARA Award of Excellence; design team led by Susan Rodriguez and Timothy Hartung.

The Gateway Center, Westchester Community College, SARA Award of Merit; design team led by Susan Rodriguez and Timothy Hartung. National Museum of American Jewish History, SARA Award of Merit; design team led by James Polshek and Joseph Fleischer.

FDNY Rescue Company 3 New York : SARA Award of Excellence

The Schermerhorn Brooklyn : SARA Award of Excellence

Ennead Architects Finalist for Ace Awards

June 22, 2011, New York, NY – Ennead Architects is a finalist for the ACE Award. Sponsored by the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, this award honors a NYC-based architectural firm that has shown excellence in the design and construction of buildings for K-12 and higher education in the greater New York area. The jury premiated Ennead after considering its Gateway Center at Westchester Community College and Academic Building 1 at Medgar Evers College.

Westchester Community College ; Medgar Evers College:
Westchester Community College Building Westchester Community College Building
photographs © Jeff Goldberg/Esto for Ennead Architects

Susan Rodriguez (design partner) and Timothy Hartung (management partner) led the design team for the Gateway Center, a building that symbolizes the College’s vision and commitment to a more accessible education for residents of Westchester County and to an American college experience for the many recent immigrants seeking to improve the quality of their lives.

According to Rodriguez, “We sought to create a building that strengthens the meaning of the word Gateway for those who might already know its definition and forever define it for those who are learning it for the first time in English…as a physical embodiment of ‘something that serves as an entrance or a means of access’.” Located at the east entrance of the College’s Valhalla campus, the Gateway Center serves as both an initial expression of campus identity and a threshold to the College.

Academic Building 1 at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York houses the School of Science, Health and Technology and was recently awarded a SCUP Award for excellence in architecture. Todd Schliemann (design partner) and Joseph Fleischer (management partner) led the design team. The light-filled corridors, lobby and stairs adjacent to the glass curtain wall provide views out to the community and allow the community to witness the activity within, while facilitating student and faculty interaction and the interdisciplinary mingling that enriches the educational experience.

“Architecture is a living testament to the communal effort. My hope is that the students, faculty, administrators, and visitors who walk through the doors of the new Science, Health and Technology Building will find others of like mind. This architecture was designed to bring everyone together,” says Schliemann.

The winner will be announced at the ACE Ball, which will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at the Center for Architecture.

Ennead to Design WMAA Expansion

Greensburg, PA, June 21, 2011 – The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has selected Ennead Architects to design its expansion and renovation project, initiated in 2009 in response to the continued growth of the Museum’s collections, educational programming, and critically acclaimed exhibitions program.

Susan Rodriguez ; Timothy Hartung:
Susan Rodriguez Timothy Hartung
photos © Andy Ryan

Susan Rodriguez, design partner, and Timothy Hartung, management partner, will lead the Ennead design team. “Creating this expansion is an intriguing, yet complex design opportunity: we believe that the artful and responsible transformation of the building and site will support the Museum’s vision for the future and strengthen its position as a leading arts institution,” says Ms. Rodriguez. Sixty-three firms from across the country submitted proposals to an RFQ issued by the Museum in early December 2010. WMAA is located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

According to Judith H. O’Toole, Director/CEO, “We are pleased to be partnering with such a strong architectural firm. During the interview process, the Ennead people expressed the importance of creating a “sense of place” and crafting beautiful things that tell a story and that is very important to us.”

Ennead Architects Design News

Stanford University Law School Building, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Ennead Architects
Stanford University Building
photo © Aislinn Weidele

Stanford University Building – May 25, 2011
May 20th marked the dedication of the William H. Neukom Building at Stanford University, with hundreds gathered on the Law School campus for an inaugural address by U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. Designed by Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects, the building fulfills the space needs of a growing faculty, fosters the collaboration essential to a rich educational experience and strengthens the Law School’s visual identity. Partners Olcott and Don Weinreich led the design team.

Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, NY, USA
Newtown Creek Wastewater
image : Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

Recent Ennead Architects Designs

Recent Buildings by Ennead – Selection

Brooklyn Museum Great Hall, NY, USA
Brooklyn Museum Great Hall
image from Ennead
Brooklyn Museum Great Hall

Westchester Community College, NY, USA
Westchester Community College Building
photograph © Jeff Goldberg/Esto for Ennead Architects
Westchester Community College

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, USA
NMAJH Philadelphia
photo © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
National Museum of American Jewish History

Ennead Architects : Eight Design Awards. 9 Jun 2009

Vukovich Center, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA
Vukovich Center
image © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
Vukovich Center

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Ennead Architects : formerly known as Polshek Partnership

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Ennead Architects USA – Practice Information

Architect studio Location
Ennead Architects office based in Manhattan, NY, United States of America

Ennead Architects : New York Architect Studio

Richard Olcott, Todd Schliemann and Susan Rodriguez, all at Ennead, left to right:
Richard Olcott Todd Schliemann Susan Rodriguez
photos © Andy Ryan

Ennead Architects

Known for powerful building designs for cultural, educational, scientific and not-for-profit institutions, Ennead Architects is a 150-person firm based in New York City. Projects by Ennead Architects have been published internationally and recognized with numerous awards for design excellence and for their important contributions to the life of their cities and campus precincts. The firm’s research-based design process sponsors the creation of signature building designs that are expressive of an institution’s philosophy and vision and address each project’s unique programmatic, technical, aesthetic and environmental issues.

Ennead Architects : American Architects

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