Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Happy fliers

Posted in airport, retrofit by ruthslavid on June 14, 2011

Does flying always have to be a nightmare? Apparently not. The refurbishment of Terminal Two at San Francisco airport by Gensler as a domestic terminal, is unlike any I have ever encountered.
Soft colours and music in security? Check. Gourmet food influenced by the slow food movement? Check. so much art it is designated as an art gallery? Yup. A nice cafe where you can wait for arriving friends? Yes. Drinking fountains where you can refill your water bottle after going through security? Oh, yes. And all this in an existing building, with low headroom and a need for earthquake proofing. Flying may never be green, but refurbing an airport in this way is at least a start. And by upping its game, San Francisco also becomes more competitive. You can read more about it here.

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Best of Wood

Posted in retrofit, wood by ruthslavid on October 22, 2010

It was great fun to compere the Wood Awards last night, and to see Hawkins\Brown take top prize for their work at Stoke Newington Town Hall.

I love this picture of people ballroom dancing on the new sprung maple floor, and feel that the awards organisers missed a trick – they could have cleared the floor of the Carpenter’s Hall for dancing after the presentation! Apparently however, it is too slippery.