Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop

Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop

Buffalo, NY – Building Blocks looks forward to this year’s Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop. Architects, engineers, and artists collaboratively experiment with architectural ceramics at the workshop.

 

Chiefly, the teams research, model, prototype, and construct innovative terra cotta units. They explore cutting-edge ideas and new designs. Lastly, the teams present their discoveries to the AEC industry.

 

Boston Valley Terra Cotta hosts the workshop in combination with the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

New Micro-Hotel

GFRC for New Micro-Hotel in South Beach

Miami Beach, FL – GT McDonald has contracted Building Blocks for Washington Square. As a result, we will furnish and install GFRC for the new micro-hotel in Miami’s South Beach. This project prioritizes efficient construction. Because of that, the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is a unitized system. The masonry and window wall goes up in one piece. This accelerates the enclosure rate.

 

Washington Square is designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe is the architect of record. The contemporary scalloped facade references the neighborhood’s Art Deco history. Therefore, it both fits in and stands out. Building Blocks recently completed a mockup of the glass fiber reinforced concrete facade for the project. The mockup highlights the facade design and demonstrates the unitized system. We are excited to bring this beautiful facade to South Beach.

 

Washington Square

 

1000 Museum

Panels Installed at 1000 Museum

Miami, FL – The first panels installed by Building Blocks for Zaha Hadid’s much anticipated 1000 Museum tower went up this week. Installation continues through the summer. It is scheduled to complete in September 2018. See here for more about our involvement in the project.

 

1000 Museum is the last building that Hadid herself worked on before her untimely death in 2016. The Zaha Hadid Architects studio posthumously saw her design to completion. Furthermore, it is a stellar example of the firm’s signature fusion of art and architecture. The futuristic “scorpion tower” on Biscayne Boulevard is certainly bound to become an icon of the Miami skyline.

GFRC for Hard Rock

GFRC for Hard Rock in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – Building Blocks will provide GFRC for Hard Rock in New Orleans. The glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is cladding panels. The new Hard Rock is located in the French Quarter of downtown New Orleans. The building is 18-stories. It features 350 hotel rooms and 62 apartment units. The rooms have prime views of the city’s historic district. The signature Hard Rock music-focused environment is appropriate for the music-centered culture of New Orleans. It opens in Spring 2019.

 

Hard Rock New Orleans

 

Washington square mockup

Washington Square Mockup Complete

Miami Beach, FL –  Our facade mockup for Washington Square is complete. Washington Square is a new development at 601 Washington Ave in Miami’s South Beach. The mockup pulls together all of the building’s facade elements into one panel. It incorporates glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), windows, and also insulation. Owners and architects approve this mockup prior to construction. Morris Adjmi Architects is the architect together with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe as the architect of record.

 

Building Blocks will furnish and install the unitized glass fiber reinforced concrete and window facade.  It is also important to note that GFRC is a Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Board approved material. The completion of the Washington Square mockup is a key step towards the final building. To learn more about our involvement in this project see here.

 

Washington Square

Versailles Contemporary

Versailles Contemporary

Miami Beach, FL – Tutor Perini contracts Building Blocks for Versailles Contemporary. As a result, we will furnish and install its glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) facade. The new building is an eighteen-story high-rise condominium. Alan Faena is the developer. The project sits within his famous Faena District in Miami’s South Beach. Versailles Contemporary is designed by Brandon Haw Architecture. Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe is also the architect of record.