The Rhode Show recently featured the building The Design Exchange on its program. Developed and renovated by LLB Architects, the building is situated in the historic section of Pawtucket and is occupied by designers from multiple disciplines. Malcolm Grear Designers collaborated with LLB Architects to design the identity of the building.Read More
In memory of their 358 employees and consultants lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Marsh & McLennan Companies commissioned Providence artist Richard Fleischner to create a place of remembrance within the plaza outside their midtown Manhattan offices. Fleischner brought in Malcolm Grear Designers to collaborate on the design of the glass wall.Read More
This year's graduating class at Brown University passed through the newly renovated Faunce Arch. The arch includes an interpretation of the University's brand, rendered in large, truncated, letterforms "BROWN" reversed against a red background. These are integrated into the east side of the arch along with a new campus map and directory. The result is a warm and welcoming visual statement that greets pedestrians approaching the arch from either direction.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the Faunce Arch graphics, campus map, and directory in addition to the signs and donor recognition of the Stephen Roberts Campus Center.
On Friday, Pawtucket's mayor James E. Doyle will kick off the Pawtucket Arts Festival with a bridge dedication ceremony honoring Morris Nathanson who, for almost a quarter of a century, has dedicated his life to the promotion and cultivation of the arts and culture in Pawtucket.
A longtime resident of Pawtucket, Nathanson has been a determined businessman and a strong civic supporter. He has pushed to transform downtown Pawtucket to become a lively place to live and work. With an original desire to brand Pawtucket as a "Creative City," Nathanson helped to attract hundreds of artists to relocate their careers and lives to the city's once active mills. In turn, he lobbied and successfully changed the city's zoning laws concerning use of the mills. His design firm, Morris Nathanson Design, well known for its contribution to the restaurant and hospitality industry, is located in an old mill along Exchange Street and the historic Blackstone River.
The InterContinental Hotel Boston commissioned Malcolm Grear Designers to design three historical markers to be located on Boston's Waterfront. With numerous historical sites in the vicinity, the markers were designed to encourage further investigation into the local history.
The markers' shape is a reference to the architectural form of the hotel, which completed in 2008, is located approximately on the same site of the Boston Tea Party in 1775. The history of Boston's Waterfront was an inspiration for the hotel's architect who envisioned the building's form to be reminiscent of a Yankee Clipper ship, a cargo vessel that greatly added to the prosperity of Boston and southern New England.
Architectural Record has included the Nulman Lewis Student Center in its "Building Type Studies" section of the July 2009 issue.
The Wheeler School, a private co-ed K-12 grade school in Providence, Rhode Island, recently unveiled the newest addition to its campus, the Nulman Lewis Student Center. Designed by Boston-based Ann Beha Architects, the student center is now a central focal point of the campus as it has been designated the preferred drop-off and pick-up site for the students. Built on a quiet side street, the building's front provides ample room to spot arriving parents.
Responding to the desires of creating an efficient green building, the architects shaded the student center's interior and exterior be extending the curtain wall's aluminum "ribs." The operable windows are fitted with glass designed to cool the interior and yet provide maximum outside visibility. In addition, an insulating green roof provides further reduction in heating and cooling costs.
Occupying a site once devoted to the school's garbage dumpsters, the building now provides a link between the middle school and the once isolated offices. Set in Providence's historic East Side, a neighborhood filled with brownstones and ivy covered houses, the building's modern, modest design of concrete, exposed glass, and aluminum has received few opposition as the design provides a perfect complimentary link between the old and new architectural styles.
Be sure to read Martina Windels’ article titled "Wheeler’s Lovely New Building" in the Providence Journal.
See The Wheeler School's site for more information and videos about the new building.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the signs for the building as well as The Wheeler School’s visual identity and branding program and campus sign system.
Be sure to read Martina Windels' article Wheeler's lovely new building in Sunday's Providence Journal (read article). "The Wheeler School is to be commended for being bold and showing us that well-designed and beautifully executed contemporary architecture can, not only peacefully co-exist with, but enhance existing buildings...," writes Martina, and we couldn't agree with her more.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the signs for the building as well as The Wheeler School's visual identity and branding program and campus sign system.
See Wheeler's site for more information and videos about the new building.
Malcolm Grear Designers developed the donor recognition sign system, including a large glass wall in Science Alley that recognizes the Center's founding donors. The wall engages people using an optical phenomenon — the space behind the donor names becomes frosted when viewed straight-on and becomes clear when viewed from an angle. The Center's numerous contributors are acknowledged throughout the public, education, and gallery spaces.
Visit the Connecticut Science Center site: www.ctsciencecenter.org
Photo provided by Connecticut Science Center.
After a period of slow sales, Brown's bookstore decided to make a drastic change. Other university bookstore's have been bought out by chain store corporations such as Borders and Barnes and Nobles. But Brown students and staff members fought this notion, and won.
Bookstore employees traveled to other stores around the country and came back with fresh ideas about how to make the store more appealing. Now, along with a wide selection of books, textbooks, apparel and school paraphernalia, the new store features a computer center, dorm furnishings, and a café.
Continuing its long line of work with Brown University, Malcolm Grear Designers was commissioned to design the new interior signs and wayfinding system. The signs work to enhance the Brown University brand and to create a clean and coherent messaging system that works in concert with the new character of the Bookstore.
Located in downtown Hartford, the Connecticut Science Center is scheduled to open June 12. The center's 150 exhibits housed in the 10 theme based galleries are designed for older children and teens. The exhibits will be hands-on learning experiences with the goal of promoting science literacy.
The striking building featuring glass exterior walls and a unique "magic carpet" roof with a garden was designed by the Argentinian based architect Cesar Pelli, who has completed over 100 major commissions worldwide including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the International Finance Center in Hong Kong.
Malcolm Grear Designers was hired to develop an interior donor recognition system for the new building. The main donor wall includes the names of all the donors silk-screened on a large central glass wall. The wall becomes frosted when viewed from the front and appears clear when viewed at an angle. The recognition system features several levels of signs for galleries, theater, café, etc.
The center's website has the most current opening date and ticket information.
Additional information can be obtained from the Hartford Courant.
Brown University recently broke ground for their new Creative Arts Center to be named the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, a $40-million arts center designed by New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The three story building will feature six different floor levels, split at half-story intervals, that will allow students to be able to easily view the adjacent spaces, up and below. The 35,000 square foot building will include an art gallery, a film-screening room, a recording studio, a multimedia lab, three production studios, and outside will be an amphitheater.
Malcolm Grear Designers developed the signs and donor recognition system for the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Diller Scofidio + Renfro's cutting edge museum on Boston's waterfront.
Read Nicolai Ouroussoff's review of the new Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Don't miss the slide show which includes several views of the Museum as well many well known works by I. M. Pei. Malcolm Grear Designers developed the digital presentations for the Museum of Islamic Art's press events, announcing this impressive Museum and collection to an international arts audience.
The new Museum of Islamic Art opens next week In Doha, Qatar. The Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, includes the 41,000 square feet of gallery space organized around a domed atrium. The New York Times article, "In Qatar, an Art Museum of Imposing Simplicity," highlights I.M. Pei's latest achievement. Malcolm Grear Designers created the press event presentations which introduced the new Museum to a worldwide audience.
MGD had previously collaborated with I.M. Pei to develop the environmental graphics for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Read the article in the New York Times.
Salve Regina University officially dedicated the Antone Academic Center for Culture and the Arts—in honor of Sister M. Therese Antone's thirty years of service—with the unveiling of a new sign designed by Malcolm Grear Designers. Set amongst the campus' beautiful buildings, the stonycreek granite sign feels right at home in its historic surroundings. The sign was fabricated by Riverside Stone Company.
The Antone Academic Center will house art studios, galleries, classrooms and lectures halls, as well as, computer classrooms and laboratories.
View a video of the unveiling provided by the Providence Journal.
Check out Michael Skocpol’s recent article in the Brown Daily Herald, which provides an in-depth look at Brown University President, Ruth Simmons’ bold vision for bringing sweeping improvements to the University’s campus, facilities, and programs.
You will see photos that accompany the article showing the Building Brown construction fence-wraps, maps, and wayfinding sign system, all developed by Malcolm Grear Designers. This effort helps Brown to beautify the areas under construction and to guide students, faculty, visitors, and the local residents through the campus.
Roger Mummert’s informative article “Where Greek Ideals Meet New England Charm,” profiles several Athenaeum libraries in the New England region including the Providence Athenaeum.
Click here to read the article. Be sure to check out their slide show.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the Providence Athenaeum’s recent publication Inquire Within: A Social History of the Providence Athenaeum since 1753 by Jane Lancaster (shown above). The 220-page book was produced as a soft-cover as well as a handsome hard-cover in a cloth-covered box.
Starting in the summer of 2007, Malcolm Grear Designers designed a system of fence-wraps and wayfinding for Brown University’s program of facilities renovation and new construction. As part of Brown’s Plan for Academic Enrichment initiative, “Building Brown” will transform the core campus, enhancing not only the quality of academic life, but the quality of community life as well. For the duration of the project, the system developed by Malcolm Grear Designers provides thousands of feet of construction fence-wrap (with a repeating collage of buildings), directional signs and maps, and a hand-held map provided to students.
Designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, the exhibit "David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture" has brought the process of drawing into the public arena. The show is on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC through May 8, 2008.Read More
David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture opened this weekend at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. This much-anticipated exhibition focuses on the fascinating creative process behind the work of acclaimed illustrator and author, David Macaulay. Malcolm Grear Designers was hired to create a comprehensive branding program for the exhibition that included: the identity for the exhibit, design of the exhibition, publication and collateral materials.