Architects often face the task of recreating the reimagining the current state of affairs in order to create a building that isn’t out of style. A lot of inspiration and passions goes into what they build, and it is one discipline that requires years of training and determination.
Modern architectural marvels have become something of a commonality since we almost see a new every day. This can be attributed to the progress in technology and efficiency in engineering techniques.
Architecture has become a job that governments have had to outsource to their own public, and it has more often than not, brought up some of the best structures of all time.
Let us look at a few.
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Standing at nearly an astounding 3000 feet, this structure is often given the honor of being the tallest human-made structures in the world, and the Burj Khalifa is today used for office as well as residential purposes.
Apart from the above, Burj Khalifa also houses an Armani hotel as well as an observation deck. One can only wonder how the structure stands with such magnificence and strength in the middle of the desert.
The structure of the Burj Khalifa is covered with glass which perfectly goes with the rising Arabian sun.
2. The Shard, London
The Shard is the tallest structure in Western Europe, and it is most notable for how it changed the British skyline. It is also clear from the building that many of the elements were inspired by how churches were constructed.
The glass windows give off a beautiful mirror image of the photogenic British sky as well as the city that is surrounding the building. The building, just like Burj Khalifa, houses offices, apartments and also a hotel.
An observation deck is also available which will enable a view that spans across 40 miles in all direction.
3. Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou
Since the turn of the century, China has emerged as a future global leader, and this has reflected in how they have evolved when it comes to architecture as well.
Designed by the famous Zaha Hadid, the Guangzhou Opera House stands right in the middle of the city of Guangzhou. The Opera House also features two unique structures that are quite free-flowing.
The first one is a house which can fit approximately 2000 guests whereas the second one can house about 400 guests.
By Andy Davis|2019-01-11T15:51:53+00:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Home|
In order to really be comfortable in your new home, it is essential to really accept that this is going to be where you live and spend the majority of your time. After everything has been unpacked, the pantry stocked and the blinds put in place, you may still feel as though something is lacking.
You may experience said feeling for weeks, maybe even months on end and at other times, it will disappear almost immediately.
Let us look at some of the ways through which you can make your home feel more like home.
1. The Importance Of Art On Walls
As soon as you move into a house, you need to hang art and pictures so that the walls can resonate and be in touch with a vibe. Doing this later will only make things more uneasy since you will be in the process of getting used to the feeling that you got in the first place and not this one.
It will also make you a tiny bit happy as well if research is anything to go by. Your individuality will also shine through more prominently when you hang art.
You might have felt how amazing it feels when you slip into newly washed sheets and how uneasy it is when you slept on a putrid and worn out bed sheet.
Stay on top of the cleaning process and try not to live in clutter since only then will you be able to construct a cozy and liveable place.
Keep with laundry by having specific days of the week set aside just for this task. You must also wash your towels as well as your curtains from time to time so that they remain fresh.
Make sure the floors and walls are also clean from time to time.
3. What Was Dear To You As A Child
Most people relate more with the feel and ambiance when it reminds them of their childhood and in order to bring in the same feeling, have items that were dear to you when you were young and place them all around the house.
Although you won’t be able to replicate how it used to be precisely, you will instead be able to add something more unique and valuable in the process. Said item can range from an action figure to even a board game that you absolutely adored as a kid.
A dear friend and colleague, Samuel B. Long, Jr., of Hershey’s Mill, formerly of Newtown Square, died on Aug. 22, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Shell) who died in 2000 after 50 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Kenneth (Beth) and Samuel III (Jane); and is also survived by his grandson, Mark Long (Rachel); and his sister, Bettie Calhoun. He was born in Lancaster County, and graduated from Drexel University. Sam was a World War II veteran. He was a VP and on the planning commission in Newtown Township and loved golf and traveling.
Since 2007, Sam was employed part time here at MGA as a structural engineer, most recently working on our projects for Gateway Ticketing and Keystone Villa at Ephrata. However, our history with Sam goes back 40+ years when he and Dick Tann owned and operated their structural engineering firm, of Long and Tann, Inc., in Philadelphia.
During our long association with Long and Tann, Inc., we completed hundreds of projects of various scopes and size. Sam’s 60+ years of experience in structural engineering was invaluable and he was a great asset to our firm. He is greatly missed and we offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends in this difficult time.
We are pleased to announce that Robert B. Conklin, AIA, Scott O. Graham, AIA, LEED AP +, and Michael S. Nolan, AIA, LEED AP were appointed Associates at the firm in September. All three staff members play leading roles in the design of the firm’s most recent major projects.
Robert, of Oley, PA, has a wide range of architectural experience, in projects ranging from educational buildings to commercial office buildings to elderly housing facilities. Bob is involved in all phases of projects, from programing through construction administration. He is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Conklin currently serves as Project Architect on several projects for Conrad Weiser Area School District and Muhlenberg School District. Included in his portfolio are three LEED certified buildings, with the completion of Conrad Weiser West Elementary in 2012, pending LEED Gold certification.
Scott, of Lititz, PA, holds a Master of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and he became a licensed architect in 2012. Mr. Graham has been an integral team member of Muhlenberg Greene’s premiere projects since coming to the firm in 2010. He participates in all aspects of project design and documentation, including LEED project certification. His experience on projects, ranging from traditional residences to modern commercial office buildings, has fostered a capacity to create aesthetically pleasing and functional spaces. Scott brings a decade of BIM expertise to MGA’s design team. In addition to his architectural activities, he is continually working to further integrate and advance our BIM initiatives, in order to bring the best possible value to our Clients. Scott is the Project Architect for the new Retirement Community, Keystone Villa, under construction in Ephrata.
Michael, of Birdsboro, PA, is a 1997 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Pennsylvania and AIA Eastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Nolan participates in all aspects of the projects, from pre-design through owner occupancy, specializing in project documentation and engineering systems coordination. His work has included federal, state, public, non-profit, and private projects. Mike’s experience as an Air Force Officer and Fighter Pilot provides a unique talent to the staff at Muhlenberg Greene. Mr. Nolan utilizes his design sensibility, technical background and environmental awareness to fully explore and integrate building systems to create efficient, functional and delightful spaces to meet the Client’s needs and budget. Michael is currently the Project Architect for the new Gateway Ticketing Headquarters under construction in Colebrookdale Township.
I thought it would be fun to create a series of posts showcasing some of the incredible projects in Reading that are a part of the history of Muhlenberg Greene Architects. It wasn’t until I started searching our photo archives that I was reintroduced to some of the buildings I remember so vividly, and others I wish I could remember. Among our records are photographs of renderings and sketches that were drawn by our founder, Frederick A. Muhlenberg, or Henry E. Muhlenberg (his partner in Muhlenberg Yerkes Muhlenberg). It is not known if these were commissioned by the client at the time the project was designed or if they were completed at a later date; we suspect a combination of both. Whatever the reason, I am certainly glad they exist because we have some gems to share.
There are many examples we could present, but in this series we will focus on some of the well-known Reading landmarks that are part of the legacy of our firm.
First up is one of my absolute favorite buildings Mr. Muhlenberg designed. As a little girl in the mid-1960s I remember “window shopping” along Penn Street with my grandmother, and Croll and Keck’s store was one of the must-see stops on our walk.
Croll & Keck, a store specializing in men’s and boy’s apparel, was located on the south side of the 600 block of Penn Street, situated next door to Pomeroy’s Department Store. The Croll & Keck store was designed by Mr. Muhlenberg in 1927. As you can see in these photographs, its claim to fame was the beautiful lobby ceiling, which was what I was drawn to as a child. I’m told the colors of the ceiling tiles were blue, but my memory can’t recall this exactly. What I do remember as a child is how different this store was from all the others in town.
Unfortunately this building, along with (too) many others, was demolished around 1971 in order to make way for the proposed Reading Downtown Mall which never materialized.
With Christmas approaching, many of us begin to reminisce to Christmases past. Since we featured our Snowflake Day festivities last Friday, we have had some fun looking through photos from the past. We uncovered some evidence of the office snowflakes in this holiday photo from 1988. Recognize anyone?
Muhlenberg Greene Architects Staff photo at Christmas 1988
Below is a more recent photo, from 1993, of some of the Principals, Dennis Rex, Howard Quaintance, former Principal, James Dockey, and Larry Greene. Looking around the office today, some of the people may have changed, but the ambiance and festivities still remain vibrant.