32 episodes

From historic homes to contemporary architecture, brick is one of the most popular design elements around the world. However, it's easy to get the impression that creative use of brick can be limited. This podcast shares the inspiring stories of architectural leaders and how ideas of the past inspired ingenious designs of today. Each episode will stretch the imagination and fuel your next innovative solution with brick.

Design Vault Glen-Gery // Gābl Media

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

From historic homes to contemporary architecture, brick is one of the most popular design elements around the world. However, it's easy to get the impression that creative use of brick can be limited. This podcast shares the inspiring stories of architectural leaders and how ideas of the past inspired ingenious designs of today. Each episode will stretch the imagination and fuel your next innovative solution with brick.

    The Brendan Iribe Center with Simon Trumble

    The Brendan Iribe Center with Simon Trumble

    In this episode of Design Vault, Doug speaks with Simon Trumble, design principal at HDR Architecture in Baltimore, Maryland.
    Visit glengery.com/design-vault to see photos and additional information as you listen along.
    The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering in College Park, Maryland is designed for work in virtual and augmented reality computer vision, robotics and computing platforms.
    The university describes the new building as a reimagined kinetic hub for the campus. The building is both inwardly and outwardly focused, connecting the university with a new innovation district and is easily visible from its prominent location. The dynamic building plan is comprised of two main components: a six story instructional and research space, and a 300 person auditorium joined by a connector.
    The main feature of this building is a large glass facade characterized by an inventive curtain wall system that controls solar gain while creating the optical illusion of movement. Interestingly, the campus architecture happens to be deeply rooted in a classical neo Georgian architectural tradition. For this reason, Brick was used in a number of ways as common wall sections and knee walls, parametrically modeled wall patterns and as the main exterior feature of the Antonoff Auditorium. 

    • 35 min
    TCS Hall with Kent Suhrbier

    TCS Hall with Kent Suhrbier

    In this episode of Design Vault, Doug speaks with Kent Suhrbier, principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
    Visit glengery.com/design-vault to see photos and additional information as you listen along.
    Carnegie Mellon University built TCS Hall, which is a new academic building on Forbes Avenue at the western edge of its campus. The project aimed to allow for future expansion and create connections between the campus and the nearby community.
    It was designed to accommodate both private and university users, providing flexible spaces for collaboration while respecting the need for privacy. The finished project, an 88,000 square foot LEED gold certified facility, was done in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services. The building houses the Institute for Software Research, the Master of Science in Computational Finance Program, the Center for Business Engagement and the TCS Think Tank, all of which promote academic research, innovation and professional development.
    The partnered brickwork drew inspiration from the original Horn Postle campus architecture, reflecting the economic significance of brick as a building material in Pittsburgh. This was combined with terracotta and glass to create a balanced, contemporary aesthetic. Various colors and coursing a brick appear across the elevations, such as running bond, stacked and soldier. The brick walls subtly undulate as they mix with flat, dark window bars that dance across the facade.
    A cost effective approach was taken to create the rhythmic facade pattern using the logic of binary base code to develop the esthetic modules.

    • 28 min
    29 Huron with Vicente Quiroga

    29 Huron with Vicente Quiroga

    In this episode of Design Vault, Doug speaks with Vicente Quiroga, registered architect and project manager at Morris Adjmi Architects in New York City
    Visit glengery.com/design-vault to see photos and additional information as you listen along.
    The Huron is a mixed use multifamily 13 story 266,000 square foot building with ground floor retail and high end amenities. In order to account for the narrow site geometry and flood zone, multiple massing schemes were studied with an objective to maximize height and floor area distribution and prioritize views.
    The building is defined by 2 13 story towers connected by a shared lobby whose step forms narrow on the higher floors. The two tower massing maximizes unobstructed views across the East River, taking advantage of its exceptional waterfront location. Due to the building's location in a flood zone, Morris Adjmi coordinated closely with consultants to provide active flood protection solutions such as deployable flood barriers, temporary stairs, flood vents and flood resistant glazing at storefronts. Located within the building's podium, many of the Huron's amenity spaces fall within the design flood elevation, including the indoor pool. Flood resistant glazing within these spaces maintains transparency. The building's glass and steel towers reflect Greenpoint's industrial heritage, while the rough brick podium is inspired by the materials and scale of surrounding warehouses. The heavily gridded facade is comprised of a window wall system featuring I-beam profiles on the pillars.

    • 29 min
    55 Brighton Avenue with Rob Clocker

    55 Brighton Avenue with Rob Clocker

    In this episode of Design Vault, Doug speaks with Rob Clocker, Vice President and Managing Principal at Hacin Architecture and Design at Boston, MA.
    Visit glengery.com/design-vault to see photos and additional information as you listen along.
    55 Brighton is a mixed use commercial project that marks the completion of the Packard Crossing housing development in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The building transforms a once underutilized site that previously housed retail and parking lots.
    Transform the site into a vibrant and sustainable addition to the community. The architecture pays homage to the area's manufacturing heritage. The design concept reflects the vibrant streetscape patterns and automotive detailing. The building contains nearly 100,000 square feet of finished space, with an additional 70,000 square feet allocated to structured parking. The project reinterprets the rhythms and scale of the surrounding block, while paying homage to the area's automotive heritage.
    The facade, with its distinctive folded fan like design, draws nostalgic inspiration from the wing tails of iconic 1950s automobiles. This design move prompted by the adjacent historic Packard Manufacturing facility. The brick details tie into the fabric of the neighborhood and add warmth and familiarity. While metal panels at the top floor create a dynamic visual contrast to the brick facade.
    The complex embraces sustainable design strategies and materials such as low flow fixtures, solar panels and groundwater recharge.

    • 28 min
    389 Weirfield with Tom Loftus

    389 Weirfield with Tom Loftus

    In this episode of Design Vault, Doug speaks with Tom Loftus, Studio Director at Aufgang Architects in Suffern, New York.
    Visit glengery.com/design-vault to see photos and additional information as you listen along.
    389 Weirfield in Brooklyn is a 12 story 50,000 square foot rental project consisting of 66 residential units, a common roof deck, library and cafe. The building was constructed along with a second at 378 Weirfield just across the street.
    The building features a very unique singular masonry facade we'll discuss today. The sole decorative facade is done in undulating rail like bricks, which is in a creative vertical design. The bricks are dark and called Ebonite Smooth. They protrude in patterns at equally spaced cadence as the facade climbs. The windows are set apart from the vertical masonry bands with frames of varying height, which capture the windows between the horizontal spans. The singular brick facade was a unique way of setting apart a building that might otherwise be much like any other.

    • 25 min
    1 Java with Jeremy Iannucci

    1 Java with Jeremy Iannucci

    In this episode of Design Vault, Doug speaks with Jeremy Iannucci, a registered architect at Marvel in New York City.
    Visit glengery.com/design-vault to see photos and additional information as you listen along.
    1 Java is a mixed use residential series of buildings located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The project responds to the New York City housing market and owners' needs addressing sustainability, constructability, risk mitigation, tax incentives and marketability.
    The Development Investment Strategy required a net zero ready design and maximization of floor area. The project includes the largest geothermal array in New York State. The building will participate in the 421A affordable New York and inclusionary housing program, which provides up to 261 affordable housing units out of a total of 871. The new architecture consists of two towers, of prefabricated concrete sheet panels and three lower buildings varying from 6 to 10 storeys with brick masonry facades.
    All five buildings rise from Greenpoint in a U-shape plan to maximize light views and open space. Terraces on the east and west. Facades of the towers modulate the elevation while creating private terraces for units and amenity spaces. Retail, food and beverage and live workspaces are consolidated along West and India streets. Townhomes share setback stoops, and a small secondary convenience lobby for the low rise along Java Street.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Design Vault #1 ,

A Inspirational and enlightening podcast

As a listener, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and a newfound appreciation for the architectural wonders featured on Design Vault. Whether I'm driving, working, or relaxing, the podcast offers a delightful escape into the world of design, inspiring me to view the built environment through a fresh lens of different architects.

Design Vault by Glen-Gery is a remarkable podcast that seamlessly combines architecture, history, and storytelling. Its diverse range of architects, thoughtfully curated projects, and captivating narratives make it a must-listen for anyone passionate about design, history, and the profound influence of architecture on our lives. Prepare to be inspired, enlightened, and utterly enthralled by this exceptional podcast.

Wrestling_Mark10 ,

Amazing podcast!

Design Vault is a very easy listen and have enjoyed each episode thus far! It is highly informative and educational, and a go to for learning about brick from some of the best architects around. A+ show!

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