BWA in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

BWA’s design of the Vidigal School has been selected for the Brazilian Pavillion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. ‘Escola Vidigal’ is a tuition free school of art, design and technology, conceived by the artist Vik Muniz and dedicated to the children living in Rio de Janeiro’s Favela Vidigal.

The project will be on exhibit at the Giardini Gardens in Venice
from May 28 until November 27, 2016.

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Breakthrough Prize Fabrication

The Breakthrough Prize honors important achievements in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. BWArchitects is honored to be on the team that designs the gala events at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. We are also responsible for the production and delivery of the awards to the laureates.

This behind-the-scenes video documents the delivery of the Olafur Eliasson designed trophy. Titanium 3D prints are received from our direct metal laser sintering fabricator and then further refined to a reflective finish by our team in New York. Custom boxes are inscribed with individual plaques before delivery to NASA.

Photos of our event design for the 2015 gala can be seen in this gallery.

Learn more about the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science at the Breakthrough Prize website.

Aspen Ideas Pavillon

BWArchitects was delighted to be part of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival in June.

The festival’s main entry pavilion and registration center were designed and fabricated in part by our team. Two large LED chandeliers, branded plywood bollards and laser cut glass and acrylic lettering were among our design-build contributions.

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White House Correspondence Dinner After Party

Basil shares his design insight with the Washington Post in planning the Vanity Fair-Bloomberg party at French Ambassador Araud’s residence:

This weekend’s Vanity Fair-Bloomberg party is the sixth to be held at the property — during the renovation, the event took place at the Italian ambassador’s residence — and repeat visitors will be checking out the new decor. But much of the fine furniture will be moved out, carefully, to make room for and protect it from the 400 to 500 guests, according to Basil Walter, an architect and design consultant to Vanity Fair. “Each year the reputation of the party grows, and we end up taking out more furniture,” Walter says. “We do things differently to create a look and a feel. We often illuminate the trees and decorate the lawn and pool area so people can go outside.

Walter says planning the party is a blast. “That house has real presence. It’s a difficult thing to take a historical building and mix contemporary art and modern gestures and still have it all work. But this house has great bones, and that’s what makes it easy to decorate and make festive.


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Behind the Scenes at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

From our initial design concepts through the completed build out, the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party is challenging, exciting and glamorous  In a new location at the heart of Beverly Hills, our temporary structure sets the stage for the biggest night in Hollywood.