Next door to NIH and Walter Reed Medical Center, Flats 8300 promises to become a landmark in Bethesda. For us, the project has been another great occasion to enact ornament in and for the 21st century.
The Bloomer sculpture, prominently placed, marks the entry. Metal and masonry ornamentation integrated with the building architecture celebrate the new apartment tower and new public plaza.
8300 Flats Entry Ornament
The lights are on again – Alex Cooper’s lighting design, the subtle, slow-moving brush of color, brings the wings to life. Thank you, Alex, for the pictures!
It is great to discover that Norfolk is eagerly awaiting the opening of the library!
Here is the enthusiastic article from September in AltDaily by Penny Neef:
In September the Forum Facade sails, the Children’s Room frieze and the last leaves and tendrils of the Loggia trellis found their place in the Library. Kent gave an interview for The Pilot:
Phil Hutinet, of East City Art, writes “Travelers entering Washington, DC via New York Avenue are now welcomed by “Gateway Wings,” a public art piece situated along the newly refurbished New York Avenue bridge that crosses the marshaling yards north of Union Station.
“The erection of “Gateway Wings” marks the resurgence of “ornamentation” in Washington, an architectural trend which all but disappeared in the second half of the twentieth century not only here but across the globe.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Bloomerstudio’s newest project, Gateway Wings, in Washington D.C.’s NOMA district, was dedicated on October 24th.
Photos by Michael Baker for the DDOT
The studio is in full production mode, fabricating facade and ceiling ornament for the Slover Library addition in Norfolk, VA.
Fabrication continues for the New York Avenue Bridge Gateway in Washington D.C. Here, a quick break with nearly the entire crew.
‘Architects and Mimetic Rivalry,’ by Rene Girard, Leon Krier, Samir Younes and Kent Bloomer is now available. The book is a collection of essays which discuss competition and quarrel among architects. Kent Bloomer discusses how rivalries among modern architects pushed ornament into the cross-hairs.
Papadakis press, 2012. Available for purchase at Amazon.