You gotta hop on a Metrolink train and ride to Claremont if you want to check out Rafael Vinoly's latest work. (Or you can view the steel beams via the webcam.) The New York-based architect, whose list of work includes everything from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to the Tokyo International Forum to the Vdara Hotel at Vegas' CityCenter, is behind the under-construction Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College, a new 162,000 square-foot academic and administrative facility that's being billed as the western gateway to the campus. Replacing Pitzer Hall, the building broke ground in 2008 and is expected to be finished by spring 2011, according to a rep for the college. Meanwhile, Rafael Viñoly-Menendez, the Los Angeles-based project director for the Kravis Center and the nephew of the architect, sat down shortly after the ground-breaking with the college's magazine to talk about everything from Kravis's cooling features to blob architecture to the brutality of the profession. "What I found is that the people who come into architecture usually do so against a great deal of difficulty. Most of these programs work you fairly long hours, and design reviews are in large measure an exercise in managing humiliation."
· Chatting with the Architect [Claremont McKenna]
· Kravis Center Project [Claremont McKenna]