Design Review – Crosstown Substation

As designers and curators of space, sometimes it takes time for our vision and intent to be fully realized in the built environment.  This can happen because the resources required to execute the vision aren’t available, or it could be that the stakeholders we originally sold on the design are no longer in place.  Unfortunately at times our vision isn’t fully realized because we didn’t clearly communicate our intent loud enough so that those that need to hear it get it.   As we take this moment to recognize projects from our past and present we think Crosstown Substation completed in 2013 warrants a mention as one of the most underutilized and unrecognized projects in Kansas City.

Pendulum was presented with the challenge of creating an architectural buffer between pedestrian traffic and high voltage electrical equipment that occupies an entire city block at the intersection of 18th Street and Holmes in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, MO.  Our solution ornamentally wrapped Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel around white concrete panels designed to display projected still and motion video (see image of full size mock up below).  A kinetic display of light was designed by artist Jim Woodfill to interact with the patterned weathering steel to create splashes of color and programmed motion.

Although the static white painted concrete panels that surround the substation survived several years without significant graffiti, sadly due to low traffic and the absence of curated projected art, we’ve seen an increase of vandalism over the past two years.  As we transition from winter to spring and the kick off of First Fridays in the Crossroads we’d love to see the substation utilized to its full potential and as intended.  Our vision for Crosstown Substation is a hub of pedestrian activity, a backdrop for local digital art, films, fashion shows, automotive gatherings, community events, cultural gatherings, concerts, etc.  The videos included in this blog represent a small cross section of what can be, hopefully a planted seed that one day blossoms into something much larger.  Stay tuned…this could be good!

For a virtual tour of our design click the link: Crosstown Substation Tour

 

 

Fuse District Groundbreaking Ceremony!

October 3rd, 2019 marked the beginning of construction for the Fuse District Multi-sport Complex.  Congratulations to the City of Gastonia staff for their tenacity and determination, to Mayor Walker Reid for his leadership and vision, and to the Gastonia City Council for their ongoing support for the project.

During the next fourteen months Rodgers Builders will work to transform the existing 9.4 acre downtown site into a beautiful community green space.

Click the rotating image above to take the virtual tour of the project.  Stay tuned for upcoming  project updates and announcements.

 

Brewery Emperial Web Interactive Launch

 

Brewery Emperial is one of those projects that is best described by experiencing it.  The next time you’re in the Kansas City Creative Crossroads be sure to stop in a grab a pint, let it all soak in.  In fact…call us we’ll meet you there and have a pint of that good brew too.

Click the rotating image above to take the virtual tour of the project.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements, more projects will be added.

East Village Apartments Web Interactive launch

Someone said we only design ballparks…

Completed in 2013, East Village Apartments is located in downtown Kansas City, MO.  The project was honored with the 2013 EDC Cornerstone Award for Residential Buildings.

Click the rotating image above to take the virtual tour of the project.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements, more projects will be added.

Congrats To The Macon Bacon On A Great Season!!!

The Macon Bacon – members of the Coastal Plains League, have now completed two seasons in Historic Luther Williams Field located in Macon, GA.  Pendulum was the lead designer and architect of record for the project  completed in the spring of 2018.

The Bacon advanced all the way to the final round of the playoffs this season competing for the Petitt Cup.  Although they lost to the Morehead City Marlins in the final game of the series, the Bacon played a spectacular season providing unparalleled entertainment for their community and fans.

In honor of the Macon Bacon’s great 2019 season we have chosen Luther Williams Field as our next web interactive launch.

Click the rotating image above to take the virtual tour of the project.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements, more projects will be added.

Buck O’Neil Education Center – Web Interactive Project Launch

Our latest web interactive release is a design concept for upgrades to the Buck O’Neil Eduction Center located in the 18th & Vine Jazz District of Kansas City, MO at the corner of 18th street and Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Paseo Blvd.).

Pendulum was retained by the City of Kansas City, MO to conceptualize  renovations and add an iconic feature to the north facade of the building that is identifiable from several blocks away.  Our scope included the addition of vertical circulation in the form of a pedestrian ramp, stairs and a passenger elevator.  The scope was then expanded to include additional storage, an open air elevated cafe deck, and a freight elevator connecting the basement and the first two floors above the grade level.  The improvements in total will enhance the operator’s ability to substantially expand his/her offerings to private entities and the community.

Click the rotating image above to take the virtual tour of the project.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements, more projects will be added.

 

Pendulum Launches New Web Interactive Project Feature!

Pendulum is pleased to announce a new website feature now live in our portfolio.  We are kicking things of with the multi-award wining Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats.

Visitors are welcome to drag their mouse or finger across their computer screen or smart device and rotate the digital model in a walking tour of the ballpark.  There are hot spots that can be clicked to launch enraged images and brief descriptions of featured areas.

Jonathan Cole, founding principal of Kansas City, MO based Pendulum stated “virtual reality and 3D visualization is an important part of our daily process from the very beginning stages of design.  We communicate the sometimes crazy ideas rolling around in our head in real time and in a human scale which in my mind is a great advantage over the historic use of scaled physical models.  Our clients no longer have to interpret our drawings because we are placing them in our models at every meeting, it’s an environment that feels very real.  This new web feature also allows us to engage the public/fan and experience the ballpark before they arrive at a game…they’ll know what to expect; we think that’s powerful.”

Click the rotating image above to launch our new interactive feature.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements, more ballparks will be added.