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Reviews
on 4/6/16

Text by Eduard Kögel

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Reviews
on 4/4/16

Like a flashback to America in the 1950s and 1960s, Chioco Design's design for Torchy's Tacos latest Austin outpost is unabashedly retro. Its angled columns, scalloped roofs and prominent signage harks back to the roadside architecture of those doo-wop decades. Chioco Design answered...

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Reviews
on 3/28/16

A palette of brick, wood, glass and translucent wall panels defines the enclosure of Neumann Monson Architects' elegantly simple Career Academy of Pella in Iowa. The building is the first piece – and a very promising...

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Reviews
on 3/21/16

A precedent photo from LEVER Architecture shows a tree in the process of being felled, an angular chunk removed from its trunk. This image resonates with the section of the TreeHouse, which contends with a sharp drop from one side of the site to the other by a bridge and a glazed wrapping...

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Reviews
on 3/14/16

Nashville, Tennessee, is world renowned for its country music scene. It's no surprise that it carries the nickname Music City, and it's also no surprise that a world-class amphitheater is a major component in a new riverfront park. Designed by California's Hodgetts+Fung,...

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Reviews
on 3/9/16

The Orthopedic Clinic located in Ushiku city, Ibaraki prefecture, was designed by Matsuyama Architect and Associates. We asked design principle Masakatsu Matsuyama about the project.

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Reviews
on 3/7/16

A parking lot in the center of Stanford University's campus has been admirably transformed into a place of calm for students, faculty and the larger community. Aidlin darling design describes the Windhover Contemplation Center as "a unification of art,...

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Reviews
on 2/29/16

"Dead malls" are an unfortunate side effect of the United States' mix of sprawl, auto dependence and short-lived retail trends. They are also opportunities for developers and architects to create new places built upon the malls' old bones. In Glastonbury, Connecticut, this...

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Reviews
on 2/22/16

A series of one-story volumes covered in a varied material palette gives this one-story house near the Pacific Ocean its distinct, village-like character. The design takes advantage of its natural setting through large openings and numerous terraces. The architects at Wnuk Spurlock answered a...

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Reviews
on 2/15/16

At first glance, this 8,000-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, California, does not appear to be nearly as large as its size indicates. This stems from the fact architect Noah Walker and his design-build Walker Workshop placed two-thirds of the house below-grade, in order to protect trees on...

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Reviews
on 2/8/16

In name, this house recalls Little House on the Prairie, the books and television series about one family's life in the American Midwest in the late 1800s. It's fitting then that Little House on the Ferry is composed of three separate volumes rather than one: moving from...

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Reviews
on 2/1/16

Studio Twenty Seven Architecture and Leo A Daly formed a joint venture to realize “La Casa,” the first permanent supportive housing project for the District’s Department of Human Services. A lively facade of glass and two types of wall panels makes the building...

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Reviews
on 1/28/16

In 2009 the central government began the so-named Go West campaign to improve infrastructure and stimulate industrial growth in western inland provinces. Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province, is one of the centres identified by this campaign. More than ten million inhabitants live in this...

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Reviews
on 1/25/16

The expansion of the private Khabele School's campus in Austin, Texas, started modestly for architect Tim Derrington: "simple additions, small permitting projects, even the design of a perimeter fence." But it blossomed into the school's first new building,...

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Reviews
on 1/18/16

The 20th century witnessed the development of a number of philosophical movements addressing early childhood education, such as the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches, both born in Italy. In the latter, teachers facilitate the children's creative learning in environments that enable...

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Reviews
on 1/11/16

The aptly named Tree House, designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture for a site in South Austin, wraps itself around a sizable oak tree, making it an integral part of the owners' daily lives. The architect sent us some photographs and drawings, and answered a few questions about the house.

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Reviews
on 1/4/16

Rising like crystals from its lakeside landscape, Taylor and Miller's Lake House appears to close itself from its surroundings. Actually the striking, contemporary home opens itself up strategically to frame vistas near and far and connect the residents to the Berkshires landscape. The...

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Reviews
on 12/17/15

Architectural Lighting Group (ALG), the firm behind the lighting design at Toshima Ecomusee Town, frequently works collaboratively with architects to develop architectural lighting that is fully integrated with structures. This time, ALG joined forces with Kengo Kuma, an architect that the firm...

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Reviews
on 12/13/15

On 12 May 2008 the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province of China destroyed thousands of lives within minutes. The affected area lies just a little more than one hundred kilometres north of Chengdu at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains. More than 70,000 people were killed and an additional...

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Reviews
on 11/16/15

Not many buildings require a ballistics consultant, but it is a necessity when it comes to shooting ranges. Berlin's magma architecture completed their second one this year, for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games (TO2015), following the shooting venues they...

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Reviews
on 11/2/15

With the opening last month of the the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, the larger Sugar Hill Development is complete. The 13-story building designed by the firm of David Adjaye also consists of an early childhood center, 124 units of affordable...

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Reviews
on 11/1/15

This private residence located in the city of Ushiki, Ibaraki Prefecture, was designed by Kanagawa Prefecture-based Yashima Architect and Associates. The firm specializes in residential design, and so takes particular care in addressing issues such as what a home should be and how it should...

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Reviews
on 10/20/15

In their design for the very first children's museum in Bulgaria, New York's Lee H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership (LHSA+DP) designed a simple, L-shaped glass volume that is pierced by three faceted objects, what they refer to as "mountains."...

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Reviews
on 10/13/15

On October 9th the much-anticipated Grace Farms River Building designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA was inaugurated. The building is made up of five glass-enclosed volumes strung together along a sinuous covered walkway that follows the contours of its beautiful Connecticut...

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Reviews
on 10/9/15

The Buddhist Pun Chun Yuen Kwun Yum Temple in Tai Po belongs to the Lotus Association in Hong Kong. Annette Chu and her firm Eureka worked on the renovation of the temple park and transformed one temple hall into an ancestor hall by covering the original structure with a layer of timber...

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Reviews
on 10/1/15

Designed by Hokkaido’s Atelier BNK, Numata Elementary School is located in the town of Numata, where heavy snow blankets the ground for more than half the year. The architects put the children first in their design, aiming for a school with a diversity of interior spaces where they could...

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Reviews
on 9/28/15

Designing buildings for a foreign country involves a good deal of research and interpretation, so additions to the context incorporate contemporary methods but are also sensitive to traditions. These considerations are evident in the tower New York-based...

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Reviews
on 9/22/15

Indoor markets dating back to the 19th century are an integral part of Barcelona's quality public spaces and architecture. Since 1991, 39 markets have been renovated under guidelines of the Barcelona Municipal Market Instute, most recently the Ninot Market per a design by Josep...

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Reviews
on 9/8/15

Since winning the competition for the World Trade Center masterplan in 2002, Daniel Libeskind has realized buildings all over the world, from Albania to Canada to Singapore. This year sees the completion of his studio's first building in South America: Vitra, a residential building with...

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Reviews
on 9/1/15

Designed by the Tokyo-based firm KMDW, the Veneer House is a self-build plywood house. KMDW designed and built the first Veneer House to serve as a community center for Minamisanriku, in Miyagi Prefecture, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the town. The firm has since built similar...

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Reviews
on 8/31/15

In 2013 the Saint Louis Art Museum opened its East Building addition designed by London's David Chipperfield Architects. Recently eMagazine Editor in Chief John Hill visited the building, filing this report.

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Reviews
on 8/17/15

"Tapioca Space" is how SsD (Single Speed Design - the firm of Jinhee Park and John Hong) creatively describe the in-between spaces of this Micro-Housing project they realized in Seoul, Korea. In addition to these small spaces that create the potential for shared connections...

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Reviews
on 8/10/15

On 1 May 2015 the Pulitzer Arts Foundation opened with an expanded building and a new name. Previously known as the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the institution that calls itself "a sanctuary for the ever-evolving experience of art" opened in 2001 in a building...

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Reviews
on 8/3/15

A thin undulating roof caps the Visitor Center that Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed for Vanke and its Pearl Hill Preserve development in Qingdao, China. The form mimics the surrounding natural landscape, while the roof and its supports serve as a contemporary interpretation of...

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Reviews
on 7/27/15

In a list of building types that are the least regarded architecturally, surely gas stations are present if not right at the top. Design seems to be set aside in favor of economy and signage, but the redesign of Rompetrol's Litro stations by Eight Inc. admirably combines formal minimalism...

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Reviews
on 7/20/15

On top of running her eponymous New York architecture studio, Toshiko Mori is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she formerly served as chair. Following a conversation with a friend at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation she gave her GSD students a project for a...

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