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on 3/24/14
Bellevue is a small town with a population just over 2,000 in the Wood River Vally of central Idaho. This location begs for a dramatic architecture that can contend with the surrounding mountains. Idaho architect Susan Desko has crafted such a design in this large, unfinished house whose prow...
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on 3/24/14
 
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on 3/17/14
Pro bono, which literally means "for the good," is increasingly seen in the world of architecture as a source of excellent design. Many firms accept pro bono commissions as a means of expanding their creativity, recruiting and retaining employees, and creating strong ties with a...
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on 3/10/14
Reusing old buildings for new uses is one of the most environmentally responsible practices for architecture this century. A building need not be architecturally or culturally significant to be saved, and Congregation Or Hadash Synagogue in suburban Atlanta is a case in point. The setting...
Reviews
on 3/3/14
How a building expresses the functions that it houses is just one of the many considerations architects need to take into account in the design process. Very few contemporary buildings make bold statements derived from function, but Arquitectonica's design for FIU's School of...
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on 3/1/14
Designed to serve as both studio and residence for ceramics artist Koichiro Isezaki, architect Tamotsu Teshima’s House in Inbe blends quietly into its surroundings in the city of Bizen, Okayama Prefecture. Teshima’s work is characterized by attractive designs that draw their power...
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on 2/26/14
A major gesture is not always needed. In further developing a campus that dates originally from the 1960s Dietmar Feichtinger shows that added value can be better achieved through restraint, carefully positioned cubes, and subtle facade rhythms than by the use of showy sculptural symbols.
Reviews
on 2/24/14
Historic structures provide continuity with the past while providing canvases for contemporary interventions. In the restoration and expansion of an early-19th-century house in Lewes, Delaware, architect Robert M. Gurney echoed the three-story gable form of the original in the four...
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on 2/17/14
A large part of incorporating sustainability into architecture is setting goals, many of them tied to carbon neutrality and looking decades in the future – 2030 is probably the most popular target year. At The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, 2020 is the year for achieving a carbon...
Reviews
on 2/11/14
 
Reviews
on 2/10/14
Boulder is about 30 miles north and west of Denver, situated right at the edge of the Rocky Mountains. This proximity to the Rockies makes the natural peaks a desirable place for recreation but also something to appreciate and even emulate through architecture. Framing views of the mountains...
Reviews
on 2/3/14
Santa Monica, California's Brooks + Scarpa Architects is known for a strong commitment to sustainable architecture that is often expressed on the outside of their buildings. Colorado Court, an apartment building from 2002, is an early example, covered in solar panels and 100% energy...
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on 2/1/14
Sugamo Shinkin Bank is a credit union that strives to provide first-rate hospitality to its customers in accordance with its motto: “We take pleasure in serving happy customers.” The unfortunate fact of the matter, however, is that most people feel more tension than joy when they walk...
Reviews
on 1/27/14
As we've explored elsewhere, architecture students learn as much from the environments they work in as from their professors, so its no wonder that architecture schools pay attention to their "spaces for...
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on 1/20/14
If one thing will shape the course of the 21st century it is water, which will rise along coastlines but become scarce in other parts of the world. One area that is used to the scarcity of water is the American Southwest, particularly Arizona. With such little rainfall and a straining on...
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on 1/14/14
Californian architect duo Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee are one of the few studios that, though modest in size, manages to survive in a field dominated by the large American offices. Since being founded in 1998, Johnston Marklee has undertaken small commissions that combine the best of...
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on 1/13/14
All states are at the mercy of natural elements to some degree, but none as much as Alaska, the 49th state and the only one entirely north of the 49th parallel, which forms the U.S. border with Canada. The harsh and sometimes dramatic effects of Mother Nature were the inspiration for...
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on 1/6/14
What looks like a traditional, yet pint-sized house on Main Street in York, Alabama, turns out to be a transformable theater for the local residents, a public space where an abandoned house once stood. Artist Matthew Mazzotta's "Open House" taps into the country's housing...
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on 1/1/14
The architects at Case Real turned a long-abandoned kominka, or traditional-style house, into a modern dormitory in this project on the island of Teshima in the Seto Inland Sea. The dormitory is used by the staff at Café Restaurant Il Vento, which itself was presented as a work of art by...
Reviews
on 12/15/13
The last project in our 50-state, A-to-Z (make that A-to-W – Alabama to Wyoming) tour of architecture in the United States is a modern residence in Jackson, Wyoming, designed by Carney Logan Burke Architects. The residence sits on a butte above the town, a site that gives the residents...
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on 12/9/13
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) started in 1961 as the West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, focused on the collection and display of one local artist, Carl von Marr. Five decades and two name changes later (in between the institution was the West Bend Art Museum) MOWA has moved into...
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on 12/3/13
 
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on 12/2/13
A site determines much of a building's form and orientation, and such is clearly the case with the aptly named Ridge House in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. GriD architects' design features two intersecting linear bars, one positioned to strategically frame views of the river and...
Reviews
on 12/1/13
This month’s Building Review takes a closer look at Kyushu Sangyo University’s campus landscaping, by Fukuoka-based landscaping company Design Network. The park-like campus is designed to provide a diversity of relaxed spaces that students move through and spend time...
Reviews
on 11/25/13
Identity can be expressed in many ways, and for universities it is as varied as school colors, a sports mascot, Greek letter, and pride in the achievements of alumni. At Washington State University, identity comes across at the new Brelsford WSU Visitor Center, designd by Olson Kundig...
Reviews
on 11/19/13
 
Reviews
on 11/18/13
Immediately adjacent to last year's Building of the Year-winning Masonic Amphitheatre is the Smith...
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on 11/4/13
Utah is easily one of the most beautiful states in America, thanks to its diversity of natural features—from the Bonneville Salt Flats and Great Salt Lake to Canyonlands National Park and Rocky Mountains Basin. The latter provides the gorgeous setting for Adobe's campus in the Utah...
Reviews
on 11/1/13
JUUL House, a two-generation residence designed by NKS Architects, sits adjacent to a river running through the suburbs of a small city in Fukuoka Prefecture. The client, a musician involved with music education in the local community, wanted a home that could also function as a small music hall....
Reviews
on 10/28/13
As concrete buildings in the United States from the 1960s and 70s are faced with either demolition or renovation, hopefully projects like the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston point the way to the latter. WORKac's small yet dramatic addition and renovation gives the museum a...
Reviews
on 10/23/13
 
Reviews
on 10/21/13
The small market town of Baumgartenberg in the Machland in Upper Austria is a fine example of maximum ambivalence: due to the economic price of land and the good transport connections to the conurbation around Linz a number of industries and businesses of considerable size have settled here, the...
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on 10/21/13
Tennessee is a state with diverse natural features as—from west to east—fertile plantations give way to rolling hills and then the rugged landscape of the Appalachian Mountains. Sanders Pace Architecture designed a house within the latter for a young couple's first home. The...
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on 10/14/13
Modern architecture is a rarity in what Knowles Blunck Architecture describes as the "McMansions, strip malls, and the occasional ‘western’ themed buildings" of South Dakota. The development where this house sits even has a form-based code that prefers...
Reviews
on 10/7/13
In a recent Insight feature in our eMagazine we looked at a selection of "spaces for learning," specifically architecture schools around the world with distinctive buildings and environments. A...
Reviews
on 9/30/13
Rhode Island, tucked between Connecticut and Massachusetts on the Atlantic Ocean, is easily the smallest state in the United States, with only 1,000 square miles of land. Its proximity to New York City makes it a desirable location for weekend houses, such as the Watch Hill House for a family...
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