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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...
Reviews
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...
Reviews
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...
Reviews
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...
Reviews
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...
Reviews
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
 
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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
 
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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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on 9/23/13
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes houses administrative and classroom functions for the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, while furthering the institution's mission "to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and...
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on 9/16/13
At least since Herzog & de Meuron's Dominus Winery in Napa Valley, California, wineries have been great clients for architects, resulting in many notable buildings that are strongly connected to the surrounding cultivated landscapes. Brad Cloepfil, who has wanted to design a winery...
Reviews
on 9/9/13
Oklahoma sits atop some of the largest petroleum fields in the United States, so it's no surprise that the drilling and production of oil and natural gas is a major industry in the state. Kirkpatrick Oil is one of many companies making up the industry. Their headquarters is in Oklahoma...
Reviews
on 9/6/13
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu have a solid body of work, which ranges from renovations of homes and single family houses to public and institutional buildings. The studio, made up by Jan De Vylder (1968), Inge Vinck (1973) and Jo Taillieu (1971), belongs to the new generation of...
Reviews
on 9/3/13
Montreal’s Saucier + Perrotte Architects turn to roots, trunks and trees for a new pharmaceutical building on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver.
Reviews
on 9/2/13
A chiller plant consists of myriad mechanical equipment situated behind an enclosure, meaning that the architecture can be just about anything. One example is Helmut Jahn's glassy enclosure (
Reviews
on 9/1/13
bHAN EAST, the first international project by Kyoto-based interior design firm FHAMS, is a gourmet food shop in the Gangnam district of Seoul that offers Yamaya-brand mentaiko (spicy-salty marinated pollock or cod roe) along with a select assortment of other Japanese and Korean products....
Reviews
on 8/26/13
The Great Plains stretch from Texas to Canada in the swath east of the Mississippi and west of the Rockly Mountains. North Dakota lies at the northern U.S. edge of this flat expanse of prairie, grassland, and farms. This house for an art collector in Fargo finds inspiration in the farmstead...
Reviews
on 8/21/13
 
Reviews
on 8/19/13
The architects at Snøhetta describe their design of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University "in every way cutting edge," from an automated book delivery system to a video game research room. This is an intelligent stance to take in a library in the...
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