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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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Reviews
on 7/13/15

What started as an effort to provide bicycles for some children in Zambia turned into something more substantial: a school, a health clinic, teacher housing, and landscaping on 100 acres in Chipakata Village. Designed by a trio of New York architects – Susan Rodriguez, Frank Lupo,...

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Reviews
on 7/7/15

Vector Architects from Beijing have designed a new library situated right on the beach on the north Chinese coast. The solid concrete block looks surreal in its natural environment. The site at Nandaihe is south of the established resort of Beidaihe, where in colonial times foreigners established...

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Reviews
on 7/6/15

REX's design of a building for two companies – Vakko and Power Media – in Istanbul is built upon two projects: one, an old design by the Brooklyn-based architects, and two, the physical concrete frame of an unfinished hotel on the site. The architects explain the complex yet...

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Reviews
on 7/1/15

Architect Kazuhiko Kishimoto of the Kanagawa-based firm acaa designed this wood-framed ranch-style home in the snowy city of Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture. In order to adapt the home to the region’s harsh winter climate, Kishimoto says he took particular care in designing the structure and...

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Reviews
on 6/15/15

"Cultural design collaboration" is not seen typically in a list of an architect's consultants, but it makes perfect sense here, given the client's mandate that the new terminal at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport embodies "the heritage of India and the...

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Reviews
on 6/8/15

Opening fifteen minutes early might not seem like much when it comes to a building, but when considered as a piece of an Expo – an event that often sees pavilions being worked on after the gates open – it is quite an undertaking. But it is only one among many for the USA Pavilion...

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Reviews
on 6/1/15

Designed by Tokyo-based Love Architecture, House in Yagumo combines a rich sense of nature with Tokyo’s big-city setting. Architect Yukio Asari incorporates natural elements like light, shadow, and breezes into his designs and utilizes organic building materials, rooting his work in...

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Reviews
on 5/25/15

In 2009 Steven Holl Architects won a two-stage competition for a building to house the Glasgow School of Art's design department. Located across the street from Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1909 Arts and Crafts landmark, Holl responded through contrast – glass instead of stone...

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Reviews
on 5/18/15

The glass box is the default form for office buildings in the 21st century, meaning that detailing and articulation – glass surfaces, spandrels, and mullions – are the most important means of expression. But what if a glass box is malleable? Handel Architects' design for...

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Reviews
on 5/11/15

Often the best buildings aren't the most flashy or iconic; they are the ones that fit into a city so well they seem to be forever a part of it. This isn't to say that Mecanoo's design for the offices of the Boston Public Schools Division doesn't have contemporary flourishes...

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Reviews
on 5/4/15

The flowing, perforated facade is the first thing that attracts attention in this expansion to the Central World Shopping Center in Bangkok. But a glance beyond the facade reveals flowing internal spaces – indoor and outdoor – that give cohesion to the project and some legitimacy...

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Reviews
on 5/1/15

Designed by Akio Nakasa of naf architect & design, Arch Wall House makes use of the curved walls that are a common theme in much of the firm’s work. Here, an arch both separates and links two homes: a single-story residence for a woman living alone, and a two-story residence for a...

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Reviews
on 4/28/15

The use of hot springs for wellbeing and medical care is an age-old practise in China. The new Ruff Well Water Resort designed by Shanghai-based architects AIM is an outstanding example of how that practise is reflected in contemporary society, particularly in new facilities for the urban...

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Reviews
on 4/26/15

Parking garages are a necessary evil in cities, particularly in an auto-centric metropolis like Los Angeles. Yet while most garages are bland additions to cityscapes, they can also be canvases for creative expression, as in the case of this colorful structure designed by Behnisch Architekten...

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Reviews
on 4/13/15

In June 2013, Women for Women International opened the first-ever Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza, Rwanda, "to create economic opportunity and rebuild social infrastructure for women," according to the organization that began working in the country in 1997, three years...

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Reviews
on 4/6/15

The 2015 Building of the Week feature on American-Architects is focusing on U.S. architects building overseas, so it's not surprising to see the importance of collaboration coming to the fore. The Melbourne School of Design is a particularly good example of this, since it is the result...

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Reviews
on 4/1/15

Tokyo-based Komada Architects Office designed this two-story wood-frame residence in a new residential development in Chiba Prefecture. By including a narrow band of windows between the top of the walls and the roof on both the first and second stories, the architects gave the building a feeling...

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Reviews
on 3/30/15

Harumi is an artificial island built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay that saw the development of office and residential towers starting in the 1990s. That development will no doubt continue as the island is the site of the Olypmic Village for the 2020 Olympic Games. The announcement of...

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Reviews
on 3/23/15

Al Maryah Island (formerly known as Sowwah Island) is a 114-hectare mixed-use development that serves as Abu Dhabi's International Financial Center. A key portion of the development is the five-building Abu Dhabi Global Market Square designed by Chicago's Goettsch Partners. The...

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