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Reviews
on 3/9/15

Boston's MASS Design Group burst onto the architecture scene with the 2011 completion of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Their design responded to the African context through a grouping of buildings perched upon a hilltop, while the interiors addressed disease and patient comfort through...

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Reviews
on 3/5/15

In recent decades cities in China have grown at a tremendous speed. On their peripheries new real estate developments have produced huge housing complexes with uniform appearances. Many of these developments are a kind of speculative investment and as a result millions of the apartments are...

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Reviews
on 3/4/15

In recent years, architectural practice has undergone deep transformations. In countries with a strong artisan tradition, as is the case of Spain, the old model of studying architecture that could lead to being in charge of projects of very different scales has been substituted by vast...

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Reviews
on 3/2/15

Architect Zoka Zola may be based in Chicago, but her roots go back to Croatia, specifically to Rijeka, the country's third largest city. So it's fitting that one of her most recent projects took the architect back to her city of birth to design affordable housing after a competition...

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Reviews
on 3/1/15

Designed by Hiroshima-based architecture firm Keisuke Kawaguchi +K2-DESIGN, Locomotive Hills is an adult day service center located partway up a gently sloping, forested hill. The shape of the building itself is patterned on a hill and is designed to continue the thread of green through the city....

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Reviews
on 2/23/15

Bernard Tschumi was born in Switzerland, where he studied architecture, and burst onto the architecture scene in the 1980s with his competition-winning design for a park in Paris, but he is associated with New York, where his practice is based. These days much of his work is back in Europe,...

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Reviews
on 2/16/15

A few years ago Architectural Record asked, "Is Vietnam the new frontier for architects?" The article referenced projects by large corporate offices underway at the time, but it also mentioned a couple buildings designed by Carlos Zapata Studio; its 2010 Bitexco Financial...

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Reviews
on 2/9/15

University Town is a new campus for the National University of Singapore that recently opened near its Kent Ridge Campus. The large expansion consists of a number of components, including the university's Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE), which...

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Reviews
on 2/9/15

The spatial and administrative separation of Paris from its suburbs is one of the permanent problems that plagues the metropolis. An intelligent project that combines transport and leisure functions contributes to overcoming the barriers created by the ring motorway.

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Reviews
on 2/4/15

Santa Monica, California's Brooks + Scarpa headed south of the border to carry out an industrial building with the firm's signature emphasis on sustainability and bold design. Most striking are the perforated skin and jagged roofline, which filter light and views, bring in plenty of...

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Reviews
on 2/1/15

Kanagawa-based architecture team Ryumei Fujiki and Yukiko Sato/F.A.D.S designed this home for an art appreciator and amateur artist who wanted a “house like an art museum.” Planned with careful consideration for air circulation as well as for the harsh, snowy climate of the Japan Sea...

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Reviews
on 1/26/15

On 16 November 2014 the renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after six years of planning. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in collaboration with Boston's Payette, the project consolidates three of Harvard University's museums –...

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Reviews
on 1/19/15

Resembling a simple glass-box office building from a distance, up close the 50-story FKI Tower reveals a simple yet ingenious wall section that incorporates solar panels angled to absorb more of the sun's rays than a strictly vertical surface. Further, a number of atriums and a rooftop...

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Reviews
on 1/12/15

For the last two years the Buildings of the Week on the U.S. platforms of World-Architects looked at one building in each state over the course of fifty weeks. For 2015 we are going a different route and looking at buildings overseas designed by architects based in the United States...

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Reviews
on 1/1/15

This combined studio, gallery, and home by Fukuoka-based Masao Yahagi Architects features a wood-frame construction style appropriate to the building’s location in a historic district near the sea, and an open gallery space unbroken by columns. The site presented a number of design...

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Reviews
on 12/15/14

Just as this house is for two personalities – an architect and a chef – the exterior exhibits two main gestures: Sculpted panels made from fiberglass wrap the cube-like volume, while charred cedar pieces with horizontal windows break through at an angle. The combination is a...

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Reviews
on 12/10/14

For a site in the Resonant Sand Bay in the Gobi Desert near the city of Baotou in Inner Mongolia PLaT architects from Beijing designed a hotel that reflects, in plan, the shape of a lotus flower. However, the inspiration of the design developed from the idea of creating a construction on top of...

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Reviews
on 12/8/14

Designed for an engineer and an artist, the Topo House is an apt name, given the way it peels up gently from the Wisconsin landscape, melding itself with the site's topography. Johnsen Schmaling Architects' low-slung design can also be seen as a response to the state's cold...

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Reviews
on 12/1/14

Located in Nakanoshima, Osaka’s business district, Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier was designed around the concept of stimulating all five senses of its cultured clientele. Kanagawa Prefecture-based landscape design firm STGK (Studio Gen Kumagai) created the hotel’s gardens with an...

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Reviews
on 11/25/14

Every four years thousands of Boy Scouts, leaders and staff converge for the 10-day National Scout Jamboree. Held in various locations since its 1937 beginning, the Jamboree has a permanent base at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia. Connecting...

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Reviews
on 11/24/14

Wood in architecture is undergoing a 21st-century resurgence of sorts, finding applications from the thinnest of veneers to structural frames for mid-rise buildings. Most architectural applications utilize milled wood, which exhibits the grain and character of wood but does not convey the...

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Reviews
on 11/17/14

Since 1991 Georgetown University has offered first-year and transfer students an "overnight experience" away from its Washington, D.C. campus with it ESCAPE program. Last year the school dedicated the program's new venue, the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, named for alumnus...

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Reviews
on 11/10/14

Guilford is a town in southern Vermont that is home to only about 2,100 people. It is also the location of Guilford Sound, an energy-efficient recording studio for those who want to get away to what the proprietors call "your own private recording haven." Designed by Ted...

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Reviews
on 11/3/14

Parking garages are one of the lowliest of building types, often built as gray, open-air concrete boxes without any architectural consideration. But a number of garages, such as Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, reveal the potential hidden in parking structures. Axis...

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Reviews
on 10/27/14

Healthcare architecture brings to mind large buildings and complexes with fairly generic exteriors and interiors to match. This is not the case with Legacy's small emergency rooms in suburban Dallas, Texas, designed by 5G Studio Collaborative. In the second and most recent ER, in Allen, a...

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Reviews
on 10/20/14

Tennessee is home to two music meccas: Memphis and Nashville. While the latter is the home of country music (and even the Country Music Hall of Fame), Memphis is synonymous with blues, soul and gospel. As Jason Jackson of brg3s architects testifies, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters,...

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Reviews
on 10/15/14

PRODUCTORA is a budding architecture studio with its headquarters in Mexico City, founded by architects from different countries: Abel Perles from Argentina, Wonne Ickx from Belgium, and Carlos Bedoya and Víctor Jaime from Mexico. Shortly after its beginnings in 2006, the studio came...

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Reviews
on 10/6/14

Not many architects can boast of having a cultural anthropologist on its team when designing a building, but when it came time for Liollio Architecture to tackle the design of a library for the residents of St. Helena Island in South Carolina, they brought one on board to help understand the...

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Reviews
on 9/29/14

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the U.S., but its architecture has warranted studies by historians Henry-Russell Hitchcock in Rhode Island Architecture and Vincent Scully in The Shingle Style with the Stick Style. The latter is mentioned by architects Estes/Twombly...

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Reviews
on 9/24/14

The workshop of O-office Architects in Guangzhou was built on top of an old silo building that was part of a brewery. Its views go south across the river towards downtown and north towards a generic new high-rise housing estate. The architects reused the industrial space with basic but radical...

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Reviews
on 9/22/14

"Urban unfill" is the term that Spillman Farmer Architects uses to describe its "non-building" for Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. The Arts Plaza transforms an old auto-repair facility into a raw, open-air space for the school's art students. Architectural...

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Reviews
on 9/15/14

Single-family homes in the United States tend to be one- or two-story buildings that sprawl across the land. Another tactic is taken in the aptly named Tower House designed for a steep and narrow Portland lot by architect Benjamin Waechter. Building up four floors allows for economical...

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Reviews
on 9/8/14

What looks like a low-slung industrial box rising from the plains of Oklahoma, with oil derricks projecting from its roof, is in fact a library inspired by the natural and economic characteristics of the place. Designed by LWPB Architecture with Richard+Bauer, the building is an unabashed...

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Reviews
on 9/1/14

This addition to a 100-year-old bungalow in Bay Village, Ohio (a small town west of Cleveland), is particularly striking for the way it melds architecture and landscape through the plants covering its wall and folded roof. Further, a sunken terrace helps to bring sunlight into the...

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Reviews
on 9/1/14

This home for a family of four designed by Naoi Architecture & Design Office sits in a farming-district-turned-suburban-subdivision in Shiga Prefecture. In order to enable a lifestyle in harmony with nature for the outdoors-loving residents, the architects kept the surrounding landscape...

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Reviews
on 8/25/14

The impact of architecture is often felt beyond the walls of a particular building. In the case of this residence hall serving the students of Williston State College in North Dakota, the building frees up much needed space in the community to alleviate a housing shortage. The...

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