Brian Pagnotta

AD Classics: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry

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Set on the edge of the Nervión River in Bilbao‭, ‬, the Guggenheim Museum is a fusion of complex‭, ‬swirling forms and captivating materiality that responds to an intricate program and an industrial urban context‭. ‬With over a hundred exhibitions and more than ten million visitors to its recognition‭, ‬‮’‬s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao not only changed the way that architects and people think about museums, but also boosted Bilbao’s economy with its astounding success‭.‭ ‬In fact‭, ‬the phenomenon of a city‮’‬s transformation following the construction of a significant piece of architecture is now referred to as the‭ ‬‮“‬Bilbao Effect‭.‬‮”‬‭ ‬Twenty years on, the Museum continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art and architecture‭ today.

AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni

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Casa del Fascio which sits in front of Como Cathedral is the work of the Italian Fascist architect . Built as the headquarters of the local Fascist Party, it was renamed Casa del Popolo after the war and has since served a number of civic agencies, including a Caribinieri station and a tax office.

AD Classics: Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

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At about the same time as ’s two huge Olympic arenas for the Olympic Games in the summer of 1964 in Tokyo, there was built in the southern part of a much more modest sports arena of Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture between 1962 and 1964. More after the break.

“the REAL estate” / AL/Arch

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Architect: AL/Arch
Location: ,
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Liat Ezra, Asaf Evron, Orna Marton, Avi Laiser, AL/Arch

AD Classics: St. John’s Abbey Church / Marcel Breuer

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Saint John’s Abbey Church was designed by the renowned Hungarian architect . This cast-in-place marvel is a stepping-stone in modern design of religious architecture in the United States. One must admire the great trees that support the ceiling and the dominant bell banner that shields the church. More after the break.

London Olympics 2012: Olympic Park

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July 27, 2012 marks the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. As the Olympics approach closer, the eyes of the world will inevitably turn to and its new infrastructure. Over the past 12 months, the Olympic Park in ’s struggling east side has changed dramatically. With the structures of the main sporting venues complete, you can now get a real feel for the layout of the park and the compact nature of the site. More images and information after the break.

Taliesin / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: ,
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Location: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

AD Classics: Makedonium / Jordan Grabulovski and Iskra Grabulovski

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In honor of the Ilinden Uprising, the uncanny space-age Makedonium monument and memorial complex was resurrected. Built in 1974 by and , the Makedonium is the Macedonian symbol of statehood and modernist expression of freedom. More after the break.

AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet

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Designed by and , the Maison de Verre translated as “House of Glass,” is a milestone in early modern architectural design. Built in 1932, the house uses various industrial and mechanical fixtures juxtaposed with a traditional style of home furnishings all under the transparency and lightness of the façade. More after the break.

Kaufmann Program Center / Renaissance 3 Architects

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Architects: Renaissance 3 Architects
Location: , Pennsylvania,
Client: Hill House Association
General Contractor: Massaro Corporation
Project Area: 20,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ed Massery

Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: ,
Structural Engineers: Hallsall Associates
Construction Manager: Eastern Construction
Heritage Preservation: E.R.A. Architects
Site Area: 11,743 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Villa Urbana Domus Radicalis / Metrogramma

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Architects: Metrogramma
Location: Bolzano,
Project Team: Andrea Boschetti, Alberto Francini, Enzo Fontana, Nicola Russi, Marco Corazza, Ekaterina Golovatiuk, Tom Hindryckx, Miriam Reuter
Structural Consultant: Stefano Moser
Technical Supplies: Milanoprogetti Spa
Construction Management: Renzo Boschetti, Rudi Lorenzi
Contractor: Prisma S.r.l.
Photos: Metrogramma, Paola De Pedri, Filippo Romano

AD Classics: Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland / Walter Förderer

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Standing at the foot of the Alps is the highly contemporary Holy Cross Church in Chur, Switzerland. Designed by Basel born Swiss architect , the church evokes strong features of Brutalism. Built between 1966 to 1969, the church appears like a mass fortress that conveys a symbolic defensive attitude.

Three Pier Bridge / Studio Providence LLC

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The design of this project by Studio Providence LLC, a partnership by and 3six0 Architecture, was the result of an international competition. Awarded by the with an esteemed Unbuilt Project Award, the proposal uses three piers that are evocative of the fishing piers of New England.

House on College Hill / Friedrich St. Florian Architects

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Architects: Friedrich St. Florian Architects
Location: , Rhode Island,
Structural Engineer: Wilbur Yoder
Contractor: Joseph M. Furtado, Inc
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Warren Jagger Photography, Inc

McGee Art Pavilion / ikon.5 architects

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Architect: ikon.5 architects
Location: , New York
Project Area: 19,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

La Maison Symphonique de Montréal / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects, Aedifica
Location: Montreal, Québec,
Project Team: A.J. Diamond, Gary McCluskie, Matthew Lella, Michael Treacy, Earle Briggs, Eric Lucassen, Jessie Waese, Cynthia Carbonneau, Marcin Ludwik Sztaba, Gary Watson
Acoustic Consultants: Artec
Project Year: 2011
Renderings: Cicada Design
Photographs: Tom Arban

CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , , Canada
Structural Engineer: RJC Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Consultant: Cobalt Engineers
General Contractor: Ellis Don
Project Area: 165,000 square-feet
Project Year: 2011
Photos: Peter A. Sellar