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AD Classics: Kimbell Art Museum / Louis Kahn

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Located in Fort Worth, , the by Louis Kahn has become a mecca for all who are interested in modern architecture. The element of natural light is the main focus of the design, and creates elegant spaces that are perfectly suited for the art that it houses.

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AD Classics: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University / I.M. Pei


With a desire to make a dramatic statement while maintaining an optimal amount of scenic views, transparent open spaces and windows beautifully contrast the heaviness and boldness of the rectangular forms of concrete.

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AD Classics: R.W. Lindholm Service Station / Frank Lloyd Wright

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An architect with upwards of 500 built projects, was also recognized for his proposed Utopian vision of a new urban landscape, known as Broadacre City, which he developed throughout most of his life and described in his book The Disappearing City in 1932.

This proposition stood as both a planning statement and a socio-political scheme, in which each U.S. family would receive an acre of land from the federal lands reserves. Wright unveiled a detailed twelve by twelve foot scaled model that represented a four square mile section of the hypothetical community. The is the only part of his Broadacre designs that was realized.

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AD Classics: McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, Kitt Peak National Observatory / SOM


Completed in 1962, the designed by SOM is a classic example of great architecture built for a very specific purpose. It was mainly designed for studying the physical and chemical features of the sun and is the world’s largest unobstructed aperture optical telescope.

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Dutch House / Rem Koolhaas

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One of the most prominent aspects of a design, if not the most important, is the consideration of the context and environment in which the proposed design will be found. In the case of the by Rem Koolhaas, the unique and very challenging environmental conditions and topography of the site led to a design with interesting conditions that respond to these conditions.

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AD Classics: IBM Building / Mies van der Rohe

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Completed four years after architect ‘s passing, the became one of the cities most prestigious addresses. A pure symbol of the architecture of the time, the almost 700 foot tall rectangle sits on a raised plinth that helps it to maintain a uniform height given the unevenness of the site; State Street to the structure’s west inclines steeply.

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AD Classics: Miller House and Garden / Eero Saarinen

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Completed in 1957 for industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his family in Columbus, , the Miller House and Garden embodies midcentury Modernism in it’s fullest. Architect ‘s steel and glass composition has held together very well, proving the quality and use of materials to be worthy of time.

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AD Classics: WoZoCo / MVRDV

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The large population density of The Netherlands has created an inherent need for housing, giving young Dutch architects like MVRDV the opportunity to design and build large projects in their mainland.

is a prime example of a specific need for housing in the country, providing answers for needs of their time. More on this apartment complex for elderly people by after the break.

AD Classics: Wingspread / Frank Lloyd Wright

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One of the many houses designed by architect , the also known as the Herbert F. Johnson House represents many of the key themes found in all architecture of Wright.

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College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UMINN / Steven Holl Architects

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An inspiration to all, the at the University of stands as an intriguing building that glows during the late-night working hours of its inhabitants. Completed by Steven Holl Architects in 2002, the building has received much recognition for it’s enlightening and unifying qualities, an example being the Progressive Architecture Award in 1990.

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AD Classics: Santa Maria Church de Canaveses / Alvaro Siza

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As is true with most old churches in , retaining walls, flights of stairs and large forecourts are designed around a building to help maintain it’s distance from its surroundings. This general strategy is at play in Santa Maria Church in Marco de Canaveses, where Alvaro Siza makes use of the sloping site and lifting the building on a 4m high plateau.

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AD Classics: Nakagin Capsule Tower / Kisho Kurokawa


Architect Kisho Kurokawa was very innovative in his creation of the in 1972, which was the first capsule architecture design. The module was created with the intention of housing traveling businessmen that worked in central during the week. It is a prototype for architecture of sustainability and recycleability, as each module can be plugged in to the central core and replaced or exchanged when necessary.

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AD Classics: High Museum of Art / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The High Museum of Art is a major public building and art repository that responds to the typological and contextual aspects of the museum’s program. The city of Atlanta’s progressive building tradition, as well as its role as a developing cultural center, had a strong influence on the design.

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AD Classics: Church at Firminy / Le Corbusier

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Known for its striking form and beautiful interior experiences, the by was another evolution of the core thoughts and practices of the architect throughout his many years of designing. This church also carries special significance, as it was the last major work of Le Corbusier and was left unfinished upon his death in 1965. It was finished forty-one years after his death in 2006, keeping his essence alive.

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AD Classics: United States Courthouse / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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As an interruption of Phoenix’s Jeffersonian grid and “downtown” of glass box and faux adobe, the new federal building is a gravitational point of interest and anchor for the sprawling city of Phoenix. The 500,000 square-foot building with six stories and underground parking is sited on two central city blocks between the governmental and business districts.

More on the United States Courthouse in , Arizona by Richard Meier & Partners Architects after the break.

Bruder Klaus Field Chapel / Peter Zumthor

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“In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction.” This quote from rings true in his design of , where a mystical and thought-proving interior is masked by a very rigid rectangular exterior.

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AD Classics: The Atheneum / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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As in many of the civic and public buildings designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, The built in New Harmony, plays a key role in its community.

More on the history of The Atheneum after the break.

AD Classics: Paris Opera / Charles Garnier

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The Opera, or Palais Garnier, is the most famous auditorium in the world. With 2,200 seats, this opera house designed by is admired as one of the most prominent architectural masterpieces of its time.

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