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Nest / Randy Brown Architects

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Nest is an unbuilt project by Randy Brown Architects. The space is a collaboration with another design office. It is a place to both experience and create digital media.

AD Classics: Amsterdam Orphanage / Aldo van Eyck

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Dutch Architect built the Orphanage in 1960. His design focused on a balance of forces to create both a home and small city on the outskirts of .

Heartland Community Church / 360 Architecture


Architect: 360 Architecture
Location: , Kansas, United States
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: 360 Architecture

360 Architecture accepted a big challenge when they took on a project transforming a big box store for Heartland Community Church. The church sought a nontraditional worship space, and 360 Architecture revamped the former furniture store into a space representative of the contemporary church and its mission.

Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts / Randy Brown Architects

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Architect: Randy Brown Architects
Location: Omaha, , United States
Project Team: Randy Brown, Brian Kelly, Neil Legband, Nathan Vanzuidam, Workshop – RBA student summer design/build paid internship
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Farshid Assassi

Artist Kent Bellows left a legacy of artwork behind after his early death in 2005. The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts protects his memory and creates opportunities for his work to be inspiration for generations to come. Randy Brown Architects has adapted Bellows’ former studio into a place to respect his memory, and to continue his legacy through future generations of Omaha artists.

AD Classics: Olivetti Showroom / Carlo Scarpa

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The Olivetti Showroom by has recently come full circle. In the late 1950s Adriano Olivetti commissioned Scarpa to design a display space for his Olivetti products. The resulting Olivetti Showroom was a beautiful space used for decades by Olivetti before changing owners. In April of 2011 Scarpa’s Olivetti Showroom re-emerged once again as the display space for Olivetti products. Though this time Scarpa’s design of the space is what is truly on display.  More after the break.

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Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Performing Arts Pavilion / Stephen Dynia Architects (Arts Design Collaborative)

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The Performing Arts Pavilion addition by Stephen Dynia Architects (Arts Design Collaborative) fits seamlessly into the rest of the Center for the Arts building, and makes the most of its natural Wyoming setting. The 35,000 square foot addition was completed in 2007. It contains music practice rooms and theatre support areas, but features its flexible theatre and open lobby in design and function.

Architect: Stephen Dynia Architects (Arts Design Collaborative)
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Consultants: Theater Consultants CollaborativeRobert F. Mahoney and AssociatesSpecifications ConsultantsRolf Jensen and Associates, IncHershberger Design, Ensar Group Inc.
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Ron Johnson Photography

Twist / Randy Brown Architects

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Architect: Randy Brown Architects
Location: Omaha, , United States
Project Year: 2010
Photographs:Farshid Assassi

The Basler Residence, titled Twist by the architects, sits on a corner lot with two faces to the street. Its exterior facades blend well into the surrounding area, but the house is different from its neighbors. The client sought out Randy Brown Architects of Omaha, Nebraska to design a modern family home. The resulting house is a hybrid with attention to context, and a sleek, modern interior.

Boffo Building Fashion Competition Winners

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Boffo is a City non-profit organization focused on culture and the arts. Through events and exhibitions Boffo draws attention to artists and designers while often giving them an opportunity to display their work. Boffo recently announced the winners of their Boffo Building Fashion competition, an open competition that called for architects to pair with fashion designers to build temporary spaces displaying both talents. Find out who the architects and designers are after the break.

Education 1 Facility / NAC Architecture

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Architect: NAC Architecture
Location: , , Unites States
Consultants: Kahler Slater Architects, Inc., Pamela Bartczak Design, University of Colorado Denver, Martin & Martin, S.A. Miro, M-E Engineers, Shen Milsom Wilke, InSite Design
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Frank Ooms

The new Education 1 Facility by NAC Architecture sets the tone for the new University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The building houses education facilities for multiple medical schools within the university. The design by NAC Architecture accomplishes a welcoming building that extends itself out into the campus and the students it serves.

AD Classics: Robin Hood Gardens / Alison and Peter Smithson

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Robin Hood Gardens is a social housing complex in East in the residential area of Poplar. It was designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and completed in 1972. The Brutalist buildings stand as an example of the Smithsons’ theories in practice. Practices that today face an uncertain future.  More information after the break.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B / Fentress Architects

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Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: , California, United States
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ken Paul, Mark Rothman, Jason A. Knowles, Nick Merrick

Terminal B at the Mineta San Jose International Airport by fits right in to its Silicon Valley Home. Fentress Architects created a building that takes advantage of available technology to assure a safe building with state of the art amenities for its users.

HSSU Early Childhood & Parenting Education Center / LuchiniAD

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Architect: LuchiniAD
Location: St. Louis, Missouri,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: LuchiniAD

The Early Childhood & Parenting Education Center at Harris Stow State University is an architectural anomaly in this area of St. Louis, Missouri. The building, by LuchiniAD, stands out among the buildings with its bright white roof and sloping shape. LuchiniAD designed the graceful, contemporary building in response to another condition all too present in St. Louis and other midwestern cities, the vacant lots.  More on the building after the break.

Golden High School / NAC Architecture

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Architect: NAC Architecture
Location: , Colorado,
Consultants: Martin Martin Consulting Engineers, V3 Consultants, The RMH Group, M-E Engineers, David L. Adams Associates, Inc., Wenk Associates, Ricca Newmark Design
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Frank Ooms

Golden High School has been in existence in name since 1873. The current building is designed by architecture firm  NAC Architecture and is the fourth incarnation in Golden, Colorado. Completed in 2008, the new building by NAC Architecture takes advantage of the outdoors to create a positive environment for the students inside and out.

The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

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The last chance to see the Barnes Foundation’s artwork in its original setting has passed. It is now being prepared for the move to its new home in downtown . Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien designed the new building for the Barnes Foundation with respect for its strong history and as a reflective addition of the foundation’s mission. The building is scheduled for completion in late 2011.  More after the break.

Material Landscapes / Liane Hancock

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Material Landscapes is an exhibition that recently opened at the Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis, . The show is curated by , Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University.  It features materiality in contemporary landscape architecture through projects by a group of national and international landscape architects.

Antelope Valley Reflecting Wall / Min | Day



The Antelope Valley Reflecting Wall is a proposal by architecture office Min | Day to alter the face of an existing retaining wall in , Nebraska and enliven the adjoining land. Min | Day describes the Antelope Valley Reflecting Wall as a new horizon in , Nebraska. Although an 18 foot by 1000 foot retaining wall, the structural base of the project, already exists, the area is unimpressive and underused. Min | Day’s additions to the structure and to the space would transform the floodwall and its surroundings into a fresh new urban space for the city and the neighborhood.

reOrder / Situ Studio

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On display until January 2012 in the Museum is reOrder, an architectural installation by Situ Studio of Brooklyn. reOrder is located in the Great Hall of the McKim, Mead & White designed museum. The stately historical building served as both inspiration and site for ’s imaginative spatial transformation.

AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza

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Since its completion in 1966 the Leça Swimming Pool complex, by Portuguese architect , has been an internationally recognized building. Still almost half a century later, it has gracefully retained its architectural integrity and remained a popular retreat. The Leça Swimming Pools has established itself as one of Siza’s greatest early works, and as an example of his careful reconciliation between nature and his design.