Lightbox / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Point Roberts, WA, USA
Principal: , FAIA, Robert Miller, FAIA
Project Manager: Jeremy Evard, , Associate
Project Team: Patricia Flores, Kyle Phillips
Area: 1560.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Nic Lehoux Photography

Archiculture Interviews: Peter Bohlin

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“I would say we’re at the intersection of people, art, and technology…” In this latest Archiculture extras interview, Peter Bohlin, architect and president of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, sits down with Arbuckle Industries to discuss the nature of architecture. He addresses some of the design challenges he faced when developing the 5th Avenue Apple Store and how he ultimately overcame them. Additionally, he provides his perspective on the attributes of “good architects” and the mindset of these individuals. He goes on to discuss the role of architects, and the challenges he anticipates for this discipline in the future.

Square Headquarters / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: , CA, USA
Design Principal: Gregory R. Mottola, AIA
Project Manager: Christopher Orsega, AIA
Area: 173450.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matthew Millman

Apple Awarded Patent for Flagship Store Design

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The US Patent and Trademark Office have awarded a patent to Apple for the design of their flagship store on Fifth Avenue in reports MacRumors. The patent, applied for by in 2012, applies to the above-ground glass cube, which was originally designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and – after a renovation in 2011 – is made of just 15 glass panels with minimal steel fixings. More on the patent after the break.

Apple Taps Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to Revamp Historic NYC Building

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Eckersley O’Callagha, both longstanding collaborators of Apple’s flagship stores, has been commissioned to transform a 93-year-old former United States Mortgage and Trust Company building on Madison Avenue into the chain’s next store. Though little has been released about the design, the store’s grand opening is planned for 2015. More information can be found here

9 Architects Reflect on the Homes That Most Inspired Them

The homes that inspire architects.

Where do you receive inspiration? Nalina Moses asked the question to nine contemporary residential architects, asking each to choose one residence that had left an impression on them. The following answers were first published on the ’s website in the article “Homing Instinct.”

When nine accomplished residential architects were asked to pick a house—any house—that has left the greatest impression on them as designers, most of their choices ran succinctly along the canon of American or European Modern architecture. Two—’s Villa Mairea and Pierre Chareau’s La Maison de Verre—were even tapped twice.

If the houses these designers chose weren’t surprising, the reasons they chose them were. Rather than groundbreaking style or technologies, what they cited were the moments of comfort, excitement, and refinement they offered: the restful proportions of a bedroom, the feel of a crafted wood handrail, an ocean view unfolding beyond an outdoor stair.

Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson , Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects
Location: Golden, BC,
Project Team: Ray Calabro (FAIA, Principal); Kyle Phillips (Project Manager); Robert Miller (FAIA); Peter Bohlin (FAIA)
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Millman , Nic Lehoux

AIA Names 10 Most Impressive Houses of 2014

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The American Institute of Architects () has selected ten recipients for their 14th annual Awards. Considered to be the year’s most impressive works, the awards are designed to “recognize the best in U.S. housing design” and “promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.” The winners, after the break… 

UC Davis Selects SO-IL to Design New Art Museum

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UPDATE: SO-IL has broken ground on ’ new campus art museum. Completion is slated for 2016. 

The University of , Davis has selected emerging New York-based practice SO-IL to design a new campus’ art museum, which is envisioned to be a “regional center of experimentation, participation and learning.” SO-IL, selected from three finalists following an intensive five-month design competition, will collaborate with San Francisco-based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and national construction firm Whiting-Turner to complete the project.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi believes the winning design has turned the traditional notion of museum design inside out, as SO-IL’s concept will engage visitors with a sequence of interconnected interior and exterior spaces that are defined by curved glass walls and capped with a 50,000 square foot steel canopy. At night, the “Grand Canopy” will illuminate from within, establishing a new focal point for the campus and beckoning drivers along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube

The Store’s iconic 5th Avenue Store, designed by , came into unfortunate contact with a snowblower yesterday, reports Buzzfeed. The incident has left one panel of glass shattered; it’s estimated that fixing it will cost about $445,000. More images, after the break…

Vanke Tsing Tao Pearl Hill Visitor Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Qingdao, Shandong, China
Design Team: Robert Miller, FAIA – Principal, Jeremy Evard, – Project Manager, Alan Dodson, 
Adam Pazan
Contractor: StructureCraft, SKF
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Courtesy of

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Latest Apple Store Opens

Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California. Image Courtesy of Wall St Cheat Sheet

, the architectural firm behind Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue store, has returned to the tech brand to design their latest store in Palo Alto, California.

Although the new store maintains the glass storefront typical of Apple, the new store – which will be the prototype for stores opening next year in Portland, Oregon and Aix-en-Provence, France – distinctively features a “floating” roof design as well as a stone wall that hides half the store.

The store’s opening may be in preparation for the increase in sales that will follow the unveiling of two new iphone models (today, purportedly).

More info on the new Apple store design, after the break…

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been honored with the Good Design is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Architecture Award, presented by Architectural Record in association with the American Architectural Foundation. The firm is the second recipient of this award in the program’s 15-year history, which was originally started by BusinessWeek and Architectural Record to recognize exceptional contributions to bettering how businesses and institutions perform through architecture.

Ridge House / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Valley in rural
Project Team: Todd Howard, Steve Raike, Jackie Bacon
Principal for Design: Peter Q. Bohlin
Project Manager: Jeffrey Jones
Project Area: 6300 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Copperhill Mountain Lodge / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Associate Architects: AIX Arkitekter AB
Location: Åre, Sweden
Project Team: Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Principal for Design – William D. Loose, AIA, Project Manager
Project Area: 183,000 GSF
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: Nic Lehoux, Jonas Kullman

National Mall Finalists Exhibit Designs

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The ten finalists competing in the final phase of the Design Competition are dreaming big. Proposals to restore the include flourishing lakeside gardens, contemporary cafés hovering over water, grassy new amphitheaters and underground pavilions exposed at the foot of the Washington Monument. Since the announcement of the finalists, the teams have been refining there proposals behind closed doors.

Now, the Trust for the National Mall has released the highly anticipated proposals to the public. From now until Sunday, at the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History, you can view each proposal in its entirety. If you don’t live in the D.C. area, no need to worry. Continue after the break to catch a glimpse of each submission and learn how you can help the jury decided who will revamp America’s “front yard”.

Cornell Reveals the Architects Competing to Design the First NYC Tech Campus Building

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After Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President Skorton and Technion President Lavie announced Cornell’s victory over Stanford to build an eleven acre state-of-the-art tech campus on Roosevelt Island in City, the team has now tackled their next step in choosing six high-profile architecture firms competing to design the schools first academic facility.

Selected from over more than 40 firms from the U.S. and abroad, the finalists include Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Morphosis Architects, Steven Holl Architects and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Continue reading for more information.

Update: National Mall Design Competition Stage II Results

Trust for the National Mall has announced the Stage II results, naming the ten design teams selected to continue in the third and final stage of the National Mall Design Competition. The will undergo an approximate $700 million restoration in three selected areas – Union Square including the Reflecting Pool and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and the Constitution Gardens between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

“We are excited about the teams selected to advance to Stage III and have no doubt each of them will create beautiful, useful and sustainable designs for the National Mall,” said Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall. “We are eager to share their final designs with the public in April.”

Continue reading for more information and the complete list of finalists.