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 City 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 AIA’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 ’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, Canada
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 (AIA) 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 California, 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: , Shandong,
Design Team: Robert Miller, FAIA – Principal, Jeremy Evard, AIA – Project Manager, Alan Dodson, 
Adam Pazan
Contractor: StructureCraft, SKF
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Latest Apple Store Opens

Apple Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, . 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 , 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 National Mall 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 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.

National Mall Competition Finalists Announced

Over 1,200 entires from 30 states and 10 countries submitted applications for the National Mall competition. Late last month fifteen design teams were chosen as finalists to advance to the second stage of this prestigious contest.

Hosting 25 million visitors annually, the National Mall will undergo an estimated $700 million restoration beginning in 2012. The competition has been broken down into three areas of restoration: Union Square including the Reflecting Pool and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Sylvan Theater on the  Monument Grounds, and the Constitution Gardens between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Among the finalists to move on to stage two of the competition, Diller Scofidio Renfro, Weiss/Manfredi, and Rogers Marvel Architects who are shortlisted for two out of the three areas of restoration, as well as , Michael Maltzan Architecture, Ten Arquitectos, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson who are finalists for one area of restoration.

“Entrants were evaluated on past design performance, philosophy, design intent, thoughtfulness, creativity and overall resume,” according to a release from the Trust of the National Mall. The jury, compiled of architects, professors and other members of the architecture community, included Michael Gericke of Pentagram NYC and Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne founder of Morphosis.

The second stage of the competition includes interviews of the teams conducted by the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service, and the last stage will include proposed plans for the restoration. The competition will culminate in May 2012 and the proposed designs from stage three of the competition will be available to the public prior to the winning design being selected.

Follow the break for a complete list of design finalists for the National Mall Competition.

Architecture City Guide: Shanghai

This week, with the help of our readers, our  is headed to . is noted for having more Art Deco buildings than any other city, including László Hudec’s Park Hotel, which is not on our list but will be added in a future guide. Like many cities in , ’s rapid growth has meant a boon in contemporary architecture styles. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Shanghai list and corresponding map after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to Philadelphia. The list of influential architects that have either worked, studied, or taught in Philadelphia is perhaps the only list that challenges the numbers of Founding Fathers that descended on this city of “Brotherly Love.” A brief list includes Sullivan, Kahn, Wright, Pei, Rudolf, Corbusier, Latrobe, Gropius, Mumford, and Furness. That being said, our list of 12 barely scratches the surface of buildings worth seeing in this great city. We would like to hear about your must not miss buildings in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia list and corresponding map after the break!

Architecture City Guide: Seattle

Our Architecture City Guide series heads to the northwest this week featuring .  The futuristic  Space Needle, designed for the 1962 World’s Fair – Century 21 Exposition, is just one of the many can’t miss buildings on our list.  What others do you think should be added?  Visit our comment section to share your favorites.

The Architecture City Guide: Seattle list and corresponding map after the break!