Fast Company Names Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture

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Fast Company has announced who they believe to be the most innovative practices in architecture for 2014. Topping this list is New York’s SHoP Architects who has gone from “boutique to big commissions in only a few years.” See who made the list after the break and let us know who you believe is the world’s most innovative firms in the comment section below.

VIDEO: The Endless Table

When designing offices for creative companies, it’s important to strike a balance between an efficient workplace, a fun space to be in, and an attention-grabbing signature for the company itself. That’s exactly what Clive Wilkinson Architects did for the Barbarian Group, an advertising group in New York for whom they designed the Endless Table, a single desk which both seats all of their 125 staff members, but also defines spaces within the office, such as meeting rooms and cozy work nooks.

You can watch the video above where the Chairman and the CEO of the Barbarian Group give you a tour of their new home; the New York Times has also conducted an interview with Clive Wilkinson where you can see some great images and find out more about the inspiration behind the project.

Fox Head / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architects: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: , CA,
Architect In Charge: Clive Wilkinson, Sam Farhang, Sasha Shumyatsky, Matt Moran, Chester Nielsen, Andrea Schoening, Mitsuhiro Komatsu, Annie Ritz, Meredith McDaniel
Area: 82000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benny Chan

Ropemaker / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: Ropemaker Place,
Client: Macquarie Group Ltd
Executive Architect: Pringle Brandon
Area: 217,500 SF (20,207 SM)
Inception: March 2010
Completion: March 2011
Photograph: Courtesy of Clive Wilkinson Architects

FIDM San Diego Campus / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: San Diego, , USA
Client: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Project Area: 31,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

JWT Headquarters / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: 466 Lexington Avenue, , NY 10017, USA
Executive Architect: HOK NY
Client: JWT NY, formerly J. Walter Thompson NY
Project Area: 250,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Eric Laignel Photography

VCU Adcenter (Brandcenter) / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: 103 S. Jefferson Street, , , USA
Client: Virginia Commonwealth University
Project Area: 32,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: VCU Creative Services, Allen T. Jones

Cooper-Hewitt 2011 National Design Award Winners

Stephen Cassell, Kim Yao, and Adam Yarinsky, © Lajos Geenen

Honoring lasting achievement in American design Cooper-Hewitt announced yesterday the winners and finalists of the 2011 National Design Awards. In its 12th year of celebrating outstanding achievement in design, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum annually presents this award to various disciplines that demonstrate excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.

Garnering first prize for architecture is based Architecture Research Office (ARO).  A list of winners and finalists following the break.

Architecture City Guide: Richmond

This week our Architecture City Guide heads to , . Admittedly, it was ’s pair of Cinderellas in this year’s NCAA Tournament that first caught our attention. However, with our interest peaked, we spent the last week exploring its architecture and found much to be admired. is by far the smallest city we have featured; with only 200,000 residents, the next closest on our list is twice its size. Architecturally, this Cinderella city can compete in her own way with the architectural powerhouses we have previously featured. Richmond’s architectural appeal comes from the city’s ability to keep its rich historic fabric intact while experimenting with new modes of design. While the city strongly embraces the gritty manufacturing buildings of its past, Richmond has resisted the imitation trap and has promoted modern interpretations of the older forms and materials. The majority of the buildings we chose to feature are emblematic of Richmond architecture, rehab/addition projects. We couldn’t possibly fit all our favorites in our list of twelve, so please take a look and add ones that visitors should not miss in the comment section below.

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

Macquarie Bank / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architects: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: Sydney,
Project Area: 330,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Shannon McGrath