Fishers Island House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

© Scott Frances

Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: Fishers Island, ,
Managing Partner: Thomas Phifer AIA
Project Partner: Donald Cox AIA
Project Architect: Andrew Mazor
Collaborators: Adam Ruffin, Eric Richey, Jonathan Benner, Lisa Tilney, Rebecca Emmons
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mechanical Engineers: Ambrisino, DePinto&Schmieder
Lighting Designer: Office for Visual Interaction
Metal Canopy: Allen Architectural Metals
General Contractor: BD Remodeling & Restoration
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Scott Frances

Black House / Bakers Architecten

© Maarten Noordijk

Architects: Bakers Architecten
Location: Utrecht,
Project Team: Jan Bakers, Martijn Boer, Erik Feenstra, Noor van de Loo, Remko Verkaar
Structural Engineering: CIHR bv, Delft
Lighting: Maikel van Burik
Contractor: Bouwonderneming Van Bekkum Houten, Houten
Project Area: 1,100 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Maarten Noordijk, Frank Stahl

House 53 / Marcio Kogan

© Rômulo Fialdini

Architect: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo,
Co-Author: Suzana Glogowski
Interior Design: Diana Radomysler, Mariana Simas
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
General Contractor: Fairbanks & Pilnik
Structural Engineering: Leão e Associados
Site Area: 330 sqm
Project Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Rômulo Fialdini

Greenhouse Atelier / al bordE

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Architect: al bordE / Pascual Gangotena
Location: Machachi,
Client: Iñigo Salvador
Technical Advisor: Bolívar Romero, Rammed Earth Specialist
Builder: , Pascual Gangotena & Miguel Ramos
Infographics: al bordE, David Barragán & Esteban Benavides
Constructed Area: 61.95 sqm
Design Year: 2006
Building Year: 2007
Photographs: Pascual Gangotena & Iñigo Salvador

CBS / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Frederiksberg,
Client: Copenhagen Business School
Project Area: 3,800 sqm
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Kontraframe

Poolhouse / Philipp Baumhauer

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Architects: Philipp Baumhauer
Location: Munich,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects

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Architects: Safdie Architects
Location: ,
Project Director: Moshe Safdie
Executive Architects: Aedas, Pte, Ltd.
Structural Engineering: Arup
Landscape Design: Peter Walker & Partners
Landscape Construction: Peridian International Inc
Site Area: 154,938 sqm
Project Area: 845,000 sqm
Budget: US $5.7 billion
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Safdie Architects

Admirant e 18 September Plein / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

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Architects: Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Location: Eindhoven,
Client: Heijmans
Roof Engineering: Knippers Helbig – Advanced Engineering
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Project Year: 2003-2010
Photographs: Rob’t Hart & Rob Hoekstra

The Lightcatcher at Whatcom / Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies

Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: Bellingham, WA,
Design Principal: Jim Olson
Project Area: 42,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Bies & Benjamin Benschneider

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AD Classics: John Hancock Center / SOM

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Once the tallest building in the world outside of New York when it was completed in 1970, the John Hancock Center stands along with the Willis (Sears) Tower and Mies’ 860-880 Lake Shore Drive residences as another glimmering landmark of the skyline. The 100-story skyscraper was designed by architect Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and soars 1, 127-feet into the sky. It was the world’s first mixed-use high-rise, containing offices, restaurants, and the third highest residence in the world with approximately 700 condominiums.

More on the John Hancock Center after the break.

Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry


When Frank Gehry and his wife bought an existing house in Santa Monica, California, the neighbors did not have the slightest idea that the corner residence would soon be transformed into a symbol of deconstructivism. Gehry, however, knew something had to be done to the house before he moved in. His solution was a bold one in the 1970′s that involved the “balance of fragment and whole, raw and refined, new and old” and would strike up controversy.

More on Gehry’s Residence after the break.

Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center / Studio Gang Architects

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Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Location: 1600 South State St, ,
Owner: Columbia College, Chicago
General Contractor: W.E. O’Neil
Consultant: David Eckmann, Magnusson Klemencik Associates
Size: 36,000 sqf
Photos: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Accent Jobs for People / BURO II

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Architects: BURO II
Location: , Belgium
Floor Area: Phase 1: 1,326 m2 / Phase 2: 2,325 m2
Cost: € 2,364,092
Photography: Kris Vandamme

AD Classics: TWA Terminal / Eero Saarinen


If you have ever flown in or out of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, you may have experienced or noticed ’s Trans World Flight Center. Even in the hustle and bustle of a busy airport, the building deserves more than just a passing glance. When Saarinen was commissioned in 1956, the client wanted this building to capture the “spirit of flight,” and as visitors rush to make it to their flight there is no choice but to admire the swooping curves that embraced flyers into the jet age.

More photos and information on the TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport after the break.

Santos Place / Donovan Hill

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Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: Brisbane CBD,
Project Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Paul Jones, Fedor Medek, Mark Spence, Phil Hindmarsh, Andrew D’Occhio, Michael Moore, Lucas Leo, George Taran, Greg Lamb, Kim Baber, Ron van Sluys, Graham Hobbs , Jonathan Goh, Ceirwen Burton, Yee Chong, Michael Hogg
Client: Nielson Properties
Principal Contractor: Hutchinson Builders
Landscape Architect: Gamble McKinnon Gree
Height: 42 floors including ground and basement levels @ 148m
Total Floor Area: 42,263m² gross
Net Lettable Area: 34,774m²
Design Period: 1 year commencing February 2005
Construction Period: June 2007 – April 2009
Photo Credits: Jon Linkins, Sam Thiess, Shantanu Starick,

Z House / Donovan Hill

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Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: 58 Teneriffe Drive, Newstead / Teneriffe Q 4006,  
Client: Stephen Zarb
Design Team: Timothy Hill, Brian Donovan, Paul Jones, Michael Hogg
Project Team: James Davidson, Jodie Cummins, Anna O’Gorman, Robert Myszkowski, Martin Arroyo, Peter Harding, Sandy Cavill, Briohny Mc Kauge
Structural Engineer: Wayne Kerkow (TFA Project Group)
Hydraulics Engineer: Phil Lucas (Steve Paul & Partners)
Landscape Architect: Timothy Hill (Design), Steven Clegg Design (DD and Construction)
Building Contractor: James Trowse Constructions
Date of construction completion: September 2008
Gross floor area: 350 sqm
Photos: John Linkins, Sam Thiess

M.H. de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

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The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum by Herzog & de Meuron is a remarkable revival of a building that no longer exists. The original museum, which opened in 1895, was an outgrowth of a fair modeled on the World’s Columbian Exposition the previous year known as the Midwinter Internation Exposition of 1894. Located in the sunny San Francisco, , the museum was formerly named for one of the city’s newspapermen M.H. de Young. The old museum was a bulky structure decorated with concrete ornaments, which began falling off the building and became hazardous, leading to their removal in 1949. The building was completely destroyed, however, in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake.

More on the museum after the break.

AD Classics: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library / Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

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Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the largest building in the world dedicated to the containment and preservation of rare books, manuscripts, and documents. It was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and is located in New Haven, . Prior to the completion of this project, Yale University placed its rare books on special shelving in Dwight Hall, which was the Old Library in the late 19th century. In 1930 these special books were relocated to Rare Book Room collection in the Sterling Memorial Library. The Beinecke library was a gift from the Beinecke family, and since 1963 has accomodated six major collections in its rare and marvelous structure that coincides with the literary gems it stores, including those from the Rare Book Room. The major collections are the General Collection, which are divided into the General Collection of Early Books and Manuscripts and the General Collection of Modern Books and Manuscripts, the Collection of American Literature, the Collection of German Literature, the Collection of Western Americana, and the Osborn Collection of British Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

More information and images of the library after the break.