AD Classics: Unity Temple / Frank Lloyd Wright

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More than a century ago , whom we just honored on his birthday last week, designed one of the most famous sacred buildings in the United States, the Unity Temple. It was designed for a Unitarian congregation in 1905 when the architect was 38 years old. Wright himself described the Unity Temple as his “contribution to modern architecture.” The building broke the convention for American and European religious architecture while introducing principles of modern architecture and applying the use of in a daring way for its time.

Read more about Wright’s Unity Temple after the break.

Busca Vida House / André Luque

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Architect: André Luque
Location: Camaçari, Bahía,
Built area: 445 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Tarso Figueira and Luis Gomes

AD Classics: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort / Michael Graves

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In a world where anything in your imagination can become a reality, Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, stayed true to their word and hired architect to design a resort consisting of two hotels that would become part of Disney’s famous collection of “entertainment architecture.” Graves’ postmodern, colorful style was the perfect choice for the playful themepark resort, and his whimsical design decisions and statues of grandeur contribute to the famous Disney kingdom. The theme for the design of the hotels sprung right from its early conceptual stages, where Graves developed an entire story to create characters for both the Swan and the Dolphin in a magical tale that he thought could potentially become Disney characters.

More images and information after the break.

Orange House / archimania

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Architects: archimania
Project Location: , TN
Building Area: 2,833 SF
Cost per Square Foot: $100.81
Construction Cost: $285,616
Owner/Client: Pantik Home Builders
General Contractor: Pantik Home Builders
Year: 2005
Photographs: Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers

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In the 1970′s architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, both unknown at the time, collaborated and erected one of the most famous and radical buildings of our time, Centre Georges Pompidou. The cultural center in ,  turned our world inside out, literally. It all began with Georges Pompidou, President of from 1969 to 1974, who wanted to construct a cultural center in Paris that would attract visitors and be a monumental aspect of the city. Receiving more than 150 million visitors since is completion thirty three years ago, there is no doubt that Pompidou’s vision became a successful reality.

More information on Centre Georges Pompidou after the break.

Sail @ Marina Bay / NBBJ

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Architects: NBBJ
Location: Marina Boulevard, Central Business District, Republic of
Co-designer/Design Principal: Peter Pran, RA, FAIA, MNAL
Co-designer/Design Partner: Timothy Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Interior Design Partner: Rysia Suchecka, AIA, IIDA
Design Team Leader/Project Manager: Scott Hunter, AIA, LEED AP
Architecture Design Team: Reggie Aviles, Michael Ramsay, Karin Tehve, Jay Seibenmorgen, Angela Chang, Sara Agrest, Nnamdi Ugenyi, Heather Metzger, Catherine Smith
Interiors Design Team: Tara Schneider, IIDA; Pete Lorimer, LEED AP
Owner: City Developments Limited and AIG Asian Real Estate Partners, L.P.
Consulting Architect: Kiat Supattapone
Associate Architect: Team Design Architects
General Contractor: Dragages Singapore–Bouygues Construction
Structural Engineer: Precast Design Consultants
Mechanical Engineer: Meinhardt Pte, LTD
Interior Designer: (Shell and Core Lobbies)
Interior Designer: AXIS Design (Units, Common areas)
Lighting: Lighting Planners Associates (LPA)
Landscape Architect: Belt Collins
Project Area: 1,200,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Tim Griffith & Sean Airhart/NBBJ

AD Classics: USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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In 1954 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill were commissioned to design the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Located in El Paso Country, Colorado, just outside of Colorado Springs, the chapel is of the training center for officers of the United States Air Force which is a large self-contained community. At an elevation of 6500 feet on the East of the Rocky Mountains, the 3,000 acre Academy also contains housing for 8,000 people, a supply center, a hospital, an airfield, and an academic complex rising up the slope of the site. This program is split on three levels due to the slope, with the Administration Building, the Social Center, and the Cadet Chapel on the uppermost level. These spaces are used by both cadets and visitors, which with the beautiful peaks of of the Chapel rising towards the sky, attracts more than a million a year.

More on SOM’s USAFA Cadet Chapel after the break.

H House / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Maastricht,
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: João Morgado

AD Classics: House VI / Peter Eisenman

 

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Unlike the previously featured Vanna Venturi House, ’s House VI includes disorientation in the work without the concept of relating it to the traditional home. The house is, in fact, anything but what one would consider a conventional house. Eisenman, one of the Five, designed the house for Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frank between 1972-1975 who found great admiration for the architect’s work despite previously being known as a “paper architect” and theorist. By giving Eisenman a chance to put his theories to practice, one of the most famous, and difficult, houses emerged in the United States.

More on House VI after the break.

Orhidelia Wellness / Enota

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Architects: Enota
Location: Podčetrtek,
Project Team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Maruša Zupančič, Nuša Završnik, Zana Starovič, Anna Kravcova, Polona Ruparčič, Marko Volf, Sabina Sakelšek, Esta Matkovič, Darja Zubac, Dean Jukić, Nebojša Vertovšek, Tjaša Marinšek
Client: Terme Olimia
Landscape Architecture: Bruto
Structure: Elea iC
Climatisation & Plumbing: Nombiro
Electrical Instalation: Forte inženiring
Project Area: 9,990 sqm
Budget: 13,000,000 EUR
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Miran Kambič

AD Classics: Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

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Towering over the windy city of , the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) was once the tallest building in the world upon its completion in 1973. Sears, Roebuck, & Company commissioned Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill  to design an office building that would house their headquarters and the many offices they had scattered around in one building. The design also had to incorporate extra office space for the anticipated future growth of the company.

More on the Willis Tower after the break.

AD Classics: Douglas House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Hovering over the shores of Lake , the Douglas House was built by in 1971-1973 for Jim and Jean Douglas. The house is gently placed on a steep slope over the water, almost as if it is floating amongst the trees. As Meier stated about the house, “So steep is the slope to the water that the house appears to have been dropped into the site, a machine-crafted object that has landed in a natural world. The dramatic dialogue between the whiteness of the house and the primary blues and greens of the water, trees, and sky allows the house not only to assert its own presence but to enhance, by contrast, the beauty of its natural environment as well.”

More on the Douglas House after the break.

New Acropolis Museum / Bernard Tschumi Architects

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Architects: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Location: Athens,
Associate Architect: ARSY
Bernard Tschumi Architects Team: Bernard Tschumi; Architect and Lead Designer Joel Rutten; Project Architect, Adam Dayem, Aristotelis Dimitrakopoulos, Jane Kim, Eva Sopeoglou, Kim Starr, Anne Save de Beaurecueil, Jonathan Chace, Robert Holton, Valentin Bontjes van Beek, Liz Kim, Daniel Holguin, Kriti Siderakis, Michaela Metcalfe, Justin Moore, Joel Aviles, Georgia Papadavid, Allis Chee, Thomas Goodwill, Véronique Descharrières, Christina Devizzi
ARSY Team: Michael Photiadis; Principal, George Kriparakos, Nikos Balkalbassis, Philippos Photiadis, Jaimie Peel, Niki Plevri, Maria Sarafidou, Makis Grivas, Elena Voutsina, Manoulis Economou, Anastassia Gianou, Miltiadis Lazaridis, Dimitris Kosmas
Structure: ADK and ARUP
Mechanical and Electrical: MMB Study Group S.A. and ARUP
Civil: Michanniki Geostatiki and ARUP
Acoustics: Theodore Timagenis
Lighting: ARUP, London
General Contractor: Aktor
Project Area: 21,000 sqm
Project Year: 2003-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

AD Classics: Lever House / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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The Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was one of the first International style office buildings in the United States. Located in midtown Manhattan, it was originally the American corporate headquarters of the soap company Lever Brothers. Built between 1951-1952, the Lever House extends 24 stories in height right across from Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, and stands as its own perfect glass box.

More on the Lever House after the break.

Akerselva Atrium / NBBJ

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Architects: NBBJ
Location: Oslo,
NBBJ Team: Peter Pran, Jonathan Ward, Martin Reeves, Stuart Rudd, Phu Duong, Cliff Green, Nick Worth, Ivan Equihua, Rachel Lin
Pran Arkitekter Team: Odd Sigvart Pran, Elizabeth Pran
Poulsson/Pran Architects Team: Marcus Pran, Andreas Poulsson, Jonas Sobstad, Inger Anita Reigstad, Jurg Frei, Erling Magnus Hjerman
Interior Architects: Zinc
Client: NCC Property Development, Oslo
Construction: NCC Construction
Owner: Vital Company
Project Area: 17,600
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith, Jiri Havran

Greenwich Street Project / Archi-tectonics

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Completed in 2004, the Greenwich Street Project by Archi-tectonics is a 64,000 square foot multi-unit residential building in just a few blocks from where the Hudson River meets the city. With the West Village to its north, SoHo, the heart of style to its West, and TriBeCa, where entrenpreneurship has transformed industry into lofts to its south, the Greenwich Street Project is the meeting point of three of downtown’s major cultural districts. Ironically enough, its design also involved the merging of an old renovated warehouse with a completely new structure, combining both to create appropriate live-work spaces that served its context.

More on Archi-tectonics Greenwich Street Project after the break.

Glass House / Unit Arkitektur AB

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Architects: Unit Arkitektur AB
Location: Träslövsläge, Sweden
Design Principal: Mikael Frej + Klas Moberg
Project Architects: Frans Magnusson
Client: Karin and Sven-Olav
Floor area: 250 sqm ( House), 70 sqm (House inside House)
Project year: 2006-2011
Photographs: Krister Engström, Unit Arkitektur

AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson

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Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the House by , with its perfect proportions and its simplicity, is considered one of the first most brilliant works of modern architecture. Johnson built the 47-acre estate for himself in New Canaan, Connecticut. The house was the first of fourteen structures that the architect built on the property over a span of fifty years.

More on Johnson’s Glass House after the break.