Plaza Residences / Migdal Arquitectos


Architects: Migdal Arquitectos / Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta
Location: , Mexico
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Migdal Arquitectos

AD Classics: Fondation Cartier / Jean Nouvel

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Radical among the architects of today, Jean Nouvel continually amazes practicing architects and unstudied passerby alike with his brilliant manipulation of form, patterns, materials and colors. Currently discussed for his vibrant Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London and the recently built luxurious Chelsea apartments in , Nouvel has a history of creating the most striking and innovative buildings.

One of his earlier buildings, the in Paris 1994, employs the same dedication to transparency and rigor of the surface as the more recently designed structures of Nouvel. As a public space that houses contemporary art and graffiti exhibitions, the play between inside and out is very fitting as it creates an openness which invites people to experience the building from both up close and afar.

More on the Fondation Cartier after the break.

AD Classics: Stahl House / Pierre Koenig

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The Case Study House Program produced some of the most iconic architectural projects of the 20th Century, but none more iconic than or as famous as the Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig.  The modern residence overlooks Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills. It was completed in 1959 for Buck Stahl and his family. Buck Stahl had envisioned a modernist and constructed house that offered panoramic views of Los Angeles when he originally purchased the land for the house in 1954 for $13,500.  Stahl had originally begun to excavate and take on the duties of architect and contractor; it was not until 1957 when Stahl hired Pierre Koenig to take over the design of the family’s residence.

Renaissance Marriot Hotel in Paris / Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

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Architect: Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
Location: ,
Client: GEREC
Project Area: 8,500 sqm
Project Year: 2003-2009
Photographs: Patrycja Ogonowska

Fishers Island House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: Fishers Island, New York,
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
Canopy: Allen Architectural Metals
General Contractor: BD Remodeling & Restoration
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Scott Frances

Black House / Bakers Architecten

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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

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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, Ecuador
Client: Iñigo Salvador
Technical Advisor: Bolívar Romero, 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

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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 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, Chicago,
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: ,
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.