Studio Gang Architects Reveals Design of Twisting San Francisco Skyscraper

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Last night Studio Gang Architects unveiled designs of their first ever building in San Francisco, a 400 foot tall residential tower with an undulating, twisting facade. Inspired by the bay windows of older local buildings such as 450 Sutter Street, Studio Gang have added a twist (literally) to the typology with incremental rotations of the 90-degree bays running vertically up the facade.

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Framestore LA / DHD Architecture and Design + RAC Design Build

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Architects: DHD Architecture and Design, RAC Design Build
Location: Helms Avenue, , CA,
Dhd Team: David Howell, Steven Wakenshaw, Melissa Pinto
Rac Team: Rick Cortez, Kevin Mulcahy, David Altchech
Year: 2013
Photographs: Art Gray, Brooke McGowan

AA Studio Designs Redevelopment of Disused Dock Building

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AA Studio have revealed their plans for the development of Brooklyn‘s iconic New York Dock Company building, transforming the 230,000 square foot structure into a mixed-use complex of six commercial spaces on the ground floor, 70 residential loft apartments, and a rooftop deck and gardens above.

The design aims to be as faithful to the original structure as possible, retaining the existing poured concrete columns and walls and exposing the high concrete ceilings. As one of the earliest structures to use the technology, the retention and celebration of these features is a key aspect of the building’s .

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The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects

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Architects: BCV Architects
Location: , CA 96161,
Architects In Charge: Hans Baldauf, AIA Principal / Jennifer Smith, Associate
Team: Asa Prentice, Senior Designer
Area: 5600.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Mario Botta

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Architects: Mario Botta
Location: 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC,
Partner Architect: Wagner Murray Architects PA, Charlotte
Area: 2,490 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Joel Lassiter, Enrico Cano

Wenatchee Valley College Music and Arts Center / Integrus Architecture

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Architects: Integrus Architecture
Location: Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 5th Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801,
Architect In Charge: Mark Dailey, AIA, NCARB
Project Manager: Martin Sweet, AIA
Project Lead: Ty Miller, Associate AIA
Interior Designer: Stephanie Ogram, IIDA Associate
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lara Swimmer Photography

Perkins + Will Designs FIU Complex for the Research of Extreme Natural Events

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Florida International University’s Stempel Complex, designed by Perkins + Will, will be completed this fall. The complex will house the Extreme Event Institute, which will bring together a number of the university’s research and academic programs to study “extreme natural events.” The form of the building itself takes inspiration from natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and is centered around an oval-shaped courtyard. 

Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center / De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

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Architects: De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Location: , KY,
Architect In Charge: Roberto de Leon, Jr., AIA
Area: 9,140 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Rutgers Business School / TEN Arquitectos

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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: , NJ, USA
Design Team: Enrique Norten, James Carse
Executive Architect: Richard Bienenfeld Architect, PC
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Aaron

SuralArk / Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

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Architects: Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz
Location: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA,
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, David Hunter, Alma Lopez, Renee Laput-Mendoza, Sarunya Wongjodsri, , Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu
Area: 106,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

May ABI Shows Return to Growth in US Market

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The US Architecture Billings Index showed a significant improvement in May, jumping to a score of 52.6 and showing some growth after two consecutive months of contraction. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, its two new measures of growth also showed positive results: the Project Inquiries Index rose to 63.2; and the Design Contracts Index – despite dropping slightly from last month’s 54.6 – still showed growth at 52.5 points.

“Volatility continues to be the watchword in the design and construction markets, with firms in some regions of the country, and serving some sectors of the industry, reporting strong growth, while others are indicating continued weakness,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “However, overall, it appears that activity has recovered from the winter slump, and design professions should see more positive than negative numbers in the coming months.”

A breakdown of regional and sector highlights, after the break

Wieden+Kennedy NY / WORKac

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Architects: WORKac
Location: 150 Varick Street, , NY,
Architects In Charge: Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, Sam Dufaux
Area: 50,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruce Damonte, Raymond Adams

4 Springs Lane / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , VA, USA
Architect In Charge: Brian Tuskey
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie

The Levitt Pavilion / WRT – Wallace Roberts & Todd

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Architects: WRT – Wallace Roberts & Todd
Location: 789 East 1st Street, , PA 18015,
Client: Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem
Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Jeffrey Totaro

David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill Development: A New Typology for Affordable Housing

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Adjaye Associates’ latest development has opened in the historic neighborhood of Harlem, : a complex that aims to combat poverty and revitalize the community by bringing together affordable housing (including housing for homeless New Yorkers), a Preschool, and a 17,000 square foot cultural institution –  the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. The “school in a museum” is designed to engage students and foster a new generation of Sugar Hill artists and innovators.

“The Sugar Hill Development is a new typology for affordable housing, with its mixed program of museum space, community facilities, offices and apartments,” David Adjaye noted at yesterday’s opening press conference, “My hope is that the building—perched high on Coogan’s Bluff—will offer a symbol of civic pride and be a valued new resource for the neighborhood.”

The architect’s description of the project, after the break.

Sugar Hill Development / Adjaye Associates

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Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: Harlem, New York, NY,
Area: 191,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Glass-Walled Labyrinth / Robert Morris

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Location: , MO, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Josh Ferdinand