Mountain View Residence / Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild

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Architects: Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild
Location: , NC, USA
Architect In Charge: Rob Carlton
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Lauds “Exciting” New Building

Courtesy of BKSK Architects

Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Fred Bland proclaimed it to be the most exciting building ever proposed during his tenure.

The proposal for the six-story, 34,000 square foot building on the intersection of Broadway and Spring Street in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in New York City, designed by BKSK Architects, sits on a $147.9 million site. Prominent developers purchased the site in December of 2012, setting a per-buildable-square-foot record for SoHo retail. Their early intent of demolishing the existing building and constructing a new one garnered significant opposition. That is, till they revealed what was to replace it.

Hayden Building / CUBE Design + Research

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Architects: CUBE Design + Research
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of CUBE Design + Research

The Rank Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

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Architects: Tonic Design + Tonic Construction
Location: , NC, USA
Design Team: Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, Tonic Design
Builder: Tonic Construction
Structural Engineer: Kaydous-Daniels Engineers, Raleigh, NC
Year: 2012
Photographs: Raymond Goodman

AD Classics: The Museum of Modern Art

View of the gallery complex from the Sculpture Garden. Image © Timothy Hursley

The entrance to the Museum of Modern Art is tucked beneath a demure facade of granite and glass in Midtown Manhattan. Its clean, regular planes mark Yoshio Taniguchi’s 2004 addition to the ’s sequence of facades, which he preserved as a record of its form. Taniguchi’s contribution sits beside the 1984 residential tower by Cesar Pelli and Associates, followed by Philip Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone’s original 1939 building, then Philip Johnson’s 1964 addition. Taniguchi was hired in 1997 to expand the Museum’s space and synthesize its disparate elements. His elegant, minimal solution presents a contemporary face for the MoMA while adhering to its Modernist roots.

San Francisco’s Chrissy Field Proposals Released

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With the news earlier this year that San Francisco‘s Presidio Trust was planning a new cultural centre on the former site of a military base, now a national park, further details have emerged on the three finalists. The competition has attracted proposals from George Lucas (for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum), WRNS Studio and the Chora Group (for ‘The Bridge’), and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (for the Presidio Exchange). Each proposals offer different visions for the eight acre site, the ex-military building of which currently hosts the retailer Sports Basement.

Index Ventures / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

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Architects: Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design
Location: , CA, USA
Builder: Fisher Development Inc.
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

River Place / Paul F. Hirzel

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Location: , ID, USA
Area: 5450.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jim Van Gundy, Robert Hutchison

Fumihiko Maki Unveils New United Nations Tower

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Almost sixty years after Wallace K. Harrison was invited to design the United Nations Secretariat Building in , plans have been unveiled for another UN skyscraper designed by Fumihiko Maki which would “consolidate currently scattered operations into a single structure that would rise on the western portion of the Robert Moses Playground, on First Avenue between East 41st and 42nd streets.”

ABI Reports Strong Conditions in US Market

August , 2013 via Calculated Risk

The (ABI) has revealed more acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.8, up from a mark of 52.7 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.0, down from the reading of 66.4 the previous month.

“It is fair to say that the design professions are in a recovery mode,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “…but a key component to maintaining this momentum is the ability of businesses to obtain financing for real estate projects, and for a resolution to the federal government budget and debt ceiling impasse.”

Key August ABI highlights:

North Presbyterian Church / SILO AR+D

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Architects: SILO AR+D
Location: , Ohio, United States
Principal: Marc Manack AIA
Project Architect: Kurt Weaver AIA
Project Designer: Charles Chambers AP
Area: 455 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pease Photography

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park / Thomas Balsley Associates + Weiss Manfredi

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Architects: Weiss Manfredi, Thomas Balsley Associates
Location: Center Boulevard, Long Island City, NY, USA
Park Designers: Thomas Balsley Associates, Weiss/Manfredi
Photographs: Albert Večerka

BIG Designs Pier 6 Viewing Platform for Brooklyn’s Waterfront

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Following the news that Studio V Architecture has been commissioned to convert the 19th century Empire Stores, next to Brooklyn Bridge, into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled designs for “a flowering meadow with seasonal grasses, a sprawling field and a triangular wooden viewing platform” close by.

Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame / Trahan Architects

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Architects: Trahan Architects
Location: , LA, USA
President / Design Principal: Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III FAIA
Project Architect: Brad McWhirter AIA
Design Team: Ed Gaskin AIA, Mark Hash, Michael McCune AIA
Project Team: Sean David, Blake Fisher, Erik Herrmann, David Merlin, Benjamin Rath, Judson Terry
Area: 28000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Hursley

Reviving Brooklyn’s Waterfront, 19th Century Warehouses Evolve Into 21st Century Hubs

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After fifty years of neglect the Empire Stores, located next to the Brooklyn Bridge, are now the most coveted waterfront property in New York. Midtown Equity has partnered with Studio V Architecture to adaptively reuse the 19th-century coffee warehouse into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, highlighted by a -centric cultural museum. “After the Bridge,” says Joe Cayre, Chairman of Midtown Equities, “the Civil War era Empire Stores are the most iconic structures on the waterfront. As a native who raised my family in the borough, it is an honor for my firm to be chosen for the redevelopment of the Empire Stores.”

Learn more after the break…

Beach House / Aamodt Plumb Architects

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Architects: Aamodt Plumb Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Project Architects: Andrew Plumb AIA, Mette Aamodt AIA
Area: 7,000 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jane Messinger Photography, Courtesy of , Eduard Hueber / archphoto

BBVA Compass Stadium / Populous

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Architects: Populous
Location:, TX, USA
Area: 340,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Geoffrey Lyons

Time-Lapse: One World Trade Center

On the twelfth anniversary of September 11th, we would like to share with you this incredible capturing the progress of the Center between October 2004 and September 2013. The 1,776 foot tall skyscraper, which is expected to be the tallest in Western Hemisphere, topped out earlier this year and is slated for completion in 2014.