City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

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Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Studio Jantzen
Location: , CA, USA
Architects In Charge: , Studio Jantzen, IPD International Parking Design
Area: 2,250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Matthiessen

Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects

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Architects: Specht Harpman Architects
Location: , CT, USA
Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Amy Lopez-Cepero
Area: 2400.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Taggart Sorensen

Godfrey Hotel / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

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Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Location: , IL, USA
Architects Personnel: Joseph Valerio, FAIA; David Jennerjahn, ; Louis Ray, ; Steve Droll, ; Brad Pausha, , LEED AP BD+C; Kurt Volkman, , LEED AP BD+C; Robert Webber, , LEED AP BD+C; Kathryn Soven, LEED AP BD+C; Lauren Shelton, , LEED AP
Area: 53,839 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Steve Hall – Hedrich Blessing

Mothersill / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 6,027 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Desert Courtyard House / Wendell Burnette Architects

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Architects: Wendell Burnette Architects
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Wendell Burnette
Design Team: Thamarit Suchart (lead design collaborator), Jena Rimkus, Matthew G. Trzebiatowski, Scott Roeder, Brianna Tovsen, Chris Flodin, Colin Bruce
Area: 7200.0 ft2
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Courtesy of

Zuckerman Museum of Art / Stanley Beaman & Sears

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Architects: Stanley Beaman & Sears
Location: , GA, USA
Design Team: Betsy Beaman, , Steve Denton, RA, Clay Cameron, Josh le Francois, Brian Peterka, Brenda Dietz and Chris Bowles
Photographs: Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears

Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative

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Architects: 5G Studio Collaborative
Location: 1310 West Exchange Parkway, , TX 75013, USA
Design Team: Yen Ong, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen, Danielle Cross, Christine Robbins
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Interior Design Team : Yen Ong, Danielle Cross, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen
Area: 8432.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Moran/OTTO

US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

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The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the ’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 – its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Clark Art Institute / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates + Selldorf Architects + Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture + Gensler

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Architects: Selldorf Architects, Gensler, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture
Location: 225 South Street, , MA 01267, USA
Area: 97700.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg – ESTO, Tucker Bair, Nicholas Whitman, Mike Agee, Betty Sartori, Courtesy of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Kris Qua, Jonas Dovydenas, Reed Hilderbrand

Butterfly House / Feldman Architecture

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Architects: Feldman Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2900.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography

Herzog & de Meuron Unveils Latest Condo Building in New York

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Herzog & de Meuron have unveiled images of their latest project in New York, a 12-story condominium building at 156 Leroy Street with a curved concrete and glass facade. The project is their third major building in recent years, following another condo building at 56 Leonard Street and a hotel at 215 Chrystie Street, and once again features a concrete structure which is clearly expressed on the facade.

Read on after the break for more images and description

Streamsong Resort / Alfonso Architects

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Architects: Alfonso Architects
Location: Streamsong Drive, , FL, USA
Lead Architect: Alberto Alfonso,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albert Hurley

Fermilab Office and Technical Education Building / Ross Barney Architects

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Architects: Ross Barney Architects
Location: Batavia Road, , IL, USA
Lead Design Architect: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Design Engineer: Arup
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kate Joyce

Eagle Ridge Residence / Gary Gladwish Architecture

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Architects: Gary Gladwish Architecture
Location: Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Area: 167.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Will Austin

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.

Read on for more details of the design

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, USA
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 conservation.

Read on after the break for more on the design

The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects

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