GoDaddy Silicon Valley Office / DES Architects + Engineers

© Lawrence Anderson

Architects: DES Architects + Engineers
Location: 1020 Enterprise Way, , CA 94089, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

AD Classics: North Christian Church / Eero Saarinen

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Just off the highway that leads to the town of , Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell

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Exhibit Designer: David Rockwell
Location: Pemberton Place, 121 Baker Street Northwest, , GA 30313, USA
Area: 53000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albert Vecerka / ESTO

Keck Institute for Space Studies / Lehrer Architects

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Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, , CA 91125, USA
Area: 7200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benny Chan

Hozho House / DesignBuildBLUFF + Colorado Building Workshop

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Architects: DesignBuildBLUFF, Colorado Building Workshop
Location: , , UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director Colorado Building Workshop, Jose Galarza, Director DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah
Students: Shawn Adams, Erica Alfaro, Patrick Beseda, Gregory Behlen, Anastasia Chmel, Megan Garrett, Lacy Graham, Patricia Gut, Amy Keil, Anna Huey, Catalina Pedraza, Henry Rahn, Foster Ramsey, Scott Rank, Joe Stevenson, Dana Trill, Iassen Vladimirov, Megan Voiles, Ronald Willison, Kristin Zuro
Design Build Bluff Staff: Hiroko Yamamoto, Atsushi Yamamoto
Structural Engineer: Andy Paddock
Area: 800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of DesignBuildBLUFF + University of Colorado Denver

Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF

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Architects: Colorado Building Workshop, DesignBuildBLUFF
Location: , , UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director , Hank Louis, Director DesignBuildBLUFF, Andrew Foster, Craig Harren
Student Team: Ellen Adams, Brett Blackmon, Lura Blumfield, Jay Burkhalter, Glen Camuso, Jacob Ebling, William Koning, William Murray, Rebecca Sockwell, JD Signom
Structural Engineer: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL
Area: 882.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesse Kuroiwa

Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo ’74 World’s Fair for 40th Anniversary

Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image Courtesy of

Forty years ago, the Expo ’74 World’s Fair opened in Spokane, Washington to great fanfare as the world’s first environmentally themed Expo. Perhaps equally as momentous, the former Soviet Union participated for the first time since World War II, and 5.6 million people attended throughout the course of the six month long Fair. This year, Olson Kundig Architects, led by design principal Tom Kundig, partnered with the City of Spokane to reinvent the original park with new concept designs for its structures, program, and facilities.

Sky Loft / KUBE architecture

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Architects: KUBE architecture
Location: , DC 20008, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Greg Powers Photography

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center / DesignGroup

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Architects: DesignGroup
Location: 1415 Darby Creek Drive, , OH 43119, USA
Designer: Michael Bongiorno
Project Architect, Sustainability Manager: William Keoni Fleming
Project Associate: Joseph Mayer
Area: 14000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio

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Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
Location: Lions Park, , AL 36744, USA
Student Design/Build Team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukkhayes, Benjamin Pendergraft, Elizabeth Whitlock
Architect Of Record: David Hinson, FAIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

VARA / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 1880 Mission Street, , CA 94103, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO

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Architects:
Location: , FL, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robin Hill

Health Sciences and Student Resources Building at North Seattle College / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Architects: Schacht Aslani Architects
Location: 9600 College Way North, North Seattle College, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Principal Architects: Walter Schacht, FAIA; Cima Malek-Aslani,
Area: 46500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

Montagnaro House / Mapos

© James Chororos

Architects: Mapos
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 325.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: James Chororos

Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture

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Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Collaborators: C.M. Peck Structural Engineer
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Art Gray Photography

US ABI Hits Highest Level Since 2007

Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached 55.8 in July  – its highest level since 2007. The score reflects what has been a steadily increasing demand for design services over the past three months, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports. The ’s new projects inquiry and design contracts indexes were also strong at 66 and 54.9, respectively.

“Business conditions for the design and construction marketplace, and those industries associated with it, appear to be well-positioned for continued growth in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The key to a more widespread boost in design activity continues to be the institutional sector which is starting to exhibit signs of life after languishing for the better part of the last five-plus years.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Regional Averages:

Trahan Ranch / Patrick Tighe Architecture

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Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: Texas, USA
Collaborators: Joseph Perazzelli Structural Engineer
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray Photography

Florida Polytechnic Sciencie, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava

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Architects: Santiago Calatrava
Location: , FL, USA
Architect Of Record: Alfonso Architects
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava