AD Classics: College Life Insurance Company Headquarters / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates


In response to a growing company’s request for office space, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates developed a master plan that would allow the incremental addition of floor space over time. The initial design included nine identical buildings arranged in a parallelogram, totaling 1.2 million square feet. Only three of the buildings were constructed in the initial phase, and the expansion plan was never fulfilled. The trio is known as “The Pyramids” for their simple geometry and slanting glass facades.

Gelb House / Bruce Norelius Studio

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Architects: Bruce Norelius Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 1,200 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio

AD Classics: The Ford Foundation / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

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Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo established their own practice in 1966, after heading the firm of Eero Saarinen for several years. The Ford Foundation Headquarters is regarded as the pair’s first major success, a combination of Roche’s unique ideals and Dinkeloo’s innovative structural solutions. They introduced an office typology in which employee interaction extended beyond departments and levels, reaching even to the public. 

2013 MASterworks Awards

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

To celebrate excellence in architecture and urban design in City, the Municipal Art Society has announced the winners of this year’s MASterworks . Starting with “Best New Building,” Steven Holl was awarded for his Campbell Sports Center in Manhattan. See who else was honored, after the break.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

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Architects: Slade Architecture
Location: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), NY, USA
Principals: Hayes Slade, James Slade
Design Team: Tian Gao, David Iseri, Magda Stoenescu, Goizeder Arteche, Frances Calosso, Yuko Okuma, Allesandro Perinelli, Will Choi, Marco Juliani, Lauren Lochry, Santi Slade, Garrett Pruter
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Stark

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology / WEISS/MANFREDI

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Location: 3205 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania, , PA 19104, USA
Design Partners : Marion Weiss, FAIA and Michael A. Manfredi, FAIA
Project Manager: Todd Hoehn
Project Architects: Michael Harshman, AIA, Kimberly Nun, AIA, Ina Ko, AIA, and Michael Steiner, AIA, LEED-AP
Area: 78000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert Večerka/Esto

Physical Sciences + Engineering Center / Ratcliff

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Architects: Ratcliff
Location: Foothill College, El Monte Road, , CA, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Wakely

Marfa weeHouse / Alchemy Architects + Geoffrey Warner + AIA

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Architects: Alchemy Architects, Geoffrey Warner, AIA
Location: , TX, USA
Area: 440 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Scott Ervin

Arado weeHouse / Alchemy Architects

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Architects: Alchemy Architects
Location: , USA
Architect In Charge: Geoffrey Warner, AIA
Area: 336 sqm
Year: 2003
Photographs: Courtesy of Alchemy Architects, Doug Fogelson

653 10th Ave. Housing / Cannon Design

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Architects: Cannon Design
Location: , NY, USA
Project Manager: Andreas Hausler, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Project Designer: Ernesto Trindade, AIA, LEED AP
Photographs: Courtesy of Cannon Design

Trail Restroom / Miro Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miro Rivera Architects
Location: Lady Bird Lake Trail, , TX, USA
Area: 70.0 sqm
Photographs: Paul Finkel, Courtesy of , Paul Bardagiy

Arts Building for University of Iowa / Steven Holl Architects

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More than three years ago we reported that Steven Holl Architects and BNIM Architects won the commission to design a new art studio facility for the University of Iowa (UI) Arts campus. Today the building has officially broken ground and entered the construction phase. The new Visual Arts Building will replace the original arts building from 1936, which was heavily damaged during flooding in 2008. It will be directly adjacent to and northwest of Art Building West, an earlier, award-winning Steven Holl design.

Keep reading for more on the new building’s design.

Pedestrian Bridge / Miró Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
Location: , TX, USA
Area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Paul Finkel

Westgate Residence / Kurt Krueger Architect

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Architects: Kurt Krueger Architect
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
General Contractor: Rhino Construction, Inc.
Photographs: Unlimited Style Photography

AD Classics: Prentice Women’s Hospital / Bertrand Goldberg

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Hospital buildings, with their high standards of hygiene and efficiency, are a restrictive brief for architects, who all too often end up designing uninspiring corridors of patient rooms constructed from a limited palette of materials. However, this was not the case in Bertrand Goldberg‘s 1975 Prentice Women’s Hospital. The hospital is the best example of a series of Goldberg-designed medical facilities, which all adhere to a similar form: a tower containing rooms for patient care, placed atop a rectilinear plinth containing the hospital’s other functions.

Read on for more about this masterwork of humanist brutalism

230 Halsey Street / Richard Meier & Partners

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Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
Location: , NJ, USA
Design Principals: Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
Project Manager: Vivian Lee
Project Architect: Remy Bertin
Collaborators: Scott Johnson, Chris Townsend, Dongkyu Lee, Diana Lui, Hee-Joo Shi, Jonathan Bell, Chris Layda, Adam Nicholson, Adam Greene, Hyung Sok Moon, Aki Koike, Takumi Nakagawa, Techan Abe, Aung Kyaw, Katie Kasabalis, Yuanyang Teng
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steven Sze, Courtesy of

Beach Walk House / SPG Architects

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Architects: SPG Architects
Location: , NY, USA
General Construction: Kenneth E. Larson Construction
Landscape Contractor: RK Landscapes, Fire Island
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jimi Billingsley, Daniel Levin

Kearsarge Residence / Kurt Krueger Architect

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Architects: Kurt Krueger Architect
Location: , CA, USA
General Contractor: Rhino Construction, Inc.
Year: 2012
Photographs: Unlimited Style Photography