Westgate Residence / Kurt Krueger Architect

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Architects: Kurt Krueger Architect
Location: , 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: Fire Island, NY, USA
General Construction: Kenneth E. Larson Construction
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

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

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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 MoMA’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 and ’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 (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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Architects:
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 City, 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,
Principal: Marc Manack AIA
Project Architect: Kurt Weaver AIA
Project Designer: Charles Chambers LEED 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: , 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 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.