Construction Begins on Miami’s Tallest Tower

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Construction has begun on Miami’s tallest tower: SkyRise Miami. Standing 305 meters above the Biscayne Bay, the waterfront tower will offer three viewing decks, a restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, exhibition space, and even the chance to bungee jump off its upper floors.

It’s designers, locally based arquitectonica, hope SkyRise will achieve LEED Gold upon completion in mid-2017.

4 Visions Released for D.C.’s First Elevated Park

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OMA, Höweler + Yoon, NEXT Architects, and , Robertson & Partners are amongst four interdisciplinary teams competing to design Washington D.C.’s first elevated public park. As part of a six month nationwide competition, the shortlisted teams have just released their preliminary design proposals for what will be known as the 11th Street Bridge Park.

Suspended over the Anacostia River, the multi-use park aims to re-connect two disparate city districts and re-engage residents with the riverfront by offering a 21st century civic “playscape.” Education and performance spaces, as well as a cafe and water sport areas will all be included in the masterplan.

A preview of the four shortlisted schemes, after the break…

Architect Magazine’s Top 50 US Architecture Firms

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building / Westlake Reed Leskosky. Image © Nic Lehoux

Architect Magazine has released its list of the 50 best architecture firms in the US, with Westlake Reed Leskosky, William Rawn Associates and Gensler taking home the top three slots in the overall ranking. The ranking is based on three key factors: business, design and sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky also ranked number 1 in the Best in Business category, along with HDR and Spector Group in second and third place, respectively. NADAAA, Behnisch Architekten and Payette were the top three firms in the Best in Design category, while EYP Architecture & Engineering, William Rawn Associates and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects were ranked as the top three in the Best in Sustainability category. For the full list visit Architect Magazine.

Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: 637 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611,
Area: 33000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Moran / OTTO, Derek Skalko

AD Classics: SC Johnson Wax Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright

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The next time you catch the scent of a Glade air freshener or evade pesky mosquitoes thanks to Off!, think of Frank Lloyd Wright.  His 1950 building for the SC Johnson Research Tower at their headquarters in , Wisconsin, was home to the invention of many of their landmark products.

GoDaddy Silicon Valley Office / DES Architects + Engineers

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Architects: DES Architects + Engineers
Location: 1020 Enterprise Way, , CA 94089,
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, Atlanta, GA 30313,
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,
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: Navajo Mountain, Navajo Mountain, UT 86044,
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,
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 College, , WA 98103,
Principal Architects: Walter Schacht, FAIA; Cima Malek-Aslani, AIA
Area: 46500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lara Swimmer