State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect

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Architects: Ben Hansen Architect
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Design Team: Eric Simon, Ben Hansen and Christine Hansen
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

BIG Reveals 20-Year Restoration Plan for Washington DC’s Smithsonian Campus

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Nearly a year-and-a-half since the announcement of their selection, BIG has unveiled plans for a massive, 20-year-long overhaul for the Smithsonian’s southern campus in the center of DC. With an overarching goal to unite the site by dissolving the notable impediments and discontinuous pathways that plague the area, BIG plans to also expand visitor, education and gallery spaces, while updating aging and inefficient building systems. 

“Where today each museum is almost like a separate entity, in the future, it’s going to be a much more open, intuitive and inviting campus to meander around,” Bjarke Ingels explained.

Oak Pass Guest / Walker Workshop

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Architects: Walker Workshop
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2650.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nicholas Alan Cope

Lakeview Residence / Alterstudio Architecture

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Architects: Alterstudio Architecture
Location: , TX, USA
Design Team: Kevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino, Tim Whitehill, Matt Slusarek, Jessica Connolly, Joanna Hartman
Collaborators: Mark Word Design
Area: 5900.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Whit Preston, Patrick Wong

Nadau Lavergne Architects Present Proposal to Revitalize Detroit’s Decaying Packard Plant

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Nadau Lavergne Architects, the winning team of the Reanimate the Ruins international ideas contest, have shared with us their proposal to revive Detroit‘s historic Packard Automotive Plant, the former factory which has become an icon of the city’s post-industrial decline. By developing a proposal which frees the land from unwanted structures and knits the colossal 1 kilometer-long building back into the urban landscape, Nadau Lavergne Architects have created a design which returns both a sense of community and some economic hope back to the building.

Read more about the proposal after the break

AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates

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The alien form of the Geisel Library at the University of California, seems befitting of a backdrop from a science fiction movie. The building occupies a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism that its architect, William Pereira, intrepidly pursued throughout his career. With its strong concrete piers and hovering glassy enclosures, the library beautifully occupies an ambiguous state between massiveness and levitation, as if the upper stories have only just been set into their base and can be lifted back out at any moment. The tension between these two conditions gives the library an otherworldly appearance and provides a startling statement about the generative and imaginative power of the architect.

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

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Architects: Morphosis Architects
Location: Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, Cornell University, Campus Road, , NY 14853, USA
Area: 9425.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe, doublespace photography

Hicks Orthodontics / BarberMcMurry architects

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Architects: BarberMcMurry architects
Location: , TN, USA
Area: 6800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Denise Retallack

Dineen Hall at Syracuse University College Of Law / Gluckman Mayner Architects

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Architects: Gluckman Mayner Architects
Location: University, 1045 James Street, , NY 13203, USA
Area: 200000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ty Cole

Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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Architects: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: John Friedman
Area: 1430.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benny Chan / Fotoworks

Studio Gang Reimagines Beloit Powerhouse as Campus Hub

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Wisconsin’s College has commissioned Studio Gang Architects to reimagine a decommissioned coal-burning power plant as a “lively” student recreation and meeting center. As it currently stands, the “Powerhouse” is a barrier between the College campus and the Rock River. Upon completion in 2018, Studio Gang hopes the structure’s revitalization will reconnect the campus with the waterfront, further catalyzing the redevelopment of Beloit’s riverfront.

More about the “Powerhouse,” after the break.

Seagrape House / Traction Architecture

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Architects: Traction Architecture
Location: , FL, USA
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Moris Moreno

Images of SOM’s Completed One World Trade Center in New York

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The first tenant has moved into the One World Trade Center, making Monday, November 3, the official opening of the (arguably) tallest building in the Western hemisphere 13 years after the tragedy of 9/11. The “extraordinary moment was passed in the most ordinary of ways,” described the New York Times, as employees of Conde Nast entered into the white marble lobby (taken from the same quarry that produced marble for the original twin towers) and headed straight to the elevators to start their work day.

To celebrate its completion, renowned architectural photographers Iwan Baan and James Ewing took it to the sky to capture the Center in all its glory. The images, after the break.

Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire Finally Axed

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Santiago Calatrava‘s much maligned design for the Chicago Spire has finally met its end, thanks to a lapsed payment deadline from the site’s developer, Grant Kelleher. The project, which would have been the tallest building in the USA, began construction in 2007 but was halted at the onset of the global financial crisis, leaving nothing more than a large hole in the ground for over six years.

Despite numerous attempts to revive the Spire, Grant Kelleher’s Shelbourne Development Group never overcame its financial troubles. Shelbourne Development Group and its partner Atlas Apartment Holdings received a court order to pay $22 million to one of their creditors, Related Midwest, who had bought $93 million worth of debt from the project. However, the Chicago Tribune reports that within minutes of the October 31st deadline lapsing with no sign of payment, Related Midwest filed papers in a court requiring that the deeds for the property be passed to them.

AD Classics: Citigroup Center / Hugh Stubbins + William Le Messurier

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In a city of of nearly every shape and size, the Citigroup Center on Lexington Avenue is one of New York’s most unique. Resting on four stilts perfectly centered on each side, it cantilevers seventy-two feet over the sidewalk and features a trademark 45-degree sloping crown at its summit. The original structure responsible for these striking features also contained a grave oversight that nearly resulted in structural catastrophe, giving the tower the moniker of “the greatest disaster never told” when the story finally was told in 1995. The incredible tale—now legendary among structural engineers—adds a fascinating back-story to one of the most iconic fixtures of the Manhattan skyline.

Weiss/Manfredi and Charles Renfro Among Those Honored as National Academy Academician

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building / Preston Scott Cohen. Image © Amit Geron

Each year, a select group of prominent artists and architects is elected into the National Academy. As a National Academy Academician, distinguished practitioners are recognized for their “exceptional creative work and contribution to the arts.” This year’s inductees include: Ida Applebroog, Peter Bohlin, Jane Dickson, Preston Scott Cohen, Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, Eric Owen Moss, Antoine Predock, Martin Puryear, Charles Renfro, Edward Ruscha, and Joan Semmel.

Napa Valley House / Steven Harris Architects

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Architects: Steven Harris Architects
Location: , CA 94515, USA
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2005
Photographs: Scott Frances/OTTO

Northwest Harbor / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca, Hampton Bays, NY
Area: 1895.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects