AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015′s Best

Cedar Rapids Public Library / OPN Architects. Image © Main Street Studio

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year’s best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, the believes these six award recipients elevate the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive to Open in 2016

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As construction continues on its new home across from the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is finalizing plans for its first exhibition – Architecture of Life - in this location. The curvilinear structure, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD as executive architect, fuses old and new, outfitting what was the UC printing plant with modern exhibition space, offices, and theaters to make it a focal point in Berkeley’s downtown arts district.

More on the $112 million project after the break.

College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners

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Architects: Overland Partners
Location: The University of Texas at , 116 Inner Campus Drive, , TX 78705, USA
Area: 212000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lars Frazer Photography

Spring Studios / AA Studio

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Architects: AA Studio
Location: 50 Varick Street, , NY 10013, USA
Collaboration: Morris Adjmi Architects
Area: 12000.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA, DaVinci Stairs

510 Cabin / Hunter Leggitt Studio

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Architects: Hunter Leggitt Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 1100.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt Studio

First Look Inside BIG’s W57 Manhattan Pyramid

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Field Condition has published a photographic tour through BIG’s first New York project, two months after W57 topped out. A “courtscraper,” as the Danish practice affectionately calls it, the 32-story, 709-unit tower is a hybrid of the European courtyard block and New York City skyscraper. It’s tetrahedral shape, “born from logic,” is designed to provide every resident in the building’s North Tower to have views of the Hudson River, while allowing sunlight deep into the building’s interior space. View the project from within, after the break. 

Dunham Pavilion at Aurora RiverEdge Park / Muller&Muller

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Architects: Muller&Muller
Location: 360 North Broadway, , IL 60505, USA
Architect In Charge: David Steele, Mark Vrba, Susan Johnson
Area: 1733.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Muller&Muller

6 Ways to Repurpose the Chicago Spire “Hole”

Beacon / Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Image Courtesy of magazine

With Santiago Calatrava’s unfulfilled Chicago Spire amounting to just a (costly) depression along the Chicago River, what was to be the second-tallest building in the world certainly has not established the legacy it intended. However, following the site’s relinquishment to local developers Related Midwest, it may yet have a meaningful impact on its community. Six Chicago-based firms of various disciplines have developed designs to make use of the “hole” by injecting a public program into the abandoned site.

Check out the inventive proposals, with ideas from firms including UrbanLab and Solomon Cordwell Buenz, after the break.

Video: How Clive Wilkinson Architects’ Activity Based Working is Revolutionizing the Office

The latest innovation in workplace design, Clive Wilkinson Architects’ “Activity Based Working” (ABW) has revolutionized the way people go about their daily activities at the GLG Global Headquarters in New York. Broadening the idea of workable area to a number of specialized environments, ABW fosters a new dynamic in office relations, providing spaces for both individualized activity and collaboration. Experience this through the Spirit of Space-produced video above.

“In this film, we hear various viewpoints about how ABW impacts the work environment at GLG,” explains Spirit of Space’s Adam Goss. “How technology enables the user, the psychology behind seating choice, how this new style of working helps achieve the company goals, and how, above all, the architectural design fosters all of this in an efficient and choreographed manner.”

Difficult Run Residence / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , VA, USA
Project Architect: John Riordan, LEED AP
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Westport River House / RUHL WALKER Architects

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Architects: RUHL WALKER Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker, Nat Rea

Emerson Process Management / HGA

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Architects: HGA
Location: , MN, USA
Principal In Charge: Chuck Cappellin, PE, LEED AP
Design Principal: Victor Pechaty, AIA
Project Team: Dan Peterson; Matt Dunbar; Dave Kippen, AIA; Chris Willette; Dana Hlebichuk, AIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Don Wong

Cambridge House / Anmahian Winton Architects

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Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Architect In Charge: Nick Winton, AIA
Consulting Principal: Alex Anmahian, AIA
Project Architect: Makoto Abe
Designer: Natalie Wong
Area: 6300.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jane Messinger

Student Activity Center / Overland Partners + WTW Architects

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Architects: Overland Partners, WTW Architects
Location: The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Design Team: Rick Archer, FAIA, LEED AP, Michelle Stedman, LEED AP, Jim Taylor, , LEED AP, Frederick Williams, Fernando Ortega, Joshua Newton, Carolyn Warren, Rebecca Schenker,
Area: 156000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Chris Cooper, Fernando Ortega, Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy

Jesuit High School Chapel of the North American Martyr / Hodgetts + Fung

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Architects: Hodgetts + Fung
Location: JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL, 1200 Jacob Lane, , CA 95608, USA
Area: 10478.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

Renzo Piano’s Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year

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The first phase of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop‘s (RPBW) expansive Manhattanville Campus plan for Columbia University is making significant progress; completion is nearing on a highly-anticipated portion of the project – RPBW’s LEED platinum Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 just six miles North of the practice’s soon-to-open Whitney Museum

More on the mixed-use structure after the break.

Montee Karp Residence / Patrick Tighe Architecture

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Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Art Gray Photography, Bran Arifin Photography

Tribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect

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Architects: Andrew Franz Architect
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert Vecerka/Esto