AD Classics: PPG Place / John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson

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The design of PPG Place, by Philip Johnson and , melds the notion of the modern corporate tower with a neo-gothic monument. Clad in almost a million square feet of glass manufactured by the anchor tenant PPG industries, the architects ingeniously rethought accepted practices in curtain wall design to create “the crown jewel in Pittsburgh’s skyline.” (1)  The 1.57 million square foot complex was one in a series of high profile corporate projects completed during Johnson’s controversial foray into postmodernism.

Weill Cornell Medical College / Todd Schliemann | Ennead Architects

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Architects: Todd Schliemann | Ennead Architects
Location: 413 East 69th Street, , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Craig McIlhenny
Project Team: Barrett Brown, Ilya Chistiakov, Margaret Gorman, John Jordan, Zubair Kazi, James Macho, Patricia Salas, Margaret Tyrpa
Area: 480,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg

Topfer Theatre at ZACH / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: , TX, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Pogue

Tresarca / assemblageSTUDIO

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Architects: assemblageSTUDIO
Location: , NV, USA
Design Team: Eric Strain, Drew Gregory, Clemente Cicoria, CJ Hoogland, Tony Diaz, Leon Cifala, Renee Smith, Rachel Tarr
Area: 8,000 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Zack Hussain

Shoup Residence / building Lab

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Architects: building Lab
Location: , CA, USA
Design Principle: Stephen Shoup
Area: 1,570 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of building Lab

Moose Road / Mork-Ulnes Architects

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Architects: Mork-Ulnes Architects
Location: Moose Road, , CA, USA
Design Team: Greg Ladigin, Casper Mork-Ulnes, Andreas Tingulstad
Area: 1,140 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Lake House / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: Lake , Texas, USA
Year: 2009
Photographs: Art Gray

Johnston Marklee’s Design for Menil Drawing Institute To Harness Gradients of Light

at dusk, looking past the west entrance courtyard. Image Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / The Menil Collection

As we reported last weekThe Menil Collection has unveiled details on the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), designed by Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee, in Houston, Texas. The building will be the first freestanding facility in the United States created especially for the exhibition, study, storage, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings. 

Situated in an extensive 30-acre masterplan designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the institute will be located amongst Renzo Piano’s main museum building, Piano’s Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, and the Rothko Chapel. More info on the design, and all the renderings, after the break.

Block 21 / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: 200 Lavaca Street, , TX 78701, USA
Design Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Catherine Craig, Leland Ulmer, Christopher Sanders, Laura McQuary, Robin Bagley Logan
Architect Of Record: BOKA Powell
Contractor: Austin Building Company
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Area: 18000.0 ft2
Photographs: Andrew Pogue, Art Gray, Tom McConnell, Jonathan Jackson

House in Milan / Rangr Studio + Charlet Design

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Architects: Rangr Studio + Charlet Design
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Jasmit Singh Rangr, Laurent Charlet
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mikiko Kikuyama

LeFrak Center at Lakeside / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

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Architects: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Location: Prospect Park, , NY, USA
Project Team: Erin Putalik, Nate Petty, Shengning Zhang
Project Manager: Andy Kim
Project Architect: Elisa Testa
Area: 75000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Moran/OTTO

Casa Valle Escondido / Bucchieri Architects

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Architects: Bucchieri Architects
Location: , NM, USA
Project Team Members: Stephen Bucchieri, Daniel Gallagher, Scott Neiswander, Melanie Farson
Designer: Stephen Bucchieri
Area: 9,500 sqm
Photographs: Kate Russell

January ABI Reports “Modest Uptick”

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Business in the has started the New Year on a more positive note, as January’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) revealed the first increase in design services after three consecutive months of decline. As reported by the American Institute for Architects (), the January numbers rose from December’s score of 48.5 to 50.4, indicating an increase in billings. However, the new projects inquiry index was 58.5, down a bit from the reading of 59.2 the previous month.

“There is enough optimism in the marketplace that business conditions should return to steady growth as the year progresses,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.

Mecanoo, Martinez + Johnson Selected to Redesign Mies’ MLK Memorial Library

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Mayor Vincent Gray has named Mecanoo architecten and Martinez + Johnson Architecture winners of a competition to reinvent ’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the only library and D.C. building ever designed by the legendary architect. The Netherlands- and D.C.-based team aims to resurrect the neglected building by improving “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.” This includes opening up the boxy interiors to enhance flow and increase natural light and, most dramatically, sculpting two rooftop terraces by topping the historic landmark structure with a four-story, mixed-use addition.

We will keep you posted with more details as they come available. In the meantime, scroll through the renderings and presentation that landed Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson the commission, after the break.

David Zwirner Gallery / Selldorf Architects

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Architects: Selldorf Architects
Location: 537 West 20th Street, , NY, USA
Area: 30,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jason Schmidt

AD Classics: Woolworth Building / Cass Gilbert

View of Woolworth Building and surrounding buildings (ca. 1913), via Wikimedia Commons

The Woolworth Building, an innovative and elegant early skyscraper completed in 1913, endures today as an iconic form on the City skyline. A historicist exterior sheaths a modern steel tower, embodying both the era’s modern spirit of progress and its hesitation to fully break from the past. , selected as the architect, believed the designer should “weave into the pattern of our own civilization the beauty that is our inheritance.”[1]  An ornate monument to the growing economic dominance of City, the building was dubbed the “Cathedral of Commerce.”

Winners of the 2013 BSA Design Awards Announced

Via Verde – The Green Way / Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects © David Sundberg | Esto Photographics

The Society of Architects has announced the winners of the 2013 Design Program. With programs ranging from accessible design to unbuilt architecture, the following projects were awarded top honors for being Massachusetts and New England’s most prized examples of excellent design.

Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: 430 Pico Boulevard, , CA 90405, USA
Architect In Charge: Emily Hodgdon
Area: 38250.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Linden