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 (ABI) revealed the first increase in design services after three consecutive months of decline. As reported by the American Institute for Architects (AIA), 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 Mies van der Rohe’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 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. Cass Gilbert, 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

20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors. Image © Jason Flakes/U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at , California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period. View the full list of competitors, after the break.

NBBJ Unveils $310 Million Renovation for Kentucky’s Rupp Arena

Rupp from Triangle Park. Image © NBBJ + EOP + SCAPE

NBBJ, together with EOP Architects, has unveiled a massive plan for Lexington’s famous collegiate basketball arena, Rupp Arena. An attempt to upgrade the 38-year-old arena’s facilities and strengthen its connection to the surrounding urban realm, the 23,500-seat stadium will be separated from the adjoining convention center, which is also undergoing , while its enclosed facade is re-clad in glass and site sculpts a vibrant new public square within the heart of the city. 

AD Classics: 2 Columbus Circle / Edward Durell Stone & Associates

North Facade. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto

Located on a small and irregular shaped island at Columbus Circle, one of the busiest intersections in Manhattan, lies 2 Columbus Circle, formerly known as the Gallery of Modern Art. Famously described as a “die-cut Venetian palazzo on lollipops” by Ada Louise Huxtable, the Times architecture critic at the time, the 10-story poured concrete structure has been a source of consistent controversy and public response since the 1960s.  Designed by Edward Durell Stone, an early proponent of American modern architecture, 2 Columbus Circle represents a turning point in his career.  Uncharacteristic of Stone’s prior work, his use of ornament on an otherwise modern structure can be seen as an important precedent of the development of the soon-to-emerge Postmodern movement.

University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Complex / ZGF Architects

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Architects: ZGF Architects
Location: University of Oregon, 1585 E 13th Ave, , OR 97403
Interior Designer: firm151
Construction: Hoffman Construction Company
Landscape: PLACE Studio
Structural & Civil: KPFF
Mechanical: Integral Group
Electrical: Sparling
Area: 145000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Marco Kessler, Eckert & Eckert

Shortlisted Concepts Unveiled for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

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Preliminary designs have been released by three shortlisted teams competing to renovate ’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in – the only library and D.C. building ever designed by the legendary architect. Preview each proposal and learn how you can submit your feedback to the D.C. Public Library before they make their decision, after the break.

Haffenden House / PARA

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Architects: PARA
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Jon Lott
Project Team: Jon Lott, Hilary Pinnington, Paul Kneeply
Area: 1125.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nathan Rader, Courtesy of PARA

SCAD Museum of Art / Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent, in association with Dawson Architects

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Architects: Sottile & Sottile, Dawson Architects, Lord Aeck Sargent
Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Architect In Charge: Christian Sottile, , Joe Greco, , Neil Dawson, , principals
Interior Designer: Paula Wallace, Glenn Wallace, SCAD Design Group
Landscape Architect: Sottile & Sottile, SCAD Design Group, Wolverton and Associates, The Nelson Group
Area: 82120.0 ft2
Photographs: Savannah College of Art and Design

Richard Meier Unveils First Florida Beach Project, Now Underway

View of The Surf Club from Collins Avenue. Image © dbox for Fort Capital / Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier will be adding his mark to Greater Miami with the completion of a Four Season’s expansion to the historic Russell Pancoast-designed “Surf Club” in 2016, located in . Already under construction, the luxury hospitality and residential project will include two, 12-story residential towers, offering 150 private units, alongside an 80-room hotel on 9-acres of pristine oceanfront property. A members-only club, restaurants, spa and other amenities will be included on site, connected to each other via an expansive park and oceanside gardens. 

AD Classics: Pennsylvania Station / McKim, Mead & White

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City’s original Pennsylvania Station was a monument to movement and an expression of American economic power. In 1902, the noted firm , Mead and White was selected by the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad to design its Manhattan terminal. Completed in 1910, the gigantic steel and stone building covered four city blocks until its demolition in 1963, when it ceded to economic strains hardly fifty years after opening. 

Adjustable Forms / DLR Group

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Architects: DLR Group
Location: 1 East Progress Road, , IL 60148, USA
Architect In Charge: Nathan Casteel
Area: 20145.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: James Steinkamp

Apple’s Revised San Francisco Store Approved

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Third time’s the charm, at least in the case of Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed flagship store planned for ’s historic Union Square. After being sent back to the drawings boards on multiple occasions, the signature glass box’s third proposal (which was claimed to be “more iconic” than the company’s famous Five Avenue glass cube in New York City) has been awarded approval from the city.