Tour a Building a Day Throughout Archtober

The Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects © Michael Moran

If you live in or plan to visit City during the month of October, we suggest you set aside some time to participate in one of ’s many events. What is ? Archtober is New York’s official Architecture and Design Month. Hosted by the Center for Architecture and the AIA New York Chapter, the annual festival organizes a plethora of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions to take place throughout city during the month of October. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role design plays in the city, celebrate the richness of New York’s built environment, and simply enjoy some great architecture.

Archtober highlights include the Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas; the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City, featuring over 100 speakers gathered “to debate the future of our city and spark conversations about planning, design, infrastructure, preservation, culture, and development;” the Pratt Institute’s “City by Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future” symposium; and 31 architect-led “Building of the Day” tours.

Preview a selection of building’s on tour after the break and find out how to reserve tickets.

Lopez House / Martin Fenlon Architecture

© Eric Staudenmaier

Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
Location: Eagle Rock, , CA, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier

Lowe Campbell Ewald Headquarters / Neumann/Smith Architecture

© Justin Maconochie

Architects: Neumann/Smith Architecture
Location: 2000 Brush Street #601, , MI 48226, USA
Area: 122000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Justin Maconochie

Wood House / Brininstool + Lynch

© Christopher Barrett Photographer

Architects: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: , IL, USA
Area: 734.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Barrett Photographer

August ABI Remains Strong

August 2014. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Demand for design services in the US continue to increase, as momentum from July’s highest recorded strength since 2007 continues. The American Institute of Architects reported the August Architecture Billings Index () at 53.0, down from July’s mark of 55.8, and the new projects inquiry at 62.6.

“One of the key triggers for accelerating growth at architecture firms is that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life in many areas across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Long awaited access to credit from lending institutions and an increasing comfort level in the overall economy has helped revitalize the commercial real estate sector in recent months. Additionally, though, a crucial component to a broader industry-wide recovery is the emerging demand for new projects such as education facilities, government buildings and, in some cases, hospitals.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Hillside House / Shands Studio

© Paul Dyer Photography

Architects: Shands Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2450.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Dyer Photography

Herzog & de Meuron Designs 28-Story Luxury Tower for Manhattan

Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company

Herzog & de Meuron has teamed up with British designer John Pawson to design a 28-story tower for Manhattan’s Bowery district. The raw concrete tower, as developer Ian Schrager describes, will be designed as the “ultimate expression of Uptown meets Downtown.” Eleven luxury residences will top a 370-room hotel, all featuring open plans and mullionless floor-to-ceiling windows that frame unobstructed views of the city. 

Dual House / Dimster Architecture

© Eric Staudenmaier

Architects: Dimster Architecture
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier, Chibi Moku

Take a Walk on the High Line with Iwan Baan

View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © , 2014 (Section 3)

Sunday marked the completion of the New York City High Line, a three-phased project that transformed the once disused elevated rail tracks on Manhattan’s West Side into one of the world’s most respected public parks. With the first section opening in 2009, architectural photographer Iwan Baan has been documenting the entire process. Now, for the first time we present to you a photographic journey through the completed designed by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Take a look, after the break.

Hupomone Ranch / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

© David Wakely

Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2498.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Wakely

Paul Goldberger on the High Line

The east-west orientation of the newly opened High Line at the Rail Yards allows you to “ride off” into the sunset along the rails. This view – nearly identical to that of the shot we shared this morning – is looking west along 30th Street towards the Hudson River.

This past Sunday, celebrated the opening of the High Line’s final section. More playful and untamed than its counterparts, the elevated park’s northernmost segment seems to have pleased the critics. As Paul Goldberger explained, the at the Rail Yards is “stunningly refreshing” and “gives you an altogether new, relaxed, low-key way of being on the .” You can read Goldberger’s take on the new portion of the  here on Vanity Fair. 

Square Headquarters / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

© Matthew Millman

Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: , CA, USA
Design Principal: Gregory R. Mottola,
Project Manager: Christopher Orsega, AIA
Area: 173450.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matthew Millman

goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle

open hatch. Image Courtesy of

Seattle based firm goCstudio have designed a wood-fired floating sauna, a project resonant with the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Aiming to begin construction in spring of 2015 and open in summer, the firm has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of their first model. Easily transportable and accessible by kayak, the floating sauna fits within the dimensions of a standard size trailer. Providing a space of refuge and revitalization, along with a uniquely interactive way to experience the landscape of Seattle, the project, named “wa_sauna“, requires $43,000 to become a reality. Learn more about the project and how you can help at the firm’s page, here. More images after the break.

Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners

© Dror Baldinger, AIA

Architects: Overland Partners
Location: 203 East Jones Avenue, , TX 78215, USA
Principal In Charge: Jim Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
Project Team: Patrick Winn, James Beyer, John Burleson, Bess Swantner, Fernando Ortega
Area: 22800.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dror Baldinger, AIA, Scott Adams, AIA

Olson Kundig’s First Retrospective Opens in Nebraska

Sol Duc Cabin, Olympic Peninsula, WA © Benjamin Benschneider

Today, Olson Kundig Architects’ first-ever retrospective Anthology opened its doors at Omaha’s KANEKO. Spanning five decades of Olson Kundig work, the site-specific exhibition will focus on the Seattle-based firm’s unique creative process, showcasing the many influences and design explorations that have shaped the practice over the years. Follow us after the break for more information and a sampling of the firms work. 

Sayres House & Hanging Gardens / Maziar Behrooz Architecture

Courtesy of

Architects: Maziar Behrooz Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Maziar Behrooz AIA, Frederic Debackere, Marybeth Finegan, Paul Duplessis
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture, Matthew Carbone, Mark Roskams

University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will

© Robin Hill

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , FL, USA
Area: 120000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robin Hill

The High Line’s Third (and Final) Section Opens this Weekend

Fantastic news: the High Line at the Rail Yards – the third and northernmost section of the park – will be opening to the public on Sunday, September 21! Read the full announcement: http://bit.ly/RailYardsOpening Photo of the Interim Walkway, one of the new design features in the Rail Yards, by Kathleen Fitzgerald | OCD

This Sunday (September 21), the third and final section of the City High Line will open at the Rail Yards. You can expect to see familiar benches morphed into picnic tables and seesaws amongst a lush, diverse and seemingly unkept landscape that is reminiscent of the “forgotten” tracks. As Piet Oudolf - the Dutch garden designer who worked with James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio & Renfro - described, the $75 million northernmost section will be an “introduction to the wild” that responds directly to the public’s desire to “walk on the original tracks.” Stay tuned for more images from the opening.