SOM’s gravity-defying floating glass cube in DTLA

SOM’s gravity-defying floating glass cube in DTLA

The building's pleated glass envelope contains 1,672 energy efficient panels that uniquely responds to its location. SOM has floated a glass cube above a large stepped civic plaza negotiating a sloped site in downtown Los Angeles for their United States Courthouse...

Olson Kundig Merges Western History and Modern Art

Olson Kundig Merges Western History and Modern Art

Richlite-clad museum expansion inspired by industrial context and Old West art collection. Commissioned to craft an extension to the Antoine Predock–designed Tacoma Art Museum, Olson Kundig Architects sought inspiration in both the history of the site and the art...

Jaklitsch/Gardner’s Three-Part Ode to Tokyo

Jaklitsch/Gardner’s Three-Part Ode to Tokyo

Marc Jacobs flagship store features a tripartite facade of aluminum, tile, and glass. Commissioned to design Marc Jacobs' flagship Tokyo store, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects' first order of business was to rectify the desire for an iconic urban presence with strict...

Facade Alterations by Bruner/Cott Turn Steam Plant Inside Out

Facade Alterations by Bruner/Cott Turn Steam Plant Inside Out

Renovation transforms decommissioned McKim Mead & White building into campus event space. When Amherst College decided to convert a former steam plant into a student event space, the choice likely struck some observers as odd. Designed in 1925 by McKim, Mead &...

Ephemeral Field House by design/buildLAB

Ephemeral Field House by design/buildLAB

Virginia Tech students demonstrate a light touch with glass and steel pavilion. The undergraduate architecture students enrolled in Virginia Tech's design/buildLAB begin each academic year with an ambitious goal: to bring a community service project from concept...

Des Moines Dialogue by Substance Architecture

Des Moines Dialogue by Substance Architecture

Zinc and glass unite riverfront pavilion and pump house. In 2009, just as construction on its Principal Riverwalk pavilion was about to begin—and following years of funding-related stops and starts—Des Moines-based Substance Architecture received some unexpected news....

High-Tech History by Hacin + Associates

High-Tech History by Hacin + Associates

Innovation center's corrugated metal envelope evokes Boston's seagoing past. Commissioned to design District Hall, the centerpiece of Boston's emerging Innovation District, Hacin + Associates found themselves in a unique situation. "There was no context," recalled...

Shelter Subterfuge by ASK Studio

Shelter Subterfuge by ASK Studio

Architectural sleight of hand transforms a FEMA safe room from bunker to glass box. Tasked with designing a community center on a shoestring budget, Des Moines–based ASK Studio was unsure how to fit the program to the project's finances. Then an attendee at a...

Köhler Goes with the Flow in Hamburg

Köhler Goes with the Flow in Hamburg

Composite facade brings new row house into harmony with its historic neighbors. Florian Köhler, whose firm, Köhler Architekten, recently designed and built a new row house in Hamburg’s Ottensen quarter, observes a disheartening trend among his fellow architects. When...

Riverfront Revival by Shalom Baranes

Riverfront Revival by Shalom Baranes

Brick and metal transform a tired office block into a residential building worthy of its site. Located on a slice of land adjacent to the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the 1984 Sheet Metal Workers Union National Pension Fund building failed to live...

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