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Studio of Environmental Architecture drapes sails over mountainside home in Bequia

June 28, 2022 Ben Dreith 0

Studio of Environmental Architecture has used massive sails to create a “land yacht” on the island of Bequia in the Caribbean that was built using reclaimed wood and has a complex rain collection system. Sail House uses a system of tightly stretched shading elements made out of the same material used to make contemporary sails

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Thomas Phifer creates concrete gallery as home for Richard Serra artwork

June 28, 2022 Ben Dreith 0
Richard Serra gallery designed by Thomas Phifer

American architecture studio Thomas Phifer and Partners has built a concrete structure at the Glenstone Museum in Maryland to house an artwork by sculptor Richard Serra. Thomas Phifer and Partners designed the 4,096-square-foot (281-square-metre) concrete structure specifically to house a collection of work by Serra, who gave input into the design of the structure. The

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Sprawl in America “is not good for our climate” says Barack Obama

June 27, 2022 Ben Dreith 0
Barack Obama at AIA

Former US president Barack Obama has called on architects and policymakers to tackle urban sprawl and to “create livable density” in American cities. Speaking at the 2022 annual conference organised by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Chicago last week, the former US president linked car-dependent development to the climate crisis. “Sprawl in America

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Frank Gehry creates “welcoming building” for Children’s Institute in LA

June 23, 2022 Ben Dreith 0
Children's Institute designed by Frank Gehry to open in LA

Architect Frank Gehry has designed a children’s institute for no fee in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California, which will provide social services to the local community. Gehry designed the structure to serve as the first-ever home for The Children’s Institute – a 116-year-old organisation that helps families in the Los Angeles area. The building in the

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BIG reveals design for National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth

June 22, 2022 Ben Dreith 0

Architecture studio BIG has unveiled its design for the National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, which will commemorate the emancipation of enslaved peoples in the United States. The mass-timber museum, which will contain galleries a business incubator, food hall and theatre, was designed by BIG’s New York City studio with Black-owned architecture studio KAI

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Material Bank acquires digital architecture platform Architizer

June 22, 2022 Ben Dreith 0
Architizer website

US architecture and design materials marketplace Material Bank has acquired digital architecture database Architizer. Architizer has been purchased outright in a move Material Bank claims will empower the industry “to work more effectively and efficiently by simplifying design decisions”. “It is a winning proposition to bring together Material Bank’s unparalleled database of design products with

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Marcel Breuer’s brutalist office in Connecticut reopens as Hotel Marcel

June 21, 2022 Ben Dreith 0

Architecture studio Becker + Becker has converted a 1970s brutalist building in New Haven, designed by Hungarian-American architect Marcel Breuer, into a hotel. Connecticut-based studio Becker + Becker, which bought the building from IKEA in 2019 after it had sat unused for more than twenty years, retained the facade of the Breuer-designed structure while updating the interiors. Now

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MVRDV designs cluster of six interconnected skyscrapers in Ecuador

June 17, 2022 Ben Dreith 0
MVRDV towers in Ecuador

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV has released plans for six skyscrapers called the Hills, which will be built in Ecuador as the studio’s first South American project. Set to be built in Guayaquil, the second-largest city in Ecuador, the cluster of residential towers designed by MVRDV is located on the river Guayas. Sited in Santa Ana Port, a historic neighbourhood that

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Eleven supertall skyscrapers that demonstrate the “human aspiration to go higher”

June 14, 2022 Ben Dreith 0
111 West 57th Completion aerial images

Supertall skyscrapers have changed the way that we think about cities, says author of the book Supertall, Stefan Al. He highlights 11 tall buildings that have had a major impact over the past decade. The tension surrounding tall buildings goes back as far as the Eiffel Tower and even back to the ancient Egyptians, explained

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Gensler uses solar panel canopy to shade mass-timber Texas office

June 13, 2022 Ben Dreith 0
Fifth and Tillery Gensler

American architecture studio Gensler has completed the Fifth + Tillery office in Austin, Texas, which uses a canopy of photovoltaic panels to create shade for the plaza and roof terrace. Named Fifth + Tillery, the three-storey mass-timber office complex is located on what was once an industrial site near the Colorado River in the East Austin

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