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Bruner/Cott & Associates deploy craftsmanship and historical research to restore Harvard Hall

It should come as no surprise that Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as it was founded nearly four centuries ago and is the oldest university in the United States, inhabits scores of historic structures that require methodical maintenance and programs of facade restoration. Harvard Hall, constructed in 1766, is one such building and recently […]

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The Architect’s Newspaper will bring Facades+ online June 25

Brought to you with support from Facade design has always to strike the right balance between the aesthetics and technical detailing—no easy feat. Indeed, architects and designers are expected to satisfy the demands of the client while also meeting performance standards and local building regulations. In a first, Facades+, AN’s national conference series, will go […]

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An innovative GFRP facade is a big part of the magic of the Lucas Museum

Brought to you with support from The form of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is suggestive and shape-shifting, not unlike the popular media to which the nascent institution is dedicated. Under construction since 2018, the curvilinear 290,000-square-foot museum is beginning to animate the entire western edge of Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, a 160-acre park […]

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Facade engineers discuss the trend of custom repetitive manufacturing

Computer-aided manufacturing has revolutionized the field of facade production over the last decade. Dana K. Gulling, author of Manufacturing Architecture, describes the overall trend as one of “custom repetitive manufacturing,” which reestablishes a level of customizability in industrial processes and facilitates fruitful collaboration between architects, facade engineers, and manufacturers from the design-assist phase to completion. […]

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Snøhetta’s book repository at Temple University tips its glazed hat to older campus buildings

In designing the Charles Library at Temple University in North Philadelphia, Snøhetta wanted to make a contemporary statement that would integrate harmoniously into the pedestrian core of a leafy, architecturally diverse urban campus that is still largely defined by historic stone masonry edifices. The resulting building, a research library clad in stone, wood, and glass […]

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Custom porcelain facade tiles deliver high style to Centura Quebec’s industrial park showroom

Brought to you with support from High-end ceramic retailer Centura, based in Toronto, opened a new showroom and warehouse on the outskirts of Quebec City in May 2019. Located in a 45,000-square-foot former printing house, the goal for the retailer was to realign the design of the utilitarian structure to one in keeping with the […]

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Gensler keeps the glare out of this San Francisco retrofit with fiber-reinforced polymer shades

Brought to you with support from As the decades roll on, public appreciation of post-war office buildings continues to wane, and owners are often stuck with a depreciating asset with poor energy performance to boot. The usual course of action is wholesale demolition and the construction of an entirely new structure on the site. In […]

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BIG and LEO A DALY’s The Heights stacks and twist brick volumes outside of D.C.

The Heights, located in Arlington, Virginia just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., is a new academic campus that complements the relatively low-slung and conservative architecture of the context, and offers an compelling approach to public space. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in collaboration with architect of record LEO A DALY, The Heights consists […]

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The Dearborn Residence infills Chicago’s South Loop with brick and terra-cotta

Chicago’s Printers Row, located in the South Loop neighborhood, is home to a large collection of former warehouses and factory lofts built at the turn of the century. Built of steel-frame construction and wrapped in richly detailed brick, terra-cotta, and stone, the area is one of many zealously protected historic districts in the city. The […]

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ODA’s 420 Kent leans towards the New York skyline with cantilevered massing and reflective glass

Brought to you with support from From South Williamsburg to Long Island City, the formerly industrial waterfront of Brooklyn and Queens is undergoing an exhaustive spree of development delivering thousands of residential and commercial units. 420 Kent, a project developed by Spitzer Enterprises and designed by New York-based architecture firm ODA, continues that trend with […]

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Hickok Cole retrofits a former YMCA in Washington, D.C., with handcrafted copper shingles

Brought to you with support from Located in Washington, D.C.‘s centrally located and historic DuPont Circle neighborhood, 1701 Rhode Island Avenue serves as a demonstration of the aesthetic and performative impact of retrofit strategies. The project, designed by local architecture and interior design firm Hickok Cole, is an extensive overhaul of a 40-year-old former YMCA […]

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Rossetti lets light into the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center with sawtooth glazing

Brought to you with support from Detroit is undergoing something of a revival; the center of the city is registering consistent population growth and with it has come a spate of high-profile building projects including SmithGroup’s Little Caesars Headquarters and SHoP Architects’ Hudson Site tower. Rossetti, a Detroit-based firm with an expertise in sports and […]

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