Building Types

When it comes down to it, all buildings have things in common: the need for great design, engineering, construction, and management, when the structure is completed. Harmonizing those elements is a skill that translates to any building project you might have on your hands.
New York City’s underground green space enters the testing phase Lowline

The Lowline would create a vibrant public space in one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Renderings courtesy Kibum Park/Raad Designs/Flickr

October 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

If realized, The Lowline would provide 1.5 acres of green space for the Lower East Side of Manhat...

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Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Chevron-patterned tiles are trending. All images courtesy Novità

October 27, 2015 | Novità

Supersized tile and 3D walls are among the trending tile design themes seen at Cersaie, an exhibi...

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Multifamily building in downtown Montreal is being built from the roof down

According to Upbrealla Construction President Joël Larouche, the approach is the future for projects on small lots.

October 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The method eliminates the need for scaffolding and cranes.

The “new” Gaillard Center gets a standing ovation for its exterior cladding

In synch with Charleston's heralded architectural history, the new cladding was made to aesthetically resemble stucco, a material that has been used in the city since the 19th century.

| October 27, 2015 | Thermocromex

The “new construction” surrounds three sides of the original building, offering both a classic pu...

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A visa-for-investment program will be extended through mid-December

The developer behind the 83-story Panorama Tower project in Miami will now be allowed to accept visa applications. Rendering courtesy Florida East Coast Realty. 

October 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

EB-5 financing has been a boon to the hospitality sector.

Mortenson study: Healthcare providers optimistic, but down on Affordable Care Act

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Photo: Zol87/Wikimedia Commons

October 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 2015 Mortenson Healthcare Industry Study found that 76% of providers are at least optimistic...

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My Micro NY will soon be New York's first micro-apartment building

The concrete and steel modular units at My Micro NY are currently being stacked and bolted together. Renderings courtesy nArchitects

October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Manhattan modular building will be completed in December and will contain apartments with low...

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Kengo Kuma’s design for cultural museum in the Philippines evokes prehistoric cave feel

The Metro Manila region of the Phillippines isn't known for green public spaces. Fast Company says the new museum will add  “a lush new oasis into a dense [urban] environment.” Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma

October 22, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in Manila, will house over 4,000 years of history.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House finds new locale at Arkansas museum

The Bachman Wilson House. All photos: Nancy Nolan Photography (Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum).

October 20, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Crystal Bridges Museum reconstructed the 61-year-old Usonian house and will open it to the public...

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4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...

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Builder confidence rises on multifamily’s strength

Construction on a Plymouth, Penn., multifamily residence. Photo: Montgomery County Planning Commission/Creative Commons.

October 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Starts and completions were up solidly in September, but permits are leveling off. 

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements.  ZAS Group

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements. Renderings courtesy ZAS Group

October 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The two 47-story high-rises will stand on a five-story podium that will house retail units, enter...

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Renzo Piano will turn century-old Moscow power plant into art gallery

The gallery will house artwork for the V-A-C Foundation, an organization for the preservation of Russian art. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano (via Dezeen)

October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The idea is to take the GES2 power station, which was built between 1904 and 1907, and turn it in...

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The Architectural Team redesigned old textile factory for multifamily use

Counting House Lofts still has its history on display. Images courtesy The Architectural Team.

October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Counting House Lofts is a 200-year-old building that still has its train tracks, exterior tra...

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Montreal apartment is world’s largest residential cross-laminated timber project

The project will have 434 condominiums and rental units combined. Renderings courtesy of LSR Gesdev Inc.

October 15, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

 Its 434 condo, townhouse, and rental units in three eight-story buildings are made from sustaina...

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Apartment takes progressive turn in architecturally traditional D.C.

Lyric 440, Washington D.C., Alpolic/fr in MFS Mica Silver, SBP Dragonfly Prismatic, BNT Bone White Solid Finishes

| October 15, 2015 | ALPOLIC

The new Lyric 440K Apartments is a 14-story structure housing 234 one- and two-bedroom units in t...

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Rotterdam’s ‘ugliest building’ turns into sleek McDonald’s branch

The design team wanted to reactivate the building's function as a hub by increasing transparency in its design using glass and perforated panels. Photos via Google Maps.

October 12, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Since the 1960s, residents of the Dutch city of Rotterdam have been bugged by an unsightly cigar...

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New apartment under construction. Places like Long Island, N.Y., are seeing a rise in construction jobs because of demand for multifamily housing. Photo: Sonia Sevilla/Wikimedia Commons.

October 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vacancy rates and rent growth are “converging” in most markets.

Sanaa-designed cultural center opens at Connecticut’s Grace Farms

The River, designed by Sanaa, lets guests see the surrounding nature reserve. Photos courtesy Grace Farms (via Dezeen)

October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 83,000-sf The River is five pavillions with space for a sanctuary, library, and gym.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design new University of Chicago building

The University of Chicago is adding a new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, that will hold plenty of meeting space. Photo: Luiz Gadelha Jr./Creative Commons

October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The David M. Rubenstein Forum will be both formal and informal, and will host lectures, workshops...

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BIG designs lush, terraced mixed-use building

The 79 & Park project will be built next to Stockholm’s Royal National City Park. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

October 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cascading glass and wooden cubes create a form similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway roc...

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Data says completions in buildings with 50 or more units continues to climb square apartments richmond

The Square Apartments complex in Richmond, Va., was under consturction in 2014. Photo: Eli Christman/Creative Commons.

October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Census Bureau estimates that 255,600 multifamily housing units were completed in 2014 in buil...

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Columbus Museum of Art is opening the new Margaret M. Walter Wing

The Margaret M. Walter Wing will have more than 21,000 sf of gallery space. Photos: Brad Feinknopf/Courtesy Columbus Museum of Art

October 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by the DesignGroup, the Margaret M. Walter Wing is part of a $36.7 million renovation pro...

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The Triple Five Group has submitted plans for a 1.1 million-sf addition to the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis. Renderings courtesy city of Bloomington

October 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One phase is under construction, a second has been proposed, and a third is on the drawing board....

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Renderings revealed for proposed curvy and lush second office for Apple

The 777,100-sf development by Landbank Investment on Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just five miles from Apple’s current Cupertino headquarters.

October 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The project has been dubbed as another “spaceship,” referencing the nickname for the loop-shaped...

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Istanbul New Airport. Rendering courtesy Grimshaw

October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mixed-use development will be adjacent to the Istanbul New Airport, which is currently under...

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The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects (via Architects' Journal)

The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects 

October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 200-meter-high open space will cut the building in two.

Even when a building has smart meters, the owner cannot get total kilowatt hour use from the utility. Photo: Portland General Electric/Creative Commons

October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of multi-tenant buildings lack basic information.

Louisville renovate expand convention center Renderings floor plans EOP Architects HOK

Renderings and floor plans courtesy EOP Architects and HOK.

October 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, which reopens in the summer of 2018, has already booked events it wouldn’t have got...

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New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Paul Masck/Wikimedia Commons

October 01, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Tianjin Juilliard School will have graduate courses, a pre-college program, an instrumental t...

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