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.
World Trade Center Developer Looks to Bjarke Ingels for New Tower Design

The redesign is an attempt to entice 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move their operations into the new building. Photo courtesy Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center may be ousted, as developers are currently negoti...

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U.S. office construction is approaching historic levels again

CoStar finds building in one-third of the nation’s bigger markets exceeded their averages in the first quarter. Image: Pixabay

April 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An estimated 108 million sf of office space were under construction in the U.S. at the end of the...

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Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop...

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OMA unveils design for the Netherland’s largest hotel

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. Renderings courtesy OMA

April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyl...

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Designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library in New Zealand unveiled

Maori cultural symbols are referenced throughout the library’s design. Renderings courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design the New Central Li...

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Masdar City: Construction on sustainable residential complex begins

The residential development will have 500 units of one- and two-bedroom apartments. All material construction will be verified sustainable materials. Rendering courtesy Masdar Corporation

April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The planned city’s new residences will help support Abu Dhabi’s rapid population growth.

Mace and Make work on London 40-story residential tower

View from the Atlas on City Road, an area with the recently earned nickname "Silicon Roundabout district." Renderings courtesy Rocket Investments

April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower is one of six residential high-rises planned near London’s City Road, which is undergoi...

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Qatar unveils fifth World Cup Stadium, Al Rayyan

The façade features abstract patterns that echo decorative motifs in Islamic architecture. Renderings courtesy Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After the World Cup, part of the stadium’s seating will be donated to other countries.

Finalists’ designs for Guggenheim Helsinki competition released

The team behind this design, which is still hidden from the public, says, "The museum skyline is composed by independent volumes, highlighted by a landmark tower. These fragmented art exhibition spaces allow strong integration with outdoor display and events, while the lighthouse offers a new perspective over the city." Renderings courtesy Guggeinheim Helsinki

April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A custom-developed App engages an international public in the selection process.

The empire strikes back: George Lucas proposes new affordable housing complex he'll finance alone

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to build an affordable housing community on his Grady Ranch property, and will finance it himself. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest plans are seen by some as payback for community opposition to his past real estate ven...

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Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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HOK unveils renderings and video of new St. Louis NFL stadium

A view of the stadium's south entrance. Renderings courtesy HOK

April 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Retractable seating in the corners will allow the stadium to be used for FIFA or Major League Soc...

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Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum by Safdie Architects unveiled

The pentagonal concrete-and-glass structure wil be 128 feet high. Renderings courtesy Safdie Architects

April 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new museum near Charleston, S.C., w...

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Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into l...

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Check out Ralph Johnson's stunning nature-inspired Shanghai museum

The building's shell shaped has earned it the nickname "Green Spiral" by the Chinese. All photos ©Steinkamp Photography, courtesy Perkins+Will

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum, designed by Perkins+Will’s Global Design Direct...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating...

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Jean Nouvel loses court battle against Philharmonie de Paris over alleged design ‘sabotage’

Nouvel accused project managers of cutting corners to save money during the hall’s completion. Photo: Copyleft via Wikimedia Commons

April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the facility and asked for his name to be removed from al...

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Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park visitor center will be ‘off-the-grid’

Restrictions on park land mean the building's enclosed space cannot be larger than 2,500 sf. Rendering courtesy Kubala Washatko Architects

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans also include a built-in wastewater treatment system and rainwater collection.

SANAA and Snøhetta tie at first place for Budapest museum bid

In Snøhetta's design, a sloping roof doubles as a grand terrace, which Dezeen likens to the firm's Oslo Opera House design. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta and SANAA

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The two firms submitted designs for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, one of five plann...

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3 award-winning affordable multifamily developments

The three winners in the Multifamily Housing category in AIA's Housing Awards are affordable living developments. Pictured: The North Parker in San Diego, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Image: Matthew Segal

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

San Francisco's Bayview Hill Gardens and the Broadway Affordable Housing complex in Santa Monica,...

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Seattle’s size restriction on micro apartments blamed for rise in rents

Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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Curved metal panels give roof over community college expansion
April 15, 2015 | MBCI

A new campus was needed to support an Ohio community college's expanding population

Fire resistive curtain wall brings maximum light, views and safety to Aspen Art Museum

With sections of the glass curtain wall also functioning as an elevator enclosure, it had to meet the fire resistive wall criteria ASTM E-119 for 2 hours.  

April 14, 2015 | SaftiFirst

The curtain wall used for the Shigeru Ban-designed museum provides maximum daylight while protect...

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Winning design for Toronto ferry dock poised to be city’s new living room

“The primary purpose is to make a public gathering place,” KPMB principal Bruce Kuwabara told the Toronto Star. Renderings courtesy West 8/KPMB Architects/Ken Greenberg Consultants

April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The winning submission features a spacious complex under a green roof, and is designed to attract...

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Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

USTA breaks ground on what will be the country’s largest tennis complex

With 106 courts and 270,000 sf, the USTA National Campus will be the largest tennis complex in the U.S. Rendering: Michel Borg, HKS

April 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 63-acre facility is being positioned as a cornerstone for a sports innovation and performance...

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Bigger, brighter daylighting in Byerly's supermarket
April 13, 2015 | Solatube

More natural light was needed, but the project team wanted it to be diffused across large areas o...

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Henning Larsen Architects designs a timber museum extension in Sweden

In each protrusion on the jagged roof is a skylight, bringing in plenty of natural light into the space within. Renderings courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new extension will complement Österund’s wooded surroundings

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