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.

​The building’s interior design highlights the connection between floor-to-floor “neighborhoods.” Courtesy Robert Benson Photography.

June 08, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Silver Award: A 2½-year project brings Partners HealthCare’s sprawling administrative functions u...

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The top bar of Zurich North America’s headquarters building (right) spans 180 feet and runs along an outdoor terrace that staff and visitors can use to move between the two bottom bars. James Steinkamp Photography.

June 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Silver Award: Forgoing a typical center-core design, the Zurich North America Headquarters rises...

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As the population ages, designers of commercial and multifamily applications are incorporating new solutions to meet those demands. Ergonomics can be an integral part of design, manufacturing, and use. Nowhere is this more critical than in bathroom design.

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Clemson University has built an elaborate football operations facility, whose Building Team had to improvise to meet a 15-month construction deadline. Michael Robinson Photography

June 08, 2017 | John Caulfied, Senior Editor

Silver Award: Clemson gets a new football operations palace, thanks to its building partners’ abi...

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Rendering courtesy of HayesDavidson

June 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Heatherwick Studio and BIG are designing the 11-story building.

Courtesy Scott Frances

June 08, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Gold Award: A new mixed-use transit center fulfills Denver’s 28-year plan to improve access to th...

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Its striking cast-aluminum, 3,600-panel façade provides transparency into the museum’s above- ground interior space. Courtesy Brad Feinknopf.

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gold Award: The Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum is a story of historical and construction...

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The Building Team made extensive use of mockups to sort out interior details and materials. Bruce Damonte Photography.

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gold Award: The Building Team for L.A.’s newest courthouse went way beyond what was expected.

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A renovated bathroom in one of the dozen apartments in Naomi's Way in New Brunswick, N.J., a permanent housing facility for at-risk families. Image: American Standard Brands

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

American Standard and Philips Lighting donate products and manpower.

The new residential commons building has been designed with the specific purpose of opening up to the surrounding neighborhood. Tom Harris Photography.

June 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gold Award: The University of Chicago’s new Residential Commons is part campus, part community....

Robert Benson Photography

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gold Award: Community involvement was paramount as Newtown, Conn., replaced the school where a ma...

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The robotics labs at the 71,000-sf John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation, on the Providence, R.I., campus of Johnson & Wales University. This STEM building provides teaching labs and support spaces for engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, and organic chemistry. Photo courtesy John Horner. 

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Preparing students for life after graduation has become the primary motivator behind construction...

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Rendering courtesy CTA Architects

June 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The affordable housing complex was hit hard during Hurricane Sandy, leaving residents without ele...

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Courtesy of LEGO.

June 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

744 LEGO bricks are used to recreate the famous Wright design, including the 1992 addition.

David Baker at his firm’s most recent apartment project, Potrero 1010. Photo: Anne Hamersky Media

David Baker at his firm’s most recent apartment project, Potrero 1010. Photo: Anne Hamersky Media

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For 35 years, architect David Baker has been a spirited voice for affordable housing, in San Fran...

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Pixabay Public Domain

June 06, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Colleges and universities are adept at tapping a variety of sources—taxpayers, investors, donors,...

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Photo: Nick Ulivieri Photography, courtesy Clark Construction

June 06, 2017 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Platinum Award: It took guts for a developer and its Building Team to take on a site others had s...

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Image courtesy of PortLiving.

June 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The wood, concrete, and glass building will rise approximately 233 feet when finished.

June 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A “learning stair” will connect the cafeteria to the main level.

Strong brew: Heineken HQ spurs innovation through interaction [slideshow]

All photos: Garrett Rowland

June 02, 2017 | BD+C Staff

The open plan concept features a Heineken bar and multiple social zones.

May 31, 2017 | Lauren Scranton, NAC Architecture

In collaboration with room2learn, NAC launched a campaign aimed at crowd-sourcing information on...

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The exterior of Johnson Building, one of two buildings that comprise the Boston Public Library, whose $78 million renovation breathed new life into the landmark facility. Image: Bruce T. Martin Photography

May 31, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Visitors are flocking to its brighter, connected halls, which now include retail and digital comp...

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May 30, 2017 |
Architects Marcene Kinney and Angela Mazzi share design hacks pinpointing specific aspects of the bu... read more

Wooster Hall, looking north as sunlight strikes the steps of the atrium, marking solar noon. Photo: © 2016 Tim Hursley 

May 30, 2017 | Randolph Croxton, Croxton Collaborative Architects

Success in retrofit projects requires an entirely different mindset than in new construction, wri...

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An 8-million-pound retractable shell is one of the signature design and engineering features of The Shed, a 200,000-sf cultural facility that is part of the ongoing redevelopment of New York's west side. Image: BD+C

May 25, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, designed for maximum programming flexibility, includes a massive movable shell. ...

May 25, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building will be within walking distance to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters.

May 24, 2017 |
Daniel Davis offers a glimpse into the world at WeWork, and how his team is rethinking workplace des... read more
May 24, 2017 |
Sean Parham shares how Aditazz is shaking up the traditional design and construction approaches by a... read more

Rendering courtesy of Goettsch Partners.

May 23, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Chicago-based firm won a design competition to design the complex located in Wuhan, China....

Image courtesy of Metropolis Books.

May 23, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The installation will showcase 200 years worth of unrealized Big Apple projects via original draw...

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Rendering courtesy of MIR.

May 22, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The buildings are on an elevated platform and the surrounding walkways are suspended so as not to...

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