25 Masterpieces That Prove 2016 Was an Incredible Year for Architecture

By Sam Lubell – In 2016, the best architects rethought everything. They transformed familiar building types like skyscrapers, offices, and museums. They resurrected once-neglected materials like brick and plywood. They tweaked expected features like skylights and balconies. And they found novel ways to fuse structures with their surroundings, carving out new public spaces, inserting contemporary forms […]

Faena Forum by OMA, Miami Beach, Florida

By Beth Broome – A Miami Beach vacation usually has more to do with the fulfillment of hedonistic pleasures than sating an appetite for the arts. But the Faena Forum, a cultural center designed by OMA New York, has been charged with bringing enlightenment to a new development in the midst of this famous Florida resort city. […]

UTEC Campus Building in Lima Wins First-Ever RIBA International Prize

By Anna Fixsen – Though Dublin-based Grafton Architects may not be celebrating Thanksgiving, they’re likely feeling thankful today: This evening, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) named the firm’s impressive new building for the Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (UTEC) in Lima, Peru, the winner of its inaugural International Prize. Read the complete article in Architectural […]

The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art by SO-IL & Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

By Josephine Minutillo – Beginning in the early 1960s, the University of California at Davis became home to a thriving academic art scene, with influential figures Wayne Thiebaud, known for his colorful paintings of everyday objects, and Robert Arneson, father of the Funk movement, among its diverse faculty. In recent years, the university has sought to […]

Elbphilharmonie by Herzog & de Meuron

After 13 years of planning and construction, Herzog & de Meuron’s Hamburg concert hall opens. By Suzanne Stephens – Like a giant seafaring ship with rippling sails of glass instead of canvas and a brick base instead of a wood hull, the new Elbphilharmonie commands the harbor of Hamburg’s still-active port in northern Germany. The concert hall, […]

Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa by Steven Holl Architects

By Josephine Minutillo  Inspired by Picasso’s Cubist composition for a 1912 guitar sculpture, Steven Holl’s first building for the University of Iowa is a stealth work of architecture whose layered weathering-steel assembly and light structure hugs its site and juts out over a quarry pond. His second one is nothing like that. Read the complete […]