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Rijksmuseum revamped: a comprehensive overview

After a decade-long renovation that blends modern design by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos with a revamped curatorial strategy in the fully restored galleries, the Dutch Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has recently been reopened. Courtesy of Architect Magazine, here’s a comprehensive overview of the Rijksmuseum. It includes stunning images, as well as section and floor plan drawings. […] Read more

Office with room for a live band

The new offices for Synthetic – home of Incredibooth, Swankolab, and Apple’s 2011 iPhone App of the Year Hipstamatic – required a smart re-imagining of productivity. envelope A+D’s design facilitates the high-low processes of a contemporary tech company: room for a live band, a full-scale dinner party, an overnight guest, private meetings, open meetings, secluded […] Read more

A stunning 2D building, acting 3D

Computer-aided design may allow architects to imagine wildly original structures and geo­metries, but without a client willing to pay a Frank Gehry–sized budget, their designs will often remain digital dreams. But in Mexico City, a team of architects willing to experiment with fabrication techniques proved that making a big impact doesn’t require big bucks when […] Read more

The financial value of a green building

A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), details the numerous benefits provided by green buildings throughout their life cycles, including more productive workplaces at a price comparable to conventional buildings. ‘The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants‘, examines the possibility of […] Read more

Largest Zero Net Energy educational building in the U.S.

The North Shore Community College, Health Professions | Student Services Building is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ first educational building that has been designed as a Zero Net Energy Building (ZNEB). It is also the fourth largest ZNEB in the United States. Designed by Boston/Seattle-based DiMella Shaffer, the 58,000-sq-ft (5,388 square meters) has been certified by […] Read more

The 100 largest architecture firms in the world

Building Design has released their annual ranking, The WA100, of the world’s largest architecture firms. Coming in the #1 spot (up from #2 last year) is Aecom, who, with 1,370 employees worldwide, narrowly outranked Gensler (with 1,346 employees). Completing the top three was IBI Group (1,129 employees). Aecom, Gensler, and Japanese-based firm Nikken Sekkei (ranked […] Read more

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