Outdoor winter activities in London could get a whole lot cooler—if a proposal from NBBJ thaws out. The global firm has released a concept for a series of natural ice rinks, called “Frost Flowers,” intended to float on the River Thames.
Surveying the last 12 issues, RECORD editors present a dozen “class favorites”—top projects of the year, split among a smattering of superlatives. Flip through our top picks, including office, retail, lighting, humanitarian, and mixed-use projects, and read more about each one by clicking the building name.
Looking back at the projects covered in Architectural Record during 2015, the editors have selected five pavilions—places intended for contemplation, meditation, and reflection—that thoughtfully consider both context and programmatic needs.
While 2015 may be drawing to a close, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) is just getting into the swing of things. Last Thursday evening, the Manhattan performing arts complex cut the ribbon on a multi-million dollar lobby renovation—rechristened the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium—in a star-spangled holiday celebration.
These fine and performing arts centers by Rem Koolhaas, Bureau V, MAD, Thomas Phifer and Partners, Zaha Hadid, SOM, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Carme Pinós earned their places in our year-end roundup.
Government officials in Japan have selected Kengo Kuma’s plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The architect submitted the winning proposal along with construction and support firms Taisei Corp. and Azusa Sekkei Co.
According to real estate developer Robbie Antonio, “You buy prefab for two reasons—it’s fast and less expensive.” But could a building type defined by affordability also be prized as a collectible? Antonio is staking Revolution Precrafted Properties on that premise.