Archived Articles: Public & Institutional

Civic structures shape cities - the best examples of institutional architecture stand out from the crowd and declare themselves as objects rather than infill. From sensational schools, colleges and universities to magnificent museums, theaters and opera halls, here are some buildings well worth viewing (and visiting should you ever find yourself in the relevant city!).

Room to Read in a Digital World: 14 Modern Library Designs

Shifting from paper to digital media hasn’t diminished the role of libraries in our communities, with many modern designs expanding to serve as cultural hubs ...

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Pink Marble Public Pissoir: Open-Air Urinal in Urban Zurich

This giant hunk of pink marble in the middle of a Zurich car park isn’t a sculpture, exactly; it’s a place to relieve yourself in the open air so you ...

Crossing the Divide: 10 Totally Atypical Bridge Designs

Bridges aren’t just a means of passing from one place to another along a linear path; they might offer a place for strangers to converge, provide a ...

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City Museum: Abandoned Warehouse Full of Caves, Rides & Slides

Somewhere between a huge funhouse, playground and circus, the City Museum of St. Louis may be the most entertaining and interactive urban architectural ...

Snow Cover: Subterranean Museum Pierces Alpine Mountain Peak

Buried within a mountaintop nearly 7,500 feet above sea level, this remarkable semi-subterranean mountaineering museum, designed for a unique client – ...

Junked Ship: Japan Ditches Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium Design

Scheduled to land like an otherworldly spacecraft in Tokyo, the curvaceous, controversial but competition-winning National Stadium designed for the 2020 ...

Tree Church: Organic Arbortecture Grown from Living Branches

‘Built’ may not be the right word for this compelling hybrid of architectural and arborsculptural design (or: arbortecture), featuring a complete ...

Open Swim in MN: Nation’s First Naturally Filtered Public Pool

After years of design and development, the first naturally filtered public swimming pool in the United States is set to open later this month in Minneapolis, ...

Enter the Void: 14 Creatively Concave & Sliced-Out Structures

Cutting curves or slices into the facades of buildings doesn’t just make them more visually dynamic, it can create terraces, divert prevailing winds, ...

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Free Little Libraries: 25 Contextual Designs & Creative Reuses

Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over the U.S. – and in other countries as well – since 2009. The movement began in Wisconsin, where ...

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