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Grand Narrative

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


SmithGroup, David Greenbaum, Lead Designer  
Photography by Alan Karchmer and Alex Fradkin  
Museum of the Bible
by Camille LeFevre

The Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., designed by SmithGroup’s offices in our nation’s capital and in Detroit, has been lauded for establishing a new model for museum design in the United States. Located just off the National Mall, where an array of iconic Smithsonian and National museums offer destination-worthy adventures in art, science and history, the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) is equally impressive, as it projects a presence of, well, biblical proportions that suits its subject matter.    Read More . . .

Triple Threat

Monday, September 17, 2018


ZGF Architects LLP, Randy Mcgee, Project Architect ; Arch11, EJ Meade, Principal Architect, Kimball Hobbs, Project Manager  
Photography by Raul Garcia  
Pearl Izumi North American Corporate Headquarters
by Camille LeFevre

In the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, outdoor recreation is fueling the state’s economy—with such non-motorized, clean-energy sports as mountain biking and road cycling, triathlons and running. Kayaking, canoeing and river rafting, mountain climbing, hiking, swimming and outdoor group sports are immensely popular, too. More than 70 percent of the state’s residents (not to mention visitors) participate in outdoor recreation each year, according to a 2017 report from the Outdoor Industry Association, a Boulder-based trade association.    Read More . . .

Prime Time

Monday, September 17, 2018


Studio K Creative, Karen Herold, Principal ; Lightswitch,  Avraham Mor, Partner 
Photography by Anthony Tahlier 
GT Prime
by Camille LeFevre

Giuseppe Tentori, the long-time visionary chef of the Boka Restaurant Group in Chicago, saw the space’s potential. On the ground floor of a new brick and concrete high rise in the bustling River North neighborhood sat a bland, empty box hemmed in by a parking ramp. Tentori realized the site, located in Chicago’s steakhouse district, was perfect for launching a bold new restaurant concept: GT Prime. He called his go-to design team, the Chicago-based Studio K Creative, to transform the box into what Karen Herold, Principal, calls an “enchanted cabin.”     Read More . . .

Vintage Vibe

Friday, June 29, 2018


ESG Architects, Ann Fritz, Partner, Director of Interiors, Mark Whitenack, Senior Interior Designer  
Photography by Brandon Stengel  
The Lexington
by Camille LeFevre

Opened in 1935 at the end of prohibition, when the neighborhoods around Grand and Lexington avenues in the capital city of St. Paul were home to Minnesota’s railroad, lumber and grain barons, government heads and society mavens, The Lexington was the place to see and be seen. The restaurant and bar boasted opulent crystal chandeliers, rich wood paneling, leather-upholstered seating and a hidden staircase behind the coat check.    Read More . . .

Luxe Lacquer

Friday, June 29, 2018


Erin Morris Architect, Inc., Erin Morris, Founder and Architect 
Photography by Geoffrey Ragatz 
Polished Perfect
by Camille LeFevre

Beauty and wellness guru Twila True realized California’s Orange County wasn’t lacking in nail salons. But the entrepreneur, CEO and President of True Family Enterprises—an investment firm with entities including True Investments, True Fresh HPP, True Venture Capital, Twila True Fine Jewelry and Twila True Beauty—knew those salons were lacking considerably in hygiene, customer service and sensibility.    Read More . . .

Moderne Miracle

Friday, June 29, 2018


Architects Orange, Ed Cadavona, Design Partner 
Photography by Chet Frohlich and Les Tirmenstein 
The Desmond at Wilshire Apartments
by Camille LeFevre

Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles is a tale of boom, bust and boom again like so many other thoroughfares throughout the United States. But Wilshire’s current iteration, and its profile as a thriving area in which to live, work and play, owe a great deal to the presence of a new mixed-used residential building: The Desmond at Wilshire Apartments. Designed by Architects Orange, a firm based in Orange, California, specializing in retail, restaurant, mixed-use and multifamily residential projects, The Desmond occupies a significant corner on Wilshire where its Streamline Moderne-style architecture and glass-clad contemporary profile are reinvigorating an all-but-abandoned stretch of the famous “Miracle Mile.”    Read More . . .

Classic Contemporary

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


BSB Design • Jeff Mulcrone, Director of Design Mitsch Design • Jill St. Claire, Project Manager 
Photography by Jacob Sharp Photo 
The Lakes of Valparaiso Clubhouse
by Camille LeFevre

When The Lakes of Valparaiso, a new apartment community in Valparaiso, Indiana, began planning a clubhouse with indoor features and outdoor amenities that residents would enjoy year around, the development company asked the national firm BSB Design to expand its already excellent work on the project. BSB had drawn its design inspiration for the multifamily community from resort architecture and the active lifestyles of today’s families. The complex’s 23 handsome stone, timber and metal buildings were sited in a serene tree-filled setting with rain gardens, lakes and rolling landscapes.    Read More . . .

Firm Foundation

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


FORGE-SF, Terri Emery, Senior Project Architect; Derek Cunha, Project Lead 
Photography by Patrik Argast 
McGuire and Hester
by Camille LeFevre

Call it the luck o’ the Irish—combined with a century of diligence, innovation and hard work. But the evolution of Michael J. McGuire’s construction business, which he began in 1926 with sewer installation service for homes in and around Oakland, CA, after emigrating from the old country to California, is also a classic example of the American Dream.    Read More . . .

Word Palace

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


Cho Benn Holback + Associates, a Quinn Evans Company, Rima Namek, Senior Associate 
Photography by Karl Connolly 
Baltimore Center Stage
by Camille LeFevre

In 1963, a foresighted and determined community theater troupe founded the State Theater of Maryland in Baltimore. In 1975, the group moved to a former high school, unused for decades, on Calvert Street in the Mount Vernon Cultural District. They renamed the company and the building Center Stage. For 40 years they created theatrical magic while working around and within the six-story brick structure’s classrooms, study halls and a small auditorium.    Read More . . .

Collaborative Autonomy

Friday, December 15, 2017


Baker Barrios Architects • John Slavens, Principal + Healthcare  
Photography by Chad Byerly 
Orlando Health Heart Institute
by Camille LeFevre

On a dense urban site located on the campus of the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, Baker Barrios Architects (BBA), which has offices in Tampa and Orlando, confronted a formidable challenge. The firm also found solutions that exceeded client expectations. On a parcel bound on three sides by roads, BBA designed the 150,000-square-foot, five-story Orlando Health Heart Institute (OHHI), which economically consolidates comprehensive cardiovascular expertise in one flexible and multi-functional facility.    Read More . . .

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