Cool Spaces! is a TV series and website that showcases what's new and exciting in the world of architecture and design.
National premiere on public television: April 2014.

“The Office of a Dream!” — Circa 1939

  If Cool Spaces! had existed in 1939, and Stephen was British, the show might have looked and sounded something like this newsreel about Frank Lloyd Wright‘s celebrated Johnson Wax HQ building. “Modern businessmen might quite well be detained at this office in...
Posted On 29 Apr 2014
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Midcentury Modern Architecture and Arkansas

  “Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” an hourlong documentary from 2012 that focuses on the construction boom in the United States after World War II. Sometimes considered cold and unattractive, mid-century modern designs were a...
Posted On 18 Apr 2014
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Protecting the Past to Build for the Future

There’s something inherently cool about preserving old buildings and adapting them for new uses. A recent memorable example is Boston’s historic Charles Street Jail (home to the infamous Boston Strangler and conman Frank Abagnale), which was transformed into the stunning —...

A New Model for Research Labs

Working in a research facility isn’t what it used to be — and as it turns out, that’s a very good thing. A new trend in the design of research facilities and laboratories has emerged that recognizes the intensely social nature of scientific research. The National Institute of...

Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Often referred to in the popular press as “the Oscar of architecture,” the Pritzker Architecture Prize is among the profession’s highest honors. Created to “honor a living architect/s whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of...
Posted On 25 Mar 2014
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On Film: Steven Holl’s Sifang Art Museum

In a previous post examining cantilevered buildings, we expressed our affinity for support-free architecture and the exciting design possibilities it represents. In two new short films produced by Spirit of Space, architect Steven Holl — whose Bloch Building addition to the...

L.A.’s New Gateway

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but that adage doesn’t quite hold when it comes to renovation projects. Travelers coming into Los Angeles via LAX may do a double take when they step out of the plane and into the new Tom Bradley...

Video: Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum

Just a couple of months ago, the Kimbell Art Museum opened its Renzo Piano-designed addition. The new pavilion, which will house educational and other expanding programs, allows the original building, by Louis Khan, to showcase the museum’s permanent collection. Our friends...
Posted On 19 Feb 2014
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New PBS Series on Building Skyscrapers

If you love tall buildings, then you’ll definitely want to watch the four-part PBS series Super Skyscrapers, currently under way. (Don’t worry about missing them on TV — PBS is posting the full shows after they’ve aired.) Each episode focuses on a different...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014
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NBBJ Masters the Tech Company HQ

Technology companies have long been aware of the power that architecture and interior design have on employee satisfaction and productivity, not to mention brand awareness. For those that can afford to build their headquarters from the ground up, not being bound by an existing...
Posted On 21 Jan 2014
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