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Dorm Architecture

New York new University Center

Avant-garde student housing in
New York 2014

Historically, college dorms have been characterized by anything but great architecture. While many older institutions rent out rooms (“cells” may be a more apt description) in neo-gothic structures, newer institutions

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

tend to house students in some of the world’s least inspiring modernist buildings (for an example, head over to the I.M. Pei towers that dominate NYU’s University Village). More recently, however, at least some colleges and universities have begun to... more


100 student apartments made out of old shipping containers

Cité A Docks Student Housing by Cattani Architects

The new town is the result of the transformation of old containers in modular housing units equipped with every comfort. Mounted on a metal grid, the containers have given shape to a four-story building that houses 100 apartments of 24 square meters each. more

Le Havre, France.


MIT Baker House Dormitory
Alvar Aalto 1948

An undulating brick facade affords views over the Charles River for most of the students residing in this co-ed dormitory block. Baker House's wave-like form

Baker House by Alvar Aalto, 1949

also creates wedge-shaped rooms, for which its Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto also designed all the furniture. The dormitory is a curving snake slithering on its site and reflects many of Aalto's ideas of formal strategy, making it a dormitory that is both... more

New Product Showcase

Manufacturers and Suppliers of Architectural and High Security Bollards

Allegheny Mountain Hardwoods
We're not the largest manufacturer of hardwood flooring, just the best.

Appian Way Systems
The AWS™ Pedestal System is an interlocking pedestal support used to level pavers and other natural

Cherokee Brick
Cherokee Brick is proud to carry on the tradition laid by generations of brickmakers...
CODE Impex Stone Group
Supplier of genuine natural stones mainly from the Asia Minor and Mediterranean region.

Covertech Rfoil
A manufacture of extruded film both co-ex and monolayer as well as an industry leader.

Duratherm Window Corporation
Duratherm Corporation crafts custom monumental wood window and door systems for contemporary...

Fimbel Architectural Door Specialties
We specialize in manufacturing quality carriage house overhead doors and commercial overhead...
id created
High design, high quality site furnishings.

Innovative Ceilings
We at INNOVATIVE CEILINGS have created a state-of-the-art lightweight gypsum...

International TreeScapes                        
Hand-Crafted Custom-Fabricated and Natural Trunk Reproduction Trees, Plants and Florals utilizing...

Lavi Industries
Pre-fabricated glass and cable railing systems, brass and stainless steel fittings and tubing.

Luckey Climber
We are Kid Architects! Creators of the world's greatest jungle gyms.
Major Industries
MAJOR INDUSTRIES creates custom skylights and translucent wall systems for every design and budget.

Whether you're looking for an art studio, home office or backyard escape, Modern-Shed offers sleek, quality...

Moz Designs
Decorative perforated panels are constructed from 80 percent post-industrial recycled aluminum...

Elemental / Nova USA Wood Products
Direct importer of premium quality domestic and exotic hardwood products with distribution throughout...
Omega Mantels
We are a collection of exquisite precast and custom cast stone fireplace mantels and kitchen hoods that...

Solomon Colors
Industry leader in colored concrete since 1927 as a worldwide supplier of concrete color, concrete colors...
Representing quality craftsmanship in the emerging artificial landscape grass industry.

Tree Staple
Makes, markets and sells patented below-grade stabilizing systems for transplanted trees and shrubs...

Innovators - A Look Back


Jacques Wirtz  
1925 - 2018
“A garden that is not beautiful in winter is not a beautiful garden”


Mr. Wirtz, whose career began when he opened a flower nursery in 1946, would decades later be compared to André Le Nôtre, the French landscape architect who designed the magnificent... more


Mario Buatta
1936- 2018
"I know I’m not an English country gentleman. I’m basically a tradesman who goes in the front door instead of the back"


Mario Buatta, one of the country’s leading interior decorators, who was widely known as the Prince of Chintz. Mr. Buatta was frequently referred to as exhibitionistic, self-promoting and entertaining — descriptions he wholeheartedly endorsed. more

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