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The Best Architecture of 2015: Their Modesty Becomes Them

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Throughout the year, the loudest works of new architecture tend to get the most attention... There are also quieter projects that slip onto the scene with less hoopla but are equally worthy of notice, especially when they expand on definitions of what architecture can be. ...

Outside Colorado Springs, Colo., regimental tiers of classical modernist blocks at the U.S. Air Force Academy scaffold the eastern ramps of the Rocky Mountains. Completed in 1962 and designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), the striking centerpiece of the Academy complex is the Chapel, a stop-action layering of 17 aligned spires made of folded aluminum and glass tetrahedrons. Now, over 50 years later, SOM has returned to add a Center for Character and Leadership Development, an equally striking building meant to balance the focus on faith with a building dedicated to reason.

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