Your favorite websites
October 11, 2008, 4:35 pm
Filed under: BUILD LLC, Design

It’s time for a new website here at BUILD llc. We got some good mileage out of our clunky Flash website over the last 8 years but it’s time to move on. The new website will be streamlined – big, clear images of our work, a bit about who we are, and that’s about it. Everything else can be handled on the blog. But before we get designing we want to know what you think. We have an extraordinary community of like-minded design connoisseurs around us and we want to know about your favorite, most highly respected architecture and design websites out there. It could be that you like the interface, the navigation or just the overall “feel” of the site. Let’s hear your top 3 sites and why you like them.


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Here is what I’m looking to lately for inspiration:
Large clear images are the focus of the site
Clear and straight-forward navigation
Simple and inspiring

Comment by buildllc

I propose an additional category – website design features you should stay away from. Here are 3 things I’d steer clear of:
I HATE these scrolling project bars at the bottom of pages:
The wow-factor of the interface shouldn’t outdo the content:
Not that protocols should always be followed – but it is becoming more and more sensible for architectural websites to display a list of categories/projects in the left margin. Most websites that do not follow this are confusing to navigate:

Comment by Keyser

john pawson
steven holl
pezo von ellrichshausen
hermann kaufmann
mansilla y tunon
aballos + herreros

Comment by mike

and when are you guys doing the multifamily posting?!?

Comment by mike

I like this site a whole lot.
Simple, Pics and where to go for more.

Comment by ergodesk

I couldn’t care less about “feel” or “look”. My eyes vote for excellent RSS feed capabilities. If the thumbnail looks good in my RSS reader and the text moves me – only then I’ll bounce out to the actual post. Thank God you are dropping Flash. It’s not web 2.0 compliant.

Comment by Sam

Mike – ah yes, how could we have forgotten about the John Pawson site – the inventor of clean and minimal! Also like how raw the mansilla-tunon website is. Good call.

We should be pumping out the multi-family posting this week – sorry it’s taken us so long.

Comment by buildllc

great. looking forward to it!

a few more i looked over from my links


gianni botsford


bkk architects

aidlin darling

hidalgo hartmann

fuhrimann + haechler

angelil graham

beat rothen

mahler gunster fuchs

hartwig schneider

david hotson

klein dytham


jensen skodvin

Comment by mike

the new DS+R (the new technology is cool, but its more like a video game than a website, too much navigation involved)
my FAVORITE, becuase its easily understand, quickly and simply navigated, and present ALL information very very clearly is Klein Dytham’s

Comment by Adam Crain

Most of the sites people are showing are big on flash fluff but small on content and simple navigation. I prefer a site that showcases the work, is organized well and is easy to move through.

The battersby howat site is just big images of great work. Nothing else.

I suggest you build your site in html and CSS for superior Search Engine Optimization (SEO), speed and accessibility. Here is an artist’s site I designed keeping these things in mind, Christopher Griffin.


Comment by steve

Niall Mclaughlin
Rudy Ricciotti
Peter Kunz Architektur

Comment by db

So how do you approach these websites from a non-designer point of view. Say I am a client, I want a house, so how is an architect going to entice me with their website. Some of these over flashy sites would probably intimidate me. Really, I’m buying their design not their showy website, so show me your design and not your complicated website.

Comment by duph

We commonly work with clients who ask that the architecture not get in the way of the view, the activity within the space, or something special about the place. When we think about designing a website it’s very much in tune with this philosophy. The ‘website’ shouldn’t get in the way of the work being shown. With this in mind a couple of the above links really speak to me: & are both unassuming, quiet interfaces. Easy to navigate and beautifully boring, they let the work be the feature. I imagine Yoshio Taniguchi to have a website that exemplifies this idea – but I can’t find his website anywhere.

Comment by buildllc

“Simple and inspiring”
> Andrew, I agree completely

As for, love the site and their work just as much. One minor thing – maybe I am lazy or I enjoy efficiency, but I would rather look at the images the whole time than look down for the boxes to click for the next image…

Comment by Jim

I’ve got a few, although not necessarily the best looking sites, I find them very useful.
Decent site for tracking developments in Architecture (Euro and North America centered):
Interesting interface, clean design, but a little cumbersome (I think this might be in flash also, maybe Brian can use your findings for an update):
And here is one that has always impressed me although its been around for while (helps for visual folks who are working on the literary skills):

Comment by Samuel

I like these three for their crisp interface, the amount of diversity that is clearly organized and the totally inspired content (even if one doesn’t care for some of the visuals, its still inspired):
and of course, the everpresent Chase:

Comment by Kevin – like the look and feel – visually amazing, somewhat busy, but I like the layout – great as a resource
-from Josiah

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