Photo of the Day:

Workers clean the face of the Big Ben clock in London.
REX via Associated Press Workers clean the face of the Big Ben clock in London.

Deal of the Day: St. Louis–based firm HOK is acquiring Kansas City, Mo.–based 360 Architecture, a design firm that focuses on sports architecture. The deal positions HOK back on the sports market, from which it has been largely absent since 2008. The firm managed HOK Sport from 1983 to 2008, when the practice split off to become Kansas City, Mo.–based Populous. "As a global design leader, it's important for HOK to offer clients design excellence in sports architecture," said HOK chairman and CEO Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, in a press release.

ICYMI: The July Architecture Billings Index score was 55.8, up from 53.5 in June and the highest mark since 2007. [ARCHITECT]

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Instagram of the Day: Six "bricks" were laid Tuesday to kick off the construction of the Bjarke Ingels Group–designed Lego House in Denmark. In an interview with Dezeen, Bjarke Ingels said: "If BIG had been founded with the purpose of building only one single building, it would be the Lego House. This idea of systematic creativity that I think characterises Lego is almost the heart of the way we approach architecture." [Lego Group]

[h/t Alexandra Lange]

Happy birthday to Danish architect Henning Larsen, the founder of Henning Larsen Architects. Larsen died a little over a year ago and would have been 89 today.

Eight More Stories for Wednesday:

An online petition wants to rename a Bay Area tunnel after actor Robin Williams. [San Francisco]

Take an animated tour of the plans for Wichita State University's innovation campus in Wichita, Kan., designed by local firm GLMV Architecture.[Wichita Business Journal]

A giant face installation is coming to the National Mall. [The Washington Post]

How air-conditioning influenced architecture, public space, and culture. [Salon]

Brailsford & Dunlavey picked to design a master plan for Washington, D.C.'s RFK Memorial Stadium. [Washington Business Journal]

Critic Alexandra Lange visits Oregon's Timberline Lodge. [Alexandra Lange]

From the archives: Charles and Ray Eames debut their eponymous lounge chair for Herman Miller on NBC's Home in 1956. [Gizmodo]

Designboom interviews Jürgen Mayer H. [Designboom]

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