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Sand Babel – China

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Building: Sand Babel
Location: China
Completion: Conceptual Design
Design Team: Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya and Guo Shen

AE Interest: These towers will be manufactured from adjacent sand by a solar-powered 3D printer. The lower root-like structures will stabilize and reinforce the dynamic flowing sands while the upper spiral skeleton would be constructed using continuous transmission of tensional forces and house a water-generating system located in the mushroom-shaped roof exploiting temperature differences to produce condensation.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

April 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Porta Susa TGV Station – Turin, Italy

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Location: Turin, Italy
Architects: Silvio D´Ascia
Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with AREP and Agostino Magnaghi
Client: RFI, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana SpA
Cost: 65 million €
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year (completed?): 2013

AE Interests: Train station, complex form, steel structure, photovoltaic skin, passive ventilation stratiegies.

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Posted in Built

ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011

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Structure: ICD / ITKE Resarch Pavilion 2011
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Project Year: August 2011 (Temporary)
Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
Project Team: Prof.  Achim Menges (Institute for Computational Design), Prof. Jan Knippers (Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design), Baden-Württemberg (Competence Network Biomimetics)
Concept and Project Development: Oliver David Krieg, Boyan Mihaylov
Scientific Development: Markus Gabler (project management), Riccardo La Magna (structural design), Steffen Reichert (detailing), Tobias Schwinn (project management), Frédéric Waimer (structural design)
Planning and Realization: Peter Brachat, Benjamin Busch, Solmaz Fahimian, Christin Gegenheimer, Nicola Haberbosch, Elias Kästle, Oliver David Krieg, Yong Sung Kwon, Boyan Mihaylov, Hongmei Zhai
Surface: 72 square meter
Volume: 200 cubic meter
Material: 275 square meter of 6.5 mm thick Birch plywood
AEInterest: biological design, computer-based design and structural analysis, computer-controlled manufacturing

Images: Dezeen magazine website

Written by Aalok Bhattarai

October 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Posted in Built

Turrell Sky Space – Austin Texas

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Building: Turrell Sky Space
Austin, Texas
The University of Texas at Austin
Rooftop of Student Activity Center
Expected completion: 19 October 2013
Artist: James Turrell

AE Interest: Conceptual space, example of phenomenology in art/architecture.

Written by Gregory Brooks

September 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

Posted in Built

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Terminal East Infill – Austin, Texas

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Building: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Terminal East Infill
Location: Austin, TX
Completion: Under Construction
Structural Engineer: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
Architect: PageSoutherlandPage
Contractor: Hensel Phelps

AE Interest:
Intended to be a signature space to host additional passenger security checkpoints, baggage handling, and customs facilities, the 55,000-sf addition is designed on an ovoid plan nestled into the north side of the existing terminal. The new building features a curved glass façade, punctuated by slender steel shading fins; the depth of the individual fins is varied by plan location, in order to maximize their efficiency. Each shading fin is mounted on a perimeter column. The exposed structural columns are comprised of slender built-up steel box sections. The roof structure utilizes the same shape in slender box beams, exposed and framed with seamless connections into a center spine. Spanning 200 feet, the spine features a curved profile that gives the main roof a distinct and complex contour.

Images courtesy PageSoutherlandPage

Written by Eugene Polendo

September 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

Posted in Under Construction

Mountain Resort – Changsha, China

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Project: Mountain Resort – Changsha, China
Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au

AE Interest: “60,000sq m hotel, indoor ski slope, a water park and 120,000sq m of restaurant and shopping facilities. The building will be built on top of a disused cement mining quarry pit and lake, spanning 170m from cliff to cliff with a sunken garden below. A cantilever outdoor swimming pool will create a 60m-high waterfall into the quarry pit. The separate 100m-tall tower will feature a 270-bedroom hotel, with 60 executive suits and a six-bedroom presidential suite looking over the lake.”

Written by Gregory Brooks

September 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

Posted in Built

Torre de Especialidades – Mexico City

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Building: Torre de Especialidades
Location: Mexico City
Completion: Under Construction
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Consultant: Joshua Socolar, Physics Professor, Duke University
Material Testing: Kiwa MPA Bautest GmbH, TU Berlin, Fraunhofer IPA Stuttgart
Architect: Allison Dring & Daniel Schwaag

AE Interest: Spanning almost 2,700 square feet and inspired by quasicrystal grid patterns, this unique facade forms a hive-like, double skinned assembly made of Elegant Embellishments’ prosolve370e modules. Designed to clean the city’s polluted air and act as a natural light filtration system and solar gain blocker, the skin is coated with superfine titanium dioxide which mitigates pollutants when triggered by sunlight.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

July 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

Posted in Under Construction


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