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Phoenix Towers – Wuhan, China

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Phoenix Towers 2 Phoenix Towers 3

Building: Phoenix Towers
Location: Wuhan, China
Completion: Conceptual Design
Architect: Chetwood Architects
Design Team: HuaYan Group

AE Interest: Reaching 1km upon completion, this pair of buildings will be the tallest in the world. These towers will be composed of a steel superstructure, concrete core with ‘hat’ trusses, a trussed structure at the base, out-riggered for lateral stability and concrete buttresses. They will be outfitted with wind turbines,  photo-voltaic panels, thermal chimneys, rainwater harvesting systems, biomass boilers and hydrogen fuel cells.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

June 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

Posted in Proposed Design

Sand Babel – China

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Sand Babel 1

Sand Babel 2

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


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