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.”
Project: Stone Vault, MLK Jr. Park
Location: Austin, Texas
Design and Structural Engineering: Ochsendorf, DeJong and Block, LLC
CNC Fabrication and Masonry: AX5 Resources and Escobedo Construction
Expected Completion: April 2015
AE Interests: Complex geometry, 5-Axis CNC stone-cutting machine, catalyst for community activities.
Thanks: C.Shortall, W.Meredith
AEInterests: Stadium long span roof, facade technology, LEED rated.
Building: Rice University, Turrell skyspace installation: ‘Twilight Epiphany’ – Houston, Texas
Artist: James Turrell
Technical Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Images and drawings: See Architectural Record online article
AE Interest: 118 foot square floating roof on slender columns, architectural concept of sky-viewing space.
Building: Rice University East Servery
City: Houston, Texas
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Structural Engineer: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
Construction: Tellepsen Builders
Completed: December 2010
AE Interests: Expressed steel structure, very transparent building, 3-dimensional exposed custom trusses, custom steel connections and custom steel shape column details. Aluminum exterior louver system (shading structure) with steel vertical supports integrated with building structure.
Building: Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
Location: Houston, Texas
(part of The Menil Collection, a neighborhood of museums)
Completed: 1997, fresco returned to Cyprus in February, 2012.
Architect: Francois de Menil
Image Source: 1, 2,
Building: The Broad (museum of contemporary art)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Design Architect: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
Architect of Record: Gensler
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Assoc.
Construction: MATT Construction
Parking Structure: IDGParkitects
‘Veil’ facade fabricator: Seele
AE Interest: Concept: “The Vault and the Veil” (DS+R), daylighting, complex honey-comb facade (glass fiber reinforced concrete), complex concrete floor structure.
Note: “MATT is building the project utilizing sophisticated 3D modeling software (CATIA), managed through Gehry Technologies’ Digital Project.”
Building: Canton Tower (also known as Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower)
Location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Architect: Information Based Architecture (Mark Hemel + Barbara Kuit)
AE Interest: World’s tallest tv tower, height: 610m, form similar to bundled branches, with twist in center of tower. Diagonal column structure.
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Building: Clyfford Still Museum – Denver, Colorado
Location: Denver, Colorado (adjacent to Denver Art Museum)
Architect: Allied Works Architecture
Landscape Design: Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineering: Arup
Lighting Design: Arup
Project Management: Romani Group Inc.
General Constructor: Saunders Construction Inc.
Completion date: November 2011
AE Interest: Cast concrete structure and wall details, concrete light screen, filtered light, wood light screens. Built to house the work of artist Clifford Still.
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Images: Coop Himmelblau
Project: The Open Parliament of Albania
Location: Tirana, Albania
Design/Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU | Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
Client: The Republic of Albania, The Parliament
Structural Engineering: B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZT-GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Energy Design: Prof. Brian Cody, Berlin, Germany
AE Interest: symbolism of “fundamental democratic values such as openness, transparency and public co-determination”, complex geometry, perforated steel second skin, natural daylighting.
Project: Grand Theatre
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Structure Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor (AKT)
MEP engineer: Maxfordham
Acoustics & Theatre: Artec Consultant
Facade: Donnell Consultants Incorporated
Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction Inc
Info: 27,000 m2
Est Budget: $163m
AE Interest: Complex Geometry
Images by Zaha Hadid Architects
Building: Caen Library (Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale / BMVR)
Status: Competition winner – announced 9/10/2010
Architect: OMA (Rem Koolhaas)
AE Interest: Massing response to context, open middle floor, exposed diagonal bracing, large openings in floor diaphragm. For similar work, see Seattle Central Library.
Building: Marina Bay Sands
Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Completion: Summer 2010
Architect: Moshe Safdie Associates
AE Interests: curved towers, giant cantilevered SkyPark (world’s longest public cantilever), 150-meter long roof-top swimming pool with infinity edge.
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Building: Austin Convention Center, Northwest Lobby
Location: 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas
Architect: PageSoutherlandPage LLP
Structural Engineering: Architectural Engineers Collaborative, Chuck Naeve, PE
Atrium Concept, blue glass facade: James Carpenter Design Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: SpawGlass Contractors
AEInterest: curtainwall system, double-glass facade (west). Solar panel technology. Exposed custom structural steel design.
Completion: May 2010
Location: click here for current location
Design/Construction: joint effort by Russia, U.S., Japan, Canada, Europe.
Architecture in Space. Orbiting Earth, this laboratory houses 12 people for 6months at a time.
Solar powered, extremely water-efficient, aluminum material technology. Assembled over 12 years and over 100 missions.
Building: Masdar Headquarters
Location: Masdar City, United Arab Emirates (outside Abu Dhabi)
Status: Under construction
Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
MEP engineers: Environmental Systems Design
Structural engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
AE Interest: Energy-positive building (creates more energy than it consumes), 11 heat chimneys, natural ventilation, natural day-lighting, world’s largest solar panel array (1.4million sf), integrated wind turbines. Roof is built first to power construction of the building. $300million estimated cost.
photo/info credit: WAN, ArchiEnvironmental
Building: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mather Expansion
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Completed: May 2010
Architect: Rick Mather
Structural Engineers: Hankins and Anderson Consulting Engineers
Environmental Engineer: Atelier Ten
Building Services Engineers: Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
AE Interest: 3-story atrium with 5 bridges, limestone walls and large glass boxes
Building: Rolex Learning Centre at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Completed: Feb 2010
Structural Engineer (conceptual design): Sasaki and Partners
Structural Engineer: Bollinger and Grohmann
AE Interest: Curved concrete floors and roof (large compressive forces), round holes/courtyards in form. `
Building: Neues Museum
Location: Folkwang In Essen, Germany
Completed: Feb 2010
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects,
Client: Neubau Museum Folkwang Essen,
Structural engineer: Ingenieurberatung Pühl and Becker VBI, Seroneit and Schneider,
Services engineer: Giesen-Gillhoff-Loomans, BBT Engineers,
Facade consultant: KonTec Fassadenberatung, Pazdera AG,
Lighting engineer: Arup,
Landscape architect: Planungsbüro Meinholf Hasse
AE Interests: Staggered box structural scheme, Exterior cladding: expanded metal mesh on corrugated aluminum panels. `
February 2012 announcement: Steven Holl to design a new expansion to the MFAH. No images released at this time.
Audrey Jones Beck Building
Architect: Rafael Moneo
Design Firm: Vignelli Associates, New York
Design Team: Massimo & Lella Vignelli (Principals in Charge), Peter Vetter, Mischa Leiner, Yoshiki Waterhouse, Christian Altmann, Yuji Yamazaki at Vignelli Associates; Rafael Moneo, Eduardo Miralles, Cristina Carriedo at José Rafael Moneo, Architect; Bill Kendall, Larry Burns, John Goodman at Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Fabricators: Graphtec, Schlitzberger
Consultants: Hines (project), CBM Engineers, Inc. (structural engineer), Altieri Sebor Wieber (mechanical/electrical engineer), Fisher Marantz Stone (architectural lighting design), Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. (civil engineer), Ulrich Engineers, Inc. (geotechnical engineer)
AE Interests: Natural daylighting, James Turrell tunnel.
MFA-Houston also includes:
Central Administration and Glassell Junior School of Art Building
Architect: Carlos Jimenez
Building: Tate Modern 2 – addition to the Tate Modern
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Completion expected: 2012
Structural and facade engineering: Ramboll Whitbybird (new name Ramboll UK)
Mechanical and electrical engineers: Max Fordham LLP
CDM coordination: Cyril Sweett
Construction management: Mace
Project manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Cost Consultants: Davis Langdon
AE Interests: complex form, perforated brick facade.
Project: 20 Fenchurch (nickname: The Walkie Talkie)
Location: 20 Fenchurch, London, U.K.
Status: Primary structure erected, majority of cladding complete
Expected completion: 2014
Architect: Rafael Viñoly
Structural Engineers: Halcrow Yolles
Cost Estimating: Davis Langdon
Access Consultant: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers PC
AE Interest: Skyscraper, construction in urban London, double and triple glazed panelized aluminum cladding
Building: One New Change
Location: London, U.K.
Status: Completed October 2010
Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Client: Land Securities
Construction management: Bovis Lend Lease
Facade contractor: Josef Gartner & Co
Glass treatment: Bischoff Glas Technik
Ateliers Jean Nouvel facade consultant: RFR Engineers & Eckelt Glas
AE Interest: White fritted exterior glass coated with solar control glazing, complex geometry, Excellent BREEAM rating, geothermal energy
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