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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

Turrell Sky Space – Austin Texas

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Building: Turrell Sky Space
Location:
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

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.”
[article]

Written by Gregory Brooks

September 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

Posted in Built

Stone Vault, MLK Jr. Park – Austin, Texas

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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

Links: 1, 2

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

Posted in Built

Baylor University Stadium – Waco, Texas

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Project: Baylor University Stadium
Location: Waco, Texas
Architect: Populous
Structural and Facade Engineer: Buro Happold
Approved to proceed: 2012 (in progress)
Expected Completion date: Fall 2014

AEInterests: Stadium long span roof, facade technology, LEED rated.
Article: 1,

Written by Gregory Brooks

February 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

Posted in Built

South Mountain Community Library – Phoenix, Arizona

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Building: South Mountain Community Library
Location: Phoenix, Arizona [map]
Architect: Richard+Bauer

AE Interests: Rectangular form-language, copper cladding, steel structure, insulated rooftop lanterns, natural daylight, interior plate glass details.

photo source: 1, 2, 3
article

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

Posted in Built

Rice University Turrell Installation – Houston, Texas `

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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.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

December 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Posted in Built

Rice University East Servery – Houston, Texas

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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.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

November 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Built

Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum – Houston, Texas

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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
Engineer: Arup

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Posted in Built

The Broad – Los Angeles, California

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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.”

Articles: 1, 2,
Video: 1,

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

Posted in Under Construction

Bolla – Genoa, Italy

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Project: Bolla
(part of the redevelopment of the Genova Old Harbour)
Location: Genoa, Italy (Genova)
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

AE Interest: 20-meter diameter glass sphere featuring the largest collections of ferns in the world.

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Posted in Built

Canton Tower – Guangzhou, China

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Building: Canton Tower (also known as Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower)
Location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Architect: Information Based Architecture (Mark Hemel + Barbara Kuit)
Engineer: Arup

AE Interest: World’s tallest tv tower, height: 610m, form similar to bundled branches, with twist in center of tower. Diagonal column structure.

article, images and more information

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 16, 2012 at 12:13 am

Posted in Built

Asia Society Texas Center – Houston, Texas

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Building: Asia Society Texas Center
Address: 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX
Tel: (713) 496-9901
Map: link
Architect: Yoshio Taniguchi
Construction: Linbeck

AE Interests: Rectilinear form-language, high-quality finish materials, linear skylight, minimalism.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Posted in Built

Clyfford Still Museum – Denver, Colorado

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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
(fact sheet)

Arch Record article (photo source)

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.

More About this building.

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Posted in Built

The Open Parliament of Albania, Tirana, Albania

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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.

WAN article

Credits

Written by Gregory Brooks

April 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

Posted in Built

Grand Theatre – Rabat, Morocco

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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
Article 1

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

Posted in Proposed Design

Caen Library – Caen, France

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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.

Article: BDOnline
Video: Vimeo

Written by Gregory Brooks

September 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

Posted in Proposed Design

Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

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Building: Marina Bay Sands
Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Completion: Summer 2010
Architect: Moshe Safdie Associates
Engineer: Arup

AE Interests: curved towers, giant cantilevered SkyPark (world’s longest public cantilever), 150-meter long roof-top swimming pool with infinity edge.

Articles:
1 Design Boom

Written by Gregory Brooks

August 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

Posted in Built

Austin Convention Center – Austin, Texas

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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.

information

Written by Gregory Brooks

August 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Posted in Built

International Space Station

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Building: International Space Station
Completion: May 2010
Location: click here for current location
Design/Construction: joint effort by Russia, U.S., Japan, Canada, Europe.

AEInterest:
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.

Article, Photos above

Written by Gregory Brooks

June 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

Posted in Built

Masdar Headquarters – Masdar City, U.A.E

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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

Written by Gregory Brooks

May 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

Posted in Under Construction

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mather Expansion – Richmond, Virginia

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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

Written by Gregory Brooks

May 10, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Posted in Built

Rolex Learning Centre – Lausanne, Switzerland

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Building: Rolex Learning Centre at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Completed: Feb 2010
Architect: Sanaa
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. `
DesignBoom link

Written by Gregory Brooks

February 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm

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Neues Museum – Folkwang In Essen, Germany

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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

Written by Gregory Brooks

February 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Posted in Built

New Museum of Contemporary Art – New York City, New York

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Building: New Museum of Contemporary Art
Location: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Map
Architects: SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa)
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson, Sasaki and Partners

AE Interests: Staggered box structural scheme, Exterior cladding: expanded metal mesh on corrugated aluminum panels. `

More about this building

Written by Gregory Brooks

February 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

Posted in Built

Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Texas

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February 2012 announcement: Steven Holl to design a new expansion to the MFAH. No images released at this time.

Audrey Jones Beck Building
Completed: 2000
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.
More info

MFA-Houston also includes:


Caroline Wiess Law Building
Completed: 1974
Architects: two additions by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958 and 1974), original building by William Ward Watkin (1924).


Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden
Completed: 1986
Landscape architect: Isamu Noguchi

Central Administration and Glassell Junior School of Art Building
Completed: 1994
Architect: Carlos Jimenez

Travel:H

Written by Gregory Brooks

February 4, 2010 at 12:04 am

Posted in Built

Tate Modern Addition – London, U.K.

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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.
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Written by Gregory Brooks

January 31, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Posted in Under Construction

20 Fenchurch – London, U.K.

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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

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 31, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Posted in Under Construction

One New Change – London, U.K.

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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
Article link 15Jan2010

One New Change Website

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Built, GB Lec London

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