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CY Twombly Pavilion – Houston, Texas `

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Building: CY Twombly Pavilion
Location: 1519 Branard Street, Houston, Texas
(part of The Menil Collection – a neighborhood of museum buildings)
Completed: 1995
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: Ove Arup & Partners, Haynes Whaley Associates Inc.

AE Interests: daylighting, natural lighting, mechanical louvers, stretched cotton fabric

Travel:H

Written by Alec Gagnon

November 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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Nasher Sculpture Center – Dallas, Texas

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Building: Nasher Sculpture Center
Location: 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas
Completed: October 2003
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: Ove Arup & Partners
Landscape: Peter Walker and Partners
Contractor: Beck

AE Interests: daylighting, sculpture garden, barrel-vaulted ceiling.
Exhibits include a sky-viewing space by James Turrell.  `

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Written by Alec Gagnon

September 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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London Bridge Tower – London, United Kingdom `

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Building: London Bridge Tower (The Shard)
Location: 32 London Bridge Street, London, UK
Completion: 2012
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: Arup, WSP Cantor Seinuk
Contractor: Mace

The Shard is the tallest building in London, and the 2nd tallest building in Europe (2013) at a height of 306 metres (1,004 feet) and contains luxury office spaces, hotels, high-end apartments, restaurants, a five-story viewing gallery, and a spa.

AE Interest: Slip-form construction, top-down construction, glass curtain wall, double-skin, complex crane-construction technique, expressive architectural concept.

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Written by Alec Gagnon

June 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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Copenhagen Opera House – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Building: Copenhagen Opera House
Location: Copenhagen, Denamrk
Completed: October 2004
Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Consultant: Rambøll A/S, Theatre Plan LLP
Client: The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation

AE Interests: 32m long cantilevered overhang, acoustics, canals excavated on both sides to emphasize structure,

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 28, 2010 at 12:53 am

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Mount Stuart Visitor Centre – Isle of Bute, Scotland, UK

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Building: Mount Stuart Visitor Centre
Location: Isle of Bute, Scotland, UK
Completed: June 2001
Architect: Munkenbeck + Marshall Architects
Structural Engineer: Anthony Hunt Associates
Services Engineer: Atelier 10
Contractor: Thomas John Stone
Landscape: James Alexander Sinclair
Client: Mount Stuart Trust

AE Interests: building “sits” within landscape, simple HVAC systems, nature visible through frameless glazing

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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Auditorium at the Svanemøllen Barracks – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Building: Auditorium at the Svanemøllen Barracks
Location: Ryvangs Allé 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Completed: November 2002
Architect: Entasis Arkitekter
Engineer: Vissenbjerg Ingeniørfirm
Contractor: Einar Kornerup A/S
Client: Forsvarets Bygningstjeneste (Danish Defense Construction Service)

AE Interests: use of different materials, simple geometry, materials used to express strength and sturdiness

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm

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Graham Square Housing – Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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Graham Square Housing – Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Building: Graham Square Housing
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Completed: Oct 2000
Architect: Mckeown Alexander Architects, Page & Park Architects, Richard Murphy Architects
Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Contractor: John Dickie Construction
Client: The Molendinar Park Housing Association

AE Interests: sustainable strategies, daylighting, collaborative effort to create an “urban oasis”

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre – Dundee, Scotland, UK

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Building: Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre
Location: Dundee, Scotland, UK
Completed: March 1999
Architect: Richard Murphy
Engineer: ARUP Scotland
M&E Engineer: ARUP
Acoustic Engineer: Sandy Brown Associates
Contractor: Torith Construction Ltd Construction
Client: Dundee City Council

AE Interests: day lighting, urban views, extension of old brick building

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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An Turas – Tiree, Scotland, UK

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Building: An Turas
Location: Tiree, Scotland, UK
Completed: Feb 2003
Architect: Sutherland Hussey Architects
Client: Tiree Arts Enterprise
Structural: David Narro
Contractor: Inscape Joinery
Concrete: Arthur Elliot

AE Interests: reflect on qualities of the island, materials reflect vernacular architecture of island, intended as shelter

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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Dance Base: National Centre for Dance – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Building: 
 Dance Base: National Centre for Dance
Location: 
 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Completed: June 2001
Architect: Malcolm Fraser Architects
Structural Engineers: Cundall Johnston and Partners
Mechanical and Electrical: KJ Tait
Client: Dance Base

AE Interests: nested within rugged topography, capturing views of Edinburgh’s old town, courtyards and passageways reflect mediaeval pattern of the city

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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Falkirk Wheel (Millennium Wheel) – Falkirk, Scotland, UK

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Building: Falkirk Wheel
Location:  Falkirk, Scotland, UK
Completed:  2002
Architect:  RMJM, Nicoll Russell
Contractors: Bachy/Soletanche and Morrison Construction Joint Ventrue
Engineer: Butterley Eningeers
Structural: Tony Gee and Partners
Mechanical/Electrical: Bennett & Associates

AE Interests:  reconnect canals connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh, 24m (79ft) difference in level, rotating wheel to raise boats, uses very little power to rotate

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

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Heaven House (Himmelhuset), Hummingen, Lolland Island, Denmark

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Building:  Heaven House (Himmelhuset)
Location: 
 Hummingen, Denmark
Completed:  1999
Architect:  Flemming Skude

AE Interests:  geometrical layout, natural light for lighting and climate, desire to connect internal spaces and the sky, louvered panels used to control sunlight

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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Sjællandske Newspaper Printing House – Slagelse, Sjælland, Denmark

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Building: 
 Sjællandske Newspaper Printing House
Location: 
 Slagelse, Denmark
Completed:  2001
Architect:  Søren Robert Lund
Landscape: Professor Steen Høyer
Consultant: Rambøll A/S

AE Interests: use of raw materials left to stand alone, building expresses transformation of paper mass to printed newspaper

Written by Alec Gagnon

January 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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Russia Tower – Moscow, Russia

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Location: Moscow, Russia
Completed: canceled on 12 February, 2009
Architect: Foster + Partners
Structural Engineers: Halvorson and Partners
Contractors: Satori, Soletanshstroy

AE Interests: tallest building in Europe, green building, sustainable design, structural

Written by Alec Gagnon

September 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Federal Chancellery – Berlin, Germany

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Federal Chancellery – Berlin, Germany
Location: Willy-Brandt-Strasse 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany
Completed: 2001
Architect: Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes
Structural Engineers: GSE Engineering, Schlaich Bergermann and Partner
Construction: Stahlbeton Sichtbeton
Façade: R+R Fuchs

AE Interests: cubic form, modernist, opposing geometry, “blinds the eye to proportion”

Written by Alec Gagnon

September 14, 2009 at 9:23 pm

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Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center – Noumea, New Caledonia

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Building: Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center
Location: Noumea, New Caledonia
Completed: 1998
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structure: Ove Arup & Partners
Landscape Architecture: Desvigne & Dalnoky

AE Interests: sustainability, relationship with nature, cultural, materials

Written by Alec Gagnon

August 31, 2009 at 11:25 am

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Mercedes Benz Design Center – Sindelfingen, Germany

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Building: Mercedes Benz Design Center
Location: Sindelfingen (Stuttgart), Germany
Completed: 1998
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: Ove Arup & Partners, IFB Dr. Braschel & Partner
Acoustics: Müller BB

AE Interests: geometry, façade, functionality, natural lighting

Written by Alec Gagnon

August 31, 2009 at 10:15 am

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Zentrum Paul Klee – Bern, Switzerland

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Building: Zentrum Paul Klee
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Completed: 2005
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: Ove Arup & Partners, B+S Ingenieure AG
Façade: Emmer Pfenninger
Acoustics: Müller BB

AE Interests: geometry, façade, natural lighting

Written by Alec Gagnon

August 31, 2009 at 9:54 am

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High Museum Expansion – Atlanta, Georgia

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Building: High Museum
Location: 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia
Completed: 2005
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Collaborating Architects: Lord, Aeck, & Sargent, Inc.
Structural: Ove Arup & Partners International, Uzun & Case Engineers, Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc.

AE Interests: daylighting, exterior spaces, grid of 1000 circular skylights

Written by Alec Gagnon

August 31, 2009 at 9:38 am

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California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, California

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Building : California academy of Sciences
Location: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Completed: 2008
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Stantec Architecture
Engineering and Sustainability Consulting: Arup
Living Roof: Rana Creek
Landscape Architecture: SWA Group
General Contractor: Webcor Builders

AE Interests: sustainability, living roof, natural ventilation, natural lighting

Written by Alec Gagnon

August 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

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Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church – San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

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Building: Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church
Location: San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Completed: July 2004
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: Favero & Milan Ingegneria
Consulting engineers: Ove Arup & Partners
Wood construction: Merk Holzbau
Acoustics: Helmut Müller, Germany

AE Interests: structure, form, technical complexity, stone arches, wood strucure

Written by Alec Gagnon

August 30, 2009 at 2:27 pm

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San Nicola Football Stadium – Bari, Italy

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Building: San Nicola Football Stadium
Location: Bari, Italy
Completed: 1990
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: Ove Arup & Partners, M. Milan, Studio Vitone & Associati

AE Interests: structure, “petal” design, safety conditions

Written by Alec Gagnon

August 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Posted in Built

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