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Rice University Brochstein Pavilion – Houston, Texas `

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Building: Rice University Brochstein Pavillion
Location: Rice University, Houston, Texas
Map: link
Architect: Thomas Phifer & Partners
Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett
Civil Engineering: Walter P. Moore
Structural Engineering: Haynes Whaley Associates
MEP Engineering: Altieri Sebor Wieber
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone
Glazing Contractor: Haley-Greer
Construction: Linbeck
Project Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Constructed Area: 557.5 sqm
Photographs: OJB, Paul Hester & Scott Frances

AE Interest: Expressed slender structure, daylight roof monitors, steel and aluminum trellis.
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Written by Gregory Brooks

December 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Posted in Built

Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas, Texas

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Building: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Address: 2201 N Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Architect: Morphosis
Architect of Record (Dallas): Good, Fulton and Farrell
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. and Datum Engineers
Preliminary Design Engineer: Buro Happold
Completed 2013

AE Interests: Complex form, custom concrete shapes on facade, green roof. `

MORE ABOUT this building.
article/slideshow Jan 9, 2013 Architectural Record online

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Written by Gregory Brooks

October 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

The Pinnacle – London, U.K.

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Building: The Pinnacle (formerly Bishopsgate Tower)
Status: Completion expected 2012.
(As of mid February 2011, the core has reached floor 9 (45 meters) and is now clearly visible from the site’s immediate vicinity) (ref.)
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)
(KPF split in Sept 2009 – the original project team is now PLP Architecture)
Structural, Acoustics, Security and Access Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Hilson Moran
Main Contractor: Brookfield Multiplex
Cost Consultant and Project Manager: Davis Langdon
Façade Consultant: Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG
Specialist Lighting: Speirs and Major
Façade Access and Maintenance Consultant: REEF
Lift consultant: Jappsen Ingenieure from Berlin

AE Interests: parametric design process, Generative Components software, complex geometry, photovoltaics, wind-testing at pedestrian canopy.

“The building will contain more photovoltaic solar cells than any other building in the UK with 2,000 square metres of panelling generating up to 200 kilowatts of electricity. It will also have a double-layered skin like the Gherkin which reduces energy consumption, and just to make it a bit less expensive as £1 billion is quite a bit, all the panels in the facades will be the same size.”(ref.)

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Written by Gregory Brooks

June 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

Posted in Under Construction

Rolling Bridge – London, UK

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Building: Rolling Bridge
Location: Paddington Basin, London, England, UK
Designer: Thomas Heatherwick
Engineer: SKM Anthony Hunts
Constr: McGraw Hill

AE Interest: Pedestrian bridge, coiling/uncoiling movement.

Written by Gregory Brooks

June 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Built

Biomass Power Station – Stockton-on-Tees, U.K.

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Building: Biomass Power Station
Location: Stockton-on-Tees, U.K., north west England, banks of river Tees
Status: approved by Cabe’s national design review panel March 2010
Architect: Thomas Heatherwick
Budget: 150M BP

AE Interest: 49 megawatt biomass renewable energy station, made of a series of curved panels to be covered in grasses.

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

Posted in Proposed Design

Castle House Tower – London, U.K.

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Building: Castle House
Location: London, U.K.
Status: in progress – wind turbines being fabricated October 2009
Architect: Hamiltons Associates
Engineer: WSP Group

AE Interests: 3 large wind-turbines at top of tower, alternative energy, sustainability.

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Under Construction

Rio Tower – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Building: Rio Tower
Location : Cotunduba Island, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Status: Competition Design
Architect : Mikou Design Studio
Client : City of Rio
Height : 150 m
Surface: 7000 m2
Budget: 17 Millions euros
Programme : Observation points, auditorium, skywalk, bungee jump platform, climbing tower, gyrodrop, cafeteria, souvenir store, urban balconies, multi-usage space.

AE Interest: Large opening cut thru building form, skyscraper, complex geometry

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

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