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Rice University Brochstein Pavillion – Houston, Texas `

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Building: Rice University Brochstein Pavillion
Location: Rice University campus, 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
Contractor: Linbeck Group
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
Location: Victory Park – Dallas, Texas
Architect: Morphosis
Architect of Record (Dallas): Good, Fulton and Farrell
Structural Engineer: John Martin & Associates 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

W Hotel – Austin, Texas

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Building: W Hotel
Location: Austin, Texas: 200 Lavaca Street (Block 21)
Completion expected: 2010
Design Architect: Andersson-Wise Architects
Structural: Thornton Thomasetti
MEP: JJA
Executive Architect: BOKA Powell
Contractor: Austin Commercial

AE Interest: Concrete structure, mixed-use: new Austin City Limits studio location, luxury hotel and residential.

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Posted in Under Construction

Chihuly Bridge – Tacoma, Washinton

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Building: Chihuly Bridge of Glass
Location: Tacoma, Washington (spanning highway to Museum of Glass).
Completed: July 2002
Owner: City of Tacoma & Museum of Glass
Architect: Andersson•Wise Architects
Design Team: Arthur Andersson, AIA (Principal-in-Charge), Chris Wise, AIA (Managing Principal), Adam Pyrek (Team Leader)
Glass Artist: Dale Chihuly
Consultant Firms:
Architectural metal: A. Zahner Company
Structural/Bridge: Andersen, Bjorstad, Kane & Jacobs
Structural/Pavilions: Putnam Collins Scott Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Energy Engineering Associates
Electrical Engineering: Hultz/BHU Consulting Engineers
CA Architect: Thomas Cook Reed Reinvald Architects
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Specifications: Eskilsson Architecture
Photos: Tim Hursley
Section: Andersson Wise Architects
Construction Cost: $12 Million
Gross SF: 10,000 SF

AEInterests: pedestrian bridge, steel/concrete, glass pavillions.

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Posted in Built

Museum of Contemporary Art – Denver, Colorado

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Building: Museum of Contemporary Art
Location: Denver, Colorado
Completed: October 2007
Architect: David Adjaye
Client: Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
Structural Engineer: Martin/Martin Inc
Mechanical Engineers: M-E Engineers Inc
Contractor: M A Mortenson Company
Contract value: $11.3 m
Gross internal area: 2508 sq m
AE Interests: Structural form, building envelope technology, natural light, integrated design.

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Posted in Built

MOMA Tower – New York City, New York

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Building: MOMA Tower
Location: next to Museum of Modern Art – New York City, New York
Status: approved Oct 2009 by City Council, height reduction 2011
Architect: Jean Nouvel
Engineer: Emmanuel Cattani

AE Interest: 82 story, 305 meters tall, tapering curved envelope, structural steel exterior (diagonal bracing).
Contains exhibit space for MOMA + 100 hotel rooms, 150 apartments.

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 4, 2009 at 10:04 am

Posted in Proposed Design

Kimbell Museum Addition – Fort Worth, Texas

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Image Source: Kimbell Museum
Click here for an [animated video tour] of the new building.

Building: Kimbell Museum Addition
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Construction: H.C. Beck Group
Construction Began: 2010
Expected Completion: 2012
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Architect of Record: Kendall-Heaton Architects
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Local Engineer: BDD BrocketteDavisDrake

AE Interest:  Cast concrete walls, timber beams, steel/glass roof, underground, context, approach/entry sequence, expressed structure/detail. `

UT tour Fort Worth

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Posted in Under Construction

Kimbell Art Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

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Building: Kimbell Art Museum
Location: 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Completed: October 1972
Architect: Louis Kahn
Structural Engineer: August Komendant
Mechanical Engineer: Cowan, Love & Jackson, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Marshall Meyers

AE Interests: Daylighting, curved concrete post-tension long-span beams form the 2 halves of the vaulted ceilings.  `

Kimbell Video tour

UT tour Fort Worth

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Posted in Built

Denver Art Musuem – Denver, Colorado

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Building: Frederick C Hamilton extension to the Denver Art Museum
Location: 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Completed: October 2006
Design Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Architect of Record: Davis Partnership Architects
Joint Venture Partner: Davis Partnership
Contractor: M.A Mortensen Co. (Colorado)
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Mechanical Air: Arup (LA)
Mechanical/Electrical: MKK Engineers and Arup (LA)
Structural Engineers: Arup (LA)
Structural Connection Design: Structural Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Landscape Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership
Lighting Consultant: George Sexton and Associates
Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Acoustical Consultant: Arup (LA)
Exterior Façade Consultant: Gordon H Smith, ARUP, BCE;
Wind Tunnel Testing: CPP
Vertical Transportation: HKA Elevator Consulting

AE Interests: Complex Geometry, BIM modeling, Lateral Load Design

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Posted in Built

Federal Courthouse – Austin, Texas

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Building:  Federal Courthouse
Location:  5th/San Antonio - Austin, Texas
Architect:  Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Consulting Architect:  Page Southerland Page
Structural Engineer: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
Mechanical Engineer:  Page Southerland Page
Construction:  White Construction
Cost (size):  $102 million  (252,420 sf)
Status:  Construction begun September 2009, expected completion 2012
Images: http://www.msmearch.com

AE Interests:  Energy Efficiency, Natural Lighting, Rainwater Collection, Complicated Floor Plates, LEED Silver Design. `

Written by Gregory Brooks

September 3, 2009 at 11:26 am

Posted in Under Construction

Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Building: Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai)
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
Status: Completed end of 2009
Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (S.O.M.)
Stuctural Engineer: SOM (Bill Baker and Ahmad Abdelrazaq)
Built by: Turner, Samsung, Besix, Arabtec, Grocon, Bauer AG, Middle East Foundations, Otis, Lerch Bates, Schmidlin, Al Naboodah, Laing O’Rourke

AE Interests: skyscraper, currently (2013) the world’s tallest building at 2,717 feet (818 meters). Conceptually designed as a giant cantilever. Concrete core, 3 primary concrete flanges, with stepping masses around the core (spiraling toward the top).  `

For more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_dubai

Building Case Study – MoreAEDesign

Written by Gregory Brooks

August 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Posted in Built

Nakheel Tower – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Building:  Nakheel Tower – Previously called Al Burj
Location:  Dubai, United Arab Emirates (near Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina)
Status:  On hold until further notice.
Architect:  Woods Bagot
Engineer:  WSP Cantor Seinuk
Developer:  Nakheel Properties

AE Interest:  skyscaper – at 1400 meters to be world’s tallest building

For more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakheel_Tower

Written by Gregory Brooks

August 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

Posted in Proposed Design

Federal Building – San Francisco, California

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Building: Federal Building
Location: 90 7th Street, San Francisco, California
Completed:  2007
Architect: Morphosis
Structural Engineer: Arup
ME Engineer: Arup

AE Interests: building envelope, structure, sustainability, perforated metal panels, louvers, natural ventillation

Written by Gregory Brooks

July 24, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Posted in Built

Phare Tower – Paris, France

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Building:  Phare Tower
Location:  Paris, France (La Défense business district)
Completion Expected: 2014 (planning approved by mayor January 2011)
Architect:  Morphosis
Structure and Facade Design: RFR Ingénieurs
MEP and Sustainable Design: IBE Consulting Engineers and OCI
Cost Consulting: Davis Langdon

AE Interests: complexity of form, parametric scripting, sustainable design strategies, natural ventilation (skyscraper), wind turbines

For more info:

http://morphopedia.com/projects/phare-tower

Written by Gregory Brooks

July 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Posted in Under Construction

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