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Mercedez-Benz Arena – Stuttgart, Germany

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Building: Mercedez-Benz Arena (Gottlieb Daimler Stadium)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Renovation Completed: 1993
Architect: Planungsgemeinschaft Neckarstadion, Stuttgart; Schlaich Bergermann und Partner; Weidleplan; ‘asp’ Architekten – Arat – Siegel – Schust

AE Interests: The roof spans the entire spectator area of the converted athletics stadium. 40 radial cables connect the roof’s inner tension ring with the two outer compression rings. The cables and consequently the roof consistently span 58 m. A PVC-coated polyester-membrane covers the roof, making it durable enough to withstand 1,000 kg of weight per square decimeter. The covers double curvature is maintained by a secondary structure. The spoked-wheel-type construction principle chosen for this structure proved to be extremely economic especially with the existing foundation problems [1].

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

January 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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Hamburg Television Tower, Hamburg, Germany

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Building: Hamburg Television Tower
Location:Hamburg, Germany
Completed: 1968
Architect: F. Trautwein
Consulting Engineers: Jörg Schlaich and Leonhardt of Leonhardt & Andrä

AE Interests: Hamburg’s tallest building, standing at 280 meters high. Supporting structure for foundation, towerheads, antenna platforms consists of conical shells [1].

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

January 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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Footbridge Sassnitz – Sassnitz, Germany

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Building: Footbridge Sassnitz
Location: Sassnitz, Germany
Completed: 2007
Architect: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart
Structural engineering: Schlaich, Bergermann und Partner sbp gmbh
Steel construction: Donges Stahlbau GmbH
Concrete construction: Mölders Betonbau und Instandsetzungs GmbH

AE Interests: Mono-cable suspension bridge with a curved deck. The center part of the overpass consists of a curved suspension bridge, and ramps are designed in elevated steel composite girders.

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

January 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) – Berlin, Germany

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Building:Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Station)
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed: 2006
Architect: Meinhard von Gerkan of Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Structural Engineers, Roof Design: Jörg Schlaich and Hans Schober of Schlaich Bergermann and Partner

AE Interests: largest and most modern crossing station in Europe. The main station hall is spanned by a curved glass roof with a surface area of about 85 meters by 120 meters. A photovoltaic system was integrated into the glass surface. Cable trusses with cables following the form of the bending moment diagram due to permanent loads stiffen the filigree grid shell structure, transforming the basket arch into the thrust line.

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

January 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

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Soccer City Stadium – Johannesburg, South Africa

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Building: Soccer City Stadium
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Renovation and Expansion Completed: 2010
Architect: Boogertman & Partners, Populous
Consulting Engineer, Roof and Facade Design: Schlaich Bergermann and Partner
Contractor: Grinaker-LTA and BAM

AE Interests: Design inspired by the shape of an African pot, the calabash. The upgrade included an extended upper tier around the stadium to increase the capacity, an additional 2 executive suites, an encircling roof, new changing room facilities and new floodlights. No spectator is seated more than 100 meters (330 ft) from the field and there are no restricted views in the stadium. [1]

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

January 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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Kuching Hotel – Kuching, Malaysia

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Building: Kuching Hotel
Location: Isthmus Site, Kuching, Malaysia
Architect: Saucier + Perrotte
Civil Engineer: Jurutera Minsar Consult
Structural Engineer: J. K. Bersatu
Mechanical Engineer: Primetech Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Uni Kenyalang Engineering

AE Interests: Multiple folded planes, designed to mimic the form of a tree

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

September 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Communication, Culture, & Technology Building – Mississauga, Ontario

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Building: Communication, Culture, & Technology Building
Location: University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario
Completion: 2004
Architect: Saucier + Perrotte
Structural Engineer: Quinn Dressel
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: RYBKA, Smith and Ginsler
Landscape & Interiors: Saucier + Perrotte
Contractor: Ellis Don

AE Interests: Serves as a connection to the different environments surrounding it, glazed vertical surface, completely transparent at the ground level, shifted solids throughout the building to increase the flow of the space

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Written by Makenzie Kuntz

September 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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Class of 1959 Chapel – Boston, Massachusetts

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Building: Class of 1959 Chapel
Location: Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts
Completion: 1992
Architect: Moshe Safdie
Structural Engineer: Weidlinger Associates
Construction: Richard White Sons, Inc.

AE Interests: Exterior cylinder is composed of oxidized copper, pyramidal glass greenhouse houses a below-ground tiered garden and koi pond; interior is a two-story stone cylinder with several semi-circular concrete constructions scalloping the walls, and large-scale prisms fixed in skylights; exterior marble tower is a functioning clock

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

September 1, 2010 at 12:17 am

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First Nations Garden Pavillion – Montreal, Quebec

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Building: First Nations Garden Pavillion
Location: 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal Botanical Gardens, Montreal, Quebec
Completion: 2001
Architect: Saucier + Perrotte
Structural Engineer: Genivar
Mechanical & Electrical engineer: Genivar
Landscape: Williams Asselin Ackaoui and associates inc.

AE Interests: Minimal intrusion in the Montréal Botanical Garden, vertical surfaces minimized to limit visual impact, mostly outdoor space, materials left in an unfinished state, including the poured-in-place concrete of the roof that expose the rough wood formwork and corten steel in some walls

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

August 31, 2010 at 11:07 pm

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Vancouver Library Square – Vancouver, British Columbia

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Building: Vancouver Library Square
Location: 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Completed: 1995
Architect: Moshe Safdie partnered with Downs/Archambault
General Contractor: PCL Construction
Stonework: Architectural Precast Structures
Rooftop Garden Landscape Architect: Cornelia Oberlander
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech

AE Interests: Occupies a complete city block, consists of the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, Federal Office Tower, and retail and service facilities; free-standing, elliptical, colonnaded wall accessed by bridges spanning skylit light wells, the library’s internal glass facade overlooks an enclosed concourse formed by a second elliptical wall that defines the east side; Roof serves as a large garden, an effort to combine garden elements with urban settings

Written by Makenzie Kuntz

August 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Posted in Built

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