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Oceanwide Center – San Francisco, California

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Building:  Oceanwide Center
Location: San Francisco, California
Address: 50 1st Street (S. Mission St. / 1st St.)
Architect: Foster+Partners
Collaborating Architect: Heller Manus Architects
Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
M+E Engineer: Foster + Partners/Taylor Engineering/Engineering Enterprise
Size 219,885sm (2,366,822sf)

AE Interest:
mixed-use high-rise, 2 towers, 605-foot tall residential tower, new public space [c], 850-foot tall hotel, residential and office tower – it will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast, 1.35 million square feet of office space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.  Open layout is supported by an innovative orthogonal structural system [d] developed for seismic stability. [a]

Sources: [a,b,c,d,e]

ArchDaily16May2016-Oceanwide Center Receives San Francisco Planning Commission Approval [e]



Written by Gregory Brooks

August 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Posted in Built

Floating Solar Array – London, U.K.

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Project: Floating Solar Array
Location: London, U.K. (Queen Elizabeth II reservoir)
Engineering, installation:  Lightsource Renewable Energy

AE Interests:
Largest floating solar array in Europe, size of 8 soccer fields,  over 23,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

“It will have a total installed peak capacity of 6.3 megawatts and is expected to generate 5.8m kilowatt hours in its first year – equivalent to the annual consumption of around 1,800 homes.”

Article: 1

Written by Gregory Brooks

April 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

Posted in Built

Palau Blaugrana – Barcelona

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Building: Palau Blaugrana (arena for FC Barcelona, basketball)
Architects: HOK, TAC Arquitectes
Completion expected: 2020

AE Interest: “The New Palau Blaugrana, which will have a capacity of 12,000 for sporting events and 12,500 for social and cultural events, is a key component of a broader project to improve FC Barcelona’s facilities, including a major renovation of the Camp Nou stadium, in creating the Espai Barça sports district. Construction on the new Palau Blaugrana is expected to begin during the 2017/2018 FC Barcelona basketball season and finish during the 2019/2020 season. It will replace the 7,500-seat Palau Blaugrana, which opened in 1971.”

Article: 1

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

Posted in Built

Eurasia Tower – Moscow, Russia

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Building:  Eurasia Tower
Location: Moscow, Russia
Architect: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomesetti
MEP Engineer: Consentini
Developer: MOS City Group
Project Manager: SUMMA

AE Interests: Connected to the Moscow International Business Center (MiBC) Central Core, Eurasia Tower sits at 1,013ft, 72 stories tall. The first mixed-use steel tower in Russia houses apartments, entertainment, and office space, within a 2.2 Million sq ft GFA.
Structural Material: Composite steel/concrete core, composite steel/concrete deck floors, and steel exterior columns

Interactive website with all 72 floor plans: 1
Firm website featuring tower: 2



Written by nicholasjames619

March 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Posted in Built

Wangjing SOHO – Beijing, China

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Building: Wangjing SOHO
Location: Beijing, China
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Structure: Adams Kara Taylor UK, CCDI
Facade: Arup Facade HK, Inhabitat
MEP, Vt, Fire Safety, Sustainability: Hoare Lea UK, Arup Engineers
Construction: 2011-2014
Area: 5,610,850 sf

AEInterest: “Described as “three interweaving mountains”, the towers feature curved and tapered forms. The tallest and most slender is 200 metres high, while the other two are slightly broader, with heights of 127 and 118 metres.” (Dezeen)

Articles: 1, 2,




Written by Gregory Brooks

February 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm

Posted in Built

111 South Wacker – Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Building: 111 South Wacker
Location: 111 S. Wacker Dr. Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Completion: 2005
Architect: Goettsch Partners, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Electrical Engineer: Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions
Height: 681.22 ft.

AE Interests: world’s first high-rise certified LEED Gold Core and Shell, cable net wall system surrounding lobby,caisson foundation, parking garage makes up first 7 floors, 53 total floors

Ed:gb 9/2015


Written by Isaac Nimick

September 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Posted in Built

L’Atelier Music and Dance School- Normandy, France

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Building: L’Atelier Music and Dance School
Location: Normandy, France
Architects: AAVP (Atelier Architecture Vincent Parreira)
Completed: 2013
Structural Engineer: Beton Ingenerie

AE Interests: the facade is made entirely of purple slate imported from Canada usually only used for prestigious buildings, a journey into the building from the “adult rooms” at the entrance into the children’s dance and reading rooms deeper into the new building, the woodwork makes the rooms feel voluminous and large (cathedral-like), open sky windows to give natural light to the dance and reading rooms, pumice looking ceilings make the dancing room feel very “light”- (just as dancers should be light on their feet), angular form

Written by Sara Beirne

September 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

Posted in Built


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