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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.”

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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.”

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Written by Gregory Brooks

March 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

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,

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm

Posted in Built

Sydney Modern – Sydney, Australia

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Building:  Sydney Modern Project (competition winner)
Location:  Sydney, Australia
Architect:  SANAA

AEInterest:  International competition winner, Lightweight pavilions connecting museum to landscape and city.
“includes the new building by SANAA, a revitalization of the original, 19th century building, and a new plaza linked to the Royal Botanic Gardens.”

Article: 1

Written by Gregory Brooks

June 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Posted in Built

Serpentine Sackler Gallery Extention – London, U.K.

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Building:  Serpentine Sackler Gallery Extension
(currently called the Magazine restaurant)
Location: London, U.K. in Kensington Gardens
Architect:  Zaha Hadid Architects
Structural, MEP, Fire engineering:  Arup
Lighting: Isometrix
Project Management: Rise
Completed:  November 2013

AE Interest:  Glass-fibre woven membrane roof, complex form.  “Instead of using perimeter columns, the edge beam – a twisted ladder truss supported on three points – dips down to the supporting ground in front, in the back, and on the free west side…” [1]. Cantilevered, frame-less glass walls.

Articles:  1, 2,

Written by Gregory Brooks

May 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Posted in Built

Femme de Vals Tower – Vals, Switzerland

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Proposed Design (competition winner): Femme de Vals Tower
Location:  Vals, Switzerland
Architect:  Morphosis
Developer: Remo Stoffel
Competition: Feb 2015
Status:  to be determined.

AEInterest:  Luxury hotel, 82-story, 1,250 tall tower, appx. 100′ x 64′ in plan > 1:12.5 to 1:20 slenderness ratio, inspired by Giacometti’s Femme de Venise sculpture, controversial design for small town of Vals.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

March 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

Posted in Built

Apple Store – Huangzou, China

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Building:  Apple Store
Location:  Huangzou, China
Architect:  Foster + Partners
Completed: 2015

AE Interest:
“The main area inside the store features a 9m high space where the upper floor projects 12m from the rear wall”,
large sheets of glass: 11 large double-glazed panels, each 15m tall. [1]

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Posted in Built

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