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Middlebury College Virtue Field House – Middlebury, VT

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Building: Middlebury College Virtue Field House
Location: Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Architect: Sasaki
Structural Engineer: LeMessurier
Construction: PC Construction
Area: 120,000 sq.ft
Completed: 2015

AE Interest: achieved LEED Gold certification; [1] a massive steel framing system has provided a 240-foot-wide, column-free interior space at the field house; to prevent the unsettlement due to low bearing capacity soil, a ground improvement system is created, where a pier is formed by pushing down through existing soil to create a cavity, followed by placing crushed stone into the cavity in 12-inch compacted layers; [2] Middlebury was able to experience a significant reduction in energy consumption due in part to the eight 24-foot-wide ceiling fans circulating air thereby eliminating the need for air conditioning, efficient LED lighting, super-insulated walls and ceilings, and an abundance of natural light. [3]

Article: a1, a2, a3.

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Written by shijunxu

May 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm

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Nobel Sphere – Stockholm, Sweden

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Building: Nobel sphere (2014 proposal)
Architect: SANAA
Location: Nobel center, Stockholm, Sweden

AE Interest: The large diameters provide height and unimpeded exposure to the sun, and also create temperature stratification within the volume which helps to circulate the air more easily; the geometry of a sphere, yields large enough perpendicular surface area for photovoltaic membranes, that when coupled with the other sustainable energy systems, it reaches a zero energy building; the retractable photovoltaic membranes act as shading for added thermal comfort but its transparency allows for continuous visibility towards the outside to always feel connected with the exterior environment. [1]
Article: a1.

Written by shijunxu

May 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

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2009 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – London, UK

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Project: 2009 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (temporary)
Architects: SANAA Architects
Structural Engineers: SAPS (Sasaki & Partners), Arup
Location: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, UK
Completed: 2009

AE Interest: The roof is supported by 115 vertical stainless steel columns with diameters measuring between 40 and 60 millimeters; the roof is constructed from composite panels made of 3-millimeter mirror-polished aluminum bonded to both sides of a 19-millimeter-thick birch-ply core [1].
Article: a1.

Written by shijunxu

May 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

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Factory Building on the Vitra Campus – Weil am Rhein, Germany

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Building: Factory Building on the Vitra Campus
Architect: SANAA
Location: Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
Completed: 2012
Area: 220175.79 sq.ft.
Architectural Execution: Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA, NKBAK
Structural planning: Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH; SAPS – Sasaki and Partners
Energy technology: Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH
HVAC: Henne & Walter Engineering Office for Technical Building Systems
Building Automation: Baumgartner GmbH
Facade construction and implementation: STRABAG AG
Structural physics: Horstmann + Berger Engineering Office for Structural Physics

AE Interest: The curtain façade elements are made of acrylic glass with an undulating surface, measuring 1.8 meters in width by 11 meters in height – equal to the height of the building. The individual panels were first cast in flat sheets, then heated to 60 degrees Celsius and vacuum moulded to create the wave structure; The building is rounded in shape, but not quite circular, and is composed of two half-round concrete shells that are connected to one another; The oval form optimizes logistical processes by allowing trucks sufficient room for circulating in. [1]
Article: a1.

Written by shijunxu

May 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm

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Grace Farms – New Canaan, Connecticut

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Building: Grace Farms
Address: 65 Lukes Wood Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840, United States
Architect: SANAA
Size: 60,000 sq.ft.
Completed: 2015
Executive Architect: Handel Architects LLP
Landscape Architect: OLIN
HVAC, MEP engineer and lighting: Buro Happold
Project Manager: Paratus Group
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Civil Engineer: McChord Engineering
Sustainability Consultant: Transsolar
Acoustics: Harvey Marshall Berling Associates, Nagata Acoustics

AE Interest: Nestled amid 75 acres of meadows, woods, wetlands and lakes [1]; closed loop geothermal cooling system that greatly reduced energy use compared to traditional outdoor chillers; below ground external tunnels to bring outdoor air into the center [3]; 77 of Grace Farms’ 80 acres are to remain in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds [4].
Article: a1, a2, a3, a4.

 

 

Written by shijunxu

April 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm

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Gallery Yeh – Seoul, Korea

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Building: Gallery Yeh
Location: 532-9 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Architect: Unsangdong Architect
Construction: GuJin Industrial Development Co.Ltd
Structural Design: Central Structural Engineer’s Office
Electrical Design: Jikhwa Engineering Co., Ltd.
Supervision: Ung-dong Architect Office
Gross Floor Area: 21475 sq.ft.
Building Area: 3580 sq.ft
Site Area: 6108 sq.ft
Completed: 2005

AE Interests: AR Award for Emerging Architecture in 2007 [2]; Architectural concept of “Skinscape”, “spatialization of Skin”, generating multiple layers hidden behind the single layer of the architectural skin, Reinforced concrete structure (RC structure) [3]; tall angular exterior concrete walls are braced back to the main tower via steel beams.

Article: a1, a2, a3, a4, a5.

 

Written by shijunxu

February 27, 2018 at 11:27 pm

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