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The Assembly – Chandigarh, India

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Building: The Assembly
Location: Chandigarh, India
Architect: Le Corbusier
Construction: 1951 – 1964

AE Interests: hyperboloid concrete shell structure with 15 cm average thickness; pilotis to elevate the structure; brise-soleil louvers in proportion with the golden ratio; rooftop trough to capture rainwater and provide solar shading.

Article: [1]

Written by Chou-Hsien Lin

October 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

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Bauhaus Dessau – Dessau, Germany

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Building: Bauhaus Dessau
Location: Dessau, Germany
Architect: Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer
Furniture Designer: Marcel Breuer
Construction: 1925-1926

AE Interests: Recessed columns allow for glass curtain wall; steel framework supports expansive glass facade; delicate corner columns create sense of lightness; asymmetrical wings arranged in pinwheel configuration, alluding to aircraft propellers.

Article: [1]
The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation: [1]

Written by Chou-Hsien Lin

October 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

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Guggenheim Museum – New York, NY

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Building: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Location: 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Structural Engineer: Jaroslav Joseph Polivka
General Contractor: George Cohen
Construction: 1956 – 1959

AE Interests: among the first to use gunite (sprayed concrete), helical ramp gallery spirals up from ground floor to just below skylight, organic form juxtaposed with surrounding rectilinear urban setting

Guggenheim Museum Website

Written by marthaehughes

October 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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Fondazione Prada – Milan, Italy

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Building: Fondazione Prada
Location: Largo Isarco 2, Milan, Italy 20139
Architect: OMA
Local Architect: Massimo Alvisi
Executive Architects: Alviso Kirimoto & Partners, Atelier Verticale
Structural Engineer: Favero & Milan
MEP Engineer: Favero & Milan, Prisma Engineering
Acoustics Engineer: Level Acoustics
Fire Engineer: GAE Engineering
Lighting Design: Les Eclaireurs
Construction: 2008 – 2018

AE Interests: restoration of seven buildings on old industrial site and addition of three new buildings; cladding materials of new buildings include concrete, aluminum foam, and gold leaf; ceiling height in tower increases from bottom to top, starting with 2.7 meters on ground level to 8 meters on upper floor

Fondazione Prada Website

Written by marthaehughes

October 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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Olympiastadion – Munich, Germany

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Building: Olympiastadion
Location: Spiridon-Louis-Ring 27, 80809 München, Germany
Architects: Günther Behnisch, Carlo Weber, Hermann Peltz, Fritz Auer
Structural Engineer: Frei Otto
Construction: 1968 – 1972
Capacity: 69,250

AE Interests: designed to echo the peaks and valleys of the nearby Alps; main stadium in a bomb crater from WWII; asymmetrical translucent canopy shelters spectators without casting uneven shadows on field; 271 miles of steel cables strung between 58 cast steel pylon and 8000 plexiglass panels

Written by marthaehughes

October 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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Butaro Hospital – Burera, Rwanda

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Building Name: Butaro Hospital
Location: Burera District, Northern Province, Rwanda
Architect: MASS Design Group
Structural Engineer: ICON Consultant Group Inc.
Sewage Plant Engineer: EcoProtection
Landscape Design: Sierra Bainbridge and Maura Rockcastle
Completed: 2011

AE Interest: prior to completion, Burera was one of the last two districts in Rwanda without a hospital; eliminated interior corridors and installed large radius ceiling fans to move air from wards to open windows; non-permeable, continuous floor to prevent bacterial growth; constructed 100% by locals, creating jobs and engendering sense of community; exterior walls constructed of local volcanic rocks and designed by local masons

Articles: [a1, a2]

Written by Ryan Hua

October 16, 2018 at 12:07 pm

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House VI – Cornwall, Connecticut

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Building Name: House VI (a.k.a. Frank Residence)
Location: Cornwall, Connecticut
Architect: Peter Eisenman
Completed: 1975 (reconstructed 1987)

AE Interest: primary example of deconstructivism; ignored principle of form following function; disregarding notions of symmetry and continuity, the structural design followed the conceptual design; several beams and columns do not connect or touch the ground; inverted staircase

Articles: [a1]

Written by Ryan Hua

October 16, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Posted in Built