Update: Spaceport America / Foster + Partners

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In the summer of 2009, we shared Foster + Partners and URS Corporation spaceport project in New Mexico. The structure, which is the first in history, will host commercial operations by private space travel companies, such as Virgin Galactic. Today, we are sharing an update of the project as the Spaceport enjoyed its dedication ceremony a few days ago. Designed to meet LEED certification, The 110,000-plus square foot facility will feature energy-efficient techniques such as earth-tubes that will pre-condition the air to reduce HVAC costs by 50-70%. The architects explained, “The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists.”


More images after the break.

© Nigel Young
© Nigel Young
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© Mark Greenberg
Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Update: Spaceport America / Foster + Partners" 01 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=180713>


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    well, this is a good example about how 3d vizualisations not allways represent how the building will look like…

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    does anyone else see the irony here.. LEED certified. How much energy does this offset one flight?

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      LEED Certification: You need to look at the long term energy savings over the life time of the project, even when flights are not occurring. Spacecrafts were also designed to be extremely aerodynamic & energy efficient as well. Nobody stated that this was a “Net Zero Project”. Being Green & LEED is a good thing no matter how you do it.

      Look at the Big Picture.

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