Each year UdK Berlin organizes a small competition among the students for the concept of a Bookshop inside the School. This year’s winning proposal for the shop was designed by Dalia Butvidaite, Leonard Steidle, Johannes Drechsler and the all participating students then helped manufacturing the structure.
Cardboard as the main material was chosen because of its flexibility in shape, stability, cheapness, temporary feeling, lightness, mobility and last but not least its recyclability.
Our friends at Abitare published several works by Italian firm Buratti + Battiston, an architect and engineer, respectively. With a strong grasp of aesthetics as their foundation for creating spaces, their Vetreria Airoldi Office + Showroom works with the characteristics of colored glass to form a contemporary working space.
More images and more about the project after the break.
Measuring 145 metres from top to bottom and counting 38 floors, Dexia Tower is the third highest building in Brussels, Belgium. In the middle of the Rogier Square the building shines like a beacon over the town. The Tower is visible from several major traffic arteries in the capital and is situated precisely in the middle of the Mint Square – North Station axis. (more…)
Brent Vander Werf’s Compliant Shading Enclosure creates a movable mechanism within the air-gap of a glass enclosure to regulate the amount of sun, shade and shadow permitted in a space. Powered by the energy from the sun, the mechanism passively expands or closes to make the opening the correct size to meet the desired comfort level.
More about the shading system after the break. (more…)
By studying the solstice solar angles, Benjamin Hall and Brent Vander Werf’s research project, Fishman Shade Canopy, creates a site specific geometric strategy where the canopy provides 100% shade while maintaining a visual opacity. This prototype builds upon experiments conducted throughout Hall’s Capstone project at the University of Arizona, a few years ago. After developing a warp and weft system of structural shade members, the next step of the project was to manifest those findings in a full-scale built project.
More about the canopy after the break. (more…)
A year ago, we featured a set of Tim Harris’ early construction photos of Jean Nouvel’s Doha Office tower previously on AD, and now photographer Nelson Garrido has shared some new shots of the 45 story cylindrical structure. The building’s dia-grid gives much character to the project, as it not only provides structural support but also gives the volume a textured appearance from far away that turns into a more delicate patterning in closer range. The facade is layered with metal brise-soleil based on a traditional Islamic pattern. The fairly standard geometry module becomes a complex visual as it is rotated and flipped to provide maximum shading for the interior of the building. In this way, the arrangement of the panels is both functional and supplies the aesthetic touch that will define the tower.
More of Garrido’s photographs after the break. (more…)
For the Young Architects Forum Atlanta’s 10UP! National Architectue Competition, participants were challenged to create a temporary installation for Atlanta. The winning 45 ft tower, Periscope, designed by Brandon Clifford and Wes Mcgee of Matter Design Studio, is an “inhabitable installation with iconic implications to advocate bold architecture for the Atlanta community and young designers across the globe.” The designers felt the tower would create a strong marker for the city, “Through vertical expansion via the omission of a vertical restriction, this tower will engage a broader audience, inviting them to the event similar to search lights in the night sky.”
More about the tower, including lots of images and a video, after the break. (more…)
As we reported earlier last week, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s newest Apple store (and China’s first!) opened on July 10. For the past five years, photographer Roy Zipstein has been documenting the stores, traveling to America, Europe, Asia and even Australia to highlight the artistry of the sleek structures. Similar to how it takes a certain kind of architect to manifest Apple’s aesthetic and technological philosophy in built-form, it takes a certain kind of photographer to capture that essence on film. Zipstein commented via Bernstein&Andriulli, “The Apple Stores are so beautifully designed, inside and out. It’s been very interesting to witness the design process evolve over the last few years, through the use of different materials such as glass, stainless steel and stone, and the evolving interpretation of the interior space. Having the architects present at some of these shoots and being able to exchange thoughts with them has been an added bonus for me.”
We’re excited to share Zipstein’s latest photographs from Shanghai! And, be sure to see our previous set of images thanks to Flicker user Lesh51.
Similar to their identifiable products, the Apple stores require a sleek, almost instantly recognizable, aesthetic. As keepers of the latest technology, the buildings’ minimalist interiors boast a calm and sophisticated demeanor, complimenting, yet not overshadowing, their prized possessions. It may come as a surprise that the leading architects behind the stores are Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), a firm that had never designed a retail store before Apple and whose principal, Peter Bohlin, winner of the AIA Gold Medal, ironically doesn’t use email.
Bohlin has awed us in the past, especially with Apple’s second Manhattan retail store located on Fifth Avenue. Turning a tough retail space into a successful masterpiece, the store’s iconic cube, a 32-foot glass structure, marks the store’s entrance and beckons customers down to the retail level which is illuminated with natural light. And now, BCJ has just unveiled their latest Apple store, and the first of its kind in China which seeks to emulate similar design decisions as the Fifth Avenue project. (more…)
For more than 80 years, plastics have been improving the performance and durability of nearly everything we buy, and build, with their remarkable properties. Take, for example, this video we dug up on YouTube. Disney’s “Monsanto House of the Future” featuring “plastics used boldly, creatively as building materials.”
It was just 50 years ago we were idealizing about a world full of plastic, as pointed out in the video:
“Is everything plastic?”, the narrator asks. “Almost! Dishes, cups, counter tops, walls, floors, ceilings, tabletops, shelves and cabinets. Plastics in all their colorful, functional, and beautiful versatility have transformed their work area, stepped it years ahead.”
And, in his book Maps to Anywhere, Bernard Cooper explains the allure of that seemingly magical world of plastics:
“It was the permanence, the durability of plastic that made the Monsanto house a marvel. The wings, it was said, would never sag. The plastic floor would never buckle, chip, or crack. At the time, 30 percent of Monsanto’s business was in plastics, synthetic resins, and surface coatings.” (hat tip to Lloyd Alter at Treehugger)
Some of that video was, in fact, accurate. Today it is hard to imagine a world without plastics! In the ideal world portrayed in the video, however, no one seems to pick up on the price that we would eventually pay. We’re beginning to see these consequences more and more; in the press, blogosphere and, of most concern, in our natural environment and human bodies. The idea of “better living through chemistry” failed to take into account the harmful effects those very chemicals would later have on our health.
You may remember this Time Magazine article published in April, “The Peril of Plastics”. With plastics everywhere, including the controversial BPA (a synthetic estrogen), Time states “if you don’t have it [BPA] in your body, you’re not living in the modern world”. Was this the modern world (the ‘future’) that the Monsanto house envisioned?
And so, in hindsight, perhaps we should have explored alternatives. Somewhere along the line, though, we parted ways with nature, favoring the path to a manufactured future – one with indestructible materials, even after we would decide we had no use for those materials any longer.
But where has industry been in the return to nature? Just as the video states, “a revolution has quietly been taking place in homes”, we now need a revolution to explore the future of plastics as a sustainable building material – only this time, maybe we shouldn’t be so quiet.
That’s why we’re happy to see companies like Interface, Steelcase, Herman Miller, and Construction Specialties (C/S) stepping up to the plate. Led by leading green thinkers like William McDonough, of MBDC and founder of the Cradle to Cradle design process, these companies are leading the way into a world that is truly better, not just less bad (as seen with so many green marketing efforts). Unfortunately this revolution won’t happen with just a quick fix.
At the recent AIA 2010 Convention in Miami (appropriately themed “Design for the New Decade”), we had the opportunity to catch up with Construction Specialties and learn a little more about its new line of interior wall protection products. You’ve likely seen Acrovyn before (see images below) – it’s in tens of thousands of hospitals, airports, and schools in North America. It’s one product you might not think about as you walk through those places – but there’s a lot to C/S’ story of how their latest product line, called Acrovyn 4000, is ahead of the pack when it comes to sustainability.
Here’s some of what C/S has accomplished, with some serious research, development, engineering, and sustainable chemistry work, to bring the Acrovyn product to where it is today:
- Eliminated Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBTs) from all products
- Completely removed PVC & BPA
- Earned Cradle to Cradle: Silver Certification
- Meets California 01350 protocol for good indoor air quality
- Improved color match, texture, gloss and cleanability based on extensive market research
On top of that, we couldn’t help but be impressed by C/S’ involvement in big picture efforts to change the industry altogether. This past April, there was a Senate Hearing on reforming U.S. chemical safety laws that called for industry leaders to testify with their thoughts on the matter. Construction Specialties’ Vice President, Howard Williams, spoke at that hearing, and has continued to be a voice for change with respect to a reformed Toxic Substances and Chemicals Act (TSCA), calling for increased transparency, regulation, and third party involvement in verifying environmental, safety, and chemical claims made by industry. You can watch the webcast of that speech here (watch for Howard at the 34:00 mark). Here’s a good excerpt:
“Reform should include making the data available, identifying chemicals of concern, and promoting safer alternatives through Green Chemistry – reform in ways that reduce causation, improve life, and lower healthcare costs. You and the buildings industry, through existing and emerging standards, have an opportunity to protect millions from building-related PBT exposure, while accelerating product innovation, job creation and economic growth.”
As members of the architectural community, we’ve got to keep in mind that it is these products, when used as part of smarter building designs, which can help the building industry get back on track with nature. This is our responsibility. There’s still a long way to go, but, by selecting the right products and working with product manufacturers to better the materials we put in our buildings, we can get there. Perhaps this will enable us to build a new version of the ‘house of the future’ – one that embraces nature, exemplifies safer buildings and, of course, promotes a healthier people and planet.
Looking for more ways to help? We hope that you’ll join Construction Specialties and the growing number of people and companies leading the charge on chemical reform. For more information, visit this link.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Construction Specialties (C/S), one of our partners.
Architects: Flansburgh Architects
Location: Kamuela, Hawaii
Partner in Charge: David A. Croteau, AIA
Client: Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Contractor: Quality Builders Inc.
Project Management: Pa’ahana Enterprises LLC
Civil Engineering: Belt Collins Hawaii Ltd.
Structural Engineering: Walter Vorfeld & Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Hakalau Engineering LLC
Electrical Engineering: Wallace T. Oki, PE Inc.
Surveyor: Pattison Land Surveying Inc.
Sustainability Consultants: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
Completion Date: 2010
Construction Area: 6,100 square feet
Construction Value: $650/sf
Photographs: Matthew Millman
Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the new Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net-energy, fully sustainable building. The project’s fundamental goal is that of educating the next generation of students in the understanding of environmentally conscious, sustainable living systems. The project targets LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certification. Recently completed in January 2010, the Energy Lab today strives as a living laboratory, furthering its educational goals as a functioning example of sustainability.
A category-defining combination of functionality and appearance, Hunter Douglas’ exclusive Silhouette FR ® windows shadings filter light while reducing glare as well as block light and provide privacy. Suspended between two sheer facings of polyester, adjustable fabric vanes can be raised and lowered like standard shades and opened or closed like horizontal blinds.
When the vanes are open, the shadings work like sheers, filtering light to eliminate glare and create an inviting glow. Vanes can be tilted to block light and provide privacy, and the shadings roll up completely into a slim headrail, allowing unobstructed views.
- GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD Children and Schools certified for low-emitting products’
- Fabrics meet all requirements of NFPA 701 small scale flammabiltiy testing for commercial applications
- Up to 88% ultraviolet protection with vanes open and 99% with vanes closed
- Motorization available
- Backed by Hunter Douglas Contract Lifetime Guarantee
- Headrail: 3″ x 2-9/32″ or 3-3/16″ x 2-1/2″, standard/tilt-only/oversized configurations, fabric-covered.
- Mechanism: continuous cord loop.
- Fabrics: 18 colors, all FR *, avaliable in Originale™ classic translucent woven fabric and Bon Soir™ light-dimming fabric.
- Widths: 12″ to 96″ (standard), 6″ to 11-7/8″ (tilt-only), 12″ to 120″ (oversized).
- Heights: 16″ to 96″ (standard), 16″ to 120″ (oversized and tilt-only). Minimum height for motorized products is 12″.
- Options: motorization/remote operation, inside/outside or end mount, dust covers, non-standard cord drop lengths, 2-on-1 headrail.
Fabrics & Colors
Originale™ Translucent Fabrics
Bon Soir™ Light Dimming Fabrics
1. Headrail End Caps
2. Limit Screw Assembly
2a. Limit Screw
2c. Limit Nut
4. Universal Rotator Rail
5. Clutch Assembly
7. Cord Loop
8. Universal Cord Tensioner
9. Headrail (OPTIONAL: Fabric Covered)
10. Ratchet Limit Assembly
11. Bottom Slat
12. Bottom Rail
13. Bottom Rail End Caps
14. Balance Weight
15. Weight Clips
17. Hold-Down Bracket
18a. Universal Cord Tensioner Mounting Bracket
18b. Universal Cord Tensioner Mounting Bracket Flush Mount
This continuous cord loop and clutch assembly makes operating large shades easier.
Provides the ultimate choice in versatility, with the option to operate shades from the top down, the bottom up, or in combination to meet all your privacy needs while still giving you access to natural light.
Two shadings share the same headrail; each shade operates independently.
Uniquely shaped windows pose challenges in providing privacy and light control and keeping your space energy efficient. Hunter Douglas has taken on these challenges by offering the following options: perfect and imperfect arch, perfect and imperfect extended arch, circle, angle, octagon, oval, hexagon, trapezpoid, perfect and imperfect quarter circle. Vanes remain in fully opened position and are non-operable. Inside mounts only.
Versatile range of motors and controls to maximize shading benefits.
For narrow windows. Shades cannot be raised or lowered, but vanes may be positioned from fully open to fully closed.
Inside mount, outside mound, end mount (max width = 84″), dust covers, optional cord drop lengths – color-coordinated sizes: 2′, 3′, 4′, and 5′ for standard and oversized rails. White available in a 1′ length, and 12′ increments from 6-16′ lengths.
Projects that use this product
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Hunter Douglas Contract is a business partner of ArchDaily.
HDA’s construction technologies used for the arch of the Turin Olympic Footbridge (previously featured on AD), have been further refined for their most recent award winning competition proposal, entitled Pylons of the future: Dancing with Nature. The competition, held by Terna, a private national electricity provider, asked participants to design pylons of the highest technical and aesthetic quality with a minimal impact on the environment. HDA’s design response was based on transforming the current ‘industrial soldier’ image of today’s pylons into an elegant shape whose form was inspired by nature.
More images and more about the pylons after the break. (more…)
Architects: Langarita Navarro Arquitectos – María Langarita, Víctor Navarro
Location: Medialab Prado, Madrid, Spain
Collaborators: María Langarita, Víctor Navarro, Juan Palencia, Roberto Gonzalez
Client: Area de las Artes, Ayuntamiento de Madrid
General Contractor: Pecsa Teconsa U.T.E.
Lighting Consultant: Ca2l
Project Area: 144 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Miguel de Guzman
Last weekend I had the chance to spend the afternoon with a group of entrepreneurs and Chris Anderson, editor for Wired magazine and author of The Long Tail and Free, two books that define the new economies of the Internet (highly recommended if you haven´t read them yet, specially Free)
Chris did a little speech on his new research, which immediately made sense to me from an architect’s point of view. At this point, it is more than clear that the bit revolution turned our world in 360º, and thanks to the connected world it seems that the technology development curve is more steep than ever. And now, many rules of the online world are being adopted by the physical world, and according to Anderson “atoms are the new bits”.
First, it was the media revolution. Information became democratic, collaborative, the tools became free, and everyone is part of it. But how do we take this to the World (World 2.0?)? Actually… it´s happening and very close to our profession:
PATTERNS has designed a new three story cultural center for West Hollywood, California. The center, known as Prism, will become a cornerstone of artistic experimentation, carving a new niche for the arts in Southern California. The facade will be the first in the nation to be constructed entirely out of a resin based composite polycarbonate. Inspired by automotive design supple forms, streamlined detailing and plastic finishes; the façade has a dual aesthetic performance associated to its plastic materiality and responsive to the lively energy of its context: it behaves as a reflectively glossy surface during daylight and as a translucent skin at night.
More about Prism after the break. (more…)
Luxalon box and deep box systems all use a universal carrier suspension system to maximize design flexibility, allowing combinations of 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-inch widths in either depth. Box panels are .625″ deep. The crisp module definition of the box and deep box systems makes them an excellent solution for either interior or exterior applications. All box and deep box ceilings feature easy installation, provisions for acoustics, HVAC, and lighting. Available in a variety of paint colors and finishes, including wood veneer and metallic.
- Panel widths: 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″
- Panel depths (nominal): 5/8″ (Box); 1 1/2″ (Deep Box)
- Easy installation – no fasteners required
- Built-in provisions for acoustics, HVAC, and lighting
- Box systems have crisp edges for precision reveals. Deep Box profiles allow stronger reveals
- Easy access to plenum
- Perimeter trim options available
- Panels contain from 70% to 95% recycled content
- Interior and exterior applications available
- Colors, finishes and perforation/acoustical options available
- GREENGUARD Children and SchoolsSM Certified for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
The defined, square edges of Luxalon® Box and Deep Box systems create a crisp, modular ceiling for interior and exterior applications. All panels fit our exclusive universal carrier, allowing mix-and-match patterns to establish texture and pattern.
Hunter Douglas offers a wide choice of colors and finishes. Some colors and finishes carry a premium price over manufacturer’s standard colors. Custom color matching is available upon request. Please consult Hunter Douglas for minimum quantities and lead times on specific orders.
Simulated Wood Finishes
Example of Multi-Box System
Example of Box System
Panel Profile: Reveal
Projects that used this product
James E. Rogers College of Law U. of AZ (pictures ©Bob Perzel)
Chanhassen High School
This post is part of our ongoing effort to create a database of architectural products, a useful resource for all architects, with the help of our partners.
Hunter Douglas Contract is a business partner of ArchDaily.
Designed for an 80 year old woman, EASTERN Design Office’s Slit House, a reinforced concrete residential project, “presents her both a life space with a soft light and an interesting experience of scale unlikely in a house.” Situated in an old Japanese city on a site 50 meters by 7.5 meters, the home has long slits that run along a 22 centimeter thick wall, making the interior space open, while providing enough privacy.
More about the home and more images after the break. (more…)
This month, we’d like to share with you another product from Hunter Douglas Contract, that can help you improve the energy efficiency of your projects.
The Nysan aerofoil (fin) louvers deflect thermal gain from incident sun, integrating light control into the building envelope. Not only they deliver outstanding functionality, but will also help architects create a distinctive look for the building surface. Well-designed louver configurations can be as striking as they are effective, shading the facade against low or high sun angles while making an aesthetic statement. As with any system, design considerations such as louver size and composition can affect performance.