Many times, the most innovative minds in architecture aren’t the architects themselves. They can come in the form of students, researchers and in this case – providers. We recently asked VMZINC, a company that provides material solutions for architects, a few questions about the use of zinc in architecture, the Stonehenge Visitors Center and more.
AD: How do you create intricate shapes with zinc, as seen in the roof at the Stonehenge Visitors Center?
Biology student turn architect, Doris Kim Sung has dedicated her studies to the infinite possibilities of thermobimetals, smart materials that respond dynamically to temperature change. As tested with DO|SU Studio Architecture’s recent installation “Bloom”, whose surface is completely fabricated with thermobimetal, these smart materials are capable of relieving our dependence on energy-inefficient mechanical systems with their self-shading and self-ventilating properties.
Imagine a building skin capable of maintaining thermal comfort in an environmentally responsible and cost effective way by responsively mimicking the characteristics of human skin.
Designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Sheboygan Police Station is a municipal facility that was awarded an AIA Wisconsin Merit Award in 2011. Perhaps the most signature element of the architectural scheme would be the blue glow that emanates from the structure — a revered and feared image standing as a symbol for law and order in the community.
The Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility holds many different programs. Its exterior metal shell is as red as an iconic fire truck, and stands out as a modern interpretation of a traditional building type. The facility was designed by Roth Sheppard Architects to accommodate all of the varied needs of the Boulder’s Fire Training Facility, united in one design.
Architect: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Boulder, Colorado, United States
Consultants: TCA Architecture Planning, Scott Cox & Associates Inc, Abeyta Engineers, R2H, Studio NYL, Design Studio West, Spec by Design, Walsh Environmental Scientists and Engineers, YRG
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roth Sheppard Architects
Terminal B at the Mineta San Jose International Airport by Fentress Architects fits right in to its Silicon Valley Home. Fentress Architects created a building that takes advantage of available technology to assure a safe building with state of the art amenities for its users.
Architecture: Donaire Arquitectos
Location: Málaga, Spain
Client: Consejería de Justicia de la Junta de Andalucía
Collaboration: Ignacio Núñez, Carmela Domínguez, Tibisay Cañas, Beatriz Hacar, Delia Pacheco Donaire, Jesús Núñez Bootello
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,205.30 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda
Location: Suffolk, England
Design Team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries, Frans de Witte, Gijs Rikken
Co-Architect: Mole Architects
Landscape Architects: The Landscape Partnership
Client: Living Architecture
Project Area: 210 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photography: Edmund Sumner
Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC – Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
Structural Engineering: AED Structural Engineers, Inc. – Christopher J. Sosnowski, P.E.
Construction Company: Cuff Custom Homes – Hugh Cuff
Construction Area: 3,968 sf or 368.64 sqm
Graphics + Drawings: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC
Project Year: 2004 – 2008
Photography: Bill Timmerman of Timmerman Photography