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How to Structure Buildings as Bridges

Metaphorically, building bridges equates to creating new opportunities, connections, and paths. The first bridges likely formed naturally with logs falling across rivers and natural depressions, though humans have also been building rudimentary structures to overcome obstacles since prehistory. Today, technological advances have made it possible to erect bridges that are both impressive and sculptural, playing a key role in transportation and connectivity. Usually needing to overcome large spans, with few points of support, bridges can be quite difficult to structure. But when is the bridge more than a connection between two points, instead resembling a building with a complex program? How can these 'bridge houses' be structured?

Cigarra House / FGMF Arquitetos

© Pedro Mascaro© Pedro Mascaro© Pedro Mascaro© Pedro Mascaro+ 42

  • Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8417 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Bretton, Inovar, MCC, Padrão

Built to Last: Stainless Steel's Contributions to Architecture

Shortly before the First World War, Harry Brearley (1871-1948), who had been working as a metalworker since he was 12 years old, developed the first stainless steel. Seeking to solve the problem of wear on the inner walls of British army weapons, he ended up obtaining a corrosion resistant metal alloy, and added chrome to the cast iron. The invention found applications in almost all industrial sectors including for the production of cutlery, health equipment, kitchens, automotive parts, and more, replacing traditional materials such as carbon steel, copper, and even aluminum. In civil construction, this was no different, and stainless steel was soon incorporated into buildings.

From Red to Green: The Contradictory Aesthetics of Oxidized Facades

For a small child, understanding the concept of time and its passage is very difficult. As a result, children are often impatient when expecting something or confused when trying to remember something from the past. They live in the present, and learn the notion of time only little by little. But accepting the passage of time, and the reality of aging, is something that plagues us even as adults. The lucrative cosmetic and plastic surgery industries show how humanity seeks to control or deny the passage of time, an urge that has proved to be relentless.

Laguna House / AUÁ arquitetos

© Vinicius Assencio© Vinicius Assencio© Vinicius Assencio© Vinicius Assencio+ 36

Botucatu, Brazil
  • Arquitetos: AUÁ arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Botuloc, Esquadrimax, Freschi Estruturas Metálicas, Lajes Artecon, Living Lustres, +3

Minimalist Windows with High Rigidity Steel Profiles: Transparency and Subtle Design

After centuries of using wood for the development of window and door carpentry, the Rationalism of the 20th century began to adopt a new material for these purposes: steel. Driven by industrial production, and promoted by architects such as Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, steel was evolving to generate increasingly thin and resistant frames. However, efficient and low-cost materials, such as aluminum and PVC, gradually began to replace its widespread use, increasing the size of the frames and losing steel's "clean" aesthetic when applied to a growing architecture of large glass paneled facades.

At present, new technologies have refined their production processes, developing minimal profiles of high rigidity and precision, which take full advantage of the transparency of the glass and deliver new comfort and safety features. We talked with Jansen's experts to deepen our understanding of their application in contemporary architecture.

LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside + Mecanoo. Image © Stijn BollaertMuseo Bauhaus Dessau / Addenda Architects. Image © Thomas MeyerCortesía de JansenFuturium Berlin / Richter Musikowski. Image © Schnepp Renou+ 30

Mata Atlântica Residence / Indio da Costa Arquitetura

© Patricia Parinejad© Patricia Parinejad© Leonardo Lopes© Patricia Parinejad+ 23

Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  23680 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Brasgips, Cogumelo, Deca, Eurocentro, +6

What Do The Cracks in Concrete Structures Mean?

Cracks, which could be classified according to their thickness as fissures or fractures, are serious problems in the construction industry that can negatively affect aesthetics, durability and, most importantly, the structural characteristics of a project. They can happen anywhere, but occur especially in walls, beams, columns, and slabs, and usually, are caused by strains not considered in the design.

15 Projects of Steel Stealing the Show

The use of steel in architecture is considered as one of the most innovative construction developments in history, allowing architects to create structures in scales they never thought they could. Fast-forward a few centuries, and steel remains as one of the most crucial materials in architecture. But there is a lot more to the material than just tensile strength and durability, some architects were well-aware of steel's potential and transformed it into lighting fixtures, facades, decorative elements, and finishes.

Here are 15 projects where architects looked beyond steel as structural support and explored its diverse possibilities in architecture.

© Ket Kolektif© Markus Hattwig© Juan Alberto Andrade© Edmon Leong+ 16

South lake House / Estúdio Cláudio Resmini

© Evelyn Muller© Evelyn Muller© Evelyn Muller© Evelyn Muller+ 71

Brasilia, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Kabala móveis Indústria e comércio, Marmoraria Alvorada

Metalworkers’ Union Headquarters / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados

© Jomar Bragança© Jomar Bragança© Jomar Bragança© Jomar Bragança+ 27

  • Architects: GPA&A
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6855
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: B&M Consultoria em Esquadrias, Isolar, Oppus Acústica, Protherm

Moema PF House / DT Estudio

© Fran Parente© Fran Parente© Fran Parente© Fran Parente+ 22

  • Architects: DT Estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  380
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Casa Franceza, Palazzo revestimentos, T2G

AM House / NVArquitetura

© Rpdois Imagens© Rpdois Imagens© Lio Simas© Rpdois Imagens+ 41

  • Architects: NV Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6243 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Moooi, VEKA, Brilia, Hunter Douglas, +8

Casa M / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

© Fran Parente© Fran Parente© Fran Parente© Fran Parente+ 25

São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  780
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arteal, Cia de Iluminação, Concresteel, Marcenaria Marvelar, kitchens

House N / F:Poles Arquitetura

© Rui Antunes© Rui Antunes© Fabiana Santa© Fabiana Santa+ 60

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1090
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aluxe Iluminação, Amarante madeiras, Arza Mármores, Comsil, Deca, +7

The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry

3D printing itself is no longer a new technology, but that hasn’t stopped researchers and innovators around the world from coming up with new applications and opportunities. Some experiments with new materials have been driven by sustainability concerns and others are simply the result of imagination and creativity. Others have chosen to invest their time utilizing more traditional materials in new ways. Materials, however, are just the beginning. Researchers have developed new processes that allow the creation of objects that were previously impossible to print and, on a larger scale, new building typologies are being tested - including a Mars habitat!

AD Classics: Bergisel Ski Jump / Zaha Hadid Architects

This article was originally published on May 9, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Situated on the peak of Bergisel Mountain above the picturesque alpine city of Innsbruck, Austria, the Bergisel Ski Jump represents the contemporary incarnation of a historic landmark. Designed by Zaha Hadid between 1999 and 2002, the Ski Jump is a study in formal expression: its sweeping lines and minimalist aesthetic create a sense of graceful, high-speed motion, reflecting the dynamic sensation of a ski jump in a monumental structure that stands above the historic center of Innsbruck and the mountain slopes around.

©  Helene BinetCourtesy of Zaha Hadid ArchitectsCourtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects©  Helene Binet+ 27

The Engineering Behind San Francisco's Safest Building

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Skyscraper's Innovative Structure is Changing the Game for Earthquake Design".

The most remarkable thing about 181 Fremont—San Francisco’s third-tallest tower, designed by Heller Manus Architects—is not the penthouse’s asking price ($42 million). Rather, it’s an innovative yet unglamorous structural detail: a viscous damper system that far exceeds California Code earthquake-performance objectives for buildings of 181 Fremont’s class, allowing immediate reoccupation after a seismic event.