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Mata Atlântica Residence / Indio da Costa Arquitetura

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

Houses  · 
Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Indio da Costa Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2010

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

Houses  · 
Brasilia, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Estúdio Cláudio Resmini
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Metalworkers’ Union Headquarters / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados

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

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project GPA&A
  • Landscape Authors of this architecture project text, Junia Lobo Paisagismo, url,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2010

Moema PF House / DT Estudio

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

Moema, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project DT Estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

AM House / NVArquitetura

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

Houses  · 
Brazil, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project NV Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Casa M / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

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

Houses  · 
São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Felipe Hess Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

House N / F:Poles Arquitetura

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

Houses  · 
Brazil, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project F:Poles Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

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.

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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.

New Details Released of Estudio Carme Pinós' 2018 MPavilion in Melbourne

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released images of the MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, and situated in Melbourne, Australia. The fifth MPavilion in an ongoing series, the Estudio Carme Pinós design seeks to invite interaction at an intersection between people, design, nature, and the city.

The first Spanish architect to design an MPavilion, Carme Pinós follows on from past MPavilion designers such as OMA in 2017, Studio Mumbai in 2016, and AL_A in 2015.

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' 3 World Trade Center Opens in New York City

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3 World Trade Center, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, has opened for business in Lower Manhattan, New York City. At 1079 feet tall, and 80 floors, the scheme is the fifth-highest in New York, and the penultimate tower to be opened on the World Trade Center site. Construction of the tower saw over 4,000 union workers apply millions of hours.

The scheme forms part of a larger development of the World Trade Center site, including SOM’s One World Trade Center, BIG’s 2 World Trade Center, and a Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava.

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UNStudio Triumphs in Competition for New Budapest Bridge Over the River Danube

UNStudio, in collaboration with Buro Happold Engineering, has won an international competition for the design of a new bridge spanning the River Danube in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Their scheme will serve as a blueprint for the "Galvani Bridge" connecting South Buda and Csepel, balancing graceful aesthetics with strong performance.

The competition for the bridge was conceived with the goal of decreasing the 600,000-strong daily traffic load on existing bridges across the Danube by 40,000. As well as easing traffic congestion, the bridge is intended to embody a liveable, loveable, healthy image of 21st-century Budapest.

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' 3 World Trade Center Nears Completion in New York

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New images have been released of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ 3 World Trade Center in Manhattan, in advance of its June 2018 opening. The 1,080-foot-high (330-meter-high) building will be the fifth-tallest in New York City, and will feature the tallest private outdoor terrace in Lower Manhattan.

The scheme forms part of a larger development of the World Trade Center site, including SOM’s One World Trade Center, BIG’s 2 World Trade Center, and a Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava.

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MX3D Completes Structural Span of World's First 3D Printed Metal Bridge

Late last year, we reported on the progress of world’s first 3D printed steel bridge designed by Netherlands-based MX3D. With the design now finalized, the start-up company has announced that the span of the bridge is now complete.

The final round of structural tests is expected to take place this summer, just three years after the project was first announced. After the structural integrity has been tested, the final design will be modified and the completion of the bridge will follow only a few months after. MX3D hopes to showcase the potential of their multi-axis 3D printer during the Dutch Design Week, and the first of its kind bridge is planned to be installed into its final location in a canal in Amsterdam sometime next year.

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ODA Unveils Images of Bamboo-Inspired "Dragon Gate" for New York's Chinatown

ODA New York has released images of its proposed “Dragon Gate” pavilion for New York’s Chinatown, seeking to act as a symbolic gateway to the famous Manhattan neighborhood. Using modern materials and forms to invoke symbols of traditional Chinese culture, the scheme seeks to capture Chinatown’s remarkable duality: a community of tradition resistant to change, yet one regarded as a uniquely contemporary phenomenon showcasing New York’s inclusive diversity.

Situated on a triangular traffic island at the intersection of Canal, Baxter, and Walker Streets, ODA’s scheme seeks to activate a currently-underused pedestrian space. The Dragon Gate consists of a triangular form adhering to a three-dimensional, gridded structure formed from interwoven, tubular, bronze steel inspired by bamboo scaffolding. As the structure densifies, selected pieces will be painted red to create the illusion of a dragon in mid-flight.

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