May 2017

Bionic Baldachin: Robotics and Architecture

The Elytra Filament pavilion was inspired by the fibrous structures on the forewings of flying beetles (elytra). The pavilion’s design and manufacture was automated with structural modeling computations and an industrial robot manufacturing the architectural components. Elytra’s canopies weigh only 9kg/m2 and each of its 40 hexagonal components takes Kuka—the industrial robot—about three hours to fabricate. Kuka was programmed to fabricate the cellular canopies and seven columns, according to the structural simulation testing determined by the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design. Kuka’s winding technology winds composite materials developed at the Univ. of Stuttgart to har

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A design realized in 2014, the NEST in Schwabish Hall, Switzerland, serves as a cooperative showroom of technologies for modern, healthy living and renewable energy. The collaborative project brings together Switzerland’s material science, technology and energy research bodies with industry and the public sector in a living laboratory.

Letting Off [Green] Steam

Born of a novel research project in 2014, the NEST in Schwabish Hall, Switzerland, a region known for its engineering ingenuity—especially when it comes to water—is a lab that bridges the gap between cutting-edge construction technology in theory and practice. Its most recent module is Klafs saunas and spas showroom and wellness spa, entirely powered by renewable energy. In this case, the company recognized that spending time in fitness clubs, equipped with mechanical machines, saunas and spas may grant health and well being to an individual, but not necessarily the environment. To mitigate the effects of resource-intensive well-being, NEST has re-engineered its fitness spa with respect to e

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Tree Pose

Burkina Faso-born Francis Kéré was selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary installation at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Garden, London. His Berlin-based practice has designed everything from schools to retail environments. Kéré’s installation addresses how people move through the gardens while they interact with one another. “I was interested in how my contribution to this Royal Park could not only enhance the visitors’ experience of nature, but also provoke a new way for people to connect with each other,” says Kéré. Kéré’s pavilion speaks to the ecological and social value of trees. “It is a micro cosmos that fuses cultural references from my home country of Burkina F

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Located in Brooklyn, the custom-fabricated storefront and weathered steel façade have an industrial aesthetic that stays true to the Williamsburg neighborhood’s metalworking past.

Yoga Studio Poses as Mixed-Use

Yoga studios are becoming community hubs where yoga is just the beginning. DXA Studio’s design for Modo Yoga in New York City caters to the health and well-being of its mind-body conscious clientele. The design concept embraces the core principles of Modo Yoga: calm mind, fit body, inspired life by providing amenities beyond the typical yoga studio. Similar to a health club where members might linger before or after a fitness session, the design includes locker rooms, social spaces and a retail component. Many elements of the design embrace the yogic principle of serene, non-harming surroundings. Modo Yoga’s seven pillars: Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out,

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Visitors to the stadium on the second-story plaza can look through the bifold glass doors to the city outside. The Sacramento Kings doors are glazed with small fritted glass and low-E safety laminated gray glass non-reflective panels to prevent birds from flying into them. Golden1Center1: The new Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center seats 17,500 in its modern arena.

Golden 1 Center Fit for Kings

With much anticipation, the Golden 1 Center officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 30, 2016, attended by NBA team owners, various political figures, current and former Kings players, as well as former Commissioner David Stern. The 17,500-seat arena will host concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events. It features more luxury suites and a potential capacity of 19,000 seats. The building features five, one-of-a-kind bifold strap latch doors to be installed at the arena entrance. Working architect AECOM Architecture’s client wanted something uniquely Sacramento. The city was replacing a failing mall and needed to renew a failing district for rejuvenation

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The Phase II expansion includes more than 30,000-sq.-ft. of Snap- Clad panels finished in 3 complementary colors.

Roof Enhances Shopping Center’s Image

The major expansion of the Destin Commons shopping center in Destin, Fla., further establishes its reputation as the premier open air lifestyle center offering the best in shopping, dining and entertainment on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The Phase II expansion adds 100,000 sq. ft. to the 500,000-sq.-ft. family-oriented shopping environment. Destin Commons also includes 70,000 sq. ft. of Class A office suites. And the expansion included metal roofing; there were multiple buildings involved with various applications and complexities. Although Destin Commons is located less than one half mile from the Gulf in the corrosive saltwater environment, steel was selected for the project versus aluminum d

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Seat Walls Breathe Life into Campus

A series of sleek, artistic seat walls at the University of Michigan—designed by Stoss to create a luxurious and lively quad that can accommodate performances, events and everyday activities— stand as an example of the endless possibilities with custom precast concrete. The stunning Gerstacker Grove, located on the university’s north campus, breathes new life into an underutilized area—where previously the most notable features were well-worn footpaths in the grass. After months of construction, the $6.9 million project has been renovated and modernized to incorporate a unique central plaza with custom precast seat walls surrounded by a green quad, providing a striking space where students c

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Historic Wine Cellar Gets Lit

As Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd, London, have traded from the same shop since 1698. The company has a fascinating history that includes providing the wines on board the RMS Titanic, supplying wines to British royalty, spirits to smugglers running alcohol into Prohibition-era America, and even sheltering Napoleon III in the cellars beneath the shop. Improving the lighting of a historic building presents unique challenges. Mark Sutton Vane of Sutton Vane Associates wanted reliable, dimmable high quality LED lamps that could also fit into the existing tension wire system.

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Valspar’s Fluropon was the best product for this complicated job due to its durability and color retention, which will help showcase the vivid colors for many years.

Monument Showcases High Heritage

Built on the last available spot on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) included many partners that worked collaboratively during the design and construction phases. Three American architecture firms, The Freelon Group, architect of record and design team leader—and now part of global design firm Perkins+Will; Davis Brody Bond, with extensive experience in museum projects; and the local D.C.- based firm SmithGroup, joined forces. David Adjaye, lead designer of London-based Adjaye Assocs., was the last to join and brought an international design element to the project. Together, they formed a group named ”Freel

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