UNStudio unveils future-proof energy-generating education building for TU Delft

June 29, 2020 by  
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UNStudio has unveiled designs for Echo, a new multipurpose academic building for TU Delft that will not only generate its own energy via solar panels but will also feature a highly flexible and demountable design to ensure sustainability. Created in collaboration with Arup and BBN, the building responds to the campus’ needs for greater and more versatile teaching spaces with the inclusion of seven teaching rooms, the largest of which accommodates 700 people and can be divided into three separate rooms as needed. Echo is currently under construction and is slated for completion in December 2021. Surrounded by full-height, high-performance glazing on all sides, Echo embraces the concept of transparency with the inclusion of a covered public square created by connecting the adjacent square through its glazed ground floor — flanked by two auditoria — and out to the opposite street. Conceived as a “public connector,” the building renders the oft-invisible world of learning into a visible experience and further pulls the community in with a diagonally oriented restaurant with a terrace opposite the D:Dreamhall. Related: UNStudio to transform Gyeongdo Island into a sustainable tourism destination Adaptability defines Echo, which follows the contemporary culture of “Everything Anywhere” emphasizing the importance of interstitial spaces as potential study areas and meeting spaces. For instance, the winding grand stair that forms the heart of the building is wide enough to accommodate the flow of people as well as impromptu study sessions. In addition to the inclusion of classrooms and 300-plus study spaces for group work and self-study, Echo will provide medium-sized and large teaching rooms that accommodate between 150 to 700 people.  User comfort and sustainability has also been prioritized. To protect against unwanted solar gain , the building is topped with a large roof with deep aluminum awnings, while climbing plants will be grown along cables to create a subtle green facade over time. + UNStudio Images by Plompmozes via UNStudio

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York Universitys new green-roofed student center celebrates inclusivity

March 2, 2020 by  
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After overwhelmingly voting in favor of a second campus building devoted solely to student space, students at Toronto’s York University have welcomed a new student center with an inspiring emphasis on inclusivity and sustainability. Designed by global architecture firm CannonDesign , the student center was created not only as a hub of student life but to also improve mental health by creating a welcoming and safe space for students of all backgrounds. Centrally located at the north end of a major campus green space, the new student center is easily accessible to the university’s 50,000 students. The architects took cues from safety design principles to create a building with an abundance of natural light and maximized sight lines. The high-performance glazing that wraps around the building gives the student center a level of transparency reflective of its objective to be open and welcoming to all. Related: New BU academic tower will be 100% free from fossil fuels In addition to serving as a “living room” for student life, the 126,000-square-foot student center also includes a large multi-faith prayer space on the top floor; a food pantry on the lower level to serve students facing food insecurity; a wellness clinic that provides mental health counseling recommendations and more; bustling club spaces; and gender-neutral bathrooms. As part of the school’s commitment to sustainability, the new building also features bicycle parking, showers, green roofs and extensive use of natural lighting to minimize energy use. “This project excels at creating a campus destination where all students can feel welcome, safe, engaged and motivated to excel,” said Brad Lukanic, CEO of CannonDesign and a member of the York U Student Centre project team. “York University made an inclusive design part of this project’s mission from day one. The Second Student Centre stands as a paragon of how design can make measurable positive differences in both campus culture and students’ lives.” + CannonDesign Photography by Tom Arban, Connie Tsang and Lisa Logan via CannonDesign

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MAD Architects reveals designs for a glowing China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing

October 19, 2016 by  
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Located at the south side of the Workers Stadium East Gate in Beijing’s Central Business District, the China Philharmonic Hall will cover an 11,600-square-meter site with a total floor area of 26,578 square meters. The concert hall is envisioned as a “hidden gem” of Beijing and a place for peaceful respite in the city. “We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of the bustling city,” says Ma Yansong , founder & principal partner of MAD Architects. “From the moment you enter the building, you will be taken to another time and space.” Related: MAD completes undulating Harbin Opera House in China The concert hall will be surrounded by a lotus pond and lush greenery. The building’s translucent facade will bear likeness to draped fabric that gently lifts upwards at the entrances. Natural light pours into the building through the translucent white curtain wall , which also makes the building look as if it is glowing at night . The curvaceous interior will comprise a 1,600-seat main concert hall, 400-seat rehearsal hall, a professional recording studio, library, collection gallery, offices, and rehearsal rooms. The China Philharmonic Hall will begin construction later this year with an expected completion date in 2019. + MAD Architects Via ArchDaily Images via MAD Architects

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MVRDV proposes twisted, hourglass-like skyscraper in Vienna

January 22, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of MVRDV proposes twisted, hourglass-like skyscraper in Vienna Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contorted building , curtain wall , Gasometers , hourglass building , mixed use skyscraper , mixed-use , modern skyscraper , MVRDV , skyscrapers , sundial , Terraces , twisted building , vienna

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8 Top Projects by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

March 25, 2014 by  
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Konarka’s Power Plastic Turns Buildings into Power Plants

December 16, 2009 by  
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Solar energy innovator Konarka is out to prove that you can have your sustainable cake and eat it, too.  The Massachusetts-based company has launched a pilot project that will integrate its proprietary Power Plastic solar panels into the non-loadbearing exterior wall of a building, called a curtain wall.

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