BIG and Silvio d’Ascia’s loopy design wins Paris metro station competition

November 10, 2016 by  
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Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group together with French studio Silvio d’Ascia Architecture won the design competition for a unique project in Paris, which will contribute a looping metro station to the expansion of the existing transportation system . BIG and Silvio d’Ascia designed the Pont de Bondy station as part of the Grand Paris Express, a stretch which will add 124 miles to the Paris metro system. The station looks like a giant P-shaped loop-de-loop with a pedestrian overpass spanning across a pool of water, running parallel to a vehicular bridge. The Pont de Bondy station is planned for Paris’ Line 15, a suburban route that circles the city’s periphery. BIG and Silvio d’Ascia Architecture designed the station in deep terracotta, with a central loop housing a covered concourse. Two wings extend outward from the concourse, forming a right angle, with one stretching out under a flyover and the other holding a pedestrian walkway over a pool of water. Pont de Bondy will be among nine “emblematic stations” on the expanded metro network that elevates public transportation to an art with elaborate modern architecture and sculptural designs. Related: Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris metro station Elsewhere in the Paris metro expansion, 10 more new stations are planned and city leaders have so far named six other architects to design those stations; all of that is just for Line 15. In total, there are now 37 teams of architects working on 68 new stations for the Grand Paris Express, marking an epic investment in city infrastructure. The entire Grand Paris Express project, including all new stations and lines, are expected to be up and running by 2030. Via Dezeen Images via BIG and Wikipedia

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Boeing and HRL win Guinness World Record for world’s lightest metal

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Boeing and HRL Laboratories created a metal microlattice that has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s lightest metal . The entire structure of the microlattice is 99.99 percent air, making it 100 times lighter than styrofoam. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the new metal is not its light weight, but the fact that it was created to emulate human cell structure. It’s far from a bionic metal, but it illustrates that developing technology to mimic nature can help us achieve great things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6N_4jGJADY While the weight of a material is often associated with its strength, that isn’t always the case. For many applications, the use of a lighter material can lend a number of benefits in terms of durability and flexibility, all important considerations where all sorts of structures are concerned. Like human bones, which are porous, the microlattice is incredibly strong despite being mostly air. Its spindly structure is capable of absorbing and distributing force to reduce damage. The team placed the metal microlattice atop the delicate head of a dandelion (already gone to seed) to demonstrate its ultra light weight. Related: Scientists develop world’s lightest metal, 100x times lighter than styrofoam Boeing’s new metal microlattice is made from nickel phosphorus and is approximately 100 times lighter than styrofoam. While the aerospace company is certainly looking forward to potential applications in commercial airplane wings, the lightweight yet durable microlattice could have other uses in vehicle engines, military protective gear, and possible even in the medical world. Because of the way the microlattice’s structure mimics porous human cells, it could someday be used to develop an artificial lung. The microlattice is the product of several years of research and development, and initially introduced in 2011 . The Guinness World Record was just awarded last year , after a long application and review process. Via ArchDaily Images via Boeing

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Benthem Crouwel Architects named designer of new Paris airport metro station

May 26, 2016 by  
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In Paris , a major expansion project is underway on the city’s metro system. The new Grand Paris Express Ligne 17 is expected to be completed by 2024, and will include nine metro stations on its nearly 17-mile (27 km) route, which will serve two major airports. Société du Grand Paris , the agency overseeing the new metro line, has chosen Benthem Crouwel Architects to design the new metro station at the Charles de Gaulle Airport, which boasts more foreign destinations than any other airport in the world. The Dutch architectural firm was chosen to design the metro station at Charles de Gaulle Airport in part because of their experience with aviation hubs . The firm has been the architect of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, main the main international airport of the Netherlands, since 1982. In 1995, the team designed the underground train station at Schiphol, so they are primed to take on the largest international airport in Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=UEhseAPKs40 In addition, Benthem Crouwel Architects will also take on the job of designing three other above-ground metro stations and viaduct of the Ligne 18 , which is the metro line that will connect Orly Airport and Versailles. Ligne 18 will stretch a total of 31 miles (50 km) with 13 metro stations along the way. That line is expected to open in 2023. Related: Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris metro station The almost 17-mile Ligne 17 will cost $2 billion (1.8 billion euros) and will add nine new metro stations to the greater Paris area. + Benthem Crouwel Architects Images via Benthem Crouwel Architects , Sébastien d’Halloy for Société du Grand Paris , and Didier Baertschiger

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Vintage Eichler home receives open and airy remodel that preserves its roots

May 26, 2016 by  
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It was important to both the owners and the Klopf team to honor the original Eichler design, but to also bring the space into the 21st century. Much of the original mahogany paneling and courtyard zinc wall panels were preserved, as the owners had special relationships to the textiles’ origins. White and gray accents let the wooden features shine as homages to the home’s history, including the specially built mahogany cabinetry which unites the kitchen and living room areas. Related: Mid-century Eichler home gets a bold remodel into the 21st century The old chimney flue was revitalized as a television nook and the tiny galley kitchen was opened up to create an inviting gathering place, creating a more modern vibe. The master bedroom was also expanded to engulf two small rooms, allowing the owners to transform the larger suite to include an open closet and dressing area. The laundry appliances were also given a more spacious spot, eliminating an unsightly mechanical room. The home’s courtyard could very well be the owners’ pride and joy, and it retained much of its original glory. Zinc wall panels seamlessly transition from outside to in, accenting the large glass features beautifully. The modern, minimalist approach somehow works very well with the midcentury history of the space, creating a home that is both comfortable and timeless. +K lopf Architecture Images via Mariko Reed

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