Naturally-ventilated glass building looks like a shimmering urban mirage

August 31, 2017 by  
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This office building in Geneva features a complex glass facade that makes it look like a shimmering urban mirage. The new Headquarters of the Swiss Société Privée de Gérance (SPG), designed by Italian firm Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti , appears almost as an immaterial object that glimmers and vibrates in dialogue with the urban landscape around it. The building sits on Route de Chêne, at the gates of the historical center of Geneva. The existing building was converted and extended, starting with a naturally-ventilated glass façade that improves the acoustic and thermal insulation performance of the building. The glass facade also gives the project a dematerialized quality that constantly amplifies, reflects and refracts natural light. Related: South African office building was designed to keep its occupants healthy A triple layer of glass is covered with a ventilated chamber containing micro-perforated Venetian blinds to regulate the light. Brise-soleil screens made of screen-printed glass are anchored on the outside, giving the façade’s external surface a variable modular pattern in terms of both the panel dimensions and the design on their surface. The glass facade, lit by white LED lights at night, softens the perimeter of the building, creating a kind of “nebula” that pulsates and changes to adapt to its surroundings. + Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti Photos by Adrien Buchet

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Gorgeous light-filled Nike headquarters opens in New York City

June 30, 2017 by  
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Sports giant Nike just unveiled its stunning new headquarters in New York City —complete with a 4,000-square-foot, full-size indoor basketball court. Drenched in natural light and surrounded by enviable floor-to-ceiling views of the city, the Nike NYHQ offers creative open-plan workspaces across six floors at 855 Avenue of the Americas. The new office is studded with site-specific art, recycled materials, and a giant rooftop planter shaped into the iconic Nike swoosh that’s visible from the Empire State Building. Though Beaverton, Oregon is Nike’s main headquarters, the company has been forging strong bonds with New York City for decades, including in its recent campaign #NewYorkMade. Creativity and collaborative workspaces abound in the nearly 150,000-square-foot New York HQ. Local artists were commissioned to produce Nike-themed, NYC-related art on multiple floors, while meeting spaces are diverse and varied, and include the inside of a VW van , a tribute to the original van that the founders used to distribute Nike shoes in the company’s early days. Related: Nike makes Air Max shoebox from recycled milk jugs and coffee lids Recycled materials were used in the furnishings, such as the outdoor benches made from reclaimed timber posts and the custom ceiling tiles produced by Miniwiz . The 4,000-square-foot indoor basketball court on the second floor doubles as an event space with seating for 400 and will host local leagues, high school teams, and community partners. The roof terrace serves as an outdoor events space with food served from an indoor food truck. The HQ also includes a media room, market showroom, maker’s space, and library. + Nike

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Innovative HyparGate paves way for modular fabrication of complex stone structures

August 11, 2016 by  
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The shell, located at the headquarters of French company S.N.B.R., is based on the “hypar”, a known doubly-ruled surface commonly used in reinforced concrete shells. It is generated by two families of straight lines called “generatrices”. Its morphological properties allows engineers to easily analyze its structural behavior as a parametric surface and divide stone into modules. Related: Wind-powered vertical Skyfarms are the future of sustainable agriculture This innovative design draws from Stereotomy to create connections between shape, structure and fabrication, and develop new ways of building self-supported vaulted morphologies through integrated parametric analysis. This computational approach will allow the use of robotic arms and CNC machines in building innovative structures. + New Fundamentals Research Group

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Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

May 1, 2015 by  
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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

February 26, 2015 by  
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Heatherwick Studio and the Bjarke Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google’s new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex, other than that it will comprise of a series of “canopy like buildings,” the plans for which have been shared with city council members. But between Heatherwick’s artful structures and Bjarke Ingels ‘ radical designs, expectations are high for a striking new addition to Mountain View. Read the rest of BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “office building” , big , bike parks , bjarke ingels , campus , google HQ , googleplex , Green Building , headquarters , Heatherwick Studio , housing , mountain view , silicon valley , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , thomas heatherwick

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

February 26, 2015 by  
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MVRDV has received approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that “reintroduces the lost human scale.” This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme block, originally designed by French architect Pierre Dufau, will include a shopping center, offices, a hotel, housing, a kindergarten, a library and underground parking. Read the rest of MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dutch Architects , facade design , green renovation , mixed-use development , modular design , modular facade , modular housing , MVRDV , Paris

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Drone Video Shows Aerial Sneak Preview of Apple’s New ‘Spaceship Campus’

September 4, 2014 by  
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There are few more zealous than the Apple fan, and one such person recently got an eagle’s eye sneak preview of the company’s new ‘spaceship campus’ using a drone with a GoPro attached. The new ‘Campus 2’ building will eventually be the Cupertino-based tech giant’s headquarters but it is currently under construction with a finish date scheduled for 2016. When it’s all said and done, the circular building is expected to cover 175 acres of land and be about a mile across. Using a GoPro and a drone for low cost aerial footage, YouTuber jmcminn flew from the perimeter over the construction site to create an eight-minute video of the massive new campus as it’s being built. Read the rest of Drone Video Shows Aerial Sneak Preview of Apple’s New ‘Spaceship Campus’ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple campus , apple spaceship , building , campus , campus 2 , cupertino , cupertino campus , foster , headquarters , jmcminn , jobs , Norman , spaceship , Spaceship in Cupertino , steve , YouTube

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The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

September 4, 2014 by  
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The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, is being destroyed by the very company the Egyptian government has hired to restore it. The roughly 4,600-year-old structure has been in trouble since an earthquake hit the region in 1992, but in a difficult political and economic climate for the country, those now tasked with preserving the pyramid are doing more harm than good. Egyptian activists claim the company, Shurbagy, doesn’t even have the necessary experience to be undertaking the work in the first place, and they have launched a campaign against the Minister of Antiquities , Mamdouh al-Damaty, claiming a “full-fledged crime” has been committed. Read the rest of The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient monuments , ancient sites , architecturally significant structures , cultural heritage , destruction , egypt , Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities , Mamdouh al-Damaty , monuments , oldest pyramid in Egypt , oldest pyramid in Egypt is being destroyed , Pyramid of Djoser , pyramids , Saqqara , step pyramid

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Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge

July 21, 2014 by  
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Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled their designs for AstraZeneca’s new Global R&D Center and Corporate Headquarters based in Cambridge, England. The new £330 million project will be centered on a triangular building punctuated in the center by an open courtyard. A glazed facade with a saw-tooth pattern wraps around the two-story building to create a visual and translucent connection between the corporate campus and the public. Read the rest of Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astrazeneca , astrazeneca flagship building , astrazeneca headquarters , cambridge , cambridge biomedical campus , central courtyard , global r&d centre and corporate headquarters , Herzog & De Meuron , natural light , saw tooth geometry , sawtooth roof , triangular building , zigzag roof

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United Arab Emirates to Launch Unmanned Mission to Mars by 2021

July 21, 2014 by  
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The United Arab Emirates just announced that it’s setting up a Space Agency – and it plans to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021. The UAE Space Agency will capitalize on the country’s already strong aerospace technologies sector, which already exceeds AED 20 billion ($5.4 billion). Read the rest of United Arab Emirates to Launch Unmanned Mission to Mars by 2021 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dubai , mars , mars exploration , mission to mars , nasa , sheikh khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan , Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , space , uae , UAE Space Agency , UAE to send mission to Mars , united arab emirates

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