Studio Gangs Solstice tower in Chicago is shaped by the sun

September 17, 2019 by  
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In Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood rises Solstice on the Park, a 26-story residential tower with an angular design that has been shaped by solar studies. Created by local architectural practice Studio Gang Architects , the 250-unit modern building is highly site-specific to minimize energy demands — a sustainable approach that earned the project two Green Globes in the Green Globes Certification ranking. The apartment complex is also topped with a green roof and optimized for expansive views of Jackson Park to the south and Chicago’s skyline to the north. Completed in 2018, Solstice on the Park catches the eye with the angled cuts in its facade that were created in response to optimum sun angles in Chicago’s latitude — 72 degrees in summer and 42 degrees in winter. The inward incline helps mitigate unwanted solar gain in summer, while maximizing solar advantage from the low sun in winter time. This approach allows natural light to fill the building — thus reducing reliance on artificial lighting — without straining the heating and cooling systems. Related: Studio Gang to “sustainably grow” Toronto with this energy-efficient tower Tilting the facade inward also created opportunities for landscaped terraces , where residents can enjoy indoor-outdoor living and city views. The sloped, floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass also play a trick on the eye and make the treetops of the nearby park look closer and larger. The non-glazed portions of the residential building are clad in Rieder non-combustible, glass fiber-reinforced concrete panels, measuring 13 millimeters thick each. The selected textured concrete panels are of a variety of colors, from liquid black to beige, as a sensitive nod to the district’s existing architecture characterized by sandstone and brick tones. The angled design gives the 250-foot tower a decidedly modern edge without looking out of place with the city’s boxy high-rises. + Studio Gang Images via Rieder

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 of the world’s greatest city parks

July 7, 2015 by  
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Urban parks are one of the most important components of a healthy and livable city. Not only do they sequester carbon and provide respite from the concrete jungle, but parks are also great cultural and historic landmarks. In honor of urban parks, Fairmont created an infographic highlighting eight of the greatest city parks from around the world from London’s Hyde Park to the Singapore Botanic Gardens . The infographic offers an overview of each park and their design, random facts, and insider’s tips to give readers a greater appreciation for these landscapes. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 8 of the world’s greatest city parks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: city park , Fairmont , Hyde Park , infographic , reader submitted content , Singapore Botanic Gardens , urban park , urban park infographic

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Studio Gang Unveils Designs for Sculptural University of Chicago Dorm Complex

July 24, 2013 by  
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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

July 24, 2013 by  
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Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Dalí works, and since its debut this past April, the dazzling venue has already welcomed over 300,000 visitors. With its clean minimalist lines juxtaposed against a sparkling geodesic glass atrium, the spectacular structure designed by HOK stands as a work of art in its own right, while still paying homage to the spirit of Salvador Dalí . The building also brings more to the table than just its looks. Housing over 2,000 pieces of Dalí’s most important works , the museum is sited within a corner of the country that often finds itself battered by severe storms with catastrophic results. To prepare for the worst, HOK designed the shell of the structure to withstand a Category 5 hurricane . The design also features numerous green systems, including a solar hot water powered dehumidification system , high efficiency HVAC and ventilation systems, and strategic daylighting to illuminate the interiors. We recently sat down with principal architect and Senior Vice President of HOK Yann Weymouth who enlightened us on the intricacies of the design, and what it took to get the museum built. Jump ahead for our exclusive interview with Yann as he explains the design, and how his team of architects and engineers used Building Information Modeling to build a space that’s not only beautiful and sustainable, but disaster-proof. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2 2d/3d cad , 3D representation , 3d studio max , 3DS , Architecture , autdocad , autodesk , BIM , Buckminster Fuller , building information modeling , Building Modeling , CAD , computer aided design , dali , dali museum , dali-esque , disaster proof architecture , Disaster-proof design , eco design , eco museums , florida , geodesic dome , geodesic inspired , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green museums , greywater filtration , HOK , HOK architects , hurricane proof architecture , hurricane resistant architecture , hurricane resistant building , Revit , salvador dali , salvador dali art collection , salvador dali museum , st. petersburg , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable museums , tampa bay , Using BIM For Green Building , virtual design and construction , world’s largest salvador dali collection , Yann Weymouth        

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