White, latticed exoskeleton wraps a LEED Platinum office in Madrid

December 23, 2019 by  
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On the side of a large roundabout in Madrid, Spanish architecture firm Rafael de La-Hoz has realized the eye-catching Oxxeo project, a five-story office building with a LEED Platinum Core & Shell certification . The energy-efficient building makes the most of its wedge-shaped plot with an asymmetrical, three-sided design, of which the geometry is emphasized with the building’s three large-scale, lattice facades with a white, rhomboidal pattern. In addition to creating greater visual interest for Oxxeo, the sculptural facade also helps mitigate unwanted solar gain. Spanning an area of 14,299 square meters, the Oxxeo office building was created with efficiency in mind, from the efficient use of energy to the smart use of space. The building’s double facade includes a glass curtain wall that floods the interior with natural light and reduces reliance on artificial lighting, while the latticed exoskeleton provides solar shading . For flexibility in the floor plan, the architects located supporting pillars inside the vertical core and in the chamfered corners to maximize the seemingly pillar-free office space. Related: This is one of the only LEED Gold-certified hotels in Spain “This building has no other concept idea than the one shown in its own construction,” Rafael de La-Hoz explained in a project statement. “This way, it is the structure, or rather the construction of its structure, or the details of the facade, or the knots and joints which generate its architectural form, or the concept.” The intersecting points for the rhomboidal lattice are spaced out at every 8.1 meters and serve as the supporting elements for the perimeters of the slabs. The corners of each rhomboid are curved to soften the facade’s appearance. The minimalist exterior is matched by a clean interior design. The building is also topped with a green roof . + Rafael de La-Hoz arquitectos Photography by Alfonso Quiroga and David Frutos via Rafael de La-Hoz arquitectos

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Beautiful Bah’ House of Worship unveiled for Papua New Guinea capital

March 22, 2018 by  
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The temples of the Bahá’í Faith are renowned for their beauty—and the new national Bahá’í House of Worship in Papua New Guinea will be no exception. The Bahá’í International Community unveiled yesterday the design for the national Baha’i House of Worship of Papua New Guinea, a latticed domed temple open to all regardless of religion. Locally based architects Henry Lape and Saeed Granfar created the design with the country’s over 700 distinct cultural groups in mind in hopes of creating “a universal theme.” Yesterday’s Bahá’í House of Worship design unveiling was celebrated during Naw-Ruz, the Bahá’í New Year, at the temple’s proposed site in Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby. Set overlooking the Waigani valley, the proposed temple is located on an elevated plot with the advantage of views and cool breezes even in the heat of the day. The latticed dome temple is open for cross ventilation and alludes to the country’s traditional craft of weaving. Related: UK architect helps locals rebuild Nepal temple destroyed by earthquake “One subtle image which time and again stood out to us was that of the art of weaving,” continued Mr. Lape and Mr. Granfar in their talk. “In traditional village life, which remains alive and vibrant in Papua New Guinea today, and in urban households alike, woven surfaces and objects are found in abundance. It is an image which resonates closely with ‘home’ for many of us, a functional and inherently beautiful art form which we interact with daily.” Weaving imagery also ties into Baha’i’s embrace of peoples from all backgrounds. “The craft of weaving is analogous to the process of building unity in diversity. Individual strands come together to form something infinitely stronger than the object constituent parts, and the whole draws on the contributions of each individual strand.” As specified by Bahá’í scripture, the national Bahá’í House of Worship in Papua New Guinea features nine sides, each with a gable-roofed entrance. The temple will be able to seat 350 people. + Bahá’í International Community Via ArchDaily Images via Bahá’í International Community

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JOHO Architecture’s Lattice-Wrapped Namhae House Harmonizes With Nature

February 15, 2013 by  
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Sou Fujimoto Unveils Cloud-Like Design for the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London

February 14, 2013 by  
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Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens invites an architect to design a temporary structure in the park. This year, 41-year-old Sou Fujimoto will become the youngest architect to accept one of the world’s most sought after commissions. The cloud-like structure of steel poles will stretch over 350 square meters of lawn and create a transparent terrain exploring the pastoral context of the landscape. Forming an irregular ring, the latticed poles will simultaneously protect visitors from the elements while allowing them to still enjoy the park. Read the rest of Sou Fujimoto Unveils Cloud-Like Design for the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ai Weiwei , Beijing , bird’s nest stadium , cloud , commission , geometry , Herzog & De Meuron , Japanese , kensington gardens , lattice , London , MIST , serpentine gallery , Sou Fujimoto

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Lattice: A Recycled Eco Art Installation That Sprouts and Grows

April 22, 2011 by  
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Artist Jeff Schmuki uses common materials and repurposes them into art that comments on the real costs of over-consumption. Lattice is an undulating soft sculpture composed of nylon fabric tubes stuffed with a growing medium and seeded with local plants.

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