Zaha Hadid Architects designs Beijing tower with worlds tallest atrium

February 17, 2017 by  
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Beijing is one step closer to completing the world’s tallest atrium. The 190-meter-tall atrium is part of the Leeza Soho, a 46-story mixed-use tower currently under construction that recently reached level 20. Zaha Hadid Architects designed the striking light-filled building integrated with energy-efficient systems and engineered to meet LEED Gold standards. Shaped like a slim barrel, the 172,800-square-meter Leeza Soho is set within the Lize Financial District and will be well connected with the city thanks to its position above a subway interchange station and proximity to the city’s bus routes. Zaha Hadid Architects used the subway lines that run beneath the site as the basis for a diagonal axis that splits the tower into two halves connected via the central atrium . The architects write: “As the tower rises, the diagonal axis through the site defined by the subway tunnel is re-aligned by ‘twisting’ the atrium through 45 degrees to orientate the atrium’s higher floors with the east-west axis of Lize Road, one of west Beijing’s primary avenues.” Related: Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza focuses on environmental sustainability The twist in the atrium allows natural light to penetrate into the center of all the floors and allows for a diversity of views into the city from all directions. To maximize energy efficiency, the glass curtainwall system is constructed with double-insulated low-e glazing units. High-tech insulation, self-shading and use of an advanced 3D BIM energy management system with real-time monitoring will help create a comfortable indoor environment year-round. The tower will target LEED Gold certification and also includes heat-recovery from exhaust air, high-efficiency pumps and fans, chillers and boilers, low-flow rate fixtures, gray water flushing, high-efficient air purifiers, and low VOC materials. Leeza Soho will reach its full height of 207 meters in September this year. The tower is slated for completion in late 2018. + Zaha Hadid Architects

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Mark+Vivi convert a tire shop into an artsy, energy-efficient live/work studio

December 9, 2016 by  
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Look inside Mark+Vivi’s live/work studio and it’s hard to imagine that this beautiful light-filled space used to be a 1920s tire shop. The dramatic transformation from industrial roots to a new chic appearance is a testament to the skills of Mark+Vivi, an interdisciplinary design/build studio based on Montreal, Canada. Located in the transitioning city of Verdun, Quebec, the studio, named the Tire Shop Project, consumes 35 to 50% less energy than similar sized homes in the city thanks to energy-efficient retrofits like double-glazed windows and an inverter ducted heating and cooling system. The Tire Shop was Mark+Vivi’s inaugural project that functioned as the designers’ live/work studio and the home to La Façade Art + Architecture, a storefront gallery dedicated to the exhibition of local contemporary art and experimental architecture. Sustainability was at the heart of the 800-square-foot renovation , from the reuse of the building to the designers’ focus on passive energy design. “One of the greatest sustainable aspects of our building is not what was used to revitalise it but rather how we live because of it,” said designers Mark Fekete and Viviana de Loera. Related: JZA+D transforms a defunct Princeton gas station into a pumping pizza joint Mark+Vivi preserved the original building footprint but replaced all of the windows with double-glazed, low-E units. A shop window with commercial-grade storefront glazing was added in the front to show off the art on the display. All the internal floors, shelving, and cabinetry were built from locally sourced Canadian plywood , and the painted and exposed surfaces were finished in low-VOC treatments. An energy-efficient 12,000-btu interior wall-mounted inverter ducted system provides all the heating and cooling. Natural light floods the interior, which further minimized energy use. The Tire Shop project was completed at a cost of $150 per square foot, a considerable savings from the typical $200-$350 per square foot for new construction of projects of comparable size in Montreal. + Mark+Vivi Via v2com Images by Adrien Williams

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Eco-conscious Port Melbourne Football Club building shows off the beauty of sustainably sourced timber

July 29, 2016 by  
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The Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility is a contemporary building sensitive to its surroundings. The building’s location was informed by the requirement to preserve and protect all healthy trees on-site. Low-grade contaminated soil was reused and relocated to avoid landfill impacts. Its modern facade is reflective of its raw industrial surroundings and is constructed from double-glazed thermally broken glazing and sustainably and locally sourced timber. To minimize the building’s energy footprint, the architects installed highly efficient insulation, low-energy lighting, underground rainwater tanks for toilet cisterns and landscape irrigation, solar hot water units, exhaust systems with makeup air, and high performance mechanical supply air conditioning units. The health of the occupants was also taken into consideration. CRI Green Label Plus-certified modular carpet tiles with 90% post-consumer content backing line the rooms and is complemented with low VOC-coated timber flooring. Related: Solar-powered civic center in Australia repurposes over 80% of its original building materials “Since the completion of the Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility there have been many positive social, economic and environmental benefits for PMFC and its community,” write the architects. “The future is bright with the hope that this important piece of architecture will support the longevity of the club and inspire future generations to incorporate the highest in sustainable design initiatives.” + k20 Architecture Images via k20 Architecture

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Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice

August 5, 2014 by  
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Print-based graphic design is an essential service that’s utilized by just about every company out there. From simple business cards to complete corporate identity packages, fashion lookbooks, posters, and brochures, there are always items to be printed and passed around. Most people are now trying to adhere to the most eco-friendly business practices possible, but it can be tricky to balance cost-effective measures with environmental ethics . Read on to learn how to make your own graphic design business (or experience) as green as possible . Read the rest of Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brochures , Design , Graphic Design , graphics , green graphic design , Greening Graphic Design , ink , Institute of Sustainable Communication , low VOC , Paper , posters , press , print , Printing , printing business , printing company , printing house , promotional materials , recycled paper , Rolling Press , VOC-free ink

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Canada’s Sustainable Superkül Designs Modern COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

May 9, 2014 by  
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