Perkins + Will overhauls a boring concrete warehouse into beautiful LEED Gold offices

August 23, 2017 by  
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At first glance, it’s hard to imagine that this gorgeous light-filled building was once an uninspiring concrete monolith. It’s a testament to the architectural might of Perkins + Will , which transformed the 1940s military warehouse in San Francisco into the LEED Gold -certified Bay Area Metro Center. Constructed with recycled materials, this eight-story adaptive reuse project features soaring ceilings with state-of-the-art offices, community hearing spaces, a boardroom, and ground floor retail. Located at 375 Beale Street, this massive 525,000-square-foot building once served as a navy supply warehouse during World War II and exuded an air of impenetrability with its fortress-like facade. Perkins + Will and interior design firm TEF did away with the monolith’s bleak appearance with the addition of ample glazing and an seven-story-tall atrium that floods the building with natural light . The transformation created a welcoming and collaborative environment that consolidates four government agencies and offers diverse amenities including retail, workspaces, open coffee bars, and even bike storage. Reclaimed timber is used throughout the interior to lend a sense of warmth to the concrete structure. Wood rails were repurposed from the building and nearby sites as was the timber used for stair treads, countertops, and wall finishes. Splashes of greenery enliven the building including a tree well on the sixth floor, garden patio on the eighth floor, and a landscaped garden outside the main public hearing room. Related: Form follows function at Shanghai’s new bioclimatic Natural History Museum Perkins + Will wrote: “As part of a required seismic retrofit, shear walls were introduced at all perimeter walls to reinforce the structure without compromising the opportunity for open offices. Addressing both seismic and daylighting issues, a seven-story atrium was carved out the of the center of the building, both reducing the structural mass of the building and bringing much needed daylight to the building’s interior, decreasing energy use while creating a welcoming atmosphere. The atrium and interconnecting stairs also provide the opportunity for informal encounters between the various agency employees.” + Perkins + Will

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BIGs looping station design in Paris turns bridge into public space

March 24, 2017 by  
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Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group and French studio Silvio D’ascia Architecture unveiled new renderings of their competition-winning designs for a loop-shaped metro station in Paris. Created as part of Société du Grand París’ Grand Paris Express project, the Pont de Bondy station is one of 68 new stations planned for the redevelopment that will expand the existing metro system by 200 kilometers. The sculptural station will include a bridge and tunnel wrapped around a giant atrium next to the riverbank.

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Chile introduces world’s first metro to be powered largely by renewables

May 26, 2016 by  
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Public transportation offers a sustainable alternative to masses of individual automobiles, yet many systems still run on unsustainable power sources. With around 2.2 million people riding the Metro de Santiago every day, Chile requires a great deal of energy to keep people moving. President Michelle Bachelet recently announced the country’s mass transit system will soon be almost entirely powered by wind and solar energy, resulting in a slew of environmental benefits. This is an exciting step for South America’s second largest subway system in terms of length. Chile’s Metro de Santiago will receive 42 percent energy from solar power and 18 percent from wind power . The country’s step towards renewables highlights its commitment to clean energy that does not harm the environment or people, according to President Bachelet . She announced the news at a future metro station currently under construction. California solar company SunPower is building the solar plant that will generate the solar power, and Brazilian company Latin America Power owns the wind project also worked on by Spanish company Elecnor that will provide wind power. Related: Uganda to launch its first solar-powered bus this month SunPower expects their solar plant to be finished in 2017. According to the company , Metro de Santiago “will become the first public transportation system in the world to run mostly on solar energy.” In a statement, SunPower’s Executive Vice President of Power Plants Eduardo Medina said, “Solar is an ideal energy source for Chile because of the country’s high solar resource and transparent energy policies.” Chile will make the switch to renewables in 2018 when the solar and wind plants are operational. The projects will provide Metro de Santiago with renewable energy for 15 years. According to President Bachelet , not only will passengers be able to travel swiftly and safely, they will be able to get around in a way that “cares for the planet, reduces our carbon footprint , and makes possible a sustainable future for all.” Via Quartz Images via Wikimedia Commons and SunPower Corp.

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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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Russia’s historic metro stations captured in awe-inspiring photographs

December 22, 2015 by  
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 makes history with successful landing after many failed attempts

December 22, 2015 by  
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Last night, SpaceX successfully launched and landed its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This was the first rocket launch for SpaceX since the Falcon 9 rocket exploded after its launch earlier this summer. The rebuilt rocket deployed 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for ORBCOMM, and then landed upright on solid ground, using its engines to slow its descent and touch down gently on a landing pad that NASA has used for decades. Because of failures during previous attempts, the tension and excitement were thick at the launch site as the rocket approached the landing site. When it touched down gracefully in a cloud of fire, perfectly upright, the roaring cheers of the spectators were the only sound for several minutes, and rightly so. Read the rest of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 makes history with successful landing after many failed attempts

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Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

January 16, 2015 by  
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This cute canine has cracked the code  on the Seattle Metro Transit bus routes. Two-year-old Eclipse, a black Labrador mix, boards alone and then hops off when the bus reaches her stop: the local dog park. Read the rest of Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , bus , CLEVER , cute , dog , dog park , dogs , Metro , public transportation , Seattle , Smart

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Spectacular German Metro Station is Made From Glowing Glass Blocks

December 3, 2013 by  
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Kaiser, Metro Health show how sustainability investments are on the rise in health care

May 10, 2013 by  
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Sustainability is steadily becoming strategically integrated into all departments at hospitals and health care systems.

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350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather

July 30, 2012 by  
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India suffered one of its worst blackouts in a decade this Monday morning when high demand for electricity cut off power to seven northern states and over 360 million people.  India’s electricity demand during the hot, dry summer has greatly increased this year, especially in urban areas.  Without a good monsoon and due to unusually arid weather, the nation’s electricity grid has been under a lot of strain. Read the rest of 350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ajai nirula , blackout , china , Delhi , diesel , electrical grid , haryana , himachal pradesh , India , inverter , jammu , kashmir , Metro , monday , monsoon , north delhi power limited , power ministry , power outage , punjab , Rajasthan , uttar pradesh

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