Reclaimed materials and a massive green wall transports Denali shoppers to the great outdoors

November 9, 2018 by  
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Earlier this fall, Connecticut-based, multidisciplinary design practice Pirie Associates completed a biophilic store that evokes the image of a romantic, aging barn bursting with lush greenery. The newly opened Providence, Rhode Island store was created as the eighth brick-and-mortar location for the outdoor clothing and gear retail chain Denali . The store sits next to Brown University on Thayer Street and brings together a massive, low-maintenance vertical green wall with a predominately timber material palette to pull the outdoors in. Most of the materials were reclaimed in keeping with the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Sheathed within a brick-and-steel envelope that complements the surrounding urban fabric, the new Denali Providence store greets passersby with full-height glazing on the ground floor. Though the shop might seem like the average brick-and-mortar building from the outside, shoppers are treated to a visual surprise in the woodland-inspired interior with a double-height space filled with 20 birch tree poles — with the bark intact — as well as a large vertical green wall filled with New England plants and overhead skylights that provide natural light. The design aims “to transport customers to a new state of mind with a biophilic interior ‘kit-of-parts’ [that Pirie Associates has] now used in several locations,” the firm said in a press release. To lure people upstairs, two 32-foot-tall birch tree poles were strategically positioned through the U-shaped stairwell and stretch upward from the ground floor to the ceiling of the second level. Related: Nearly 10,000 plants grow on NYC’s largest public indoor green wall Apart from the paint, electrical equipment and HVAC, most of the materials used to construct the store were reclaimed or recycled and were often locally sourced. Salvaged materials include the barn doors, corrugated sheet metal and the nearly two dozen birch tree poles. The vertical green wall that spans two stories was designed for low maintenance and is integrated with a self-irrigation system. + Pirie Associates Photography by John Muggenborg via Pirie Associates

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Foster + Partners debuts Apple store in China to usher in the Chinese New Year

February 18, 2015 by  
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Foster + Partners Reportedly Hired to Redesign Apple’s Retail Stores

April 12, 2013 by  
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Apple is rumored to be about to embark on a major overhaul of their retail stores. According to sources close to the project, the company has hired  Foster + Partners  to redesign it’s celebrated line of retail outlets, marked by cool minimalist design and floating glass surfaces. The architecture firm is already working with Apple, having designed the tech giant’s new spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California, which is expected to break ground in June. Read the rest of Foster + Partners Reportedly Hired to Redesign Apple’s Retail Stores Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , Apple Campus 2 , apple design , Apple Norman Foster , Apple patents , Apple retail stores design , design trademark certificate , Foster+Partners Apple HQ , patents , store design , US Patent & Trademark Office        

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Flesh-Eating Bacterium Used as “Superglue” that Detects Cancer Cells

April 12, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock It sounds like science fiction, but Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes) causes necrotizing fasciitis – a rare flesh-eating syndrome that is very difficult to treat, and scientists have split one of its proteins to create a powerful molecular “superglue.” A research team from the University of Oxford split the FbaB protein into two parts – one large and one small, which, when they bind together, form one of the strongest chemical bonds possible. Reporting their findings at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society , Mark Howarth, Ph.D and his team note that this new superglue has far-reaching disease detection applications. Read the rest of Flesh-Eating Bacterium Used as “Superglue” that Detects Cancer Cells Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chemical bond , Design for Health , early cancer detection , Flesh-eating bacteria , necrotizing fasciitis , science , Streptococcus pyogenes , Superglue , university of oxford        

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