Geothermal-powered Thompson Exhibition Building mimics a crashing wave

December 30, 2016 by  
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Walk beneath the curved ceiling of the Thompson Exhibition Building and you’ll be struck by how similar it feels to being engulfed by a crashing ocean wave. This dramatic effect is part of the many sea-inspired elements of the newly completed structure, designed by Centerbrook Architects , which serves as the keynote building for the 19-acre riverfront campus at Mystic Seaport , Museum of America and the Sea. The striking timber-framed building offers more than just bold design—energy efficient features are incorporated, including geothermal heating and cooling. Inspired by the nearby sea, the Thompson Exhibition Building also takes design cues from the curved hulls of the wooden ships that sailed from the town of Mystic. Its exposed wooden trusses bring to mind the ribbed skeletal forms of marine animals. The building replaces the Seaport’s previous indoor-oriented exhibit spaces with an improved, 5,000-square-foot exhibit gallery, visitor reception, events space, retail shop, cafe, and outdoor terraces that connect to the new Donald C. McGraw Gallery Quadrangle. Related: Greenery-infused nursery school in Japan brings children closer to nature Versatility was key to the design of the exhibition space, which features tall ceilings and demountable walls that can accommodate displays of varying sizes, from watercraft to fine art. Inspired by a sailing ship’s top timbers as well as the arc of a wave and whale vertebrae, the ceiling was constructed from curved lengths of glue-laminated Douglas Fir , a wood species preferred by New England ship builders after the Civil War. The architects write: “Overall, the building stands for what we came to regard as “the geometry of the sea” – the spiral shape of sea life, the kinetic movement of ocean swells, the crash of waves on the shore, the billow of sails, and the faring of wooden hulls. Wood was the ideal material for these purposes because it can economically enclose a large clear-span space while forming complex organic geometries.” + Centerbrook Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Jeff Goldberg

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Turkish dairy factory turns cheese production into a 360-degree experience

December 30, 2016 by  
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The Farm of 38° 30°, an iconic boutique dairy factory designed by architectural studios Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects , is more than a simple production space. The architects designed the building as a cheese showroom and museum that allows visitors to observe the production of cheese in a unique 360° space. The circular building encloses an inner courtyard from where visitors can observe all sequences of production. The main entrance leads guests to a green courtyard where cocktails and events are organized. Most spaces are transparent, with Corten steel sun blinds rendering those used by staff semi-transparent. Vertical slits carved into the exterior facade offer views of the surrounding countryside and allow natural light to reach the interior. Related: Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux The architects combined locally-sourced materials such as natural Afyon stone with Corten steel to emphasize the building’s contemporary industrial identity. This rich material palette lends an element of modernity to the facility’s monumental form. + Slash Architects + Arkizon Architects

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Tres Birds Workshop’s Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

August 2, 2015 by  
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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

August 2, 2015 by  
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Tres Birds Workshop’s Artistic Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitat in Vail, CO

February 24, 2014 by  
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Artist Creates Steve Jobs Portrait Out of Discarded Apple Products

February 24, 2014 by  
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The old adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is definitely true for mosaic artist Jason Mercier , who works almost exclusively with discarded materials. His newest portrait , a strikingly realistic image of the late tech giant, Steve Jobs, is made out of various disused Apple products such as iPods, headphones and a Macintosh keyboard. While it may not be unusual for “ junk artists ” to use trash as a medium, Mercier personalizes his recycled materials of choice by matching the materials to each subject. Read the rest of Artist Creates Steve Jobs Portrait Out of Discarded Apple Products Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple products , art from apple products , art work , Jason Mercier , junk artists , mosaic art portraits , mosaic portraits out of scrap , Steve Jobs portrait        

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