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February 6, 2012

ONE WTC ONE WTC STEEL INSTALLATION MOVES CLOSER TO COMPLETION |HAS REACHED THE 90th FLOOR

Steel installation for One World Trade Center has reached the 90th floor, with 14 more floors to go before it reaches the top of the tower.

Steel installation for One World Trade Center has reached the 90th floor, with 14 more floors to go before it reaches the top of the tower.

One World Trade Center continues to rise above the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and 4 World Trade Center.  The tower is being erected at a rate of one floor per week.

One World Trade Center continues to rise above the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and 4 World Trade Center. The tower is being erected at a rate of one floor per week.

An ironworker works on a steel beam on the top deck of One World Trade Center, with the Hudson River in the background.

An ironworker works on a steel beam on the top deck of One World Trade Center, with the Hudson River in the background.

Ironworkers install perimeter columns on the northeast side of One World Trade Center, with the East River in the background.

Ironworkers install perimeter columns on the northeast side of One World Trade Center, with the East River in the background.

A perimeter column is installed on the top deck of One World Trade Center.

A perimeter column is installed on the top deck of One World Trade Center.

The Statue of Liberty is clearly visible to ironworkers fastening steel bolts on the top deck of One World Trade Center.

The Statue of Liberty is clearly visible to ironworkers fastening steel bolts on the top deck of One World Trade Center.

http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/index.html

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February 6, 2012

Office building ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt | ECDM Architects

program: development of the BIA building in Seguin oriented tertiary
client: Nexity
location: Keystone Area, ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt (92)
area: 60,000 sq.m.
Cost: M €
Contest: 2011

The Grand Landscape

The emerging realization of a point, a building that extends above the canopy Boulonnais is an opportunity to rethink the relationship of the new neighborhood of Keystone with the Grand Landscape. This punctuation highlights the metropolitan character of the site by generating a tracking device distance. Its status, its dimension and the values ​​it carries, the Trapezium is a singular territory constituting the Greater Paris. The site is emblematic of the changes that have transformed our industrial cities, these paradigm shifts that have enabled the implementation of a highly complex environment taking into account the needs of a postmodern society now. Therefore, the vertical to be introduced should allow to give clear expression of a territory where the organization defines a living thought of as a delicate balance between mineral and plant, between full and empty nesting complexity of a dense area and attractive. Our proposals were designed as single elements of an urban mixed, composite, where the residential, commercial and green spaces are one unit. The wide open spaces of the Seine Valley as detailed outlook released on the Keystone-through an extensive park, paths, a rack fragmented islands organized around delivering open a horizontal reading of the register and tense urban . There is in our projects a horizontal component which is fit assertive, delineate the boundaries of the park and accompany the banks of the Seine and emergences, punctuation considered in resonance with other highlights of the loop of the river such as the tower horizons or verticals coming of Seguin Island.

Valley of the Seine is in crossing the Grand Paris, punctuated by towers. One thinks of Defense, the Front de Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the neighborhood of the Gare de Lyon, and many other architectural interventions scattered on the linear river, river geography and landscape favoring emergences. In the landscape of Boulogne near the river, it seemed essential that the collusion between the settling elements beyond the general template of the neighborhood. Both projects are designed in conjunction with a skyline own site. The context here is both the district and the Grand Landscape. We thought our projects as entities in resonance with existing emergences: Horizons Tower, head of the Pont de Sevres, emergences coming as those provided on the Ile Seguin. These three entities form a triangle, the project has taken an angle, one end.Therefore, it is proposing a center of gravity and a volumetric principle of gradation that establish a link with the template of buildings erected along the quay and a complicity with the prow of the Ile Seguin.

Based on this fact, we moved the center of gravity of our projects to the northwest of the plot to establish a link with the buildings along the quay, but especially not to generate an effective leader that falls directly competes with that of Seguin Island. Indeed, the prow of the Ile Seguin legitimacy geographical leaving no room for what would be a de facto substitute. The shape of the plot, this triangle does not constitute a rounded bow itself, any analogy to skippers would be fortuitous. Besides a trapezoid does not bow. Therefore our projects have been designed to allow the framing of views and perspectives, implementing, at the junction of the park and pier, a watershed landscape. Program requirements have led us to design two projects of different nature, structured by two distinct approaches to ensure the safety of persons and property. Refuting any formal a priori, we chose to develop two projects, two concepts structured by two regulatory options to organize the height.

Origami

The specific demand for building height as an accumulation of reference planes under the accessibility of ways to fight against the fire has led us to ask ourselves how the various project components can be superimposed to generate a deployment planning. Rejecting any idea of ​​making some infra-structural elements, any road or rail, any exogenous element in the very nature of a commercial building, we offer a project conceived as the deployment of a territory in a logical landscape. Like a modern-day Babylon, it is built on the building, living roofs, give them a use value. This is a project tectonics, origami where the territory is pleated in successive plans. The base is considered as a topographic event, an inclined stratum, a garden made in successive plans. Extrusion perfect plot, perfectly defines the base in the island keeps strictly within the alignments and templates islands that line the shore. At the end of the tip, the volume rises to pinch a privileged view of the park. On this base is placed a cube levitating at the base truncated by the topography of the base. The volumes are articulated by hyphens, landscaped by strata – the interfaces between plant and mineral. This cube is perforated in the center by a large patio across the entire project of 89 m high.This device provides a reading against the light volume and highlights the lightness of the volume. The whole is surmounted by a greenhouse, large vertical garden that comes complete in a phasing, the verticality. The slenderness ratio that characterizes the towers is not appropriate here, the height limited to 89 m leads us to emphasize other qualities of the height.

Turn induces an authoritarian values ​​and guns: density, compactness, rationality. Without denying these obvious qualities and capabilities to meet specific expectations of the program, our project and reinterprets them in complex architectural oxymorons. It’s about being compact and light, dense, slender, streamlined and composite. Our project is built with the desire to escape the formal fatalities related to verticality to develop this expanded notion of landscape, when we can see and be seen far away. Therefore the facade had to be both limits, alignment, constitutive of urbanity, and also landscaped element, vertical landscape made of solids and voids, foregrounds and depth of field similar to a filter, a sheer, architecture and move towards a more tenuous the possible when it comes to staging a lifestyle rather than a building. The specificity of the request allows us to offer you a highly specific project, atypical, to rethink the height as a formal point of view that in the uses and values ​​that this proposal allows.

A vertical open

It is therefore a vertical open for an accessible building designed on the principle of an organization that induces a connection with the innovative environment. The building pops out of the soil gradually, mindful of its roots, what is the basis of its innervation. It rises gently as an invitation to travel by a circuitous route. The terraces spin, the full and empty intermingle. As it rises, the construction becomes lighter, more transparent, wide terraces generate porosities between inside and outside. At the top of the last 20 meters, the mineral disappears almost completely in favor of a large garden suspended vertically extended. Without imitation it offers strong connivance with the tower Horizons, a marker of the other end of the Trapezium. We propose a building consisting of three parts: a base, and one was a hanging garden, a three-step gradation of the mineral to the lightness and abstraction.

http://ecdm.eu/?p=3993

February 6, 2012

IGH office building lot D5 ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt | ECDM

program: development of the BIA building in Seguin oriented tertiary
client: Nexity
location: Keystone Area, ZAC Seguin – Boulogne Billancourt (92)
area: 60,000 sq.m.
Cost: M €
Contest: 2011

The Grand Landscape

The emerging realization of a point, a building that extends above the canopy Boulonnais is an opportunity to rethink the relationship of the new neighborhood of Keystone with the Grand Landscape. This punctuation highlights the metropolitan character of the site by generating a tracking device distance. Its status, its dimension and the values ​​it carries, the Trapezium is a singular territory constituting the Greater Paris. The site is emblematic of the changes that have transformed our industrial cities, these paradigm shifts that have enabled the implementation of a highly complex environment taking into account the needs of a postmodern society now. Therefore, the vertical to be introduced should allow to give clear expression of a territory where the organization defines a living thought of as a delicate balance between mineral and plant, between full and empty nesting complexity of a dense area and attractive. Our proposals were designed as single elements of an urban mixed, composite, where the residential, commercial and green spaces are one unit. The wide open spaces of the Seine Valley as detailed outlook released on the Keystone-through an extensive park, paths, a rack fragmented islands organized around delivering open a horizontal reading of the register and tense urban . There is in our projects a horizontal component which is fit assertive, delineate the boundaries of the park and accompany the banks of the Seine and emergences, punctuation considered in resonance with other highlights of the loop of the river such as the tower horizons or verticals coming of Seguin Island.

Valley of the Seine is in crossing the Grand Paris, punctuated by towers. One thinks of Defense, the Front de Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the neighborhood of the Gare de Lyon, and many other architectural interventions scattered on the linear river, river geography and landscape favoring emergences. In the landscape of Boulogne near the river, it seemed essential that the collusion between the settling elements beyond the general template of the neighborhood. Both projects are designed in conjunction with a skyline own site. The context here is both the district and the Grand Landscape. We thought our projects as entities in resonance with existing emergences: Horizons Tower, head of the Pont de Sevres, emergences coming as those provided on the Ile Seguin. These three entities form a triangle, the project has taken an angle, one end.Therefore, it is proposing a center of gravity and a volumetric principle of gradation that establish a link with the template of buildings erected along the quay and a complicity with the prow of the Ile Seguin.

Based on this fact, we moved the center of gravity of our projects to the northwest of the plot to establish a link with the buildings along the quay, but especially not to generate an effective leader that falls directly competes with that of Seguin Island. Indeed, the prow of the Ile Seguin legitimacy geographical leaving no room for what would be a de facto substitute. The shape of the plot, this triangle does not constitute a rounded bow itself, any analogy to skippers would be fortuitous. Besides a trapezoid does not bow. Therefore our projects have been designed to allow the framing of views and perspectives, implementing, at the junction of the park and pier, a watershed landscape. Program requirements have led us to design two projects of different nature, structured by two distinct approaches to ensure the safety of persons and property. Refuting any formal a priori, we chose to develop two projects, two concepts structured by two regulatory options to organize the height.

Periscopes

Here more than elsewhere the vertical, the height has to do with the geography of this unique site, wedged in a meander of the Seine River and bordered by a unique topography. The slopes of Meudon dominate in a wide curve a territory plan extending to the capital. As soon as we take a little height, that the eye exceeds the average height of constructions is a wide field of vision that opens 360 degrees, with the hills of Meudon as a backdrop to the west and the Parisian panorama to the east. This perception is reinforced by the autonomy given to the plot. If there is a special relationship to the river, to the matrix, the privileged views are deployed on 360 °. Rise a few tens of meters and a unique relationship is established between the building and the area of ​​Greater Paris. This is not to trivialize this relationship in a formal indifference. The tower and sees the tower is seen. This trade is anything but impersonal, anonymous or neutral. The nature of this gaze must be characterized to exchange further. The eyes meet between symbolic points that we identified and your building.

The building like a periscope will look, will frame exceptional views of the Grand Landscape. This is to give these acute emergencies, not to trivialize a formal neutrality in relation to the landscape. Like a painter or photographer, we have framed vistas. With a simple gesture towers installed reciprocity with the focus point: La Defense, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Manufacture de Sèvres, the bed of the Seine. It’s about seeing and being seen in an otherness. We implement a strong sense of belonging to a wider territory, a territory rich in history and this prestigious. The hybrid programming of your program with the singular request for two types of commercial buildings has led us to intimately mix verticality and horizontality. The project brings together a tower and two elongated emergences in a unique writing. The building is unitary. It spreads horizontally and vertically in successive folding, delimiting its folds framing the landscape. This whole system comes to float above a floor at the height generating split wide vistas between the docks and park. So there is a strong horizontal component which holds the island, organizes the boundaries of the parcel, urban organization supports implementation of the Trapezium by extending alignments and templates and deployment height which overlooks the Grand Landscape. The base, what the ground that we propose is to anchor the project in descent from the surrounding urban structure. A tower is above all an above ground for a project connected with an urban reality that participates in the organization of a neighborhood. The compactness of the base allows us to identify large outdoor spaces free. This is to generate surfaces planted host that offers a gradation between the public and the building. A number of programs open on these outdoor areas with the desire to find supplements for the outdoor cafeteria, the lobbies, or home.

The first two levels are included as a single volume, physically and under the fire regulations. So this is a very open volume largely transparent linking the dock and park. In these two levels are focusing all local collective organized around a double height. Commercial spaces are designed to be compact, rational, flexible and scalable. On this level, we offer large trays of approximately 5,000 m², which allows us to have 25 700 m² of meeting the requirements of the Labour Code regarding fire regulations. The upper trays are part of the regulation applicable to tall buildings. The project is designed to streamline the most kernels. Their compact size and central location to distribute surfaces extremely versatile in terms of livability. A large majority of trays has extensions in the form of terraces or balconies. It is proposed hanging gardens, the exterior surfaces protected from the wind as supplements work surfaces. In research on opening a beautiful environment, we felt it important to suggest areas less formal, less “tertiarisées” contributing to the definition of identity to the building through the implementation of a framework lives.

http://ecdm.eu/?p=3952

February 6, 2012

Art Pavillion |c

Concept

The concept of the pavilion is to experiment with a developmental pattern in the evolution of an organism, to let spontaneous forces go without mediation. This results into an organic structure that wraps itself with a protective membrane. The skin (i.e. membrane) reveals life from the skeleton.

The pavilion is now one creature dipped in the real bio mass. The inside glow (i.e. internal lighting) reveals a pulsating organism into the night. The permanent incompletion is the evolutionary change that rejects the idea of a prediction about its form of growth

Technical – wood frame & reactive skin

The structure of the pavilion is a plywood frame assembled into ribs-like elements. The base structure of the pavilion is a 200mm x 400mm perpendicular grid. Ribs depth & thickness are integral and adjustable parameters of the model and adjust according to constrains (evolutionary change).

Each rib is a flat panel on a vertical plane (world z axis). All elements are planar & parallel on each x or y axis. Therefore all ribs intersect perpendicularly. Each element is given a unique id. The structure can be sent straight to digital production and cnc technology with all connections also cnc routed. Once all the pieces are cut, units can be preassembled in factory.

The reactive skin is a high-tech teflon membrane protecting the structure designed to react to changing light conditions. Its primary element is a honeycomb cell that optimises wrapping capabilities and semi-rigidity. It is flexible, wraps like a cloth, and can be folded.”

http://www.archdaily.com/21947/art-pavillion-cre8-architecture/

February 6, 2012

Atlantic Yards: B2 Bklyn | SHoP Architects

SHoP Architects has shared with us the B2 Bklyn building which will be the first of the residential developments for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York to break ground, scheduled for 2012. Standing at 32 storeys, it will be the world’s tallest pre-fab building, saving both on cost and waste.

The final articulation of the volumes were developed by addressing the requirements of the Design Guidelines established by the Empire State Development Corporation through a series of setbacks. The buildings present a variety of colors, materials and fabrication techniques, creating an assortment of patterns and textures on Brooklyn’s skyline. The residential buildings are integrated with shopping and storefronts at ground level, in hopes of creating an inviting streetscape. (viaSHoP Architects)

The pre-fabricated method of construction will help reduce on-site waste, noise and pollution during the construction phase of the project, which is an environmental benefit to the residents nearby and construction workers that will work in a controlled factory setting. However, NY Curbed weighs the consequences of this chosen method of construction, citing the loss of high-paying construction jobs that were promised by the building plan in 2006, reducing 170,000 jobs to a mere 190. The consequences of pre-fab construction pose a substantial debate: modular options cost 15-20% less than traditional construction, produces 70-90% less waste and consumes 67% less energy.

Atlantic Yards has been in development for a number of years now. The redevelopment includes 22-acres of Downtown Brooklyn between Flatbush Ave, Fourth Ave, Vanderbuilt Ave and Dean St, by Forest City Ratner Companies. It will include 6 million sf of residential space, an entertainment arena, Barclays Center, 247,000 sf of retail use, 336,000 sf of office space and 8 acres of publically accessible open space. The plan, which was designed by Frank Gehry, will also include the expansion of the Atlantic Terminal Transit Hub and a new maintanence and storage facility for the LIRR.

http://www.archdaily.com/187144/atlantic-yards-b2-bklyn-shop-architects/

February 6, 2012

British Embassy | Tony Fretton Architects

 

 Set in its own grounds facing onto Ulica Kawalerii on one side and a park on the other in an area of the city devoted to embassies, the British Embassy in Warsaw has a serene and formal quality. Its long form is centralized by an attic in an elementally neo-classical way and underlined by the longer figures of the walls and railings enclosing the site. The building is explicit in its conservation of energy; its glass elevations function as the outer skin of a double façade, which provides substantial thermal insulation in winter and relieves heat in the summer. The outer layer, delineated by pale bronze aluminum mullions and mirror glass, reflects the sky and trees of the surrounding gardens. Behind this is a more substantial façade of windows set between solid piers and spandrels in a modulated composition of a similar palette. The pale polychromy of this arrangement is a distant relative of the painted stucco buildings of the school of Schinkel, which can be seen across Europe from the Hague to Oslo and here in Warsaw.

Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: UI. Kawalerii 12, Warsaw, 
Design Build Contractor: Mace Limited
Executive Architect: Epstein Sp zo.o
Structural/Services/Acoustical Engineer: Buro Happold Polska Sp.
Quanity Surveyors: Arcadis
Security Consultant: David Goode Associates
Landscape Architect: Schoenaich Landscape Architects Ltd
Landscape Execution: RS Architektura Krajobrazu
Space Planners: Forme UK
Architecture Execution: EMKAA Architekci
BREEAM Construction: TPS
Façade Specialist: Saelzer
Project Area: 4,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects

One enters the Embassy grounds through a Gate House on Ul. Kawalerii. A carriageway leads to a stone clad porte cochère at the centre of the façade. The ground floor is reserved for public activities and features a large space for exhibition and events, and a café that opens onto the garden. Occupying the remainder of the ground floor is the area for Consular Section and UK Border Agency complete with a public waiting area accessed via its own entrance from a route through the grounds. The administrative offices of the Embassy are located on the first and second floor. With an acoustically absorbent ceiling, carpeted floor and double façade, the offices are places of calm efficiency. Workspaces are amply lit with daylight from the glass facades and two generous planted courtyards in the centre of the plan. In the attic at the second floor is the Ambassador’s suite, which looks out on either side to extensive roof terraces.

A variety of material finishes are used in the interior. Structural columns are expressed and the windows set between them have mullions and spandrels in light bronze anodised aluminum. The floors are terrazzo or carpeted. The foyer coat cupboard and café screen are made of walnut panels.

Each floor has its own identity through the association between its parts and their relations to the outside world. Public spaces in the ground floor flow from one to another and into the grounds. Open office space in the first floor is given a degree of separation by the interior courts. In the comparatively small Ambassador’s suite the offices will have the scale and quality of cabinets, a theme that continues in the small spaces for sitting that are cut out from the wide areas of planting filling the roof terraces on either side. In its larger form the roof planting relates the terraces to the grounds around the Embassy and the park beyond. With these simple gestures, the Embassy maintains its role in the culture and fabric of Warsaw.

The building has been designed with safety and security as a priority. Mace’s integrated design and construction team, led by Tony Fretton Architects, worked closely with structural engineering company Buro Happold, specialist advisors David Goode Associates and façade specialists Saelzer to develop a façade that can withstand the impact of an explosive device.

In addition to strengthening the building’s security the double façade has significant environmental credentials. It acts as an environmental barrier to the harsh Polish winters and warm summers. The glazed outer skin on the South, West and East facades is positioned one meter beyond the inner skin to create a cavity. Mechanical louvres at the top and bottom of the cavity are closed in winter to retain the heat, while in summer they can be opened to cool the building. The heating and cooling system inside the building has variable flow and adjusts in accordance with fluctuating temperatures outside. These combined solutions significantly reduce the building’s energy consumption. Another sustainable design feature is the carbon dioxide driven ventilation, which has been applied to the exhibition area. This system adjusts the mechanical ventilation levels in accordance to room traffic and has been applied to the exhibition space where occupancy levels will fluctuate. All heating needs for the building are generated from a connection to Warsaw’s district heating system, negating the need for a boiler.

http://www.archdaily.com/131780/british-embassy-tony-fretton-architects/

February 6, 2012

Sustainable LEED Gold Office Tower | Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects has recently won the international architectural competition to design a 188 meter office tower in the financial district of central Warsaw, . The 60,000 m2 high-rise building is to replace the existing ‘Ilmet’ building and will stand out as a modern landmark clearly identifiable in the Warsaw skyline by its unique elegant shape and appearance. The Jury was impressed by the high quality and innovation evident in the urban, architectural and technical concepts of the winning design. The future building will offer a number of attractive public areas and serve to complement the project’s prominent setting, as well as the entire neighborhood.

Sustainability was an important issue as the building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status.

The building consists of three individually stepped rectangular volumes with increasing heights towards the east. The façades create a subtle rhythm in the cityscape by slightly shifting inwards and outwards, and the inclined roof lines preserve optimal light conditions for the adjacent buildings.The design of the building offers a spatial coherence between roof and street level. The lobby at street level, with its spectacular shaped ceiling, corresponds with the sloping shapes of the rooftops, making the building perceive as a sculptural object.The open lobby allows the people of Warsaw to pass into and through the building, connecting the plaza and park in front of the building with the courtyards of the historical tenement houses to the south.The building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status. The modular façade system with floor to ceiling glass elements, provide high levels of transparency as well as full integration of sun shading and light reflection shutters. The sloped rooftops are equipped with photovoltaic cells and elements for harvesting rainwater. The total sustainability approach is a combination of intelligent building management and minimizing technical installations by using passive elements.

http://www.archdaily.com/186752/sustainable-leed-gold-office-tower-by-schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects/