Archive for ‘Foster + Partners’

November 20, 2011

spaceport america | foster + partners


‘spaceport america’ by foster + partners in new mexico, USA

following up on our previous coverage of the project, here are some images of the completed
spaceport america‘ by internationally-recognized firm foster + partners in new mexico, USA.
the first commercial space terminal in the world, the new 11,148 m2 facility will offer
opportunities for tourists to travel into space. a dedication ceremony for the
virgin galactic gateway to space‘ was recently held to celebrate the milestone event.


approach

lying low within the desert-like landscape of new mexico, the organic form of the terminal
and hangar rises out of the ground to form an undulating and continuous roof form.
the main entrance is created by a deep channel that cuts into the center of the design.
retaining walls on either side of the approach lines an exhibition space that highlights
the history of space exploration.


exterior view

using local materials and regional construction techniques, the project was a practice
in sustainability, seeking to make a minimal impact on the environment. the dug-in design
benefits from natural thermal mass effect, buffering the building from the extreme climates of
new mexico. a series of skylights enable the interior to be naturally illuminated while
the westerly wind facilitates ventilation.

to read more about the spaceport, click here for our previous coverage of the project.


facade 


during dedication ceremony
image courtesy virgin galactic gateway to space
image © mark greenberg


image courtesy virgin galactic gateway to space
image © mark greenberg


aerial view
image © mark greenberg


rendered fly-by view
image courtesy foster + partners, vyonyx ltd


elevation
image courtesy foster + partners


hangar
image courtesy foster + partners


entrance
image courtesy foster + partners


interior view of spaceport terminal
image courtesy foster + partners

http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/17133/foster-partners-spaceport-america-complete.html

spaceport america – new mexico, USA by foster + partners
image courtesy foster + partners

the foster + partners and URS team has won an international competition to build
the first private spaceport in the world – the new mexico spaceport authority building.
the sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture
the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for
the first space tourists.

co-architects: SMPC architects, URS corporation (local)


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http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/6904/foster-partners-spaceport-america.html

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November 20, 2011

mclaren production centre | foster + partners


‘mclaren production center’ by foster + partners, surrey, england
image © mclaren
all images courtesy of foster + partners

london-based architecture firm foster + partners have officially completed the mclaren production center, the second building designed for the company
located by the rural fringe of london. the 34,5000 square meter facility will contain all future mclaren road vehicles. the assembly plant is a state-of-the-art production space which is connected to the existing technology center via an underground walkway which exhibits interactive installations.
both buildings share a common language in architectural details and materials with aluminum cladding tubes and a circular glass drum
mimicked beneath the overhang of the roof canopy.

the new structure is designed for efficiency and sustainability. the lower levels use the excavated soil from the site to conceal itself from the nearby
road carving itself into the landscape. the roof collects rainwater and has the ability to have photovoltaic panels integrated in the future.
the space is flexible in comparison to other modern manufacturing facilities with a wide span between columns and ceramic flooring.
acting more like an operation theater than a factory, the linear organization follows the flow of the production line showcasing the technology
of the plant and the system of networks where the components are delivered, assembled, painted, tested and finally detailed.


carved facility into landscape
image © mclaren

the site will be the location of the recently-launched MP4-12C high-performance sports car, house all activities related to the
manufacturing of the vehicle. built for speed the facility will be able to produce and build the product in 5 days at peak performance
with a new car joining the line every 45 minutes. leading to a creation of a large number of skilled manufacturing jobs in the community.


assembly station
image © nigel young

‘the mclaren production centre is a further leap forward in the evolution of industrial buildings, both socially and in terms of working
conditions and technologically in its flexibility and the sophistication of its services integration. the scale and grandeur of the main hall
is a fitting complement to the purity of the mclaren cars, which will emerge from its production line.’  

– lord foster, founder and chairman, foster + partners –


assembly line
image © nigel young


production floor
image © nigel young


MP4-12C high performance sports car
image © nigel young


car frame being assmbled
image © nigel young


appliation of body to frame
image © nigel young


final inspection of MP4-12C
image © nigel young


final manufactured product
image © nigel young


site plan
image © foster + partners


plan
image © foster + partners


elevation
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elevation
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elevation / section
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section
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section
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project info:

dates: 2009-2011
foster + parnters team: norman foster, david nelson, nigel dancey,
iwan jones, dominik hauser, nina linde, chris johnstone, kathleen mark, nicholas papas
client: mclaren group
structural + civil geothermic, fire, acoustics, CDM: buro happold
services and environmental consultant: PHA consult
landscape architect planning consultant: terence o’rourke
quantity surveyor: gardiner + thebold
gross area: 34, 500 square meters
external plant area: 620 square meters
building height: 6.6 meters
building length: 200 meters
building width: 100 meters
length of tunnel: 100 meters
number of levels: 2

http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/17709/foster-partners-mclaren-production-centre.html

February 1, 2011

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

Nadine M. Post

History keeps disproving predictions that the supertall skyscraper, as a developer’s building type, was destroyed when the two 110-story towers of New York City’s World Trade Center went down. Last year alone, 66 towers taller than 200 meters opened their doors, breaking the 2007 record of 48. Of these, eight are taller than 300 m, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which is the keeper of the tall-building flame. CTBUH predicts 97 more 200-m-plus high-rises will have ribbon-cuttings next year, including more than 20 taller than 300 m, which the group dubs “supertalls.”

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

1. Burj Khalifa – Dubai, U.A.E.
Height: 828 m; 2,717 ft
CTBUH height rank: 1
Occupancy: office, residential, hotel
Structural material: steel and concrete
Total floors: 163
Owner-developer: Emaar Properties PJSC
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Associate architect: Hyder Consulting
Structural engineer: SOM
Mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) engineer: SOM
Main contractors: Samsung; Besix Group; Arabtec

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

2. International Commerce Centre – Hong Kong
Height: 484 m; 1,588 ft
CTBUH height rank: 4
Occupancy: hotel, office
Structural material: composite concrete and steel
Total floors: 108
Owner-developer: Hang Lung Group, Sun Hung Kai Properties
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Associate architect: Wong and Ouyang Ltd.
Structural engineer: Arup
MEP engineer: J. Roger Preston Ltd.

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

3. Nanjing Greenland Financial Center – Nanjing, China
Height: 450 m; 1,476 ft
CTBUH height rank: 7
Occupancy: hotel; office
Structural material: composite
Total floors: 66
Developer: Nanjing State Owned Assets & Greenland Financial Center Co. Ltd.
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Associate architect: ECADI
Structural engineer: SOM
MEP engineer: SOM
Main contractor: Shanghai Construction Group

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

4. Guangzhou International Finance Center – Guangzhou, China
Height: 438 m; 1,435 ft
CTBUH height rank: 9
Occupancy: hotel, office
Structural material: composite steel and concrete
Total floors: 103
Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Associate architect: South China Design Institute
Structural engineer: Arup
MEP Engineer: Arup

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

5. The Index – Dubai, U.A.E.
Height: 326 m; 1,070 ft
CTBUH height rank: 29
Occupancy: residential, office
Structural material: concrete
Total floors: 80
Owner-developer: Union Properties
Architect: Foster + Partners
Associate architect: Khatib & Alami; Woods Bagot
Structural engineer: Halverson & Partners; Bruechle, Gilchrist & Evans
MEP engineer: Roger Preston & Partners; WSP Group

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

6. HHHR Tower – Dubai, U.A.E.
Height: 318 m; 1,042 ft
CTBUH height rank: 35
Occupancy: residential
Structural material: concrete
Total floors: 72
Owner-developer: Dubai International Real Estate
Architect: Al Hashemi; Farayand Architectural Engineering Consultancy
MEP engineer: Ian Banham & Associates Consulting Engineers

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

7. Ocean Heights – Dubai, UAE
Height: 310 m; 1,017 ft
CTBUH height rank: 37
Occupancy: residential
Structural material: concrete
Total Floors: 83
Owner-developer: Damac Gulf Properties LLC
Architect: Aedas Ltd
Associate architect: ECG Engineering Consultants Group
Structural engineer: Meinhardt Ltd
MEP engineer: Ian Banham & Associates Consulting Engineers
Main contractor: Arabtec

 

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

8. Capital City Moscow Tower – Moscow
Height: 302 m; 989 ft
CTBUH height rank: 48
Occupancy: residential
Structural material: concrete
Total floors: 76
Owner-developer: Capital Group
Architect: NBBJ
Structural engineer: Arup
MEP engineer: Arup

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

9. Sky Tower – Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Height: 292 m; 959 ft
CTBUH height rank: 58
Occupancy: residential, office
Structural material: concrete
Total floors: 74
Owner-developer: Sorouh Real Estate Development; Tameer Holding Investment
Architect: Arquitectonica
Associate architect: RW Armstrong; National Engineering Bureau
Structural engineer: Hyder Consulting
MEP engineer: Ian Banham and Associates

Skyscraper Craze Rages On, Led by Asia

10. Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 – Shenzhen, China
Height: 288 m; 945 ft
CTBUH height rank: 64
Occupancy: office
Structural material: composite steel and concrete
Total floors: 60
Owner-developer: Excellence Century Real Estate Development Co. Ltd.
Architect: Leo A Daly
Associate architect: China Construction Design International
Structural engineer: China Construction Design International
MEP engineer: China Construction Design International

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