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August 27, 2011

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation | EDGE Studio, Nbbj


Architect: EDGE StudioNbbj
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Project Team : Gary Carlough AIA, Jeff King AIA, Mick McNutt AIA, Stephen Mrdjenovich
Project Team Nbbj: Doug Parris AIA, A.J. Montero AIA, Kathy Kelly AIA
Project Area: 22,000sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery

The  decided to expand and renovate Benedum Hall, the 1960′s home for the Swanson School of Engineering on Pitt’s main campus in Oakland. The original limestone clad modernist tower and disconnected auditorium buildings had become obsolete, as the school’s focus shifted to the 21st century disciplines of nanotechnology, bioengineering, and materials research. As a result, EDGE Studio and Nbbj have designed a more flexible facility that is advantageous to inter-departmental cooperation, and helps attract the best and brightest research faculty and students from around the world.

The project has two segments: a 22,000 square foot addition to house the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, and a full renovation in phases of the existing buildings, including full upgrades to all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety systems.

The project started with an extensive master planning and programming phase, with the often conflicting needs and desires of over 70 research faculty and administrators. Both the addition and renovations were completed while the building remained fully occupied and functional, making the planning, move management, and construction management a significant challenge.

The addition, housing the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, forms a raised link on the site’s north side between the original tower and auditorium. A poured-in-place concrete structure carefully threads its way through the existing basement and subbasement lab spaces below, expressed by the large sloped piers supporting the building over O’Hara Street.

The metal panel and curtain-wall-clad addition contains computer labs, conference spaces, and administrative spaces, which acts as a laboratory for cross disciplinary research into sustainable building and product design. It also contains a new four story open stair hall, linking the three buildings of the assembly, forming a new entry down to the original building’s basement which has been opened up to house a new Teaching / Learning Center.

The project achieved LEED Gold Certification. However, the most important sustainable characteristic is the work that goes on inside, researching into water use, energy use, building construction systems, and collaborations with sustainable technology industries.

March 10, 2011

Jordan Housing Bank For Trade and Finance Headquarters | NBBJ

ordan Housing Bank For Trade and Finance Headquarters / NBBJ © Li Fang

ordan Housing Bank For Trade and Finance Headquarters / NBBJ © Li Fang

ordan Housing Bank For Trade and Finance Headquarters / NBBJ © Li Fang

ordan Housing Bank For Trade and Finance Headquarters / NBBJ © Li Fang

ordan Housing Bank For Trade and Finance Headquarters / NBBJ © Li Fang

ordan Housing Bank For Trade and Finance Headquarters / NBBJ © Li Fang

The Columbus, Ohio office of international design firm NBBJ is designing the new headquarters for the Housing Bank For Trade and Finance (HBTF), the largest bank branch network in . Located in the Schmeisani section of , the new HBTF headquarters will feature a modern, iconic design helping to re-shape the city’s evolving skyline. It will also be among a handful of buildings in  created under the current sustainable design guidelines. Once completed, the new facility will provide employees with a state-of-the-art work environment to deliver even better service to customers.

Project description and drawings after the break.

Architect: NBBJ
Project team: Adam Shriver, Aleksandr Daskalov, Brian Sell, Chandra Wilcox, Dean Stump, Don Kruckeburg, Earl Lee, Ed Mickelson, Ivan Amy, Jim Lehnert, John Woods, Karen Miller Eskandari, Kent Usher, Mark Gammon, Mark Perry, Matt Manda, Mike Suriano, Nick Forbess, Scot Walls, Tony Murry, Tyler Bohm, Katie Hueblein, Michael Denison, Laura Elswick, Jeff Heffner, Jonathan Novak, Teri Umbarger, Brian Rezentes, Budiman Wiharja, Nursah Balcilar
Design Engineer: Arup
Local A/E: Arabtech Jardaneh
Lighting Designer: Quentin Thomas Associates
Food Service Designer: Hammer Design Associates
Wind Testing: CPP
Water Architecture: Dan Euser
Client: Housing Bank for Trade and Finance
Project area: 76,000 sqm
Project year: Estimated Completion 2014
Renderings: Li Fang / Illustration on Demand

The new 76,000 sqm headquarters will accommodate up to 1,200 employees and will address the bank’s need for flexibility, operational efficiency and consolidation. The design will feature an intelligent façade with flexible interior systems that allows the bank to accommodate industry and technological advancements without undergoing intensive renovations.Plans also include sustainable elements such as special landscaping that conserves water and provides shade from the sun for the site. The 7-story headquarters includes an office tower, new prototype for future retail branch locations and below-grade parking facilities.

February 7, 2011

The Sail @ Marina | NBBJ

April 5th, 2010David K

The Sail @ Marina Bay by NBBJ is the mixed-use building comprising apartment units, several restaurants, health clubs, recreation decks with pools and tennis courts, and parking. As the 10th largest residential high-rise in the world, and the largest high-rise in Singapore, the Sail @ Marina Bay has become Singapore’s newest city icon. It carves out the leading edge of Singapore’s emerging new skyline.

The development is the first project in the area to introduce residential units and is designed to advance Singapore’s leadership in Asia as a city that offers the ultimate in “Live Work Play.” The Sail has achieved Singapore’s Gold standard of sustainability and its iconic sculptured towers, paired with its many amenities, is transforming Marina Bay into a geographical hotspot for culture, entertainment, and business in Singapore.

Project description courtesy of NBBJ

The Sail @ Marina Bay
The Creation of a Sustainable City for Living, Working, and Playing
Marina Bay, Singapore

The design of the award-winning Sail @ Marina Bay derives inspiration from Singapore’s port environment—the air, wind and water—and its diverse international population. Viewed from across the bay, the 63- and 70-story glass-clad towers rise from a sculpted base to resemble wind-blown sails. At 245 meters tall, the Sail @ Marina Bay prominently carves out the leading edge of Singapore’s emerging new skyline.

Designed to advance Singapore’s leadership as a global “Live Work Play” destination, the Sail @ Marina Bay features 1,111 residences—the first Marina Bay project to introduce residential units—restaurants, health clubs, recreation decks with pools and tennis courts and car-park facilities.

To create a true 24/7 lifestyle environment in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD), and to help reduce traffic, congestion and smog, the Sail @ Marina Bay is designed to directly access the MRT and park amenities along the waterfront. Retail, dining and work environments are all within an easy walk.

Careful site orientation provides 65 percent of the apartments with panoramic vistas of Marina Bay and the CBD’s cultural, entertainment and retail areas. Six-star penthouses offer breathtaking views of the sea and islands beyond. This thoughtful planning has yielded great success for the project: Tower One units sold out in two weeks; Tower Two in two days; with sale prices setting new records for the Southeast Asia residential market.

The design sets new safety and sustainability standards for all of Marina Bay. The innovative yet economical structural solution couples a shear-wall and foundation system—a first for the Singapore—to withstand seismic criteria, resulting in one of the safest buildings in the country. The exterior facade uses insulated low-E glass to reduce solar heat gain and lower air-conditioning demands—another first for Singapore residential towers—while taking full advantage of spectacular views with floor-to-ceiling glass in many units.

The building is BCA Green Mark Gold Certified (Singapore’s sustainable building criteria), integrating features such as a seven-story car park greenwall along a new pedestrian linkage connecting Raffles Quay to a proposed central park; improving the residents’ overall air-quality and living experience and creating a new public space for the City.

The Sail has been deemed Singapore’s newest city icon and it is fast becoming a top destination within the rich and diverse fabric of Singapore, helping transform Marina Bay into a geographical hotspot for culture, entertainment and business.

Sustainable Highlights:

  • The site is 50% water and 50% city with direct access to public transit, the bay, retail and dining—creating a live/work/play environment that helps reduce traffic, congestion and smog
  • A seven-story greenwall, which is currently growing in, will provide foliage to the pedestrian thoroughfare, improving the overall air quality and living experience for the residents
  • Energy saving techniques include low-energy light fixtures, motion sensor lighting and energy-efficient air conditioners in every unit
  • A healthy environment is achieved through extensive vegetation and landscaping that adds oxygen to the air and helps filter pollutants, the use of low formaldehyde emitting materials and chemical-free landscape maintenance
  • Water saving techniques include dual flush toilets and low-flow water fixtures
  • High-performance insulated low-E glass—the first use in Singapore—is used for the glass curtain wall to enhance energy efficiency and maximize visibility
  • Detailed energy modeling was used to tune the performance criteria for the glass—yielding stellar visibility and low reflectance, which reduces heat gain and saves energy
  • Recycled materials such as metal, rubber and wood are used throughout in the fabrication of walls, doors and the playground equipment
  • All residential units have operable windows and extensive access to natural ligh
+ Project credits / data

Project: The Sail @ Marina Bay
Location: Marina Bay, Singapore
Project Team Architect: NBBJ
NBBJ Co-Design Principals: Peter Pran and Timothy Johnson
NBBJ Managing Principal: Scott Hunter
Owner: City Developments Limited (CDL), American International Group (AIG)
Completion: September 2008
Total surface area: 118,182 SM (1.2 million SF)
Residential Units: 1,111

+ About NBBJ

For more than 60 years, NBBJ, a leading global architecture and design firm, has helped companies and organizations create innovative places. NBBJ’s culture and design methods have attracted the attention of Fortune 500 companies, leading public and civic organizations worldwide and US News & World Report top hospitals. The firm is dedicated to actively pursuing sustainable solutions that contribute to a more livable world and they are one of 12 international design firms who have signed on to the progressive goals of the 2030 Challenge—a world-wide initiative calling for carbon neutrality in all new buildings by 2030.NBBJ has nine offices globally, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York, London, Dubai, Beijing and Shanghai.

+ All images and drawings courtesy of NBBJ | Photo by Tim Griffith + Sean Airhart of NBBJ





February 7, 2011

Akerselva Atrium | Peter Pran + Jonathan Ward of NBBJ

August 1st, 2009David K

Peter Pran & Jonathan Ward of NBBJ recently has completed the Akerselva Atrium mixed-used building located along the Akerselva/Aker River in Oslo, Norway. The project composed of two distinct architectural forms split by the central lift core with a dramatic striking color glass atrium, where the entrance of the project is defined.

One part of the facade toward the river is in all glass, with a leaning out toward the river with its massing, giving panoramic views for the people working in the building – one feels suspended in space and feel a senstation of floating over the river.

Peter Pran of NBBJ

+ Project description courtesy of Laura Ray of NBBJ

The NBBJ-designed Akerselva Atrium is a new 17,600 SM mixed-use project in the Akerselvaneighborhood in downtown Oslo—a mere five-minute walk to the city’s opera, central train station and harbor. Surrounded by historical industrial, office and apartment buildings, it is among the first contemporary and innovative designs introduced to the area in recent years.

As a site-specific project, the design anchors to the area’s existing architectural aesthetic, while the use of juxtaposed facades, materials and colors, enlivens the neighborhood with a new modern identity. The design also ties to the riverfront whenever possible:

  • The all-metal curtain wall melds with the area’s predominantly metal and masonry buildings; its white-and-blue punched windows bring a modern interplay of color and shape.
  • The west-facing all high-performance glass facade tilts 90 degrees to seemingly float above the river, providing staff with not only a panoramic views but a unique sensation of suspension above water.
  • The inward-leaning atrium serves as the project’s primary entrance and is clearly marked by a dramatic 10-story leaning atrium comprised entirely of orange glass.
  • The atrium defines a diagonal circulation path through the project, splitting it in two.
  • At street level, a wide staircase offers the area’s only public access point to the riverside.

The top floors are occupied by NHST, the primary tenant and owner of Dagens Næringsliv, one of Norway’s top newspapers. The lower floors are occupied by Oslo Kommune/Oslo County and Eiendoms-og Byfornyelsesetaten/Property and City Renewal Department.

Project credits / data

Project: Akerselva Atrium
Location: Downtown Oslo, Norway
Owner: Vital
Architect: NBBJ (London office) and Bambus Architects + Pran Architects (now Poulsson/Pran Architects)
Design principle in charge: Peter Pran, Jonathan Ward
Project designer and manager in charge: Martin Reeves
Interiors: Zinc Interiors
Developer: NCC Property Development
NCC Administrative directors: Adm. Dir.s Mona Ingebrigtsen, Stein Haugbro, Rolf Thorsen
Contractor: NCC Construction

+ All images and drawings courtesy of NBBJ | Photographers Jiri Havran, Erling Magnus Hjerman, Peter Pran
About NBBJ

NBBJ is one of the largest architecture, design and planning practices in the world, with offices in the United Kingdom, North America, the Middle East and China. The firm is a world leader in the design of progressive corporate and commercial buildings for leading companies such as Microsoft, Telenor, Boeing, Reebok, Starbucks and Novartis.

NBBJ’s client roster also includes world-renowned academic, research, healthcare and civic organizations such as the Wellcome Trust and Stanford University. Together, NBBJ’s employees and clients have designed communities, buildings, products, environments and digital experiences across the globe that enhance people’s lives, improve businesses’ bottom lines and contribute to a more sustainable and livable world.

Project credits / data

Project: Akerselva Atrium
Location: Downtown Oslo, Norway

NBBJ (Design Architect)

Peter Pran, Design Principal in charge
Jonathan Ward, Principal,
Martin Reeves, Project Designer and Manager in charge
Stuart Rudd, Technical Coordinator
Phu Duong, Associate and Project Designer
Cliff Green, Architect
Nick Worth, Assistant Architect
Ivan Equihua, Project Designer
Rachel Lin, Designer

Pran Arkitekter, Architects, Oslo

Odd Sigvart Pran, Principal in charge
Elizabeth Pran, Principal

Poulsson/Pran Architects, Oslo (formerly Bambus)

Marcus Pran, Principal in charge
Andreas Poulsson, Principal
Jonas Sobstad, Senior Architect
Inger Anita Reigstad, Interior Architect
Jurg Frei, Senior Architect for Bambus (now Poulsson/Pran)
Erling Magnus Hjerman, Senior Architect

Interior Architects:

Zinc (design for NHST/DN for Akerselva Atrium; floors 4 to 10, lobby, 1st fl+Cafetria)
Elisabeth Tromborg, Interior Architect MNIL in charge
Camilla Songe-Moller, Interior Architect MNIL

Mellbye Architects/Interiors
For EBY at 2 to 4 fl


NCC Property Development, Oslo
Mona Ingebrigtsen, Adm. Dir.
Stein Haugbro, Adm. Dir.
Thomas Tenden, Director
Rolf Thorsen, Adm. Dir.

Construction: NCC Construction

Owner: Vital Company

Main Tenants:

NHST with Dagens Næringsliv (one of the main newspapers in Norway)
Eiendoms- and Byfornyelsesetaten (Property and City Renewal Department)

Advisors/Technical advisors:

Opak – RIB, RIG, RIBR:
Rambøll – Ria: BS Akustikk

Technical coordinator:

Projectibg service: VVS:
Hjeltness Consult- Registering neigbotbuildings: Multiconsult – RIE: Norconsult

Other consultants:

Measuring of sites: Asker Oppmåling
Remove structures and digging: Dokken
Spunt and pilots work: Kynningsrud
Form work: Dokka
Deck casting: Euro Gulv
Finished concrete: Norbetong
Prefab walls: Con-Form Oslo
Steel constructions: Skar Industriservice
Steel and metal work: Rosmek
Coverage/technical rooms: Nordisk

Steel and metalwork, baldakin: Odd aronsen Mechaniv caø Industri
Tekking: Hesselberg Roof
Brick/wall and pussverk: Fjeeldheim & Knudsen
Tile work: BBM in Norway
Metal ceiling outdoors: Moelven Nordia
Aluminum and glass facades: Clima SRL, Italy
Carusell door: Boon Edam
Facade Washing System; NorAcon Kitchen: HTH
Internal system walls+ ceilings: Modulvegger Oslo
Tapestry: Ragnar Anderson
Parkett: ABS Parkettgruppen
Painting work: Dema. Painting technique
Core DRiling and concrete sawing: Mirmax Asphalt & Concrete
Fire sealing: Thermax
Pipe installation: CM athiesen & Co.
Ventilations: Bjerke Ventliasjon
Electro: YIT Building System
Out-of-house work: Løvold
Deliverance of wood:Ø Løvold
Building materials: MV Høvelllas
Sauna: Tylø

+ All images and drawings courtesy of NBBJ | Photo by Jiri Havran + Tim Griffith + Scott Wyatt




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