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“City of Dreams” Hotel Tower – Cotai, Macau `

Posted in Built by Sharon Zhu on September 4, 2015

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Building: “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower
Location: Coati, Macau
Completion: 2017
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Developer: Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Structural Engineer: Mott Connell Ltd.
MEP: Jebson Consultants & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Facade Engineer: Buro Happold
Fire Engineer: Arup
Traffic Engineer: MVA

AE Interests: Giant transfer beams and trusses used to create open spaces, complex external structural web carries both gravity and lateral forces, reinforced concrete used in stair and lift core walls to create lateral stability, external exoskeleton structure.

Articles: 1

Mexico City International Airport – Mexico City, Mexico `

Posted in Built by Sydney Valentine Moore on April 9, 2015

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Building: Mexico City International Airport
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architects: Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero EnterprisE)
Master Plan Design: Arup
Structural Engineering: Arup
M+E Engineer: Foster + Partners
2018 note: Under construction

AE Interests: Maximum span of 170 meters, single light-weight grid shell roof structure, prefabricated, sub floor services, natural ventilation, roof harvests solar energy and captures rain water.

Articles: 1
Videos: 1,
Fly Thru Video here – look for this image toward bottom of page:
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Singapore National Stadium – Kallang, Singapore `

Posted in Built by Jonah Wolf on September 8, 2014

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[Sources for pictures 1&2]  [Sources for pictures 3&4]

Building: Singapore National Stadium
Location: Kallang, Singapore
Architect: DP Architects
Structural Engineer: Arup
Contractor: Dragages Singapore
Environmental Engineer: Phoenix Solar
Completed: June 2014

AE Interest: At 1,023 ft in diameter, Singapore National Stadium exceeds the span of Texas Cowboys Stadium (902 ft) as the largest dome structure in the world. Phoenix Solar installed over 75,000 sq. ft of solar arrays, resulting in 60% less total energy consumption than traditional stadiums. Also, the only venue in the world custom-built for soccer, rugby, and cricket.  Also: world’s largest retractable roof at 680,000sf – can be opened / closed in 12 minutes.

Article: 1

(This post edited by Arizona Dabrusin on 9/9/14)

The Menil Collection – Houston, Texas, U.S. `

Posted in Built by Mike Renteria on November 30, 2012

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Building: The Menil Collection
Location: 1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, Texas 77006
Architect: Renzo Piano
Structural Engineer: Arup
Images: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
Completion 1986

AE Interests: The building’s roof has an innovative design that allows for natural interior lighting – a roof of concrete “leaves” controls the entry of light into the building.  `


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center – Athens, Greece `

Posted in Proposed Design by Richard Beeler on August 31, 2010

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Building: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Location: Athens, Greece
Completion: 2015
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural Engineer – Expedition Engineering
MEP and Acoustic Engineers – Arup

Client: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation

AE Interests: Delicate ferrocement roof with steel columns and cable cross-bracing, sustainable design, solar power, wind power.

Article: 1,

Edited 2018

London Bridge Tower – London, U.K. `

Posted in Built by Alec Gagnon on June 24, 2010

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Building: London Bridge Tower (The Shard)
Location: 32 London Bridge Street, London, UK
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural: WSP Cantor Seinuk
Construction: Mace
Completed 2012

The Shard is the tallest building in London, and the 2nd tallest building in Europe (2013) at a height of 306 metres (1,004 feet) and contains luxury office spaces, hotels, high-end apartments, restaurants, a five-story viewing gallery, and a spa.

AE Interest: Slip-form construction, top-down construction, glass curtain wall, double-skin, complex crane-construction technique, expressive architectural concept.





New Museum of Contemporary Art – New York City, New York, U.S. `

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 5, 2010

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Building: New Museum of Contemporary Art
Location: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Architects: SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa)
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson, Sasaki and Partners

AE Interests: Staggered box structural scheme, Exterior cladding: expanded metal mesh on corrugated aluminum panels. `

Articles: 1

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Linked Hybrid-Beijing, China `

Posted in Built by alfredomaldonado2009 on September 1, 2009

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Building: Linked Hybrid
Location: Beijing, China
Architect: Steven Holl
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates, China Academy of Building Research
Lighting consultant:L’Observatoire International
ME Engineer:Transsolar, Beijing Capital Engineering Architecture Design Co. LTD, Cosentini Associates
Curtain wall consultant: Front Inc., Xi’an Aircraft Industry Company LTD, Yuanda Curtain-wall, Jianghe, Xi-Fei
Landscape architect: Steven Holl Architects, EDAW Beijing, TSLD
Completed 2009

AE Interest: Geothermal Wells, roof gardens, At 220,000 square meters(~2,368,080 square feet) it is one of the largest Green residential projects in the world, LEED Gold Rating.  Pedestrian bridges between buildings, earthquake design.

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Cartier Foundation – Paris, France `

Posted in Built by Marcus Allen on August 31, 2009

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Building: Cartier Foundation
Location: 261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris, France
Architect: Jean Nouvel
Structural: Arup
Completed 1994

AE Interests: Steel and glass, transparency, reflection

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Musée des Confluences – Lyon, France

Posted in Under Construction by Stephen Mathai on March 5, 2015

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Building: Musée des Confluences (Museum of Knowledge)
Location: Lyon, France
Completion Expected: 2014
Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Architect of Record: Patriarche & Co
Structural Engineering (Design): Bollinger + Grohmann
Structural Engineering (Executive): Coyne et Bellier; Van Santen
Acoustics: Cabinet Lamoureux
Lighting Consultant: Har Hollands

AE Interests: Complex geometry, cantilever `

Articles: 1,

Updated 3/2015 by G.Brooks

Bosco Verticale Torre – Milan, Italy

Posted in Built by Jessica Olivares on September 15, 2014

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Building: Bosco Verticale Torre (Bosco Verticale) (The Vertical Forest)
Location: Milan, Italy
Architects: Boeri Studio
Completed: 2013
Landscape Design: Emanuela Borio and Laura Gatti
Structural Engineer: Arup Italia s.r.l.
MEP Engineer: Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Main Contractor: ZH Construction Company S.p.A

AE Interests:  Concept of regenerating the lost forests, the towers together have the capacity to hold 480 big and medium sized trees, 250 small size trees, 11,000 ground-cover plants and 5,000 shrubs… the equivalent of a hectare of forest. The vertical Forest helps to build a micro-climate and to filter dust particles. Diversity of the plants helps to create humidity, and absorb CO2 and dust, produces oxygen, protects people and houses from the suns rays.  Plants were pre-cultivated allowing the plants to get used to the conditions they were placed in on the buildings. `

Articles: [1]

1111 Lincoln Road – Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.

Posted in Built by Hannah James on August 23, 2014

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Building: 1111 Lincoln Road
Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Year: 2008
Design: Herzog & de Meuron
Architect of Record: Charles H. Benson & Associates Architects
Structural Engineering: Optimus Structural Design LLC
General Contractor: G.T. McDonald Enterprises Inc.
HVAC, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering: Franyie Engineers Inc.
Landscape Design: Raymond Jungles
Civil Engineering Consultant: Kimley Horn and Associates

Size: 26,486 square feet

AE Interests:  Parking structure / multi-purpose, angular columns, ambitious concrete flat-plate structure.

Video on Architectural Design

Sources: [1]

updated 10/2014 by GB

Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Proposed Design, Under Construction by Gregory Brooks on October 14, 2012

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Building: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Address: 2201 N Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Architect: Morphosis
Architect of Record (Dallas): Good, Fulton and Farrell
Preliminary Design Engineer: Buro Happold
Structural Engineer:  Datum Engineers
Consulting Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Buro Happold
Landscape Architect: Talley Associates
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
Project Manager: Hillwood
Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon
Completed 2013

AE Interests: Complex form, custom concrete facade created directly from digital model information, green roof. `

MORE ABOUT this building.
article/slideshow Jan 9, 2013 Architectural Record online

UT tour Dallas

Walt Disney Concert Hall- Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Posted in Built by Matt McCarthy on October 5, 2012

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Building: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Address: 111 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Architect: Frank Gehry
Structure and Facade Design: Frank O. Gehry & Partners
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.
Chief Acoustician: Yasuhisa Toyota
MEP: Cosentini Associates
Completed 2003

AE Interests: Complex geometry, state-of-the-art acoustical concert hall, stainless steel facade. `

Articles: 1, 2 (Catia), 3 (W),
Edited Oct2012 by GB.

Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre – Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Cristina Calderon on October 1, 2012

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Building: Dee & Charles Wyly Theater
Location: 2401 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Architect: Rem Koolhaas of OMA and Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX (OMA NY)
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Structural Engineer: (MKA) Magnusson Klemencic Associates
General Construction: McCarthy
Mechanical Engineers: Cosentini Associates and Transsolar
Completed 2009

AE Interest: Motorized system to raise/lower seating and floor system for varied theatre arrangements. Ground level opens up on 3-sides to outside plaza, Wyly-green color at all hazard areas creates color motif for building. High-strength concrete angled columns create open corner of building, extruded aluminum “curtain” on exterior.  `

Joshua Prince-Ramus lecture, Dallas (TEDx)
6:00 – start of Wyly presentation
16:40 – timelapse reconfig. of stage

Project Team

UT tour Dallas

Nasher Sculpture Center – Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Alec Gagnon on September 30, 2012

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Building: Nasher Sculpture Center
Location: 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural Engineer: Arup  with Datum Engineers
Landscape: Peter Walker and Partners
Construction: Beck
Completed October 2003

AE Interests: “Museum without a  roof” – cast-aluminum shading panels, glass roof with tension-cable support at center-span, double-wall system for HVAC and rainwater, sculpture garden, barrel-vaulted ceiling.  Exhibits originally included a sky-viewing space by James Turrell, which was eventually compromised by the construction of a high-rise nearby. `

UT tour Dallas

Drawings: 1

Winspear Opera House – Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Mark Rocha on September 28, 2012

Image credits:  1, 2, 3, 4

Building: Winspear Opera House
Location: 2106 Boll Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Architect: Foster + Partners (Spencer de Grey)
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Design Engineer: Buro Happold (Mike Cook)
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Acoustical Engineer: Sound Space Design
Construction: Linbeck
Completed 2009

AE Interests: Grand shading structure at entrance, aluminum cladding, red glass facade, 2,200 seat auditorium, acoustic isolation strategies, white gold-leaf balcony acoustic baffles, l.e.d. giant chandelier – retracts into ceiling.   `

Video of chandelier retracting into ceiling

UT tour Dallas

Edited Oct2012 by GB.

Alexandria Library – Alexandria, Egypt

Posted in Built by Charles Lander on September 27, 2012

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Building: Alexandria Library
Location: El Shatby, Alexandria, Egypt
Architect: Snøhetta
Structural Engineer: Hamza Associates
Consruction: Arab Contractors, Balfour Beatty Construction
Size: 915,000 sq. ft.
Completed 2001

AE Interests: Originally, the oldest library in the world, tragically destroyed in 48b.c. New building: Bold geometry, natural daylighting, reflective pools used for the building’s cooling and help clean the surrounding air.
In 1989, UT graduate Craig Dykers entered the international design competition with the newly founded firm, Snøhetta, and won!  Craig became a co-founder and partner in the firm. `

One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) – New York, U.S.

Posted in Built by Michael Atmadja on January 31, 2011

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Building: One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower)
Location: New York, NY
Architect: David Childs of SOM
Structural Engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk
MEP: Jaros Baum and Bolles
MEP Concept, Facade Design, Renewable Energy and Vertical Wind Farm Integration: Battle McCarthy Limited
Completed 2014

AE Interest: Height, increased strength against disaster, BIM and other technology based design.
Tallest building in the U.S. (2013) at 1,776 feet tall.   `

See also: Masterplan for Ground Zero, D. Libeskind
articles: 1,
video: 1 (time-lapse),


Swiss Re HQ – London, England, U.K.

Posted in Built by Aalok Bhattarai on August 25, 2010

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Building: Swiss Re Headquarters also known as 30 St Mary Axe and the Gherkin
Location: 30 St Mary Axe, City of London, England
Architect: Foster + Partners
Structural Engineer: Arup
Construction: Skanska
MEP Engineer: Hilson Moran Partnership
Completed 2003

AE Interests: daylighting, natural ventilation, dia-grid structure, sustainability, parametric model, aerodynamic form.  `

articles: modeling, diagrid sizing (pdf)




Olympic Aquatic Center – London, U.K.

Posted in Under Construction by Cullen Vance on June 25, 2010

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Building:  Olympic Aquatic Center, 2012 Summer Olympics
Location: Stratford, London, UK
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Structural Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Arup
Construction: Balfour Beatty
Roof Completed August 2009
Building Completed 2011

AE Interests:  2012 London Summer Olympics, Complex Geometry, large-span (3 supports), Olympic Mode (w/stands) and Legacy Mode, Steel Roof Fan-Truss Structure, Software Process Maya to Rhino to Revit. Underside of roof will be red louro timber. Roofing is standing seam metal. `


UTL2011-A, UTL2011-E, UTL2011C?

BDOnline 9/10/10 – roof




London Olympic Velodrome Consortium – London, U.K.

Posted in Built by Luke Ward on June 24, 2010

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Building: Olympic Velodrome, 2012 Summer Olympics
Location: London, UK
Cost: $168 million
Architect: Hopkins
Engineer: Expedition Engineering
Construction: PJ Lane
Completed 2011

AE Interests: London 2012 Olympics venue. Complex geometry, steel structure, light-weight cable-net roof structure, roof reflects the cycling track, natural roof lighting reduces energy costs, natural ventilation, and collects rain water. `

Construction images

Article 1, 2

Edited by Calyea Pogue





Rolex Learning Centre – Lausanne, Switzerland

Posted in QuickPost by Gregory Brooks on February 22, 2010

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Building: Rolex Learning Centre at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Architect: Sanaa
Structural Engineer (conceptual design): Sasaki and Partners
Structural Engineer: Bollinger and Grohmann
Completed February 2010

AE Interest: Curved concrete floors and roof (large compressive forces), round holes/courtyards in form. `

DesignBoom link

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Bobby Chamra on November 1, 2009

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Building: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Address: 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Architect: Tadao Ando Architects & Associates
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti/Ellisor-Tanner Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: CHP & Associates
Lighting Engineer: George Sexton Associates
Acoustical Engineer: Cerami & Associates, Inc.
Construction: Linbeck
Completed 2002
Cost: $65million
Size: 153,000sf

AE Interests: 120′ span, 40′ high spaces, natural lighting, structure, building envelope, high-quality cast-in-place concrete, curtainwall.  Cantilevered slabs at pavilion roofs supported by 40′ tall “Y” shapes and upturned beam at top of slab.  `

Article: [1]

UT tour Fort Worth

Kimbell Museum Addition – Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Under Construction by Gregory Brooks on October 14, 2009

Click here to watch video of COMPLETED building.

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Click here for an [animated video tour] of the new building.
Click here for timelapse videos of the construction: aerial, columns.

Building: Kimbell Museum Addition
Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Architects
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Local Engineer: BDD BrocketteDavisDrake
Construction: H.C. Beck Group
Construction from 2010-2012

AE Interest: 104′ span laminated douglas-fir beams, Cast concrete walls, steel/glass roof, underground, context, approach/entry sequence, expressed structure/detail. `

UT tour Fort Worth

Kimbell Art Museum – Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on October 8, 2009

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Building: Kimbell Art Museum
Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Architect: Louis Kahn
Structural Engineer: August Komendant
Mechanical Engineer: Cowan, Love & Jackson, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Marshall Meyers
Begun in 1966, completed October 1972

AE Interests: Light reflector is early example of computer-analysis in design, 100′-long curved concrete post-tension long-span beams form the 2 halves of the vaulted ceilings.  `

Kimbell Video tour

UT tour Fort Worth

AT&T (Cowboy’s) Stadium- Arlington, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Paul Carr on September 3, 2009

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Building: AT&T (Cowboy’s) Stadium
Address: 925 North Collins Street, Arlington, Texas 
Owner: City of Arlington
Architect: HKS, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Walter P Moore and Campbell & Associates
General Construction: Manhattan Construction
Construction from 2005-2009

The stadium of NFL’s Dallas Cowboys was the largest dome in the world, until the Singapore National Stadium was completed in June 2014.  The roof has an area of 660,800 square feet with the highest point at nearly 300 feet above the field.  The stadium is centered about two main steel arch box trusses, anchored to the ground on each end lying 1,225 feet apart.  Two of the large panels connecting these trusses are retractable, creating an opening of 104,960 square feet in twelve minutes.  The world’s largest operable glass doors are located at each end zone of the stadium, spanning 180 feet wide and 120 feet high.  `

Federal Courthouse – Austin, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on September 3, 2009

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Building: Federal Courthouse
Location: 5th/San Antonio – Austin, Texas
Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Consulting Architect: Page Southerland Page
Structural Engineer: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
Mechanical Engineer: Page Southerland Page
Construction: White Construction
Cost: $102 million
Size: 252,420 Sq. ft.
Construction from September 2009-2012

AE Interests:  Energy Efficiency, Natural Lighting, Rainwater Collection, Complicated Floor Plates, LEED Silver Design. `

Austin City Hall – Austin, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Maggie Lawson on September 1, 2009

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Building: Austin City Hall
Location:  Austin, Texas
Design Architect: Antoine Predock
Local Architect: Cotera+Reed
Structural Engineer (above-grade building): P.E. Structural Consultants, Inc. PESC
Structural Engineer (below-grade parking structure): Datum Engineers, Inc.
Builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Landscape Team: Eleanor McKinney, Carolyn Kelley
Total Area: 115,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $56.6 million

AE Interests: LEED Gold, cast-in-place concrete, Lueders limestone, copper, water system incorporates Lady Bird Lake, photovoltaic cells provide solar protection.  Ventilation system for the underground parking measures the level of CO2 and CO and regulates the amount of ventilation, saving a significant amount of energy and earning it a LEED innovation point. `

Chapel of St. Ignatius-Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Posted in Built by alfredomaldonado2009 on September 1, 2009

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Building: Chapel of St. Ignatius
Location: ‪901 12th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
Architect: Steven Holl
Structural Engineer: Monte Clark Engineering, Datum Engineering
Contractor: Baugh Construction
Lighting consultant: L’Observatoire International
Acoustical consultant: Peter George and Associates
ME Engineer: Abacus Engineered Systems
Completed 1997

AE Interest: Using orientation, shape, and Glass to provide different lighting throughout the day. `

CCTV Headquarters- Beijing, China

Posted in Under Construction by lindseylohberg2009 on September 1, 2009

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Building: Central Chinese Television Headquarters (CCTV HQ)
Location: 32 E 3rd Ring Road Middle, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Architects: Rem Koolhaas OMA
Associate Architects and Engineers: ECADI- East China Architecture & Design Institute
Structural Engineers: Arup
Completed 2012

AE Interests: the building is a contiunous loop of vertical and horizontal sections.  Earthquake design, complex angular tower. `

The Highline – New York City, New York, U.S.

Posted in Built by Zaid Arzate on September 1, 2009

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Building: The Highline
Location: New York City, New York
Architect: Diller + Scofidio
Completion: 2009

AE Interest: turned an abandoned elevated railroad in the middle of New York City into a park, emphasis on  blending  architecture and nature.  `

Seattle Central Library – Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Posted in Built by lindseylohberg2009 on September 1, 2009

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Building: Seattle Central Library
Location: 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Design Architect: OMA
Associate Architect: LMN (Seattle)
Engineers: Arup, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Awards: 2005 Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture, 2005 Outstanding Library Building Award, and 2005 Platinum Award for Innovation and Engineering
Completed 2004

AE Interests: natural lighting, five platforms and four planes placed in-between these make up the shape of the building, the “Books Spiral” is a giant spiralling bookcase containing all the libraries collection of literature. `

Joshua Prince-Ramus was partner-in-charge for OMA New York (firm has been renamed REX) for the Seattle Central Library.
REX features an interactive panorama-tour of the building here

ArchDaily article

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de Young Museum – Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, U.S.

Posted in Built by Amanda Hawkins on August 30, 2009

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Building: de Young Museum
Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Architect: Herzog and de Meuron
Structural Engineers: Rutherford & Chekene
MEP: Arup
Completed October 2005

AE interests: perforated copper exterior skin, natural lighting. `

More Information

Bird’s Nest – Olympic Park, Beijing, China

Posted in Built by Amanda Hawkins on August 30, 2009


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Building: Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium
Location: Olympic Park, Beijing, China
Architect: Herzog and de Meuron
Structural Engineer: Arup
Completed 2008

AE interests: complex structural form, built to withstand earthquakes.  Structural steel tube shapes. `

For more information on the Bird’s Nest click here.

Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on August 30, 2009

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Building: Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai)
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
Completed: 2009
Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)
Stuctural Engineer: SOM (Bill Baker and Ahmad Abdelrazaq)
Interior Design: SOM
General Contractor: Samsung Corporation / Dubai Contracting Company LLC
Construction Manager: Turner International
Acoustical / Audio Visual / Telecommunications: Pelton Marsh Kinsella
Facade Maintenance: Lerch, Bates & Associates Inc., Facade Access Consulting, Citadel Consulting
Geotechnical: Hyder International
Landscape: Cracknell Landscape Design LLC
Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
Wind Engineering: RWDI Inc.

AE Interests: skyscraper, currently (2020) the world’s tallest building at 2,717 feet (818 meters). Conceptually designed as a giant cantilever. Concrete core, 3 primary concrete flanges, with stepping masses around the core (spiraling toward the top).  `

Building Case Study – MoreAEDesign

Articles: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Videos: [1, 2, 3]

Updated by Miguel Yapur, July 2020

Arab World Institute – Paris, France

Posted in Built by Luke Ward on August 29, 2009

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Building: Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe)
Location: 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France
Completed: 1987
Cost: $47.5 million
Architect: Jean Nouvel
Contractor: SETEC Bâtiment
Structural Engineer: Arcora

AE Interests: Aga Khan Award for Architecture; this building started Jean Nouvel’s acclaim. A matrix of photosensitive, mechanical apertures open and close throughout the day to control the light level inside the building. Steel structure, custom exposed elevators. Shading, daylighting, cultural expression. `

More About this building.

Articles: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Videos: [1, 2]

Updated by Miguel Yapur, July 2020

Watercube – Beijing

Posted in Built by Alan Del Olmo on August 28, 2009

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Building: “Watercube” National Aquatics Center
Location: Olympic Park, Beijing, China
Completed: 2008
Architect: PTW
Architect of Record: CCDI
Engineering: ARUP
Client: People’s Government of Beijing Municipality

AE Interests: Skeletal structure resembles biological cells and soap bubbles, clad with ethyl tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE).  `

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City of Arts – Valencia, Spain

Posted in Built by Benjamin Meinke on August 28, 2009

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Building: City of the Arts
Location: Valencia, Spain
Completed: 2004

Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Structural Engineer: Calatrava
Construction: Dragados and Necso
Stage Engineer: Waagner-Biro Bühnentechnik AG
Acoustics: Alfonso García

AE Interests: Futuristic city within a city, complex geometry, ensemble of buildings including a planetarium, science museum, oceanarium, and arts palace, white concrete.  `

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Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao, Spain

Posted in Built by Julian Park on August 28, 2009

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Building: Guggenheim Museum
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Completed: 1997

Architect: Frank Gehry
Structural Engineer: SOM
MEP: Cosentini Associates
Construction: URSSA, S. Coop Ltd.

AE Interests: complex geometry, steel structure, titanium metal panel facade. `
20th c. importance:  Example of solving non-linear complex architectural geometry, and creating a new digital 3D work-flow which is now common in 21st c. architecture.

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Updated by Miguel Yapur, June 2020