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Startup Lions ICT Campus – Turkana County, Kenya

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on July 2, 2021

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Project: Startup Lions ICT Campus
Location: Turkana County (near Lake Turkana) Kenya
Architect: Kere Architecture
Engineering and Construction: BuildX Studio
Client: Learning Lions gUG
Size: 12,242 sf (1,416 sm)
Completed: April 2021

AE Interests: Naturally ventilated spaces via solar chimneys (inspired by termite mounds) and windows at lower levels. information and communication technologies (ICT) campus.

Articles: [ 1, 2, ]
Solar chimneys: [ 1 ]


Rancho Mirage – Coachella Valley, California

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on June 23, 2021
Image credit: Mighty Buildings/EYRC Architects

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Location: Rancho Mirage (Coachella Valley) near Palm Springs, California
Developer: The Palari Group
Printing / Construction : Mighty Buildings
Systems controls: Delos (DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence)
Size: 15 homes, 1,450sf each. Total land use – 5 acres.
Starting price: $595,000 per home.
Construction beginning: 2021 (1.5 to 2 years expected to completion)

AE Interest: First 3D printed community in U.S., zero-net energy homes, prefabricated units in factory setting eliminates 99% of construction waste and 95% fewer hours of labor, solar panels on roofs, smooth finished walls. “Lego” type assembly of components.

Articles: [ 1, 2, 3 ]

Video: [ 1 ]


Serpentine Sackler Gallery Extention – London, U.K.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on May 27, 2021

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Building:  Serpentine Sackler Gallery Extension
(currently called the Magazine restaurant)
Location: London, U.K. in Kensington Gardens
Architect:  Zaha Hadid Architects
Structural, MEP, Fire engineering:  Arup
Lighting: Isometrix
Project Management: Rise
Completed:  November 2013

AE Interest:  Glass-fibre woven membrane roof, complex form.  “Instead of using perimeter columns, the edge beam – a twisted ladder truss supported on three points – dips down to the supporting ground in front, in the back, and on the free west side…” [1]. Cantilevered, frame-less glass walls.

Articles:  1, 2,




Glenstone II Museum – Potomac, Maryland

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 27, 2019

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Building: Glenstone II Museum
(new building, part of Glenstone Museum)
Address: 12100 Glen Rd. Potomac, MD 20854 [map]
Location: Potomac, Maryland
Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Landscape Architect: PWP Landscape Architecture
General Contractor: DPR Construction and Hitt Contracting Inc.
Civil Engineering: VIKA, Inc.
Façade Design: R.A. Heintges & Associates
M/E/P/FP Engineering: Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC
Natural Lighting Design: ARUP 
Sustainability: Buro Happold

204,000 total sf of new building which includes 50,000 sf of new gallery space.
Rectilinear galleries arranged in water-garden courtyards.  Daylighting includes skylights, clerestories.  Cast in place architectural concrete structure with some steel+conc. hybrid solutions.
“Clad in cast-concrete blocks, which measure approximately six feet long, one foot high and one foot deep (1.8 by 0.3 by 0.3 metres). These were left to cure outdoors, causing variations in their tone”

Article: 1, 2, 3

PDF: 1

111 West 57th Street – New York City, New York

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on November 3, 2018

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Building: 111 West 57th Street – New York City, New York
Architect: SHoP Architects
Structural Engineer: WSP
Construction/Developer: JDS Development Group + Property Markets Group
Completion: 2019

AEInterests: 1:24 slenderness ratio.  82 floors. 435m tall (1427 feet). Lateral stability via tuned mass damper, concrete core, shear walls, outrigger and belt systems.

Articles: 1,
Video: 1 (architect & engineer)
Silvian Marcus, director of building structures at WSP



Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on September 13, 2018

2018 NEWS:
3 new buildings on the MFAH campus:
(named the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus)

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Buildings shown above / listed below.

The Glassell School of Art
Opened May 2018
Architect:  Steven Holl Architects
Architect of Record:  Kendall Heaton Assoc.
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Climate Engineers: Transsolar
Facade Engineering (incl. str. glass): Knippers Helbig
93,000sf, $90m.

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
Expected Completion: 2020
Architect:  Steven Holl Architects
Architect of Record:  Kendall Heaton Assoc.
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Climate Engineers: Transsolar
Facade Engineering (incl. str. glass): Knippers Helbig

The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation
Expected Completion:  late 2018
Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
MEP: Collaborative Engineering Group


Buildings shown above / listed below.

Audrey Jones Beck Building
Completed: 2000
Architect: Rafael Moneo
Design Firm: Vignelli Associates, New York
Design Team: Massimo & Lella Vignelli (Principals in Charge), Peter Vetter, Mischa Leiner, Yoshiki Waterhouse, Christian Altmann, Yuji Yamazaki at Vignelli Associates; Rafael Moneo, Eduardo Miralles, Cristina Carriedo at José Rafael Moneo, Architect; Bill Kendall, Larry Burns, John Goodman at Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Fabricators: Graphtec, Schlitzberger
Consultants: Hines (project), CBM Engineers, Inc. (structural engineer), Altieri Sebor Wieber (mechanical/electrical engineer), Fisher Marantz Stone (architectural lighting design), Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. (civil engineer), Ulrich Engineers, Inc. (geotechnical engineer)

AE Interests: Natural daylighting, James Turrell tunnel.
More info

MFA-Houston also includes:

Caroline Wiess Law Building
Completed: 1974
Architects: two additions by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958 and 1974), original building by William Ward Watkin (1924).

Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden
Completed: 1986
Landscape architect: Isamu Noguchi

Central Administration and Glassell Junior School of Art Building
Completed: 1994
Architect: Carlos Jimenez

Video link: 2018 [Museum] Campus Redevelopment



Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3 – Shenzhen, China

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on November 19, 2017

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Project: Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3
Client: Shenzhen Airport Group Co. Ltd.
Developer: Shenzhen Airport Group Co. Ltd.
Architect: Massimiliano und Doriana Fuksas
Architect of Record: BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architectural Design)
Structures / Facade / Parametric design: Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering
General Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Lighting Consulting: Speirs & Major Associates
Size: 500,000sm, 1.5km long.
Completed: 2013

AEInterests: complex geometry, parametric design, daylighting.
“..spring-loaded bearing bolts of the steel structure permit uniform distribution of temperature and especially seismic loads on the supports.”

Articles: 1


Tower – Dallas, Texas

Posted in Proposed Design by Gregory Brooks on March 29, 2017

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Project: 70-story tower (proposed)
Location:  Dallas, Texas
Architect: Foster + Partners
Developer: H. Ross Perot Jr.’s Hillwood real estate firm

AE Interest:  70-story, 1 million-square-foot tower, round plan, diagrid mega-frame lateral stability system.  If built, will be tallest building in Dallas, Texas.

Article: [1]



Oceanwide Center – San Francisco, California

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on August 10, 2016

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Building:  Oceanwide Center
Location: San Francisco, California
Address: 50 1st Street (S. Mission St. / 1st St.)
Architect: Foster+Partners
Collaborating Architect: Heller Manus Architects
Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
M+E Engineer: Foster + Partners/Taylor Engineering/Engineering Enterprise
Size 219,885sm (2,366,822sf)

AE Interest:
mixed-use high-rise, 2 towers, 605-foot tall residential tower, new public space [c], 850-foot tall hotel, residential and office tower – it will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast, 1.35 million square feet of office space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.  Open layout is supported by an innovative orthogonal structural system [d] developed for seismic stability. [a]

Sources: [a,b,c,d,e]

ArchDaily16May2016-Oceanwide Center Receives San Francisco Planning Commission Approval [e]



Floating Solar Array – London, U.K.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on April 5, 2016



Project: Floating Solar Array
Location: London, U.K. (Queen Elizabeth II reservoir)
Engineering, installation:  Lightsource Renewable Energy

AE Interests:
Largest floating solar array in Europe, size of 8 soccer fields,  over 23,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

“It will have a total installed peak capacity of 6.3 megawatts and is expected to generate 5.8m kilowatt hours in its first year – equivalent to the annual consumption of around 1,800 homes.”

Article: 1




Palau Blaugrana – Barcelona

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on March 18, 2016

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Building: Palau Blaugrana (arena for FC Barcelona, basketball)
Architects: HOK, TAC Arquitectes
Completion expected: 2020

AE Interest: “The New Palau Blaugrana, which will have a capacity of 12,000 for sporting events and 12,500 for social and cultural events, is a key component of a broader project to improve FC Barcelona’s facilities, including a major renovation of the Camp Nou stadium, in creating the Espai Barça sports district. Construction on the new Palau Blaugrana is expected to begin during the 2017/2018 FC Barcelona basketball season and finish during the 2019/2020 season. It will replace the 7,500-seat Palau Blaugrana, which opened in 1971.”

Article: 1

Wangjing SOHO – Beijing, China

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 26, 2016

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Building: Wangjing SOHO
Location: Beijing, China
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Structure: Adams Kara Taylor UK, CCDI
Facade: Arup Facade HK, Inhabitat
MEP, Vt, Fire Safety, Sustainability: Hoare Lea UK, Arup Engineers
Construction: 2011-2014
Area: 5,610,850 sf

AEInterest: “Described as “three interweaving mountains”, the towers feature curved and tapered forms. The tallest and most slender is 200 metres high, while the other two are slightly broader, with heights of 127 and 118 metres.” (Dezeen)

Articles: 1, 2,




Sydney Modern – Sydney, Australia

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on June 1, 2015

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Building:  Sydney Modern Project (competition winner)
Location:  Sydney, Australia
Architect:  SANAA

AEInterest:  International competition winner, Lightweight pavilions connecting museum to landscape and city.
“includes the new building by SANAA, a revitalization of the original, 19th century building, and a new plaza linked to the Royal Botanic Gardens.”

Article: 1

Femme de Vals Tower – Vals, Switzerland

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on March 31, 2015

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Proposed Design (competition winner): Femme de Vals Tower
Location:  Vals, Switzerland
Architect:  Morphosis
Developer: Remo Stoffel
Competition: Feb 2015
Status:  to be determined.

AEInterest:  Luxury hotel, 82-story, 1,250 tall tower, appx. 100′ x 64′ in plan > 1:12.5 to 1:20 slenderness ratio, inspired by Giacometti’s Femme de Venise sculpture, controversial design for small town of Vals.

Article: 1

Apple Store – Huangzou, China

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 23, 2015

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Building:  Apple Store
Location:  Huangzou, China
Architect:  Foster + Partners
Completed: 2015

AE Interest:
“The main area inside the store features a 9m high space where the upper floor projects 12m from the rear wall”,
large sheets of glass: 11 large double-glazed panels, each 15m tall. [1]

Articles: 1, 2

Whitney Museum of American Art – New York City, New York, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 22, 2015

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Building: Whitney Museum of American Art
Location: New York City, New York, U.S.
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Assoc. Architect: Cooper, Robertson & Partners.
Structural Engineer: Roberts Silman Associates
Lighting Designer: Arup
M.E.P. Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Construction: Turner Construction, LLC

AE Interests:  steel structure, cantilevered entrance, largest column-free museum gallery in New York City [1].

“…the new Renzo Piano–designed building in New York City’s meatpacking district will open Friday, May 1, 2015.” RPBWnews


Neuroscience and Psychology Complex – Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 5, 2015


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Building: Neuroscience and Psychology Complex
Location: Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Architect: José Rafael Moneo Vallés Arquitecto and Davis Brody Bond
Completed January 2014

AE Interest: Pursuing LEED Silver certification, natural lighting, stormwater reclamation system for non-potable use, high-performance glass façade.

Subway Station – Naples, Italy

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on January 29, 2015

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Building: Naples Subway Station
Location: Naples, Italy
Architect: Amanda Levete Architects
Sculptor: Anish Kapoor
Local architect: Studio DAZ
? Engineer: Arup
Services engineers: Tecnosistem

AE Interests: complex geometry, stainless steel polished exterior.

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Porta Susa TGV Station – Turin, Italy

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on March 4, 2014

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Location: Turin, Italy
Architects: Silvio D´Ascia
Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with AREP and Agostino Magnaghi
Client: RFI, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana SpA
Cost: 65 million €
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year (completed?): 2013

AE Interests: Train station, complex form, steel structure, photovoltaic skin, passive ventilation stratiegies.

Turrell Sky Space – Austin Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on September 23, 2013

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Building: Turrell Sky Space
Location: Austin, Texas
The University of Texas at Austin
Rooftop of Student Activity Center
Expected completion: 19 October 2013
Artist: James Turrell

AE Interest: Conceptual space, example of phenomenology in art/architecture.


Mountain Resort – Changsha, China

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on September 4, 2013

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Project: Mountain Resort – Changsha, China
Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au

AE Interest: “60,000sq m hotel, indoor ski slope, a water park and 120,000sq m of restaurant and shopping facilities. The building will be built on top of a disused cement mining quarry pit and lake, spanning 170m from cliff to cliff with a sunken garden below. A cantilever outdoor swimming pool will create a 60m-high waterfall into the quarry pit. The separate 100m-tall tower will feature a 270-bedroom hotel, with 60 executive suits and a six-bedroom presidential suite looking over the lake.”

Stone Vault, MLK Jr. Park – Austin, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on March 19, 2013

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Project: Stone Vault, MLK Jr. Park
Location: Austin, Texas
Design and Structural Engineering: Ochsendorf, DeJong and Block, LLC
CNC Fabrication and Masonry: AX5 Resources and  Escobedo Construction
Expected Completion: April 2015

AE Interests: Complex geometry, 5-Axis CNC stone-cutting machine, catalyst for community activities.

Thanks: C.Shortall, W.Meredith

Links: 1, 2


Baylor University Stadium – Waco, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 25, 2013

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Project: Baylor University Stadium
Location: Waco, Texas
Architect: Populous
Structural and Facade Engineer: Buro Happold
Approved to proceed: 2012 (in progress)
Expected Completion date: Fall 2014

AEInterests: Stadium long span roof, facade technology, LEED rated.
Article: 1,

South Mountain Community Library – Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on January 23, 2013

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Building: South Mountain Community Library
Location: Phoenix, Arizona [map]
Architect: Richard+Bauer

AE Interests: Rectangular form-language, copper cladding, steel structure, insulated rooftop lanterns, natural daylight, interior plate glass details.

photo source: 1, 2, 3

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Rice University Turrell Installation – Houston, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on December 3, 2012

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Building: Turrell’s skyspace installation: ‘Twilight Epiphany’
Location: Rice University, Houston, Texas 77006
Artist: James Turrell
Technical Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners

Images and drawings: See Architectural Record online article

AE Interest: 118 foot square floating roof on slender columns, architectural concept of sky-viewing space


Rice University East Servery – Houston, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on November 28, 2012

Building: Rice University East Servery
City: Houston, Texas
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Structural Engineer: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
Construction: Tellepsen Builders
Completed: December 2010

AE Interests: Expressed steel structure, very transparent building, 3-dimensional exposed custom trusses, custom steel connections and custom steel shape column details. Aluminum exterior louver system (shading structure) with steel vertical supports integrated with building structure.


Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum – Houston, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on November 20, 2012

Building: Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
Location: Houston, Texas
(part of The Menil Collection, a neighborhood of museums)
Completed: 1997, fresco returned to Cyprus in February, 2012.
Architect: Francois de Menil
Engineer: Arup


The Broad – Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Posted in Under Construction by Gregory Brooks on October 6, 2012

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Building: The Broad (museum of contemporary art)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Design Architect: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
Architect of Record: Gensler
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Assoc.
Construction: MATT Construction
Parking Structure: IDGParkitects
‘Veil’ facade fabricator: Seele

AE Interest: Concept: “The Vault and the Veil” (DS+R), daylighting, complex honey-comb facade (glass fiber reinforced concrete), complex concrete floor structure.

Note: “MATT is building the project utilizing sophisticated 3D modeling software (CATIA), managed through Gehry Technologies’ Digital Project.”

Articles: 1, 2,
Video: 1,

Bolla – Genoa, Italy

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on March 18, 2012

Project: Bolla
(part of the redevelopment of the Genova Old Harbour)
Location: Genoa, Italy (Genova)
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

AE Interest: 20-meter diameter glass sphere featuring the largest collections of ferns in the world.

Canton Tower – Guangzhou, China

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on March 16, 2012

Building: Canton Tower (also known as Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower)
Location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Architect: Information Based Architecture (Mark Hemel + Barbara Kuit)
Engineer: Arup

AE Interest: World’s tallest tv tower, height: 610m, form similar to bundled branches, with twist in center of tower. Diagonal column structure.

article, images and more information

Asia Society Texas Center – Houston, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 3, 2012

Building: Asia Society Texas Center
Address: 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX
Tel: (713) 496-9901
Map: link
Architect: Yoshio Taniguchi
Construction: Linbeck

AE Interests: Rectilinear form-language, high-quality finish materials, linear skylight, minimalism.


Clyfford Still Museum – Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on January 18, 2012

Building: Clyfford Still Museum – Denver, Colorado
Location: Denver, Colorado (adjacent to Denver Art Museum)
Architect: Allied Works Architecture
Landscape Design: Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineering: Arup
Lighting Design: Arup
Project Management: Romani Group Inc.
General Constructor: Saunders Construction Inc.
Completion date: November 2011
(fact sheet)

Arch Record article (photo source)

AE Interest: Cast concrete structure and wall details, concrete light screen, filtered light, wood light screens.  Built to house the work of artist Clifford Still.

More About this building.

The Open Parliament of Albania, Tirana, Albania

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on April 5, 2011

Images: Coop Himmelblau

Project: The Open Parliament of Albania
Location: Tirana, Albania

Design/Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU | Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
Client: The Republic of Albania, The Parliament
Structural Engineering: B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZT-GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Energy Design: Prof. Brian Cody, Berlin, Germany

AE Interest: symbolism of “fundamental democratic values such as openness, transparency and public co-determination”, complex geometry, perforated steel second skin, natural daylighting.

WAN article


Grand Theatre – Rabat, Morocco

Posted in Proposed Design by Gregory Brooks on November 23, 2010

Project: Grand Theatre
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Structure Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor (AKT)
MEP engineer: Maxfordham
Acoustics & Theatre: Artec Consultant
Facade: Donnell Consultants Incorporated
Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction Inc

Info: 27,000 m2
Est Budget: $163m

AE Interest: Complex Geometry

Images by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Caen Library – Caen, France

Posted in Proposed Design by Gregory Brooks on September 13, 2010

Building: Caen Library (Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale / BMVR)
Status: Competition winner – announced 9/10/2010
Architect: OMA (Rem Koolhaas)

AE Interest: Massing response to context, open middle floor, exposed diagonal bracing, large openings in floor diaphragm. For similar work, see Seattle Central Library.

Article: BDOnline
Video: Vimeo

Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on August 30, 2010

Building: Marina Bay Sands
Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Completion: Summer 2010
Architect: Moshe Safdie Associates
Engineer: Arup

AE Interests: curved towers, giant cantilevered SkyPark (world’s longest public cantilever), 150-meter long roof-top swimming pool with infinity edge.

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Austin Convention Center – Austin, Texas, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on August 26, 2010

Building: Austin Convention Center, Northwest Lobby
Location: 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas
Architect: PageSoutherlandPage LLP
Structural Engineering: Architectural Engineers Collaborative, Chuck Naeve, PE
Atrium Concept, blue glass facade: James Carpenter Design Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: SpawGlass Contractors

AEInterest: curtainwall system, double-glass facade (west). Solar panel technology. Exposed custom structural steel design.


International Space Station

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on June 14, 2010

Building: International Space Station
Completion: May 2010
Location: click here for current location
Design/Construction: joint effort by Russia, U.S., Japan, Canada, Europe.

Architecture in Space. Orbiting Earth, this laboratory houses 12 people for 6months at a time.
Solar powered, extremely water-efficient, aluminum material technology. Assembled over 12 years and over 100 missions.

Article, Photos above

Masdar Headquarters – Masdar City, U.A.E

Posted in Under Construction by Gregory Brooks on May 18, 2010

Building: Masdar Headquarters
Location: Masdar City, United Arab Emirates (outside Abu Dhabi)
Status: Under construction
Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
MEP engineers: Environmental Systems Design
Structural engineers: Thornton Tomasetti

AE Interest: Energy-positive building (creates more energy than it consumes), 11 heat chimneys, natural ventilation, natural day-lighting, world’s largest solar panel array (1.4million sf), integrated wind turbines. Roof is built first to power construction of the building. $300million estimated cost.

photo/info credit: WAN, ArchiEnvironmental

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mather Expansion – Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on May 10, 2010

Building: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mather Expansion
Location:  Richmond, Virginia
Completed: May 2010
Architect: Rick Mather
Structural Engineers: Hankins and Anderson Consulting Engineers
Environmental Engineer: Atelier Ten
Building Services Engineers: Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

AE Interest: 3-story atrium with 5 bridges, limestone walls and large glass boxes

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

Neues Museum – Folkwang In Essen, Germany

Posted in Built by Gregory Brooks on February 22, 2010

Building: Neues Museum
Location: Folkwang In Essen, Germany
Completed: Feb 2010
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects,
Client: Neubau Museum Folkwang Essen,
Structural engineer: Ingenieurberatung Pühl and Becker VBI, Seroneit and Schneider,
Services engineer: Giesen-Gillhoff-Loomans, BBT Engineers,
Facade consultant: KonTec Fassadenberatung, Pazdera AG,
Lighting engineer: Arup,
Landscape architect: Planungsbüro Meinholf Hasse

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

More about this building

Tate Modern Addition – London, U.K.

Posted in Under Construction by Gregory Brooks on January 31, 2010

Building: Tate Modern 2 – addition to the Tate Modern
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Completion expected: 2012
Structural and facade engineering: Ramboll Whitbybird (new name Ramboll UK)
Mechanical and electrical engineers: Max Fordham LLP
CDM coordination: Cyril Sweett
Construction management: Mace
Project manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Cost Consultants: Davis Langdon

AE Interests: complex form, perforated brick facade.

Video: 1

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20 Fenchurch – London, U.K.

Posted in Under Construction by Gregory Brooks on January 31, 2010

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Project: 20 Fenchurch (nickname: The Walkie Talkie)
Location: 20 Fenchurch, London, U.K.
Completion: 2014
Architect: Rafael Viñoly
Structural Engineers: Halcrow Yolles
Cost Estimating: Davis Langdon
Access Consultant: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers PC

AE Interest: Skyscraper, construction in urban London, double and triple glazed panelized aluminum cladding.




One New Change – London, U.K.

Posted in Built, GB Lec London by Gregory Brooks on January 31, 2010

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Building: One New Change
Location: London, U.K.
Status: Completed October 2010
Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Structural Engineer: Arup
Client: Land Securities
Construction management: Bovis Lend Lease
Facade contractor: Josef Gartner & Co
Glass treatment: Bischoff Glas Technik
Ateliers Jean Nouvel facade consultant: RFR Engineers & Eckelt Glas

AE Interest: White fritted exterior glass coated with solar control glazing, complex geometry, Excellent BREEAM rating, geothermal energy
Article link 15Jan2010

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