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Halley VI “Caterpillar” Research Station – Antarctica

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Building: Halley VI Research Station
Location: Brunt Ice Shelf (Lat. 75˚35’S, Long. 26˚39’W)
Completion: 2013
Engineer: AECOM
Project Manager: Karl Tuplin
Contractor: MMS Technologies
Architect: Faber Maunsell & Hugh Broughton Architects

AE Interests: Dedicated to studying the Earth’s atmosphere, the station is elevated on ‘legs’ in order to escape the accumulation of snow. The design was the result of an international design competition launched in June 2004 in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the British Antarctic Survey. The station is comprised of 8 modules that house accommodations, laboratories, offices, generators, an observation platform and other facilities. Given the extreme environmental conditions, such as temperatures commonly below -50˚C, the cladding proved to be one of the most daunting challenges; glass-reinforced plastics (GRP) form the protective skin of the modules.

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Written by Christopher Lawrence

February 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Posted in Built

Vietinbank Towers – Vietnam

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Building: Vietinbank Towers
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Completion: 2015 (expected)
Structural Engineers: Halvorson & Partners
Mechanical Engineers: David Stillman Associates
Local Consultants: Vinaconex R+D
Project Management: Turner International
Architect: Foster & Partners

AE Interests: This 3,229,172 square foot mixed-use development will consist of 68- and 48-story towers to be joined by a seven-level podium. The project incorporates numerous high-impact sustainable design methodologies and technology. A combined heat and power plant will supply domestic hot and heating water supplied by waste heat from the CHP. Similarly, the tower will incorporate groundwater cooling, groundwater and rainwater recycling, desiccant dehumidification and an integrated daylighting system as well as an innovative “green spine” concept uses water features, plantings and recycled dehumidified air to cool and improve the air quality in the atria and podium spaces.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

November 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Posted in Under Construction

The Kingdom Tower – Saudi Arabia

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Building: Kingdom Tower
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Completion: 2016-2017 (expected)
Engineer: Langan International
Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Main Contractor: Saudi Binladin Group
Developer: Emaar Properties, Jeddah Economic Company (JEC)

AE Interests: Estimated to cost $1.23 billion and reach a staggering 3,280 feet in height,  the total construction area will encompass 5.7 million square feet.  The building will serve a multi-purpose design consisting of office spaces, apartments, retail stores, luxury condominiums, exterior sky terrace as well as the world’s highest observatory.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

October 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Capital Gate Hyatt – Abu Dhabi

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Building: Hyatt at Capital Gate
Location: Abu Dhabi
Completion: Under Construction
Architect: ADENC & RMJM Architects
Project Director: Tony Archibold

AE Interests: This 35 story, 200 room, five-star hotel is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Most Inclined Tower”, leaning 18º, four times farther than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The structure is supported by a pre-cambered reinforced concrete core. While the specialized foundation is comprised of nearly five hundred 100-foot piles and a 7-foot deep reinforced concrete base. The facade consists of a diagrid exoskeleton made of interlocking diamond-shaped glass panels.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

May 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

Posted in Under Construction

Aldar HQ – Abu Dhabi

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Building: Aldar HQ
Location: Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
Completion: 2009
Architect: MZ & Partners
Structural Engineer: ARUP

AE Interests: The first of its kind, this circular 23 story skyscraper was voted as the Best Futuristic Design 2008 by the Building Exchange Conference. Hundreds of pylons and twin concrete support cores are required to counter the substantial wind loads and the aluminum and glass façade is comprised of numerous triangular panes.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am

Posted in Built

Lake Point Tower – Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Building: Lake Point Tower
Location: 505 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Completion: 1968
Architects: John Heinrich & George Schipporeit

AE Interests: This 645 foot, high-rise residential building was the tallest apartment building in the world at the time of its completion. The tower was designed with a 59 foot triangular core, which contains the elevators and stairs and allows the structure to withstand high wind loads. The façade consists of a bronze-tinted glass-curtain wall system framed by gold-anodized aluminum, which reflects the sun.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

May 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Posted in Built

Habitat 67 – Quebec, Canada

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Building: Habitat 67
Location: 2600, Pierre Dupuy Avenue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Completion: 1967
Architect: Moshe Safdie

AE Interests: Built as part of Expo ’67 it was a thematic pavilion that served as a temporary residence for the many dignitaries who came to Montreal. The concept was to integrate variety and diversity of private homes with the economic benefits and density of a modern apartment building. Constructed from interlocking modular, concrete forms, it was meant to serve the lifestyle of those who would live in crowded cities.

Written by Christopher Lawrence

May 20, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Posted in Built