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Maggie’s Centre Barts – London, United Kingdom

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Building: Maggie’s Centre Barts
Location: London, United Kingdom
Completed: 2017
Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Engineer: Arup
Historic Building Advisor: Donald Insall Associates
Lighting Consultant: L’Observatoire International
Cost Estimator: Gardiner & Theobald
Construction Manager: Sir Robert McAlpine
Archeology: MOLA
Glass Consultant: Arup

AE Interests: Located in the square of St. Batholomew’s Hospital, the oldest hospital in London (founded in the 12th century). It was recently renovated to serve as a center that provides support to people with cancer and their families.

It was designed as a “vessel within a vessel within a vessel.” As seen in the top right picture, the main structure is a concrete frame. The inner “vessel” is perforated bamboo and the outer “vessel” is matte white glass with colored glass.

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Written by icarmona11

May 12, 2020 at 9:08 am

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London Centre for Music – London, United Kingdom

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Building: London Centre for Music
Location: London, United Kingdom
Estimated Completion Date: 2023
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Local Architects: Sheppard Robson
Acoustics: Nagata Acoustics
Theater Design Consultants: Charcoalblue
Engineering Consultants: Buro Happold
Cost Consultants: AECOM

AE Interest: The foyer is comprised of two levels. The second level connects Barbican Estate’s Highwalk to the Centre.

The hall (on the right) is built for excellent symphonic sound, yet it is flexible enough to accommodate creative work across multiple disciplines. There are exposed acoustically controlled pods integrated into the hall seating that provides an opportunity for education.

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May 11, 2020 at 10:46 am

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Guangxi Culture and Art Center – Nanning, China

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Building: Guangxi Culture and Art Center
Location: Nanning, China
Completed: 2018
Architect: GMP Architects & Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Local Architect: ECADI Shanghai
Contractor: China State Construction Engineers Cooperation, Nanjing China Construction Chemical Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Awards: 2014 SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering

AE Interests: Comprised of 3 venues – opera house (1,600 seats), concert hall (1,200 seats), and multi-functional hall (550 seats). All are connected by a “floating” steel roof comprised of large louvers on a steel frame substructure.

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Written by icarmona11

May 11, 2020 at 10:22 am

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Tsinghua Ocean Center – Shenzen, China

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Building: Tsinghua Ocean Center
Location: Shenzen, China
Completed: 2016
Architects: OPEN Architecture, Local Design Institute, & Shenzhen Institute of Building Research

AE Interests: Exposed structural concrete found all throughout; allows for easy maintenance and provides visual relief from surrounding stucco buildings. Academic spaces are compartmentalized with public/social spaces found in between floors. Underneath the plaza is a deep-sea research lab. Three potholes found in the main plaza allow light in from above.

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Written by icarmona11

October 24, 2019 at 12:37 pm

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Bishan Cultural and Art Center – Bishan Qu, China

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Building: Bishan Cultural and Art Center
Location: Bishan Qu, China 
Completed: 2016
Architect: Tanghua Architect & Associates
Acoustic Consultants: Lin Taiyong & Zhang Sanming

AE Interests: The 3 masses are a response to the surrounding landscape. A “valley” formed between the 3 buildings creating a gathering space for visitors. The curtain wall protects from the sunlight coming from the west. The curtain wall is made of glass, metal grilles, and aluminum mesh in the Chinese traditional pattern called ice crack.

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Written by icarmona11

October 24, 2019 at 12:37 pm

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Nanjing Performing Arts Center – Nanjing, China

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Building: Nanjing Performing Arts Center
Location: Nanjing, China 
Completed: 2009
Architect: Preston Scott Cohen, Amit Nemlich, & Atelier Zhang Lei (Chinese Architect of Record)

AE Interests: Concrete roof made from a series of hyperbolic paraboloids which act as reinforcing beams. The buildings are separated into several independent zones that can be isolated thermally if not in use.    

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Written by icarmona11

October 24, 2019 at 12:37 pm

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