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American Copper Buildings – New York, New York

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Building: American Copper Buildings – East and West Towers

Location: New York, New York

Architect: SHoP Architects

Structural Engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk

MEP Engineer: Buro Happold

Main Contractor: JDS Construction Group

Owner/Developer: JDS Development Group

Other Consultants:

  • Acoustics: Cerami and Associates
  • Civil: AKRF
  • Code: Metropolis Group, Inc.
  • Façade: Buro Happold
  • Landscape: Scape/Landscape Architecture PLLC
  • Lighting: Buro Happold

Construction: 2013-2017

AE Interests: North and South façades are clad in copper which will patina over time; floating sky-bridge that connects the East and West Tower together at the hip; it’s suspended approximately 300 feet in the air and is 100 feet long and 3 stories high; it contains several amenities, including a 75 foot lap pool, spa, and Turkish bath; the units, 761 total, vary in floorplan due to the buildings’ unique shapes; was the winner of Best Tall Building in Americas CTBUH award

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Written by Quinlan S Sweeney

November 27, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Posted in Built

Centre Le Corbusier (Heidi Weber House) – Zürich, Switzerland

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Building: Centre Le Corbusier (a.k.a. Heidi Weber House/Museum, Pavillion Le Corbusier)

Location: Zürich, Switzerland

Architect: Le Corbusier

Construction: 1965-1967

AE Interests: the two main components of the building are a floating parasol roof-structure and a two-story rectilinear volume atop a concrete pavilion floor; modular steel frame cubes about 7.5 cubic feet are stacked to reach two stories; colorful enamel panels serve as walls; the entire structure is prefabricated; as stated in a very informative article (link “1” below):

‘The nature of these prefabricated cubes make for a completely open ground plan that can be divided at will, a convenience well attuned for a hybrid exhibition/dwelling space. In this way, “Le Corbusier used standardized parts to create individual forms instead of uniform repetitions,” a technique Jorn Ützon famously explored.’

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Written by Quinlan S Sweeney

November 27, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Posted in Built

Tugendhat House – Brno, Czech Republic

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Building: Tugendhat House

Location: Brno, Czech Republic

Architect: Mies van der Rohe

Construction: 1928-1930

AE Interests: structure is supported by large shear wall; the plastered structure utilizes a steel skeleton, reinforced concrete ceilings, and brick masonry; subtle supporting columns are anchored in concrete bases and lead through the masonry and partially through the spaces of all the floors; two large windows could be retracted via electric motors–an innovative technology at the time; distribution system for drinking and utility water as well as an air system, involving a combination of heating, cooling, and humidification; continual space with a connection to the exterior of the structure

“Large spaces provide freedom. Space has a completely special calm in its rhythm which cannot be provided by a closed room.”  – Grete Tugendhat

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Written by Quinlan S Sweeney

November 27, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Posted in Built