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National Bank of Kuwait – Kuwait City, Kuwait

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Building: National Bank of Kuwait
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Architect: Foster + Partners
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Lighting Engineers: Claude Engle
Completion: 2018

AE Interests: structural innovation with a highly efficient passive form, tower’s cylindrical form opens like a shell to the north to avoid solar gain, southern façade is shaded by a series of concrete fins providing structural support also, achieved LEED Gold rating in temperatures that can rise to 45°C

Articles: [1, 2]

Written by shukanbhakta

December 11, 2018 at 2:54 am

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Kuwait International Airport – Sabhan, Kuwait

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Building: Kuwait International Airport
Location: Sabhan, Kuwait
Architect: Foster + Partners
Collaborating Architect: Gulf Consult
Structural Engineer: Arup
Completion: 2020

AE Interests: glazed openings that filter daylight while deflecting direct solar radiation, large expanse of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, each façade spans 1.2 kilometers, extends from a 25-meter-high central space, tapering concrete columns, organic forms draw inspiration from the shape and movement of Kuwait’s traditional dhow sailing boats

Articles: [1, 2, 3]

Written by shukanbhakta

December 11, 2018 at 2:54 am

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Apple Dubai Mall – Dubai, UAE

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Building: Apple Dubai Mall
Location: Dubai, UAE
Architect:Foster + Partners
Collaborating Architect: WSP
Structural Engineer: Foster + Partners, WSP
Completion: 2017

AE Interests: celebration of the sun, using the abundant daylight to create a special ambiance within, carbon-fiber shutters fold around the oriel window, movement of these “solar wings” echo’s the motion of an eagle flapping its wings, edges give customers a place to admire the view

Articles: [1, 2, 3]

Written by shukanbhakta

December 11, 2018 at 2:54 am

Posted in Built

The Glass House – New Canaan, Connecticut

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Building Name: The Glass House
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut
Architect: Philip Johnson
Completion: 1949

AE Interests: early use of industrial materials(glass, steel) in home design, minimal structure, geometry, proportion, effects of transparency and reflection, first most brilliant works of modern architecture

Articles: [1, 2]

Written by shukanbhakta

October 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

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Lever House – New York, New York

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Building Name: Lever House
Location: New York, New York
Architect: Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie De Blois of SOM
Structural Engineers: Weiskopf & Pickworth
MEP Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Main Contractor: George A. Fuller Company
Completion: 1952

AE Interests: one of the first glass-walled International Style office buildings in US, elevated on pilotis one level above ground, curtain wall made of blue-green heat-resistant glass and stainless steel (economical and aesthetic), one of the first office buildings with full A/C system, completely sealed (no windows) – help reduce cooling costs

Articles: [1, 2, 3]

Written by shukanbhakta

October 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

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Raffles City Chongqing – Chongqing, China

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Building: Raffles City Chongqing
Location: Chongqing, China
Architect: Safdie Architects
Structural Engineer: Arup
MEP Engineers:  Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants (now WSP)
Façade Engineer: ALT
Completion: 2019

AE Interests: inspired by the great Chinese sailing vessels, towers linked by a conservatory (with internal streets, building program and gardens), LEED-CS (core & shell) pre-certification, hybrid outrigger system (gravity systems), curving perimeter columns with belt trusses (lateral stability)

Articles: [1, 2]

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Written by shukanbhakta

October 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Posted in Built