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432 Park Avenue – New York, New York, U.S.

Posted in Built by Thanos Metaxas on February 24, 2015

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Building: 432 Park Avenue
Location: New York, New York, U.S.
Completed: 2015
Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects
Structural Engineer:  WSP Group
Developer: CIM Group, Macklowe Properties

AE Interests: Footprint: 93′ x93′, height 1,396 feet and 96 stories tall. [3]
The building’s main structural system is comprised of a large central concrete core that works in tandem with a 14,000 psi concrete basket grid exoskeleton. This combination of structures, along with two tuned mass dampers near the top of the building prevent high sway from wind loads. Every twelve floors in the building the next two floors are left empty to house mechanical systems that service the bottom six and top six floors. These empty spaces also allow for wind to pass through further reducing the drag caused by high winds.
Articles: [1] [2], 3, 4

Edited 2/2015, 8/2018 GB.





BE OPEN Sound Portal – London, England, U.K.

Posted in Built by Thanos Metaxas on September 9, 2014

Render  Section  

Building: BE OPEN Sound Portal
Location: Trafalgar Square, London, England
Completion: Installation in 2012
Architect: Arup
Structural: Alice Blair
Design Team: Simon Phillips (product designer), Pavlina Akritas (lighting), Ned Crowe (acoustical consultant)

AE Interest: An installation by Arup that focuses on sound and sound engineering. Comprised of two concentric circles that completely block outside noise and allow the user to experience various sounds hooked up to an advanced ambisonic sound array. This array can be hooked up to a 3D CAD model to determine proper sound design.



Hemeroscopium House – Madrid, Spain

Posted in Built by Thanos Metaxas on September 9, 2014

Exterior  Section  Perspective

Building: Hemeroscopium House
Location: Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain
Architects: Ensamble Studio
Completed: 2008
Principal in Charge: Antón García- Abril
Technical Architect: Javier Cuesta
Design Team: Elena Pérez, Débora Mesa, Jorge Consuegra, Marina Otero, Ricardo Sanz
Contractor: Materia Inorgánica

AE Interest: This building is made of completely pre-fabricated materials. It took one year to design this home, but the construction only took seven days with the help of a single crane and very coordinated construction management.

Video: [1]
Extra images: [1]


Blossom Gate – Xiangyiang, China

Posted in Proposed Design by Thanos Metaxas on September 9, 2014

Front View  Interior Structure  Concept Precedent

Building: Blossom Gate
Location: Xiangyiang, China
Completion: Expected Completion in 2013
Design Team: Prechteck (now penda designhouse)

AE Interest: This entrance to China’s largest myrtle garden serves as an entrance and a gathering space. The influence for the form comes from Chinese calligraphy which can be seen in the massive arches that are meant to look like the the trailing strokes of a calligraphy brush. The structure is to be composed of large bamboo space frames covered in long, single, bamboo poles. In order to mimic the trailing ends of a brush stroke the poles will be spaced-out at the intersection of the frames on each side.


Windshape – Lacoste, France

Posted in Built by Thanos Metaxas on September 9, 2014

Capture  Design  Diagrams of Wind  Night Time

Building: Windshape
Location: Lacoste, France
Architects: nArchitects & SCAD
Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Partners); Daniela Zimmer (Project Architect)
Completed: Summer 2006 Installation
Fabricatiors: nArchitects & SCAD students

AEInterests: The structure is made of white plastic pipes with white polypropylene string threaded between all of them. The combinations of these materials allows the building to flex and move with the wind while performing as a kind of wind instrument through the structure.


Greenside Link Bridge – Leith Street, Endiburgh, Scotland, U.K.

Posted in Built by Thanos Metaxas on September 9, 2014

Street View  Analysis  Capture

Building: Greenside Link Bridge
Location: Leith Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Architect: Broadway Malyan
Completed: 2003
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Main Contractor: Raynesway Structures

AE Interest: The main supporting structure of the bridge is a helical steel frame that engulfs the walkway. Since this bridge has a unique S-shape in plan, the analysis would not be possible without the help of a program known as LUSAS Bridge.

Article: [1]


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