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Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

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Building: Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden inside Dallas Arboretum

Location: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Architect: Dattner Architects

Structural Design: Datum Engineers (Texas Sky Walk and Tree house netting)

Landscape Design: MKW 

Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogdan

Exhibit Design: VSRltd

Completed: 2013, 7-acre expansion

Building Area: 9600 sqft

Garden Map

AE Interests: Sky Walk is a 200 ft long, 20 ft high steel supported walkway over looking the gardens; Buildings used high-mass concrete construction as well as in ground construction to lower energy costs of the buildings; STEM education centers with 17 integrated outdoor learning spaces; Sustainable, low maintenance, durable, recycled materials, green roofs, rainwater collection, photovoltaic , and daylight sensitive construction

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Written by Emily Pace

November 29, 2018 at 1:36 pm

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Sendai Mediatheque- Sendai-shi, Japan

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Building: Sendai Mediatheque

Location: Sendai-shi, Japan

Architect: Toyo Ito

Structure: Sasaki Structural Consultants

Mechanical: Es Associates, Sogo Consultants, Otaki E&M Consultants

Construction: 1997- 2000

AE Interests: 13 independent steel-ribbed shafts (tubular columns) constructed with steel-tube truss system; steel-ribbed “honeycomb” slabs of sandwiched steel-plate construction; basement features seismic energy-absorbing mechanisms; the structural tubes also act as light wells, connectors for cables and wiring, elevator shafts and stairwells; structural glass to reinforce the curtain wall

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Written by Emily Pace

November 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Posted in Built

Case Study House 22

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Building: Satahl House/ Case Study House 22

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Architect: Pierre Koenig

Completed: 1959

AE Interests: glass, steel, and concrete construction; steep sloped lot; architecture was designed to be “one large viewing box”

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Written by Emily Pace

November 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Posted in Built

Ford Foundation Headquarters – New York, New York

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Building: Ford Foundation Headquarters
Location: New York, New York
Architect: Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates
Structural Engineer: Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates
Landscape Architect: Dan Kiley
Completed: 1968

AE Interests: The offices only take up a portion of the space on site, the remainder is used as an indoor garden atrium. Structure is a hybrid of concrete and weathered steel, with steel beams spanning 84 feet. Concrete is clad in granite, so the colors of the stone and reddish-brown steel blend in with the natural colors of the garden. Structural design was influenced by highway and bridge construction techniques, where concrete is used as a bearing element to bring forces into the ground and steel is used as a spanning element. Also one of the first office buildings to combine indoor public spaces and community atmosphere with private individual office spaces. This is achieved by orienting the office levels in a step-back formation resembling the letter “C”. Occupants can see each other across the atrium, but still have the privacy of an individual office.

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Written by John Weber

November 29, 2018 at 1:17 pm

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Baker House (MIT) – Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Building: Baker House
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Architect: Alvar Aalto
Renovation Architect: Perry Dean Rogers Architects
Completed: 1948

AE Interests: Site is located along Charles River, the curved shape gives a unique view of the river for each student. The curve also maximizes exposure to southern sunlight for each room, minimizing heating loads and electric costs. Plan is oriented around a single corridor, all rooms are along the south edge with the stair system running on the north side of the building. Structural columns in the lower sections give way to timber-clad framing in the higher sections to form a relationship with the trees around the building.

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Written by John Weber

November 29, 2018 at 1:16 pm

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Riviera TwinStar Towers – Shanghai, China

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Building: Riviera TwinStar Towers
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect: Arquitectonica
Structural Engineer: Arup
MEP Engineer: J. Roger Preston Limited
Completed: 2011

AE Interests: 708 feet tall (216 meters), both towers feature curved facades. Serves as headquarters for two separate banks, so symmetry and order was needed in the design. Inner curves are lit at night to emphasize shape and scale. Features a removable slab to accommodate needs of the tenant. Utilizes high performance Low-E glass with solar control coating. All facade materials are recyclable. Concrete frame system, inclined columns in curved sections, uses steel-reinforced columns in lower sections of the tower to minimize column size and maximize floor space. Located in historical shipyard site, the shape of the towers forms a gateway towards the river in the shape of a ship’s hull.

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Written by John Weber

November 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm

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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
Acoustics: Cerami and Associates
Civil: AKRF
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