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Convention centers owe their flexibility to their large, open floor plans. However, #cladding and design often relegate these spaces into artificially illuminated and difficult to navigate venues for users. Estudio Herreros and Consorcio Bermudez Arquitectos’s Ágora-Bogotá, located in Colombia’s capital, responds to this stylistic quagmire with a multifaceted #glass #facade consisting of ten different treatments and electronically-controlled gills.
Snøhetta’s design for the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD) consolidates six previously scattered academic buildings into one multi-use cross-disciplinary building. The building envelope features over 900 panels of pre-fabricated raw #aluminum panels, specifically designed in variable dimensions and depths to produce a dynamic composition. Read more on archpaper.com
For the landmark Parisian department store Printemps Haussmann, UUfie was tasked with creating a new vertical circulation space in the retailer’s historic home. The practice took its cue from the building’s Art Nouveau #stainedglass depictions of plants and flowers, reinterpreting the decorations’ supple arcs and florid colors for the 21st century with a triangulated screen that hovers over a seven-story wall of kaleidoscopic #dichroicglass running alongside the building’s escalators. Read more about the the Architectural League’s 2019 Emerging Voices on archpaper.com
Architectural heritage is something of an anomaly in the city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Since 1950 the city has grown from 4,000 residents to nearly 1.5 million, many of whom are housed and working in miles-long rows of concrete tower blocks. The 18th-century Qasr Al Hosn #castle stands as a rare historical monument in this remarkably modern city, and the local government just recently completed a decade-long architectural #conservation program restoring and stabilizing its #masonry walls. Read more on archpaper.com
We’re in the Labiomista—a 60-acre complex, the 53,000-square-foot main building and entranceway of which has been designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Labiomista, in Vanmechelen’s terms, translates to “mixture of life” and that’s exactly what the Community Chicken Project (CCP) is attempting to make. The 20-year-old crossbreeding program samples #chickens from across the world and naturally breeds them, creating a more diverse and subsequently stronger gene pool. Read more on archpaper.com
Nestled into a small inner-city suburb of Sydney sits a new business school facility for the University of Sydney. The building, designed by Woods Bagot consolidates facilities that were once scattered across nine buildings on campus while supporting a student body of over 6,000 students. The massing of the building weaves into the context of the neighborhood, unified by a #terracotta #cladding system with carefully selected coloration that helps to blend in with surrounding Victorian-era worker’s terraces. Read more on archpaper.com
When Snøhetta was approached to design a flexible fabrication space for #crystal manufacturer #swarovski in Wattens, Austria, the intent was to design a light, airy space that didn’t directly reference the physical geometry of crystals. The 81,000-square-foot, three-story building displays the experimental #design process and allows clients to conceptualize, fabricate, and display small-batch product lines before realizing them on an industrial scale. Read more on archpaper.com
Wanting to blend the 42,000-square-foot dorm into its context of limestone Federal-style residential and institutional buildings, Deborah Berke Partners created a four-story, roughly-cut #limestone elevation whose three-dimensional surface creates a play of shadows. The three campus-facing elevations wear #zinc strapped in a vertical orientation by thermally-broken brackets and horizontal rails. Read more on archpaper.com
In 2015, the Norwegian Trekking Association announced a decision to construct two warming #cabins along the mountains that ring the town of Hammerfest to encourage #hiking for both residents and tourists. Norwegian-based practice SPINN Arkitekter and Britain’s Format Engineers answered this call with a #clt #timber shell with exterior Kebony panels. Read more on archpaper.com
The Fort Worth Camera building, a new photography studio and retail space, was inspired by the proportions of #camera lenses. Ibanez Shaw Architecture responded with a #concrete screen wall that wraps the perimeter of the building and transitions into an #aperture screen on its most prominent street frontage.
The aptly named American Copper Buildings, two #copper clad towers designed by SHoP Architects on Manhattan’s First Avenue between East 35th and 36th Streets, rise to 48 and 41 stories respectively. The two towers, “bent” in the middle, are linked by the first new sky #bridge in New York City in more than 80 years. Read more on archpaper.com