Traditional data centres consume huge amounts of energy, but give very little back....
Functional facilities: designing sustainable data centres
Traditional data centres consume huge amounts of energy, but give very little back. With the number of centres growing, Norwegian architecture practice Snøhetta is embarking on a project to transform them into energy-producing resources for local communities. Patrick Kingsland explores how it can be done.
Perforation Density Befitting the Requirements
The fact that every single panel can have a different design enables the planner to adapt the density of the perforation pattern as befits the function of any given location within a room.
Smartening the home: architects integrating smart home technology into designs
Smart home technology is gaining an increasing presence in our homes, with varying levels of design accompanying it. As work and lifestyles change, how will our future homes and vehicles adapt? Frances Marcellin looks at some of the pioneering projects that showcase these smart spaces of the future.
July’s top news stories
Austrian construction company Strabag has won a €110m contract for the Triiiple building construction project in Vienna, and the City of London Corporation in the UK has approved Lai Sun Development Company’s plan to construct a new skyscrape. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key headline from July 2018.
HED completes Metropolis Tower II Residences in Los Angeles, US
Architecture and engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) has completed the glass-enveloped Metropolis Tower II Residences in Los Angeles, US.
Elevating urban infrastructure
Public space design is often dominated by sweeping spaces and wide terrains that give a sense of openness to crowded urban spaces. However, the winners of a new design competition for New York’s Park Avenue have created a series of elevated structures that transform the boulevard’s famous medians. Patrick Kingsland finds out about the benefits of elevated urban infrastructure.
Clear Mountain View and Individual Design Thanks to Laser Technology
Nature is clearly at the centre of the new Valsana Hotel & Apartments in Arosa. The most distinguishing feature: Balcony claddings perforated according to the individual design of the architects and coated in wooden style.
Gilbane, Stantec and QEA to build $108m high school in US
The Falls Church City School Board has selected Gilbane, Stantec, and Quinn Evans Architects (QEA) to design and build the new $108m George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia, US.
Algorithmic design: an insight into T2.a Architects’ process
Algorithms are increasingly being used to aid design across a host of industries, and now Budapest-based T2.a Architects has incorporated the technology into a new residential building. The project’s chief architect, Bence Turanyi talks to Patrick Kingsland about how it is shaping the company’s wider design process.
Herzog & de Meuron and BBB chosen for GSD’s Gund Hall expansion
Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) has chosen Basel-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron as design consultant and New York firm Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) as the architect of record for the transformation project of its Gund Hall.
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