Located in central Shanghai, at the heart of the Bund Finance Centre, this dynamic structure stars a moving curtain-like facade of bronze pipes. The Fosun Foundation is the centerpiece of the Bund Finance Centre designed by London-based practices Heatherwick Studio and Foster+Partners.
Sun is one of the most important natural resources that a building can harvest, but to do so efficiently, a sun control strategy along with specific shading devices must be applied, to have the desired result on the amount of sunlight and heat entering a building. For example, in warm, sunny climates we need to minimize the solar gains, as it results in excessive cooling loads. In cold and temperate climates, incident solar rays on the south oriented envelope contribute to active and passive solar heating. Additional to the above, control of the direct and diffuse daylight to eliminate glare is a major concern. In every building, sun control using the relevant shading devices is challenging and often results in different facade types per building orientation. In this post, we will present the basic principles of solar shading and the key idea before selecting the appropriate shading device for our needs.
Apple’s new home in Cupertino, California after years in the making, is finally nearing completion. Opened to employees in April 2017, the company’s 175-acre campus, officially called Apple Park, will house 12.000 people and ...
Glass is a unique and extremely versatile material that can be engineered to exhibit specific optical, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties. As a result of its exceptional engineering properties – transparency, strength, workability, transmittance and u value, glass has been heavily used in the construction industry. We will briefly feature some of the most common commercial glass types and typical applications.
The Evolution Tower (aka City Palace Tower or Wedding Palace) has arguably become Moscow City’s new architectural landmark. Located in the high-rise business district on the Presnenskaya Embankment, the tower’s iconic spiral design celebrates the speed and energy of urban life in Moscow.
At Part 2, we explore how BIM, through this structured collaborative approach, can help facade experts increase their competence and compliance, and of course deliver better facade projects.
The Africa Construction Summit 2017 held in Munich last week, was a unique opportunity for international construction industry professionals to meet in Europe with key players from Africa and gain access to major infrastructure and construction projects.
The record breaking bridge seems to float 300 meters (1,000 ft) above the ground, suspended between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park. The bridge is designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan with visitors crossing 99 panels of clear glass on this see-through walkway to reach the opposite cliff.
From storefronts and window panes to the most stunning state-of-the-art buildings around the world, the role of glass in architecture has evolved immensely over the years. The ubiquity of glass facades and structures is echoed on glass’ abilities to enhance, diffuse, reflect and transfer light as a result of its transparency.
A while back, during a meeting with a renowned architect from Africa, I was trying to help him understand the need to integrate BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the design process, in order to speed and simplify things. However, ...