Category: Project News

A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

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Steven Holl Architects wins University College Dublin’s Future Campus Competition

Professor Hugh Campbell, Professor of Architecture at University College Dublin and member of the competition jury, added: “Holl’s winning proposal combines the striking form of the Centre for Creative Design building with a clear and robust masterplan. The Centre for Creative Design will allow UCD to harness and develop the creativity of its students in responding to the challenges and opportunities facing society. Holl’s emphasis on daylight and social connection promises a building which will enable and encourage collaboration and interaction, a building which is open and welcoming, a building in which cutting-edge technologies and core creative practices can fruitfully combine.”

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SVA Architects and Fernau & Hartman Architects to Design Renovation of UC Riverside’s Historic Barn

A University of California (UC), Riverside landmark known as the Barn is receiving a $20 million renovation and expansion with SVA Architects serving as the Executive Architect and Fernau & Hartman Architects serving as the Design Architect.  Among the oldest structures on the UC Riverside campus, the Barn, formerly a popular eatery, has been a cherished element of the collective campus memory.  Reimagined as a central gathering space to create a sense of community, the new Barn will bring together dinning, events, and entertainment for the enjoyment of students, faculty, staff, and the entire region

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Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) Celebrates Opening of Metropolis Tower II Residences

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) is pleased to announce the completion of the Metropolis Tower II Residences in Los Angeles. HED, working for client Greenland USA, was responsible for the architectural design of this second residential tower on the Metropolis development site, after Gensler completed the project’s entitlement process and the site’s master plan. HED had also previously developed the condominium design in collaboration with Gensler on the Tower I Residences.

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ProMedica Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio

When global architectural firm HKS met with ProMedica to discuss the regional health system’s plans to consolidate 11 physician practices into its new Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio, the medical provider made its expectations clear: the building needed to foster connectivity, flexibility and a sense of place within the community. Solarban® 72 solar control low-e glass by Vitro Glass, featuring an ultra-transparent Starphire® glass substrate, was integral to achieving that mandate.

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Portland apartment building achieves LEED Gold Certification

Sustainable features in the apartment units include large double-pane, low E, insulated windows that provide natural light, high-efficiency systems for lighting and mechanical (HVAC), water-efficient fixtures and Energy Star appliances. There is preferred parking for electric vehicles, and there are recycling facilities on-site for residents. Low VOC emitting materials were used during construction, and construction waste was safely recycled, reused and disposed of accordingly.

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Design-Build team selected for new $108M George Mason High School in Falls Church

The proposed exterior design of the new George Mason High School combines modern materials with traditional brick for a contemporary aesthetic that will stand the test of time. Interiors are also designed with an eye toward tomorrow with flexible floorplans that provide security, efficiency, and adaptability to support programs and educational needs as they evolve. Students and teachers are offered a variety of spaces — informed by the priorities of flexibility, visual transparency, and natural daylighting — to create an academic setting that encourages creative thought, community building, and individual growth.

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thyssenkrupp’s elevator high-rise test tower to stand as tallest of its kind in the U.S.

With 18 shafts, the Innovation complex test tower can be used to trial new concepts and product pilots, including high-speed elevators, the two-cabins-per-shaft elevator system, TWIN, as well as the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system, MULTI. In addition, the test tower will also conduct robust tests to ensure compliance with stringent safety requirements on standard elevators.

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May-June-2018 PRISM

Editor’s pick – Takeda Global Headquarters

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

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