Diagonal Tile Art

Basho geometric artesian architectural glass features a composition of mixed surface finishes for a unique effect. Each 4-in. × 8-in. tile is divided by a diagonal that balances glossy and matte. With six tone-on-tone colors, four contrasting colors and left and right angled compositions, designers can mix and match to form dynamic patterns out of triangles, diamonds and chevrons. Named for the 17th-century Japanese haiku master Basho who invented the term “haiku.”

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Opened in Sept. 2016, the library’s prominent glazing, supplemented with SEFAR’s Vision fabric interlayer, contributed to credits for BREEAM, the UK’s sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings.

Library Doubles Down on Daylight

Innovative fabric interlayer allowed extensive glazing without a need for exterior or interior shading. Officials at the University of Birmingham Library in Birmingham, England, wanted a lot of daylight for their new library, but wanted alternative options for dealing with the accompanying solar heat gain. The new library is one of the key features of the university’s £300 million campus regeneration. Birmingham-based Associated Architects, in turn, specified SEFAR’s PR 260/55B Gold SEFAR VISION fabric for glass vertical fins to provide a modern take on functionality. Visually, the interlayer gives a contemporary aesthetic to the library. The high level of laminated glazing

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Arc of a Designer

Arc Adjustable Luminaires can be selected for either recessed or semi-recessed installation, offering two design options in one fixture. Both feature concentric, radiating curves, with hinges that open fixtures to a 90-degree tilt—and the top rotates 350 degreesfor optimal aiming. Judge’s Comment: “Clean and modern-looking fixture with phenomenal adjusting capability.”

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Eastlake Studio, Chicago
Eastlake Studio, Chicago

Blending Historic with Modern

Studio unites historic architecture and modern design for collaborative office space. Eastlake Studio was faced with adversity when plans to convert the building that had been their long-time residence to a hotel and condos became a reality. The studio had been residing in Chicago’s Tribune Tower, for approximately three decades. The change of vocation of the tower from commercial to mixed-use residential provided the architecture firm an opportunity to address the challenges of the former office while opting to move to another historic building. The limitations of the original office were motivators for designing the new space. According to Kevin Kamien, principal at Eastlake Studio,

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Bore-ing Solutions

The two-part Fascia-Fastening Solution is designed specifically for the installation of increasingly popular composite and PVC fascia boards, to address expansion and contraction issues that can lead to material failure due to environmental exposure. First, the fascia counterbore bit is used to counterbore a hole through the board that’s wider than the screw shank. Then the fascia screw is driven through this hole and into the backing substrate. The wider hole allows room for expansion and allows the screw head to sit flush with the board.

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Forward-Thinking Design at VCU

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will bring the most contemporary art exhibits in the world to the VCU campus and the city of Richmond. Located in the striking new Markel Center and designed by renowned architect Steven Holl, the ICA offers 41,000 sq. ft. of flexible space including an inviting 33-ft. high central forum. It features a dynamic slate of changing exhibitions, performances, files and interdisciplinary programs. In keeping with VCU’s master sustainability plan, the ICA incorporates state-of-the-art technologies and environmentally conscious design elements and makes use of numerous natural resources. The exterior for the con

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