Eagles Nest Outfitters office, Asheville, N.C.
Eagles Nest Outfitters office, Asheville, N.C.: Samsel Architects gutted a former office down to the exterior walls and a new roof was constructed. To solve the lighting problem, Samsel employed a pair VELUX Modular Skylights (VMS)—Northlight Configuration and Fixed Curb Mounted skylights.
VELUX Modular Skylights

Environmental ‘Surfing’ Not so Tough

While energy savings, and resiliency measures, absolutely, factor into justifying the cost of deep conservation measures, it might be the addition of the accounting of human benefits, as part of a comprehensive ROI formula, that will help designers win the day for passive house or net-zero initiatives for clients and owners hesitant to make the jump. So says Carnegie Mellon Professor Vivian Loftness, a participant in international skylight manufacturer Velux’ most recent Daylight Symposium in Paris, in the Fall of 2019. Here are some numbers, Loftness said, design teams should plug in right off the bat:• External shading can displace 20%-40% of today’s cooling loads;&bu

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Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, Bronx, NY
Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, Bronx, NY
Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, Bronx, NY

Color and Protection Highlight New Charter School

The Bronx’s Grand Concourse Academy Charter School found the right mix that helped the school stand out in the neighborhood—becoming a bright, engaging, inviting place—and stand up to the elements as well. Lubrano Ciavarra Architects (LCA) saw two great challenges when they set about designing Grand Concourse Academy Charter School. One, they needed to make the school stand out amid the sea of red brick that pervades the Bronx neighborhood. And two, they had to design a building that would stand up to the elements—wind, rain, snow and, of course, kids being kids. The solution to both challenges was StoTherm ci Lotusan. “Color was very important because it was a

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Looking Great at 50

Celebrating 50 years of designing solutions for outdoor environments, Landscape Forms introduces Generation 50, a line of benches and litter receptacles that according to Chief Creative Officer Kirt Martin, takes the best of the company’s classics and “interprets them in new ways and with new technologies. “In a sense, this line represents the second generation of Landscape Forms’ original products,” adds chief designer Robert Chipman, the nephew of John Chipman Sr., who founded the company in 1969. “We’re connecting our history to our future.” 

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Winston-Salem Union Station
Winston-Salem Union Station

Preserving Union Station’s Metal Frames in Historical Restoration Project

Thanks to super-thin vacuum insulated glazing units, Walter Robbs Architecture was able to restore Winston-Salem’s Union Station brick and limestone façade to its original glory. Built in 1926, the historic Winston-Salem Union Station lent a more cosmopolitan feel to the growing tobacco industry in the area and was key to bringing travel to the region. Designed in a Beaux Arts style with Neoclassical details by Fellheimer and Wagner, a prominent New York architectural firm that designed train stations throughout the U.S., the station closed its doors in 1970. It was then converted into a vehicle-repair garage until the city repurchased the large structure and decided to resto

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Petracer - Triangle Collection

Triangle Tile

Italian ceramic tile is prized for its functionality—durability, ease of maintenance, hygiene, and resistance to water and frost—as much as its aesthetics. One of the latest designs expanding the versatility and value proposition is the Triangle Collection. Petracer’s makes the triangle become the icon of an agile and flexible style, expressed through simple, elementary lines. These tiles have a dazzling effect on interior spaces and the patterns lend a burst of energy to floors and walls.

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Mesh Screens Underline Exclusivity of Qatar Airport

Hamad International Airport places emphasis on extraordinary design, maximum efficiency when handling passengers and freight, and a luxurious atmosphere and sustainability. The Hamad International Airport (HIA) in the capital city Doha, Qatar, is open for passengers after a decade of pioneering design, engineering and construction work. Once all work has been completed, up to 50 million passengers and 2.5 million metric tons of freight will be processed every year. The strategically important location between East and West makes it an important international hub.In order to convey the country’s culture, which is equally oriented towards the future and tradition, the airport places emph

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