Public & Cultural

Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta

Museum Design Uses Limestone to Tell Story

As was the case with Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum, the choices of artwork and historical material featured represent and reflect the energy and culture of the communities they serve. The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM), which celebrates the natural history and the human heritage of the province, embarked on a multi-year journey to thoughtfully reshape every facet of the museum, from the inside out.Architectural firm DIALOG, as part of a design build team with Ledcor and Lundholm Assocs., brought this new vision of RAM to life. An integrated team of award-winning architects, interior designers, landscape architects and structural, mechanical and electrical engineers were tasked

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Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, La.

Retaining Water

Following Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) adapted its mission to respond to the changing needs of its recovering community. By integrating indoor and outdoor interactive experiences in a park setting, LCM presents a unique model for children’s museums.The museum’s new home, designed by Mithun, is distributed into two linked buildings that are carefully sited to protect a significant grove of live oaks, part of a World Heritage Site. The design builds resilience into the lagoon edge with native plantings that will absorb rain and flood water and creates open space that reinforces environmental education. The choreography of the visitor experience con

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Station No.14, Madison, Wi.

Daylighting of Station 14

OPN Architects was challenged to deliver a glare-free, daylit space for Station No. 14, Madison, Wisc.’s largest fire station. Battling solar heat gain and glare from the west elevation, the architects specified 2,630 sq. ft. of Kingspan’s UniQuad translucent wall panel system. Covering three sides of the multi-purpose facility—which serves as work space, gym and indoor training facility, in addition to a fire station—the translucent panels are integrated with clear glass on the east and west façades and covered with a slanted photovoltaic roof. 

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Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

Singapore's Jeweled Dome

Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport, designed by Safdie Architects, is a spectacular multi-faceted glass dome covering 1.7 million sq. ft. of terraced gardens, retail and restaurant space, lodging, terminal operations with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and a suspended glass-bottomed bridge. Incorporating more than 550,000 sq. ft. of Vitro’s Solarban 70 glass, the glazing not only lights up the terminal, but supports the indoor plant life, and offers good acoustics at one of the world’s busiest airports. More than 9,000 triangles of the double-glazed glass were fabricated, with no more than two units shaped in the same way. A 16-mm air space between the two panels

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Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, British Columbia

A Newsworthy Roof-Raising

A 22-year renovation of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, was completed recently as workers finished their efforts replacing the 1894 structure’s massive roof. Designers with Vancouver’s Proscenium Architecture & Interiors, Inc., opted for standing-seam zinc for the complicated project, which required extensive detailing to address a large number of pitch changes and other transitions. Finished in a traditional prePATINA blue-grey color, the new roof complements the building’s natural stone façade.According to architect Hugh Cochlin of Procenium, details were all drawn by hand. “That’s definitely old school, but particularly appropriate

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A Long Way from Metal Halide

Another outstanding project from this year’s batch of IALD awards was the lighting design for the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber in Edinburgh. By KSLD | EFLA Lighting Design, the soft light from new bespoke led fixtures lends a healthy glow to parliamentarians. Judges called these fixtures a “technically brilliant solution” as how to light a room that functions effectively as a TV studio and an accessible public space.The first step was eliminating the old metal-halide lights as they were expensive, difficult to maintain and obsolete. New HDTV cameras require upgraded lighting to meet broadcasting standards. With a mere six weeks to develop and install the lighti

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Hancher, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Hancher

As the premier presenter of performing arts state- wide, the University of Iowa’s Hancher has been dubbed “the largest classroom on campus.” With sweeping horizontal forms that echo the nearby Iowa River, the building’s design draws from its natural surroundings. Forms cantilever at the south end of the building to create ribbon overhangs for the lobby and second-level terrace’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls, offering shaded sunlight during the day and views of the campus and river. “The shape of the building was very much influenced by the site and the river. We felt it needed to be a panoramic building with the main focus addressing the university at larg

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Wall Springs Park, Pinellas County, Fla.

Pinellas County Chooses Composite Decking

Realizing that the boardwalks surrounding the tower and fishing pier were worn, park engineers chose to replace the decking for both the boardwalks and piers at the scenic Wall Springs Park in Pinellas County, Fla. The 35-ft. tall observation tower at Wall Springs Park in Pinellas County, Florida, offers stunning views of the park and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. A regional gem, the tower and about 30-ft. of ramp leading to it were destroyed by arson in 2013. In the midst of an arduous five-year reconstruction project, park engineers realized the boardwalks surrounding the tower and the fishing pier were worn and rotting. They chose to replace the decking with composite decking for those

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Albion Library, Toronto, Ontario

A ‘Welcome Mat’ for the Community

New libraries aren’t built every day, especially when there’s one already serving the community. But the influx of new immigrants into Toronto’s post-war Rexdale suburb prompted the city’s progressive, neighborhood-focused public library authority to replace it with a more enticing, comprehensive, and service-minded version. “Providing services to immigrants was a design and program priority, a ‘welcome mat’ for the community,” explains Andrew Frontini, Principal of Perkins + Will Toronto and architect of the project.The main challenge for the local office of Perkins+Will was to bring natural light into the tight, square form dictated by t

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Treehouse Glazing

For Mexico’s library at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Sasaki Associates’ endeavored to create a treehouse in the middle of the campus forest. The floor-to-ceiling windows, fabricated with Solarban 90 Vitro glass, deliver a light-to-solar gain ratio of 2.22 and a corresponding reduction in demand for artificial lighting and AC.

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