Hanging terracotta screen by Shildan

When Shading and Architecture Marry

Chicago’s Printers Row, located in the South Loop neighborhood of the city, is home to a large collection of former warehouses and factory lofts built at the turn of the century. Mostly built of steel-frame construction and wrapped in richly detailed brick, terracotta and stone, the area is one of many protected historic districts in the city. So when Filoramo Taslma Architecture was commissioned to create a mixed-use infill project, a blended, but distinct, design was at the core. The residence portion of the structure pays homage to its neighbors with playful massing clad in dark-gray brick and a hanging terracotta brise-soleil. In keeping with the historic district, the prevail


Rock the Block: Masonry Goes Heavy Metal

Landscape designer Rocio Gertler, principal of LdG, and the team, found a creative way to re-imagined a former utilities building and parking lot in San Diego into a stylish campus amenity for office tenant employees using McNichols' ECO-ROCK.The gabion-style wire containers created a partition and divider system that is custom-filled with angled rocks harvested from a local quarry. This Wire Mesh and frame grid system can be integrated into seating, partitions, and decorative features. Assembled in container-style arrangements along the slope outside the fitness center, the system became the basis of LdG’s plan for amphitheater-style seating that also became an outdoor e

Marriott Springhill Suites, Fort Worth, Texas

Hotel’s High-Performance Wall System Perfect Match for Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is imbued with the true history of Texas’ famous livestock industry. The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. Every component of the customized build was carefully selected for authenticity and quality. Andres Rubio, architect a

Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Ga.

Sustainable Materials Integral to Atlanta's Westside Park and Reservoir Megaproject

With the city reconfiguring, the long-neglected Westside is undergoing a massive overhaul as its 400-ft. deep Bellwood Quarry is repurposed into Atlanta’s largest water reserve container. The reservoir’s surrounding grounds are being developed into Westside Park, a 280-acre multi-use recreational space. This ambitious multi-phased effort addresses several issues associated with the city’s exploding population—water shortages and surpluses, an aging infrastructure and initiatives to balance development with environmentally responsible practices.This 2.5-billion-gallon capacity gorge will soon hold a large portion of Atlanta’s potable water surplus, increasing res


Renovation and Rehab: That's a Wrap

Winner in the architecture category of the Tile of Spain’s annual awards, announced recently at Coverings Connect, the new home for the Research Institute of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, concentrates the research activity of this foundation, previously scattered throughout the complex. Designed by PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera and 2BMFG Arquitectes to meet demanding bioclimatic criteria, and achieve energy efficiency, the enclosure is a permeable latticework of ceramic elements that control sunlight. Judges were impressed by the use of ceramics to mimic the buildings in the historic environment. Ceramic tile enveloped the façade of the existing building in a transpar


Street Savvy

Winner of a Bronze award in BIA’s residential category, the Unhistoric Townhouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan is a five-story townhouse, built for a family of four. System Architects embraced the street as a central theme of the project, to create a façade that engaged with the rhythms of the neighborhood.


Solar Synchronicity

Winner in the Brick in Architecture’s Best in Class category for higher education, McCord Hall, at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Its curving façade features a highly textured surface of projecting “corduroy” brick and deep vertical windows with projecting metal fins. The curved form of the building also increases the natural dynamism of the projecting brick shadows and operates like a sundial as the sun moves.


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