Rare Wood Alternatives

Architects and designers specify wood to bring warmth and beauty to their work, and many believe that since trees can be replanted, they’re a renewable resource. While trees are renewable, forests are not; still today, wood species from threatened and endangered forests continue to be used in design projects around the world. Wilsonart, a world leading provider of engineered surfaces, captures the unique beauty of global wood species and brings awareness to this alarming issue with 16 new laminate designs in the “Nature Undisturbed” Collection.

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Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

No Chicago H2O Blues

Very near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Northwestern Medical Center faced several challenges in bringing a new campus building to life. Designed by Perkins+Will, the project involves a phased construction where a 14-story base building is presently under construction; a 20-story tower addition is planned for construction in five to 10 years. Since the project is built-out to all property lines there are no at-grade landscape areas, which presented a particular challenge given the city’s Dept. of Stormwater Management permit requirement that the project account the total building mass and footprint. Translation: 10,000 cubic ft. of stormwater detention was required. Further, city code requi

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High Suspense

Suspended by a nearly imperceptible steel cable, the hand-blown glass pendant fixture is a new addition to the Hydra pendant family from Italian manufacturer Melongranoblu. The collection features pendants in a variety of shapes and lengths. 

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Pre-crimping the wire mesh provides a much higher control during the weaving process. This allows for far more intricate patterns, and customization, to meet the vision of the designer.

Historic London Office Space Revitalized

Former Victorian depository draws inspiration from elegant woven metal fabric to enhance the new office space. The Studio at 10A Greenwood Place in London completes its stylishly industrial revitalization with a unique lift enclosure. Two mesh patterns, layered closely together, enhance the new office space created in a former Victorian depository. As the office is designed as an open plan, the lift is a focal point, offering transportation between floors and is designed to evoke the building’s Victorian era. It’s complemented by brick walls, concrete soffits and exposed cast iron supports.With a beautiful street frontage, The Studio provides ample light via expansive, modern win

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Luminous Variety

The Cypher wall sconce offers a wide variety of illumination patterns and finish/color options, and allows users to select any amount of light and a variety of illumination patterns. Controls include dawn-to-dusk photocell, advanced wired or wireless. The “Ghost” fascia feature allows finish materials to be applied directly over the fixture onsite.Judge’s Comments: “The plethora of options make it a Swiss Army knife.”

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Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv, Israel
Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv, Israel
Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv, Israel

Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Housed inside a symbolic wooden treasure chest, that doubles as the cladding for the museum’s collection, Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History—with more than 5 million specimens collected over the past century—is the largest, most active center for biodiversity research in the Middle East. Making a splash with its Noah’s Ark-looking façade, Kimmel Eshkolot Architects’ concept was two-fold: beckon museum patrons and passersby to come inside and explore, while also providing a climate-controlled space for the archeological specimens.“The collections are the heart of the building and we wanted it to be exposed to the city and

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