May/June 2020

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

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Haute Nature

Characterized by its black background with touches of intense yellow highlights, Antolini’s Magma Black is the evident portrayal of riotous enchantment in granite. Onyx tones and radiant golden beams simulate astral matter, interpreting the divergence between modernity and the classical.

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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.

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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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Salute to Neighborhood Roots

A gold winner in BIA’s paving and landscape category, Urby Harrison in Harrison, N.J., by landscape architects Mellilo + Bauer, is a multi-family housing complex which delivers a playful and organic experience in the transit-oriented micro-neighborhood. Its grounds feature outdoor cooking and dining spaces, table and lawn games, a firepit lounge and a pool terrace. The full-range pavers pick up the colors found in plants within the natural environment and in the nearby buildings, thus providing a pleasing foreground. In a nod to red-brick factories that were part of Harrison’s industrial beginnings, the design called for clay pavers that are reminiscent of recycled brick, bu

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A Whole New Way to Hook New Horns

The 2017 renovation of the University of Texas (UT) locker rooms, as envisioned by Gensler, started with a cathartic dismantling of the existing facility. For Coach Tom Herman, the project was about creating the right environment for success. “From recruiting, to player comfort and motivation, to game day intensity, the lighting controls help set the right tone at the right time,” says Herman.Every aspect of the renovation was designed to make UT facilities reflect the university’s commitment to continued excellence. Lighting plays a major role throughout the space. In a design unique to the Longhorn program, each locker glows orange. Cove lighting throughout the space is f

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Wooden Insulating Glass

Creating a warm aesthetic and comfortable atmosphere, OKAWOOD Insulating Glass with a Wooden Grid encapsulates natural wood grilles between the panes of glass which provide solar protection for the interior and preserve the natural raw material and its inherent color tones.

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

Triple-Paned Glazing

Triple-paned insulated glazing with SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37 and a slatted wood screen reduces solar glare, building heat gain and the need for solar and privacy shading. Designed with integrated sustainable features, it is LEED Gold certified. A hospital must carefully monitor light penetration as well as solar heat gain to protect its visitors, and therefore needs high-performing glazing such as SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37. The multifunctional coating offers strong solar protection and thermal insulation.

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Maraya Concert Hall, Saudi Arabia

World's Largest Mirror-Clad Building

Taking part in a unique project, Guardian Glass supplied UltraMirror glass for Saudi Arabia’s new Maraya Concert Hall, carrying the unique distinction of being the world’s largest mirror-clad building by the Guinness World Records. Reflecting the surrounding mountains of the Al-Hijr Archeological Site in all their glory, the unusual building is expected to boost tourism and interest in the country’s first UNESCO heritage site. Challenged to develop this unique application in a short time frame, Guardian’s innovative efforts have produced a new value-added product.

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A Good Match

The s-5-T Mini-clamps were selected to attach solar panels onto the new 238T symmetrical standing seam roof of McElroy Metals’ Clinton, Ill., facility. Featuring a two-piece design for easy installation anywhere along the panel seam, the mini clamps are specifically designed to fit profiles with a “T”-shaped seam configuration.

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