November 2016

Custom Creations: One-Off Wallcoverings

Custom wallcoverings can be unique and they don’t have to cost a fortune. When Gensler Philadelphia (GPHL) began a workplace design for its newest office in Philadelphia, it devised a site-specific plan imitating the nuances of the city by dividing up the office into several neighborhoods connected to a central square. This required a materials and finishes plan peppered with an aesthetic unique to Philadelphia that incorporated creative cues to wayfinding that formed a unified connectivity of all the spaces throughout the office. Gensler architect Shannon Benton worked with principals from the Baltimore office to devise specialty features layered across the area, including custom wallcoveri

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BIG Rigs Housing Solution

Urban Riggers is making a splash—literally. A floating hub of shipping containers refitted as student housing for the University of Denmark was met with critical acclaim last month in Copenhagen, and is now the most de rigueur and affordable student accommodations in the city. “My oldest son needed a place to live when he was going to university,” Kim Loudrup, cofounder of the Copenhagen housing startup Urban Rigger told World Architecture News. “When we went online to see the availability for student housing in Copenhagen, it dawned on us that it was a nightmare.” Architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG and partner Kim Loudrup, CEO of Urban Riggers have become BMOC (big men on campus) for conceiving

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Smile Pavilion a Nod to Hardwood

What does a city that has an eye need? A smile, of course. Designed by Alison Brooks Architects and engineered by Arup as a Landmark Project for the London Design Festival 2016, The Smile is set to transform the way the A/E/C industry views timber as a way to create space, form and structure. The urban pavilion displayed on the quad of the Chelsea College of Art and Design is made using some of the largest ever panels of cross-laminated Tulipwood, and acts a large-scale proof-of-concept of the potential of American hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT). The pavilion is based on a 50-m radius and it is 34-m long. “We designed the pavilion that takes the form of an arc; it’s a really athletic

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Light as Material

Philips’ Luminous Patterns integrate light into architecture in a new way. Delicately illuminated surfaces of light in customizable architectural wall panel systems create a selection of signature experiences including innovative optical effects, geometric patterns, custom finishes, and graphic overlays. “We’re surrounded by these effects in nature, but it is largely missing from the buildings that we live in,” says Brad Koerner, Luminous Patterns Venture Manager. These luminous effects are always desired in architectural projects, but quickly become costly, time-consuming science projects, says Kenneth van Kogelengberg, luminous patterns designer. “So what we’ve created is a custom-built-to

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Surgery Center Operates on Holistic Design

The Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Josie Robertson Surgery Center in New York City provides patients with the most personalized outpatient surgical care, while making use of natural light as much as possible. Combining human-centered and state-of-the-art design, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Josie Robertson Surgery Center (JRSC) in New York City is a first-of-its-kind outpatient and short-stay cancer surgery facility. The center is designed to provide patients and their families with the safest, most effective and most personalized outpatient surgical care and help get patients home safely as soon as possible so they can complete their recovery. Lighting, and its controls, is an important aspect of

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Minneapolis’ Commons Paves Permeable

Looking toward the environmental benefits for the entire city, downtown Minneapolis was looking toward permeable paving to reduce its stormwater runoff and potential pollution problems. Completed in Aug. 2016, the Downtown Commons, Minneapolis, Minn., is a 4.2-acre public park and green space adjacent to U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. “The Commons is the centerpiece of the revitalization and redevelopment of the Downtown East neighborhood,” said Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council member whose Ward 3 includes the Commons. “The reduction in harmful stormwater runoff and water pollution is one of its many environmental benefits for the entire city.”

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‘Cliff House’ Features Modern Renovation

Maine’s Cliff House Resort underwent a modern renovation that included aesthetics, safety and function, while reigning in captivating views of the Atlantic Ocean. After 140 years in operation, Cliff House Resort in York, Maine, closed to undergo a complete renovation. Designed by architectural firms Cooper Carry and TruexCullins, the resort reopened in July 2016. The result is a world-class retreat that offers rich historical character while reflecting a contemporary seaside lifestyle. To enhance the aesthetics, safety and function of the resort, glass railing systems were provided.

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Daylight Control

The Flatiron Building employs good daylighting techniques, which includes a custom-made shading system that reduces glare while allowing the proper amount of daylighting into the interior of the building. The iconic Flatiron building in Bethlehem, Pa., was in need of renovation. As sustainable design consultants, the owners, The Stone House Group, were keen to employ good daylighting techniques and wanted to select a custom-made shading system to suit the tall narrow windows. Proper daylighting control was a critical building component to reduce glare, while allowing abundant daylighting into the interior spaces of the building.

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High-Flying Design

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport’s refresh includes sleek, yet durable furnishings. Terminal Five in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had long been in need for a refresh. The terminal’s security lines also had a problem of overflowing into the ticketing area and even out toward entrances during peak times. “All the food outlets were pre-security, so once passengers went through security there was really no place to get something to eat other than Hudson News,” says John Kolb, Vice President and Senior Project Manager of Epstein Global. The redevelopment expanded Terminal 5’s original 15,000 sq. ft. of space to 26,000 sq. ft., which helped cover the improvement of the security line areas, the c

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