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King Fahad National Library: fabric membranes in facade cladding

The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was completed and went into use for its intended purpose in November 2013. This project sees Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber...
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Tor Vergata: a bioclimatic Campus in Rome

Energy efficiency, low construction costs, quicker completion rate, recycled and recyclable materials, long-lasting finishings and furnishings, green areas and public services seem to be the main features of housing models with a strong social dimension. And the Tor Vergata Campus...
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Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute: a new interlayer technology for High UV transmitting glasses

DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions announces the commercial launch of DuPont™ SentryGlas® N-UV ionoplast interlayer a new interlayer technology for durable architectural safety glass with unsurpassed transmission of natural UV light into spaces containing special light-requiring flora and fauna. Located in...
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ArboSkin: Durable and Recyclable Bioplastics Facade

The spiky modules used to build this curving pavilion in Stuttgart, Germany, are made from a bioplastic containing over 90 percent renewable materials. Students and professors from Stuttgart University’s ITKE  (Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design) designed the freeform...
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The Metaphone®, concert hall and urban music instrument

The Metaphone® is the contemporary keystone of the whole project, embodying the site’s new musical and acoustic role. An architecture of materials, sound and light, it is the emblematic space of 9 – 9bis: a building to be looked at...
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Energy Box: wood, recycled and active technologies. New frontiers for reconstruction

Using nearly zero energy, this house designed by italian architect Pierluigi Bonomo was built in replacement of a heavily damaged building from the 2009 earthquake in l’aquila, the region of Abruzzo in central Italy. conceived as a volumetric insertion, the...
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Energy X. Eco-friendly prefabricated houses.

Energy X is the energy-efficient prebuilt house, characterized by an innovative design and a keen attention to the environment and living comfort. The philosophy of Hartl Haus aims to the future of design, based on three principles: the use of...
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Dry technologies: Perforated aluminium panels and steel

This project deals with the extension and the restructuration of a young workers residence, a 10-levels building made of a concrete structure with overhangs every 2.50m. The existing building was built in a brutal way in the 1970s on the...
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Tvzeb: reversibility and zero energy wood and cor-ten steel

Tvzeb is an experimental zero energy building brought to fruition by virtue of a cooperative endeavour between the traverso-vighy architecture studio and the University of Padua’s Department of Technical Physics. The goal of the project was to develop a low-impact...
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Federal Building: complex modernity and sustainability

The San Francisco Federal Building offers a contemporary response to its context, but more importantly it establishes a benchmark for sustainable design in its use of natural energy sources. The building physically democratizes the workplace as it enhances health and...
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Interactions: glass and metallic shading

In 2002, Her Majesty’s Courts Service held an international competition to select an architect to design a new purpose built premises for the Department of Justice in the North West, the biggest court complex to be built in the UK...
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Telefónica’s Headquarters: multilayer envelope

Located in the north of the Spanish capital, with a strong architectonic identity, the project, which follows an architectonic philosophy of sustainable development, is a gigantic business campus enclosed within a glass wall, crowned by the greatest solar paneled roof in...
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Basket Apartments. Wooden slats and three-dimensional wire mesh’s envelope

The project is located on a long and very narrow site, on the edge of Parc La Vilette in Paris’s 19th district, within an urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects. On the northeast, new Paris tram route is...
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Friem Headquarters: metal skin façade

Italian architects Onsitestudio have completed the Milan headquarters of an electrical product manufacturer, wrapped in profiled steel. The main purpose of the project is the overall reorganisation of an area used for the production of electrical converters, located in an...
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Smart is green. PCM, Phase Change Materials

An “energy-smart façade” that generates and stores energy throughout the year makes this house, designed by zillerplus Architekten und Stadtplaner München, an “efficient house plus” – a building that is capable of generating more energy than its residents use. This is...