KieranTimberlake demonstrates best practices for a prototypical new commercial building

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Building 7R's brick screen and translucent glazing panels (image courtesy Michael Moran/OTTO)

Building 7R’s brick screen and translucent glazing panels (image courtesy Michael Moran/OTTO)

The facility will serve students, building operators, building energy auditors, and will be used to support the development of new business ventures in energy efficiency.

The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI)—formerly the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub—at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, is a research initiative funded by the Department of Energy and led by Penn State University that seeks to reduce the energy usage of commercial buildings to 50% by 2020. KieranTimberlake, a Philadelphia-based firm located three miles from Navy Yard, was selected by Penn State to renovate a 1940’s Georgian-style brick building to be a living laboratory for advanced energy retrofit technology. Included in the brief was an addition to the building, which evolved into a new stand-alone building across the street on Lot 7R, which aptly became the name of the building.
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SOM’s gravity-defying floating glass cube in DTLA

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The building’s pleated glass envelope contains 1,672 energy efficient panels that uniquely responds to its location.

SOM has floated a glass cube above a large stepped civic plaza negotiating a sloped site in downtown Los Angeles for their United States Courthouse project, scheduled to open July, 2016 with an anticipated LEED Platinum rating. The 633,000 square foot, 220 foot tall facility includes 24 daylight-filled courtrooms and 32 judges’ chambers.

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Introducing the World’s Tallest Holiday Inn

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Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at dusk (Ralph D'Angelo)

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at dusk (Ralph D’Angelo)

The 467 foot tower is organized around the clean lines of a 4 mm thick aluminum composite material (ACM) panel system.

Tourists in Manhattan might now be overheard saying something to the effect of:

“Did you go to the observation deck at the Empire State building!?”

“No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn.”

Rightfully so, as there is a new way to experience the Big Apple: 50 stories in the air, in a bed, at the “world’s tallest” Holiday Inn just three blocks south of the World Trade Center.
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Learning from AMIE: a look into the future of 3d printing and sustainable energy management

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(image courtesy SOM)

(image courtesy SOM)

A high-performance building prototype which shares energy with a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle.

A cross-disciplinary team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have designed an innovative single-room building module to demonstrate new manufacturing and building technology pathways. The research project, named Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE), leverages rapid innovation through additive manufacturing, commonly known as ‘3d printing,’ to connect a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle to a high-performance building designed to produce, consume, and store renewable energy.
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Diamond Schmitt Architects Cleanse Building with Vertical Living Wall

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Glimpses of the living wall can be seen from the exterior of the building at the edge of University of Ottawa's dense urban campus. (courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects)

Glimpses of the living wall can be seen from the exterior of the building at the edge of University of Ottawa’s dense urban campus. (Courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects)

At six stories high, this is the tallest living Biofilter wall in North America.

Neatly contained behind a glass and steel structure is Diamond Schmitt Architects and Nedlaw Living Walls’ latest creation: a 1,370 s.f. vertical living wall assembly, located within a prominent skylit atrium in Vanier Hall, a Social Sciences building on the University of Ottawa’s campus.
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UUfie Transforms Flagship Store With Icy Cool Glass Block

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Ports 1961 glows at dusk. (Shengliang Su)

From Functional to Fashionable: glass blocks used to create a glowing facade in Shanghai.

Located in a high-end fashion district in Shanghai, this storefront was dramatically reclad in a custom glass block assembly by Toronto-based architecture studio UUfie. The facade is part of an adaptive reuse project, converting an old office building into a new flagship store for fashion house Ports 1961.
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A Porous Building Skin for Downtown Los Angeles

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The Broad Museum at dusk (image courtesy Iwan Baan)

The Broad Museum at dusk (image courtesy Iwan Baan)

The veil functions both as the primary facade and the daylighting system, providing a sense of connection between the gallery spaces and the city.

The Broad Museum will open its doors to the public on Sunday, 5 years after after Diller Scofidio + Renfro won a small invite-only design competition to design a space for Eli Broad’s immense contemporary art collection. All of the public spaces in the museum are created between the building’s two enclosure systems, coined the “vault and veil” by DS+R. The veil, a daylight-absorbing concrete exoskeleton balances performance with fashion, while an interior vault protects a nearly 2,000 piece art collection. Visitors move over, under and through the vault, which consumes almost half of the 120,000 sq. ft., 3-story building.

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Heatherwick Studio Bends Glass and Steel for Gin Maker

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Two dynamic glass and steel buildings connect an ecologically restored waterway with historic buildings in Hampshire, England. (Iwan Baan)

The glasshouses are comprised of 893 unique laminated glass panels framed by over 1.25 km of steel mullions.

Designed by Heatherwick studio and situated on an industrial site of production since 900AD, Bombay Sapphire’s new distilling operations are distributed into a campus of 23 restored buildings, organized around a widened river and central courtyard.

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NBBJ’s New Orleans hospital embodies resilience

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NBBJ designed UMC's entry pavilion to recall New Orleans' porch culture. (Sean Airhart)

NBBJ designed UMC’s entry pavilion to recall New Orleans’ porch culture. (Sean Airhart)

High performance and cultural relevance meet in concrete, metal, and steel mesh envelope.

For the stakeholders involved in building the new Rev. Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital (also known as University Medical Center, or UMC) in downtown New Orleans, the project was about much more than replacing facilities damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

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KVA Brings Digital Brick to Harvard

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As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

Old and new technologies combine in renovated anthropology building.

Tasked with transforming Harvard‘s 1971 Tozzer Library into a new home for the university’s Anthropology Department, Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) faced a unique set of challenges. Read More

Hord Coplan Macht Pushes Performance at CSU

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Hord Coplan Macht's Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building achieved LEED Gold certification without sacrificing transparency. (Courtesy Hord Coplan Macht)

Hord Coplan Macht’s Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building achieved LEED Gold certification without sacrificing transparency. (Courtesy Hord Coplan Macht)

Ultra efficient curtain wall system marries transparency and sustainability.

For some institutions, building “sustainably” means doing the bare minimum—checking the boxes of government or in-house requirements and then moving on.

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Brooks + Scarpa’s Double-Skinned Research Center

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Brooks + Scarpa designed a "showpiece" research and testing center for Metalsa in Monterrey, Mexico. (John Linden)

Brooks + Scarpa designed a “showpiece” research and testing center for Metalsa in Monterrey, Mexico. (John Linden)

Perforated steel and translucent glass balance privacy and pop.

For their Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) in Monterrey, Mexico, Metalsa, a global manufacturing firm that specializes in automobile and truck chassis, did not want just another factory. Read More

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