Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Gotham Metalworks by Extech received the 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Award for its work on the Henry Bristow Landmark School in Park Slope, Brooklyn (NYC Public School 39). Presented by the Copper Development Association, the award is judged by industry experts and presented to outstanding copper building projects based on design integration, craftsmanship and overall excellence in renovation.
The project involved the historic restoration and roof cornice replacement for one of the nation’s oldest schools in continuous use (built in 1877). Working with Ivan Brice Architecture, Gotham’s was to fabricate the new copper gutters and cornice and stay true to the design intent of the original construction. All elements were subject to approval by the N.Y. State Historic Preservation Office.
The copper work included manufacture of the 44 decorative replica brackets, 308 large modillions and extensive cornices with hundreds of dentils. Castings and dies were made from the original wood decorative brackets, and fluted bracket faces were stamped in copper to match. The decorative Fleur de Lis detail, which was cut into the face of the decorative brackets, was utilized to create matching snow guards on sloping copper roof areas where needed. Visit GothamMetals.com.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Tall wood buildings are capturing the imagination of architects, engineers and developers, who see them as a way to lessen the carbon footprint of the built environment while demonstrating ingenuity and meeting the same standards for safety and performance as any building type.
Heightened awareness of the environmental benefits of wood, combined with advances in wood technology and manufacturing have aligned to make tall wood buildings not only possible but safe and cost effective.
With emerging timber construction technologies and significant trends in urbanization anticipated in the next half century, many architects are exploring the latest innovations in wood technology for their building projects. One of these architects, Alan Organschi, design principal and partner at Gray Organschi Architecture believes that ‘wood is poised to become the new high-performance structural building material. Breakthroughs in timber manufacturing – fiber optimization, glue lamination, and mass timber structural design – will direct the material drawn from our forests to high-rise, high-density urban construction.’ Mr. Organschi explores the use of new wood technologies in mid-rise, high-density housing and infrastructure through his ongoing research project, Timber City and this year served as a member of the USDA Tall Wood Building Prize Competition design and evaluation team.
For more information and research on tall wood buildings in the U.S. please visit http://www.rethinkwood.com/tallwood-masstimber
Not content with 423,000 square feet designed by SHoP Architects in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, Uber is expanding into Oakland. The company purchased the former Sears building from developer Lane Partners, who bought the building last year. Genlser is on deck to transform the old department store into 330,000 square feet of creative office space. The iconic chunk of real estate prominently faces both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue and its redevelopment marks a turning point for Oakland.
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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.