Monday, November 16, 2015
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The nation’s first all cross-laminated timber (CLT) hotel, built on the site of a former Army troop barracks at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is expected to open by the end of the year. The 62,688 sq. ft., four story building known as Candlewood Suites, will house on-post military members, their families and all government travellers to the area.
CLT, a next-generation building material made from several layers of glued lumber stacked crosswise, provides dimensional stability, strength and rigidity to a building system. The mass timber product is well suited for floors, walls and roofs, and because the panels are prefabricated off-site, it allows for speedy construction. CLT was an obvious choice for the Redstone Arsenal project, according to Jeff Morrow, program manager at Lend Lease. “We specified CLT because it was a better solution than conventional building materials. CLT provided faster and safer installation while meeting stringent design needs. More than 1,533 CLT panels were installed in just 11 weeks with an 11 man crew and the project was built to surpass highly restrictive military blast requirements. CLT is an innovative means to do more with less.”
For more on CLT and other mass timber building systems, visit reThink Wood.
The Oklahoma Airport Trust has approved the schematic designs for a new terminal expansion at Will Rogers World Airport. The design team, lead by Oklahoma City–based Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates (FSB), with partners Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum (HOK), have integrated the latest in airport security, technology, and circulation into their brightly daylit plan.
RPBW’s active double skin facade kick starts a “new generation” of campus design at Columbia University
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Columbia University’s expansion has been selected by LEED for their Neighborhood Design pilot program, which calls for the integration of smart growth principles and urbanism at a neighborhood scale.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) is designing four buildings to be built over the upcoming years as a first phase of Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion. The first of these four projects to break ground is the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, a research facility used by scientists working on mind, brain, and behavior research. The facility is ten stories wrapped in nearly 176,000 square feet of building envelope, consisting of transparent floor-to-ceiling glazing.
While the world has been discussing how much Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video borrowed from James Turrell’s installations (Hint: a lot*), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark announced that the artist is collaborating with Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen on the museum’s new expansion.
Piselli, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in São Paulo, will open in Iguatemi’s central plaza, the oldest Brazilian mall in operation and a popular Sao Paulo interior public space. Eric Carlson and his office CARBONDALE designed this “restaurant without walls,” using vegetation and materials to divide spaces.
Matter, Light, and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968-2003
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through December 20, 2015
Best known for his keen documentation of Late Modernism, Wayne Thom’s architectural photography brings drama and beauty to a period marked by corporate and developer-driven design. Now, the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University presents an exhibition of Thom’s work at the WUHO Gallery in Hollywood.
Just two weeks after the city of Chicago gave the go ahead for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to procure a 99 year lease on the Chicago Lakefront from the Chicago Park District, a federal court has indicated that it will not give a decision until February regarding a case brought by Friends of the Parks against the City.
It’s a big week for big Brooklyn skyscrapers. Yesterday, SHoP Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates unveiled plans for towers within a block of each other, in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. KPF is developing the 400,000 square foot office and retail project at 420 Albee Square in partnership with JEMB Realty and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). At 600 feet tall, the tower will be 400 feet shorter than SHoP’s, but it will still reign as Brooklyn’s second tallest building.