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16.12.17 Nueva Hillside Learning School Complex | LMS Architects Arch2O.com Arch2O.com – Architecture & Design Magazine The Nueva Hillside Learning School Complex is carefully woven into the land to create a variety of innovative educational environments that promote environmental stewardship and a passion for lifelong learning. The 24,000 square foot project for an independent K-8 school includes a new library, student center and classroom building organized around a central plaza. Courtesy of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects – Photographs : Tim Griffith Designed as a model for an environmentally responsible school facility, the project uses 65% less energy and 50% less water than a typical new school facility in the United States. A 30KW photovoltaic array provides 21% of electricity needs. Living roofs provide new habitat for an endangered native butterfly species and existing Cypress trees removed from the site were milled and reused on the buildings as screens, benches and decks. Photo via aiatopten.org “This is a great school design that pays a lot of attention to the flexibility and adaptability of spaces. It incorporates a wide number of sustainability strategies in a very integrated, straightforward way with a design sensibility that is elegant in its simplicity.” Courtesy of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects – Photographs : Tim Griffith Project Info : Architects : Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Project Area : 27,000 sq. ft. Photographs : Tim Griffith Project Location : Hillsborough, CA, United States (Visited 169 times, 1 visits today) The post Nueva Hillside Learning School Complex | LMS Architects appeared first on Arch2O.com. http://ift.tt/2j5zIfG
16.12.17 Why 3D Printing Is All the Talk Now in Architecture? Arch2O.com Arch2O.com – Architecture & Design Magazine It was long ago, around the 15th century, when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press and brought on the Renaissance. People marveled at the new revolutionary technology. Not quite as long ago, precisely in the second half of the 20th century, inkjet and laser printing were developed, and printers have become quite common ever since. They have become handier, smaller in size, cheaper, and faster, and they no longer belonged to publishing houses and big establishments alone. All sorts of workplaces, now, cannot give up the services of a printer, and most households already have one. After conquering the world of 2D printing, it was about time to move it to the next level and tackle 3D Printing. What is 3D Printing? Also known as Additive manufacturing, 3D printing is one of the latest innovations in the field of printing and it exactly does what it says; it prints 3D forms. Photography: Jonathan Juursema via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) 3D printers print one layer above the other creating a third dimension for the 2D drawings on the computer screen. Special computer software applications are used to prepare designs and data for 3D printing. 3D printers were first invented in the 1980s and since then, inventors have been introducing new techniques for the printing and using various materials to get optimum products. What is 3D Printing used for? 3D Printing has a wide range of applications in all sorts of fields. For example, it can be used in food industry to print custom shaped candy. It can be used for medical purposes, like creating exact replicas of body organs and prosthesis for the disabled. Titanium 3D-printed cranium implant – Courtesy of Novax DMA It, also, has applications in the fields of fashion and Jewelry design, where outfits, shoes, and accessories can be printed for prototyping or mass production. And in the field of automotive industries, manufacturers have successfully used 3D printers to compose entire parts of cars and airplanes. Photography: Maurizio Pesce via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) However, what concerns us, as architects are the applications of this technology in the fields of construction and architectural design: 1. Architects can, now, create high-quality models, much faster and with less effort. They can flexibly present their designs and ideas using a wide range of materials 3D-printed model – Courtesy of HK3DPrint 2. Some building parts can, also, be 3D-printed and used in construction. 3. Renowned firms and designers have built pavilions and small structures using 3D-Printing technology. World’s largest 3D polymer building by SOM – Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory 4. Some companies have even attempted to 3D-print entire edifices. Chinese engineering corporation WinSun is one of these daring practices that fully printed more than one building. Those buildings are not inhabited, so we cannot exactly say if they “worked”. However, experts claim them to be safe and reliable. World’s Tallest 3D Building in China by WinSun – Courtesy of Caixin 5. 3D-printed furniture is also a “thing”, and it is even proving more widely implemented than 3D construction. Famous designers have experimented with the technology to create customized chairs, tables, and benches. The products of the combination between 3D printing and parametric design have turned out to be quite impressive and unique. 3D printed chair by Zaha Hadid Architects – Courtesy of Stratasys Ltd. What Materials can be used for 3D Printing? Resin can be used for detailed designs and sculptures. It provides a smooth surface finish and sharp edges. It is not available in a variety of colors, but it can be easily painted. Nylon Plastic is white in color. It has a wide range of applications due to its flexibility and strength, and it has a sandy granular surface finish. Metals include aluminum, bronze, chromium, gold, silver, titanium, and stainless steel. They are laser-sintered from metal powder, and they have high strength. They can be used to manufacture functional mechanical parts or Jewellery. Gypsum/Sandstone is rigid and brittle but characteristic for its colored texture. It can be used to create architectural models, product designs, and fine artworks. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a thermoplastic used commonly for mold injections. It is highly durable and heat resistant. Its applications include automotive parts and the popular LEGO bricks. Polylactic Acid (PLA) is an eco-friendly option since it is obtained from renewable resources. It is a biodegradable thermoplastic, created from potato starch, cornstarch, or sugar cane. It is used for food packaging, disposable garment, and most importantly for surgical implants. What are the possible advantages of 3D Printing? As we can see, 3D printing is widely spreading but it has not revealed its full potential yet. If the technology proves to be as useful as anticipated, then it would be advantageous, compared to other construction techniques, in terms of productivity. It will be more dependent on robotics and so, it will require less labor. Accordingly, construction costs will go down. 3D printing will also make it possible to build almost “anything”. Any complicated forms that may have seemed unrealizable before will be possible to achieve, or print, with the aid of CAD software and 3D Scanners. What are the possible advantages of 3D Printing? 3D Printing may be an initially expensive option. It will also need skilled experts who can deal with robotics and technical details to operate. Current 3D printers produce limited sizes for parts, and they can print only one piece at a time. The products of 3D printing could, also, require further treatment and processing to be presentable. (Visited 103 times, 1 visits today) The post Why 3D Printing Is All the Talk Now in Architecture? appeared first on Arch2O.com. http://ift.tt/2zfyZl8
16.12.17 Central Energy Facility | ZGF Architects Arch2O.com Arch2O.com – Architecture & Design Magazine At the heart of Stanford University’s recently completed transformational, campus-wide energy system is a new central energy facility—designed by ZGF, in partnership with Affiliated Engineers—that embodies the latest technological advances and ecodistrict planning solutions. Part of the Stanford Energy System Innovation (SESI) Initiative, the system replaces a 100% fossil-fuel based combined cogeneration plant with grid-sourced electricity and a first-of-its-kind heat recovery system, yielding compelling results for the entire campus: greenhouse gas emissions slashed by 68%, fossil fuel use reduced by 65%, and water use reduced by 15%. Courtesy of ZGF Architects – Photographs : Matthew Anderson, Steve Proehl, Robert Canfield, Tim Griffith Five distinct components comprise the 125,614 SF Central Energy Facility: an administrative / teaching building, a heat recovery chiller plant, an OSHPD-compliant cooling and heating plant, a service yard, and a new campus-wide, main electrical substation. Designed to sensitively integrate into the surrounding campus, the overall architectural expression is one of lightness, transparency, and sustainability to express the facility’s purpose. Materiality takes its cues from Stanford’s rich collection of historical and contemporary buildings. More than a power plant, the facility is a learning center where students have the opportunity to see first-hand the systems and technologies at work. The entrance to the administrative / teaching building features an expansive photovoltaic (PV) trellis that provides shade and cover, and more electricity than needed to power the net positive energy building. Courtesy of ZGF Architects – Photographs : Matthew Anderson, Steve Proehl, Robert Canfield, Tim Griffith Offices and an outdoor, multi-use room float above the entrance, providing views out to central campus, as well as into the hub of the facility, where a paved and landscaped courtyard highlights the primary thermal energy storage tank. A grand staircase imaginatively functions as theater seating for tours and lectures, with the thermal storage tank as the backdrop. At night, lights directed through slender perforated steel panels transform the facility’s centerpiece tank into a glowing beacon—the “heart” of the facility. Courtesy of ZGF Architects – Photographs : Matthew Anderson, Steve Proehl, Robert Canfield, Tim Griffith Project Info : Architects : ZGF Architects Project Year : 2015 Project Area : 125600.0 ft2 Project Cost : $485,000,000 Owner : Stanford University Landscape : Tom Leader Studio Civil Engineering : BKF Engineers Structural Engineering : Rutherford + Chekene Project Location : Palo Alto, CA, United States Construction Contractor : The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company Lead Mechanical/Electrical/ Plumbing Engineer : AEI Consulting Engineers Photographs : Matthew Anderson, Steve Proehl, Robert Canfield, Tim Griffith (Visited 89 times, 1 visits today) The post Central Energy Facility | ZGF Architects appeared first on Arch2O.com. http://ift.tt/2j5DKoo
16.12.17 Studios 18 Apartments | Sanjay Puri Architects Arch2O.com Arch2O.com – Architecture & Design Magazine Situated on an undulating site in the deserts of Ras, Rajasthan, India, Studios 18 apartments are a part of an entire layout spread over 36 acres. With no buildings or development in the vicinity, this layout is being created for the working people of a new cement manufacturing plant that has commenced production nearby. Courtesy of Sanjay Puri Architects – Photographs : Vinesh Gandhi Close to the site there is no existing development and there are four villages at a distance of 1 km from the site. Taking a cue from the organic layouts of the neighbouring villages near the site, the residential units are interspersed within the existing contours along organic streets that weave through the site. Courtesy of Sanjay Puri Architects – Site Plan The 18 residential apartments follow the organic nature of old Indian cities with houses stepping back and creating interlocked built volumes across three levels. A 4M contour difference is negotiated by the building levels stepping down accordingly. In response to the hot arid climate prevalent in the location of 8 months of summer and temperatures in excess of 35°c, the apartments are all oriented towards the north, north east and northwest with no apartment facing the south. The low rise design allows the residents of studios 18 to be close to the ground level akin to living in individual houses. Courtesy of Sanjay Puri Architects – Sections The circulation spaces connecting the housing blocks are naturally ventilated with an abstract composition of square punctuations on either side facilitating air to move through. The harsh glare of the sun is cut off; yet allowing natural light within the linear corridors, and creating different patterns at different times of the day. The linear corridors provide a cool ventilated sheltered walkway between the apartments allowing residents to glimpse landscaped spaces on either side while walking through and making the circulation an interesting experience. Each apartment too is cross ventilated with deep recessed windows and open to sky terraces. Courtesy of Sanjay Puri Architects – Photographs : Vinesh Gandhi Color acts as an integral parameter in differentiating volumes as well as identifying circulation spaces interestingly while alluding to the colors of the region. In Rajasthan colour plays an important role in the lives of the people who wear bright colours daily. As if to compensate for the miles of arid, sandy terrain they see around them, they wear brightly coloured clothes and jewelry. Courtesy of Sanjay Puri Architects – Photographs : Vinesh Gandhi Most cities in Rajasthan state are identified by a colour. Jodhpur in Rajasthan is known as the blue city with traditional homes in hues of blue lime plaster. Jaisalmer is known as the yellow city for its traditional houses being built in yellow sandstone. The colour palette used is the most significant part of its visual impact. Courtesy of Sanjay Puri Architects – Photographs : Vinesh Gandhi The deconstructed cubes sport varied hues of the sandy region, at different times of the day – visually differentiating the stepped, recessed volumes as well as identifying circulation spaces. With lighter hues on external walls to reflect heat off the surfaces, and darker tones indoors to create a cooler feel, they add impact to the highly ‘responsive’ design solution. Project Info : Architects : Sanjay Puri Architects Project Year : 2016 Photographs : Vinesh Gandhi Project Location : Ras, Rajasthan 306101, India (Visited 88 times, 1 visits today) The post Studios 18 Apartments | Sanjay Puri Architects appeared first on Arch2O.com. http://ift.tt/2zfyQOC
16.12.17 Linked: Chermayeff & Geismar Brief Video [If you can not see a video here view this post on Brand New] Visit Link Dress Code has made a great video with Tom Geismar and Ivan Chermayeff on their 60 years of working together. http://ift.tt/eA8V8J http://ift.tt/2BrWAkd
16.12.17 Noted: New Logo and Identity for LeafLink by Works Progress “Turning Two New Leaves” (Est. 2015) “Serving over 400 brands and 1,700 retailers across 6 states, LeafLink is the largest marketplace for wholesale cannabis. LeafLink streamlines the ordering process, simplifies communication, and helps sales reps and purchasing managers spend less time on busy work. With a robust online marketplace, CRM, and order management tools, we’ve created a centralized sales engine to help you manage and grow your business.” Design by Works Progress (Norfolk, VA) Related links Works Progress project page Relevant quoteIn 2017, VC funding giant Lerer Hippeau (Giphy, Birchbox, Warby Parker, Casper, etc.) added cannabis tech startup, LeafLink, to their roster. Like most successful start-ups, LeafLink got off the ground with a solid product but little focus on branding. That’s not a criticism; it’s a smart start. With LH’s investment, they were ready for the next step.Their identity—while not a bad design—wasn’t exactly uncommon in its configuration. The website was also doing little to demonstrate brand positioning and needed several improvements from a sales perspective.The leaves are still slightly present in the redesign, but now we’ve also got a monogram—to support name recognition—and a collaboration element speaking to LeafLink’s real strength: community. Images (opinion after) Logo. Logo concept. Buttons. Tote and t-shirt. Illustration style. “Illustration was a preferred direction because it helped further differentiate LeafLink from competitors and infuse the brand with elements of joy and ease. More importantly, it enabled us to create scenes that integrated brands and retailers in the same physical space-suggesting LeafLink’s role in joining, supporting, and strengthening the cannabis business community.” Rocket animation. “Internally, the LeafLink team was using a rocket image to speak to the power of their tech. With the external focus on community, it seemed fitting to update their internal icon to keep both messages aligned and focused on the same goal.” Online presence. Opinion The old logo was passable but its main issue was how visually weak it looked, with its very thin font weight and tiny leaves that looked more like mint leaves than marijuana. The new logo sort of keeps the leaves but not really and instead focuses on the “link” part of the name by creating an “ll” monogram-slash-ligature that conveys the idea of bringing things together and of collaboration. My first instinct was to think that this was missing some overt graphic acknowledgement of marijuana but the brands that populate the LeafLink world already do that so this can take a step back and look more like a tech enabler. The wordmark, in standard geometric sans, is nice but nothing too exciting. The illustration approach in the applications is good; with a slightly more grown-up vibe than the usual illustrations we see. Overall — if you compare it to their old online presence — this is a big improvement that gives the organization a lot more personality and doesn’t look like some productivity tool website. http://ift.tt/2ktKvRc http://ift.tt/2jY5OLd
16.12.17 Reviewed: Friday Likes 230: From Tractorbeam, Lotta Nieminen, and Futura “From Tractorbeam, Lotta Nieminen, and Futura” From dense and ornate to bare minimum, we cover a good range of projects with work from Dallas, Brooklyn, and Mexico City. Heritage Pizza by Tractorbeam Heritage Pizza is a pizza joint and tap room in The Colony, TX, a suburb near Dallas. The identity, by Dallas-based Tractorbeam is an avalanche of 1950s clip art, script exclamations, and lo-fi typography, all executed to perfection with a more-is-more sensibility. The lead role of the identity is played by the varsity-jacket-wearing rabbit who exudes both an innocent and creepy vibe. The typography all around the venue — in menus and murals — is superb, all done in a way that look straight out of the atomic age. See full project Matter Made by Lotta Nieminen Matter Made is a manufacturer of contemporary lighting, furniture, and objects in Brooklyn, New York. Their penchant for clean lines and simple shapes is exemplified in their identity by local designer Lotta Nieminen who strikes again with another super minimalist design that looks stunning. Easy to miss is a detail in the wordmark (and “M.M” monogram) where the two “M”s are different; the first has straight stems, the second angled. It’s a tiny detail but it’s a great one, and it looks particularly good in the applications where the “M.M” is used big. The blue and rusted red color palette is quite nice too and, as someone mentioned in the Friday Likes comments recently, this fills my weekly quota of gold foil stamping. See full project Blanca by Futura Blanca is a high-end, residential community in the town of Kikteil, near Merida, Mexico. The identity, designed by Mexico City-based Futura features a swarming-dot icon meant to represent community and while that could easily be cloying, the execution is sharp, elegant, and moody, looking like an eclipse. The icon is complemented by a spaced out geometric sans serif that looks pretty nice against all the white space of the materials and a perhaps-too-largely-typeset serif. The applications where the swarm is die-cut or debossed add an extra touch of high-end-ness. See full project http://ift.tt/2B5tiFN http://ift.tt/2zewHTq
16.12.17 Spotted: New Logo for NCAA 2019 Final Four Visit Link About Spotted posts No further images are included. No opinion is given. Not even a punny title. These are just… spotted. Best available link to learn more about the change (or the company) provided in the link above. Poll and comments are open. http://ift.tt/2BlcWeF http://ift.tt/2AIujGQ
16.12.17 Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Tresorit done In-house Visit Link About Spotted posts No further images are included. No opinion is given. Not even a punny title. These are just… spotted. Best available link to learn more about the change (or the company) provided in the link above. Poll and comments are open. http://ift.tt/2j5Hne2 http://ift.tt/2BqawLX
16.12.17 Linked: Identity: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv Visit Link Available for pre-order from (and published by) Standards Manual, Identity: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv is a 308-page book showcasing 60 years worth Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv work. http://ift.tt/2AZjq02 http://ift.tt/2CiqtkJ