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ParaSol by Office for Design & Architecture

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Office for Design & Architecture

The ParaSol is a rooftop shading structure that produces a constant shadow by tracing the sun’s rays.  Through advanced technology, ODA calculated and predicted the solar exposure for the site while taking into consideration all the contextual parameters of the surrounding buildings.  The ParaSol form emerges through a process of sculptural optimization where 90 models (each one producing an ideal shadow for a different day) were tested to form a hybrid prototype.  This outcome creates a high performance shading structure in a singular, spectacular object, shaping the identity for the rooftop while improving its micro-climate.

Canopy

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Atlanta History Center in Georgia by Meridian 105 Architecture

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Meridian 105 Architecture

The Atlanta History Center project is a partial interior renovation of the existing building.  The building’s exterior is addressed with the intent of maintaining a large portion of the current structure while achieving a transformation of image.  The History Center fulfills a dual purpose, operating as a traditional museum and exhibit space on the mission of the Historical Society, and acting as a revenue generating event space. The current building, characterized by corridor-style circulation and partitioned rooms challenges the use of each function, creating a circulation driven by destination rather than exploration. Because of the shortcomings of the original design, the existing history center does not support the mission and revenue goals of the historical society. This project addresses this problem.

Exterior View

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