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Komatsu Seima Fabric Laboratory fa-bo in Nomi City, Ishikawa by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

This is a renovation of an office building in rigid-frame RC structure to strengthen its quake resistance using carbon fiber, and transform the interior into a museum called Fab Labo, a space to display the technology of Komatsu Seiren, the client company. Drawing from a technique of braiding ropes in this region, it became possible to add further flexibility to the carbon fiber. The fiber rod is said to be seven times stronger than iron, and this is the very first time that this material was used as a means of reinforcement against earthquakes. The potential of this light and soft fiber is explored inside the building as well. There is a lighting duct in fiber and on the rooftop, an experimental greening is being conducted using porous ceramic panels (called Greenbiz), which was generated from the process of producing fiber.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: Komatsu Seima Fabric Laboratory fa-bo
  • Location: 167 Hamacho Nomi, Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • In charge: Kengo Shikama / Masayoshi Adachi / Masashi Haniya * / Tetsuo Yamasudo * / Kimio Suzuki / Masaki Sato / Shun Horiki / Hiroaki Masuko / Mizuho Ozawa / Mitako Izumi (Former employee)
  • Construction: Shimizu Corporation Hokuriku Branch
  • Structure: Ejiri Architectural Structural Design Office
  • Lighting: Izumi Izumi Lighting Design Office
  • Site area:  121, 485.30 m²
  • Design period: August 2013 – November 2014
  • Construction period: February 2015 – November 2015


Experimental Structure in Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic by Fránek Architects

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Article source: BoysPlayNice

Experimental structure in Slavkov u Brna is one of several buildings by Zdeněk Fránek, that have been created in partnership with scientists. The task was to develop an innovation center for a family business. A structure that will operate solely on energy gained from natural resources and using water independently thanks to its natural water treatment system.

Architecture of the building presents dichotomous conception of space increasing its effect on a spectator through its duality.

Image Courtesy © Boys Play Nice

  • Architects: Fránek Architects (Zdeněk Fránek)
  • Project: Experimental Structure
  • Location: Liko-Noe, U Splavu 1419, Slavkov u Brna
  • Photography: BoysPlayNice
  • Co-authors: Libor Musil (Liko-S), Michal Šperling, Dalibor Skácel
  • General contractors:  Liko-s, Icynene, Novatop, Michal Šperling (constructed wetland wastewater treatment), Skanska SK (monolithic concrete), Dalibor Skácel (heat pump, ventilation, solar technology)
  • Investor:  Liko-S
  • Built-up area: 249 m2
  • Building volume: 1 300 m3
  • Budget: CZK 15 mil.
  • Project: 2014 – 2015
  • Completion: 2015 (27 days)


Kolon Future Research Park in Seoul, Korea by mOrphosis architects

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Article source: mOrphosis architects

The Kolon Group, based in Seoul, is a diverse corporation whose activities range from textiles, chemicals, and sustainable technologies, to original clothing lines in the athletic and ready-to-wear fashion markets. Between the group’s 38 divisions, Kolon covers research, primary material manufacture, and product construction – a unique configuration that enables the company to capitalize on its own resources and advances, and to forge innovative collaborations between divisions. Supporting this collaborative model was a primary goal behind the design of Kolon’s new Corporate Headquarters and Research Facilities. Bringing researchers, leadership, and designers together in one location, the building combines flexible laboratory facilities with executive offices and active social spaces that encourage greater interaction and exchange across the company.

Image Courtesy © Morphosis Architects

  • Architects: mOrphosis architects
  • Project: Kolon Future Research Park
  • Location: Magok Industrial Park, Seoul, Korea
  • Client: Kolon Industries, Inc.
  • Visualization: Jasmine Park, Sam Tannenbaum
  • Design Director: Thom Mayne
  • Project Principal: Eui-Sung Yi
  • Project Manager: Sung-Bum Lim
  • Project Architects: Ji-Young Jon, Sung-Soo Lim, Zach Pauls, Aaron Ragan
  • Project Designers: Daniel Pruske, Natalia Traverso-Caruana
  • Project Team: Ilaria Campi, Yoon Her, Meari Kim, Sarah Kott, Michelle Lee, Jung Jae Park, Go-Woon Seo, Pablo Zunzunegui


Hamburg Innovation Port in Germany by MVRDV

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Article source: MVRDV 

The site of the Hamburg Innovation Port project is at the waterways of old Harburger Schloss in the so-called Channel Hamburg development, the southern high-tech hub of Germany’s most northern metropolis, which is currently nearing its final stage of realisation. The masterplan foresees a total surface of 70,000m2 of which 6,300m2 hotels, 5,400m2 conference halls, 26,000m2 offices and start-ups, 9,600m2 laboratories, 7,100m2 research facilities and 7,800m2 parking. The plan offers through its 1,35m grid enough flexibility to change the programme along its realisation and allows enterprises of all sizes to occupy the various buildings.

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Hamburg Innovation Port
  • Location: Hamburg – Harburg, Germany
  • Client: HC Hagemann Construction Group
  • Design Team: Winy Maas, Jacon van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries, Markus Nagler, Tobias Tonch, Jonathan Schuster, Lisa Bruch
  • Co-architect: morePlatz (Johannes Schele, Caro Baumann)
  • Budget: 150 million euros
  • Size & Programme: A total surface of 70,000m2 of which 6,300m2 hotels, 5,400m2 conference halls, 26,000m2 offices and start-ups, 9,600m2 laboratories, 7,100m2 research facilities and 7,800m2 parking. The plan offers through its 1,35m grid enough flexibility to change the programme along its realisation and allows enterprises of all sizes to occupy the various buildings
  • Year: 2016 +


The MAX IV Laboratory in Sweden by Snohetta

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Article source: Snohetta

The MAX IV Laboratory, a high-performance synchrotron radiation laboratory, is under construction on 19 hectares (47 acres) of traditional, productive land outside the city of Lund in southern Sweden. This advanced research laboratory will be the first built structure of the future ‘Science City’ in the Brunnshög area northeast of Lund.

Image Courtesy © Snøhetta and Fojab

Image Courtesy © Snøhetta and Fojab

  • Architects: Snohetta
  • Project: The MAX IV Laboratory
  • Location: Sweden
  • Software used: Rhino, Grasshopper, AutoCAD, Revit
  • Photography: ABML4, Inge Ove Tysnes, Snøhetta and Fojab, ABML4/Felix Gerlach,  Klas Andersson


J. Craig Venter Institute in California by ZGF Architects LLP

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The client’s commitment to environmental stewardship initiated the challenge for the design team to create a net-zero energy (NZE) laboratory for its new West Coast research institute, which resulted in a 44,607 SF building comprised of a single-story laboratory wing and a threestory office / administrative wing framing a central courtyard, all sitting above a below-grade parking structure for 112 cars. The new facility was designed to achieve LEED-Platinum certification and a net-zero energy footprint, making it the first such biological laboratory in the country. The courtyard serves as the heart of the Institute, drawing researchers across and into the collaborative outdoor space. The project uses a modest palette of materials: highperformance glazing, Spanish cedar wood, and high-strength concrete. Each material was considered for its contribution to the enhancement of the building’s performance, resulting in a building that is both functional and artful in its simplicity.

Image Courtesy © Nick Merrick

Image Courtesy © Nick Merrick

  • Architects: ZGF Architects LLP
  • Project: J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Location: 4120 Capricorn Lane La Jolla California 92037, United States 
  • Photography: Nick Merrick
  • Project Owner: J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Suburban
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 44,607 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: November, 2013


Shenkar Glass Gallery in Ramat Gan, Israel by Geotectura

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Article source: Geotectura

The Michal and Avraham Kadar Media Lab was designed by Geotectura for Shenkar College within an 90 years old building. The project has many labs and workshops as part of a retrofit and add-ons design but the main element is a floating steel and glass structure within the existing fabric. The project includes a center for interaction design and technology, a computer gaming lab, plastic workshop and 3D printing lab.

Image Courtesy © LiorAvitan

Image Courtesy © LiorAvitan

  • Architects: Geotectura, Dr. Joseph Cory
  • Project: Shenkar Glass Gallery
  • Location: Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Photography: LiorAvitan
  • Software used: Revit 
  • Project Manager: OferGabay
  • Structural Engineer: Sayag Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer: EyalNiv Engineers
  • Contractor: Ida Invest
  • Client: Shenkar College (
  • Area:1200sq.m., Glass Gallery 100 sq.m.
  • Year: 2015


New building for top research institute DIFFER in Eindhoven, The Netherlands by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Article source: Ector Hoogstad Architecten 

The Netherlands has an excellent reputation in the international world of science. Ector Hoogstad Architecten has won commissions to design many new buildings in Dutch universities and research institutes in recent years. DIFFER, the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research located on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology, is the latest in the series. The building will be officially opened on 19 November.

Northwest facade with sawtooth profile photo, Image Courtesy © Petra Appelhof

Northwest facade with sawtooth profile
photo, Image Courtesy © Petra Appelhof

  • Architects: Ector Hoogstad Architecten 
  • Project: New building for top research institute DIFFER
  • Location: De Zaale 20, 5612 AJ Eindhoven, The Netherlands 
  • Photography: Petra Appelhof
  • Software used: Revit 
  • Client: FOM DIFFER
  • Project team: Joost Ector, Max Pape, Koen Klijn, Ralph Sijstermans, Koert Hougee, Arja Hoogstad, Rena Logara, Joost vander Linden, Hetty Mommersteeg, Marco Verroen
  • Construction management: Aronsohn raadgevende adviseurs
  • Installation consultants: Deerns raadgevende adviseurs bv
  • Construction consultants: IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs
  • Main contractor: Dura Vermeer Rosmalen


“Design Lab in the desert” in Piura, Peru by Jorge Losada

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Article source: Jorge Losada

The City of Piura, located in the desert of Sechura, it is surrounded by sand and dunes and the river, named after the city, barely generates a shy green corridor. However, in this difficult context, the University of Piura managed to reforest approximately a hundred and fifty hectares with a dry woodland, an oasis based on algarrobo trees where the University could settle their facilities.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Losada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Losada

  • Architects: Jorge Losada
  • Project: Design Lab in the desert
  • Location: Campus Universidad de Piura, Peru
  • Software Used: AutoCad
  • Collaborators: Lola Rodríguez y Carlos Berián
  • Area: 752 m2
  • Project year: 2015


Chemistry lab in Aachen, Germany by kister scheithauer gross architekten und stadtplaner GmbH (ksg)

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Article source: kister scheithauer gross architekten und stadtplaner GmbH (ksg)

After a preceding VOF procedure in 2011, kister scheithauer gross (ksg) implemented the new ‘Chemiepraktikum’ building for RWTH Aachen. The client is ‘Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW’. The monolithic building functions as a cornerstone of the existing development and is thus decisively contributing to the formation of a ‘prestigious address’ of the Chemical Institute. Laboratory areas of about 1,500 m² have been provided on a gross floor area of 3,720 m². Since April 1, students at the Institutes of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry of RWTH Aachen can now carry out research and experiments at 160 state-of-the-art fume cupboards.

Image Courtesy © Yohan Zerdoun

Image Courtesy © Yohan Zerdoun

  • Architects: kister scheithauer gross architekten und stadtplaner GmbH (ksg)
  • Project: Chemistry lab in Aachen
  • Location: Chemiepraktikum Aachen (chemistry lab), Melatener Straße/Turmstraße, 52074 Aachen, Germany
  • Photography: Yohan Zerdoun, Freiburg
  • Building Owner: Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW, represented by branch office Aachen
  • Responsible partner:  Prof. Johannes Kister
  • Structural analysis: IDK Kleinjohann GmbH & Co. KG, Köln
  • Building physics: Krawinkel Ingenieure GmbH, Krefeld


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