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Green Varnish in Saint Louis, Missouri by Nomad Studio

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Article source: Nomad Studio

Green Varnish, designed by landscape architecture firm nomad studio, is the first installation of its kind which is located in the courtyard of CAM in Saint Louis, with the aim of completely transforming and altering the space.

Image Courtesy © Nomad Studio

Image Courtesy © Nomad Studio

  • Architects: Nomad Studio   
  • Project: Green Varnish
  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, US State
  • Photography: Jarred Gastreich, David Johnson, Alex Elmestad, Nomad Studio
  • Brand: Nomad Studio.
  • Consultants: Iria Perez and Assoc., LIA Engineering
  • Assembly Team: Collab – Portico, Green Roof Blocks.


District heating plant Chiusa in Italy by Roland Baldi architects

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Article source: Roland Baldi architects

The new district heating plant of chiusa looks like a big copper wing that comes out of the terrain.

The skewed roof surfaces create one dynamic volume, which seems like a shim between the viaduct and the old Gröden´s train line carriage house. From the main building’s entry you arrive directly to the visitors area, where a big glass wall gives visitors the view into the boiler house. To the west there is a wood-chips storage, to the east the main co-generation units; one stair goes to the first floor and creates a connection to the administration and toilet facilities.

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

  • Architects: Roland Baldi architects (Roland Bald)
  • Project: District heating plant Chiusa
  • Location: Chiusa, Italy
  • Photography: Oskar Da Riz
  • Software used: AUTOCAD

La Planta in Jalisco, México by Agraz Arquitectos

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Article source: Agraz Arquitectos

Where there was once decomposed organic matter, now there is art, sports and leisure. It is the conversion of a sewage treatment plant into a multidisciplinary center.

After being built nearly two decades ago in Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, this place never really worked and saw its contents come into a rapid estate of decomposition. Years later, local authorities called for new meanings for the place, making it a great challenge.

Image Courtesy © Mito Covarrubias

  • Architects: Agraz Arquitectos
  • Project: La Planta
  • Location: Jalisco, México
  • Photography: Mito Covarrubias
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup and 3dMax
  • Awards: Honourable Mention at the VII Biennal of Jalisco Architecture 2013
  • Cliente: Tlajomulco de Zuñiga City Government, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, Alberto Uribe Camacho, Ismael del Toro Castro
  • Project: 2011
  • Completion: 2013
  • Author: Agraz Arquitectos S.C., Ricardo Agraz
  • Collaborators: Erick Martínez, Miguel Sánchez, Juan Antonio Jaime, Brenda Barron, Blanca Moreno, Gabriela Villarreal, Javier Gutiérrez, Gabriel Gómez, Humberto Dueñas, Marc Fernández, Fernanda Palma, Israel Picos, Javier H. Aguirre, Leticia Macias.
  • Construction: Tlajomulco Public Works Office, Hugo Luna Vázquez – Strategic Project Coordinator, David Miguel Zamora Bueno – Minister of Public Works , Public bidding, Gama Constructores y Asociados S.A. de C.V. – Francisco Javier Peregrina Barajas.
  • Art Direction: Francisco Morales Dufour, Adrián Guerrero
  • Site area: 32 990 m2
  • Construction area: 1375 m2

Parasitise the void in Pordenone, Italy by Disguincio&co srl

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Article source: Disguincio&co srl

The intention is to occupy anthropized contexts, where the green is extremely controlled or even absent, to make ready an infrastructure able to sew up again different economies (in a classical way) in a single system: a connection between flora, fauna and the urban landscape, in its different characters, physical and psychological. This project collects many aspects: it is a system, an ecology, a roof, a place.

Image Courtesy © Disguincio&co srl

  • Architects: Disguincio&co srl
  • Project: Parasitise the void
  • Location: Pordenone, Italy
  • Year: 2011
  • Typology: urban roof
  • Area: 2400 sqm
  • Concept, Behaviour managment, Details, Visuals: Mirko Daneluzzo, Mirco Bianchini
  • Ecology studies: Carla Gould


Water Plant in Évry, France by AWP

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Article source: AWP

Located on the Seine river front, close to a key metropolitan route (the Francilienne), évry water depuration plant is a major infrastructural element, whose stakes are environmental, technical, urban and symbolic. The first plant was built  in the 70s and the aim of this renovation is to increase and optimize its capacity. The urban dimension of the equipment has guided us towards a strategy of opening-up and hospitality. Previously rejected and hidden, this infrastructure is now relocated  on the urban scene, so to have a public role, and to reach a symbolic level. Regularly open to visitors, this equipment will become a landmark and a thematic park on the theme of water filtering. The formal strategy consists of a main axis along the river, along which gardens, new buildings and tanks are located. Buildings will be renovated and their façades completely redesigned as urban scale filters.

Image Courtesy © AWP, Anna Positano

  • Architects: AWP
  • Project: Water Plant
  • Location: Évry,France
  • Photography: © AWP, Anna Positano
  • CLIENT: Communauté d’agglomération, d’Évry
  • ARCHITECTS: AWP (leading architect) + Ithaques
  • ENGINEERING: Bonnard & Gardel (leading engineer)
  • NET SURFACE: 6000 M2 (buildings)
  • BUDGET: 42M€
  • DELIVERY: 2012


LOTT Clean Water Alliance in Olympia, Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

Making the invisible visible

While most sewage treatment plants are invisible to their communities and separated by a chain link fence, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Service Center is a visible and active participant in the public life of Washington’s capital city. The LOTT Clean Water Alliance provides Class A reclaimed water and emphasizes water conservation through a strong community outreach program, in addition to providing wastewater treatment services to 85,000 people in four local communities. The new facility, located on the site of its existing Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, brings all management and staff together in one location. The facility includes three major elements:

-a renovated 7,700 ft2 water quality laboratory

-a new 21,300 ft2 office

-a 3,500 ft2 education and technology center

Image Courtesy The Miller Hull Partnership

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: LOTT Clean Water Alliance
  • Location: Olympia, Washington, USA
  • Project Completion Date: July, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Laboratory,Mixed – Use, Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 32,500 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded:$13,500,000.00


Cristalino Copper Mine in Canaa dos Carajas, Brazil, by SEI Engenharia

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Article source: Bentley Systems, Incorporated

When Vale, the world’s second largest mining company, planned a $2.6 billion copper plant in northern Brazil, it contracted SEI Engenharia, a design and construction firm based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to perform front-end loading (FEL) and deliver detailed 3D models. The new mine, which is expected to have a life of 24 years, will produce 16 million tons per annum of run-of-mine with an average annual production of 340,000 tons of copper concentrate. Once in production, it will help address the deficit of copper production in the Brazilian domestic market.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

One of the challenges of this project was to prepare the basic engineering (i.e., the FEL 3) as 3D models. Vale wanted to use the 3D models to advance the study of key concepts prior to their integration into the detailed design plan, as well as give plant operations staff the opportunity to provide early input during the detailed design phase. At the same time, the models would accelerate project execution by shortening design review sessions and approval processes.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

“From the beginning of the project we also needed to work with plant operations information to improve planning, including the use of schedule simulation in Bentley Navigator, to plan and save resources,” explained Rafael de Santiago Silva, CAD manager at SEI Engenharia.

As a long-term user of Bentley software, SEI Engenharia engaged Bentley Institute to train a multidisciplinary design team of engineers to use MicroStation, Bentley Architecture, Structural Modeler, InRoads, and Bentley Navigator to model infrastructure, concrete structures, steel structures, substations, and industrial installations in 3D.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

Using these tools, SEI Engenharia’s design team developed several simulated 3D plant layouts, including options showing different internal and external access roads; these layouts helped Vale identify the optimal plant layout design that required the least enterprise investment; for example, they could quickly compare the environment, cost, and construction times associated with various plans. The result was the production of an initial mine layout followed by a master plan – mapped out in 3D–complete with a timetable for execution.

 Streamlining Collaboration and Review Cycles

 Using Bentley Architecture, Structural Modeler, and MicroStation, SEI Engenharia developed 3D models quickly and efficiently and published them via i-models. These i-models, which are containers for exchanging precision 2D and 3D engineering information, gave Vale direct access to the underlying design data down to individual component details with complete accuracy. Vale had two ways to view i-models using Bentley Navigator or downloading them through FTP into Bentley View for deeper analysis.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

“Replacing the usual design drawings with i-models as the project ‘deliverables’ was a breakthrough in the relationship with the client. For example, everyone could analyze designs to any level of detail and send and receive comments electronically.” i-models also accelerated client review cycles. “The design review sessions grew shorter since everyone had made comments directly in the i-model. This accelerated the approval of the project,” said Santiago Silva. Because safety and operational engineers could review the 3D models during audit review meetings, the final design was also safer; for example, using Bentley Navigator, they could review these models in detail, redline them, and check for inconsistencies throughout the design process.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

 Bentley software enabled SEI Engenharia to develop detailed 3D models and facilitate a streamlined collaboration process, ensuring that Vale ended up with an optimal, detailed, and safer plant design–on time and within budget. The integrated workflow enabled by the software also saved SEI Engenharia approximately 5,100 man-hours and reduced FEL costs for the customer by US$400,000. And by using i-models as their main deliverable type, they completed the project with 80 percent fewer large-scale drawings created using plotters–a real cost saver.

In addition to significantly shortening the time spent on design engineering, using Bentley software and i-models increased the quality and accuracy of designs. And because the team had a single, integrated model providing 3D visualization of the entire project, SEI Engenharia was able to reduce construction time, save on labor and rework costs, and minimize the need to create costly printed documentation. Most importantly, the increased accuracy and improved review cycle meant time and cost savings were achieved while increasing construction and plant operational safety.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

 Developed by Bentley, i-models (containers for open infrastructure information exchange), enable the precision sharing of engineering data without loss of accuracy. Bentley i-models are information rich, including 2D and 3D geometry, from lines and arcs to surfaces, solids, and meshes. i-models also contain business properties and data, provenance(knowledge of its origin and evolution–essentially its i-model change history), the state of the information when the i-model was published, and the purpose for which it was created. Lastly, Bentley i-models store information reliably, using digital rights management to secure access and reuse permissions, and digital signatures to validate and verify an i-model’s status.

Layers of Dubai by Mekano Studio

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Article source: Mekano Studio

esign will save the world

We are running out of Time to save our planet, our sources of Energy are nearly depleted, Global Warming problem is the most threat that can destroy the whole planet, The Climate is deeply Affected by the fossil fuels. Unfortunately, Human been are the cause of all those problems and we who should solve all of those for a better future to the upcoming generation.

Layers Of Dubai

  • Architects: Mekano Studio
  • Project: Layers of Dubai
  • Location:Dubai, UAE
  • Type: Competition  (honorable mention)
  • Client: studied impact   (land art generator initiative)


Hong Kong Noise barrier in Hong Kong by Francesco Lipari

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Article source: Francesco Lipari

The noise barrier project consists of 4 pieces located in the city of Hong Kong along the streets of Tai Po Tai Wo Road e Gascoigne road.

Hong Kong Noise barrier

  • Architects: Francesco Lipari
  • Project: Hong Kong Noise barrier
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Organizer: Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • Cost: € 2 M
  • Materials: lenght 500m, height 6m, Steel 900t, 9000 polycarbonate panels
  • Project Team: Vanessa Todaro, Pierpaolo Pugliano
  • Timing: design 2009


Restoration Of The Ford Assembly Building In Richmond, California

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The restoration and preservation of the Ford Assembly Building on the San Francisco Bay waterfront, saved an historic architectural icon from the wrecking ball, and converted a long-vacant auto plant into a current-day model of urban revitalization and sustainability. The 525,000 square foot building had been designed by Albert Kahn for Henry Ford, and constructed in 1931. Following the facility’s initial car factory function, the Ford Building had many incarnations, including the famous World War II tank factory “manned” by Rosie-the-Riveters. In 1989, the Loma Prieta Earthquake’s devastation of the structure rendered it dangerous and unusable. Finding a way to revive the magnificent but crumbling 500,000 square foot industrial hulk was challenging; multiple attempts had failed to create a financially viable way to adaptively reuse the building, while adhering to the preservation standards of the National Park Service and the State of California Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO). Fortunately the most recent attempt took, as the current owner, who acquired the property in 2004, and his architect found the successful path to rejuvenation of the building substantially completed in 2009.

Ford Exterior West - Photo by Charles Benton


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