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Vertebrae Staircase by Andrew Lee McConnell

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Article source: Andrew Lee McConnell

Inspired by the spine of a whale, the Vertebrae Staircase is not simply mimicry of organic form but an exploration in shaping structure. Much of the design work went into refining the single component, or vertebra, that mate with each other creating a unified spine running from floor plate to floor plate. These interlocking vertebrae create a rigid and self-supporting structure.

Image Courtesy Andrew Lee McConnell

  • Architects: Andrew Lee McConnell
  • Project: Vertebrae Staircase
  • Software used: The modelling was done in Rhinoceros 3D using the T-Splines plugin

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Ordos T.C.A.O. Museum in Inner Mongolia, China by ///byn

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Article source: ///byn

Chinese calligraphy is mainly based in three characteristics: status of mind, line & color. These tree concepts triggered our original ideas for the Ordos Museum

The inhabiting/space populating logic in Inner Mongolia is grouping. Local herds of camels & horses used to browse the steppe in search for comfort. This comfort was only fulfilled when they would arrive to a DECISSION to settle in the landscape. In the same manner, the always present clouds populate the Inner Mongolian sky: groups of rounded & cotton locking clouds spread at the intense blue sky. Finally, also the original nomads will settle their yurts following a constellation. An primary impression of non-organization is quickly overcome by a self-organized logic. Here, the museum volumes have found their own space in the park. The logics of placement come from many different aspects: orientation, functionality, targeted visuals, public space, creating a unique orchestrated sequence of spaces.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy ///byn & ZhuJin for ///byn)

  • Architect: ///byn
  • Name of Project: Ordos T.C.A.O. Museum
  • Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, P.R. China
  • Principals: Nicolas SALTO DEL GIORGIO & Bittor SANCHEZ-MONASTERIO
  • Team: DUAN Jun, HUANG QiShan, Audrius LIUGMANINAS & LI Min
  • Rendering: ///byn & ZhuJin for ///byn
  • Photography: ///byn
  • Software used: Designed mainly in Rhino. Using several Plug-ins to define shape,  structure and façade patterning. For instance, to define the overall building shape, the architects used T-Splines or to apply the façade construction detailing into the façade the architects used Paneling Tools.

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Ben van Berkel / UNStudio’s Galleria Centercity in Cheonan, South Korea

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

We just received some new images for this project. So, here is the updated project.

If museums are turning into supermarkets, why then should department stores not turn into museums?

“The Galleria Cheonan responds to the current retail climate in Asia, where department stores also operate as social and semi-cultural meeting places. Because of this, the quality of the public spaces within the building was treated as an integral aspect of the design.”, Ben van Berkel

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  • Architect: UNStudio
  • Location: Cheonan, South Korea
  • Software used by UNStudio (not necessarily for this project):
    • Cad software: AutoCAD
    • 3D modeling: Rhino, 3D Studio Max, Maya Complete, TopSolid, Vray,T-Splines
    • Building Information Modeling (BIM): Bentley Architecture & Mircostation, Digital Project, Autodesk NavisWorks Manage

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CMA CGM TOWER in Marseille, France by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

The tower stands at the center of the city’s ambitious regeneration project, Euroméditerranée, located 1km north of the historic center, adjacent to the commercial port.

The site lies 100m back from the sea edge where the elevated motorway viaduct separates as it arrives into the north of the city. At ground level the site is dominated by the sweeping concrete viaducts overhead and the rhythmic colonnades of their supporting columns. It’s dense and noisy but a rich physical context. At high level, the context is the spectacular views over the bay of Marseille, the city and the docks.


  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Year: 2006 – 2011
  • PROGRAM: Head offices and parking
  • CLIENT: CMA CGM [Marseille, France]
  • Project Director: Jim Heverin
  • Project Architect: Stephane Vallotton
  • Project Team: Karim Muallem, Simone Contasta, Leonie Heinrich, Alvin Triestanto, MurielBoselli, Eugene Leung, Bhushan Mantri, Jerome Michel, NereaFeliz, Prashanth Sridharan,Birgit Eistert, Evelyn Gono, Marian Ripoll, Andres Flores, Pedja Pantovic
  • Competition Team: Jim Heverin, Simon Kim, Michele Pasca Di Magliano, Viviana Muscettola
  • Associated Architect: SRA –RTA (Paris/ Marseille)
  • CONSULTANTS: Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Services: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Façade engineers: Ove Arup & Partners / Robert-Jan Van Santen Associates (London / Lille)
  • Cost consultant: R2M (Marseille)
  • SIZE: Gross Floor Area 94,000 m² (58,000 Tower / 36,000 Annex Building)
  • Site Area 8,400 m2
  • Footprint Area 6,000 m2
  • Height 33 Floors/142.8 metres
  • Occupancy 2,500
  • MATERIALS: Insitu concrete; Fully Glazed Unitized Facade
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino 3D, Maya, Revit Architecture, DP digital project, 3D Studio Max, Grasshopper and T Spline

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