Conversions: 1948 handset factory into workspace

Designed by HOK, the three-story, 183,000-sq.-ft. @4240 building—originally constructed in 1948 as a telephone handset factory—provides flexible tenant solutions, including customized labs for both large- and small-molecule research; dry labs for electronic, medical device, or software research; and modern office space. While preserving and highlighting the masonry structure’s historic character, the building was retrofitted with […] Read more

Conversions: fire station into a cultural centre in Kortrijk, Belgium

Belgian firm Urbain Architectencollectief has refurbished a former brick fire station building and added an extra storey to house additional facilities for a cultural centre in the city of Kortrijk. The extension to the Cultural Center de Neerbeek forms part of a masterplan developed by Ghent studio Urbain Architectencollectief in 2009 to increase the town’s […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: the world’s most sustainable hospital

Italian architecture studio TAMassociati has just been awarded the coveted Zumtobel Group Award 2014 for their design of a Pediatric Center in Sudan. Located in a desolate, poverty-stricken area outside of Port Sudan, the hospital is already being called “the world’s most sustainable hospital.” According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: monolithic office tower transformed into a bright and breezy LEED Platinum building

Renovation is one of the most sustainable things you can do in architecture and SOM just proved it with their latest project – 680 Folsom in downtown San Francisco. The dark and monolithic 1960s building was reinvented into an airy, glass structure that has just been awarded LEED Platinum. Reusing the strong steel structure, SOM […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: The Clark Art Institute’s renovation by Ando Tadao

The Clark Art Institute’s 140-acre campus has been undergoing some major renovations and improvements lately with a fully integrated design approach that has achieved a 1,000,000 gallon reduction in water consumption. The new Clark Center was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Ando Tadao, who was aided by Gensler, Reed Hildebrand, and Selldorf Architects. By collaborating, […] Read more

Everyman Theatre Wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2014

London-based firm Haworth Tompkin’s Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has won the RIBA Stirling Prize for 2014. The design beat competition from Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, Mecanoo, O’Donnell + Tuomey, and Feilden Clegg Bradley. The RIBA Stirling Prize is considered the UK’s most prestigious architecture award and is presented annually to the building that has made […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: the most sustainable building in Virginia, USA

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)‘s $21 million Brock Environmental Center is on track to become the most sustainable building in Virginia and one of the greenest buildings in the world. Slated to open this November, the center will serve as CBF’s regional headquarters and it will play host to various environmental education programs. Its location in […] Read more

Next life: School made from 32 recycled shipping containers

The Waldorf School of Orange County recently unveiled a set of new buildings made from 32 shipping containers. It took 99 days to build the 4 free-standing buildings which provide 10,000 square meters of new classroom space, administrative offices, a science lab, a library, a student lounge and an auditorium. The $2 million school is […] Read more

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