HOK's Mercedes-Benz Stadium is officially the first LEED Platinum certified professional sports stadium in the United States. The new home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons boasts the highest sports venue LEED score at 88 total points.
There is much more to learn from this stadium than just its unique retractable roof system. The two-million-square-foot venue is an unprecedented model for sustainability and performance innovation. Its notable design solutions conserve water, lighting, and energy.
We set a goal of achieving the highest LEED rating because it was the right thing to do for our city and the environment. With this achievement, we have a powerful new platform to showcase to the industry and to our fans that building sustainably and responsibly is possible for a venue of any type, size and scale, said Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner and chairman, Arthur Blank.
Designed and exhibited at the Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs of 1925, Corbu’s Pavillon was part of a larger project entitled, “Plan for a Modern City of 3,000,000 Inhabitants.”  The design, complete with a rooftop terrace, anticipated challenges of the future, such as overpopulation, by maximizing a typical urban dweller’s home. Corbu utilized built-in furniture such as cabinets, shelves, and wardrobes to make the
Bee Breeders announced the winners of the Modern Collective Living Challenge, one part of their Global Housing Crisiscompetition series. Participants conceived new types of accessible housing for rural China’s relocated farmers. China’s fast-paced urbanization is causing millions of rural folk to move to cities. With no designated site, successful projects need to be versatile enough to work in a variety of sites and even be adopted as a standard for addressing relocation. Winning projects were held to a high standard in their answering of the question: how can we create modern community living situations where relocated individuals are not forced into changing their way of life? Common themes in winning projects are modularity and green space.
The Yangcheng Lake, in Kunshan, is famous for the mitten crab, an autumn Chinese delicacy named for their furry claws. With its dark stainless steel shell, white pincers, and hairy claws, the only way this building doesn’t resemble the mitten crab is in size. At three stories the new structure is 16 meters high and 75 meters long. A mitten crab, on the other hand, is about the size of a human palm.
While interior work for this commercial, entertainment building is still being built, the exterior is able to withstand typhoons and strong shore winds. In the second half of 2018, visitors will be able
Take a peek into Japanese architect and theorist Arata Isozaki’s treehouse studio in the first of PLANE—SITE’s new video series, Time-Space-Existence. In this inaugural film, Isozaki discusses the Japanese concept of the space and time that exists in-between things, called "ma." Especially inspiring is Isozaki’s refusal to be stuck in one architectural style, as he describes how each of his designs is a specific solution born out of the project’s context.
With their short films, PLANE—SITE seeks to celebrate the GAA Foundation’s Time-Space-Existence exhibition, which will bring together over 100 architects from all over the globe at the Venice Architecture Biennial in May 2018. Each film in the series will highlight the exhibition’s themes through an interview with a person central to global architecture. The protagonists will reflect on their architectural values as well as poetic and personal meditations.
Over time, concrete has become a flexible and artistic material in Japanese architecture, thanks to their skilled architects and contractors. Concrete has aesthetic variety, allows for flexibility within Tokyo’s oddly shaped sites, and supports many structures in this earthquake-prone city.
The new church will be centrally located while relating to the urban fabric of eastern Helsinki. Because Tikkurila is the business center of Vantaa, Church in the City will incorporate office and meeting spaces to better serve the community it occupies. The project will also adjoin 11,700 square meters of social and student housing. These 185 units, called Bethania Housing, are planned be built simultaneously with Church in the City.
While Church in the City will be Tikkurila’s newest landmark, its interior spaces intend to be at a more intimate, calm human scale. The main church
New York City’s latest full-floor luxury apartments are officially for sale in Morris Adjmi Architects’ first ever residential tower, 30 E 31. At 500 feet tall and 40 stories, this building will feature 42 one- and two-bedroom homes with a duplex penthouse—with prices ranging anywhere from $1.65 to $12 mil. Located in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, the building's design draws from its Gothic context. On the facade, 6 columns emphasize the skyscraper's verticality and at the top of the building turn into a diagrid pattern reminiscent of a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
“Our goal with 30 E 31 was to capture the essence of this historic neighborhood reimagined in a contemporary and luxurious 40-story tower,” said Morris Adjmi.
“The combination of the tower’s premier location, Adjmi’s superlative design, our commitment to using only the finest custom
However, in the event that humanity is not able to reverse climate change, SBA China and Tongji University’s Future City Lab imagines a new Shanghai in the year 2117...on Mars. Their project, “Vertical Forest Seeds on Mars,” will be on display at the SUSAS 2017 exhibition in Minsheng Port in Shanghai.
Their hypothesis begins with “eco-systemic seeds” which would travel via an
Hoping to answer the question "what does the future city look like?" at Dutch Design Week, MVRDV has fabricated a multicolored, tetris-like hotel in Eindhoven. The future brings decreasing resources, increasing population, and climate change, reasons MVRDV, and with these limitations in mind, they believe futuristic architecture needs one important quality: flexibility.
Dutch Design Week challenged designers to shift their mindset to create futuristic hypotheses where architecture and science intersect. Designers were asked, how can architecture facilitate a quickly changing, and at times deteriorating, world?
“Through gaming and other tools, (W)ego explores participatory design processes to model the competing desires and egos of each resident in the fairest possible way,” said co-founder of MVRDV and Dutch Design Week ambassador Winy Maas.
The physical manifestation of (W)ego at Dutch Design Week shows nine urban dwellings in
Combined with the existing inner-city square and Siegesdenkmal (“victory monument”), the tram stop will add to Freiburg’s compelling entry to the historic neighborhood. The tram stop will be contrasting to its context, giving it a powerful form and leaving a lasting impression with citizens and visitors of the city alike. On a historically triangular site, the pavilion's curvaceous roof will seemingly float atop a circular building. The roof's design will create engaging spaces for people to wait for the tram and meet their visitors.