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Architects Can Find a Partner in Bulletproof Experts

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An increasing number of clients are considering or requiring bullet resistant elements in their projects. But few architects or firms see these projects regularly enough to be truly up-to-date on the intricacies of designing integrated, attractive bullet resistant barriers. It’s easy to slip up, and fail to account for weight, cost, availability, or any of the other little details that make bullet-resistant …


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New Apple Headquarters Boasts Miles of Glass

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It’s move-in month for employees working at Apple Campus 2, the company’s buzz-worthy, flying saucer-like building located in Cupertino, California. Designed by UK architects Foster + Partners, the centrally-located park surrounded by a circular shape structure was a design evolution said to be inspired by London Square, where similarly, houses surround a park. With a circumference of more than one mile, …


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A Modern Material Reflecting the Past

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Stainless steel has become increasingly popular in both interior and exterior architectural applications because of its corrosion resistance, appearance and durability. While the recent trend in architectural applications has leaned toward more reflective stainless steel façades, it wasn’t always that way. In the mid-1980s, the use of dull polished finishes was more prevalent, but they proved to be less resilient …


Iconic TWA Terminal Receives New Life

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The iconic main TWA terminal will remain intact and become a showcase element in the development of the new TWA Hotel. It will be flanked by two crescent-shaped buildings, which will be home to guest rooms, eight restaurants, and conference rooms.


Architectural Glass Takes on a New Shape

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Glass has become such a common material in modern buildings, it’s often easy to forget that we are relatively early in understanding the extent of its capabilities. It wasn’t even until the early 1950s, with the development of an automated float glass manufacturing process that provided consistent high quality at a moderate cost, that glass was truly made available to the …


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Breathtaking Glass Skywalks

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The last two years have been marked by a rapid growth in the construction of death-defying glass skywalks, with more than five built in China alone. With each new glass-bottom exhibit comes a challenge to build it higher, longer and more terrifying. Completed in September 2015, the Haohan Qiao or “Brave Man’s Bridge” is suspended 590-feet—that’s about the height of …


LEED® Green Building Program for Healthcare Facilities

Architect Info, Healthcare Saftey

It was once perceived that the more technical a hospital appeared, the better it was received by patients and visitors. More recent evaluations, however, have proven that a stronger emphasis on the patient experience – by creating a warm, inviting atmosphere with access to outdoor spaces and natural light — builds more confidence in the minds of the patients and …


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Hospital Design Affects Healing

Architect Info, Healthcare Saftey

While the architectural design of the building is probably not top of mind while sitting in a hospital emergency room or resting in labor & delivery, a lot of decision-making goes into ensuring that a patient’s stay is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. In a situation where minutes can mean life or death, the general layout of a hospital …


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New Safety Requirements for Glass Hand Railings

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The use of glass has transformed the realm of possibilities in the architecture industry. The first glass skyscraper, though never actually built, was proposed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe in 1921 as an entry for the Berlin Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper competition. It was the first time that an architect envisioned a building as an “open frame wrapped in glass.” Glass …