Meet at the station MGM

November 1, 2010

As the largest privately-funded project in U.S. history, the MGM CityCenter in Las Vegas is a sizable urban development within the larger city, complete with a futuristic second-level light rail transit system. Weaving between CityCenter’s six buildings and connecting two name casinos—the Monte Carlo and Bellagio—as well as the Crystals Retail Center, the light rail …

A sound ceiling

Threshold Acoustics practices what it preaches in their new Chicago offices. By Joanna Baymiller Carl Giegold, principal in the Chicago-based Threshold Acoustics LLC, used the knowledge of his discipline to soothe his landlord’s lament of “Why do you need that?” The landlord had asked Giegold why his firm wanted an open office plan when the …

Creating more with less

Enhanced functionality in architectural textiles By Blaine Brownell As building related energy consumption and resource utilization invite increasing scrutiny, architects and engineers have placed additional attention on the materials that comprise the architectural envelope. Historically, the façade was a relatively simply affair, designed to protect building occupants from the elements. In modern times, however, the …

Case Study 1: Unileverhaus

By Mason Riddle HafenCityHamburg, Germany Not every 3,000m2 corporate edifice is both design savvy and über-green, but Unileverhaus has managed to achieve both. Indeed, the more than 80-year-old consumer products company (Dove®, Q-tip®, Wisk®, Lipton) had a visionary program for its new Germany/Austria/Switzerland headquarters in Hamburg’s HafenCity (Harbor City), whose masterplan is founded on sustainability …

Case Study 2: Sun responsive shading

This interactive shading system—designed originally by recent architecture graduate Brent Vander Werf for the University of Arizona’s entry into the 2010 Solar Decathlon House competition—utilizes a bi-metal element in combination with shade fabric to create a self-regulating system that requires virtually no maintenance. Vander Werf’s “Compliant Shading Enclosure” [patent pending] creates a movable mechanism set …

Case Study 3: Dedmon Center

The Dedmon Center at Radford University, Radford, Va., recently replaced its fabric roof with a much improved and thermally efficient roof cladding of Tensotherm™ with Nanogel®, a sandwich of two layers of translucent, structural PTFE fiberglass membrane separated by a core of Nanogel aerogel insulation. For the 4831m2 Dedmon Center, the new roof more than …

Fabulous fabrics

What’s new, what’s coming in architectural fabrics. Fabric Architecture magazine presents ten sustainable fabrics for your use—from shade meshes to fabric PV. Click on a product name below to learn more. Panda Print Solar Ivy AF350 Atex Screen 800 Précontraint 1002 T2 Low-E HB Sheet Mediatex Presto Earthtex SheerWeave SOLARBrella Case studies For examples of …

Building potential

Architects are discovering new uses for fabric when cladding buildings, to striking effect. By Barb Ernster Decades of experimentation about how best to use fabric in building design and construction has garnered a lot more interest and growing potential for what fabric can do, driven by a desire for greener, cleaner, lighter, higher performing and …