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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, completed in 2007. It joins a neighborhood of classic American buildings by Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando, and Philip Johnson.
Green elements include solar panels, rainwater storage, and daylighting designs. Brick cladding dominates the facades, with stone and stucco included. The shapes are very simple and large. A signature "Urban Lantern" dominates the center.
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Lyon confluence development. It uses a green roof, solar panels, and recycled materials to emphasize sustainability. Meeting rooms, exhibition, and committee spaces are centered around a grand glassed atrium. The atrium's roof can be opened to cool the building naturally. It has 30,000 m2 of office space and acts as a grand "showcase" for the neighborhood.
The Rhône and Saone rivers meet at the Lyon Confluence district. This 1999 Grand-Lyon project aims to take back this peninsula from industry and give it a natural setting. It creates a new central neighborhood with public transportation and natural landscapes, with mixed housing, commercial, and cultural buildings. It sets a high goal of 50% renewable electricity for communal areas.
Norman Foster, Engel Zimmerman, Francis Soler, and Vasconi Architects are also contributing to the urban city center. This red building looks similar to Zaha Hadid's Opus Duabi:
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Clive Wilkinson Architects designed the central Google office campus Googleplex on Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, California. As a kid I took a field trip to one of the original four buildings, then owned by Silicon Graphics. The place has changed since then.
The large campus is built on a reclaimed brownfield. Public trails connect the site to surrounding nature sites, as it is right next to the bay. Several blocks of Google buildings are close by. Solar panels shade the parking venues with filling stations for electric vehicles (though I didn't see any in use.) Major buildings are topped with rows of solar panels that probably only dent the massive power requirements for Google's machines.
Perks of the campus are evident. Tricycles litter the grounds, readily available for anyone who needs to quickly transport between buildings. Volleyball courts, cafes, public art, and private food gardens make the inside courtyard a pleasant place. Swimming pools, a gymn, laundry rooms and exciting art pieces make the interiors equally fun.
The post-modernist makeover isn't profound. The emphasis on green strategies is all for show. (Why else would Google CEO's use nearby Moffit Airbase for exclusive rights to fly to exotic getaways all the time? Not exactly carbon friendly!) But it is obviously a fun place to work. The architecture emphasizes a company continually on the cutting edge of technology.
Make sure you schedule a meeting with someone you know in Google before visiting. Otherwise they won't let you in.
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Shaw Conference Center SCC in Edmonton Canada, completed in 1983. Most of the ten story building is underground, as it is built on a steep edge in a valley ridge. It offers 13,935 m2 of exhibition. The massive glass atrium has four waterfalls that descend several stories.
in Toyosaka, Niigata Japan. It was completed in 1998. The circular building expands outward as it spirals up toward the sky. The walls become clear ribbon windows. The interior core stars spiral the other direction, creating a complex didactic in circulation and structure.
The ramp rises seven floors from the bottom entrance hall, which is surrounded by wood tile roofing. Administration spaces on the second floor swirl inwards to a central room as circulation flies out to the edge of the swirl. It is a simple and elegant solution that becomes increasingly complex.
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Leopold Museum in Wien, Germany, completed in 2001. It has 5,000 exhibits of Austrian modern art covering the last two decades.
The shimmering white cube links the Museum Quarter axis along the Kaiserforum by Semper and Hasenauer. The spaces spiral out from a central point and rise in two separate sections. Staircases and windows are strategically placed to shape a wayfinding experience through this arrangement.
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Donaucitykirche in Wien, Austria, completed in 2000. The small simple building of metal cladding stands at the foot of the massive Vienna International Center. The 25 by 22m box has small round windows punched through it to let in star-like light. Community rooms are reached separately from the chapter sunk into the ground.
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