Category Archives: Architect Magazine

Magnificent Metal Monday – Microhome Community Helps to End Homelessness is a Top Story of 2021

Photo Credit: Leonid Furmansky; Community First! Village in Austin, Texas

One of Architect Magazine’s top stories of 2021 included “Small Houses, Big Impact,” by Madeleine D’Angelo, about two microhome developments in Texas build to combat homelessness with attention on having a sense of community in the design. Metal takes center stage in the design and construction of the majority of the microhomes.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Shanghai Astronomy Museum is “Out of This World”

With the recent full moon, lunar eclipse and the upcoming rocket launch scheduled for this week, MMM takes a look at the world’s largest astronomy museum that opened its doors earlier this year in Shanghai. Architectural Digest says, “Any museum can get a telescope and point it to the stars, but few can bring the wonders of the galaxy down to Earth. The new Shanghai Astronomy Museum is potentially the world’s most majestic museum devoted to the skies.” The museum’s designer, Thomas J. Wong, a design partner at Ennead Architects, explains how the elliptical, silvery structure “embodies some of the fundamental laws of astrophysics.” READ MORE to learn how metal played a integral role in achieving the design goals.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Museum of Tomorrow

As announced last month in METALCON’s inaugural Metal in Architecture design and construction project photo competition, the Gotca Group received the award in the “interior” category for their work done on the Museum of Tomorrow.

Opened in 2015 as a new icon of the modernization of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro’s harbor, the Museum of Tomorrow was born in the Praça Mauá as a science museum meant to explore, imagine, and conceive all the possibilities for constructing the future. The Museum of Tomorrow, or Museu do Amanhã to locals, serves as an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet was designed by renowned Spanish architect, engineer and artist Santiago Calatrava.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Winners of Metal in Architecture Awards announced at METALCON

Last week at METALCON 2021, the show floor was all “a buzz” when the winners of the inaugural design and construction project photo competition were announced and recognized. The amazing projects featuring metal in design were showcased in the first ever “Metal in Architecture Gallery” prominently displayed on the METALCON show floor (pictured above). We congratulate the following winners:

Grand Prize Winner and for the category Walls: ATAS International, Project 18: David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago 

Photo Credit: ATAS

Roofs: Rheinzink, Project 24: Bezier Curve House/A-House

Photo credit: Parametric-Architecture

Ornamental/ Architectural Features and Interior: Gotca Group, Project 2: Museum of Tomorrow

Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

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Magnificent Metal Monday – IMP Spotlight

“Metal Goes to the Movies” as seen in Architect Magazine

State-of-the-art, eight-screen movie theater in Elizabeth City, N.C.; Ceco Building Systems

The unique combination of energy efficiency provided by the insulated wall panels’ superior R-values and the versatile design options of various colors, orientations, and depths led to the selection of insulated metal wall panels for this new $10 million, state-of-the-art 31,820-square-foot movie complex.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Magic of Metal Cladding

Metal made the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health located in Las Vegas one of the most remarkable metal construction projects in recent history, draped and wrapped with a “mountainous metal-clad skin, faced in shingled panels and punctured with a grid of windows,” states Architect Magazine. The amazing building was designed by none other than Frank Gehry, who has truly “reinvented the art of metal cladding.” Now 92, Gehry has work spanning decades, perhaps most known for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Sky Pool Held up by Invisible Steel Frame

Photos: Simon Kennedy courtesy HAL Architects

Suspended 115 feet in the air, the world’s first floating pool opened in London on May 15. Architecture Digest reports, “The 82-foot-long heated oasis, which stretches across two flat roofs of the five-star hotel-like Embassy Gardens’ prominent Legacy buildings, is perhaps the world’s largest single piece of load-bearing acrylic.” What’s holding up the central section – an invisible steel frame!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Hurricane Resistant Steel Home

With the start of Hurricane season and the approaching Tropical Storm set to sweep across Florida this week, let’s look at the use of metal in building a hurricane resistant home. According to Architect Magazine, “When designers Holly Zickler and her husband, David Rifkind, a professor of architecture in Miami, FL, built their home in South Miami in 2011, the couple envisioned it as ‘a laboratory for socially and ecologically sustainable construction and planning in South Florida.’” They wanted a hurricane resistant house that was durable enough for the harsh Miami climate while staying different from the city’s traditional art deco style.

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Calling all Architects! Discover the Magic of Metal in Architectural Design at METALCON

As demand grows for metal in design, METALCON 2021 will be the place to be for architects to learn more about metal’s beauty, versatility, durability, and sustainability virtually lending itself to limitless applications. Discover the “magic of metal” in architectural design at this year’s show. This “show within a show” is exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects and solve a wide variety of architectural, structural, environmental and performance challenges — all through the use of metal.

METALCON will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in beautiful Tampa, Florida, October 6-8. REGISTER TODAY!

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NEWS FLASH – METALCON Introduces The Architect’s Experience

Discover the Magic of Metal in Architectural Design

As demand grows for metal in design, METALCON 2021 will be the place to be for architects to learn more about metal’s beauty, versatility, durability, and sustainability virtually lending itself to limitless applications. Discover the “magic of metal” in architectural design at this year’s show. This “show within a show” is exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects and solve a wide variety of architectural, structural, environmental and performance challenges — all through the use of metal.

METALCON will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in beautiful Tampa, Florida, October 6-8. REGISTER TODAY!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Growing Demand for Design Services

As featured in, “AIA’s ABI suggests rapidly growing demand for design services.” A ccording to a new report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) logged its second positive mark since the beginning of the pandemic. AIA’s ABI score for March rose to 55.6 compared to 53.3 in February (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). Scores for both new projects inquiries and new design contracts strengthened to 66.9 and 55.7 respectively.  March also marked the first time in three years all building sectors and regions posted positive scores.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – AISC 2021 IDEAS2 Winners

The American Institute of Steel Construction recognize 10 projects that exemplify the potential of steel construction

MERIT AWARD WINNER (Less than $15 million): McDonald’s Net Zero Quick Service Restaurant Rebuild, Kissimmee, Fla. Steel Fabricator: P&A Welding and Machine, Inc., Mulberry, Fla. (AISC Member), Structural Engineer: CPH, Inc., Sanford, Fla., Architects: CPH, Inc., Sanford, Fla.; Ross Barney Architects, Chicago, General Contractor: Southland Construction, Inc., Apopka, Fla.; Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

As posted by Architect Magazine, the following is an April 12 press release from the American Institute of Steel Construction announcing the winners of its 2021 IDEAS2 Awards.

Ten innovative projects throughout the U.S. have won 2021 IDEAS2 Awards, the steel industry’s top design honor. Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel. “These projects showcase the versatility of structural steel,” said AISC President Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD, “and they all demonstrate a remarkable amount of innovation and creativity. Congratulations to the team behind each project for a job very well done!”

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Celebrating Earth Day by Understanding Metal’s Role in Sustainability

Our special webinar series METAL ARCHITECTURE at METALCON, aimed at showcasing projects that illustrate the beauty, durability, efficiency, and sustainability of metal, continued earlier this month with a panel of three industry leaders who discussed how metal building products support the increasing demand for sustainable building practices. Moderated by Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Architecture, two architects from two ends of the country discussed their selection process for metal building components on recently executed projects.

Rick Schneider, FAIA, principal of ISTUDIO Architects, Washington, D.C., talked about the newly completed Marvin Gaye Recreation Center in Washington, and Hafsa Burt, studio head, hb+a Architects, San Francisco, presented her modular residential construction called the “Box Factory” as a sustainable model home that could fit in any environment. Both projects selected a variety of steel and metal materials for their long-term sustainable benefits. Bob Zabcik, P.E., technical director of the Metal Construction Association, joined the conversation by providing technical insight along with his extensive knowledge of metal components and sustainable building practices.

If you missed this episode, watch it ON DEMAND! Watch it soon and you can still apply for your AIA credit or CE certificate.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal’s Role in Sustainability

There are several key reasons why a metal roof is the right choice. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), among these reasons include energy savings, aesthetic appeal, performance in weather-related events, longevity and environmentally sustainability. In this era of increased focus on sustainability, copper is “king.” According to (Copper Development Association, Inc.), it’s durable, reliable and often outlives its aluminum, plastic and other metal counterparts. Copper adorns one of the world’s most stunning homes in the United States — The Hope Residence, located in Palm Springs, California.

According to Metal Roofing Alliance, “For a home that is nearly as famous and unique as the American entertainer who inspired it, the Hope Residence has been compared to a spaceship, a mushroom and a volcano. Whatever shape you imagine it resembles, there is no doubt there is nothing like this nearly 24,000 square foot home set at the highest point overlooking the star-studded city. The most striking element of the curvaceous, expansive home is the roof itself. Made from copper that slopes upward from three points to meet at an enormous open oculus, the roof seems to rise from the mountains, its dark aged patina softly glowing in ever-shifting desert light.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates Named

As announced this month by Architect Magazine, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been named the recipients of the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The duo, now the 49th and 50th Pritzker laureates, have completed more than 30 projects throughout Europe and West Africa. According to the jury, “The founders of the Paris-based firm Lacaton & Vassal create designs that ‘refuse any opposition between architectural quality, environmental responsibility, and the quest for an ethical society,'”

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Metal in Architecture – Civitas Case Study

Civitas; Photo credit: archamania

Metal Architecture at METALCONLive! is kicking off a new series of webinars aimed at showcasing projects that illustrate the beauty, durability, efficiency, and sustainability of metal. The first live session is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 EST and will explore Civitas and the role of metal in meeting a zero carbon world by guest speaker and renowned architect, Barry Yoakum. So what is Civitas? According to its creator and owner, Mr. Yoakum explains, “Civitas is poised to become the first certified zero energy/zero carbon single-family home in the Americas. Positioned overlooking the Mississippi River, the project involves its site fully, connecting interior and exterior and private property with community space. It is a case study house that focuses on balancing the challenges of cultural norms, climatic concerns, resiliency, and adaptability.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Kindling the Olympic Spirit with Metal

Lorin anodized aluminum panels; photo courtesy of DesignandBuildwithMetal

Despite the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, one project commemorating the history and spirit of the games, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, opened on July 30. The museum was built on 1.7 acres of land near Pikes Peak, blocks away from the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters. reports, “Tasked with constructing the museum’s exterior, MG McGrath Inc. sought to create a skin that matched architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s vision of a building structure and overall exterior visual effect that encapsulated the passion, dedication, and endurance of an Olympic athlete.” To accomplish this, Lorin anodized aluminum panels were selected to create the system of custom metal panels to wrap the double-curved geometry of the façade. The metal was also selected for its durability, low cost, malleability, environmentally friendly qualities, and color and finish.

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‘Metal Tapestry is Key Feature in Frank Gehry’s New Eisenhower Memorial’ – METALCON’s Magnificent Metal Monday

Metal tapestry at night at Eisenhower Memorial Commission; Credit: Architect Magazine.

Metal Tapestry is Key Feature in Frank Gehry’s New Eisenhower Memorial

According to Architect Magazine, the memorial, designed by Frank Gehry, FAIA, and executed in partnership with AECOM is scheduled to open on Septemeber 17. Its key feature is a metal tapestry 60 feet tall and 450 feet wide—almost three quarters of an acre of woven stainless steel, held aloft by piers the height of an eight-story building. The screen replicates a freehand sketch by Gehry himself of Pointe du Hoc, a D-Day landing site in Normandy. The tapestry is nearly transparent in daytime: The gridded façade of the 1961 Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, designed by the firms Faulkner, Kingsbury and Stenhouse and Chatelain, Gauger and Nolan, is visible behind it. But when the sun goes down, the memorial comes alive by a special lighting scheme done by the New York firm L’Observatoire International that make the outlines of Gehry’s sketch glow brightly on the tapestry.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

COTE Top Ten Plus Award Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, Newport Beach, Calif.; photo credit: Cris Costea.


Each year, the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE®) recognizes 10 projects that integrate design excellence and environmental performance. One winner receives the COTE Top Ten Plus award—an indication of exemplary proven energy performance and post-occupancy results. This year’s “plus” award was given to the Environmental Nature Center and Preschool in Newport Beach, California, for reasons of “Introducing kids to responsible sustainability at a young age and represents a place where people will want to send their children. It does all the right things—water, biophilia, resilience, and strong material choices.” (ARCHITECT Magazine) Through simple and cost-effective design strategies, the center was certified as the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County, California, and has operated at net zero since it opened, serving the community as an educational tool for sustainability.

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Industry Resources for COVID-19

FREE Flexible Metal Nose Bridge for Making Face Masks

Isaiah Industries, a METALCON exhibitor, has gone viral with their offering of FREE flexible metal nose bridges for making face masks. At no charge, they will send you rust-free flexible metal strips that can be sewn into most hand-made mask designs. The strips range in width from 0.25 – 0.40” and are 3” wide. *Note For Volume Orders: To speed things up, they may ask you about providing the metal in coil form which you can then cut into 3” lengths using common household scissors. To order, click HERE.

Essential Construction Tracker Tool

Architect Magazine has made a Coronavirus Construction Limits: State-by-State Tracker available on their website that they are updating regularly. The dashboard tracks how states with a stay-at-home mandate classify Construction and Building Material Suppliers. Given how much the restrictions vary, check out this important tool to see how your state is being impacted.

Women Influencers in the Industry

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara winners of the Pritzker Prize; Credit: Architect Magazine

As Women in Construction Week 2020 continues, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, to be jointly awarded to two women! As announced in ArchDaily, “With more than 40 years of professional experience, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, partners and co-founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, are the first women to be jointly awarded the architecture’s highest honor. The 2020 Laureates, who are both educators and architects, are known for their powerful yet delicate approaches. Their contextual and modern interventions are very attentive to history, demonstrating high levels of sensitivity and craftsmanship.”

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