Category Archives: architects

Looking Back at the Best of 2019

Opus; Photo Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

Before we move too far into the New Year, let’s take one more look back at 2019. Last month, <a href="https://www.archdaily.com/tag/adtopic-2019-year-review?ad_name=flyout&ad_medium=categories?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List&utm_campaign=monthly&utm_term=<ArchDaily published their “<a href="https://www.archdaily.com/tag/adtopic-2019-year-review?ad_name=flyout&ad_medium=categories?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ArchDaily%20List&utm_campaign=monthly&utm_term=<2019 in Review” article, which included 15 various “best of” comprehensive features. Everything from The Best Architecture Projects of 2019 According to Time Magazine, to What 2019 Meant for 3D Printing in Architecture, the Best Articles of 2019 to The Most Inspiring Architecture Photographs of 2019 (my personal favorite). Other notables included Best Houses of 2019, a compilation of the most visited residential projects published on their website, and 2019’s Biggest Developments in Landscape Architecture, which showcases how landscape architecture is shaping public life in the built environment. 

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MMM – Most Anticipated Architectural Projects for 2020

For Magnificent Metal Monday, let’s look ahead into the New Year with ArchDaily’s Top 20 Most Anticipated Projects for 2020. Designed across a wide range of scales, they represent a mix of interconnected landscapes, museums, and the world’s newest skyscrapers located across five continents, with many under construction for multiple years. Three of these projects are new skyscrapers joining the skylines of three major US cities including Chicago, San Francisco and New York.

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EXPO 2020 DUBAI

One of the more highly anticipated projects for the New Year is Expo 2020 Dubai. Organized every five years, this will be the first to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region and will opinion October 20, 2020 (10/20/20). The world expo lasts six months and is created as a global destination for millions of people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity. ArchDaily reports, “The United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, selected the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” and is organized around ideas of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.

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MMM – A Museum with a Twist

Magnificent Metal Monday takes us over to the land of Northern Lights, Fjords and Reindeers. Appearing in ArchDaily‘s list of Top 2019 Projects, “The Twist” opened this Fall as an inhabitable bridge torqued at its center, forming a new journey and art piece within the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway.”

According to CNN, “The Twist is a hybrid spanning several traditional categories: It’s a museum, it’s a bridge, it’s an inhabitable sculpture,” says Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner & Creative Director, BIG. Kistefos Sculpture Park is located at the site of a former wood pulp mill and has been a staple of the Norwegian cultural scene for the past two decades.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – The Shed in NYC

The Shed’s Bloomberg Building as seen from the High Line, February 2019. Photo: Brett Beyer. Project Design Credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect.

Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes us to the “Big Apple” this Monday (only fitting on this “post-holiday Monday given that it’s home to the annual Thanksgiving Macy’s parade!). The Shed, a new Center for the Arts, is located in New York City’s Hudson Yards and was designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group. Time Magazine rated it one of the Best Architecture Projects of 2019, as reported recently by ArchDaily.

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MMM – Football and Vegas

Current status of new $1.9B Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas; Photo Credit: Construction Dive

We highlight Vegas again in this week’s Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM). While Musk’s underground tram (METALCON Blog Issue Nov 18) may not be finished in time for METALCON 2020, the new $1.9B Allegiant stadium will be! Construction Dive takes an inside look into the status of the project, on track to be completed by summer 2020.

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Camp Adventures Forest Tower in Denmark. EFFEKT Architects / Camp Adventure

Earlier this year, a 150-foot spiral observation deck opened in Denmark and is being touted as an “architectural masterpiece.” Made of a naturally weathered corten steel and locally sourced oak, the structure was designed to blend in with its natural surroundings, but its giant, twisting frame is certainly a sight to behold for those who happen upon it. Time Magazine has named it to its 2019 list of top 100 places to visit in the world!

Located less than one hour’s drive south of Copenhagen, Camp Adventures Forest Tower is a hulking, nearly 150-foot tall spiral tower nestled in the Gisselfeld Klosters Forest. It offers visitors a 360-degree view over the trees, hills, lakes and meadows that make up the natural landscape. The tower and boardwalk opened to the public at the end of March and welcomed more than 2,500 visitors on its first day.

For more on the tower’s architecture and how it was constructed, click HERE.

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Watch a preview of the $100 million expansion planned for the Georgia Aquarium.

What has 1,100 tons of reinforcing steel (the same weight as 55 whale sharks) and 206 tons of structural steel (about 8,240 emperor penguins)? The new $100 million expansion at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, that’s what! The largest aquarium in the western hemisphere is staged to grow even bigger with the expansion expected to be completed in fall 2020.

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Pittsburgh – A Place you Will Remember

METALCON 2019 will meet in Pittsburgh, “the Steel City,” for the first time in its 29 show history this week! Once known as the gritty, albeit even “dirty” city … now known for its picturesque, foodie, techie, artsy, progressive and sporty vibe! I rarely get personal in these blog posts but having been to Pittsburgh several times within this past decade, I can tell you it’s all true and I cannot wait to see our METALCON attendees enjoy the city!

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“Postcard Pittsburgh: An Urban Renewal of an Underrated American City”

As the expression goes, “timing is everything!” Published this week by ArchDaily.com in partnership with Metropolis, they provide us with an in-depth look at Pittsburgh … home of METALCON 2019! In two weeks, thousands of exhibitors and attendees in the metal construction industry will gather in the “Steel City” for the first time in its 29 year show history. Chosen for its illustrious history in the steel and metal making industry, Pittsburgh was also selected as this year’s show location based on many of the items cited in this article. In their latest volume of Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of Pittsburgh Renaissanceeditors Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Rami el Samahy explore the reasons behind the Pittsburgh’s revival earning a status of “renaissance“.

MMM – U.S. Steel Tower and PPG Place are Engineering Marvels in Pittsburgh

METALCON 2019 will roll into the “Steel City” in five weeks for the first time in its show history and be welcomed by Pittsburgh-based industry giants and this year’s premier sponsors, United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG. Their names are permanent fixtures in the city and also in the skyline. In an article by Bright Hub Engineering, “Today taller buildings have emerged in the city, yet these two buildings remain popular because of their unique design and engineering material, and the material used for their construction and energy efficient design continues to make them popular among engineers and architects.” Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes a deeper look at both of these buildings.

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MMM – Metal Panels are Economical Solution for Pittsburgh Urban Home

Photo Courtesy: DesignandBuildwithMetal.com

Magnificent Metal Monday travels to Pittsburgh, PA, the location of METALCON 2019, for a look at a unique three-story home built in one of the city’s dense urban neighborhoods. Designed by David W. Nitchkey, a principal at CORE Architects of Pittsburgh, he opted for the use of exposed fastener panels from McElroy Metal for the home’s exterior.

Nitchkey’s home appeared in a recent issue of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com as a “featured project.” Nitchkey explains, “My wife and I both wanted to live in a contemporary urban home, reflecting a modern design on both the exterior and the interior. We chose metal to create the contemporary industrial aesthetic of the exterior. Beyond aesthetics, the exposed fastener metal panel system provided an economical solution and the material is basically maintenance free. After maintaining a large 1950s era suburban home for 14 years, we were ready to spend less time on exterior maintenance and more time enjoying the benefits of living in a city neighborhood.” Part of their decision to use metal was also to pay homage to the city’s steeped history in steel and metal making.

The home measures 2,500 square feet on a narrow 20-foot by 60-foot lot. “As a designer, I looked at the exterior cladding as an exercise in graphic design,” Nitchkey says. “The dimensional profiles, direction of the panel patterns, panel sizes and seaming, and exposed fastener colors, all became part of the layers of the design. Conceptually, the first floor horizontal U-Panels in a Charcoal color, provide a dark base to ground the structure and create a platform to support the silver Galvalume volume of the second and third floors, clad in vertical U-Panels. To provide a visual interest, ‘the wedge’ utilizes horizontal Mega Rib panels in Regal White. The added depth of these panels contrasts nicely against the shallower U-Panels.

Photo Courtesy: David Nitchkey of Core Architects

Abreez Contracting of Pittsburgh installed the McElroy panels: 1,140 square feet of U-Panels in Charcoal, 3,408 square feet of U-Panels in unfinished Galvalume, 360 square feet of Mega-Rib panels in Regal White and 162 square feet of Matrix soffit panels in unfinished Galvalume.

McElroy Metal markets metal roofing, siding, and substructural products for architectural, residential, commercial, and industrial applications. McElroy has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. You can visit McElroy Metals and see their latest product line in Booth #1740 at METALCON 2019.

DesignandBuildwithMetal.com will also be on hand at METALCON 2019 with their generous support of the cash prizes for the Innovation Station Scavenger Hunt.

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MMM – Sustainable Renovation is Trés Magnifique

A rendering of renovations for the CDER building in Champagne, France, featuring a green double facade. Courtesy of OuyOut/SAT Manager.

Magnificent Metal Monday travels to Champagne, France, where ancient history meets modern sustainability. Instead of tearing down and rebuilding, check out this “green renovation of a midcentury monstrosity.” As featured this week in Redshift by Autodesk, Aurélien Leriche, architect manager of Paris-based firm OuyOut, saw an opportunity to propose a green renovation for CDER, a management and accounting association, when they wanted to expand their offices in Épernay, the capital of Champagne.

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MMM – “One Small Step for Man … “

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon and an image of Buzz Aldrin’s bootprint from the Apollo 11 mission. Image Credit: NASA

“One giant leap for mankind … ” This past weekend, the world celebrated 50 years since the the first man stepped foot on the moon. In a BBC News report, “NASA marked the anniversary by streaming footage of the launch online, giving a new generation a chance to see the historic moment that was watched by half a billion people 50 years ago. At the moment the spacecraft landed, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong said: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

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MMM – Firing up the Neurons

The Neuron Pod is a three-legged steel structure that has been designed to mimic a neuron—a nerve cell that processes and transmits information by electrical and chemical signaling. Courtesy of: FF Journal, the Magazine for Today’s Metal Fabricating & Forming Technologies

Magnificent Metal Monday take us to London, England, where a 23-m-long and 10-m-high “Neuron Pod” has opened at the science learning center at Queen Mary University of London’s campus in the area of Whitechapel. The Guardian reports, “Standing like an intergalactic porcupine, covered with long glowing quills that sway gently in the breeze, it is a startling thing to encounter in this unremarkable corner of hospital buildings and curry houses.” The structure was built from 13 pieces of weathering steel that were welded together on site.

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MMM – Encore for PPG’s Duranar® Coatings

In a city where “encores” are a nightly occurrence, Magnificent Metal Monday takes us to New York City where PPG has received their own “encore” at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Featured in a recent issue of one of METALCON’s partner publications, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, “PPG Duranar® coatings were selected to reprise their role as the metal coating of choice for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.”

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MMM – Dublin’s Stainless Steel Spire

Photo credit: Publicart.ie

After wrapping up two weeks of European travel, I couldn’t help but marvel at some of the more modern metal structures juxtaposed against historical thousand year old structures. For Magnificent Metal Monday we’ll travel to Dublin, Ireland, where one metal structure in particular caught my eye – there in the middle of Dublin’s historical town centre stands “The Spire,” a 120 meter high stainless steel spire.

The Dublin Spire, also known as the “Monument of Light,” was the winning entry in an architectural competition to provide a replacement for Nelson’s Pillar which was blown up in 1966. Nelson’s Pillar was a large granite column capped by a statue of Horatio Nelson, built in the centre of Dublin’s well known O’Connell Street. Nelson’s Pillar was completed in 1809 when Ireland was part of the United Kingdom; it survived until March 1966, when it was severely damaged by explosives planted by Irish republicans.

The original Nelson’s Pillar honoring Horatio Nelson, a British flag officer for the Royal Navy.

The column was originally dedicated to the memory of Nelson, which was erected in 1808; the foundation stone having been laid by the Duke of Richmond, Lord Lieutenant, on the 5th of February in that year. William Wilkins of Norwich designed it, but the statue of Nelson is by an Irish sculptor, Thomas Kirk, R.H.A. It was blown up in 1966 in the middle of the night, but the head of Nelson has been preserved by the Dublin Civic Museum.

The Dublin Spire is one hundred and twenty metres tall, making it by far the tallest structure in Dublin’s city centre. It is three metres wide at the base and tapers to a 15 centimentre wide beacon at the top. The steel underwent “shot peening” in order to subtly reflect the light falling on it. The pattern around the base of the Spire is based on a core sample of earth and rock formation taken from the ground where the spire stands. The pattern was applied by bead blasting the steel through rubber stencil masks whose patterns were created by water jet cutting based on core sample drawings supplied by the contractor.The top section is perforated and lit by small LEDs. The structure looks different under every lighting condition. At night, its stainless steel surface resembles black satin, while early morning and last light gave it a steely blue colour. In daytime under bright sunlight, it doesn’t look real from a distance, instead it looks like a computer simulation.

As we passed it on our tour, I wondered what this sleek steel structure was doing in the middle of this historical city. Our guide settled my curiosity and explained that the modern day spire is thought to serve as a symbol of moving Ireland forward into the next century.

MMM – Singapore’s New Airport Shines

Summer is here and that means traveling through airports. According to Forbes, “This summer U.S. airlines are anticipating that a record 257.4 million will take to the skies between June 1 and August 31, up 3.4% compared to a year ago.” Airport construction projects continue to make headlines, but according to the New York Times, one in particular is shining as the “new jewel.” Singapore’s Changi Airport hopes to be a destination in itself and remove some of the stress that traveling can bring. The 10-story engineering marvel contains a forest, indoor waterfall, and more than 280 stores and restaurants. Magnificent Metal Monday takes a closer look at what it took to create this gem.

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MMM – Supertall TV Tower Nears Completion

Photo Credit: Daily Sabah

Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) travels to Istanbul, Turkey to check out its newest landmark, the 388-meter high Camlica Tower. According to the Daily Sabah Istanbul, the radio-TV tower on Istanbul’s Asian side nears completion. The construction of the tower, which is hoped will end visual pollution of scattered giant and outdated TV antennae, started in March 2016 on Çamlıca hill overlooking the Bosporus. 

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Steel Projects “Stealing” the Show

Open Courts Sports Complex, Turkey

One of the aspects of writing the METALCON blog includes perusing through industry trades and stumbling on some really cool stories of metal projects happening in the world. While these are certainly more abstract that what the everyday builder in metal construction is working on, these are just too cool not to share. ArchDaily just put out this compilation of 15 architectural projects where steel truly is”steals” the show.

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MMM – Architect I.M. Pei Dies at 102

I.M. Pei Dies at 102; photo courtesy of ArchDaily

Magnificent Metal Monday honors arguably the greatest member of the modernist generation of architects today. I.M. Pei died last week at the age of 102.

The Chinese-American architect was born on April 26, 1917 in Suzhou, China, grew up in Hong Kong and Shanghai and then moved to the United States to study architecture. When he received his Pritzker Prize in 1983, the jury citation stated that he “has given this century some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms.” His most notable work is the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France.

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MMM – Home of First Aluminum Building

Alcoa Building, Pittsburgh; photo courtesy of Historic Pittsburgh

We all know that Pittsburgh carries the moniker “Steel City,” but, did you know that Pittsburgh was the first city to build an all aluminum building? According to “Historic Pittsburgh,” the Alcoa Building, located at 425 6th Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, used aluminum wherever possible including aluminum furniture, aluminum piping and wiring, and aluminum air-conditioning ducts. Its thirty-story tower is lighter and more efficient than buildings of comparable size at the time of its construction.

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MMM – Steel Veils are Decorating Buildings

From Mexico City to North Carolina to Minnesota, metal panels are serving as artistic veils for buildings.

Check out this amazing facade on an office building in Mexico City! As reported in The Architects Newspaper, “Profiles is a six-story commercial building draped in a diaphanous and perforated carbon-steel veil that partially resembling a stylish extraterrestrial ship landed in the heart of the city.” The primary function of the carbon-steel veil is to serve as an exterior-shading device, and to this effect, the design team used a digital script to randomly distribute the perforations.

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Technology will be Key in Rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral

Laser scanned 3D image of Notre Dame; Andrew Tallon/Vassar College via National Geographic

Thanks to cutting-edge image technology, the daunting task of rebuilding a near 900 year old building will be possible. According to an article published last week in Futurism, “Thanks to the meticulous work of Vassar art historian Andrew Tallon, every exquisite detail and mysterious clue to the building’s 13th-century construction was recorded in a digital archive in 2015 using laser imaging. These records have revolutionized our understanding of how the spectacular building was built — and could provide a template for how Paris could rebuild.”

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Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire Update

On behalf of the METALCON team, we are saddened by yesterday’s events of the fire that has brought devastation to this 865 year-old world heritage site.  For updates, ArchDaily is following the story closely and posting daily updates. Sending our prayers and wishes to all those affected, but know that it will at some point be restored to all its glory.

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Ice Ice Baby – Pittsburgh Fever!

PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA; Photo courtesy of The KMA Group

It’s a sports lovers week! First the NCAA Basketball Championship Game and now onto the Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs. Why would we cover this for our METALCON readers you ask? If you haven’t already heard, METALCON 2019 is headed to Pittsburgh in October for the first time in its 28 year show history. There are a lot of factors that go into the decision of where the show will take place year over year. Given Pittsburgh’s illustrious history in the steel industry, along with the ongoing development of its downtown and convention district, selecting it for the 2019 show was an easy decision.

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game tips off tonight with third ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders going up against #1 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. This is Texas Tech’s first appearance in the Championship Game, and could be Virginia’s first win in school history depending on the game’s outcome. After doing a little digging, both schools have some interesting architectural and steel facts!

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A spiral staircase cuts through the “collaboration core.” Photo credit: Curbed Atlanta

The world’s tallest spiral staircase opened last month in Atlanta, Georgia! No April Fool’s Day joke here – it’s true! World-renowned and late Atlanta-based architect John Portman Jr. scores again for his ingenuity with the opening of his Coda Building located in Midtown Atlanta near the Georgia Tech University’s campus. This is the first of three new John Portman and Associates-designed office towers set to open. Although he didn’t get to see it finished before he passed away last year, Portman at least knew that his vision for Coda, a futuristic hub for entrepreneurs at Georgia Tech, his alma mater, would become a reality.

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Santiago Calatrava’s designed IST Building at Florida Polytechnic University near Orlando, Florida

This past weekend included a road trip to Florida’s “mecca land,” Orlando. With two “tweens” in the car, I was essentially the hired “uber” driver so had plenty of time to take in the sights during the drive. While driving along Florida’s Interstate 4, the main highway that runs between Tampa and Orlando, amidst the vast flatness of the landscape, there, positioned between cow fields, an unmistakable work of art appeared. After further research, it turns out to be Florida Polytechnic University’s flagship building, the Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building, designed by none other than the world-renowned Spanish architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava.

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Aqua Tower, Chicago, designed by Jeanne Gang;
Photo: Getty Images/Arcaid/UIG

In celebration of the start of Women In Construction Week (WIC), we highlight “7 Bold Buildings Designed by Women,” as brought to us by Architectural Digest last year. These magnificent buildings bring some of the brightest female architects into light. Despite inequalities with their male counterparts in the architectural field, many women have not just survived in the male-dominated industry but have thrived. AD rounds up seven of the boldest, most culturally significant buildings around the world designed by women.

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