Category Archives: Facade

Metal Fabrics – Illumesh


GKD Metal Fabrics’ Illumesh at the Indemann Project by Maurer United Architects.

GKD Metal Fabrics’ Illumesh controls the span of illumination by the angling of the LEDs. They can be focused on a specific area, or blanket the entire façade. Creative lighting effects can be achieved using individually programmed lighting concepts. Compared to conventional illumination systems, Illumesh offers higher resolution imagery, weather and temperature resistance, and excels as an Internet-operated, high-performance media surface.

Uses & Applications:
– Media facades
– Facades.

– Durability
– Maleability
– Flexibility.

– Type: Flexible, one direction
– Open Area: 64%
– Weight: 1.30 lbs/sqft
– Nominal Thickness: 0.244″.

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AWA Lighting Designers Launch “Contextualizing Light,” The AWA Movie Channel

AWA Lighting Designers are pleased to share our work with our friends and well-wishers through “Contextualizing Light,” the AWA Movie Channel on YouTube and Vimeo.

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Top 10 most beautiful mosques from around the world

Floating Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Floating Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Sultan Omar Ali_Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Sultan Omar Ali_Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Xining Dongguan Great Mosque, China.

Xining Dongguan Great Mosque, China.

Mosque being a place of worship for Muslims worldwide, typically incorporate traditional designs and a strict structure including a dome and minarets. But with the world turning to contemporary design, where does that leave classical mosque designs?
Globally, countless architects and designers showed us that sticking to the typical guidelines to designing mosques is not the only way of presenting this place of worship- mosques are also forms of architecture that can be interpreted through modern design.
10 most beautiful mosques from around the world to celebrate the beauty of Islamic design.

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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Top 10 parametric buildings around the world


The Hangzhou Tennis Center Hangzhou, China, 2015 by NBBJ and China Construction Design International (CCDI).


Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), Beijing, China, 2007 by PTW Architects, CSCEC, CCDI, and Arup.

What is a Parametric Building?

To identify a parametric building, we should first know the technical meaning of the word ‘parameter’. Parameter as stated in the Oxford dictionary is “A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation.” Hence, parametric design is a generative process that employs basic parameters in a specific formula. The formula contains mathematical functions of algorithms that are generated digitally through scripting and coding to accomplish successful design, or to find a suitable solution for architectural design problem. .

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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New Energy Technologies want to make Electricity with Every Window


Can be applied on traditional skyscraper windows.


They can tint in custom colors.

American company, new energy technologies is developing electricity generating transparent windows and products for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings. Their mission has been to create solar windows which produce impressive amounts of clean electricity, that benefit the environment and the building landscape. The team developed a coating capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics that is processed uniformly in different color tints. These polymer organic photovoltaic arrays are clear and only capture UV rays which can be scaled up and have unparalleled manufacturability.

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Article Written by : Piotr Boruslawski

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Source : Designboom

Supermaniac Clads Nen Restaurant With 3,000 Pieces Of Hung Charcoal

Nen resturant Charcoal nstallation 1

Guests are met with rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below

Nen resturant Charcoal nstallation

The charred pieces come from the region’s ubame oak

Serving as a visual indication of the food on offer inside, this restaurant in japan is clad with 3,000 individual charcoal pieces taken from ubame oak. designed by local studio supermaniac, the use of the material continues inside the dining establishment, which serves mainly charbroiled dishes. Upon entering ‘nen’, guests are met with further rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below. Within the seated areas, ‘kiku-zumi’ – a crosscut sawtooth oak charcoal that resembles the chrysanthemum flower – has been used. the pieces are placed between a one-way mirror and a fully reflective surface, creating a series of smaller reflections that enhance the form of the material. Within the design, traditional Japanese products have been incorporated to recall established ways of dining, while simultaneously embracing contemporary cuisine.

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Article Written by : Philip Stevens

Image courtesy of : Supermaniac inc

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Top 10 skyscrapers to be completed in 2015


OKO South Tower, Russia, by SOM

The building from Moscow-City to make the top 10 is a 352-metre tower by skyscraper veteran SOM, whose portfolio extends from Chicago’s Willis Tower and John Hancock Center, to One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa. The OKO South Tower is one of two faceted skyscrapers underway on the site, connected at the base by a transparent crystalline structure. The complex will include a four-star hotel, offices and apartments..

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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8 Examples of Caged Architecture


Tori Tori Restaurant Mexico City, Mexico


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, U.K.

In most contexts, a cage represents imprisonment or an otherwise undesirable restriction of one’s freedom. However, within the realm of architectural design, cages themselves can be freed from the negative connotation of containment: well-designed instances can dramatically enhance the structure or space they contain, framing views, creating visual dynamism, and filtering light to fantastic effect inside and out.
Wrapped in mesh, latticework, timber weaves, or slender piping, here are eight examples — including a 2015 A+Awards Special Achievement Honoree — that show how being caged is not always a bad thing.

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2015’s Most Exciting Building Projects

Mexicon Airport

Artist’s Rendering for the most sustainable airport in the world Mexico City International Airport

This year will see construction begin on the new Mexico City International Airport, boasting to be the most sustainable airport in the world. The airport will have just one terminal, measuring 470,000-square-meters, which will eventually serve six runways. The entire terminal is enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight. The design ensures short walking distances and few level changes, it is easy to navigate, and passengers will not have to use internal trains or underground tunnels – it is a celebration of space and light.

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Article Written by : Matthew Ponsford

Photo by : Artist Rendering

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When Buildings, Street Art and Projection Mapping merge


The world’s first graffiti projection mapping project stands five stories high and 70 meters long in Australia

TDC provided the technology and expertise behind graffiti-mapping artwork projected onto the largest mural in Melbourne – spanning five stories high and 70 meters long. The groundbreaking piece of street art was one of the highlights of White Night Melbourne 2015, a 12-hour nocturnal extravaganza running from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., inspired by Paris’ Nuit Blanche and the international network of White Night programmes around the world.

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Article Written by : Church Designer Staff

Photo by : © Juddy Roller & © TDC

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