Hello <<First Name>> and welcome to Issue #31 of the Materials for Architecture Newsletter, published Friday 9th February 2018
In this issue, we bring you news on Materials for Architecture 2018, staggered glass walls, the darkest building on earth, plus more news on bricks & ceramics, concrete & aggregates, glass, smart & bio materials, and timber.
Explore the latest innovations for the ‘timber age’
The latest advances in timber products are a strong focus throughout Materials for Architecture 2018. One of the construction industry’s oldest materials, wood has recently been making waves with cutting-edge methods and technologies, and aspirational projects around the globe. The conference programme will showcase recent advances made in the use of timber and wood-derived products. Read more... Published 08/02/2018 via materialsforarchitecture.com
Industry thought leaders confirm support
Materials for Architecture 2018 is pleased to announce support from a number of high-profile industry bodies. Confirmation of the support of key organisations strengthens the event’s ability to help the architecture and construction industry make better and more informed material specification choices. It also heightens awareness of the resources available to architects, specifiers and other industry professionals.Read more... Published 02/02/2018 via materialsforarchitecture.com
Mount Herzl memorial features funnel-shaped formation of bricks
Kimmel Eeshkolot architects developed the scheme as an interior project where the ground was excavated to allow daylight to enter. Conceived as both a personal and collective structure, the light that enters through the overhead oculus is filtered through the funnel and onto the interior surfaces. Several 1:1 mockups of the project were built at ETH Zurich. Here, the architects, together with Ackerstein Industries and Merkava, developed a construction method that involved concrete bricks screwed together at pre-cut joints. Read more... Published 06/02/2018 via designboom.com
White concrete volumes conceal bright red auditorium
Stacked white, concrete volumes conceal the vibrant red, pink and orange interior of this theatre in the former mining town of Freyming-Merlebach by Dominique Coulon & Associés. The French architects designed the Théodore Gouvy theatre as part of a drive to regenerate the town in north east France, which has seen high levels of unemployment since the area's coal mines closed in the 1990s. Read more... Published 07/02/2018 via dezeen.com
Staggered glass walls front visitor centre
New Orleans firm Trahan Architects has completed a visitor centre for an 18th-century plantation in Louisiana, using translucent glazing to blur views of occupants from the outside "like an impressionist painting". Translucent glass walls protrude from the slope, while its roof meets the crest and is covered in grass to continue the pathway up the green hill. Read more... Published 07/02/2018 via dezeen.com
Asif Khan unveils 'darkest building on Earth'
Asif Khan's Vantablack pavilion, the world's first super-black building, will open at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony. The pavilion is coated with Vantablack VBx2 carbon nanotubes and illuminated by thousands of tiny white light rods. These rods extend from the structure's parabolic super-black facade and create the illusion of a field of stars suspended in space. Looking at the building will be the closest experience to looking into space from a point on Earth. Read more... Published 07/02/2018 via archdaily.com
Abandoned baseball stadium site to be turned into largest US wooden office tower
Designed by Michael Green Architecture, the 500,000-square-foot Riverfront Square structure will be the largest wooden tower in the United States. Green believes that his latest timber tower could represent the future of sustainable architecture. "Good buildings are good neighbours, and we envision a sustainable, efficient and architecturally stunning future for Newark," he said in a statement. Read more... Published 06/02/2018 via uk.businessinsider.com