Archinect - News 2016-06-27T09:11:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149943697/norman-foster-s-secret-garden-a-tour-of-foster-partners-maggie-s-center Norman Foster's secret garden: a tour of Foster + Partners' Maggie's Center Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:18:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyior382ytrvifzk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cancer survivor Lord Norman Foster gave HRH Duchess of Cornwall a tour of his newly completed Maggie's Center in his hometown of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941146/inflatable-museum-to-provide-additional-learning-support-to-disadvantaged-areas-of-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> at the cancer facility's official opening April 27th, showing her a design that emphasizes natural light and a connection to nature. This has lead to numerous sliding glass doors and walls throughout the rectilinear plan, as well as the intention to plant vines on the signature triangular timber frame. Additionally, each treatment and counselling room comes with its own private garden.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q5dx5l8ruh32xewk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85b6brkfnnasz5ya.jpg"></p><p>As Foster noted, "Our aim in Manchester, the city of my youth, was to create a building that is welcoming, friendly and without any of the institutional references of a hospital or health centre &ndash; a light-filled, homely space where people can gather, talk or simply reflect. That is why throughout the building there is a focus on natural light, greenery and views; with a greenhouse to provide fresh flowers, and an emphasis on the therapeutic qualities of nature and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142899081/developer-of-som-designed-nanjing-skyscraper-found-guilty-of-depriving-nearby-residents-of-precious-sunlight Developer of SOM-designed Nanjing skyscraper found guilty of depriving nearby residents of precious sunlight Alexander Walter 2015-12-08T13:40:00-05:00 >2015-12-08T13:40:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cceed74b7b78e6e8c986fead23d69c9f.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developers of the 450-meter high Zifeng Tower in Nanjing have been found guilty of robbing the surrounding neighborhood of precious sunshine, and will have to compensate residents accordingly. [...] The 89-story Zifeng Tower was designed by American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It is the tallest building in Nanjing, fourth tallest in China and 12 tallest in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127304066/crowded-skies-sunlight-as-the-new-amenity-for-the-super-rich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733118/as-manhattan-grows-supertaller-its-shadows-are-getting-superlonger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Manhattan grows supertaller, its shadows are getting superlonger</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115502137/the-all-glass-photon-space-could-help-us-get-our-daily-dose-of-sunlight-and-then-some The all-glass Photon Space could help us get our daily dose of sunlight, and then some Justine Testado 2014-12-08T17:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:40:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xa65j6rnj64obc6i.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Photon Space is becoming known as the first all-glass modular structure of its kind that addresses the health benefits of exposure to natural light and the importance of those benefits in our contemporary lifestyle &mdash; where many of us spend it indoors&nbsp;&mdash; and its everyday stresses.</p><p>Recently launched on <a href="https://www.crowdcube.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowdcube</a> by The Photon Project, the Photon Space is a luxury daytime suite that has a 45 m2 footprint and includes a furnished living room, a double bedroom, and a modular integrated kitchen and bathroom. But what distinguishes the Photon Space is its intelligent glass architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nn/nnd8s0i8dp3huf9j.jpg"></p><p>The design of the Photon Space glass is supported by recent long-term research&nbsp;led by Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/56704057/oxford-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oxford</a>. Professor Foster's research states that a healthy dose of natural light can help regulate circadian rhythms, reduce stress, and improve mood, among other benefits. The multi-layered, high-performa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95865235/penumbra-kinetic-daylighting-and-shading-system Penumbra, Kinetic Daylighting and Shading System Archinect 2014-03-17T12:58:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T13:45:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf5q5lxumgtc8lxw.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project was designed to offer a kinetic and mechanical solution to a problem that would otherwise be nearly impossible to solve with static architectural components: providing shading across a building facade for both low evening sun and high afternoon sun conditions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62396510/new-technology-pipes-sunlight-into-windowless-rooms New technology pipes sunlight into windowless rooms Archinect 2012-11-29T14:13:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:39:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/156071568016debc24f4df31bf0d5f89.jpg" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A mirror tracks the sun throughout the day, reflecting its rays onto a parabolic dish, which then focuses the reflected daylight into a small &lsquo;light pipe&rsquo; aperture. The concentrated light then travels through a series of relay lenses &ldquo;over any distance and in any direction&rdquo;, according to the company. A diffuser ensures that light evenly reaches the desired areas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>