Archinect - News 2016-10-26T00:05:57-04:00 HALLUCINATE creates a “surreal ambience“ in this sleek trading center Justine Testado 2016-08-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T00:38:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="509" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Large industrial enterprises aren't typically known for conducting business inside jaw-dropping office environments. Shenzhen-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HALLUCINATE Design Office</a> certainly defies that assumption in their&nbsp;Midwest Inland Port Financial Town project in China's Xi&rsquo;an International Trade &amp; Logistics Park.&nbsp;</p><p>Completed last December, Hallucinate won the commission to design the commodity trading center from Maike Metals Group, one of China's largest suppliers of non-ferrous metals and minerals.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed with an &ldquo;unconventional open and tranquil style&rdquo;, Hallucinate&nbsp;beautifully contrasts bold details and textures with a subtle yet sleek color palette that doesn't appear sterile. The 326,200m&sup2; office shows off a glass wall curtain and aluminum panels on its exterior, while its interior boasts a careful arrangement of materials like artificial stone, aluminum, hardwood flooring, and mineral wood.&nbsp;A mixture of natural light and soft LED lighting throughout the space creates a&nbsp;&ldquo;surreal ambience&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Most ...</p> Tesla's 5.8 million square foot "Gigafactory" to open in 2017 Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:41:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sixty-five hundred people and a sizable compliment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robots</a> will work in the enormous, solar-panel topped, rail-adjacent Gigafactory when it opens in 2017, a structure which is described as a "joint venture" between Tesla, Panasonic and other supply partners. In this case, the drive to inexpensively produce lithium-ion batteries has created the need for the&nbsp;colossal&nbsp;structure.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired</a> notes:</p><p><em>The assembly lines will do everything from make the individual cells&mdash;cylinders a bit bigger&nbsp;than an AA battery&mdash;to assembling the immense packs that power a Model S or store energy in someone&rsquo;s garage. Tesla doesn&rsquo;t disclose its costs, but says doing it all&nbsp;in-house&nbsp;will drive down the cost of a battery by&nbsp;30 percent.</em></p><p>Tesla in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> BOLLES+WILSON transforms historic Hanomag ‘U-Boat Hall’ into stylish retail outlet Justine Testado 2013-08-29T14:45:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:47:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="893" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolles+Wilson</a> was commissioned to redesign the historic Hanomag "U-Boat Hall" into an RS+Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hanover, Germany&mdash;yet another example in the repurposing of unused industrial spaces and fusing the past with the present.</p> <p> The contemporary furniture pieces and the U-Boat Hall's warehouse atmosphere are an interesting juxtaposition, and both vie for visitors' attention. Wooden flooring and bright-colored accents contrast against the rusty columns of the structure, an intended U-boat production site that halted construction in 1944. A brick wall on one side of the building's interior adds hip appeal that complements the outlet store's colorful inventory.&nbsp; On the other hand, the structure's original components&mdash;in addition to its enormous size&mdash;are hard to ignore, almost to the point where it becomes the main showpiece.</p> <p> What do you think of B+W's redesign? Scroll down to see some images and more details.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Interior of the U-Boat Hall. Photo by Olaf Mahlstedt. &copy; ...</p> LIVE·MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati Results Alexander Walter 2013-02-13T14:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-18T18:09:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Results have recently been unveiled in the international design ideas competition LIVE&middot;MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation had launched this competition as a call for architectural proposals of a membership-based facility that will [...] help shape a new economic opportunity for the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>