Archinect - News 2014-10-02T00:46:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106024167/a-closer-look-at-ar-ma-s-trifolium-digital-pre-fab-pavilion-in-sydney A closer look at AR-MA’s “Trifolium” digital pre-fab pavilion in Sydney Justine Testado 2014-08-07T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l40zjg28wi5x7nsl.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Trifolium" by AR-MA (Architectural Research &ndash; Material Applications) from Australia recently won the commission to design a new event pavilion for the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney, Australia. Hosted annually by SCAF, the Fugitive Structures invite-only competition promotes emerging architects from Australia, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. The 2014 edition had entrants explore the potential of digital pre-fabrication in their designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The pavilion dons a Corian shell and a vaulted reflective steel interior speckled with optic lights that glow at night. Trifolium will be exhibited at SCAF until December 13, 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mh4b93hpx4ejo7l7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gz7yjpseqbl7bhij.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uo3c72lgc1d6c3g4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/inblxtiw5t5p9zb3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u6iqsx1lx1yjeuf9.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_at_ar-mas_trifolium_digital_prefab_pavilion_in_sydney/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98217703/lego-high-rise-world-s-tallest-modular-apartment-tower-getting-snapped-together-in-brooklyn Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:08:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29cbb9c726ae124b3f82a3e27db9ad4a.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inside a warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard steel beams and flat metal sheeting rest atop a workbench. A diagram&ndash;which looks an awful lot like IKEA furniture assembly instructions&ndash;spells out where each beam and metal screw belongs. [...] The metal may not look like much yet, but it&rsquo;s on its way to becoming part of the world&rsquo;s tallest modular residential high-rise. [...] &ldquo;This is bringing the best of manufacturing and construction together.&rdquo;</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/78313552/tubular-prefab-frac-center-opens-in-france Tubular Prefab FRAC Center Opens in France MikeChino 2013-07-30T20:57:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T18:17:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3za5xnij5sez9nl7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris-based architecture firm Jakob+MacFarlane designed this prefab tubular addition for the Regional Contemporary Art Fund Centre (FRAC) in Orleans, France, as a container for art collections and place for architectural experimentation. The fluid addition to the 19th century building was just completed and it will be inaugurated on September 14th.</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/73833271/allison-arieff-declares-prefab-lives Allison Arieff declares "Prefab Lives!" Archinect 2013-05-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2013-05-24T14:01:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9365c20eecd484169c38fde3123c29b.jpg" width="427" height="569" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>B2, a 32-story tower that is part of a 1,500-unit, mixed-use complex designed by SHoP Architects for Brooklyn&rsquo;s Atlantic Yards, will soon be the tallest modular building in the world. nARCHITECTS recently won adaptNYC&rsquo;s competition to design a micro-unit apartment building, and will see its concept transformed into a 10-story building by 2015. It will be the first multiunit building in Manhattan to be built with modular construction.</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/73777777/sky-city-gets-approval-to-be-tallest-building-in-the-world-with-contruction-schedule-now-estimated-at-7-months "Sky City" gets approval, to be tallest building in the world, with contruction schedule now estimated at 7 months Archinect 2013-05-23T17:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T22:20:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/541a52b5d6f7bf146667a8250ac56466.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, Broad Group announced it has received approval from the Chinese government and will break ground on the project next month, though according to Quartz's Lily Kuo, Broad Sustainable Building has pushed the building's schedule to a more modest seven months.</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/69605673/modular-construction-is-gaining-popularity-across-new-york-city Modular construction is gaining popularity across New York City Nam Henderson 2013-03-17T16:03:00-04:00 >2013-04-08T23:44:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b79y54otx01zt40c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Any change in the way you do business involves some concerns and issues,&rdquo; said Richard T. Anderson, the president of the New York Building Congress...&ldquo;If for New York City construction, business as usual is a challenge, you need to change some of the basic ingredients, and labor and management needs to address this.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the Real Estate section of last Sunday's NYT, Julie Satow talks with architects, city officials, various trade organizations and developers (although no union representatives) about the recent growth in projects using prefabricated, modular construction techniques. Such an approach offers advantages in terms of speed and efficiency of construction. Yet, particularly for New York City&rsquo;s powerful construction unions, does pose challenges.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62343787/atlantic-yards-will-be-getting-32-story-shop-designed-modular-tower-after-all Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All HotSoup 2012-11-28T19:34:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:58:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buejwwy8n6c8pbtm.jpg" width="514" height="587" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modular construction has long been a dream of architects, for its efficiency and control, and now it could be a boon for New York City developers as well, since prefab methods can save 20 to 30 percent from traditional design methods.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thanks to a deal with construction unions, the developer of the controversial Atlantic Yards project will move ahead with a 363-unit, 32-story prefab apartment building in Downtown Brooklyn. Designed by SHoP Architects, Skanska and ARUP, it is tentatively the tallest prefab tower in the world. (Until that crazy 2,000-footer in China gets built.)</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62199373/jens-risom-s-block-island-retreat-by-gary-nadeau Jens Risom's Block Island Retreat by Gary Nadeau Archinect 2012-11-26T15:58:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T16:03:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8d1ai44yd5tu86my.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In the late 1960s, designer Jens Risom sought an affordable vacation home for his family on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. Now some 45 years later, the prefab cottage still exists to serve the needs of the growing Risom brood." dwell</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/61855411/home-sweet-shipping-container-nyc-creating-modular-disaster-housing Home Sweet Shipping Container: NYC Creating Modular Disaster Housing HotSoup 2012-11-21T14:43:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:07:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha5yuik3vedixy2f.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carved out of shipping containers, these LEGO-like, stackable apartments offer all the amenities of home. Or more, since they are bigger, and brighter, than the typical Manhattan studio. It&rsquo;s the FEMA trailer of the future, built with the Dwell reader in mind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ever since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans six years ago, the Bloomberg administration has been quietly at work on creating a disaster housing that meets the needs of New York City's unique density and geography. &nbsp;They have created a model system using shipping containers, and while it will not be able to help those left homeless by Sandy, it should be ready by next year, for when the next major disaster hits.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58289332/team-rh-ne-alpes-canopea-house-wins-the-2012-solar-decathlon-europe Team Rhône-Alpes' Canopea House Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe MikeChino 2012-09-29T17:29:00-04:00 >2012-09-29T20:42:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghn3ojlfq5hk6fv8.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big news out of Madrid: Team Rh&ocirc;ne-Alpes&rsquo; Canopea House has won the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe! At the forefront of the competition since winning the Architecture and Operations prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy for both floors and a mini EV.</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/58000528/broad-sustainable-building-the-mcdonald-s-of-the-sustainable-building-industry Broad Sustainable Building - the McDonald’s of the sustainable building industry Nam Henderson 2012-09-25T10:53:00-04:00 >2012-11-22T19:26:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kn/knd4l1enzap14waw.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So far, Broad has built 16 structures in China, plus another in Cancun....The company is in the process of franchising this technology to partners in India, Brazil, and Russia. What it&rsquo;s selling is the world&rsquo;s first standardized skyscraper, and with it, Zhang aims to turn Broad into the McDonald&rsquo;s of the sustainable building industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tl039npwe86308b8.jpg" title=""><br><em>Photo by <a href="http://noahsheldon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Noah Sheldon</a></em></p> <p> Lauren Hilgers traveled to Hunan, China where she had a chance to interview&nbsp;Zhang Yue, founder and chairman of Broad Sustainable Building. Broad gained internet "fame" earlier this week by erecting a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/34030746/30-story-building-built-in-15-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30-story building built in 15 days</a>, using prefabricated and modular construction techniques. His latest plan is to construct a 220-story skyscraper using the same techniques.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/45565519/a-prefab-short-on-the-fab A Prefab, Short on the Fab Archinect 2012-04-19T15:52:00-04:00 >2012-04-25T10:07:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7cc7cd11360b96e788ce4c79b7f12bc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Affordability, along with a minimalist aesthetic, were the reasons she decided on a prefab house &mdash; points on which Mr. Buryk, who had years before remodeled a 100-year-old house in Portland, Ore., wholeheartedly agreed. &ldquo;I, similar to Zoe, was coming from a place of not wanting to do that again,&rdquo; he said. But it wasn&rsquo;t quite as affordable as they had hoped. The house cost $260,000 to build, from start to finish (the kit itself was $47,000) &mdash; nearly $100,000 more than they&rsquo;d expected.</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/39795595/ikea-debuts-completely-furnished-pre-fab-modern-homes IKEA Debuts Completely-Furnished, Pre-Fab, Modern Homes Archinect 2012-02-29T16:01:00-05:00 >2013-04-04T21:22:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/127da7701b3d528cb20a57cf82ed8cd2.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swedish furniture company IKEA, has collaborated with Oregon architectural firm Ideabox, to launch its first line of prefabricated houses in the U.S., named the &ldquo;Aktiv.&rdquo; The IKEA-themed dwelling is a one-bedroom home centered around space-saving furniture and products. The hip and modern house was outfitted taking into consideration the demands from Pacific-Northwest homeowners, and is designed to be eco-friendly.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Aktiv, Swedish for active, is expected to be priced at US$79,500.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/36789319/lindal-launches-new-architects-collaborative-prefab-home-line Lindal Launches New ‘Architects Collaborative’ Prefab Home Line nicoleabene 2012-02-03T13:51:00-05:00 >2012-02-03T14:22:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75kzl1gmtnqn3hqw.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lindal Cedar Homes has just launched their Lindal Architects Collaborative, an innovative new prefab home collection featuring designs from the world's leading architects. The line, which will feature prefab systems designed by 12 architects, will not only make modern design more accessible, but will make architecture previously reserved for the more affluent financially accessible to the masses.</p></em><br /><br /><p> While new firms will be added to the Collaborative each quarter throughout 2012 as they complete and introduce their designs, the first five have just been unveiled and include the likes of Marmol Radziner, Altius Architecture, Bates Masi + Architects, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Taliesin West (practicing professionals with graduate students), and Lindal Cedar Homes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/27229962/bangkok-s-cement-refuge Bangkok's cement refuge Archinect 2011-11-12T16:06:08-05:00 >2011-11-12T19:00:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v55svz8kksjibwvp.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prefabricated shells meant for building Bangkok's elevated skyway have become home for flood refugees.</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/20306470/sneak-peek-20-energy-efficient-homes-in-the-2011-solar-decathlon SNEAK PEEK: 20 Energy-Efficient Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon MikeChino 2011-09-13T14:48:27-04:00 >2011-09-15T10:48:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdz5544xuuimdpv8.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2011 Solar Decathlon is heating up as 20 teams of students from around the world construct stunning, energy-efficient homes at the National Mall&rsquo;s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The competition officially opens on September 23rd, but Inhabitat offers a first look at each of this year's solar-powered homes.</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/4521421/marmol-radziner-prefab-designed-pop-up-showroom-helps-bring-glamour-to-kohler-s-new-advanced-toilet-numi Marmol Radziner Prefab-designed Pop-Up Showroom Helps Bring Glamour to Kohler's New Advanced Toilet, Numi eichlergirl 2011-04-28T21:16:00-04:00 >2012-09-19T19:44:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/629pax38zbnk3g6p.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"To complement the minimal styling of the Kohler Numi toilet, Marmol Radziner created an urban, sleek environment to convey the brand image of Numi as one that reinforces the leadership position of Kohler in the luxury living space. Marmol Radziner designed a modular prefab gallery to showcase a series of Numi display models, utilizing a dark color palette of gray lacquer, ipe decking and gray carpeting to capture a mood of mystique and desire"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture can help sell a $6,400 Kohler Numi advanced toilet. Visit kohler.com/numi</p> <p> Moments in the day of the life of a young, successful couple are captured cinematically in Kohler' Co's latest marketing campaign stateside, for the company's new and most advanced toilet, Numi. The premium product, launched April 26th at the Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, is offering a host of new technology-driven comfort and water-saving features with an original industrial design approach. Numi is available immediately nationwide at a retail price of $6,400, and end 2011 in Europe.</p> <p> Led by Kohler&rsquo;s Executive Creative Director Tristan Butterfield and Ammunition Partners Brett Wickens and Matt Rolandson, the creative approach of the Numi marketing campaign was inspired by Kohler's rich history of bold and audacious print ads from the 1970s, updated for the 21st century. The Numi positioning was developed to associate Kohler&rsquo;s leadership position with gracious techno...</p>