Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon Wins Competition for Tel Aviv University Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre

Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon Wins Competition for Tel Aviv University Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre, Courtesy of Strelka KB
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Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon has been announced as the winner of the Open International Competition for the Tel Aviv University Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre. The French company has a history of designing buildings for technological purposes, including the National Research Centre for Scientific Research (Meudon, suburb of Paris), the Physics and Biology Laboratories for Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, suburb of Paris), the National Solar Energy Institute (Savoy), and the Paris-Saclay Research Сentre of Air Liquide. In Tel Aviv, a matrix of vertical lines creates a “skin” over a three story, 6,000 square meter structure that will house 12 research labs – including those for physical, biophysical, and neural engineering, as well as molecular electronics, and others – in addition to offices and public areas. Once complete, the building will house 120 scientists and engineers as collaborators with one of the most significant universities in Israel.

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“We chose this competition because we like to challenge areas where science meets human endeavor and progress,” says architect Alexis Peyer. “Nanoscience and nanotechnologies are one of the humanity’s greatest endeavors. The most interesting and challenging aspect of this project was to design a very technical building specifically for scientific research while keeping a strong and iconic architecture dedicated to the Tel Aviv University campus.”

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The project requires exceedingly high precision – similar project often require errors not in excess of 1 millimeter per every 100 square meters – in what is called “complete design accuracy.” As labs typically consume five times more water and energy than a typical home or office, particular  measures have been taken to ensure sustainability. These strategies include the vertical panels, which will help regulate natural light, special glass, which will optimize sun energy, solar panels and natural ventilation, which will be used for cooling, and a collection system that will retain and recycle rainwater.

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Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon was named a finalist for the project in March, along withZarhy+StudioPEZ Architects and Jestico+Whiles+Associates. The Competition stipulated that the University initiate private negotiations with each finalist to declare a winner by May 1st. The competition was launched on October 12th of last year and organized by Strelka KB, a leading urban planning consultancy for architectural competitions. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond Propose Chicago Skyline Cablecar

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond Propose Chicago Skyline Cablecar, Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond
Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond have revealed plans for the “Chicago Skyline” an aerial cable car attraction spanning from the Chicago Riverfront to Navy Pier and through Downtown along theRiverwalk. The project, still seeking permission, is meant to enable visitors to experience the fabledChicago skyline in a new way, viewing the city and lakefront from custom-designed pods or “gondolas”. The design shares many similarities with the pill-like capsules surrounding the London Eye, which was also designed by Marks Barfield Architects. The Skyline is being marketed as a practical solution to link Navy Pier to the transit network within the Chicago Loop.

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“The Chicago Skyline could do for Chicago what the London Eye has done for London, and become a very identifiable landmark within the city, driving tourism and prosperity,” says David Marks, Director at Marks Barfield Architects. “Its design touches the ground lightly and with an environmentally sensitive and delicate presence – like jewels in a necklace – energizing the city’s Riverwalk, and attracting the eyes of the world.”

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The “Chicago Skyline” Project is being developed with Lou Raizin, a noted figure in the Chicago entertainment industry and former Chair of the Chicago Loop Alliance, and Laurence S. Geller, current Chairman of Geller Investment Co and an accomplished leader in the hospitality industry. If built, the Skyline would operate into the evening hours and year-round. The project team includes Leitner-Poma, builder of the London Eye capsules, and Jacobs, that project’s principal engineers.

Click the clip below for a video rendering of the project.

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