TUUCI Equinox Cabana structures effortlessly transform any patio, poolside or outdoor landscape into open-air living rooms. The sleek modular design can be customized from lighting and music to walls and seating.
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The TUUCI Equinox Cabana has a number of added features available, including a Bluetooth-equipped controller that can be paired with Bluetooth enabled phones easily.
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Everyone wants entertainment outdoors and TUUCI’s marine-grade, weatherproof music option for the TUUCI Equinox Cabana solves all your needs. It includes 1 outdoor speaker per beam, to work hand-in-hand with the Bluetooth-equipped controller.
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One of the keys to an outdoor extension of your living space is the correct lighting. Our lighting option for the TUUCI Equinox Cabana is marine grade, LED and features 2 lights per beam.
In an effort to reinvent an iconic American fast-food brand, McDonald’s U.S. has announced a new direction for the corporation, beginning with rethinking the restaurant’s current archetypal design both in its interior eating spaces and exterior urban landscape. A primary example of this commitment can be seen in the recently completed design for McDonald’s Global Flagship in Chicago by Ross Barney Architects.
The structure, which fills an entire city block in the heart of Chicago, was envisioned as a hallmark example of both the architect and the corporation’s shared commitment to environmentally sustainable design. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), an essential material for the project, replaced many of the commonly-used building materials such as steel, concrete, and plastics that have a larger environmental footprint.
McDonald’s Flagship is the first commercial use of Cross Laminated Timber in Chicago. CLT is a successful building method thanks in part to the relative simplicity of its construction process. The material is generated with a crosswise stack of lumber boards glued together on each face. The alternating 90-degree orientation of the wood boards vastly increases the load capacity of traditional wooden materials. To maximize the capacity, the outer layers of the panels are oriented, upon installation, parallel to the gravitational load. This novel implementation of a common building material eliminates its common structural limitations.
Although CLT has previously been utilized in European construction, the Ross Barney design signifies the material’s debut in large-scale American building. The McDonald’s Chicago Flagship restaurant utilizes the material both structurally and prominently as architectural features in the interior.
In addition to the trailblazing use of CLT, the restaurant features more than 70 trees at ground level, a vegetated roof space and a floating glass garden of ferns and trees. The roofs feature edible plants including apple trees that will be harvested and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Native and drought-resilient plants are being used throughout the landscape along with permeable pavers for the lot surface to minimize irrigation and reduce stormwater runoff. The restaurant will benefit from enhanced energy performance with an on-site solar panel array for renewable energy collection to offset part of the restaurant’s non-renewable energy consumption; interior and exterior LED lighting; and energy efficient kitchen and HVAC equipment including energy saving freezer/coolers, low oil fryers, energy efficient fans and more.
The interior of McDonald’s Chicago Flagship was designed to provide patrons with a multi-functional space. Not only can one enjoy a quick and tasty meal, but the space also acts as a social hub by providing comfortable group gathering spaces equipped with outlets and charging stations. Natural light floods the space and vegetation is integrated throughout the structure.
The concept of environmentally sustainable grab-and-go dining has become increasingly more prevalent around the globe. Food sellers are pursuing innovative design techniques, sustainability tactics, and contemporary aesthetics for their restaurants’ architecture.
From the street, the Ross Barney’s design conjures up a refreshing alternative to that of a traditional McDonald’s. A solar pergola covers the sidewalk, providing additional outdoor collaborative spaces and inviting pedestrians to enter the New Age eatery. “Designing for McDonald’s is designing for America. We wanted to create a space that is authentic, light-filled, and constructed of natural materials,” said firm Principal Carol Ross Barney. “Food means ‘Welcome’ in every culture and we hope everyone feels welcomed entering the new flagship restaurant.”
For centuries, physical modeling has been a staple of architectural education and practice. Allowing the designer and client to explore a scheme in plan, elevation, and perspective all at once, the physical model aims to simulate the spatial relationship between volumes and to understand constructive systems.
Even in an age of ultra-high quality rendering, and virtual reality, physical material models represent a beloved, tried and tested method of conveying ideas both during the design process and at presentation stage. Whether through a rapid, five-minute volumetric test of paper models, or a carefully sculpted timber construction detail, careful choice of material can greatly assist the modeling process, allowing designers to remain abstract, or test physical properties of structural systems.
As a crucial step in the creative process, volumetric explorations can be crucial to the design of a project. Think of the works of Antoni Gaudí. Two-dimensional drawings (plans and sections) work together with physical models to provide a comprehensive representation of the design.
But, architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in the Brazilian book “Maquetes de Papel” purports that models serve as support for the process, not for representation.
“It is the model as sketches … The model you do as an essay of what you are imagining … Like the poet when he scribbles, when he takes notice … The model here is an instrument that is part of the work process. “(p.22)
Considering the challenges that arise during the creation of architectural models, we have compiled a set of fundamental tips and materials suggestions to assist you in your next modeling venture.
Thanks to its low cost and accessibility this material is most suitable for rapid volumetric testing or drawing of design plains. With scissors and some tape, you can generate a number of solutions quickly, easily, and cost-effectively, while still creating dynamic architectural objects.
Another feature to be considered is the thinness and, consequently, flexibility of paper models, which allows stress-free bends, curves, and inclinations. This also makes the material good for folding studies.
This material, when compared to paper, offers a thicker edge and rigidity, and is therefore frequently used for the volumetric experimentation of architectural objects with shapes without large three-dimensional curves. However, it is worth noting that in some cases, curved surfaces can be achieved by fastening cuts at the edges.
With a variety of colors, it also has excellent properties for site programming models. From a neutral base color to represent terrain, it is possible to design or represent the urban fabric using a pre-established color palette to indicate different uses and programs, allowing for a better understanding of spatial division and the uses of the buildings.
Card stock also allows for the design of isolated physical models. Using neutral colors (particularly white) it becomes possible to understand the effect of shadows with the aid of a light source such as a flashlight.
Frank Gehry uses this material; his signature designs include fluid forms, twisted planes and curves. He creates spontaneous models, as seen in Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005), directed by Sydney Pollack.
Paper Board / Chip Board
This paper has an even higher weight and strength. The difference between duplex and triplex board refers to the amount of layers in each. The material is ideally used in the development of volumetric mock-ups.
The architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha is adept at using this material for its simplicity and experimental speed.
It is worth mentioning that, together with the papers mentioned, some additional materials can be used, such as acetate sheets, to represent glass and glazing.
Unlike paper models, wood models provide higher resistance and a greater level of detail. With this, one is also able to represent constructive techniques and spatial properties in an aesthetically-pleasing, although typically more expensive manner.
Within the family of wood used frequently in model making, Balsa is the one of the easiest to work with. The low thickness allows for precise cutting and joining of surfaces with wood or white glue. That being said, careful attention must be given when slicing perpendicular to the grain, to avoid chipping, or rough edges.
Many studios employ this model type for observing the constructive solutions in their interiors. The soft timber aesthetic also makes a great choice for presenting design proposals to the client in a considered, confident, professional methodology.
Balsa is also excellent for portraying contour lines when stacked. Unless you want to really put your cutting skills to the test, it’s probably best to employ a laser cutter.
Balsa also lends itself excellently to manipulation through sanding of edges, painting, or varnishing to create different finishes. Balsa is typically available as panels, or thin strips, allowing for experimentation in cladding, framing, sheets, and tiling.
Foam is an excellent choice for rapid volumetric testing, with a foam cutter now a staple of university studios. Dozens of volumes can be generated in minutes, making the technique ideal for large-scale context modeling, where details such as pattern and facades are not as important.
Using carving tools, foam also allows for the creation of more defined, detailed sculptures, and landscaping features such as trees.
The possibility of dyeing the material also helps show schematization of the project. As with foam cutting, care is needed to avoid the spread of fumes from burning or dyeing the material. Choice of glue is also important, as some chemicals may melt the foam and weaken the model’s rigidity.
Foam modeling is a favorite for university students in particular, due to its low cost, ready availability, and pleasing aesthetic when due care and attention is paid.
In the professional world, foam models are used by the architectural powerhouses Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and OMA.
This low-cost material is often used for the development of topographical mockups. You can simply fasten a printed drawing on top of the plastic and cut.
Due to its low thickness, it might be necessary to join more than one layer with the same cutout to reach the desired final height.
Plastic models can be complemented with 3D-printed models, providing a base or context for more elaborate, detailed designs.
With the aim to create the self-proclaimed “Central Park of Lakeland,” architecture firm Sasaki Associates is converting Bonnet Springs Park in Central Florida from a former CSX railyards property to an ecological hub. Initially, a vacant brownfield, the site is currently undergoing environmental remediation to tackle the years of industrial damage, with plans to be open to the public by 2020.
Using creative environmental mechanisms to ready the site for construction, the architects plan to stockpile the arsenic and petroleum hydrocarbons prevalent in over a third of the 180-acre of the land as landscaping elements. The mounds may reach a 90-foot grade, completely altering the existing topological conditions.
A significant feature of the site, the constructed wetland gardens are connected to a degraded stream corridor that carries the stormwater to prevent pollutants from entering Lake Bonnet. This allows clean water to be produced from the sand seep spring, a new restored hydrological system that will help stabilize the banks and provide habitat for water-loving fauna. Interested visitors are able to view this process during their journey on the intertwined boardwalk.
The scheme consisting of four new buildings immersed in the landscape is intended to create seamless exterior and interior experiences for the park visitors. Constructed between two hills, the Explorations V Children’s Museum serving as the park’s anchor institution will provide rooftop views of the site. Amidst the 18-feet high walkways, the buildings feature oversized canopies to create spaces to play and learn about the surrounding landscape.
By integrating programmatic elements such as a nature, event, and welcome center, the park plans to generate income for long-term economic sustainability. In addition, the park features heritage gardens, a canopy walk, open lawns, walking and biking trails, non-motorized boating activities, and a sculpture garden. This surrounding open area can be used to host outdoor concerts and festivals as well.
Intended as an outdoor space to showcase the history of the site, native flora and fauna, and contemporary art and sculpture, the thoughtful utilization of the land will create a new urban center within the emerging downtown center of Lakeland.
ULTRA C D 92733 DIM8
Thickness of mounting surfacen.a.
InformationINCL.1 x LED WHITE 7,1W / CRI>90 / 2700K / 743lm
INCL.1 x REFLECTOR FL-33°
INCL.DIMMABLE LED POWER SUPPLY 350mA-DC
MAINS DIMMING – TRAILING EDGE
INCL.1 x CABLE SUSPENSION SINGLE AUTO. 1.6m
INCL.1 x CABLE 2 x 0.75mm²
Colour tempHalogen White (+2700K)
LED Technics (light source)743 lm // 7 W // 111 lm/W
LED Technics (luminaire)566 lm // 8 W // 69 lm/W
Electrical220-240V / 0|50-60Hz
Nett weight1.1 Kg
Acoustical Surfaces Silk Metal™ Ceiling Tiles are designed to reduce sound reflections with soundabsorbingmicro-perforations in the aluminum material. These metalpanels have an excellent NRC Rating of 0.80 and are available as either tegular or flat tiles. Available in white, black, or anodized finishes, the surface resembles smooth silk-like fabric and the ceiling tiles can be easily installed into a standard 15/16” ceiling grid.
Acoustical Surfaces Silk Metal™ uses a patented angled micro-perforation method in contrast to traditional 90° punching methods, giving it an ideal surface to absorb wave energy from sound and electromagnetic waves, as well as for heat mitigation.
Tegular or flat lay-in ceilings
White, black, anodized & custom printing available
Installs into standard 15/16” grid
Available as custom wall panels
NRC Rating – 0.80 NRC (per ASTM C423) with a 4” airspace, no liner needed
Resembles smooth fabric surface
Achieves acoustical value without acoustical liner
Tested for AEMIC (acoustical & electromagnetic interference control) capabilities
Flat or Tegular
Stock Colors & Sizes
23¾″ × 23¾″, White – 3/8″ – Tegular Edge
23¾″ × 23¾″, Black – 5/8″ – Tegular Edge
The “Bosco” design schematic utilizes timber construction and ecological design practices to create a multi-sided residential city block. Not only are the private domestic spaces important, but the definition of ‘living space’ is expanded to include private outdoor and shared spaces.
In this way, the wood exterior becomes an extension of the interior. The use of timber, throughout, and the simple language of Bosco’s underlying geometric forms create a well-articulated and homogeneous ensemble of housing components.
The composition of housing types consists of 117 apartments ranging from one to five bedrooms. Additional living blocks include two-story apartments and row houses. The courtyard sits at the heart of the city-block community; it sits in the center of the rectangular and L-shaped buildings that occupy each city corner. Between each building, a path to the central courtyard provides the outdoor space with some seclusion and privacy from the urban expanse.
The structural components of these buildings are composed of LVL wood and will remain free of plastics and toxic materials. The pitch of the roofs provides additional surface area to harness solar energy. The balconies are positioned to protect residents from overheating in direct sunlight during summer months. Temperature regulation and natural resource conservation are at the foundation of the Bosco design concept and integrated into many of the designers’ pivotal architectural decisions.
Other prominent architectural elements that stand out are its dynamic rooflines and integrated balconies. The architects not only thought about the intended environment, but they also took into consideration the specific lifestyle choices of the Bosco residents. In the courtyard, the designers included a greenhouse that can also be utilized as a summer kitchen.
WZMH is the first architecture firm to be accepted into the program, which takes applications from organizations developing IoT and/or AI solutions.
The Insider Labs program seeks out start-up and established firms to work alongside Microsoft experts from three bases in Redmond USA, Shenzhen China, and Munich Germany. Products are developed, prototyped, and tested for market commercialization, steering the course of how citizens will use future urban environments.
WZMH Architects, the firm behind Toronto’s CN Tower, have worked in collaboration with Quasar Consulting Group, Stephenson Engineering, and C3PoE in the development of the Intelligent Structural Panel. The installation of the panels throughout a building allows occupants to interact with sensors triggered by touch, sound, or other devices.
Data collected from the panels can be used by building operators to control lighting, heating, ventilation, elevators, shading, smoke alarms, security systems etc. For commercial viability, the team is developing the panel to be prefabricated, modular, cost-effective, and sustainable.
Foster + Partners have revealed a design for an office building in Luxembourg. The new office development will be located in Belval, on the border of France and Luxembourg, and aims to help revitalize the area by making a positive contribution to the site and its surroundings. Designed for BESIX Real Estate Development, the project responds to the rich industrial heritage of Belval with co-working spaces and collaborative offices that address the changing nature of the workplace.
The new office building was made to respond to the surrounding context. The project addresses the different characteristics of the principal axis of Porte de France on its western end and the Place de l’Académie to the east, while creating a green light-filled atrium that forms the social and environmental heart of the building. The historic Belval blast furnace forms the central focus of the vista from the atrium, forming a unique environment with a distinct sense of place.
Fosters partner Darron Haylock said “The challenge for us was to create a building that was open and flexible – responding to the contemporary patterns of work in today’s organisations – while also respecting the site’s industrial heritage. Focusing on aspects that create attractive places for people to work, it offers new office spaces that promote collaboration and wellbeing.” The building is arranged as two wings which enclose the central atrium. The entire volume is wrapped by a distinctive orthogonal façade and roof which emphasizes the efficient structural grid and gives the building a unified industrial look. The entrances are recessed at both ends, with the façade across the entrances articulated differently in response to the urban street and civic plaza.
The fluidity of the internal spaces contrasts with the building’s formal exterior. The atrium resolves the level changes between the street and the plaza through a series of stepped terraces that create a spectacular arrival sequence. The expressed circulation along the internal edges of the atrium adds to the vibrancy of the internal spaces, with communal terraces for informal meetings and break out spaces at higher levels overlooking the central volume.
“The atrium is the social heart of the building. With a central spine that winds through the spaces and green terraces overlooking it at different levels, it creates an attractive and dynamic atmosphere for people to work in,” added Haylock.
The façade offers glimpses of the interior greens spaces through a series of punched volumes that intersect the gridded structure at key points. The façade is both structural and environmentally responsive, providing an integrated solution which allows for internal column-free office spaces as well as solar shading and maximised internal daylight. As part of the larger cityscape, the building edge along Porte de France can accommodate shops and bank outlets while Place de l’Académie is complemented by cafés and restaurants on the ground floor.