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domingo, 16 de novembro de 2014

Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Winning the first Finlandia Prize is the latest achievement for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, designed by Finnish firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. The Finlandia Prize for Architecture is awarded to a design or renovation of an outstanding new building or complex completed within the past three years. The prize also recognizes Finnish architects and firms for a project built within Finland or abroad.
After Lahdelma & Mahlamäki won the international competition in 2005, the museum -- which is located in a World War II-era ghetto -- was completed in 2013 and then recently opened its main exhibition on October 29, 2014. (...)

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quarta-feira, 5 de novembro de 2014

Siemens’s Lean Efficiency

With its pale geometric fins, suspended spiral staircases, and long facades, Siemens’s new Middle East headquarters in Masdar City is an ode to the architecture of efficiency. It is also a sign that Masdar, billed as the world’s first carbon neutral city in 2006, might finally be becoming more than just a visionary idea.
Originally conceived by Foster + Partners to stand on a podium above a network of driverless cars, Masdar had to revise its plans after the financial crash of 2008. Post recession, the city has dropped its zero carbon and waste taglines, and is a leaner and more pragmatic beast. Siemens’s building, designed by U.K. architects Sheppard Robson, is the first LEED Platinum–certified office building in the emirate. An eloquent expression of Masdar’s pared-down but pioneering ambitions, the structure offers an impressive 46 percent in energy savings (as per the Ashrae benchmark), a 50 percent reduction in water demand, and a 65 percent reduction in energy demand—all for the cost of a high-quality office building in Abu Dhabi. (...)

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