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  • Owners of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto wanted the recent $52 million expansion to transform the complex into an outdoor shopping environment. However, they wanted that outdoor environment inside, under a barrel-vaulted, all-glass roof.Designers from Toronto-based MMC International Architects took on the challenge to create a point-supported glass roof without heavy steel supports...
  • Architects of the new Bronx Library Center in New York City chose to use glass to make the building stand out in a neighborhood of brick apartments and shops. The glazed building sends a welcoming message, says Daniel Heuberger, project designer from Dattner Architects & Partners in Manhattan.“The main design concern of the library was to make it appear open and accessible,”...
  • The limited but strategic use of glass on the six-story, $80 million Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville makes it one of the nicest spaces in the city, says Peter Scaglione, an associate partner with design firm Beyer Blinder Belle of New York City.“Because it’s a museum, there isn’t glass throughout much of the building,” Scaglione says. “But we used glass to dramatic...
  • The economic savings from the building’s green design and the benefits of an improved learning environment quickly make up for the initial investment ofDespite the $18 million price tag on the new Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, Ky., school district officials say.Designers relied heavily on natural daylighting solutions in the building, which is up for Leadership in Energy &...
  • The newest addition to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta is best described as “the ark,” a glazed hull-shaped structure that serves as the front door to the Georgia Aquarium.“We looked at ship hulls and we looked at forms of large fish and whales, the imagery of the sea,” says Gary Fowler, principal for project architect Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates of...
  • Cielo, meaning sky in Spanish, is a fitting name for New York City developer JD Carlisle’s new luxury condominium in Manhattan. Located in the Upper East Side, the 27-story building soars above the neighboring structures and offers “beautiful views” to residents through their floor-to-ceiling windows, says Peter Fuchs, project manager for Wausau Window and Wall Systems of Wausau...
  • Members of the Toronto Catholic District School Board wanted natural light to flood the gymnasium of the Loretto College School. Designers from Scott Morris Architects Inc. in Toronto fulfilled this requirement for the local private girls’ secondary school with a two-story, west-facing glass curtain wall lining the side of the gym.That solution, involving 3,271 square feet of glass, created...
  • The architect’s decision to look beyond traditional glazing to naturally illuminate the Westwood Branch Library in Los Angeles presented a welcoming challenge for glaziers from Harris Glass Co. in Bell, Calif.Designers from Steven Ehrlich Architects in Culver City, Calif., chose two types of tempered channel glass from Bendheim Wall Systems, with western offices in Oakland, Calif.“It...
  • Aluminum and glass combine in the $35 million facility for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage. The renovation modernizes the image of API to mirror prevailing treatments, maximize openness and ensure security.“The building program of the old API building reflects psychiatric treatment philosophy that is nearly a half-century old,” says Ken Burkhart, project architect from...
  • A 40-foot-high storefront of about 100 lites of colored glass and striking columns of aluminum composite greets movie-goers at the new CinéArts theater in San Jose.Completed in August 2004, the $6.5 million, six-screen movie theater becomes one of the first entertainment complexes in the Santana Row development of the city, says Kevin Bernard, project manager from Russell Davis Architects...
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