2007 R+D Awards

First Annual R + D Awards

First Annual R + D Awards

It is all too easy, when looking at a finished project, product, or building, to forget that it took a massive effort to reach that point of refined completion.

LOOM founder Ralph Nelson was one of the primary investigators on the research project that developed 12 unique patterns and profiles for the concrete masonry unit.

12 Blocks

The Challenge: How can the standard concrete masonry unit be re-examined, renewed, and ultimately improved?

Led by Frano Violich and Sheila Kenned, the project team conducted research on the properties and capabilities of photovoltaic (PV) cells.looking at how soft PV cells can be woven into a malleable fabric.

Soft House

Kennedy & Violich Architecture took a radical first step in designing the Soft House, replacing many of the hard wall surfaces of a standard prefabricated house with movable curtains that contain embedded nanotechnology and thin-film photovoltaics.

The Riddled Furniture series was designed for manufacture by the Italian furniture company Horm by Nick Gelpi and Steven Holl of Steven Holl Architects.

Riddled Furniture

The concept of porosity has been a favorite point of exploration in the buildings of Steven Holl Architects, so applying that concept at the scale of furniture seems like a natural progression for the firm.

James Timberlake and Stephen Kieran lead a practice that has conducted a research study into active façades over a series of projects.

Lightweight Facade Systems

KieranTimberlake Associates has developed a strategy to achieve high performance in lightweight facade systems.

The design team at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects was led by Peter van der Meulen, John Breshears, and Mark Perepelitza (left to right).

Atrium Daylight Control System

The Challenge: What kind of system would allow light into an atrium, without casting glare on adjacent work spaces, at the new EPA regional headquarters in Denver?

Projects

Albert and Edith Adelman Residence RestorationAlbert and Edith Adelman Residence Restoration

The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc.

Clover HouseClover House

MAD Architects

Hunters Point Community LibraryHunters Point Community Library

Steven Holl Architects

Chambre de Métiers et de l’ArtisanatChambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat

KAAN Architecten, PRANLAS-DESCOURS Architect & Associates

COTE Top Ten Students: Verdant CityCOTE Top Ten Students: Verdant City

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Country EstateCountry Estate

Roger Ferris + Partners

PterodactylPterodactyl

Culver City, Calif. Eric Owen Moss Architects.

Elizabeth IIElizabeth II

Bates Masi + Architects

Esfera City CenterEsfera City Center

Zaha Hadid Architects

Staab ResidenceStaab Residence

Chen + Suchart Studio

Gammel Hellerup Sports & Arts ExpansionGammel Hellerup Sports & Arts Expansion

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

East HouseEast House

Peter Rose + Partners

National Center for Civil and Human RightsNational Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta. The Freelon Group and HOK.

Family RetreatFamily Retreat

Salmela Architect

Pleated HousePleated House

Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Nhow Amsterdam RAINhow Amsterdam RAI

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

New Central LibraryNew Central Library

Architectus, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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