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

The Spiral The Spiral

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Elytra Filament Pavilion Elytra Filament Pavilion

Achim Menges, Moritz Dörstelmann

Knoll Houston Offices and Showroom Knoll Houston Offices and Showroom

Architecture Research Office (ARO)

Arnhem Station Arnhem Station

UNStudio

The Cube, Beirut The Cube, Beirut

Orange Architects

City Market at O City Market at O

Shalom Baranes Associates Architects

Forest City Forest City

LSM Studio

1200 17th Street NW 1200 17th Street NW

ZGF Architects

Zoh Laguna Zoh Laguna

Escobedo Solíz Studio

Mi Casita Mi Casita

KUBE Architecture

Mextropoli Mextropoli

Escobedo Solíz Studio

Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Gottlieb Paludan Architects

ZAC Rive Gauche ZAC Rive Gauche

SeArch, Atelier Phileas, LA Architectures

Wasp House Wasp House

Tropical Space Co.

CKK Jordanki CKK Jordanki

Fernando Menis Architecture

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