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

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mullins Complex Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mullins Complex

Michael Winstanley Architects and Planners

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Horticulture Center Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Horticulture Center

De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Green Residence Green Residence

De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Dubai Creek Harbor Tower Dubai Creek Harbor Tower

Santiago Calatrava

Palau Blaugrana Palau Blaugrana

HOK, TAC Arquitectes

See-Through House See-Through House

Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Next Tokyo 2045 Next Tokyo 2045

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

National Arts Centre National Arts Centre

Diamond Schmitt Architects

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

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