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Studio Gang’s Solar Carve tower meets the sun with sculpted glass
9th International Tall Buildings Conference, Milan
We sponsored the 9th International Tall Buildings Conference, which took place in Milan on Tuesday 25th June.
According to Aldo Norsa, formerly a tenured professor at the Università Iuav of Venice:
“A cross-sector theme that has emerged is the buildings’ contribution to the renewal of cities, encouraging regeneration of denser and more problematic residential areas. The problems come from forms of contamination spreading where endless urban built-up areas are paired with architecture growing vertically. They fail to integrate with the environment, to relate to one another. Instead, to develop a relationship between urban morphology and building typology (tall) it is possible to give the latter an iconic value with added insertion value. Thus, to relate to its context with less self-referential architectural shapes which capture the differences between places connecting modern technical know-how through a functional and typological change that resolves any kind of complex problem. This means for building vertically to become a paradigm of modernity, stimulating for the three attributes that most characterise it: effectiveness/efficiency, a relationship with mobility and to not waste surface space.
Among the most thought-provoking considerations, developed at the Università Iuav di Venezia in partnership with the CTBUH, is the “time challenge”, because the height race (much more frenetic in developing Countries) shines a light on the overwhelming problem of demolition. A CTBUH study on a hundred tall buildings so far demolished across the globe shows that only two were taken down because of structural obsolescence while the main cause appears to be dilapidation, especially in terms of functionality. […] Finally, during the nine “Tall Buildings” conferences, to complete the themes of architectural design, specific technological aspects are also tackled, including the above-mentioned “time challenge”, discussed in terms of a cost analysis of the entire lifecycle, aware of the fact that functional obsolescence is much faster than technological and requires solutions where architecture and engineering are in close dialogue.”
Focchi Group about BIM (Building Information Modeling)
BIM is neither a product nor software but an actual shared “building information container” in which data about every part of the building — physical and functional characteristics — are inserted since its earliest conception.
It comes from a need for creating a fluid collaboration between all disciplines (design team, main contractor and subcontractor), software interoperability, process integration and sustainability. Indeed, it is a collaborative design process as it allows the integration of all useful information into only one model in every design phase. All relevant data about the building can be extracted, exchanged or networked and everyone involved in the project can easily and effectively visualize, analyze, and communicate problems in the sequential, spatial, and temporal aspects of the construction progress.
– BIM offers more efficiency, productivity and interoperability. The whole system is designed to reduce information losses, discrepancies and costs while creating maximum information sharing and accurate control over the project. It prevents errors by enabling conflict or ‘clash detection’ whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building may wrongly intersect.
– BIM is a perfect facilities management database as it provides a rich description of building elements, engineering services, geometry, relationships and property capabilities.
– BIM enables for design and documentation to be done concurrently instead of serially because all work communications are created dynamically while work is processing.
– Waste can be minimized on-site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stock-pilled on-site.
– BIM can help to increase sustainability. It allows architects and engineers to integrate and analyse environmental issues in their design over the life cycle of the building.
Our BIM projects: Libeskind Tower, Battersea Power Station Phase II, 12 New Fetter Lane, 4 Kingdom Street, 70 St. Mary Axe, 245 Hammersmith Road, 145 City Road, 100 Liverpool Street, 80 Fenchurch Street and 11 – 21 Canal Reach.
Focchi Group welcomed Graham Stuart MP – Minister For Trade
Minister Graham Stuart has recently visited Battersea Power Station in order to meet foreign companies involved in the regeneration project.
He was accompanied by Focchi Team who showed him the work they are doing for Phase II of the restoration.
Libeskind Tower, CityLife Milan
Timelapse CityLife – Piazza Tre Torri
A photo gallery showing the work in progress at the construction site of Libeskind Tower: from the visual mock-up design, the visit of Daniel Libeskind at our Headquarters to the curtain wall installation.
Innovation and European Research: Focchi Group expertise for Eensulate and Deep Renovation Joint Workshop
The Eensulate project‘s consortium met for its General Assembly in the Hotel Cardinal St. Peter in Rome on October 4th. The Eensulate project funded by Horizon 2020 programme has the purpose to develop innovative lightweight and highly insulating energy efficient components for cost-effective retrofitting and new construction of curtain wall facades.
Within the project, Focchi, as facade manufacturer, is responsible for the development of the system design and the manifacturing for the test in the demo buildings.
After the Eensulate 2-day assembly, Focchi team attended the Deep Renovation Joint Workshop, which took place in the Hotel Cardinal St Peter in Rome, Italy on October 5th.
Hosted by P2ENDURE-H2020 project, organized in conjunction with ENVISION and EENSULATE projects, the workshop brought together stakeholders – decision makers, implementers, users – in the field of deep retrofitting solutions. The objective of the worskhop has been to raise awareness on the most innovative building renovation and energy saving solutions.
Focchi team attended the General Assembly and Deep Renovation workshop with Oscar Casadei – R&D Director, Sara Magnani – Researcher – and Alessandro Pracucci – Project manager.
Dollar Bay, London – Project detailing video
Enjoy our latest project detailing video!
Focchi Group: from the tallest tower in Italy to the New York skyline
Enjoy this article on the first Domus’ in-depth editorial of the “Tall Buildings” conference.
Focchi Group at Fuorisalone in Milan
Milan Design Week, Interni “House In Motion“ exhibition. Open 10am-10pm daily, 16-28 April 2018
Università degli Studi di Milano – Ca’ Granda ex Ospedale Maggiore, Milan
Stanton Williams’ pavilion interprets the Interni exhibition theme House in Motion by giving physical form to the idea of movement through space. Space and movement combine to form a work of choreographic architecture. A spiral pathway is spatially compressed and released as it winds into the centre of the pavilion. Here, at the focal point, the ‘baldacchino’ – a canopy of light – hovers over a horizontal plane that suggests rest and contemplation. The pavilion floats above the ground surface to reinforce its abstract and poetic nature. Interlocking forms define the captured spaces. Blackened steel is used throughout to reinforce the pavilion’s sculptural qualities.
The engineering, manufacturing and installation of the pavilion is by Focchi Group with lighting provided by iGuzzini.
Dance Performance: Study of Body in Space
In a dance and music work inspired by the dynamic ebb and flow of the Pavilion, a solitary dancer challenges his body’s relationship with space and forges new connections and pathways with the architecture around him in a reactive and ever-shifting state.
Performance dates: 16 & 17 April 2018 – times: 6, 7 & 8pm
Duration: 10 minutes
Choreography: Thea Stanton
Dancer: Joe Garbett
Music: Cameron Graham
Dollar Bay makes some noise again winning further accolades!
During the London Planning Awards, the London First conferred the Best New Iconic Building title and Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning upon Dollar Bay.
These are just the latest accolades, among the seven ones below listed, the project has won in the last two years.
2017 London Evening Standard New Homes Award: Home or Development of Outstanding Architectural Merit – Winner
2017 London Design Award, Residential Constructed – Gold Winner
2017 WhatHouse? – Best Luxury Development – Gold Winner
2017 WhatHouse? – Best Interior Design (Penthouse) – Gold Winner
2017 BALI National Landscape Awards – Hard Landscaping – Winner
Furthermore, the project is also shortlisted for a World Architecture News (WAN) Tall Building Award; the winner will be announced on 28 February 2018.
We are excited and proud to have contributed to the project with our façade systems.