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Solar Structures

World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung Taiwan by Toyo Ito Getty Images

World Games Stadium

Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, the stadium consists of approximately 8 844 solar panels on a surface area of 14 155m2 intergrated into the roof construction. The form which emulates that of a flowing river, depending on the sunshine, can cover 75 % of the energy needs. On days when nocompetitions will take place, the electricity generated is fed into the grid. more

 

Solar Ark

An impressive 630 kW solar-collecting building that boasts over 5,000 solar panels and kicks off over 500,000 kWh of energy per year. Even more outstanding is the fact that most of the monocrystalline modules used on the Solar Ark were factory rejects headed to the scrap pile. Located next to Sanyo’s semiconductor factory in Gifu, Japan, the Solar Ark stands as one of the best examples of building integrated PV design to date.

The strange thing is that the Solar Ark was born out of a big mistake. Several years ago Sanyo announced an ambitious undertaking. The company wanted to make the largest PV system in the world, a 3.4 MW installation to mark its 50th anniversary. They would use their very best technology, a hybrid system of crystal silicon and thin-film amorphous silicon with 14-15% efficiency. more ivcs

 

Solar City Tower

Solar Tower for the 2016 Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro

The challenge was to design a vertical structure on the island of Cotonduba that in addition to serving as an observation tower would become a symbol of welcome to newcomers in Rio either by sea or by air once it has been host city of 2016 Olympic Games. 

Designed by RAFA firm headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, it is called "Solar City Tower", this structure was chosen in response to the initial proposal and it has the potential to generate enough energy not only for the Olympic city, but also for part of the.. more

New Product Showcase


 
 
Vitrosca
The world's slimmest sightlines.  The patented Invisible Wall system speaks for itself. No other system compares.

Dynamic Architectural Doors
When an architect first finds out about Dynamic steel hinged doors, there is usually an audible sigh of relief.

Victor Stanley
The new AP-22 from our Anthro Sites™ collection features a genuine Ipe wood slat surface. It is enormously versatile.

Balco
Pre-engineered and custom architectural building components offering worldwide service. 

Varco Pruden International
A world leader in providing innovative pre-engineered steel building systems and components.

Real Carriage Door
Each Real Carriage Door is handcrafted from solid wood, true mortise and tenon joinery using old world methods. 

Allied Molded Products
Provider of quality architectural planters, recycling and waste receptacles.

Acoustics First
Sonex anechoic wedge foam for the professional audio community-an instant solution to acoustical problems. 

Metl-Span
A recognized leader in insulated metal panel technology, serving Architectural, Commercial and Industrial projects.

DKS DoorKing
A leading manufacturers of perimeter management and access control systems.
Dumor
DuMor designs stylish and functional site furnishings for parks and common areas across the country.

Eco-Wares
Environmentally safe residential, commercial and industrial building and maintenance supplies.
Accuride
Most extensive range of slide products, Accuride is sure to have a movement solution for your design.

Battic Door
Manufacturers of Green Weatherization Home Energy Conservation Draft Stopper Products.

Innovative Glass Corp.
eGlass – The Switchable Glass Solution Offering Instant Privacy on Demand.   

Innovators - a look back

 

Mark Singer
(1948-2015)
“There’s nothing more enthralling than the sound of a stream,”

A widely respected and passionate architect whose bold, contemporary designs helped to modernize the look of

 

 

Bhansali Residence

this seaside town and the broader Orange County coastline. Singer designed and built hundreds of custom homes, commercial properties, restaurants and art galleries in a more than 30-year career. more latimes

 

Nek Chand  
(1924-2015)

“I regard myself neither as an artist, nor as a craftsman… I am completely insignificant.”

Nek Chand was the creator of the extraordinary Rock Garden of Chandigarh, a 25-acre environment

 

in northern India that contains more than2,000 statues. A combination of sculpture, architecture and visionary landscape, the garden takes the form of a series of chambers and courtyards, with winding walkways suddenly opening out to large vistas and high waterfalls. more

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