Metal can be perforated, woven, etched, wrapped, and hung to create elaborate facades that bridge two worlds between art and architecture. From ornate, custom facades to striking sculptures, the material blends elements of design and functionality seamlessly.
Seven buildings surround a sprawling courtyard in the historic heart of Berlin at the Potsdamer Platz. The most impressive out of the cluster of office centers is the central plaza canopied by a towering tent structure made from glass and steel. German-American architect, Helmut Jahn of Murphy-Jahn Architects, designed the reconstruction project that won the original design competition. Also, notably, consulting with the architects was the world-renowned multi-disciplinary engineering firm, Arup.
Arup is a multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm headquartered in London. Ove Arup, a Danish British engineer whose influences include, Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement, founded the company. Arup has participated in projects in over 160 countries and operates in 92 offices around the world. Among those projects is the Sydney Opera House, which is credited with launching Arup into premier engineering consultancy status.
A luxury resort in Bowling Green, Florida, The Streamsong Resort claims an ancient history as the foundation for its design inspiration. Prehistoric creatures once roamed the county creating deeply layered sediment and massive rock deposits in their wake. The small Florida County even earned the nickname, “bone valley.” With such rich history, architect Alberto Alfonso took care to incorporate each historical detail of the landscape through initial paintings and sketches. It is within this process that Alfonso explored shapes, scale and light when creating his layered resort.