There are many aspects to consider when designing a building – from the structural system and performance to the aesthetics and sustainability. Clearly the build cost plays a crucial part in the decision-making process – but does the lowest cost option really offer the best value?
Designed and created by Danish architecture firm 3XN, the Royal Arena project in the historic city of Copenhagen opened earlier this year and has since been awarded the ‘Jury Winner’ in the Sport and Recreation category at this year’s Architizer A+.
It’s a given that fossil fuels are a finite resource and it’s only a matter of time before they run out. The problem is buildings use a lot of energy, so planning for the future has never been more important.
With urbanisation predicted to reach 66% of the world’s population by 2050, the rise of the megacity and the emergence of smart, interconnected infrastructure, the role of the construction sector has never been more crucial in delivering the landscape of the future.
With the WELL building standard and global sustainability standard BREEAM streamlining and greatly simplifying the process of obtaining both a certified BREEAM and a WELL rating, this is great news for companies already on a path towards sustainability and planning on a people-centric approach towards their developments. Darren Evans explains further.
Spanish-Swiss Architect, Santiago Calatrava, has received the MIPIM Award for ‘Best Innovative Green Building’ for the design of Rio de Janeiro’s most-visited science museum, the Museum of Tomorrow. Here, FC&A celebrates this accolade with a tribute to Santiago Calatrava’s Neo-futuristic, green design.
The many benefits of incorporating Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) into new projects should make them an unmissable opportunity for architects and specifiers keen to design attractive developments in well-landscaped settings. Mark Goodger, Regional Technical Manager at Hydro International, explains more.
Sarah Evans, Head of Channel Marketing at Hansgrohe UK, explains why the company believes the key to a successful project is to consider lifetime costs.
The Lariza Building in Tres Cantos, Madrid, recently underwent a refurbishment that brought the 1970s build into the 21st century.
Developer Bloor Homes has opted for a centralised LPG supply from Flogas to power its brand-new, off-grid housing development in Suffolk. Not only does the new miniature LPG grid deliver instant and reliable gas to residents, but it also helps ensure the development meets the minimum new-build efficiency requirements outlined in Building Regulations.