Breaking out of the box: Pirbright Institute’s radical approach to biocontainment facility design

Warm materials, splashes of color, pleasing proportions, and lively design elements combine to create an informal, nonscientific aesthetic for the facility. The lab wings are clad in Siberian larch timber articulated by punched windows with colorful surrounds. Photo: © Dan Schwalm, courtesy HDR Architecture

Public Health Labs | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The novel scheme turns the typical containment lab building inside out, placing the high-containment spaces at the perimeter to provide researchers with daylight and views.

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October 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The retractable roof, which measures a whopping 1,017-feet across, is made from translucent ETFE plastic panels supported with metal rigging that a...

October 20, 2014 | The University of Utah
The five-story, 148,000-sf building is designed to function like a student union for entrepreneurs and innovators, with a 20,000-sf “garage” that...
October 20, 2014 | RIBA

The new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for the best building of the year. Now in it...

Morton Buildings is the national leader in custom post-frame construction. With an expansive network of resources and an ongoing commitment to innovation within the industry, Morton has earned its reputation that has lasted for generations.

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October 20, 2014 | Green Building Initiative

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) hailed a new US Department of Energy ruling. On October 10, 2014, the US Department of Energy issued a final ru...

October 20, 2014 | SmithGroupJJR

Designed by SmithGroupJJR and Gallagher & Associates, renovated center shows public its unique role as office, stage, museum, park, and home....

October 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

In the design, the ends of the bridge are pulled upward to form an "X" shape. It allows ample room for add-ons such as a cafe and performance space...

The Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikimedia Commo

The Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The least energy efficient multifamily property may be spending $165,000 more in annual energy costs than a similar property operating the most eff...

Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse, Denver. Photo: courtesy GSA

Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse, Denver. Photo: courtesy GSA

October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED Silver may be used, and in some instances, the Green Globes program may be substituted, according to a new regulation by the U.S. Department o...

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 includes tripling the amount of solar power generated from city-owned buildings...

Photo: Lance Cpl. Casey Jones, United States Marine Corps via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Lance Cpl. Casey Jones, United States Marine Corps via Wikimedia Commons

October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Among the challenges the armed forces may face is rising sea levels that could put Navy docks and other installations under water in places like No...

Images courtesy Federico Babina

Images courtesy Federico Babina

October 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Graphic designer Federico Babina has made a name for himself when it comes to art inspired...

Renderings: courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

Renderings: courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

October 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects won Frederikssung municipality’s architecture competition for a regional train station in the planned city of...

October 16, 2014 |

Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple in solidarity against bullying, whi...

Photo: Conrad Nutschan via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Conrad Nutschan via Wikimedia Commons

October 16, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Public libraries will avoid being relegated to the scrap heap of history in a digital age as long as they continue to serve as platforms for learni...

Photos by Daniel Bche via The Creators Project

Photos by Daniel Bche via The Creators Project

October 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Lichtgrenze (or Border of Light), makes for a colossal art installation dividing Berlin back to East and West. Eight thousand LE...

October 16, 2014 | Rocky Mountain Institute

Encompassing the Rocky Mountain Institute’s 32 years of innovation, the new 15,610 square-foot facility will exhibit the principles of integrative...

The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e

The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to extra scrutiny during the design and construction

October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and household products, 50 found in the indoor environ...

Effective, fun fire-rated egress stairwell. Photo: TGP

Effective, fun fire-rated egress stairwell. Photo: TGP

October 16, 2014 | Technical Glass Products Sponsored Content

Among the building elements contributing to the success of the elementary school’s public learning areas is a fire-rated stairwell that supports th...

October 16, 2014 | USGBC

To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the...

Photo: Don McCullough via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Don McCullough via Wikimedia Commons

October 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Labour announced that they will start using drones to help inspectors record when construction sites are brea...

Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s dean, Mohsen Mostafavi, describes as a “rapidly urba...

Renderings courtesy Curbed

Renderings courtesy Curbed

October 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Yet another High Line-esque project has been proposed, this time in Queens. A blueprint has been developed for a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned rail...

October 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Canopy by Hilton brand will feature the personality of nearby neighborhoods, using locally sourced food and art, and incorporate the latest tec...

Renderings courtesy Macklowe Properties

Rendering courtesy Macklowe PropertiesRenderings courtesy Macklowe Properties

October 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Concrete has been poured for the final floors of the residential high-rise at 432 Park Avenue in New York City, making it the city’s second-tallest...

Immersive cooling systems use a liquid instead of air to cool the servers. The b

Immersive cooling systems use a liquid instead of air to cool the servers. The basic idea is to submerge the motherboards in tan

October 15, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

A new technology promises to push the limits of data center energy efficiency by using liquid instead of air to cool the servers.

Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd

Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidden deterioration conditions. A seemingly impervi

October 14, 2014 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS failures and how to prevent them; and EIFS and susta...

October 14, 2014 | Erin L. Aichler & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This course provides step-by-step prescriptive advice to architects, engineers, and contractors on when it makes sense to repair or rehabilitate ex...

October 14, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The TED talks, none of which are longer than 20 minutes, feature speakers such as architect Moshe Safdie, Rio de Janeiro Major Eduardo Paes, and an...

October 14, 2014 | USGBC
This year’s Leadership Award recipients include Christine Ervin, David Orr, Jim DeCesare, Lloyd Alter, Tom Paladino, The Near Westside Initiative...
October 14, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Taiwan will soon have its first Richard Meier building, a 535-foot apartment tower in Taichung City, the country’s third-largest city.

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