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Wanderwall, North Carolina 2019 design innovation report: Super labs, dream cabins, office boardwalks, façades as art

Wanderwall is one of the largest public art pieces in North Carolina. Designed by Marc Fornes/Theverymany, it reimagines an exterior wall of the Stonewell Station parking garage along Interstate 277 in Charlotte (more below). Photo: NAARO


June 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

9 projects that push the limits of architectural design, space planning, and material innovation....

June 21, 2018 | BD+C Staff

Does bringing nature inside really help improve the well-being of occupants? Will Katerra’s busin...

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the 17,000-sf R.W. Kern Center

The design of the 17,000-sf R.W. Kern Center—whose function on the campus of Hampshire College includes admissions and greeting guests—strives to integrate the building into its surroundings through the use of locally sourced materials, full-glass walls, and positioning the building for maximum exposure to the outdoors. Planters that rim the indoor periphery of one wing of the building are irrigated by its grey water. Robert Benson Photography.

June 19, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Bringing nature inside to improve the well-being of occupants has become a design imperative.

The three-building Athletes Village at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis

The three-building Athletes Village at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis is designed to reinforce the incoming student-athlete’s perception of the school’s sports as well as his or her place in that program. The facility’s Land O’ Lakes Center For Excellence and Gameday Experience room broadcasts digital content of the Gophers’ team highlights from a dozen customizable projectors with a total of more than 23 million pixels. The 340,000-sf facility’s “experiences” were created by Advent, the experiential design firm.

June 18, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

These sports and recreation facilities go beyond glitzy buildings to tell a school’s story and re...

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Lake Flato Porch

San Antonio-based design firm Lake|Flato finally found a design-build partner in Katerra to refine and execute its Porch House concept, a system of modules with floor-to-ceiling windows and connecting porches that link the single-family structure to the outdoors. Over the years, Lake|Flato has tried various delivery methods for these houses, which typically range from 1,500 sf to 2,500 sf, including factory assembly components and site-built construction. Courtesy Lake|Flato

June 15, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Katerra strives to become a leading design-build firm with an integrated approach to production,...

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