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Architectural Precedents

We established ourselves in the architectural world and we often see work that we find interesting, so we thought we would share it. Below you can find our architecture blog which links to current articles relevant to the architectural industry.


High quality renders and more details of Apples new Cupertino Campus

The complete proposals for Apples new futuristic campus have been published by the City of Cupertino.

From the original article: 

There are a lot of interesting new aspects that nobody has seen yet, such as a the mysterious "research facilities" separated from the main building and an underground auditorium.

My guess is that the independent research facility would be the top secret, high security base for Ive's design ninjas and the top engineering SpecOps.

In fact, apart from being pretty and designed to ease the life of employees, the whole Apple Campus 2 seems to be focused on security. It's one of its main objectives:

Create a physically unified campus community that respects Apple's security needs (in part through perimeter protection).

The project overview also mentions security, along with "ease of use":

Apple proposes to create Apple Campus 2—an integrated 21st century campus surrounded by green space. This new development will provide a serene and secure environment reflecting Apple's values of innovation, ease of use and beauty. The state-of-the-art office, research and development facilities include strategies to minimize energy demand, reduce car travel and increase the use of reclaimed.

Check out the new high quality images below:

Arial view render:


Arial View Render 2:


Render 3:


Render 4:


Render 5:


Render 6:


Render 7:


The 'Research Facilities' are not connected to the main building:


The Tech Specs:


Access Paths & Pavements:


Sattelite plan view of the installations:


The new auditorium is mostly underground, connected to the main building through a tunnel:


Another floor of the auditorium:


A cross section of the auditorium:


Elevation renderings of the main building:

Plans showing the main areas distribution in the building:


Techincal blueprints:


Parking space under the main building:


An elevation of the company spa:


Street views 1:


Street Views 2:



Street Views 3:


The before and after:


An image showing the significant increase in foliage:


This plan shows the different types of trees that are going to be used around and inside the building:

 Source: Gizmodo


Architectural design flaw at Vegas hotel causes 'Death Ray' that burns tourists

This story might be a little dated, but it's been burning a hole in my bookmarks bar for a while so I thought I may as well post it.

Guests at the Vdara hotel in Las Vegas were a bit hot under the collar last autumn after being burnt due to an architectural design flaw regarding glass on the skyscraper. The curved mirrored surface of the hotel acts as huge parabolic reflector that magnifies the sun's rays onto the pool area creating a beam of light concentrated enough to melt plastic bags, drink cups, hair, skin and probably water wings too.

Apparently, designers foresaw the issue, and thought they had solved it by installing a high-tech film on the south-facing glass panes, according to Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Resorts International, which owns Vdara. The film scatters more than 70 percent of reflected rays. But that's not enough, Absher acknowledged, as some pool guests are still uncomfortable.

To the right you can see the destructive nature of this death ray with the remenants of a plastic newspaper bag as an example. No bag is safe.

Originally it was thought that the problem would be very tough to rectify because as the Earth spins, the sun moves across the horizon. But as the seasons change, the angle of the Earth to the sun changes too, meaning shadows – and in this case the hot spot – move in a different way. Putting in one row of thick umbrellas wouldn't solve the problem because each day they would have to be a few feet back or a few feet forward from their prior day's position.

However when spring rolled around this year it turns out they did just that and put umbrellas all over the pool area. Innovative stuff, good work MGM.


Credits and further reading: ABC News - With Video, Amusing Planet, Weekly Seven


Apple unveils proposal for futuristic new curved glass campus in Cupertino

A slightly gaunt looking Steve Jobs made a presentation to the Cupertino City Council this week, putting forward a proposal for a futuristic new campus to accomodate 12,000 employees - all in one building.


The building based in Silicone Valley is scheduled to be completed by 2015 and will be formed by huge pieces of curved glass. It will also transform the surrounding landscape increasing the landscaped areas from just 20% to a staggering 80%.


Jobs also wants the building to function as its own power source with an 'energy center' built on site to be used for its primary source of power “with natural gas and other ways that are cleaner and cheaper”, only using the main grid as a backup.


‘We do have a shot at building the best office building in the world. I really do think architecture students will come here to see this.'
Steve Jobs, CEO

Key facts about the new Apple campus:

  • Design will include a courtyard in the middle and curved glass all the way around.
  • Jobs is planning on transforming an area that’s 20% landscaping to 80% landscaping by putting most of the building’s parking underground.
  • There are 3,700 trees in the area at the moment, Jobs has hired an arborist from Stanford to take the area up to 6,000 trees.
  • The plan is to build a four-story high building and four-story parking structure.
  • The campus will incude an energy center, and natural gas will be the primary source of power, using the grid as backup.
  • There will be an auditorium, fitness center and some R & D buildings.
  • Jobs plans a 40% increase in Apple employees going from 9,500 today to 13, 000 in 2015.
  • He wants to increase the campus’ space 20% from 2.6 million to 3.1 million square feet.
  • Landscaping will increase 60% from 3,700 to 6,000.
  • Surface parking will decrease 90% from 9,800 to 1,200 .
  • The building footprint will decrease 30% from 1.4 million to 1 million.
  • Cafeterias will fit 3,000 people at a sitting.
  • The whole building will be designed with the utmost concern for employee safety.
  • Apple currently has 20 buses running on bio-diesel fuel for its employees and Jobs thinks that system will work well with the new campus.
  • The plan for the new design will submitted asap. Jobs hopes to break ground next year and eventually move in 2015.

View the entire presentation recorded at the Cupertino City Council meeting on June 7th 2011 below.

Read more at Techrunch, Daily Mail


Brockholes Nature Reserve by Adam Khan

Adam Khan's new floating 'village' has achieved a first - a BREAM outstanding rating, whilst retaining a strong sense of identity and place. This contextual, floating building is an exciting glimpse of what architects can do when given challenging briefs. To find out more click here.


Pick a line and see what it leads to...

One sheet of 2440x1220 architecture student's university chair and a table, or bench and a shelf, or a bed, bedside table and clothes creative approach to a university project. No doubt Ikea will pick this one up! Click here to read the original article.