In most buildings the façade or its ‘face’ is the outward visual appearance or expression of a building. It forms the most significant manifestation of the building’s ‘architecture’ to the outside world. However the façade must also perform a number of important roles for the actual occupants and owners of the building. Large high profile buildings and their facades increasingly must contribute positively towards more global issues such as long term sustainability and energy use.
Wilkinson Eyre / ArupSoftware and Solution
This new terminal is arguably the largest and most advanced airport building in the world – a celebration of aviation and poetry in flight. With its dragon-like form and traditional Chinese colors and symbols, it has become an awe-inspiring gateway to Beijing.
Foster and Partners, and ArupSoftware and Solution
The building, a twisting 46-storey tower that is due for completion in the summer 2011, will serve as a prominent entryway into the Moscow-City district occupying its southeastern plot, which connects to a completed pedestrian bridge. City Palace will contain about 1.8 million square feet of space, divided evenly between retail, administrative, and office functions, with a parking lot planned on three underground levels.
RMJMSoftware and Solution
This 66-story building is composed of two main towers that unite to form an arch, symbolizing a gateway. The arch is an important symbol in Suzhou, where the 2,500-year-old Pan Gate also calls home. The Gate of the Orient is its modern equivalent. The simple geometry and vivid design are the prefect symbol of China, marking the country as the forefront of development in the Far East.
RMJM & Shanghai Construction GroupSoftware and Solution
The Daejeon Stadium is unique in that it is the only one of the World Cup stadia, and indeed the first stadium in Korea to feature a movable roof. As such, it aims to be a host to sporting events in all weathers. The 40,407-seat Stadium is equipped with the state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities and communication facilities for use in a variety of sporting and concert-type events, or any kind of large scale of gathering.
YOOSHIN Architects & EngineersSoftware and Solution
Yantai University Gymnasium is a majestically engineered, multi-functional facility. To support the super arches, massive concrete footing platforms were designed. These concrete footings required detailed analysis in accordance with the specific conditions of the construction site to formulate a practical construction plan.
Architectural Design & Research InstituteSoftware and Solution