Facade Restoration Completed on Atlanta’s Equitable Building

A signature landmark in downtown Atlanta has been given new life and renewed curb appeal. Stuart Dean restored 136,000 sq. ft. of anodized aluminum curtain wall panels on the Equitable Building at 100 Peachtree Street NW. In addition to the cleaning and restoration of the anodized aluminum panels, the company also applied a high-performance fluropolymer coating to approximately 9,100 sq. ft. of columns and panels on the ground and second floors. Located in the Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood of downtown Atlanta, the Equitable Building is 33 stories high and 453 feet tall.

Permits Approved for Korea’s ‘Invisible’ High-Rise

Pasadena-based GDS Architects' 450-meter-tall (1,476-feet) Tower Infinity observation tower has received permit approval for construction near Incheon International Airport just outside of Seoul, Korea. The building's media facade will use a sophisticated system of LED screens that will project the surroundings to effectively camouflage the tower. GDS in collaboration with Samoo Architects and A&U; were awarded first prize in a National Design Competition sponsored by Korea Land Housing to provide Design and Engineering services for the ambitious project which is poised to become Korea's National Landmark back in April 2011. In addition, GDS Architects won the original International Idea Competition out of 146 entries from 46 countries in December of 2008.

20-Story Vienna Office Building is First ‘Passive House’ High-Rise

High levels of energy efficiency are all the more important when it comes to high-rise buildings. For the first time ever, a high-rise office tower, located in Vienna, Austria, has achieved the Passive House standard. The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of dramaticaly slashing heating energy consumption. A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized.
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Media Facades are Multi-Faceted 21st-Century Communicators

Media facades have become a firm feature of the 21st century metropolis, increasingly bathing gray cities in an imposing play of light and color. What once began with lurid neon advertising hoardings in New York's Times Square has grown beyond its initial purpose as a pure advertising medium to present itself today as a conveyor of artistic and social messages, transforming buildings into giant screens. There are now even architecture practices specializing in "mediatecture".