e hënë, 29 tetor 2007

Buildings uploaded for October 29, 2007

Here are the latest uploads to Google’s Cities in Development section of the 3D Warehouse since my last post.

Osaka, Japan

Braunschweig, Germany

01-31 Stiftsherrenhäuser

01-18 3Wohnhäuser, Kleine Burg

21-04 Bahnhofsgebäude Hbf Braunschweig

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Terminal Radar Approach Control

This building houses air traffic control and electronic equipment spaces, offices for management and facilities maintenance personnel, and various mechanical, electrical, and telecommunications areas. The design and construction of this building incorporated significant changes to current building standards in order to provide for a lessened impact on the environment, both during construction and over the life of the building. The building incorporates energy-efficient design strategies while maintaining all the operational and security features of a standard TRACON facility. This is the Department of Transportation's first LEED certified building.

Seattle Justice Center

The Seattle Justice Center is 14-story building within the three-block Civic Center area of downtown Seattle. The Justice Center houses Seattle's municipal courts and police headquarters in a dense urban setting. The design challenge was to create distinct and unique identities for the courts and the police headquarters within one building. The combination of programs yielded a structure with two different parts: a primarily glass Courts portion that occupies the southern part of the block and a primarily stone Police portion on the northern part. The bipartite nature of the building is also reflected in the organization of the Civic Center Master Plan; both building and urban design are inextricably linked.

Los Angeles, California

Challengers Tennis Club

The Challengers Tennis Club for Boys and Girls, located in an urban low-rise residential setting, is the latest addition to the Challengers Sports Center in South Central Los Angeles. The facility brings neighborhood students together to socialize, to train, and to develop into champions. The new facility incorporates a multitude of green design strategies. The community enjoys a green building that provides as much, if not more, functionality and comfort as a traditional design, while appreciating the preservation of resources for future generations. A number of strategies work together to keep energy use low. The building has no mechanical cooling, but is kept comfortable through natural ventilation, unhindered air circulation, ceiling fans, internal thermal mass, superior insulation and glazing, and appropriate shading. Ample daylighting minimizes the use of artificial lighting, and all lighting fixtures use fluorescent lamps with either photocell or motion-sensor controls. Kitchen appliances and office equipment are Energy Star rated. The energy-efficiency measures result in the use of almost 60% less energy than a comparable building designed according to the California Title 24 requirements. The PV array provides 100% of the facility's annual electricity consumption. About 75% of the building materials, by weight, were manufactured locally.

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