30 St. Mary Axe
Foster and Partners
The 40-story tower at 30 St. Mary Axe in
London is the capital’s first environmentally progressive skyscraper. Due for
completion later this year, the building
is radical: technically, architecturally,
socially, and spatially. It is unlike any
office building so far conceived.
The aerodynamic form encourages surface wind flow, allowing for a more efficient structure, directing natural ventilation within the building while maintaining pedestrian comfort and improving
local wind conditions. The fully glazed
skin has operable and fixed double-glazed panels that reduce solar radiation.
The slim base reduces reflections and
improves transparency while the tapering form offers larger office areas at mid-height, and minimizes reflected sky.
The use of dimension-driven design allowed
extensive and rapid
exploration of design
allowed the team to
quickly and accurately
generate complex geometric models. Models
that took days to manually model could be pro-grammatically generated
within minutes. ;
4D CPM Scheduling and
HCI CPM Consultants, Inc.
Washington D.C., U.S.
Located in Washington D.C., this hotel and
conference center project is budgeted at
approximately $28 million, and is planned
for completion in October 2004. HCI CPM
Consultants, Inc., has been providing the
general contractor with CPM scheduling,
helping to evaluate the impacts of the
weather and other delays on the project.