Hey Oppo - looks like this is my first post, and it won’t be car-related!
I see quite a few designers, architects, and building professionals posting here, so I wanted to share some excitement from my corner of the world:
Current project that is under construction, which is a technique I’ve never worked with prior - Tilt-up concrete. It’s apparently quite cheap but not terribly flexible (not much for cantilevers or ribbon-windows), since it’s essentially monolithic concrete panels.
I don’t want to disclose the owner or project details just yet (as this is a speculative building type and I’m subject to a mild NDA), but I can tell you the program is pretty neat: Short-term leasable office space, retail, and self-storage, all under one roof. Sort of an e-business incubator concept.
We ended up going with tilt-up construction because our floor plans were very restrained. The building footprint is a 360' x 130' “L”, so the concrete panels were easy to lay out. We got clever with the facade articulation, though. Since the panels are formed on-site, on the floor slab, we could add a lot of surface detail to the exterior of the panels for very little added cost. Our concept (images below) features a stepping, modulated series of 2" and 4" recesses in the concrete face. These recesses will be painted in multi-tonal shades of grey, to further emphasize the effect.
Anyway, enjoy this little diversion. Focus ST (mine!) for you time.