Research suggests a correlation between architecture and the improvement of human health. With that in mind, the architects of NORD created a healthcare facility with the subtle nuances of a residential project. Healthcare construction is often overly extravagant or too minimal. As a cancer treatment facility, the architects’ were required to construct an iconic structure without overpowering the building’s purpose.
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The use of minimalism in design creates a clean and distinct look. Highly used in Japanese design, the minimalistic architecture movement became popular in the United States in the 1980s. Influenced by the philosophy of simplicity, Belgian design studio, Caan Architecten utilized only glass and dark grey brickwork in the pharmacy’s exterior design. Situated on what was deemed as unusable farmland, Pharmacy M accommodates the public with a modern facility.
In 2000, the Durham County Courthouse reconstruction project was given to the architecture firm of O’Brien/Atkins as part of the County’s Facility Master Plan. Although the original structure required immediate replacement, inadequate funding put the project on hold until 2007. In an attempt to consolidate numerous justice-related departments in the county a dozen or so divisions were chosen to be housed within the facility. The Justice Building is located in the historic heart of Downtown Durham and evokes the county’s strong commitment to justice. Standing 11-stories high, the structure serves as a beacon for the community.
A challenge for both residential and commercial construction in most urban locations is the need to house large numbers of occupants while occupying little space. The unique zigzag shape of the Mercedes House complex allows for a high occupancy residential development with its staircase-like escalating construction. Unlike most skyscrapers, Mercedes House features green gardens stacked on one another extending vertically. Designed by Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos the complex occupies three quarters of a block, covering 1.3 million square feet.
In 2003, German designer, Werner Aisslinger conceptualized a futuristic take on portable living. The idea Aisslinger coined the “Loftcube,” was soon picked up by businessman and hotelier, Josef Innerhofer. Its initial purpose was to create low-energy, affordable living spaces in urban areas. Interestingly, the very first prototype produced was housed on the roof of an urban high-rise.