ACM panels glam up Baccarat Hotel

The northern and southern façades of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences are clad in shimmering glass. Photos courtesy Reynobond. Photos by Mark Kempf Photography.

Baccarat Hotel & Residences is a 184-m (605-ft) tall mixed-use building located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street in New York City. It stands out not only for its views of Manhattan landmarks, but also for its articulated shimmering metal skin and glass façade, meant to embody the elegance of Baccarat, the luxury crystal brand founded by King Louis XV of France more than 250 years ago.

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Restored colorful beacon towers above Milan

Areas of the tower that appeared to be crumbling were removed, as was graffiti at its base. To protect the new tile, workers applied anti-graffiti paint.

The Torre Arcobaleno is once again a colorful beacon in Milan’s cityscape. A public works water reservoir when it was built in 1964, the tower was first renovated in 1990 ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament, which was held in Italy that year. When completed, the project had turned a downtrodden structure into a highly recognizable landmark, a symbol of the Lombardy capital’s color and creativity.

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Looking back at steel-making history

ArtsQuest SteelStacks

Transformation and transparency fueled the design vision behind Pennsylvania’s ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Located on a 1.8-ha (4.5-acre) reclaimed brownfield, the $17.3-million arts facility features proprietary curtain wall and entrance systems, providing a unique view of the area around it.

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Making light work of daylight infiltration

South Fayette Intermediate School in McDonald, Pa., features a fire-rated glass open stairway that allows more natural daylight into the building’s internal pathways. Photos courtesy Vetrotech

An open stairway is just one of the design features at South Fayette Intermediate School that allows students to enjoy more natural light. Designed by Eckles Architecture & Engineering, the building features internal pathways, allowing natural light to infiltrate deeper inside and help create a quality learning environment for students.

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Red steel tubes rev up observation tower

Located in Austin, Texas, the Circuit of the Americas Observation Tower and Austin360 Amphitheater features structural steel evoking the glow of tail lights. Photo courtesy AISC. Photo by Paul Finkel

Visitors to the Circuit of the Americas Observation Tower and Austin360 Amphitheater are fully immersed in the experience of Formula 1 racing, thanks to red steel tubes evoking the glowing tail lights of a car left behind in the dark. Located in Austin, Texas, the tower consists of a continuously welded double-helix stair wrapped in a filigree-like diagrid, enhancing the perception it is taller than its actual height of 76 m (250 ft).

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