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2016 Best of Design Award in Digital Fabrication: XOCO 325

Architect: DDG
Location: New York, NY

Acting as design architect, developer, and general contractor, DDG developed a custom, cast-aluminum screen using 3-D modeling software and state-of-the-art hardware. A burlap texture was hand-applied to the set of 12 repeating components before the sand-cast molds were made and the finished components cast. The resulting sinewy surface creates dialogue with the cast iron historic buildings of the area.

Executive Architect
HTO Architect

Structural Engineer
Severud Associates

Fabricator
Walla Walla Foundry

RenShape Foundry
Pattern & Tooling Board
Freeman Manufacturing & Supply Company

Aluma Black
Birchwood Casey

(Courtesy Keitard Yoshioka)

Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex. (Courtesy Keitard Yoshioka)

Honorable Mention, Digital Fabrication: Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

Architect: Payette
Location: Boston, MA

(Courtesy Keitard Yoshioka)

(Courtesy Keitard Yoshioka)

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex at Northeastern University is a high-performance research building with a triple-glazed curtain wall and solar veil to help the building exceed 2030 energy savings goals.

FilzFelt LINK. (Courtesy Ryan Gobuty/Gensler)

FilzFelt LINK. (Courtesy Ryan Gobuty/Gensler)

Honorable Mention, Digital Fabrication: FilzFelt LINK

Architect: Gensler
Location: Los Angeles, CA

FilzFelt LINK. (Courtesy Ryan Gobuty/Gensler)

FilzFelt LINK. (Courtesy Ryan Gobuty/Gensler)

Originally created as a one-time solution for Gensler’s Los Angeles office, the company recognized its wider possibilities and partnered with FilzFelt to produce a flexible modular panel system that adds texture and color to an environment while serving as a privacy screen, shade system, room divider, and acoustical element.

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