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8 Facade Designs to Inspire Your Next Architecture Project

8 Facade Designs to Inspire Your Next Architecture Project

All the elements of a design come together to create truly remarkable buildings. Novum Structures provides system solutions to your design intent while providing an accurate budget for the engineering, fabrication, and installation bringing an architect’s vision to life. If you’re looking to incorporate a facade into your next building design, let this guide act…

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The Glass Facade Guide for Architects

The Glass Facade Guide for Architects _ What You Need to Know

A glass facade has the power to transform the aesthetic and function of a building. Glass has the ability to cast light with precision while creating inviting and stunning spaces. Beyond appearance, glass serves a vital role in thermal and energy regulation, as well as a building’s security and functionality. This article offers a comprehensive…

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10 Canopy Structures to Inspire Your Next Architecture Project

Large outdoor canopy with 10 Canopy Structures to inspire your next architecture project

Well-constructed canopies create an inviting feeling of protection from harsh elements like sun and rain, while still being able to stand or sit outside. They can also serve to invite pedestrians to enter a building. Finally, beautiful canopies create a unique architectural feature on buildings that create dimension and allure. This post explores 10 unique…

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10 Architectural Projects Featuring Skylights to Inspire your Next Design

10 Architectural Projects Featuring Skylights to Inspire your Next Design

Skylights blur the barriers between outside and inside. Admire 10 awe-inspiring international skylights that push the boundaries of modern architecture. 1. Mall of Africa: Gauteng, South Africa At 46,000 square feet, we’ll start this skylight saga with an expansive display of exposed architectural steel in the shape of trees. The plans for the mall, which…

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Reticulated Structures on Free Form Surfaces

reticulated structures on free form surfaces

Reticulated Structures: Are They Structurally Sound?  Free form envelopes became more and more popular in recent years, after being promoted by buildings like the DZ-Bank in Berlin (Frank Gehry), the Arts Center in Singapore (Vikas Gore), the British Museum in London (Norman Foster) and recently the New Fair in Milan (Massimiliano Fuksas) with its roofs…

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How to Design a Free Form Structure with Grid Shell Technology

how to design a free form structure with grid shell technology

Creative architecture can evoke both emotion and wonder. Grid Shell technology has helped advance and expand the world of creative architecture. Free form structures created with grid shell technology are a great example of this unique style of design and have become more popular over the last decade. The main reason for their rise in…

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Node Connectors and Their Influence on Free Form Structures 

node connectors and their influence on free form structures

Introduction to Double Layer Structures There are two main concepts involved in the realization of free form structures – single layer structures and double layer structures. Double layer structure design has been well known for many years. Comprehensive comparisons of node connectors for double layer structures are published in [EBE75] [LAC77] [OCT02]. The classical node…

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How We Won a KIWI Award for Our Cable Stayed Portal in Chicago

Title showing how we won a KIWI award for our cable stayed portal in Chicago

Did you know that to visit the largest convention center in America, you enter a portal? Not just any portal, but an award-winning cable-stayed portal. Novum engineered a cable-stayed portal (17 meters tall and 55 meters long), clad in stainless steel and laminated windows. The predominant cable structure system welcomes visitors who enter from the…

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Types of Architectural Glass Used in Construction

types of architectural glass used in construction

Glass is one of the most widely used building materials in architecture, design, and construction. With its unique structural properties, the material can be modified to produce different types of glass in construction. Use and Structure of Architectural Glass Glass is manufactured with different physical properties depending on what it will be used for. Several…

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