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The fiberglass panels are reinforced with a conductive metal wire, which also allows for a signal to be applied to them. Currently sensor technology developed at MIT requires that a harmless low-frequency (50 Khz), low-voltage (10 volts) RF (electro-magnetic) signal be applied to the panels which the viewer walks on. This signal is then broadcast […]

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This building is located at the Merrilville exit off I65. It aligns itself with the N-S flow of traffic on I65. The primary entrance into the parking lot takes circulation near the building, providing a good glimpse of the lobby screen and re-aligning circulation with the N-S axis of the building.

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The typical floor plan is straightforward. Exit stairs and public elevators are located at both ends. The service rooms are equipped with service elevators and vertical services such as laundry and garbage chutes. The horizontal distributions run to the vertical service shafts located at the edge of both ends of the floor plans.

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The lobby is double-height with the long, large check-in screen. This screen is also comprised of the 4? LCD monitors, which are integrated by the computer to produce large images. Notice the lack of the front desk? the check-in screen replaces the need for receptionists to be present at this location; perhaps it replace the […]

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Even the shower avoids the object of a showerhead by cascading water between two panels in the ceiling. The water then runs off the panels below into a drain located in the floor relief. The water temperature you like is stored in your profile, so it starts out right. Temperature adjustments are made by waving […]

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The actual structural system uses relatively low-tech technology, because it can not be seen. OWSJ were chosen in order to minimize floor height (to 12?) by running systems through the open webs. The owsj and beams are an approximate 24?, with an 8? concrete slab on a 3? steel deck. The curtain wall is comprised […]

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The room is comprised of 4? fiberglass panels, which are held in place by countersunk bolts (the same detail as the butt glazing on the curtain wall). This provides a flush surface without objects such as bolt heads. The 4? size and bolted connection of these panels allows easy access to the systems behind the […]

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The 4? panels have a 4? wide by 2? deep relief at all intersections of wall, floor and ceiling planes. In addition to the further dematerialization of the room, this detail allows for physical connectors (objects), such as power or data outlets, to be hidden in the relief behind the 2? overlap of the panel. […]