Blog posts from the ARCH Design Lab

Restoring Quadrant 4’s Art Deco Terra Cotta Facade

The recently completed Quadrant 4 building is part renovation and part new build— with updates made to the interior and exterior, the structure takes on a new identity. Located off Piccadily Circus in London's Soho Conservation area, the building has undergone some serious transformation to turn an outdated hotel into a luxury apartment complex.

Facade Tectonics Reports on This Year’s Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop

At the second annual Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop (ACAW), participants in the architectural industry explored the prototyping and assembly of terra cotta systems through manufacturer-supported hands-on research. Boston Valley Terra Cotta and the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, supported by the UB Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies held the ACAWorkshop, a weeklong event developed to instruct architects, designers, and facade engineers about the manufacturing of architectural ceramics and advance the design of facade solutions.