March 23, 2011

Rafael Vinoly Architects - UCSF Stem Cell Building

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all images courtesy rafael vinoly architects
photographer: bruce damonte

The university of california's 'ray and dagmar dolby regeneration medicine building' designed by world-renowned firm rafael vinoly architects has celebrated its official opening. Located on a sloping urban hillside in san francisco, the continuous structure navigates the uneven site, responding with a serpentine form that is supported by a system of steel space trusses.

Hugging the curve of the topography and pre-existing site conditions, the building rests lofted on an organization of steel supports which branch out from concrete piers, minimizing excavation as well as incorporating seismic base isolation. the single-stretch structure accommodates one continuous laboratory on its main floor which steps down a half-storey to create four split-level areas. each level features an office cluster and a green roof with wildflowers and plants. A system of exterior ramps and stairs provide circulation between floors while an elevated pedestrian bridge connects the building to three nearby research facilities and UCSF medical center.

The transitional space between the split levels become a hub for activities, featuring break rooms and common areas for an open interface for communication and a cross-pollination of ideas. Largely outfitted with interior glazing, the laboratories further promote collaboration with an open-floor plan and a flexible casework system that can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate the programs' needs.

March 12, 2011

Somnium Mattresses now at DZINE

DZINE is proud to now represent the mattress manufacturer Somnium.  What sets Somnium apart from their competitors is their OmniFlex springs, designed to increase comfort through better support.

Being the most advanced spring mattress available today, it relies on more than a century of experience in mattress making, European design and the latest medical and ergonomic research.  Plus it offers much more than you come to expect from your bed! 

For the healthiest and most relaxing sleep posture, your shoulder and hip should be allowed to sink into your mattress more deeply than the rest of your body.  This is a design challenge Somnium has met head on by pioneering the use of two different firmness grades of springs within the same mattress, offering optimum support and comfort.  The hourglass-shaped springs are made from the same high-quality elastomer traditionally used in the aviation and car industries and high-performance athletic gear.  These innovative springs offer structural strength and exceptional durability that is superior to that of metal springs.

The OmniFlex spring is guaranteed to prevent motion transfer, even while sleeping next to a restless partner.  So stop by DZINE today and test out our Somnium mattress! These mattresses are made in the USA and can be delivered in one to two weeks.  Custom sizes are available.