The design is an inverted pyramid with a central void to allow all habitable spaces to enjoy natural lighting and ventilation. To conserve the numerous activities that take place on the city square year round (concerts, political manifestations, open-air exhibitions, cultural gatherings, military parades.), the massive hole will be covered with a glass floor that allows the life of the Earthscraper to blend with everything happening on top.
Casa Para Siempre by Longhi Architects: “When a young couple came to my office to commission the design and construction of a house where they would live forever, I knew I had in my hands a great opportunity to continue in my search of ancestral contemporary architecture. In that moment, I was ready to dedicate exclusive time to interpret their dreams in order to create a ‘container of life.’
My vision for a special house was confirmed when I went to the site for the first time and realized that it was already occupied by an old house where the couple was living with their two children. Then, the task was to demolish the material but keeping the spirit, in order to replace the old construction for a ‘House for Ever’
The metaphor for the design was to imagine that a big ancestral rock was found in the site and needed to be carved in order to accommodate the living spaces.
This ‘black carved stone’ would be occupied by a 4 car garage, service patio, maid’s quarters and pool baths in the basement; kitchen, dining and living spaces in the first floor. The carving of the spaces would generate interesting ‘built in’ furniture with strong texture to be assorted with other natural and artificial materials in order for the allegory stone to remain as natural as possible to eventually be perceived as part of the owner’s desired garden.
To complete the composition, the blackstone base supports four cantilever volumes containing the intimate rooms, as the ‘white floating stones’ once ambitioned by the client.”
Chinese firm MAD has completed a pair of curvaceous twisted skyscrapers in the growing city of Mississauga, Canada. Standing at 170 and 150 metres, the Absolute Towers contain apartments on each of their oval-shaped floors, but every storey is incrementally rotated to give both buildings a curved and twisted outline.
"The concept of the tower at the beginning was very simple," said MADfounder Ma Yansong. “We just wanted to make something organic but different, more natural and more soft and not something too strong that would remind people of money or power.”
Mississauga first developed as a suburb of Toronto but has grown in recent decades and was named as a city in 1974. Since then, high-rise developments have sprung up across the city and the architects were keen to avoid designing another of these “listless, boxy buildings”.
"Lots of cities like this are happening in China, just repeating the modern urban typology and always making square towers," added Yansong. "We were thinking; how about reversing that? "So we don’t treat architecture as a product, or an artificial volume or space. It’s more like a landscape."
MAD won a competition to design the buildings in 2006, which were initially dubbed “the Marylyn Monroe towers” by local residents in reference to their shapely bodies.
Apartments in both towers boast panoramic views of the city skyline from continuous balconies that wrap around the recessed glass facades. This set-back also helps to shade each apartment from direct sunlight in the summer months.
The Cadogan Cafe will be constructed in the Duke of York Square beside the gallery’s brick perimeter wall, which originally formed the perimeter of a nineteenth century army barracks. NEX drew inspiration from this curved structure to plan a building formed of a single coiled wall.
"After thorough analysis, we were convinced that the best approach was an architecture which resonated with the architectural heritage of the site, while providing a contemporary space that has flexibility for year round use," said NEX Director Alan Dempsey.
The wall will be cut in places to form a colonnade for sheltered outdoor seating and retractable glass panels will allow the indoor space to be opened up in the summer. Meanwhile, a staircase will wind around the exterior to lead customers up to the garden and terrace on the roof.
It was a challenging brief to respond to, and we were fascinated by the opportunity of mixing leisure and public realm uses in such a concentrated form,” added Dempsey.
Atelier Thomas Pucher and Bramberger Architects have designed the Tartu Rebase Street project in Tartu, Estonia.
Description from Atelier Thomas Pucher: The original concept of the building was to combine the advantages of single residential homes with the economical aspects of `apartment living´. Over the last centuries the concept of single residential family houses changed enormously. Different approaches and reinterpretations changed not only the way that people live but also the way they use their own spaces. Our proposal was to combine the advantages of privacy, outdoor gardens and the boundless views that a single residential home offers with the low economic and maintenance costs of an apartment.
The challenging question: ´Is it possible to combine the two? Our solution was to create ‘Stacked Villas’. By superimposing Villas or Penthouses on top of each other we would maintain the major advantages such as wide boundless views, private outdoor spaces and generous living areas on the one as well as the economical advantages of less building and maintenance costs which would subsequently have less impact on the environment. Reacting to the original urban design in the surrounding area, we designed two different types of buildings: River Towers and City Slabs. The concept behind the River Towers is clear and simple: organizing spaces according to their main functions and distributing between two big rings: the service ring and the living area ring. The most inner ring organizes the service functions, were one can find the entrance to the apartments, wardrobes, bathroom, sauna areas and in most cases the kitchen area. All infrastructural elements are located in this area, providing economical advantages by its installation and acting as a noise barrier to the lobby.
The exterior ring is made up of the living areas found in houses, offering enough sunlight exposure and vast landscape views. Since the structural elements are concentrated in the inner ring, the area is more open, offering flexibility with the organization of its spaces. The thin movable walls are simplified to meet the needs of its changeable inhabitants over the years. The exterior ring is surrounded by a continuous balcony and through its irregular shape creates an authentic space that offers each house a completely different private outdoor area. This type of balcony was designed in order to lighten the visual volume of the building and integrate it into the landscape.
The second type of building is included in a more urban context. Located along the existent street, following a north-south axis, the apartments are organized in a cross-stacked scheme. Each apartment is provided with an East-West solar exposure. This organization inspired by Le Corbusier´s Unité d’Habitation, provides generous spaces with beautiful galleries and high-ceiling living rooms. The flexibility of space is also a feature, since high-ceilings offer flexibility for transformation and conversion, depending on the needs of the current occupant. The exterior spaces comply with the same concept of the River Towers. A wide balcony that surrounds the building creating unique outdoor areas. In the lower levels, the terrain merges with the ground floor, creating a private garden for each house.
The Wedge, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
The two-stage architectural competition, won by Lundgaard & Tranberg, consisted of a new faculty building and an overall plan for the future expansion of the entire CBS campus. The new faculty building is situated on a tapering site, framing the longitudinal main footpath through the campus area, and rounding off the campus area towards Solbjerg Place. Named the “Wedge,” because of its wedge-shaped geometry, the main body of the 4-story building rests on an organically shaped one-story base that appears as an extension of the campus landscape. Two equally important entrances take the form of passages through the ground floor landscape where the most public areas, café, lounge and study places, are located on stepped platforms.
The interior is organized around a 5-story atrium, the unifying spatial focus, where two glass elevators and a spiral staircase connect to the upper floors. Large circular skylights draws daylight into the depth of the building. There are few fixed elements which allows for flexible room sizes with access from the open walkways around the atrium. The atrium also forms part of the climate control system, based primarily on natural ventilation. The exterior is characterised by floor high shutters in various materials, giving the building an always changing facade determined by the weather, the time of day or night, and the changing activities behind the facade. The expansion of the campus area will take place in step with changing needs, ensuring at all times that the campus area retains its unified look, tied together by a few distinct landscape elements: a central promenade, gently undulating lawns and a number of large groves of red oak.
Both the Eye Film Institute’s concept and urban implementation are based on an overlay of two creative disciplines which have at their core reality and fiction, illusion and real experience. The building concept becomes the story board, the architecture the scenography. By delivering a dynamic interplay, the building’s assigned role oscillates between acting as the urban scenery’s protagonist and as a dramaturgical element placed in front of a heterogeneous landscape setting.
On the interface between land and water, between historic centre and modern development area, the building adopts many faces from each viewpoint, thus finding itself in a constant dialogue with its surroundings. Its radiance overcomes the city’s natural divide and historic lifeline, the IJ river, and is defined by its interaction with the surroundings, its positioning, and geometry.
The area’s distinctive communicative effect goes beyond the confines of the building, thus transforming the visit to the Film Institute into a sustained encounter between urban reality and cinematographic fiction. As a multi finctional meeting point, the building’s architectural formulation complies in multiple ways with the responsibility held by a cultural institution of the highest functionality and sustainability.
If you have acrophobia this walk is not for you. A new opened Trift bridge has been constructed 100m (328 feet) above the lake in Swiss Alps, near Trift Glacier. It is 170 m (558 m) long which makes it the longest suspension bridge for pedestrians in the Alps. Only for people with strong nerves.
The Vieux Port pavilion
A polished steel canopy reflects visitors walking underneath at this events pavilion in Marseille’s harbour.
Supported by eight slender columns, the stainless-steel structure stretches over the paving to create a sheltered events space in the city’s Old Port. The roof features sharply tapered edges, creating the impression of a paper-like thickness.
The Vieux Port pavilion forms part of a masterplan of public realm projects that Foster + Partners has been working on along the seafront of the French city to tie in with its role as European Capital of Culture 2013. Other improvements includes new surfaces, wider pavements and a series of nautical pavilions.
The architects worked alongside landscape designer Michel Desvigne, who added granite paving to complement the original limestone cobbles. They also collaborated with local firm Tangram Architectes to deliver the structure.
London-based Foster + Partners has also released plans for several new projects in recent months. Others include a concept to 3D print buildings on the moon and a renovation of New York Public Library’s flagship branch.
The Sackler Crossing embraces the ideals of two landscape designers who both played a leading role in shaping Kew. The first is William Kent, who built some of Kew’s earliest follies. He felt objects and buildings should be stumbled upon as if by accident. The second is ‘Capability’ Brown, who favoured undulating curves and the “sinuous line of grace”, as represented in the Sackler Crossing’s shape.
The Sackler Crossing is part of a new route through the 120 hectares of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set low to the surface of the lake, its serpentine form seems to float across the water, allowing people to experience the surrounding landscape from new vantage points. The walkway is fabricated in only two visible materials, each chosen for their hardwearing qualities. The deck is formed of granite treads, laid like railway sleepers between bronze uprights that serve as a balustrade. The bronze alloy is of a grade used to manufacture military submarine propellers.
The Modern House Design holds a special place in the field of architecture and environment. There is more variety in the design of houses than in any other type of architecture. Houses are built in almost every corner of every cities, suburbs, small town, beaches, country sides and mountains. And in each of its settings the houses are built to face towards the natural environment and respond to it in both subtle and obvious ways.
We explore such a modern house in this post. The Dalvey Estate House designed by Aamer Taher is not only outsanding for its modern architecture but also for its approach to a family orientated interior spaces and design.
The Dalvey House extends a family centric aesthetics to most of its living spaces. This residence looks at communal living with a modern perspective. The Dalvey Estate house brings new meaning to the term “Modern House Design”.
The master study cantilevered out over the driveway appears to float and provides grand views of garden, swimming pool and the main entrance.
The most outstanding feature is the wood strip oval shape cylinder that houses the bedrooms on the 2nd. floor and recreational and guest room at ground level.
Playful architecture takes advantage of the tropical light to demonstrate the play of ambient light and shadow in this stylish residence.
The Dalvey House is truly a Modern House Design that is family centric and stylish.
A romantic night under the stars is one thing, but a crystal clear view of the Northern Lights from your own private igloo is definitely another treat entirely. The Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland boasts 20 thermal glass igloos that allow visitors to enjoy incredible views of the Aurora Borealis from the warmth and comfort of their own hut.
Nestled in the wilderness near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle’s best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light pollution reveal millions of stars each night, and during the peak winter months the location offers incredible views of the Northern Lights.
Each glass igloo is fitted with thermal glass walls and ceilings, that insulate the interior to keep it warm and cozy at night. The glass also contains a frost preventative, maintaining crystal clear panoramic views even when temperatures outside drop to -22 degrees fahrenheit. Fitted for two people, the igloos are small enough to be efficiently heated without consuming too much energy.
Module Soteria is designed to provide homes for people in disaster zones in a very short period of time. All the equipment is inside the module as standard. It has dimensions of a 40ft shipping container.
For solid module installation on different types of soil and levels, difference screw piles are used. Living modules consist of three parts: living (designed to provide home for 4 people), expandable flexible tunnel (connects living with equipment module), detachable equipment module (solar panels, wind turbines, water heating, water filters, diesel generator, biogas system, inflatable water tanks, atmospheric water generator).