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Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper

Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper | intervenciones urbanas | Scoop.it

When you add one part skyscraper, one part forest-saving reservoir, and one part eco-laboratory, you get the all-parts-awesome behemoth known as the Rainforest Guardian, a conceptual design that looks like a giant metal lotus flower sticking out of the expansive Amazon rainforest.

Designed by Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu, and Zhe Hao from China, the architectural beast is not like your average skyscraper. In contrast to the normally spearhead-like structure of your typical cloud-kissing building, the top of the Guardian has the most surface area. This allows it to catch and store hundreds of gallons of rainwater to save for the dry season. It also gives the building an organic, futuristic aesthetic that seems more at home in a galaxy far, far away than on our own world. Not to mention, the building is driping with dozens of long, wet vines—making it some fusion of nature and artificial design. No wonder it was an honorable mention at this year's eVolvo Skyscraper Competition...


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Mark Warren's curator insight, April 3, 2014 2:50 AM

Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper

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Green Lighthouse, Copenhagen: Denmark's First Public Carbon-Neutral Building

Green Lighthouse, Copenhagen: Denmark's First Public Carbon-Neutral Building | intervenciones urbanas | Scoop.it

Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Green Lighthouse is the first CO2 neutral public building in the country.

Designed by Christensen & Co Architects, the project features a circular shape and adjustable louvers mirroring the course of the sun, which is the main source of energy.

The project is based on a new experiment with the energy which consists of a supply combination of district heating, photovoltaic solar heating and cooling and seasonal storage. The building’s design led to a 70% reduction of the energy consumption due to its round shape which features adjustable louvers that follow the sun’s course.


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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:30 PM

Sustainable Architecture

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:59 AM

New Designs for building Eco-friendly structures.

Anake Goodall's curator insight, November 5, 2013 6:14 PM

yay Denmark!

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The Danish National Maritime Museum by BIG

The Danish National Maritime Museum by BIG | intervenciones urbanas | Scoop.it

The new Danish National Maritime Museum is located just north of Copenhagen and 10 km from the famous Louisiana Museum for Modern Art. The new 6,000 m⊃2; museum finds itself in a unique historical context adjacent to one of Denmark’s most important buildings, Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site – known from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is the last addition to Kulturhavn Kronborg, a joint effort involving the renovation of the Castle and two new buildings – offering a variety of culture experiences to residents and visitors to Helsingør.


Bjarke Ingels: “By wrapping the old dock with the museum program we simultaneously preserve the heritage structure while transforming it to a courtyard bringing daylight and air in to the heart of the submerged museum. Turning the dock inside out resolved a big dilemma: Out of respect for Hamlet’s Castle we needed to remain completely invisible and underground – but to be able to attract visitors we needed a strong public presence. Leaving the dock as an urban abyss provides the museum with an interior façade facing the void and at the same time offers the citizens of Helsingør a new public space sunken 8 m below the level of the sea.”


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, November 6, 2013 3:41 AM

Cerca del Castillo de Kronsborg un museo muy atractivo que recupera en cierto modo el espíritu de la "promenade" arquitectónica de Le Corbusier.

Dennis Ricardo Hidalgo's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:45 AM

This should be a museum to visit. 

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Singapur se convertirá en un jardín mediante ambicioso proyecto de “Super árboles” - VeoVerde

Singapur se convertirá en un jardín mediante ambicioso proyecto de “Super árboles” - VeoVerde | intervenciones urbanas | Scoop.it

El futuro es verde...


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Vauban, el paraíso urbano hecho realidad

Vauban, el paraíso urbano hecho realidad | intervenciones urbanas | Scoop.it
La construcción estuvo repartida entre cooperativas de vecinos y constructores privados.

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