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A Twisting Observation Tower at an Italian Forest

A Twisting Observation Tower at an Italian Forest | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects Anton Pramstrahler and Alex Niederkofler have unveiled their proposal for a wooden viewing tower near Bruneck, northern Italy, with a twisted body shaped like a tree trunk .

The structure's spiralling form is intended to look like a tree that spreads out at its base and canopy – the result of a hexagonal section that rotates gradually as the tower ascends.

The proposed location is a forest nearby, and the architects want to build 90 per cent of the tower's structure from wood to evoke its natural context.

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Kengo Kuma designs Tokyo hospital wrapped around a garden

Kengo Kuma designs Tokyo hospital wrapped around a garden | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Japanese firm Kengo Kuma + Associates has unveiled plans to replace an aging Tokyo medical centre with a louvre-clad hospital built around a landscaped garden.

The building will be organised around various green spaces and terraces. Proposal images show waiting rooms fronted by floor-to-ceiling glazing, allowing them to open out to a central courtyard featuring several trees.


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BIG's Smithsonian Plan is the Latest Museum Design to Go Underground

BIG's Smithsonian Plan is the Latest Museum Design to Go Underground | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) plan for the Smithsonian follows a current trend in museum design to put things underground. The strategy makes sense on several levels. First, it preserves public open space. Second, it avoids making monuments that can make art precincts seem forbidding and inaccessible, as well as sidestepping approval processes in which authorities or neighbors might object to new buildings. Third, it lets institutions connect spaces below ground, and then pop up objects to catch light and signal the museum's presence. Finally, it makes a certain amount of sense from a sustainability standpoint to reuse the land by placing functions underneath public space and using the earth for insulation.


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Une tour GRANDIT grâce au recyclage de ses occupants

Une tour GRANDIT grâce au recyclage de ses occupants | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

"Comme un corail, le bâtiment est auto généré par ses occupants qui produisent sa structure, inspire par les formes de croissance organique. Nous avons calculé qu'en une année, les occupants produisent de quoi assurer la production d'une surface de façade équivalente a celle qu'ils occupent (panneaux de papiers compresse ou de bouteilles plastique)", avec de tels paramètres, l'ambition de ce projet de tour, baptisé "Organic Skyscraper", est fortement marquée par une tendance d'économie circulaire. Rien ne se perd, tout se recycle !


Concours: Super Skyscraper

Architectes: Chartier-Corbasson
Façade et structure: Robert-Jan Van Santen
Programme: Gratte ciel de bureaux de télécommunication, restaurant, bien-être, auditorium/Office building, meeting rooms, reception rooms, auditorium,
Surface SHON/Net surface : 3510 m²

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Ellesse's curator insight, September 9, 2014 5:03 AM

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Frédéric Liégeois's comment, September 9, 2014 5:09 AM
C'est génial!
Brigitte Roujol's curator insight, September 27, 2014 11:33 AM

Une idée intriguante...

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A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong

A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Mexican design firm Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has designed and developed an ambitious concept that reimagines skyscrapers. 

The concept skyscraper, which is meant to be located in Hong Kong, is 92-stories-high and consists of two parts—for housing and for commerce that are linked by bridges for vehicles to transport commuters around the building itself. 

Aside from its fascinating structure, the architects also have an unusual plan to install rice paddies on the roof of the commercial side of the skyscraper. Additionally, they also proposed to use nuclear energy to power the building. 

Office space, retail shops and lifestyle amenities will occupy most of the commerce area, making it extremely convenient for residents. 

One of the architects, Adrian Cachoua Oropeza explained that “the farming on the top of the building is an important symbolic gesture as well as an environmental one,” as rice is a staple in Asian countries. 

This idea was submitted for the 2014 World Architecture Festival


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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 27, 2014 4:15 PM

It's another integration of nature with design but the building looks  a little more like King Kong than Hong Kong

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A cross-shaped, self-sufficient MICRO home built from containers

A cross-shaped, self-sufficient MICRO home built from containers | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Georgian architect Dachi Papuashvili has developed a concept for a cross-shaped micro home built from shipping containers to house a member of the church.

Papuashvili, who is based in Tbilisi, wanted to design a residence that could accommodate either a cleric or a layman as a retreat for study. The intention is to use waste materials, including shipping containers, to produce a prototype that can be easily constructed and would be entirely self-sufficient.


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 12, 2014 5:30 AM

Autre projet encore de résidence temporaire ultralégère en énergie grise et en consommation énergétique (autosuffisante) au quotidien.  Plutôt qu'un lieu de vacances, un lieu de retraite et d'étude.

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Resilient FLOATING school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village

Resilient FLOATING school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Built with recycled and local materials, this floating school is a prototype that could be built in other flood-prone areas.

Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School is a prototype that could be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges due to climate change.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:07 AM

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..  [Makoko Floating School] is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.

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The designers envision whole communities built in this clever fashion, which can float with on the rising waters of a natural disaster. Check out our other post on flood-resistant, floating bamboo homes, and see more over at Dezeen and NLÉ.

CORRECTION: The floating platform is made of "16 wooden modules, each containing 16 [recycled empty plastic barrels]." We apologize for the error.

Related on TreeHugger.com:Affordable bamboo house that floats when it floods, revisitedThis geodesic houseboat cost less than $2,000 to buildAutark Home: A Self-Sufficient, Floating Passivhaus Houseboat
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Industry + INGENUITY: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life

Industry + INGENUITY: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
How can one transform a collection of concrete tubes into a site for experiencing contemporary culture?

That was the question posed by British architect and artist Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, whose imaginative designs can be found everywhere from Manchester to Shanghai. Heatherwick is used to creating striking sculptures on a grand scale, but his latest proposal is larger than any before—he plans to carve an art museum from the depths of an old silo in South Africa’s capital city, Cape Town. The building is a monumental sculpture in itself, and Heatherwick’s challenge was twofold: protect and celebrate the heritage of the city’s industrial past while simultaneously creating something wholly new within the inherited structure.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 22, 2014 8:47 PM

Dar nueva vida a los silos; soluciones de todo tipo para todo tipo de usos. Algunos de los proyectos, muy interesantes.

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Materials Of The FUTURE: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond

Materials Of The FUTURE: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The history of architecture is deeply engrained in technological developments of the time. Skyscrapers would have never reached such heights without developments in steel, for example, and facades would have never slimmed down without thin-shell concrete.


In a time that is so buzzing with technological development, we cannot help but salivate a little at the material prospects for architecture that are just on the horizon. With 2014 just beginning, we want to take a moment to see what drastic innovations may be leaking into the world of architecture in the near future.


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[Architecture HLM !] Floatel: An Off-Grid Floating Tent Retreat with All the Comforts of Home

[Architecture HLM !] Floatel: An Off-Grid Floating Tent Retreat with All the Comforts of Home | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The Floatel by Architecture HLM is an entirely off the grid retreat. Designed as a floating tent, Floatel can be deployed anywhere there is calm water. Standard features include a master suite with off-the0shelf battery powered LED lights, a fire pit for both cooking and warmth, mosquito netting and a small kitchenette with powder room and additional storage. Photovoltaic arrays can be added for battery recharge.


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MARS Architects Cleverly Fold CLIMBING Walls into Bulgaria's First Sustainable Activity Center

MARS Architects Cleverly Fold CLIMBING Walls into Bulgaria's First Sustainable Activity Center | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
MARS Architects snagged first place in an international competition for the design Walltopia's Collider Activity Center, Sofia's first sustainable mixed use center.

Located in Sofia, the Collider Activity Center will mark the city's first green mixed use center to combine both leisure and exercise space. To tie together the site’s diverse programs, the architects inserted a series of dramatic climbing atriums into the folds of the building, creating a continuous climbing experience.


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Jon Carter's curator insight, January 4, 2014 4:22 PM

Super cool, gotta go to Sofia for this one. Deep Water solo outdoor pool, with boulder's galore in the park outside, not too mention a few K square ft of climbing inside. Outside walls are transparent showing climbers moves.. So nice.

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Self-Sustaining “Farmscrapers” are Cities in Stackable Steel Rocks

Self-Sustaining “Farmscrapers” are Cities in Stackable Steel Rocks | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Smart cities, if they are ever to emerge, will likely center around redesign of urban buildings and infrastructure that will make them “self sustaining” and reduce carbon emissions and other “negative externalities.”

The Chinese city of Shenzen, a candidate for green transformation if there ever was one, and Asian Cairns will be a group of six “space age” looking buildings that will produce food for residents. The project will cover 79 acres (320,000 sq. m) with green vegetation incorporated into the structures of the building. Dubbed “farmscrapers” instead of “skyscrapers” the buildings will include housing, office space, shops and recreational areas.

Photovoltaic and photo thermal solar cells as well as wind turbines will be incorporated into the structure of the building to provide more energy than is consumed by residents. Callebaut designed the building so that no fossil fuels will be necessary, completely eliminating CO2 emissions.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:22 AM

This is worth looking over. These at least look more interesting than the typical sky scrapper.

umikael's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:24 PM

it is not sci-fi

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Bio-mimicry in Architecture: Two Award-Winning Projects from Architects 3XN

Bio-mimicry in Architecture: Two Award-Winning Projects from Architects 3XN | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects 3XN depict their diligent comprehension of futuristic design concepts with strong traces of bio-mimicry through two award-winning projects – the UN head office and the Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen.Both projects in question stand apart for their iconic architectural vocabulary with strong references of biologic attributes to building design.
Learn more and view images at the article link.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 22, 2013 2:51 PM

Imitating nature in design.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:30 AM

De nuevo buscamos inspiración en las formas y estructuras de los seres vivos. Dos proyectos muy interesantes de 3XN.

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Tree SNAKE Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park

Tree SNAKE Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Inspired by the form of a snake, Architects Rebelo de Andrade Studio has designed two Tree Snake Houses where each structure glides sinuously amongst the trees in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park.

Taking their inspiration from the long and tapered proportions of a snake, Lisbon-based architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Tiago Rebelo de Andrade of Rebelo de Andrade Studio, have designed two concurrent Tree Snake Houses. Rather than build a treehouse in the branches of a tree, the distinctive snake-like houses, with their slate and wood facades, appear to glide sinuously amongst the trees. The structures become elevated and are raised on stilts as the ground dips downwards. Enjoying a close physical association with the one-hundred year old Pedras Salgadas Park, their aspect is one that is congruous with the park’s natural surroundings. Close attention was paid to making sure that they neither dominated nor vied for attention (despite their eye-catching appearance)...


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Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport

Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Moshe Safdie is famous for his iconic Montreal housing complex Habitat ’67, and he is still creating innovative large-scale urban projects around the world. The latest project his firm, Safdie Architects, has debuted is the design for development at Singapore's Changi Airport. The scheme aims to create a public gathering space with gardens, retail stores, hotel, restaurants, and entertainment that will lure travelers, airport employees, and local residents.

The glass dome will encompass a space of 134,000 square meters and houses a 130-foot-high waterfall. The dome's curved shape, recalling the tradition of glass conservatories, provides inherent structural strength to the glass and steel structure. Tree-like structural columns in a ring support the dome while a suspended roof covers the adjacent atrium space.

The space also showcases natural elements: walking trails travel through an indoor topography of trees, palms, and ferns called "Forest Valley". The different elements — dining, accommodations, and retail — are spread throughout the structure so as to give each of them impressive views of the natural features.


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Construction starts on Smith and Gill's ice-inspired China skyscraper

Construction starts on Smith and Gill's ice-inspired China skyscraper | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Construction has started in Chengdu, China, on a 468-metre-high crystalline skyscraper by the architects behind the current and future tallest buildings in the world.

The Greenland Tower Chengdu was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill – the former SOM architects responsible for both the Burj Khalifa and the forthcoming Kingdom Tower – and is set to become the tallest building in south-western China. According to the architects, the faceted-glass form of the office and hotel tower was "inspired by the unique ice mountain topography around Chengdu".

"Like the mountain ridges reflecting the light of the sky and the valleys reflecting light from the earth, the iconic tower will perform as a light sculpture to diffuse light from 360 degrees, creating a connection between sky and earth," said the studio in a statement.


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, November 21, 2014 1:59 AM

De nombreux projets "pharaoniques" en Chine, certains plus verts que d'autres ?  Voir peut-être aussi  :

http://www.gizmag.com/binhai-eco-city/33798/

 

Philippe Blot Lefevre's curator insight, November 22, 2014 11:07 AM

Le seul moyen de s'approcher de la perfection de la Nature, est de l'imiter. Les formes et polyèdres platoniciens sont incontournables. L'effet n'est pas que visuel puisque notre corps est lui-même constitué de cellules apparentées à ces formes. Ainsi s'opère l'harmonie entre l'objet qui nous habite et ceux que nous côtoyons.

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Mexican architects squeeze a city into a skyscraper

Mexican architects squeeze a city into a skyscraper | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti think their speculative proposal might suit a Hong Kong of the near future.


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UNStudio completes central pavilion for Qingdao Horticultural Expo

UNStudio completes central pavilion for Qingdao Horticultural Expo | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

UNStudio has created a cluster of pavilions modelled on the form of a Chinese flower, as the centrepiece for the 2014 horticultural expo in Qingdao, China.

The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the expo is 'From the Earth, For the Earth' and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge. In its design for the Theme Pavilion UNStudio combines expert knowledge of logistics, spatial organisation, specialised typology, future flexible usability, function programming, facade intelligence, user comfort and sustainability.


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[Norway] Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the WORLD'S Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

[Norway] Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the WORLD'S  Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Powerhouse at Brattorkaia will make use of solar cells, heat pumps, and sea water to become the world's most Northernmost energy-positive building. Located in downtown Trondheim, this office building was designed by Snøhetta, and received the environmental classification "Outstanding" from BREEAM NOR. It's yet another example of why Norway is such a sustainability role model and demonstrates that renewables make sense even in cold northern climes.


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9 Of The World's MOST Inventive Tiny Buildings

9 Of The World's MOST Inventive Tiny Buildings | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

In architecture, bigger isn't always better. See some of the world's coolest small buildings, from a hit on sleds to a walk-in fireplace...


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Annie Longeot's curator insight, March 28, 2014 10:19 AM

Des constructions qui s'adaptent en beauté à l'étroitesse de leur environnement. Inspirant.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 2, 2014 2:40 AM

Me gusta mucho la de José Cardilhe.

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Grimshaw's Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw's Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Grimshaw Architects completes St. Petersburg's new Pulkovo Airport, which features a beautiful, geometric roof that fills the terminal with daylight and protects the building from extreme weather.

The striking and sculptural terminal is topped with a large spanning roof that looks dramatically folded wooden origami. The large hall features skylights that pull daylight down into the arrivals terminal below. The Pulkovo Aiport is Phase 1 of a larger masterplan to improve transportation infrastructure in St. Petersburg and situate the city as a gateway to Russia.


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Catherine Jacquot, architecte : « Le maire doit faire preuve de COURAGE POLITIQUE pour construire là où il faut »

Catherine Jacquot, architecte : « Le maire doit faire preuve de COURAGE POLITIQUE pour construire là où il faut » | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Elue le 28 novembre 2013 présidente du Conseil national de l'ordre des architectes, Catherine Jacquot (photo) estime que la campagne des municipales est un bon moment pour souligner l'importance du rôle de l'architecture et de la collaboration entre élus locaux et architectes.


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Eco-Friendly Architectural Projects Raising Awareness of Earth's Biomes

Eco-Friendly Architectural Projects Raising Awareness of Earth's Biomes | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The largest natural biome in the world is the maroon colored Taiga, a Russian word for forest, covering large parts of Canada, Europe and Asia with coniferous forests.

The term “Boreal” forest refers to the southern part of this biome and has heavier tree cover while the Taiga refers to the northern portion which is a mostly barren area that borders the Arctic treeline. In order to understand how biomes work, scientists and researchers have created projects like Biosphere and Eden.

The design refers to the integration of architectural structures into natural ecosystems, emphasizing a symbiotic relationship between buildings, landscapes, people and nature.


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Paläon, Germany: A Futuristic Design REFLECTS the Surroundings

Paläon, Germany: A Futuristic Design REFLECTS the Surroundings | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Paläon is located at the edge of the town of Schöningen and the site of a remarkable, world-famous Stone-Age find: the Schöningen Spears – the oldest ever hunting weapons used by man. It is now also home to the new and emblematic research and experience centre that reflects the location in concept and form.

 

The building conveys the location’s importance as an archaeological site by rising above the natural topography like layered earth. Its futuristic shape stems from the horizontal landscape and the building’s volume, ground plan and section are defined by references to the landscape and lines of sight. The slightly offset contours create subtly different internal and external spaces. Designed with reflective cladding, the volume mirrors the landscape, with large recessed window openings that underscore the expressive dynamism of the architecture.


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Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre by DesignInc

Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre by DesignInc | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The Gippsland Water Factory’s Vortex Centre houses office and laboratory functions and an interpretive experience for a major new water recycling plant. The vortex form of the building strongly expresses the dynamic movement of fluids down a pipe, at the same time providing a unique internal environment.

Combining cost performance, aesthetics, water education and ecological intelligence, the 650m2 facility is a beacon of exemplary sustainable design. The centre was designed as a teaching building, taking inspiration from a giant oculus, with a shell made up of seven barrels that fit into one another as they decrease in size, thereby resembling a vortex.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 24, 2013 2:31 AM

Un centro de reciclaje de agua con referencias fabriles y forma muy  explicativa de vórtex, para acoger actividades de formación y divulgación. Es además un edificio de bajo consumo enrgético con sistemas pasivos.

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:57 PM

Is it just me, or does this look like a giant fish trap  - http://www.uap.com.au/art/interior/nga-fish-trap/