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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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RECYCLED Paper Theater by Studio Andrew Todd

RECYCLED Paper Theater by Studio Andrew Todd | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Imagine a theater made almost exclusively made of recycled paper and other recycled materials.

 

That’s what Paris-based architecture  and scenographypractice Studio Andrew Todd did.

 

Their design has been selectedfor exhibition at the 2013 World Stage Design event in Cardiff, opening in early September.

 

The exterior scaffolding structure is used to erect and brace a massive wall of paper bales.

The center oculus gets pulled up via cables and bamboo purlins are fixed at the top. A double layer of recycled circus tent roofing is then placed on top of the bamboo and the interior is finished with bamboo and cardboard with natural light streaming through the roof’s center.

 

Should be very cool, not to mention sustainable.


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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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South Korea’s Expo 2012 Pavilion: Active Facade Design

South Korea’s Expo 2012 Pavilion: Active Facade Design | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Opened last month in the coastal city of Yeosu, South Korea, the 2012 International Exhibition’s theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast,” is a way for attendees to examine challenges and solutions to development on oceans and coastlines. As the architect of the expo’s thematic pavilion, Vienna-based Soma Architecture designed a kinetic media facade to act as a counterpart to the show’s location by the water and to its multimedia presentations. Working with Stuttgart- and New York-based structural engineering firm Knippers Helbig as facade consultant, the team developed a constructible solution for building one of the largest adaptive structures in the world...


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