Even Dubai Isn’t Ready For The BoA Floating Mega-Structure

from Gizmodo Australia by Sean Fallon

Kevin Schopfer, the same delusional, megalomaniac architect behind NOAH is back with the Boston Arcology (BoA) floating city concept for Boston Harbour. I’m not from Boston, but my guess is that their reaction would be: “this is wicked retahded”. (more…)

OFL architecture + fueralab: london floating gallery

from Designboom – Weblog

london floating gallery by OFL architecture + fueralab
all images courtesy OFL architecture + fueralab

OFL architecture + fueralab concept design for a floating gallery on the river thames
is based on a topography of a cut, landscape; reinterpreting the idea of fluidity, whether
in a liquid stage or a fixed ‘frozen’ surface.

the exterior of the exhibition space will be covered with four different types of flowers,
every four months, representing the current season: red tulips during spring,
yellow freesia during summer, blue iris during the fall, and orange narcissus during winter.

the exhibition space/auditorium and temporary exhibition spaces are placed inside
the landscape and they are defined in the form of an exhibition path that runs the full
length of the vessel space. intersecting the exhibition path is the cafeteria with storage
room and bathrooms.

Jules Verne Was (Almost) Right

from Gizmodo Australia by Jesus Diaz

If John Hunter – a former physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – is successful, the International Space Station may start receiving their supplies from a cannon. No, it’s no joke. (more…)

World’s Southernmost Wind Farm Now Feeding Antarctic “Grid”

from Green Options by Timothy B. Hurst

Joint New Zealand-U.S. project begins harvesting steady Antarctic winds on Ross Island.

Besides the heavy snow, unrelenting wind, and bone-chilling temperatures, what’s the most difficult part of building a wind farm in Antarctica? The lack of daylight in the winter means construction can only take place in the summer months. And with only one supply ship a year, you better not forget any parts.

On Saturday, the $7.4-million Ross Island Wind Farm in Antarctica began feeding electricity at full power for the very first time. The new wind farm can generate up to one megawatt of electricity and will cut diesel use at New Zealand’s Scott Base and the U.S.’ McMurdo Station by 120,000 gallons and reduce carbon dioxide output by 1,370 tons annually, according to New Zealand’s state-ownedMeridian Energy, the project’s developers.

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bebin saxton: aonni mineral water plant, chile

from Designboom – Weblog

aonni mineral water plant by daniel bebin and tomas saxton

located in chilean patagonia is the aonni mineral water plant designed by architects
daniel bebin and tomas saxton. chilean patagonia has a particularity that is distinguished
and exclusively of that place: the detachment.

this detachment produces cracks, isolations, torsions, new tensions. the glaciers detach
from the massive ice fields, the trees get inclined by winds, the islands live separated
from the land surrounded by water, and the geography is the result of energic erosions.

the project has been generated from the interactions of the natural environment forces,
revealing the elements of detachment.

sustainable design principles include; natural lighting, high internal gains and a good
daylight factor. the structure can be reutilized, guaranteeing a long life cycle for the materials
used in the building.

outsiders can also notice the water in their different phases through the single structure,
large glass windows and due to the shape of the floors.

the materials used are part of patagonia’s modern history: a resistant material, flexible,
economic and with low cost maintenance capable to tolerate the extreme climatic conditions.

OIII Architects: Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Proposal

from CTBUH Global News

Jan 14, Ethiopia

Dutch firm OIII Architects received a special mention for their proposal in the competition to design the commercial bank of Ethiopia. The city’s pattern of public roads, squares and parks is carried through into the CBE’s design. By connecting five towers to each other around a central atrium, a space is created which continues into the bank’s immediate surroundings…more

Beijing CBD plans new landmark building

from CTBUH Global News

Jan 13, Beijing

A top Chaoyang district the government plans to have a 400-m or even taller skyscraper in the upcoming eastward expansion of its central business district (CBD). The new landmark, which will become Beijing’s tallest architecture if built, will become a new icon of Beijing’s booming role as a global business harbor…more

LAN Architecture Wins Two Competitions for New Residential Areas in France

from Bustler.net News by Vanilla Hustler

Paris-based office LAN Architecture began the new year with two competition wins for new residential areas in France: a sustainable and social living space in Bègles and a hybrid model between collective and individual housing in Mouvaux. LAN Architecture was also recently featured in the UpStarts series on our sister site Archinect.

New Residential Project in Bègles, France:

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New Residential Project in Bègles, France by LAN Architecture

Here more info from LAN Architecture:

A new, sustainable and social living space geared to the 21st century. The project’s richness and major interest lie in the possibility of inventing an urban lifestyle set in a highly experimental framework enabling the affirmation of new ecological and contemporary architectures. The diversity of architectural propositions and communal and private spaces had to ensure and enhance this specificity.

The first stage was to ‘sculpt’ the volumes in order to exploit their urban potential and intrinsic spatial qualities. We directed our research towards a hybrid typology combining the house and the apartment.

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New Residential Project in Bègles

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New Residential Project in Bègles

The principle underlying our approach was that of stacking containers, and careful study of habitat modes, climatic conditions and the sun’s trajectory throughout the year suggested the way to organise this. The project’s column-slab supporting structure has a system of lightweight façades providing ultra-high performance insulation levels.

The relative narrowness of the buildings dictated a strategic search for compactness. The idea of variable compactness introduced the notion of a housing unit’s adaptability to seasons and times of day. All residents have the possibility of using their exterior space as a windbreak, a mini-greenhouse or, conversely, as a means of cooling or ventilating.

The morphology of each unit stems from the wish to develop housing units enabling a variety of uses very simply and with no extra technological input. We are therefore proposing cross-building units with adaptable exterior spaces and at least two different orientations.

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New Residential Project in Bègles

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New Residential Project in Bègles

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New Residential Project in Bègles

Project Details – Bègles:
Program: Construction of a complex of apartments, shops and business premises
Location: Terres Neuves District, Bègles, France
Date: 2009
Client: Ataraxia, Saemcib
Cost: € 6.5 M ($9.35 M)
Size: 6,500 sqm (70,000 sqft)
Timetable: 2009-2012

New Residential Project in Mouvaux, France:

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New Residential Project in Mouvaux, France by LAN Architecture

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New constructions’ urbanization potential and their capacity to integrate the history and the morphology of the city hosting them constitute the major challenge for new built-up areas.
Our strategy takes into consideration this point and other themes as town houses, cars, definition and hierarchical organization of public and collective spaces as well as environmental quality. They are integrated into the project to produce new sustainable urban models.

Analysis of uses and architecture types composing the urban morphology of Mouvaux quickly led us towards the conception of a hybrid model, an intermediate housing environment able to conjugate desire of intimacy as well as sociability.
This choice is legitimated by the scale of the constructions already composing the district and the city’s fabric. This new intervention must consider this environment.

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New Residential Project in Mouvaux

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New Residential Project in Mouvaux

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New Residential Project in Mouvaux

A new urban typology
The project’s aim is to build new buildings presenting the same qualities and facilities of a single family house by adding collective spaces. We imagined several spatial systems leading to create a rich and diversified image for each program’s part.

We consider the project as an entity, where every single element has its place and a specific role in the general district’s composition. The relation between the container and the content is inverted and the new buildings become tools defining public spaces.

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New Residential Project in Mouvaux

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New Residential Project in Mouvaux

History and identity
Since Middle Age, inhabitants of Mouvaux were essentially dedicated to the textile industry.
The new housing fronts decline patterns based on the geometrical work of the fabric. By observing attentively, it seems evident that the fabric, the “serge” and the satin always existed in the drawings of the brick of the North, and in the different ways they are displayed.

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New Residential Project in Mouvaux

Project Details – Mouvaux:
Program: Construction of 117 housing units (84 social housing units and 33 private housing units) and retails
Client: ZAC centre ville de Mouvaux
Date: 2009
Client: Nacarat – Groupe G.H.I. – Notre Logis
Cost: € 12,1 M ($17.4 M)
Size: 13,000 sqm (140,000 sqft)
Timetable: 2009 – 2013

Images: LAN Architecture

HDA: pylons of the future

from Designboom – Weblog

‘pylons of the future’ by hugh dutton associates

french firm hugh dutton associates (HDA) have won the ‘pylons of the future’
international competition for italian energy supplier terna spa.

Playpen Fail

from FAIL Blog: Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments by Cheezburger Network

Just preparing them for the journey to school