Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Green Architecture: COR 2.0?

If you are into sustainable architecture, chances are you've already seen Oppenheim's COR Tower in Miami. At 27 stories high, the wind turbines will generate electricity from the breeze off the ocean, complemented by the giant solar photovoltaic panels.

© Dbox

© Dbox

Now what if we add a brim defuser to each turbine on COR, making them into "wind lens", as developed by Kyushu University in Japan. This would double or even triple the output of these wind turbines.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Greenest" Office Building

What does it take to be the greenest office building in the country?

Construction has begun on the Bullitt Center in Seattle, its goal -- net-zero water and net-zero energy, using only its own rainwater and power generated by itself. It's expected to use less than half as much energy per square foot as what is required for LEED platinum "green" standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. (L.A. Times)

Here is what it takes:

  • A triple-glazed curtain wall system 
  • Windows that open and close automatically depending on outside conditions 
  • A closed-loop geothermal system 
  • Radiant floor heating and cooling 
  • Extensive daylighting thanks, in part, to taller than average ceilings and windows 
  • Rooftop solar system designed to generate 100 percent of the building’s energy needs

Friday, July 9, 2010

Harrier and Jaguar, 2010

Tate Britain 28 June 2010 – 3 January 2011

Fiona Banner, talented young British artist, was awarded the Tate Britain Duveens Commission 2010. Here's a peak at her work:

Harrier, 2010, BAe Sea Harrier aircraft, paint 7.6 m x 14.2 m x 3.71 m © Tate Photography / Andrew Dunkley and Sam Drake

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

London, where roses bloom in city hall

photo by mergana

Designed by the great Norman Foster, London City Hall may be the most beautiful modern city halls in the world. This egg-shaped building is installed with solar PVs that provides green energy. When you visit London next time, put the City Hall on your visit list! They are open to the public on Mondays to Thursdays from 8.30am to 6pm and Fridays from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

photo by J.Salmoral

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Wings of MAM

The Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Musuem, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava brought MAM back to fame. And when you see these photos, it's not hard to understand why.

photo by woodsm

Detail: Window

photo by o palsson


photo by numstead

Interior: Corridor

photo by multisanti

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Villa Moderna, Tokyo

Villa Moderna, Tokyo

designed by Sakakura Associates, 1974

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Infinity Bridge

Infinity Bridge, Stockton, UK

designed by Expedition Engineering and Spence Associates

Monday, January 18, 2010

R² in Aoyama, Tokyo

Designed by Wonderwall Inc. established by Masamichi Katayama

Monday, January 11, 2010

Vodafone Headquarter

Vodafone headquarter in Porto, Portugal. Designed by Barbosa & Guimaraes. Photos by Nelson Garrido

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Louvre, II

Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, will set its mark as the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions at Saadiyat Island ("Island of Happiness").

Monday, November 16, 2009

Trespassing enemy territory

Stata Center, designed by Frank Gehry

inside Stata Center

Rogers Building

Newton, one of the physics buildings

Maclaurin Building

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jun Aoki architecture

I try to redefine 'structure versus finish'.
I like using ordinary things, very common materials
and give them a new aspect. the sheer quality of the
material and their building structure,
some kind of repetition, pattern, ...
all that create a sense of the ornamental
that is unstable and visually less distinct.

Japanese architect, Jun Aoki, interviewed by designboom.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Taipei Performing Arts Center

designed by NL Architects, the Taipei Performing Arts Center seems to me more like the remains of a badly-matched wooden-block tower game.

the center contains a 1500 seat grand theater, two 800 seat theaters, along with other spaces designed purposefully for all performance needs.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Zaha Hadid's Regium Waterfront project

The exterior of Zaha Hadid's Regium Waterfront project
The exterior of Zaha Hadid's Regium Waterfront project

Zaha Hadid 's last project in Italy - Regium Waterfront project, in the Mediterranean city of Reggio Calabria. It includes a museum and a performing arts center on a sea strait that separates continental Italy from the island of Sicily.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Walking House by MIT and N55

Danish art group N55, in collaboration with MIT, creates the light-weight, fully-functioning, solar- and wind-powered walking house. The $50,000 prototype had to be the most expensive trailer home ever, but is seen by its creators the ideal home for world travelers.