Posts tagged ‘architecture’

November 8, 2010

Sweden’s Invisible Treehouse Hotel

by Matt Forcey

Vacancy!  One of four room styles at treehotel, a new hotel complex composed entirely of outlandish tree houses, the “mirrorcube” is situated 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.  Looking somewhat like a hunting blind for the creature in the Predator movies, the mirrorcube hangs around a single tree trunk, about 30 feet above the ground. 

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October 26, 2010

Launch Party at World’s First Private SpacePort

by Matt Forcey

Sixteen months after breaking ground in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport “Spaceport America” celebrated this weekend with a launch party for the facility’s two-mile-long runway (watch the ceremony here).  A partnership between the State of New Mexico and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the spaceport has been providing commercial satellite launch services for the past few years, and will soon begin its much-anticipated space tourism flights, ferrying lucky (and wealthy) customers into suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness and a remarkable view of our planet.

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October 20, 2010

Chicago Highway Ripens Into Hothouse Vegetable Farm

by Matt Forcey

Studio Gang made waves on the international architecture scene last year with their award-winning design for the new Aqua Tower in Chicago.  Like many of the firm’s previous projects, the Aqua was designed to foster a strong connection to the outdoors and the surrounding environment.  To this end, the building features outside terraces, integrated solar shading, and one of the largest green roofs in Chicago (btw, Chicago has more green roofs than any other major city on Earth).  Building on their environmental roots, the Gang has also developed a radical plan to incorporate sustainable produce gardens into densely urban environments.

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October 6, 2010

“Bus Stop of the Future” Can Sense its Surroundings

by Matt Forcey
Imagine if your local bus stop enabled you to check your e-mail, share community information on a digital message board or check the weather forecast?  Even better, what if it could tell you the exact location and time of arrival of that bus that you’re waiting for?

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September 30, 2010

Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

by Matt Forcey
Did you know that the best angle for glass to keep a Chicago apartment warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer is 71 degrees?

Well architects Studio Gang have designed an entire high rise building based on that optimum angle with solar access and shading as its core concept.

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September 27, 2010

The New Audi Spectacle?

by Matt Forcey

Although visually captivating at first glance, the campaign’s unabashed desecration of historic architecture in the name of commerce leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.  The title “The New Audi Spectacle” takes on a whole new meaning, no? 

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September 27, 2010

Concrete Wallpaper, Urbanify Your Pad

by Matt Forcey

Got yourself a hip, beamed ceiling loft in a newly gentrified section of town?  But the building’s designer boxed you in with lifeless drywall?  Hey, guess what, wallpaper is cool again. 

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September 18, 2010

Green Roof City at Chicago’s DePaul University

by Matt Forcey

Expanding on Chicago’s already existing 200 green roofs, (more than any other American city), this sloping, garden-topped building won’t be like any you’ve ever seen before. Designed by Yi Huang, Tian Tan & Xu Zhang, Green Roof City is a ramped structure that links together two of the windy city’s existing buildings.

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September 17, 2010

Urban Planning for the Future Circa. 1925

by Matt Forcey

It is an interesting concept and still holds valid as a potential prophecy some 85 years later. Although so many aspects of our modern society are unassuming miracles of technology

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September 15, 2010

2016 Olympic Games: Rio Solar City Tower

by Matt Forcey

Designed by the Swiss firm RAFAA for the International Architecture Competition for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, the proposed structure is both beautiful and green. Named the Solar City Tower, the building is adorned with solar panels that can be used to help make Rio’s Olympics the first ever zero-carbon games.

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September 15, 2010

Mitsubishi Electric Elevators Carry 80, Possibly the World’s Largest

by Matt Forcey

If you’ve ever been annoyed by the impatiently waiting for an office building elevator, this might just be the perfect building for you. Each of the new elevators installed by Mitsubishi Electric in Umeda Hankyu Building’s new office area in Osaka, Japan measures 11.2 x 9.2 feet in area by 8.5 feet high (3.4m wide, 2.8m long and 2.6m high). This allows for a whopping 80 person capacity, or over 11,500 pounds

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September 15, 2010

Nakheel Tower Designed to be World’s Tallest Skyscraper at Height of 1.4km

by Matt Forcey

Designed for Dubai by Woods Bagot, the Nakheel Tower is planned to be the world’s tallest skyscraper. The towering spire would stand over a kilometer tall, measuring in at 1,400 meters (4,593 ft) and putting the Burj Khalifa to shame. The tower is part of a much larger marina development in Dubai and also designed to LEED standards – that is if it ever gets built.

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