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It's inevitable. We've been fighting the green revolution with buildings that act like animals and plants--take Enric Ruiz-Geli's Villa Nurbs , which squints its plastic bubble eyes in the sun, or Renzo Piano's Academy of Sciences , with a rolling green skin that breathes in the wind--and now here's a proposal for a building that grows on its own. Efficient, biomimetic design, or one step away from "I, Building"? GEOtube, a proposal from Berkeley-based Faulders Studio , uses salt water to grow a facade.
first image marine research center in bali, indonesia by solus4 all images courtesy tangram 3DS LLC the recent international design competition for a marine research center in bali, indonesia gave firm solus4 an opportunity to study and architecturally interpret the structure of tsunami waves. the competition, co-sponsored by arquitectum and universitas pelita harapan in indonesia, sought to address the need for tsunami research and preparation in response to the devastation caused by the 2004 indian ocean earthquake and tsunami.
Images credit Arch Group/Ivanov Ilya. When I first wrote about the Sleepbox two years ago , I was dubious that it would ever see the light of day, noting "It is an interesting exercise in seeing how small a space one can comfortably live in, but one suspects that the opportunity for, um, misuse might keep this idea of the 15 minute hotel room from going mainstream." But it has, with a working prototype set up in Moscow. Designed by the Arch Group , about the only change from the original proposal is that it is made of wood instead of plastic (common for prototypes, and the minimum time has increased from 15 minutes to half an hour. They appear to have given up on one my favourite features of the original concept, the automatic bed-changing system: [bed] is equipped with automatic system of change of bed linen.
I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly. It does take a bit more effort on the front end, but it's definitely not rocket science. This architecture by Guz Architects is a wonderfully developed minimalistic design with a curvilinear flare that really brings out the organic coverings. I'm most impressed with how design facilitates the needs of the plants and shrubs located throughout the house . See more at Guz Architects
Designer Luigi Colani has created a space-saving house with a six square meter cylinder inside that contains a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. + hanse-haus.de The cylinder rotates left or right bringing the room you want into view of the main living room. There's a separate toilet and a small hallway, and everything is controlled with a remote.