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This tiny prefab home is an experiment in all things efficient. The E.D.G.E., designed and built by by Bill Yudchitz and Revelations Architects/Builders Corp. in Wisconsin, stands for an Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment, and recently won a design award from the American Institute of Architects-Wisconsin. Several details of this design make it unique to other prefab designs. The “kinetic facade” rain screen, which consists of tall louvered panels, can be closed over the passive solar windows to insulate the interior and protect the E.D.G.E. when unoccupied. It contains two lofts with full staircases, and the furniture is custom made for the house and is multi-functional.
Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Art Center is the newest winning design from the Atelier of Zaha Hadid Architects . The complex embodies a unique variety of civic nodes and spaces – Grand Theater, Contemporary Art Museum, Multipurpose Hall and supporting facilities and it broke ground in October. Changsha, the capital of the south Chinese province of Hunan is in the midst of striking population growth and rapid urban development, an at the center of that roller coaster, worth $130 billion, is Meixihu lake, planned as a venue for numerous, ambitious cultural projects. The Grand Theater will be the largest performance center in the city, and with the capacity of 1800 seats, it is the focal point of the complex. It is designed as highly equipped, in order to host world- standard performances.
Inca jewellery and Peruvian minery-inspired bridge in development by OOIIO Architecture Designed by Madrid-based practice OOIIO Architecture, the Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge is destined to draw strong ties between these two thriving districts in Lima, Peru. Conceptualised as a new landmark for the city, the bridge is currently in design development with an expected completion date of 2016. For OOIIO Architecture this is more than a basic bridge scheme; it is an ‘open-air building’.