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Rolling Bridge « Heatherwick Studio

Rolling Bridge « Heatherwick Studio
London, UK The studio was commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge to span an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, London, and provide an access route for workers and residents. Crucially, the bridge needed to open to allow access for the boat moored in the inlet. The aim was to make the movement the extraordinary aspect of the bridge. The structure opens using a series of hydraulic rams integrated into the balustrade. The whole structure was constructed at Littlehampton Welding on the Sussex coast and then floated up the Grand Union Canal, before being lifted into position and attached to the hydraulic system which powers its movement. The Rolling Bridge won a number of awards including a Structural Steel Award, and an Emerging Architecture Award. Go to images Related:  Architecture / BuildingsTehnology and Architecture

Vader House by Andrew Maynard Architects Vader House by Andrew Maynard Architects Architect Andrew Maynard of Melbourne, Australia is amongst our favorites here at TheCoolist, and his Vader House is clearly one of his best. While it made the rounds of the design blogosphere earlier last year, we felt compelled to bring it back to light. This geometric, open-air home is an extension on a Victorian terrace, resting privately around an enclosed patio just steps away from the busy city streets. The rehabbed Vader House maintains the old brick perimeter, providing an old city charm to this decidedly modern construction. Hug Chair by Ilian Milinov A Chair for Clingy Lovers If you’ve ever had someone sit in your lap, you know that 15 minutes is about the max your legs can handle. It’s really not fair. The Hug chair brings simple design and human gesture together for that extra time you want to sit with your significant other. Designer: Ilian Milinov

National Centre for the Performing Arts (China) The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (simplified Chinese: 国家大剧院; traditional Chinese: 國家大劇院; pinyin: Guójiā dà jùyuàn; literally: National Grand Theatre), and colloquially described as The Giant Egg (巨蛋), is an opera house in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. The dome measures 212 meters in east–west direction, 144 meters in north–south direction, and is 46 meters high. National Grand Theatre at night. Internally, there are three major performance halls: Building detail: transition from glass to titanium. Coordinates:

Chronicle: Universal robotic gripper Robert Barker/University Photography The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move and place objects easily, but for a robot, this "gripping" mechanism is a vexing challenge. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp. have created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon, bypassing traditional designs based on the human hand and fingers. They call it a universal gripper, as it conforms to the object it's grabbing, rather than being designed for particular objects, said Hod Lipson, Cornell associate professor of mechanical engineering and computer science. The research is a collaboration between the groups of Lipson, Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago, and Chris Jones at iRobot. It is published online Oct. 25 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. John Amend The robotic gripper conforms to the shape of the item it is lifting.

Hillside House by SB Architects Hillside House by SB Architects SB Architects has completed work on a sustainably-developed gem of architecture in Mill Valley, California. The Hillside House by SB Architects is the first LEED Platinum home in Marin County, located just north of California’s famed Golden Gate Bridge. The Hillside House is aptly named, as the site includes a sharp incline onto which this home was constructed. Indoors, the occupants are treated to a warm, comfortable environment split between community and private spaces. The Sifter's Top 10 Homes of 2010 If you’re a regular reader of the Sifter you’re familiar with my real estate fascination. I love posting all types of homes. From the unique and interesting to the grand and opulent. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 10 Homes from 2010. Click any picture or link to be taken to the original post, enjoy! The Biggest and Most Expensive Home Posted in 2010 This staggering 48,00 square foot mega-mansion in the Cayman Islands was listed at a jaw-dropping $59 million USD! The Best Use of Limited Space [500 sq ft] Architects Darrick Borowski and Danny Orenstein show us that it’s possible to live quite comfortably in 500 square feet (46 sq m). The Most Exotic Home Posted in 2010 Located in gorgeous Phuket, Thailand, this stunning property boasts over 8,000 square feet of interior space and over 8,500 square feet of outdoor terrace space as well! The Craziest Penthouse Posted in 2010 The Coolest Retrofit Property of 2010 It’s a 1965 Boeing 727 converted into a hotel room.

Theater Architecture: 10 Modern Music Hall Masterpieces Theater Architecture: 10 Modern Music Hall Masterpieces If it is a building’s job to host and contain performing art, the structure itself must reflect this in its design. While most of the world’s theaters are standard, columnic and republican, some architects have stepped forward to create truly wonderful, unique works of architectural art. JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid Architects Much like the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid is a twisting, mathematic display of carefully calculated rhythms. Singapore Civic and Cultural Center The Singapore Civic and Cultural Center will span a staggering 24,000 sq.m. of space in Singapore’s One-North precinct. The Sydney Opera House Easily the world’s most recognizable concert hall, the Sydney Opera House could also be the world’s most beautiful. Taipei Performing Arts Center by NL Architects Hylton Performing Arts Center National Grand Theater of China Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theater St.

D.I.Y. Is in Their DNA Some people build their own doghouses or tree houses. Jacob and Melissa Brillhart’s D.I.Y. project was a little more elaborate: They hand-built a 1,500-square-foot house. Never again, they insist. Still, one wonders, why do it in the first place? Sure, they are both trained as architects, and he has his license, but most architects are content to leave the heavy lifting to the contractors. Mr. He grew up in Canterbury, N.H., home of the Canterbury Shaker Village, which “had some kind of influence on me,” he said. But more important, perhaps, was what happened when he was five: His parents gut-renovated a 1780 house. “I don’t think my family is quite as extreme,” said Ms. So in 2011, while they were living in a one-bedroom apartment in Miami Beach, Fla., they decided they should build their own house. What they discovered is that when you set about doing something yourself, help often presents itself at every turn. “They taught us to go back to the basics, to time-tested strategies,” Mr.

Housing Design: 10 Masterpieces of Urban Community Creative Communities: 10 Masterpieces of Urban Housing The phrase “urban housing” can mean many different things. It can represent a small, multi-family structure, a large scale housing project or a high rise building that scrapes the sky. UFO Houses of Sanchih While these homes in coastal Taiwan were fully grounded, their appearance suggested that they originated in the skies. UFO Houses of Sanjhuh Gallery Nakagin Capsule Tower Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower is an amazing feat of urban housing, a prefabricated pod structure designed to house single occupants in serve-all units. Nakagin Capsule Tower Gallery Linked Hybrid City Building, Beijing Moving to a more modern timeline and a more massive production, the Linked Hybrid City Building in Beijing, China is a truly amazing work of architecture. Linked Hybrid City Building Gallery Mountain Dwellings, Copenhagen Traveling next to Copenhagen, Denmark, this 10-story cascade of homes sits on a hillside near the outskirts of the city.

Was It Too Soon to Be Sustainable? Photo Warren, Vt. — Dotty Kyle and Eric Brattstrom had an ambitious vision for the home they would build when they sold their bed-and-breakfast here seven years ago and retired. They were environmental and community advocates, so they wanted it to be as sustainable as possible — ideally net-zero, producing as much energy as it used. But they didn’t want to scrimp on luxury or size, so against their architect’s advice they insisted on 5,000 square feet, enough space to accommodate all their children and grandchildren at the same time. The indoor pool was just for fun. “We sold a nine-bedroom B&B and then pretty much recreated it right up the street,” said Ms. “I was an idiot and built a house that was way too complicated and labor-intensive,” said Mr. The good news? With 71 photovoltaic and eight solar hot-water collectors, there is plenty of free power. And because Mr. Mr. But he really got going after reading Al Gore’s 1992 book, “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit.”

The First Zombie-Proof House Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job) 28 Days Later and the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide, we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 zombie apocalypse of our dreams. “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar. “The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself to become completely sealed? Even the windows are covered with a slab of concrete when the structure is on nap time.

D.I.Y. Is in Their DNA Some people build their own doghouses or tree houses. Jacob and Melissa Brillhart’s D.I.Y. project was a little more elaborate: They hand-built a 1,500-square-foot house. Never again, they insist. Sure, they are both trained as architects, and he has his license, but most architects are content to leave the heavy lifting to the contractors. Mr. He grew up in Canterbury, N.H., home of the Canterbury Shaker Village, which “had some kind of influence on me,” he said. But more important, perhaps, was what happened when he was five: His parents gut-renovated a 1780 house. “I don’t think my family is quite as extreme,” said Ms. So in 2011, while they were living in a one-bedroom apartment in Miami Beach, Fla., they decided they should build their own house. What they discovered is that when you set about doing something yourself, help often presents itself at every turn. “They taught us to go back to the basics, to time-tested strategies,” Mr. As Mr. Mr. Still, it wasn’t always easy going.

Beautiful Island Dream Home | Luxurious Lifestyles of the Rich in Cayman Islands Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous never took a long look at those gorgeous homes in the Cayman Islands. This is just one of those Beautiful homes that only the super rich can afford. This is just one of those Luxurious 60 million dollar homes. These homes all feature intricate details including entrances that look like hotel lobbies, pools, tennis courts and amazing rooms that most people only dream about. You will find in house theaters, underground grotto spas, game room, steam room, billiards room, and exercise room. Luxurious multi-million dollar homes cost as much to create as a big hotel, but without the income associated with it.

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