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Metropol Parasol // The World’s Largest Wooden Structure

Metropol Parasol // The World’s Largest Wooden Structure
Project: Metropol ParasolRedevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, SpainFunction: archeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurantsSite area: 18,000 square metersBuilding area: 5,000 square metersTotal floor Area: 12,670 square metersNumber of floors: 4Height of the building: 28.50 metersStructure: concrete, timber and steelPrincipal Exterior: timber and granitePrincipal interior material: concrete, granite and steelDesigning period: 2004-2005Construction period: 2005-2011Building/Cost: 90 Million Euro What is there not to like about Metropol Parasol? The waffle-like crown structure in Seville, Spain has been finally completed in April 2011 after a competition held by the city of Seville in 2004. Metropol’s interweaving waffle-like wooden panels rise from concrete base reinforced with steel, which are positioned in such a way to architecturally form canopies and walkways below the parasols. video © ARUP Group

Sky Garden House - Architecture Linked - Architect & Architectural... 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

12 Architects that Changed the World From time to time, there is a great artist that changes the way we perceive masterpieces and other people and gives us new emotions. Still, humanity gives birth to visionaries in other domains as well. And architecture is yet another great field where these bright minds create marvels and change perspectives. Some architects are even responsible for creating masterpieces with an emotional impact on people and can change the way we perceive cities and countries. Artists or not, these farsighted architects, were and many continue to be, the masters in redesigning our future. 1. His portrait Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho is considered to be a pioneer in creating new possibilities for using the reinforced concrete just for aesthetical reasons. He was part of the international team that designed the UN headquarters in New York and his conceptual plan was the main source of inspiration for the constructors. Source His work Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói Image source 2. 3.

Hanse Colani Rotor House 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. View of the cylinder from the living room. The house was designed for young professionals who need minimal space while they focus on career. The bathroom. The bedroom. The kitchen. Lilypad, a prototype of auto-sufficient amphibious city | Yatzer& LILYPAD, A FLOATING ECOPOLIS FOR CLIMATICAL REFUGEES 2100, a large crowd of ecological refugees Further to the anthropogenic activity, the climate warms up and the ocean level increases. According to the principle of Archimedes and contrary to preconceived notions, the melting of the arctic ice-floe will not change the rising of the water exactly as an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make its level rise. However, there are two huge ice reservoirs that are not on the water and whose melting will transfer their volume towards the oceans, leading to their rising. It deals with the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland on the one hand, and the continental glaciers on the other hand. Another reason of the ocean rising, that does not have anything to do with the ice melting is the water dilatation under the effect of the temperature. Aerial views of the maldivian atolls The main deck with three marinas, the submarine performing arts center and the gardens of phytopurification

30 Bizarre and Creative Packaging Design Examples Inspiration November 1, 2010 One of the things that identifies the image of a product is its packaging. Few elements like striking graphics, attractive colors, and unusual shapes are carefully thought of to come up with packaging design that catches the attention of the consumers. A packaging design is a critical component in marketing because it is the packaging that makes it stand from the rest when consumers choose a product from the shelf. We usually see the packaging first instead of an innovative product. This post presents the clever and innovative ideas of some of the company manufacturers around the world. Evian 2005 Limited Edition Bottle View Source Experimental Milk Carton View Source Tequila Gun Packaging View Source Salt & Pepper Cell View Source Lightbulb Box View Source Kleenex Packaging View Source 360 Paper Bottle View Source Wine in a Can View Source Doritos Packaging Concept View Source Hanger Tea View Source El Mil del Poaig Packaging View Source Wine Packaging View Source View Source Jásztej

Lofted Space-Saving Furniture for Bedroom Interiors | Designs &Ideas on Dornob Tumidei is more than just a furniture company – they construct modern and relatively inexpensive (no, not cheap) pieces of furniture that they also create compositions from – interior design photos that you can use to shape your own space. These lofted bedroom interiors are brilliantly varied and are great space-saving solutions for cramped bedrooms. A lot of these lofted interiors are clearly designed for children and teens in terms of sizes, colors and material quality. There is nothing to say that adults could not use this furniture as well and there are certainly more ways to put these sets together than are suggested by these photographs, but they do provide some ways in which you could coordinate colors, materials and forms to create a composite design that looks planned and organized ahead of time.

3 Amazing Ways Old Buildings Have Been Reused It's a sad fact of life as a building that, eventually, you're going to wear out your welcome within the community. At that point, you have two options: be torn down or become something else. All of the buildings on this list chose the latter option, with insanely impressive results. #3. Built for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Water Cube was a bold statement to the world that, yes, the Chinese do know how to build structures that look like they're ready to hatch the next gigantic monster that will destroy every city in its path. It was modern, beautiful and almost completely useless after the Olympics were over. OK, so the plan doesn't sound impressive, but look at that thing. And once again, the finished product proves what we've always known ... ... drugs and swimming are a great combination. #2. A water tower is an especially problematic structure. Dixon redesigned an old water tower in London into the "upscale" apartment pictured above. #1.

Tangga House by Guz Architects By Eric • Mar 23, 2011 • Selected Work The Tangga House is another Singapore’s dream home designed by Guz Architects. Completed in 2009, the 7,663 square foot residence is located in Holland Village, an elite district of Singapore that is famous amongst the expatriate community. The luxury single-family home gives the owners the opportunity to live in harmony and comfort with nature, in Singapore’s hot tropical climate. Tangga House by Guz Architects: “The house is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional courtyard house, laid out around a central green courtyard with a double height stair and entry area forming the focal point of the project. The L-shaped plan creates open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer resident’s views over the courtyard to the veranda, roof gardens and beyond. The large roof above the courtyard creates an indoor and outdoor space leading to the gardens and swimming pool which wraps around two sides of the house. Photos by: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Hug Chair by Ilian Milinov & Yanko Design 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 15 Awesome And Inspiring Offices I’m sure you’ve seen this office plenty of times on the internet. This office is all about fun: it has a lot of specially decorated rooms in which employees can do their work. There’s even a game room for relaxation and a gym where you can work out. Check it out: The Selgas Cano Architecture office, designed by Iwan Baan, makes you feel like a part of nature. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you’ve probably already heard of Twitter. Saegeling Medizintechnik is a German company that produces high-end medical equipment. This office somehow reminds me of the nuclear bunker in the end of Terminator 3. Yahoo has several offices around the world. TBWA Hakuhodo is a Japanese advertising company. You probably know Pixar from great animation films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and The Incredibles. Pallotta Teamworks asked Clive Wilkinson Architects to create a one of a kind office. This is probably one of my favourite offices.

Bates Masi Architects - Portfolio Profile Bates Masi + Architects LLC, a full-service architectural firm with roots in New York City and the East End of Long Island for over 50 years, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, material, craft and environment for unique solutions as varied as the individuals or groups for whom they are designed. The focus is neither the size nor the type of project but the opportunity to enrich lives and enhance the environment. Paul Masi spent childhood summers in Montauk and currently resides in Amagansett. Harry Bates, a resident of East Hampton, received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University.

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