This project for a new bus terminal near San Francisco’s Bay Bridge was conceived as an investigation on parametric design and Voronoi algorithms. The project was developed by Bin Lu and Joongsik Yang at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) as a urban strategy that considers scripting, parametric design, and sustainable technologies as a design tool that produces form through the analysis of environmental, urban, and economic data. Read the rest of this entry »
The Menhir, a monolith upright standing stone, is the inspiration for the project; a building 90 metres-high located on the northern edge of the Liner’s quay extension with a drilled façade covered with vegetation suggesting erosion and sedimentation performed on the rock. Connected by public transport on the surface, the monolith will host a hotel and a panoramic restaurant in the upper floors, as the intermediate floors will host the port’s control centre, a conference centre and port offices.
Other programs of the project are: Leisure Park: surging from the extension of the current green area in Montero Ríos street, a leisure park in the Comercio’s Quay will be found, redefining the alignment and creating a promenade area along the Port. A vegetal façade which allows the views to the sea.
Liners quay: to solve access into this quay two alternatives have been considered: the first option consists of surface access for emergency vehicles and shuttles through reserved ways and a subterranean access for taxis, VIP vehicles and deliveries. The second one consists of keeping surface access and opening a subterranean access through the important ways along the port and an entrance through the Arenal tunnel. Considering the illumination of the distinct elements, the colour turquoise is contemplated for the the Menhir in low tides and the blue in the high ones. Read the rest of this entry »
Developed by students from “An Inconvenient Studio” at the Institute for Digital Fabrication of Ball State University, MorphoLuminescence utilizes an understanding of fashion photography to find its form and provide optimized lighting, enhancing the experience of trying on clothing. A three-point lighting set up is commonly used by fashion photographers, arranging a bright key light above eye level, in combination with softer fill and back lighting to create subtle shadows and a three dimensional effect.
Comprised of custom laser-cut “petals”, “stems”, and hinges, Morpholuminescence was pre-assembled for testing prior to shipping in pieces to the SPOT ON SCHOOLS exhibition in Florence, Italy. MorphoLuminescence provides variably tuned hue and light intensity levels in order to affect the fitting room experience and adapts its form to accommodate changes in the space. In its idle state the dimly lit surface of petals hangs free, signaling to consumers that it is ready for use. Through simple infrared sensors, human presence and variations in the space are analyzed, initiating its state of change. Read the rest of this entry »
The Lycee Jean Moulin in Revin in France, designed by OFF Architecture in collaboration with with Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture and Jeans Giacinto is a unique architectural piece that seems to implant the new structure into the topography of the natural landscape. Slated to complete in 2012, the Jean Moulin High School makes use of the constraints of the slope and follows the protruding and receding nature to create a moving pattern on the hill. The natural surroundings will not only create a healthy study environment for the students, but also give the all important lesson of protecting the environment and leading a sustainable life. Read the rest of this entry »
This project by Margot Krasojevic is for the design of two cable car stations along the edge of the Gobi desert, starting from Ordos city, the trail leads into the desert, a major tourist attraction. The form developed using a computer software which applies the dynamics and physics in order to simulate a specific environment, such as the Ordos desert, this helps understand caustic light patterns predicting the form’s influence within it’s environment. An important mechanical test rather than purely a formal gesture.
The form optimises the use of dichroic and holographic film in glass cladding, which helps to adapt to the specific site conditions and their extreme temperatures and reflectivity. A lightweight organic roof structure floats on top of a concrete plinth. The artificial landscape functions as a relief in which various movements and circulations are inscribed. The Roof Shell’s fluid shapes and organic contours mimic the nature of the ever changing sand dunes, like it’s environment the structure is never seen in the same way twice. Large cantilevers and small touch down areas underline a floating appearance of the dichroic illusion stations. Read the rest of this entry »
Set on a small island on Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, Australia the Milson Island Sports Stadium goes to great lengths to engage with the environment. The building is used for sports activities and performance and is a organic backdrop for camp assembly set in the natural confines of the island. Allen Jack + Cottier Architects designed an oval shaped span with a plywood skin for a 30% lighter structure to simplify erection on the site which is accessed only by boat.
The stadium was set to the side of an open area as not to become overbearing on the site. The oval shape is glazed the bottom four feet in vision glass for children to have a direct connection to the outside. Interior light bleeds out night to illuminate the adjacent land but cuts glare and avoids light pollution. Natural light is filtered into the interior by a series of roof skylights set above grills. Read the rest of this entry »
Award-winning architects KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has won the first prize in an international competition for the new Beijing Science Center. The original building housing the Museum was opened at the same location in Beijing in 1988 and at the time was the first national science and technology museum in China. The museum building will be constructed on behalf of the Beijing Association for Science and Technology, China.
In the south and east the building opens onto a spacious public plaza, shielding the adjoining residential quarters in the north from the busy roads. At the same time the museum forecourt is not only the place where visitors arrive but also somewhere the inhabitants of the neighbouring districts can spend time. Trees and expanses of greenery create a natural transition and a visual dividing line between the exhibition building and the road. Read the rest of this entry »
The design for Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Port is a collaboration between JDS architects and NE Arquitetura that seeks to redefine how new neighborhoods are conceived. When looking at the creation of any new neighbourhood we need to identify qualities and clarify what its identity and attractiveness will be both for the city and for its inhabitants. For Porto Olympico the architects wanted to bring a new life to the area by creating a development which is turned inside out. Rather than making a simple series of towers with all the life on the interior, it is a project which is defined by a thousand parks, balconies, and plateau’s of life and vitality. The concept for public spaces as well as outdoor private terraces are employed to bring social life back to the city. In a city like New York the height and density follows rules and regulations that require the buildings to step back making huge terraces all over the city which are much sought after. This allows the buildings to feel less massive on the street scale. Read the rest of this entry »
Transported by two containers and designed to be installed in five days, which are essential for an ephemeral and itinerant pavilion, the Mobile Cultural Pavilion by Frentes and Pax.arq consists primarily of 3 elements: A set of scaffolding towers, lightweight temporary autonomous structures, which are easily assembled, very stable and adaptable to any kind of terrain. Mounted with different heights up to 10 m, their role is to define interior spaces, structuring floors and ramps as well as securing the cover. Their positions shall be defined according to the chosen installation site. Prism Measuring 15m high, built of scaffolding, consisting of four pavements whose floors are sustained by inflatable beams, it is wrapped in a plastic waterproof canvas, besides being the vertical reference of the intervention, transforming the spaces according to its position, like a large panel, it has the function of sheltering areas of technical collection and general storage, also serving as a film projection screen. Read the rest of this entry »
The Star Performing Art Center designed by Aedas Limited is located in the Vista Xchange precinct of One-North, Singapore. The 54,000m2 development comprises of cultural, civic, and retail spaces and when complete will provide a premier entertainment, lifestyle, and retail experience for not only the One-North area but also the wider Singapore community.
The structure responds to the challenging site topography as the zone spirals inwards addressing the major entry points that ultimately culminate in an open amphitheatre. Instead of a singular expression, the complex celebrates the rich and varying activities inside whilst maintaining functionality. The design is driven by the desire to blur the boundaries between retail and cultural zones, public and private, and indoor and outdoor spaces with flowing spatial transitions that encourage discovery and deliver a dynamic energy to the visitors. Read the rest of this entry »