- ProducerLe Grande - House Watts - Breakfree Estate, MidrandThis is the latest project of mine that has just been completed at the Breakfree Estate, in Midrand, Northern Johannesburg.The Client - Charlie Watts (who was also the Developer) loved this house so much that he christened it 'Le Grande'! He also...
- Producer28/03/20173D rendering services are the backbone of Impressive animation and moviesHave you ever wondered how your favourite video game or animation movie looks so real? How your movie makes the things so real is lively? You know that computer game programmer has played you some trick, but what is it? Let us tell you something...
- BIG Unveils Plans For a Yin & Yang-Shaped Home For One of the World's Rarest Animals.
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels' firm has unveiled plans for a new yin and yang-shaped home in Copenhagen Zoo for panda's that will closely resemble their natural habitat.
It is to be finished by 2018—just in time for the arrival of the two giant pandas from Chengdu, China.
The design of Copenhagen's Panda House will feature a nearly 13,500 sq. ft. interior space and a 13,000 sq. ft. exterior space that mimics a yin and yang-shaped home. The setting is meant to allow visitors to feel as if they are witnessing the panda's natural environment, rather than the mammals being viewed as a foreign objects in a new land. According to a statement by BIG, "the habitat forms the freest and most naturalistic possible environment for the pandas, providing the freedom to roam about and the ideal conditions to mate—one of the major challenges facing pandas from becoming endangered." What's more, the circular space will be situated right next to the award-winning Elephant House, by famed architect Norman Foster.
“Architecture is like portraiture," said Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner at BIG, in a statement. "To design a home for someone is like capturing their essence, their character and personality in built form. In the case of the two great Pandas, their unique solitary nature requires two similar but separate habitats—one for her and one for him."
- Russian ice skating rink doubles as a solar-powered outdoor cinema and geothermal spa.
This solar-powered ice skating rink for a natural lake in the Kamchatka peninsula, Russia, is designed to double as an outdoor cinema and natural geothermal spa. Photovoltaic panels and geothermal turbines provide enough energy to keep the lake at frozen temperatures, power the cinema and LED lighting , and still pump excess energy back into the grid. Margot Krasojević Architects designed the project as a fully self-sufficient multi-use structure that reflects the fluid nature of its immediate environment.
Surrounded by hot springs and scenic routes amidst a volcanic terrain, the lake stays frozen during winter months. The architects introduced solar panels to generate enough electrical current that keeps it frozen in warmer weather and during ice hockey tournaments. A sequence of cedar wood sections partly surround the ice rank, while a canopy with attached solar panels holds the lighting and cinema projection outlets.
When it’s not used as an ice skating rink, the project turns into an outdoor cinema with foldable seating – keeping the project flexible. A biodegradable LED net shelters the area of the lake and provides light and charging stations during the evening.
- 26/03/2017#archietct3D Architectural Modeling Services The new face of Architectural Industrywww.engineeringexchange.com In the Architectural Industry, 3D Architectural Modeling Services has brought about a tremendous change in the methodology of creating plans and designs...
- Producer25/03/20173D Architectural Modeling Services The new face of Architectural IndustryIn the Architectural Industry, 3D Architectural Modeling Services has brought about a tremendous change in the methodology of creating plans and designs for buildings. Traditionally Architects used to create drawings and plans by hand, but now, all...
- 24/03/2017Beautiful cabin pops up in ten days with minimal landscape disturbanceinhabitat.com BIO Architects recently completed their latest Dubldom, a modern prefab cabin installed in 10...
- Producer24/03/2017The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Architectural 3D Modeling ServicesThe Architectural 3D modeling services play a very important role in understanding and helping in visualizing the external appearance of your office building, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls or even the residential house. This is done with...
- 24/03/2017The 7th room / Snøhetta
In the tall pine forest of Northern Sweden, where the tricolored tree trunks stretch up to the soaring crowns, a new addition to the renowned Treehotel has opened. Hovering ten meters above the ground within the tree canopy, the Snøhetta-designed 7th room provides its guests with a breathtaking view of the Lapland treetops and the Lule River. With focus on the surrounding nature, the design features large windows, a netted terrace suspended above the forest floor, and a tree stretching up through the cabin. The boundaries between indoors and outdoors are blurred, making the cabin part of the forest.The 7th room / Snøhetta - Architecture Labarchitecturelab.net In the tall pine forest of Northern Sweden, where the tricolored tree trunks stretch up to the soaring crowns, a new addition to the renowned Treehotel has...
- 24/03/2017Solar-powered Rotterdam home wraps around an olive tree.
Don’t be fooled by this Rotterdam home’s deceptively plain street-facing facade—the backside of the property reveals a strikingly sculptural home with a glazed facade that wraps around an olive tree. MVRDV designed the contemporary home, called Casa Kwantes, for a client who valued privacy and seclusion but also wanted maximum access to daylight and open living spaces. To minimize its environmental footprint, the home includes several energy-efficient systems and aims for self-sufficiency.
- Here’s how to be SURE your trusses can be used in roof constructionhometimes.co.za Because your home’s roof is one of the largest, heaviest and most costly structures in your home’s design, it is fair to expect that a lot of planning should be invested in the roof’s design and...
- Futuristic Dutch community features 50 out-of-this world spherical homes.
Although it might look like the set of a science fiction film, this neighborhood in the Netherlands was built by humans for humans. Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp designed this unusual apartment community, dubbed the Bolwoningen (“ball” or “bulb” homes). Built in 1984, the residential development is comprised of 50 of these futuristic spherical structures grouped together amid winding walkways and tall trees, alongside a scenic canal.
Kreijkamp initially designed the bulbous Bolwoningen in the 1970s, in response to a special Dutch subsidy for experimental housing projects that launched in 1968. The decidedly suburban neighborhood in Maaspoort in the city of Den Bosch (formally known as ‘s-Hertogenbosch) is home to this extraterrestrial cluster of apartment homes. Inside each golf-ball shaped home is a compact apartment dwelling with a uniquely otherworldly feel. The curved walls and round porthole windows give the illusion you’re living in a spaceship, which is a little ironic because Kreijkamp actually intended the globe-like structures to bring people closer to nature, with its vantage points from nearly every angle.
Each apartment home contains three floors, with bedrooms on the ground level and a bathroom hidden on the middle floor. The upper floor houses the main living room and compact kitchen, and round windows face outward in nearly every direction, offering unique views of the world outside (including the other globe-shaped apartments, which are positioned somewhat close together). At the top floor, each home has a diameter of just 18 feet (5.5 meters), making for a cozy living space. Across the street, another subdivision is filled with traditional-style homes, highlighting the rarity of the globe-shaped apartment community.
- Rent David Bowie’s Former Mustique Retreat for $40,000 a Week
This Indonesian-inspired refuge on the lush island of Mustique, built in 1989 on a hillside facing Britannia Bay, was David Bowie’s tranquil getaway. “My ambition is to make music so incredibly uncompromised that I will have absolutely no audience left whatsoever and then I’ll be able to spend the entire year on the island,” he said in our September 1992 issue. Architect Arne Hasselqvist designed the home as a series of Japanese/Scandinavian pavilions, Bali-based designer Linda Garland introduced Indonesian elements, and designer Robert J. Litwiller oversaw the project. The compound, centered on two koi ponds, consists of a main living area, a writer’s cottage, and an artist’s studio. Going in and out is a seamless experience thanks to teak walkways that join one space to the next. The inspiring teak housefronts, from a Javanese village, were also used as façades for the kitchen. Other standout features include an outdoor dining pavilion and a guest pavilion with a bamboo ceiling, which was designed by Michael White. The 6.2-acre grounds have intricately landscaped tropical gardens and an infinity pool.
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- Breathtaking seaside hotel in Thailand practices radical reuse, grows 100% of its produce.
Overlooking a private bay along the Northern Coast of Koh Samui, Thailand, The Tongsai Bay Hotel boasts more than luxurious seaside accommodations. The award-winning family-owned resort was built within a 28 and a half acre landscape that remains home to 66 different species of birds and other wildlife. The green retreat maintains its virtuous mission by growing 100 percent of its produce and turning all food waste into fertilizer and a cleaning solution for its facilities, donating the rest to the island’s stray cats and dogs. This breathtaking oasis demonstrates how hotels can thrive within a completely natural habitat.
Originally built in 1987, the environmentally-sensitive design of The Tongsai Bay was in many ways ahead of its time. Not a single tree was felled or damaged during construction, allowing the natural fauna and flora to flourish for all these years. 66 different species of birds and all sorts of wildlife, including lizards, can be found roaming the property at any given time.
- 7 Abandoned Buildings That Were Transformed into Something Beautiful.
Abandoned buildings are typically considered eyesores. For some, they're synonymous with neglect and decay. But what if someone takes these structures (many of them decades if not centuries old) and turns them into something beautiful? From London to Baltimore, that's exactly what some architecture firms have done over the past few decades. AD rounds up seven of the most incredible examples of when something derelict was transformed into something dazzling.7 Abandoned Buildings That Were Transformed into Something Beautiful | Architectural Digestwww.architecturaldigest.com From Brooklyn to Barcelona, AD surveys the most striking examples of decay transformed into...
- 20/03/2017The Wangari Muta Maathai House / Boogertman + Partners Architects
The Wangari Muta Maathai House is envisaged as a living memorial – a forum for experiential learning for all Kenyans, Africans and peoples of the globe.
Unfolding the life of Wangari Maathai, in an intimate facility, will enable visitors to understand her commitment to human rights, environmental conservation and promoting the culture of peace.
Approaching the structural ring on foot, enveloped by the forest, one walks along the timber-decked route. Following the route, one crosses a body of water to enter beneath the structural ring, which floats overhead. The site then lifts naturally to support the underside of this ring and eventually envelope the auditorium component, at the rear.
The circular form symbolises the simplicity embodied in the basic cycle of nature. The form, embedded within ethereal forest physically manifests the notion of ‘walks and talks’ – communicating the salient points of Wangari’s legacy – a childhood sense of wonder coalesced with the ethics of taking action.
- 20/03/2017Students use rice husks to build affordable homes in the Philippines.
Rice husks used to be considered a waste product good for nothing but fire or landfills, but now enterprising companies are beginning to realize their potential as a sustainable building material. A group of students from the Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering at University of California used waste rice husks to manufacture termite-resistant composite boards with help from a $75,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and build affordable housing in the Philippines.
In addition to protecting rice during the growing season, rice hulls can be put to use as building material, fertilizer, insulation material or fuel. The students at Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering used it to manufacture boards ideal for building relief shelters and affordable housing.
The Husk-to-Home team developed the project by environmental engineering student Colin Eckerle who has been working on it since 2014. However, the rice husk boards last longer. The students received a two-year grant by EPA which will pay for manufacturing equipment and space and allow the team to go into full-scale production of the boards.
“While it has taken a lot of trial and error to get a material that is strong and consistent enough to build homes with, we have finally reached a point where we can produce a prototype board that is comparable in terms of strength to commercially available particleboard,” Eckerle said. “Our tests have shown that termites will not eat rice husk or our building material, which will increase the lifespan of the houses in the Philippines”.
- 17/03/2017Cactus Park in Taiwan draws architectural inspiration from prickly succulents.
Cacti may not excite a lot of people, but in Taiwan the plant is so highly respected the island community of Penghu built the Qingwan Cactus Park to celebrate its existence. The beautiful complex was created by converting an old military complex into various greenhouses that store a staggering variety of cacti in all shapes and sizes.
- 17/03/2017Oak Pass House / Walker Workshop. Beverley Hills, California. To read more go to :- http://architecturelab.net/oak-pass-house-walker-workshop/
- Extraordinary Onion House in Hawaii lets you vacation in a work of art.
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a work of art, now is your chance. The Onion House in Kona, Hawaii is a prime example of renowned architect Kendrick Kellogg’s visionary style. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Kellogg was one of the early innovators of organic architecture, which can be seen throughout the vacation home’s striking aesthetic. Although the home is clearly a work of artful design, Kellogg’s original plans were so eccentric that local contractors refused to build it, forcing the architect to construct the “multi-layered” home himself using locally-sourced materials.
Located on a remote hill overlooking Kona’s beautiful shoreline, Kellogg built the home for the McCormick Spice Family in the early 1960s. The hilly location was a practical step to keep the structure safe from tsunamis and storms. The home’s design, however, entailed complete whimsy.
Kellogg’s drawings were so extraordinary, he had a hard time finding a contractor to build the complicated structure. Instead of adjusting his designs to meet the standards of the industry, however, a determined Kellogg moved his family to the site to build the structure himself – with Frank Lloyd Wright’s metal worker and glass artist James Hubbell.
The home is set on a massive base of lava rock, which was carefully carved to create the large terrace that overlooks the ocean. The odd roof “tunnels” comprise a creative defense against harsh sunlight during the day, while walls of stained glass and the translucent roof panels provide pleasantly diffused natural light.
- Hopetoun Avenue Residence / B.E Architecture in Sydney Australia.
- Life’s rich tapestry
Embroidery queen Laura Lees moved from fashion to furniture. She tells Alice Fisher what inspires her.
Laura Lees’ career started with a schoolgirl error. “I didn’t read my college prospectus properly so I applied for constructed textiles thinking it would be sculpture or something – it was actually knitting, weaving and tapestry.” Luckily the course at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design worked out. “Turns out tapestry and embroidery are my thing. The needle is my pen and it lets me tell my stories.”
After college, she moved from her home town of Corstorphine to London in 1997 and ended up working behind the bar at the Bricklayer’s Arms in Hoxton. Back then it was the local for fashion folk such as Giles Deacon and Katie Grand. After she embroidered a shirt for Deacon to show him what she could do, her notoriety spread among London’s young designers.
The skull and cross bones, dart boards, booze bottles and graffiti slogans that became her motifs were in demand. Her cheeky, colourful embroidery and patches ended up in collections by Luella, Sibling and Topshop. She made guitar straps for the Strokes and embellished a dress for Courtney Love. “It was covered in lipstick and God knows what. It took me a day to clean the sewing machine. She is a dirty bird.”
- 15/03/2017Libeskind unveils zero-emissions university building designed in collaboration with students.
A new building with exciting geometry and eco-friendly design is inspiring students at Leuphana University at Lüneburg, Germany. Architect Daniel Libeskind recently completed the New Central Building, a landmark university structure designed in collaboration with the students as part of the tradition at Leuphana University to involve students in campus changes. Topped with a green roof and powered by renewable energy, the light-filled sculptural building will operate at zero emissions.
Created in the same gleaming and angular aesthetic common to Libeskind’s designs, the 13,000-square-meter zinc-clad New Central Building serves as a major university hub that promotes cross-disciplinary interaction and learning for students and faculty. The massive structure comprises four interlocking sculptural forms, each housing four programs: the Student Center that spans the height of the building; the three-story Seminar Center; the 1,100-seat Libeskind Auditorium; and the seven-story Research Center.
Students contributed to the design process in seminars held by Professor Libeskind and other teachers at the university. Student participation spanned a wide spectrum, from the building and landscape design to the way-finding systems and interior design. “The idea for this project was to create a hub that would inspire the students through multiple connected spaces, infused with natural light and exciting new geometries,” said architect Daniel Libeskind. “It was a true creative collaboration by incorporating students ideas about program and design elements into the final design.”
Architecture (Latin architectura, from the Greek ἀρχιτέκτων arkhitekton "architect", from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων "builder") is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.