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Kew Tree Top Walkway & Rhizotron by Marks Barfield Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 6 May 2014 9:17 pm | Other

Kew Garden’s Tree Top Walkway takes the visitors to a height of 18 meters into tree canopies to offer a view of Kew with insights into the role of the trees and of the woodland from a relaxing point and it opened on 24th May 2008 welcoming thousands of visitors. The project is located in the Kew Gadens, Brentford Gate, London, UK and it was designed by the Marks Barfield Architects practice with a walkway that is inspired from the…

Machine in a Box by Luce Et Studio

By : Dennis Franklin | 5 May 2014 6:06 pm | Other

Located on 9800 Campus Point Drive in San Diego, California, the Machine In A Box is a project created by the Luce Et Studio in 2013 for the Nissan Design America company as their third collaboration with them, after designing a new facility in Detroit and a revamp of their studio in La Jolla. The project spreads over a surface of 5000 square feet and it houses the high tech five axis milling machine which functions independently from the other…

Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel

By : Dennis Franklin | 3 May 2014 3:47 pm | Other

Located in Les Giettes in the Swiss Alps, the Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel offers unconventional accommodation opportunities in the shape of 15 geodesic tents shaped like domes integrating into the natural landscape and offering a stunning overview of the surroundings. There are ten standard domes and five family ones, each of them being anchored to a wooden platform which offers a furnished terrace to enjoy the view from a better point outdoors. The rooms have king-sized beds, a fully equipped bathroom,…

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery by Spark Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 29 Apr 2014 5:40 pm | Other

The Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery was designed by the Spark Architects practice and it spreads over two floors with a broad spectrum of residential and commercial spaces available for lease or purchase close to the South Railway Station in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. The project is designed as an abstract meditation on the geometry of the railway tracks and the interior has a layout concerned primarily on functionality to take advantage of the location next to the railway station,…

LifeWorks by Miro Rivera Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 29 Apr 2014 5:32 pm | Other

LifeWorks is a non-profit organization offering a model of sustainable design for the low-income neighborhoods and it is located in East Austin, Texas. The new branch was designed by the practice of Miro Rivera Architects and it acts as a hub for educational and financial literacy in Central Texas. The structure has a 5 star sustainability rating from the Austin Energy Green Building and it was designed as a play on the “dog trot” breaking the building into two main…

Al Fayah Park by Thomas Heatherwick

By : Dennis Franklin | 25 Apr 2014 7:45 pm | Other

The architect Thomas Heatherwick unveiled his design for the Al Fayah Park in Abu Dhabi which will be semi-subterranean and will feature a fragmented canopy to provide shading, offering an artificial oasis in the desert and a place for the locals to relax. The canopy of the roof is supported by staggered columns and the park is inspired by the European parks with grassy hills requiring large amounts of water for their maintenance. The interlocking canopies act as a shield…

Pontivy Media Library by Opus 5 architectes

By : Dennis Franklin | 25 Apr 2014 7:42 pm | Other

The Media Library in Pontivy, France was designed in 2013 by the Opus 5 architectes practice with a structure pointing toward east, west and south to make up the three images to the city, the canal and the exterior space stretching the interior volumes. The project was designed as a serene setting where you can read or exchange ideas in a space which inspires serenity and safety. The steel blades of the screen act as a partition between the interior…

YUHANG_Cultural and Art Center by Studio Marco Piva

By : Dennis Franklin | 24 Apr 2014 3:35 pm | Other

The YUHANG Cultural and Art Center takes its name from the district it is located in which is in the Zhejiang province of Hangzhou, China and it is the birthplace of the Liangzhu Primitive Culture, an important prehistoric site. The project was designed by the Studio Marco Piva and the client wanted a futuristic landmark structure which would consider both the commercial and the public needs. The cultural center integrates architecture, the water system, plaza and green spaces through an…

Rafael del Pino Auditorium Building by Rafael de La-Hoz Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 18 Apr 2014 4:02 pm | Other

The Rafael del Pinto Auditorium Building located next to the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, Spain was designed by the practice of Rafael de La-Hoz Architects with an impressive façade standing out due to its metallic structure reminiscent of a tree. The designers described their original project as “transforming a garden into an inhabited garden” so instead of replacing the garden with a contemporary structure, they transformed the layout of the plants into a sustaining geometry with the habitable…

Chongqing Clubhouse by Pure Architecture

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Apr 2014 6:01 pm | Other

The Chongqing Clubhouse is a part of the Greenland Bund Center project together with 23 commercial buildings which were originally used as a real estate sales center for the project and it was designed by the Pure Architecture practice. The project is located on the south side of the mountain in the Hong’en Temple Forest Park in Chongqing and it offers a view toward the Jialing River acting as a connective element between the river and the mountain with an…

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