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Exbury Egg by PAD Studio, the SPUD Group and Stephen Turner

By : Dennis Franklin | 2 Jul 2015 9:48 am | Other

This self-sustaining work space is called the Exbury Egg and it was designed through the collaboration of PAD Studio, the SPUD Group and Stephen Turner. The “egg” is located in the estuary of the Beaulieu River in UK and its purpose is to serve as a laboratory for the study of the life of a tidal creed, having a collecting and collating center with integrated storage areas. The project uses a building technique similar to the one used when building…

Verical Villages Concept in Calabria, Italy

By : Mark V | 29 Jun 2015 8:54 pm | Other

The French firms OFF architecture, PR Architect and Samuel Nageotte were awarded by the Solar Park South International design competition for their fabulous idea called Vertical Villages in Calabria, Italy. The theme of the competition was: “solar highway” and the candidates had to use the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway as a starting point. This highway is going to be decommissioned by the Italian Highways Authority. The architects had to take into consideration many things: the redesign of the viaduct that was…

The Looper by Nomadic Resorts

By : Dennis Franklin | 28 Jun 2015 8:30 pm | Other

Nomads have always been considered romantic and there is something very attractive to the idea of being unbound to one place, always on the move and exploring. As the designers at Nomadic Resorts remind us quoting J.R.R. Tolkien “not all those who wander are lost” and from this idea they tried to create an ideal mobile refuge, which they called the Looper pod. Made from lightweight tensile fabric that stretches over a wooden frame, the shape of the pod reminds…

Central Thermal in Muroto by Ciel Rouge Creation

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 Jun 2015 8:01 pm | Other, Urban

Located in Muroto, Japan and created by the architectural practice of Ciel Rouge Creation in 2006, the Centre de Thalassotherapie UTOCO focuses on the marine life for its inspiration and provided a project with three main structures that were unofficially nicknamed the three whales. The thermal spa is located in-between the UTOCO Hotel and the seawater center along the coast being the latest addition to the complex. According to the designers its purpose is to reflect a new culture, one…

McLaren Production Centre by Foster

By : Mark V | 24 Jun 2015 6:42 pm | Other

The new McLaren Production Centre, the second project designed by Foster + Partners at the company’s headquarters in Woking,  was recently opened by Prime Minister David Comeron. The center has 34,500 sqm and it is located on the south west part of the current McLaren Technology Centre. The two structures communicate with each other through an underground walkway – and they also have in common the design and materials that were used in the construction. The entrance looks like a…

Apple’s New Spaceship Headquarters

By : Mark V | 22 Jun 2015 12:03 pm | Other

Apple is currently planning to build what is probably going to be the coolest office building ever in Cupertino, CA, a massive spaceship-looking building dubbed as the “Apple Campus 2“. The building, designed by Foster + Partners, is apparently so important to the company, that Steve Jobs himself went to a Cupertino City Council meeting to seal the deal a couple of months ago. A couple of days ago more detailed plans about the project emerged on the city’s website.…

Gyeongju Arts Center by Samoo Architects & Engineers

By : Dennis Franklin | 21 Jun 2015 11:52 pm | Other, Urban

With the aim of providing a new symbol for the ancient city of Gyeongju, which used to be the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Shilla, in the region of Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, the practice of Samoo Architects & Engineers used a traditional style with a smooth roofline and tried to add a futuristic interpretation through the materials used. White porcelain tiles cover the exhibition mass to increase the light and also offer a contrast to the glass wall that…

Miami Beach Convention Center by OMA

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 Jun 2015 11:19 am | Hotels & Spas, Other, Urban

The Dutch architectural practice OMA offered a proposal to transform the Miami Beach Convention Center into an urban landmark through a massive project spreading over 52 acres. The new convention center will also host a hotel on its top and OMA will work along with the property developers Tishman and UIA, with the architects from TVSdesign and the landscape architects MMVA and Raymond Jungles who form the South Beach ACE team. The current convention center is quite obsolete and spreads…

Market Hall by Robbrecht en Daem and Marie-Jose Van Hee

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 Jun 2015 5:16 am | Other, Urban

This building is one of the five finalists for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award and was designed by the Belgian practice of Robbrecht en Daem and Marie-Jose Van Hee using concrete and dual-gabled timber as predominant materials, trying to provide a contemporary response to the nearby town hall and gothic church nearby. The site was used as a car parking before, and now the designers paved the ground surface and transformed it into a public square with a…

Old British Sea Fort trasformed into a luxury Island Resort

By : Mark V | 15 Jun 2015 9:56 pm | Other

Although the exterior look of this old British sea fort might not seem too impressive since it has the original infrastructure, the interior has been updated into a stylish and modern resort for those who really value their privacy. The old fortress is made from exposed brick walls and even has some of its original cannons to remind the visitors of its former use. Most of the other furnishings though are quite new and are surely going to offer you…

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