Palazzo Italia by Nemesi & Partners

By : lau | 16 May 2014 7:09 pm | Other

Palazzo Italia is a six floor structure designed by the Nemesi & Partners architectural practice for the Milan Expo 2015 and it is a staggering example of eco-friendly design since it generates its own electricity while also purifying the air around it. The structure’s façade tries to mimic the urban forest through the 900 panels covering it which create a unique texture on the exterior while also making the interior have a pattern of light and shadow. The iconic project…

Loft Niseko by Yoo

By : lau | 16 May 2014 7:04 pm | Apartments

Located in the Niseko ski resort town on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, this luxurious project is comprised of four loft-style apartments with three bedrooms each and they feature an interior eco-friendly design by the Yoo studio. The development was designed by the practice of Riccardo Tossani Architecture and it is located on a cliff offering a panoramic view of Mount Yotei. The elegant lofts have large balconies, their own terraces and entertaining spaces outside, while the interiors contain…

National September 11 Memorial Museum by Snohetta

By : lau | 16 May 2014 7:00 pm | Museums

The World Trade Centre site how hosts a memorial museum which was designed by the Snohetta architectural practice and it was inaugurated by the president Barack Obama as the only building on the memorial plaza created to memory the persons killed during the terrorist attacks of September 11. The museum was created by the Davis Brody Bond firm from New York and it is mostly under the ground surface with the angular glass pavilion emerging from the ground between two…

Nuremberg Exhibition Hall by Zaha Hadid

By : lau | 16 May 2014 6:56 pm | Other

The renowned architect Zaha Hadid designed this large exhibition hall in Nuremberg, Germany which is capable to host various large scale events and it features a flexible layout which is planned to be developed further in the future. The entire project cost reached 37 million Euros and its exterior is comprised of glazed facades with columns reminiscent of trees to support the structure, while also ensuring shading from the sun and giving an overall organic aesthetic to the hall. The…

Casa 7A by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia

By : lau | 14 May 2014 9:07 pm | Homes

Casa 7A is a country residence located in the town of Villeta, Colombia and it was designed by the Arquitectura en Estudio practice in collaboration with Natalia Heredia on a site that is very steep and starts at the top of a hill descending all the way to the El Cojo stream. The project spreads over a surface of 550 square meters with three rooms, a studio, a terrace with swimming pool and a living area. The owners also wanted…

Floating City by AT Design Office

By : lau | 14 May 2014 9:00 pm | Other

The AT Design Office proposes a project which would float on water and thus offer an alternative to the destruction of the countryside, creating an ocean metropolis for the CCCC construction firm in China. The project has an area of four square miles and it uses technology similar to the one used by CCCC for the 31 mile bridge which they built between Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. The large structure is cast on an island nearby and then floated…

Modern Apartment Displaying an Artistic Flare by INT2

By : lau | 14 May 2014 8:57 pm | Apartments

The INT2 Architecture practice designed this elegant apartment combining warm classical elements and contemporary ones with a large array of materials and color contrasts. The Russian designers employed a white overall tone to give the interior a fresh and clean look with wide windows ensuring abundant natural light through all the rooms as well as offering a view of the surroundings. The studio is harmoniously planned with a living area combining a modernist fireplace, minimalist illumination and a contemporary desk…

Skatecity by Gilfberg + Lykke

By : lau | 14 May 2014 8:54 pm | Other

Skatecity is located in Haderslev, Denmark and it is one of the largest parks and cultural centers for skateboarding in the world with a design created by the Gilfberg + Lykke architectural practice in collaboration with the city’s municipality. The project spreads over 6500 square meters and it began in 2006 with the initiative of Morten Hansen, a local activist and chairman of the Skatecity accociation, who approached  Gilfberg + Lykke with his vision for a large area dedicated to…

Yoshi Bar by Naoya Matsumoto

By : lau | 14 May 2014 8:51 pm | Other

The architect Naoya Matsumoto created the Yoshi Bar in Shiga, Japan for the school festival of the Seian University which offers a view of the nearby Lake Biwa. The project was created as a material stall and its inspiration comes from the curriculum of the Spatial Design class which creates its landscape each year with the aid of reed grows from local sources. The designer used the material for the second time, the first time using it for a place…

Twins – Houses in Five Parts by William O’Brien Jr.

By : lau | 14 May 2014 8:47 pm | Homes

The architect William O’Brien Jr. designed this project comprised of two vacation homes for two brothers and their families in upstate New York with a scheme following the principle that any two regular polygons with equal areas can be divided into sets of similar shapes which in this case is represented by a six-sided polygon and a four sided polygon containing the same five shapes, namely four trapezoids and a triangle. The fixed arrangements allow a high degree of flexibility…

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