Top 10 Offbeat Projects Presented This Year

By : Dennis Franklin | 25 Dec 2014 3:01 pm | Other

These are some of the most amazing structures we have seen this year that couldn’t be easily classified in the standard categories so we devoted this section to them since they are worth all of our attention. Enjoy!

10. New Science Pyramid at the Denver Botanic Garden by Burkett Design

The mountainous region is emulated by the shape of the project and the hexagonal cement panels of the skin are a reference to the bees of the botanical garden combining all the benefits of eco-friendly design with a contemporary aesthetic.

9. Magic Mountain Lodge

Located in the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve in the region of Patagonia, Chile, this unusual hotel offers an eco experience with 13 rooms placed in a structure that seems to be built inside a natural mountain with vegetation covering it.

8. The Kezmarske Hut by Atelier 8000

This lodge is in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia with an autonomous design that ensures a shelter for tourists throughout the year with a rotated cube geometry made with laminated timber beams and a façade with reflective materials incorporating photovoltaic panels.

7. The Louis Vuitton Foundation Center by Frank Gehry

The Foundation Louis Vuitton has its headquarters at the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, France and it features a design created by the famous architect Frank Gehry with a scalloped glass structure that will host a charitable contemporary arts program.

6. The Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Millby GWP Architecture and Thomas Heatherwick

Located in Hampshire, UK, the project involves the renovation of an abandoned 18th century paper mill and the new design was made with eco-friendly methods and features allowing it to receive the BREEAM Outstanding Award for industrial design.

5. Vertical Café in the Opus Office Tower by Zaha Hadid

The atrium and café of the luxurious hotel in Dubai were created in collaboration with Melia Hotels International, being the first of its kind in the Middle East due to the furniture pieces designed by Zaha Hadid herself for a perfect balance and unity of the overall aesthetic.

4. The Antarctic Port For Tourism and Research by Sergiu-Radu Pop

The project was created for the Zaha Hadid Studio at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and it offers a multi-functional hub in Antarctica with a biomimetic shape that wants to emulate the ice formations of the southern ocean with steel webs so that it integrates were well into the frozen landscape.

3. Floating City by AT Design Office

The project was initiated by the CCCC construction firm in China as an alternative to the countryside destruction, presenting an ocean metropolis with an area of four square miles that are made of prefabricated hexagonal modules.

2. Palazzo Italia by Nemesi & Partners

Created for the Milan Expo 2015, this structure is an epitome of eco-friendly design due to the 900 panels of the façade which offer an interesting interplay of lights and shadows inside while also purifying the air nearby and generating the electricity for the whole building.

1. The Dragonfly by Vincent Callebaut

The designer Vincent Callebaut proposed several interesting projects this year and it was difficult to choose just one of them since all deserve our attention. The Dragonfly is an urban farm proposal for the Roosevelt Island in New York City that brings a landmark in the region while also easing the problems of food mileage and storage in a highly original way.

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