Perhaps the buildings’ most striking features are it’s barrel-shaped windows, appearing to bulge from the building’s masonry walls. To achieve this look, the top, bottom, and sides of the windows are tapered inward (similar to that of a bay window) to create the curved shape. This is not the first time we have seen Heatherwick playing around with this window shape—a similar style can be seen in his Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in Cape Town, South Africa.
Although both towers will exhibit these windows, they differ in both size
<p class="p1">A city’s <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.archdaily.com/category/monuments-and-memorials/&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwjd46b3wNHYAhUkneAKHb0ADggQFggHMAE&client=internal-uds-cse&cx=018045377813080133324:dqvn4mlyefm&usg=AOvVaw0pWMYYL-8kobBROC9h6-vq">monuments</a> are integral parts of its metropolitan identity. They stand proud and tall and are often the subject of a few of your vacation photos. It is their form and design which makes them instantly recognizable, but what if their design had turned out differently?</p>
Paris’ iconic and stunning Arc de Triomphe could have been a giant elephant, large enough to hold banquets and balls, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. could have featured an impressive pyramid.
GoCompare has compiled and illustrated a series of rejected designs for monuments and placed them in a modern context to commemorate what could have been. Here are a few of our favorites:
Arc De Triomphe, Paris
45 years before the Arc De Triomphe was built, 18th Century architect Charles Ribart proposed to construct a three-story elephant on the exact same site. The proposal was turned
The eye-catching tower’s design was inspired by the shape of traditional Chinese towers and the flamenco dress. It stands at a mighty 31 meters tall, the equivalency of a 6-story building, making it the world’s largest ice shell - 10 meters taller than the team’s previous attempt in 2015.
The key behind the tower’s success is using a fiber-reinforced ice.
In an alternative universe, architects would have the ability to design every single aspect of their building in line with their architectural vision. There would be no mechanical, structure, or government regulations to worry about. Back in the real world though, this could not happen—many people have to be involved in the creation of a building in order for it to function. From the government to structural consultants, everyone thinks they know best, and the role of the architect sometimes becomes that of a negotiator, trying to please the third parties while maintaining their aspirations for the project. Architects must stand strong, however, because who really knows what would happen if we let someone else be in charge.
Centuries of civilizations built on structures designed by architects and yet, their voice is lost among the countless stories of rulers and armies and sometimes wondrous monsters. The
“Hairy” isn’t typically a term used to describe architecture. However, a “hairy” exterior is perhaps the defining characteristic of this micro-office by 2hD Architecture Workshop in the UK—the outer facades are entirely clad in natural coco-fiber broom heads.
The details and junctions of the broom heads are largely concealed as to let the broom bristles interlock, providing a continuous and visually diffuse surface. This hides any clue as to what is occurring on the interior—the structure existing merely as an object of intrigue.
Nicknamed “Mission Control,” the project is an exercise in teleportation, designed to take users from the everyday hustle-and-bustle to another world, one of calm, quiet and focus. The intention was to create an antithesis of a "contemplation space with landscape views and flowing inside-outside space." In contrast, it is an almost monastic cell, removed from physical context
Site models: they are intriguing and playful things by nature, making you feel like a giant looking down on a city. These miniature neighborhoods, however, are often large and bulky and only suited for architecture schools or offices. Imagine being able to have a site model in your home or office. Microscape has launched a Kickstarter to produce 1:5000 scale models of America’s Windy City, Chicago.
Over nine square-miles of Downtown Chicago will shrink into a 36”x36” grid, comprised of 36 smaller squares. Distinct Chicago icons such as the Bean, the Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier, the Hancock Tower, and, of course, all of Louis Sullivan's historic works are present at a miniature scale. Microscape uses precise aerial scanning and 3D printing process results to produce clean, highly detailed replicas of the city.
Ever wished you had superpowers and could fly through cities like Superman? Now is your chance! Well, kind of. The new XLine Dubai Marina lets you zipline at speeds up to 80 km/hr through the “City of Gold.” An upgrade from its first XLine on the Dubai Fountain, its new sequel is twice the distance, twice the time and, of course, twice the thrill, excitement, and adventure.
Have fun soaring through one of the world’s most extravagant cities, and take a peek at the Princess Tower and Cayan Tower on the way down. Over a 1km journey will send you from their 170m-high launch platform back to ground level.
For 10 years this December, Zaha Hadid’s Hungerburgbahn have graced the built environment of Innsbruck, Austria. Since its conception, over 4.5 million passengers have visited one of the four train stations connecting them from downtown Innsbruck to the Norkette Mountain to Hungerburg.
All four stations fashion curvilinear geometries characteristic of Zaha Hadid Architects. However, each form has been precisely designed and tailored to each site’s unique context, topography, altitude, and passenger circulation. The stations’ most striking feature, the roofs, create artificial landscapes meant to echo natural ice formations while simultaneously being reflections of the passenger circulation underneath.
Over 100 individual lighting screens come together to form the Greek letter, "alpha," generating a spiral movement which extends from the interior to the exterior of the building. The screens utilize silk-screen printing technology and dichroic film to create an iridescent vortex creating a vibrating structure that breathes with the wind and the space, allowing itself to be transformed by both the daylight and the darkness.
The form initiates at the heart of the skyscraper, the interior greenhouse—here, the
We have all seen a floor plan before. They are typically black-and-white, and maybe some room labels, and an occasional furniture piece or two. This has been the norm for just about as long as anyone can remember, perhaps it's time to switch things up.
Filled with color, style, and spunk, Instagram account, floorplan_man isn’t your average architecture account—his feed highlights the architecture world’s most unique and creative approaches to floor plan drawings. Scrolling through his feed is like scrolling through the Pinterest page of the artsy-ist person you knew back in architecture school—it is flooded with inspiration to upgrade your generic, boring black-and-white floor plan.
So, next time that “draw floor plan” is on your to-do list, why not try spicing things up with a new perspective or pop of color? Head to floorplan_man's
Could you ever imagine working in a small city? A new massive office building by Morphogenesis is being built to accommodate over 45,000 people for the Surat Diamond Bourse office in Surat, Gujarat, India. At 6.5 million square feet, and housing over 4,000 offices, it will be the second largest office building in the world, placing only behind the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Although its physical footprint may be large, the office building was designed in a manner to minimize its ecological footprint. Passive design strategies such as day-lit workspaces, natural ventilation, and indoor/outdoor spaces not only make the Surat Diamond office an efficient climate-responsive design, but also a key player for achieving aesthetic and comfortable working spaces.
Perhaps the largest challenge with a design of this size is how to navigate the large volume of people which would inhabit it. Morphogenesis approached
“Smart cities” are the latest urban phenomenon popping up across the globe. Among the newest being realized will be Union Point, a masterplan with a commitment to innovation located just south of Boston, USA.
What is a “smart city?” It is a city in which embeds multiple data collection technologies within the city in hopes of providing a supportive and competitive advantage to the city’s residents and business. Officials then use this data to make their cities safer, healthier, and more efficient. Cities are not geniuses quite yet, but the “smart city” is rethinking the way cities are run.