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Archive for February, 2008

Comfortable Zero House by Scott Specht

zero house

Designed by Scott Specht, the Zero House able to generate its own electrical power by utilizing solar panels. And it also deploys a rainwater collection plane to collects its own water so doesn’t need electric pumps that consumes much energy. Other features include organic waste converter and automatic controller.

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Poseidon Undersea Hotel in Istanbul

Undersea Hotel

When completed in 2010, the Poseidon will be the first underwater hotel in the world. Located in Istanbul, this 7 stars hotel worked by Tanriverdi Holding and need $500 million to complete the project. Can you imagine how wonderful moment when we check-in and check-out the hotel room?

This seven floor underwater hotel will give its guests a new view of the famous city of Istanbul. It is due to open in 2010, and will coincide with its Culture Capital of Europe nomination and lay down a gauntlet as a world capital of tourism.

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Al Faisaliah Complex by Foster and Partners

Al Faisaliah Complex: Foster and Partners, Riyadh, 2000

Known as the first skyscapper in Saudi Arabia, the Al Faisaliah Complex was mentioned by Syed Mobin Architects(www.mobarch.com) as one of top monolithic skyscappers in the world. The complex developed as a mixed use place range from office functions to retail mall.

The open structure of the tower contains a glass sphere at its top, which houses a restaurant space and an observation deck. The tower’s pyramidal form evokes a weighty solidity, yet Foster combines an affinity for structural expressiveness with the sculptural elegance that creates a tower of paradoxical lightness.

The Next Worlds’ Largest Arch Bridge in Dubai

Dubai Worlds Largest Arch Bridge

Scheduled to finish in the next 4 years, the world’s largest arch bridge will expand one mile long and 670 feet tall in Dubai. The bridged designed by New York based architecture consultant, Fxfowle.

Facst sheet:

– It will have 12 lanes for traffic.
– It will cost 817 million dollars.
– The design has Sheikh Mohammed’s official stamp of approval.
– The bridge will carry more than 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction.
– A metro line will run across the middle.
– Construction begins in March, with a slated completion date of 2012.

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The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant by MJ Murphy Ltd

Undersea Restaurant

Opened since April 2007, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant still interesting to talk about. Known as the first-ever transparent undersea restaurant in the world, the restaurant sitting five meters below the sea level of the Indian Ocean.

“We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives”, says Carsten Schieck, General Manager of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa.
“Our guests always comment on being blown away by the colour, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views – without ever getting their feet wet.”

Undersea Restaurant

Via Joe-Ks

Organic Roof at Nanyang Technology University in Singapore

School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Who mentioned “roof garden” in the past? today the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technology University in Singapore has a really-really green roof that connect smoothly with its landscape.

The curving green roofs distinguish the building from among the other structures on campus but the line between landscape and building is blurred. The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces challenging linear ideas and stirring perception. The roofs create open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air and harvest rainwater for landscaping irrigation. Planted grasses mix with native greenery to colonize the building and bond it to the setting.

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Swimming Pool With 1 Kilometer Long

the worlds largest swimming pool

Guinness Book of Records noted the world’s largest swimming pool located beside the sea in Chile. It need five years to build the pool that has 1.013 km long, covers an area of 8 hectares, and holds 66 million gallons of water. The annual maintenance was reported to cost £2million.

Chilean biochemist Fernando Fischmann, whose Crystal Lagoons Corporation designed the pool, said advanced engineering meant his company could build “an impressive artificial paradise” even in inhospitable areas.
“As long as we have access to unlimited seawater, we can make it work, and it causes no damage to the ocean.”

the worlds largest swimming pool

Via Urban Planning Blog

Fluid House in Mumbai by Sanjay

Fluid House by Sanjay Puri Architects

Designed by Sanjay Puri Architect, the Fluid House will be located in Mumbai, India with total area of project 20,000 Sq. Ft. The three levels house maximizing the use of glass screen to allow natural light and cross ventilation.

A glass screen wall traverses the courtyard continuing on either side as a divider wall between the structure creating a 4 bedroom bungalow on either sides for two families that would be occupying the house as per the brief.

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