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Archive for August, 2008

Museum of Modern Arab Art in Doha, Qatar

Museum of Modern Arab Art in Doha, Qatar

Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the Museum of Modern Arab Art is dedicated for Sheikh Hassan Bin Mohammed Al-Thani who has great collection ranging from articles, quranic manuscript, and abstract painting. Covering 33,000 sqm, the exterior of the museum blends into the landscape, and I think it looks great. The completion of the project is expected due in 2011.

The building is set into a landscape of sculpture gardens and outdoor terraces which take advantage of the favorable climate, and also has provision for visitor parking.

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Monte Rosa-Hut By Studio Monte Rosa

Studio Monte Rosa

Located in the Swiss Alps, the Monte Rosa-Hut was designed with sustainability in mind. Its surface filled with photovoltaic panels and a spiral-shaped glass band to collect energy from the sun.

In splendid isolation, on the edge of a glacier in pristine wilderness, the hut will be able to host 125 guests in the restaurant and hotel with very little environmental impact. The four floors will be realised in a wooden pre-fabricated structure. The realisation of bio-gas generation for human waste recycling is also being considered.

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Capital Hill Residence in Barvikha Forest

Capital Hill Residence by Zaha Hadid Architects

As you guessed, the Capital Hill Residence’s design coming from the well known Zaha Hadid Architects. Located in Barvikha Forest, Russia, this building currently under construction and will be completed in 2010.

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The Controversial Doon Street Tower Approved by Hazel Blears

Doon Street Tower

Despite of its controversy that development would damage historic views in the capital, finally Communities secretary Hazel Blears has approved the 43-storey Doon Street Tower’s planning on London’s South Bank. According to her, the settings of the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre and the views from St James’s Park Footbridge would be preserved. But She didn’t consider this matter had been closed, she stated that the options still open to us.

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Gateway Project in The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah

RAK Gateway Project by Snøhetta

Designed by by Norwegian architects Snøhetta, the Gateway Project in The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is aimed to form the entrance to the new planned capital city of Ras Al Khaimah. The project covers 200 m high tower and protected spaces in natural shape.

The programme calls for a mixed-use development comprising a conference centre, exhibition centre, hotels and retail space. In total it is expected to be 270 000m2 of build area. In addition there will be substantial areas of associated garden and landscape. Externally the building will be clad in ceramic panels, this will be developed together with Ras Al Khaimah ceramics, one of the world leading producers of ceramic products.

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Baltazar Residence in California

San Diego Modern House

Benefiting from the beautiful Pacific Ocean views, this modern bungalow is built higher than the surround existing. Its base is made of concrete with a combination of minimal opening, but at the top level more opening are used to offers a beautiful panoramic view.

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Bird Nest Stadium Miniature Made of Bamboo

Bird Nest Stadium Miniature

The you know who stadium now has its bamboo version. Made by a group of villagers in Hangshou City, the replicas constructed with 1000 pieces of bamboo and completed in two weeks. Now I’m sure that Chinese are replicators of all the things not just electronic devices.

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7 Resedintial Towers in Singapore, Designed by ZHA

Farrer Court by Zaha Hadid

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the Farrer Court is a place where seven residential tower and landscape deck on Farrer Road, Siangapore will be built. All towers will be 150 meter high and highly visible site across the whole city because of the absence of high rise buildings in the near surroundings.

The program is organized into 7 towers, which grow from sunken private gardens within the site landscape. The lower floors kink in to highlight the point where buildings meet the ground, enabling yet a greater open area and the creation of highly private gardens which are quite unique given the scale and density of the development. The towers are subdivided into petals according to the number of residential units per floor, with a common principle a series of diverse and unique towers can be generated.

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