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Archive for March, 2008

Bentley Library by FAT

Bentley library by Fashion Architecture Taste

Not everybody love FAT’s design approach. Coming with fashion in mind, FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) has designed the new Library and nursery in Bentley for the RIBA competition. The building has polychromatic exterior that based on brick material.

According to the judges, FAT’s scheme – the practice’s first public building – ‘responded most closely to the stakeholders’ aspirations’ and ‘would set a design benchmark for future developments in Bentley’.


The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 by Frank Gehry

the 2008 Serpentine Gallery Pavillion

I learned and read book about Frank Gehry’s masterpiece since i was in college, and now he designed another wonderful thing, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008. Located in London, the Serpentine Gallery utilizes random element as you can see in the image.

Frank Gehry said: “The Pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure that acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing Gallery. Inside the Pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden structure to protect the interior from wind and rain and provide for shade during sunny days. The Pavilion is much like an amphitheatre, designed to serve as a place for live events, music, performance, discussion and debate. As the visitor walks through the Pavilion they have access to terraced seating on both sides of the urban street. In addition to the terraced seating there are five elevated seating pods, which are accessed around the perimeter of the Pavilion. These pods serve as visual markers enclosing the street and can be used as stages, private viewing platforms and dining areas.”


Dynamic Architecture Era, Dubai as The Pilot Project.

With dynamic architecture, the shape of building is always changing by time. It’s mean that you can take breakfast facing sunrise and having dinner enjoying sunlight without moving from your room, it is incredible idea. As you can see in the video, the first project is planed in Dubai, the city of the future. And according to video, the construction of dynamic building is 7 times faster compare to the traditional building.

Green Residential ‘Precinct 4’ in Malaysia

Putrajaya waterfront Precinct 4 malaysia

Designed by Studio Nicoletti and Hijas Kasturi, the Precint 4 will be a new iconic building complex in Malaysia along with Petronas Twin Tower. The design concept is simply combining ship fleet, Islamic architecture and green building.

The goal of the designers was to provide a model for sustainable residential design that was inspired by the city’s unique landscape which includes an expansive artificial lake. The biggest inspiration came from the sea and the entire development resembles a fleet of ships.


Restructuration the Eiffel Tower Paris By Serero Architects

Redesigning the Eiffel Tower

Serero Architects’s proposal has been chosen as the best design for the restructuration of the well known Paris’s ladnmark, Eiffel Tower. The competition was done to celebrate the 120th birthday of Eiffel. The restructuration expand the floor area by 375% and utilizing carbon kevlar as the main structure.

Generative Design

The design is based on a generative script, creating branches out of the primary structure of the tower. Inspired by the structural concept of Eiffel of three-dimensional cross bracing beams, the script unfolds along curved lines the “DNA” of the tower. The script used the existing structure at the top of the tower ( a 10 by 10 meters cube) to generate 3 structural weaves, which are interconnected. These layers are combined to create a woven complex, which is based on the redundancy and the non-repetition of patterns to increase its structural performance. In opposition with modern engineering (based on the concept of repetition and optimization), the project for the Eiffel tower extension is based on an alternative model of high performance.


Commonwealth Institute in London Will be Redeveloped by OMA

Commonwealth Institute in Kensington and Chelsea, London,

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been selected by Chelsfield deputy chairman to redevelop the existing modernist Commonwealth Institute in Kensington and Chelsea, London. The redevelopment will be achieved by injecting life in to it with new residential.

“OMA will explore a number of uses appropriate to the existing design, capitalizing on the building’s dynamic interior spaces. Careful consideration will be given to the relationship with Holland Park, possibly extending the park condition across the site connecting to the street. Any new residential development should serve to complement the qualities of the existing building.”


Sustainable Civil Court at Valdebebas by Zaha Hadid

Civil Court for Madrid from Zaha Hadid

Designed by ‘the you know who’, the new civil courts building in Madrid will be the new landmark in the city. Coming with what called intelligent facade, the building utilizing double ventilation and photovoltaic cells on the roof.

The proposed 74,500 square meter (~800,000 square foot) building features a spiraling semi-circular atrium that overlooks an interior public courtyard. This space is meant to draw visitors and connect the building with the surrounding campus. The atrium also brings natural light down through the building and into court rooms.


CarLoft Allows You To Drive Your Car To Balcony

car loft

CarLoft, The Germany based company, has a great innovation to solve the problem of parking in urban living. The technology utilizing what called CarLift, a big size elevator that strong enough to take you to the floor you live on without having to get out of your car.

CarLoft® is a pioneering modular loft scheme with a garden and a garage on every floor. All these brand-new luxury flats come with at least one adjacent parking space known as the CarLoggia, reached via the CarLift. When you arrive outside the building, the CarLift recognises your car from the built-in transponder and knows which floor you live on. And still seated inside your car, you’re taken straight to your home in total safety.