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Archive for July, 2008

Amazing Fountain will be Built in Dubai


Dubai, the never ending stories, now has new shocking news for the rest of us. One of the world’s largest fountain will be built in the country by Emaar Properties. The fountain project will spent $218 million and expected to begin operating next year.

The fountains will shoot 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment and feature over 6,600 lights and 50 colour projectors.


Tulou Chinese Architecture


Mentioned as a good example of sustainable architecture, the Tulous Chinese architecture are constructed with rocks, bamboo, reeds, and wood. All material are local-made and natural.

Tulou are traditional communal residences in the Fujian province of Southern China, often of a circular configuration surrounding a central shrine. Some of these vernacular structures were constructed of cut granite or had substantial walls of fired brick. The end result is a well lit, well-ventilated, windproof, earthquake resistant building that is warm in winter and cool in summer.


Beijing Olympic 2008 Goes Beyond Architecture

beijing olynpic
(Photo credit: Peter Parks | AFP/Getty Images)

Along with new mega buildings include Bird’s Nest stadium, Aquatic Center, and the 3 million Beijing’s futuristic new airport terminal designed by British architect Norman Foster, the government of China is also trying to create a new, improved population for the Olympic events.

With a price tag of $43 billion, the Summer Games that will open Aug. 8 in Beijing are the most expensive in Olympic history. The transformation, however, goes far beyond the eye-popping architecture. The Chinese government also has been trying to create a new, improved population to go along with its spiffed-up capital city.


Short Documentary: Surreal Islands of Dubai


This short-documentary of Surreal Islands of Dubai is recently produced at Current TV. It’s all about the incredible economic prosperity and amazing surreal architecture of Dubai. In this piece, they visit some of the movers and shakers in the real estate world of Dubai and explore the concept, construction, and future of the The World Islands and what this entails in terms of resources, investment, and the environment.


REN Building in Shanghai

REN Building

Designed by Copenhagen based group of architects, BIG, the REN Building is expected to be a recognizable landmark for the 2010 World Expo in Shangai, China. As you can see in the image, the building is shaped by two buildings that unite on the water. The building will mix-use the function of hotel, sports and conference center.


Lam Tara Towers in Dubai

Lam Tara Towers

The Lam Tara Towers will be located directly opposite the Burj Dubai. This twin tower stands at heights of 360 metres and 320 metres and will mix the use of office space and 405 luxury apartments.

The towers will be clad in turquoise colour glazing and features lattice work patterning worked from thin strands of steel. This patterning only extends up over the hexagonal part of the towers and finishes by flaring out slightly from the towers in a pointy manner where the cylindrical parts of the towers begin.


iT House by Linda Taalman and Alan Koch

iT House

Located on the California high desert, the iT House is designed by a pair of Los Angeles-based architects, Linda Taalman and Alan Koch. It’s built on 1,100 square foot area and comes with open section concept so it can be whatever one wants it to be.

The Off-grid iT house is the result of the couple’s latest experiment in mixing prefabricated and on-site construction techniques. The aluminum framing, steel roof, cabinets, and 3-form bathroom walls arrived ready to install, while the concrete foundation and electrical and plumbing systems were fabricated to meet site-specific needs.


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 Opens 20 July

 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 by Frank Gehry

I just realized that the most anticipated ‘Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008’ is already open since 20 July. Designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, this pavilion comes with spectacular structure as you can see in the image above and video below.

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 two 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.’