Oct 7, 2009
" Outside of Rio de Janeiro, on a beautiful little beach with amazing blue water, sits a little house with a flowering roof that shades and protects like a big tropical banana leaf. Designed by Mareines + Patalano
, the open air abode is meant to encourage interaction and connection between man and nature. With verandas and open spaces in between rooms and no corridors, the tropical beach house is an ideal place for social gatherings and parties. The open layout also takes advantage of trade winds that blow in from the sea, providing natural ventilation and passive cooling. " (Continue...
Sep 25, 2009
" Entrepreneur Alan Jennison acquired the â€œmobile treehouseâ€ in 2007 from Forestry Tasmania who used it to promote tourism. Beyond being used for promoting the beautiful Tasmanian island, off the coast of Australia, Jennison imagines that â€œit could also make a great home, cubby for the kids, artistâ€™s studio, shed â€” the list is really endless.â€ The log is outfitted with light fixtures, electric hook ups, and sliding glass door showcases, so it could also be used as part of a museum, a personal library, or just a private den for relaxing. " (Continue...
Sep 24, 2009
' The 220,000 square meter pedestrian-oriented Linked Hybrid
complex, sited adjacent to the site of old city wall of Beijing, aims to counter the current urban developments in China by creating a new twenty-first century porous urban space, inviting and open to the public from every side. Filmic urban public space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers, as well as the many passages through the project, make the Linked Hybrid an â€œopen city within a cityâ€. The project promotes interactive relations and encourages encounters in the public spaces that vary from commercial, residential, and educational to recreational. The entire complex is a three-dimensional urban space in which buildings on the ground, under the ground and over the ground are fused together. '
Architect: Steven Holl Architects
; Location: Beijing, China
Sep 22, 2009
' Completed in October 2006 the headquarters of the Netherlands chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature
(WWF) is nothing if not a striking building. It also happens to be one of the single most sustainable building created in recent years. The building's form is quite clearly inspired by organic forms and the desire to reflect the WWF's work in the natural realm. More than that, though, it seems to draw inspiration from the ideas of anthroposophy â€“ something also seen in the past work of the project's architects, RAU
, notably with the ING Bank offices in Amsterdam which also happens, like the WWF headquarters, to be an autonomous building.' (via Travel With Frank Gehry
Sep 18, 2009
' The Yellow Tree House
is built around a redwood tree, which is over 40m high and has a 1.7m diameter at its base, located north of Auckland, New Zealand. Yellow Tree House is designed by Pacific Environment Architects
and Yellow Pages
. The structure is made of plantation poplar slats and used extensive natural lighting throughout. The tree house restaurant was built as a marketing promotion for New Zealand Yellow Pages.' (photos via CubeMe