Situated within a dense thickness of trees the Shell House by Kotaro Ide of Artechnic unravels itself displaying its contrasting underbelly to the private audience of its owners. Brazen yet shy, the house’s open form hidden within the trees presents an honest display of relevance to its situation. The curved forms synonymous with the outer shell of a snail or sea-faring crustacean stand on a plinth of wood creating the illusion that the form floats above the forest bed. (viaWorld Architecture News)
The East Beach Café is an wonderful structure designed by Heatherwick Studio, sits right on the beach in Littlehampton, West Sussex. 'The cafe is a great hollow hulk of welded steel that is practical and resilient, designed to avoid the cliche of another dull seaside pavilion.'
Endesa Pavilion is a self-sufficient solar prototype installed at the Marina Dock, within the framework of the International BCN Smart City Congress. Over a period of one year it will be used as control room for monitoring and testing several projects related to intelligent power management. The pavillion is actually the prototype of a multi-scale construction system. A facade composed by modular components, like solar brick, that respond to photovoltaic gaining, solar protection, insulation, ventilation, lighting ... The same parametric logic adapt façade geometries to the specific environmental requirements for each point of the building. It is is a single component that integrates all levels of intelligence that the building needs.
This four-storey building, for European bank BTV by Austrian architect Rainer Köberl 'suggests a chessboard, but also has something of the white snow-covered mountains that surround Innsbruck'. Link here.
'Norway’s Havøysund Tourist Route is a beautiful concrete structure located in the High North where the country’s sprawling mountains meet the Arctic Ocean. Designed by Norwegian Architects, Reiulf Ramstad, the twisting structure is equal parts art and function by serving as an unconventional ramp leading visitors through the rugged terrain down to the water. It’s also one of Norway’s 18 national tourist attractions encouraging visitors and locals to slow down and take in the country’s natural beauty.'
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