Aging in Africa sets out to be the first age-valued community on the African continent where the elderly can maintain a meaningful and healthy lifestyle in a comfortable and safe environment. It is a retirement community for Catholic priests that are excluded from the traditional, family based, model of elder care in Cote D’Ivoire. The architecture is shaped by deploying a holistic set of social, economic and environmentally sustainable theories pertaining to elder living and care. It is about architecture that does not just house caring, it is architecture as the caring device. Our hope is that it is an inspiration for a new breed of community that values the efficacy of spirit over efficiency of care.
Russian architects M. Krymov and A.Goryainov of Arch Group,has designed a modular unit called “Sleepbox”, to provide immediate shelter. The Sleepbox base has ventilation and sockets for notebook and mobile phone chargers. Luggage goes under the bed.In addition to general lighting, Sleepbox has built-in LED reading lamps. Windows are equipped with electric-drive blinds for privacy. The first Sleepbox, a two-bed double version,was installed at the Aeroexpress terminal of Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia. Please see the video. Link here.
Main Point Karlin has received appreciation for its distinctive sustainable architecture and high technological level. The building uses a number of approaches in its sustainable design, among them, use of the River Vltava’s water throughout the summer for building cooling, eliminating the need for compressors and chillers; cooling is further naturally regulated by the coloured fibreC elements on the facade which are not only aesthetic but serve to reduce heat gains from sunlight penetration.
This lecture hall by Deubzer König & Rimmel Architekten is situated on the Technical University Munich, Germany.
Wrapped entirely in a cloak of glass, Victoria Tower stands like a lighthouse along the road between downtown Stockholm and the city airport. The 117,6-meter tower is a landmark for the Kista IT office park and for the conference center at the base of the tower and a manifestation of the area’s high-tech profile.
Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects; Location: Mestia, Georgia ‘The project is situated in the heart of the old town of Mestia, next to the newly built city-hall. Its towerlike shape pays homage to the medieval stone towers which are traditional to Mestia’s mountainside region. The facade is comprised of prefabricated textured concrete and large openings which offer a maximum of transparency.’ Link here.