May 28, 2012
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.
May 18, 2012
242 Social Housing Units in Salburúa, Vitoria – Gasteiz, Spain by the ACXT Architects. (via Archdaily)
May 11, 2012
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.
May 10, 2012
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.
May 2, 2012
The Yardmaster’s Building in the middle of the Melbourne train yard by architect McBride Charles Ryan. Looks goodness.
Apr 30, 2012
This lecture hall by Deubzer König & Rimmel Architekten is situated on the Technical University Munich, Germany.
Apr 25, 2012
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.
Apr 17, 2012
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.
Apr 12, 2012
Check out this Inverted Pyramid Museum in Hanoi by the architects at GMP Architects. The 323,000 sq ft museum has an amazing spiral ramp which leads to the upper areas where you will find the conference rooms, research rooms, offices, and a library.
Apr 5, 2012
The Faculty of Law building is a new addition to the University of New South Wales’ Kensington campus and delivers a new and innovative learning and research facility for the University’s Faculty of Law and Taxation. Located on a high profile site on University Mall, the new 11,500 sqm four level building reflects the pedagogical model of this School of Law and through its form contributes to the urban definition of the landscaped Mall space. The building has been designed as a low rise structure to promote maximum interactivity between occupants in the building – staff, students and visitors. The building also provides strong connections back to the broader campus and to the public realm beyond.Light filled atria spaces, open staircases and landscaped courtyard spaces enhance this visual interconnectivity, providing a high amenity work and study environment for Law and University users. Clink here for the link.