Foster+Partners unveil design for first-ever Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

March 29, 2018 by  
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For the first time ever, Vatican City will be represented at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Francesco Dal Co, the Pavilions of the Holy See will comprise 10 temporary chapels each designed by a different architect. Foster + Partners , chosen to design a chapel on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, just unveiled their chapel design set in a quiet wooded space. Created in collaboration with Italian furniture manufacturer Tecno, Foster+Partners’ Vatican City pavilion was largely informed by the landscape. The architects started the design process with a visit to San Giorgio Maggiore and the site selection of a quiet green space framed by mature trees close to Palladio’s magnificent church and the Teatro Verde. “It was like a small oasis in the big garden, perfect for contemplation,” said Norman Foster. “Our aim is to create a small sanctuary space diffused with dappled shade and removed from the normality of passers-by, focussed instead on the water and sky beyond.” Related: Vatican City Crowned the ‘Greenest State In the World’ Timber was chosen as the temporary chapel’s primary material. Three large crosses provide the supporting beams for the pavilion, which will take visitors down an angled timber walkway that culminates with lagoon views and seating. Porous timber latticework covers the pavilion’s sides and to obscure views and create a dynamic play of light and shadow. The pavilion’s opening ceremony will be held on May 25 and will remain open to the public between May 26 and November 25, 2018. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners , sketches by Norman Foster

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Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake

June 17, 2015 by  
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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion

June 17, 2015 by  
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The cost of solar power has declined dramatically over the past few decades, from $40 per watt in 1977 to $0.74 per watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new technologies come online. This is good news for citizens of developed countries who want to make the switch to a cleaner and increasingly cheaper energy source. The shift to solar may be most dramatic for those living in developing countries. Thanks to inexpensive printed solar cells, 1.3 billion people currently without electricity may be able to plug in for the first time. Read the rest of Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , anti-poverty , developing countries , electricity access , Kyung-In Synthetic , off-grid , paper-thin solar cells , printed solar cells , solar , Solar Cell , solar panel

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California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

June 17, 2015 by  
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In California, the ground is dry, cracking, and sinking faster than ever. Farmers are walking away from hundreds of thousands of acres of croplands because there is no water to irrigate. Golf courses and celebrities are shamed for watering their green lawns . But in the fourth year of the worst drought in California’s history, those who wish to save the Golden State have another silent enemy in the fight against the drought: oil refineries. Read the rest of California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california drought , california oil , california refineries , california sinking , california water , mother jones report california , oil industry , oil refineries , water usage

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This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

May 20, 2015 by  
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Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

May 19, 2015 by  
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Samuel Bernier ’s new floor lamp is upcycled from old fire extinguisher parts – and the industrial designer is sharing the DIY instructions! Named Achille Le Grand after designer Achille Castiglioni’s Arco lamp, the arched floor lamp was dreamed up during an upcycling workshop. Bernier has created a simple set of step-by-step instructions that shows at-home designers how to create their own Achille lamp from empty fire extinguishers and plumbing tubes. Read the rest of Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Achille Castiglioni , arco lamp , eco design , fire extinguisher lamp , green design , recycled fire extinguisher , Samuel Bernier , sustainable design , upcycled lamp

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Rainwater-harvesting Topique Sky mirror unveiled at Saint-Etienne Biennale 2015

March 17, 2015 by  
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Artist Isabelle Daëron recently unveiled a rainwater-harvesting sky mirror at the 2015 Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne . The installation consists of a rainwater harvester, a pipe, and a black reflector that mirrors the sky when rainwater collects on its hydrophobic surface. Topique-sky is constructed from durable materials including rubber, stainless steel, and polyethylene, and it provides a contemplative space to sit and reflect. + Isabelle Daëron The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne , hydrophobic , Isabelle Daeron , polyethylene , rainwater , rainwater harvesting , reader submitted content , Saint-Etienne Biennale 2015 , sky mirror , stainless steel , Topique-sky

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Ai Weiwei’s Towering, Geometric Forever Bicycles Installed at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

September 17, 2014 by  
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Ai Weiwei’s towering, geometric Forever Bicycles installation made a dramatic addition to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale . In the riverside courtyard of the Palazzo Franchetti 1,179 of his stainless steel bicycle representations were arranged into tall, hypnotic, geometric forms. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Ai Weiwei’s Towering, Geometric Forever Bicycles Installed at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ai Weiwei , architecture biennale , art installation , bicycle art , bicycle sculpture , bicycles , forever bicycles , installation art , Palazzo Franchetti , Venice Biennale , Yong Jiu

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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

September 17, 2014 by  
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SeARCH’s Daylit Utopian Dome Home Looks Like a Grass-Covered Hill

May 30, 2014 by  
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