Undulating green-roofed aquarium proposed for Viennas Schnbrunn Zoo

April 30, 2018 by  
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3XN and GERNER GERNER PLUS recently revealed their proposal for the design of a new aquarium for Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo. Titled “Poseidon’s Realm,” the proposed aquarium stretches across the landscape like an undulating “veil” that the architects describe as “elegant, simple and mysterious.” The green-roofed design received second place in an international design competition for the aquarium, with the winner yet to be announced. Created in collaboration with aquarium specialists ATT, Poseidon’s Realm covers 65,000 square feet across four floors. The aquarium was envisioned to be built mainly of concrete and is embedded into the landscape to look like a natural extension of the earth. A wave-shaped green roof marks the entrance to the “softly undulating waterworld” where a rich diversity of environments differing in temperatures, sounds, lighting and spatial layouts welcome visitors. Related: Northern Europe’s largest aquarium unveiled for former Oslo airport site A massive shark tanks forms the focal point of the building and its size would have necessitated a 21-inch-thick glass display in addition to extra floor reinforcement. The end of the aquarium is marked with a cafe and shop, as well as a path that leads to an outdoor terrace . A walkway also traces its way to the landscaped roof of the aquarium where an aviary for bearded vultures is located. + 3XN + GERNER GERNER PLUS Via ArchDaily Images via 3XN and GERNER GERNER PLUS

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Pyramidal floating buildings envisioned for a self-sustaining city on the sea

April 30, 2018 by  
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As the world’s first floating city draws closer to completion, designers like Pierpaolo Lazzarini have begun drawing up their own utopian sea-based societies as well. The Italian designer recently unveiled plans for Wayaland, a floating self-sustainable community comprising solar- and wind- powered pyramidal buildings. Lazzarini hopes to turn the futuristic scheme into reality with a crowdfunding campaign that offers people the chance to stay in a yet-to-be-completed floating module for €1,000 ($1,200) a night. Inspired by ancient Mayan architecture, the pyramidal buildings comprise stacked prefabricated modules that can be adapted for a variety of purposes, from housing to entertainment. Powered by solar and wind energy, each relatively lightweight structure would be built from a combination of fiberglass , carbon and steel. The submerged floating basement would house the engine that propels the buildings, energy storage, and other service equipment like desalinators. Related: World’s first floating city one step closer to reality in French Polynesia Lazzarini hopes to jumpstart his floating city dream with a crowdfunding campaign targeting €350,000 ($423,000), the amount he says is necessary to build The Waya Suite, a residential floating module measuring 1,076 square feet over two floors with an expected delivery date of 2022. Supporters can pre-order a night on the home for €1,000 ($1,200) a night. + Wayaland Via New Atlas Images via Pierpaolo Lazzarini

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Small town restauranteurs transform former church into a stunning cafe

January 20, 2016 by  
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California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

October 2, 2014 by  
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Oakland’s Cat Town , a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, is set to open the first permanent cat café in the U.S. this month. Following the hugely popular Japanese cat café model, café-goers will be able to enjoy tasty drinks and snacks, then slip into the adjacent “Cat Zone” for some feline snuggles. All the cats at the café will be rescue cats, and all will be up for adoption – should you fall in love and decide you want more than just a coffee to go. Read the rest of California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal welfare , cafe , California , cat adoption , cat café US , cat cafe , cat rescue , Cat Town , Cat Town Café , Cat Town Café first cat café in America , cats , dining , nonprofit , oakland

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Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

July 25, 2013 by  
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Vibeke Buchwaldt’s Bottle of Light Turns the Bottles of Confiscated Vodka into Votive Holders

July 25, 2013 by  
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A Bottle of Light is a truly unique design made from bottles that once contained smuggled liquor! Over 12,000 liters of “original Russian vodka” were confiscated years ago by the Swedish customs. Though the vodka found a new purpose in the paint industry (curious, we know), the empty bottles, produced at the Swedish glass works PLM, were taken to a glass workshop in the middle of Smaaland, Sweden. Local glass artists, Berth-Arne Lundgren and Vibeke Buchwaldt, bought up the remnants, and to make use of the storied bottles, Buchwaldt cut and polished them into various candle holders. + A Bottle of Light 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: A Bottle of Light , Berth-Arne Lundgren , bottle candle holder , candle holder , original Russian vodka , recycled glass bottles , smuggled liquor , Swedish glass works PLM , Vibeke Buchwaldt        

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Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

March 15, 2013 by  
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