Spectacular Congress Hall curves upwards like a sail to bridge a Russian river

January 2, 2017 by  
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Government meeting halls don’t often inspire awe and wonder—but the Russian city of Chelyabinsk’s planned Congress Hall will be an exception. Russian architecture firm PIARENA recently revealed their competition-winning designs for the Congress Hall of the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS (an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) summits. The sculptural building will span the Miass River like a bridge and curve upwards like a sail on two ends, rising to heights of 61 and 150 meters. The new Congress Hall will primarily cater to the BRICS and SCO events, however, its placement across two riverbanks also opens the site up to public use opportunities along the bridge . The bridge, located at one of the river’s narrowest points and arched to allow small boats to pass under, divides the complex into two sail-like parts to create a dramatic urban landmark. Both curved structures are clad in glass and topped with observation decks . Related: Spectacular Lucky Knot bridge in China twists and turns like a Möbius Strip The larger, 150-meter-tall swooping structure will house the congress hall, mixed-use concert hall, hotel, office complex, conference hall , and VIP offices. The 61-meter-tall structure opposite contains the recreational area and exhibition hall. The landscape design, including the plantings, paving, and street furniture, will be based on a parametric grid pattern of parallelograms. + PIARENA Via ArchDaily Images via PIARENA

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Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injures Hundreds

February 15, 2013 by  
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Stock image of Hoba meteorite in Namibia / Shutterstock A meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk this morning in Russia, causing a sonic boom and injuring more than 500 people. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said the giant fireball that sped across the sky was traveling 19 miles per second before it exploded, causing a bright light that could be seen 125 miles away in Yekaterinburg. Most injuries occurred as a result of flying glass from shattered windows and at least 100 people remain in hospital, Reuters reports. Read the rest of Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injures Hundreds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 DA14 , asteroid , Chelyabinsk , Environment , meteorite , Meteorite explosion , meteorite hits Russia , meteorite slams into Russia , nasa , Nature , News , russia , science , space

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