Penda unveils temporary nature-filled village for the Beijing Horticultural Expo

January 20, 2017 by  
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Architecture studio Penda’s love of modular, timber architecture will make waves at Beijing’s International Horticultural Expo 2019 in the form of a stunning, village-like exhibition space. Commissioned by property developer Vanke , the 30,000-square-meter complex is remarkably different from the typical expo pavilion, which is usually designed as a single large building where visitors must queue to enter and are guided from place to place. Instead, Penda created a sprawling exhibition space, called Thousand Yards, that’s filled with plants and winding paths to encourage individual exploration and discovery. Selected as the winning design in Vanke’s invited competition, Thousand Yards features a series of color-coded timber modular units massed in organic, asymmetrical patterns around a central plaza. “The pavilion was designed as a network of small scale units,” said Precht. “It was a core feature to avoid a large, iconic structure that covers a majority of the land. Rather, we wanted to create a village-like typology that can be explored by the visitors.” The modular units will be prefabricated using cross-laminated timber and constructed using an eight-by-eight-meter configuration inspired by an ancient Chinese measuring system called Li. Related: Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature Greenery will be woven throughout the site on multiple levels, from the ground floor to the rooftops. Visitors will also be given a packet of seeds when they enter and asked to plant them on the roofs. Winding pathways, hidden views, and the unpredictable placement of architecture offers visitors the chance to make discoveries of their surroundings, from unexpected playgrounds and vegetable gardens to a teahouse and food court. + Penda Via Dezeen

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Penda’s Wooden Donut-Shaped House O is Inspired by a Tree Trunk

July 4, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Penda’s Wooden Donut-Shaped House O is Inspired by a Tree Trunk Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chris Precht , design collective penda , donut shaped house , garden house , house o , Penda , penda design , penda design house , radial floorboards , south facing bedroom , tree trunk inspired house , wood house , Wood Louvers , wooden house , wooden louvers

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Edible Austrian Pavilion Scoops First Runner Up for the 2015 Milan Expo

October 30, 2013 by  
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The edible Austrian Pavilion designed by Chris Precht from Prenda and Alex Daxböck won first runner-up in the international design competition for the Milan Expo 2015 . Inspired by the 2015 expo theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the two artists submitted a very literal concept for the Italian design expo in order to encourage organic agricultural and local food sourcing. Read the rest of Edible Austrian Pavilion Scoops First Runner Up for the 2015 Milan Expo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Milan Expo , Alex Daxböck , Australian Pavilion , Chris Precht , edible Austrian pavilion , edible garden , feeding the planet expo , organic food production , sustainable gardening , vertical garden        

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World’s First 1MW Wave Energy Converter Launched in South Australia

October 30, 2013 by  
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Australia’s Oceanlinx launched the world’s first 1MW wave-energy-to-electricity unit in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter , which was supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will undergo tests over the next 12 months to determine how well it feeds into the national power grid, and to determine the potential for developing a 10MW version of the device. Read the rest of World’s First 1MW Wave Energy Converter Launched in South Australia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ARENA Australia , Australian Renewable Energy Agency , greenwave technology , Ivor Frischknecht , Oceanlinx , Port MacDonnell energy project , power purchase agreement , wave energy converter , wave-energy-electricity-converter        

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