Beautiful Marrakesh Congress Center design brings a modern touch to traditional Moroccan architecture

June 3, 2016 by  
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Known colloquially as “The Red City” for the prevalence of red sandstone architecture, Marrakesh is packed with mosques, palaces, and markets ringed by old fortified city walls. In keeping with the local vernacular, the 14,000-square-meter Marrakesh Congress Center would be built with red natural stone. Its blocky form brings to mind strength and fortification. The facade’s patterned perforations allow diffused natural light to pass into the interior while blocking unwanted solar gain. Related: Libya’s Stunning Tripoli Congress Center is Protected by a Tree-Inspired Mesh Facade The building’s robust form is softened by the addition of crawling vines and trees on the facade, as well as integrated gardens that punctuate the interior on different levels. “The interplay of the inside and outside will be a central theme for the building, communicated through such integrated gardens, as well as with the sunlight piercing the façade throughout the day,” write the architects. “At ground level the atrium will be visible through porticos and one central focus door that will reference the striking local doors in Morocco, emphasizing a dynamic interior / exterior flow.” + Tabanlioglu Architects Images via Tabanlioglu Architects

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Energy-plus houses in Berlin are the future of eco-friendly living

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The three structures, collectively named “Holistic Living”, are the result of a holistic design approach that combines energy efficiency , mobility and health. Each building was built using natural, recyclable materials -walls, ceilings and roofs are made of wood and clay. Related: Linked Towers Planned for Berlin’s Holzmarkt Area Triple glazing and thermally insulated envelope prevent thermal bridges . Floor heating systems and a heat recovery ventilation system provide stable indoor temperatures throughout the year. Photovoltaic panels installed on the roof generate enough energy to meet total energy requirements of the property. This energy is also used to charge an e-car. Thanks to their outstanding energy performance, the buildings meet the requirements of the German Plus Energy House standard. + GRAFT + BuroHappold Engineering Via Archdaily Photos by Tobias Hein

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