Interstellar cabins ring Snhettas otherworldly planetarium in Norway

May 3, 2018 by  
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An out-of-this-world design upgrade is coming to Solobservatoriet, the world’s largest solar observatory north of the Alps in Harestua, Norway . Snøhetta just unveiled their designs for the site’s new planetarium and visitor center as well as seven “interstellar cabins” arranged like orbiting planets around the planetarium’s golden dome. The astronomical facility is located 28 miles of Oslo at an elevated site 1,900 feet above sea level. The star of Snøhetta’s new designs is undoubtedly the Planetarium , a half-sunken structure designed as the first thing visitors see when they arrive to the facility via the forest footpaths. At the heart of the Planetarium is the 100-seat “celestial theater” housed in a golden orb engraved with constellations that appears to emerge from the earth and is visible from outside. Skylights as well as a sloping and accessible green roof planted with grass, wild heather, blueberry, and lingonberry bushes wrap around the golden dome. In addition to the theater, the Planetarium’s lower level includes a reception, cafe, exhibition area, and a ramp that leads up to an exhibition mezzanine and outdoor green roof. Outside, seven “interstellar cabins ” are arranged around the Planetarium like unique orbiting planets. Six of the planets alternate between 27 and 33 feet in diameter and accommodate up to 10 to 32 people respectively, while the smallest planet, Zolo, measures nearly 20 feet in diameter and houses just two guests. The new visitor’s center will be placed near the original solar observatory. Related: Snøhetta unveils plans for world’s first “energy-positive” hotel in the Arctic Circle “The new Planetarium and cabins represent an ambitious expansion of the current and modest facilities, turning the entire site into a publicly accessible and international knowledge hub while also providing expanded support spaces for activities such as teambuilding, lectures and seminars,” wrote the architects. + Snøhetta Images via Snøhetta

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This breezy bamboo amphitheater pops up in just 25 days

February 22, 2018 by  
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A beautiful bamboo amphitheater has risen in the lush tropics of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian studio Bambutec Design crafted the 2,150-square-foot structure with the help of computer modeling in addition to old-fashioned model making by hand. The Bamboo Amphitheater Space Structure was built for the green campus of the Pontifical Catholic University and was assembled in 25 working days. Set on the banks of the Rainha River and screened in by bamboo, this bamboo structure complements its verdant surroundings with its dark green roof and exposed bamboo frame. The 1.4-ton amphitheater was built atop a foundation previously designed by architect Carlos Pingarrilho. Low landscape impact was emphasized throughout the design and build process, which made use of mobile prefabricated modules, pantographic grids, textile membranes, and a mobile lifting device. The ultra-lightweight dome is anchored to the ground with reinforced concrete and six touch-down pylons. Related: Dumping ground reborn as a bamboo and rammed-earth community space in Vietnam “The dome employs a textile hybrid space structure formed by self-supporting treated bamboo bipods, tensile pantographic gridshells and self-stressed active bending beams, avoiding buckling of the structural members,” wrote the design team. “Gridshell modules were disposed discontinuously in overlapping steps 0.5m apart, allowing air circulation and natural lighting. Active bending beams and pantographic gridshells were subjected to prescribed external loads in a process of elastic deformation during assembly.” The project was inaugurated in 2014 and used to host events, shows, and lectures. + Bambutec Design Via ArchDaily Images via Bambutec Design

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MIT’s winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars mimic earthly forests

November 28, 2017 by  
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If humans start constructing cities on Mars , we have an opportunity to build sustainably from the start. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team designed an environmentally friendly city for the red planet that mimics a forest , with solar-powered dome tree habitats connected with roots, or tunnels. Their vision, called Redwood Forest, recently won first place in the Mars City Design competition’s architecture category. As many as 50 people can reside in each one of Redwood Forest’s domes, which offer open space with plants and water – harvested from Mars’ northern plains – atop roots with access to private spaces and other domes. The roots also protect colonizers from cosmic radiation, extreme thermal changes, or micrometeorite impacts. Related: Stefano Boeri Architects envisions a Vertical Forest City on Mars The 10,000-person city will “physically and functionally mimic a forest,” according to MIT postdoctoral researcher and team co-lead Valentina Sumini, and will draw on local resources like ice, regolith, and water . MIT doctoral student George Lordos said, “Every tree habitat in Redwood Forest will collect energy from the sun and use it to process and transport the water throughout the tree, and every tree is designed as a water-rich environment. Water fills the soft cells inside the dome providing protection from radiation, helps manage heat loads, and supplies hydroponic farms for growing fish and greens.” Solar panels will generate energy to split stored water to produce oxygen and rocket fuel, Lordos said. Solar power will also help charge hydrogen fuel cells , “necessary to power long-range vehicles as well as provide backup energy storage in case of dust storms.” These ideas wouldn’t only work on the red planet. The MIT team says many of their design features could be applied to Earth. Underground multi-level networks could ease traffic above by offering an alternative route for electric cars. Hydroponic gardens underneath cities could cultivate fresh produce with lower transportation and land costs. And their tree habitat design, MIT said, “could create living and working spaces in harsh environments, such as high latitudes, deserts, and the sea floor.” + Mars City Design Via MIT News Images via Valentina Sumini/MIT

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Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

December 9, 2014 by  
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Buckminster Fuller’s low-cost Fly’s Eye Dome recreated as a 3D parametric model in Miami

December 5, 2014 by  
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Buckminster Fuller ‘s patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year’s Design Miami . A 3d parametric model of the Fly’s Eye Dome was placed atop a pool of water in front of Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court shopping center in Miami and features contemporary technology that makes it water resistant and passively ventilated. Read the rest of Buckminster Fuller’s low-cost Fly’s Eye Dome recreated as a 3D parametric model in Miami Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D design , affordable housing , Buckminster Fuller , Design Miami , dome , geodesic dome , low-cost dome housing , low-cost housing , parametric design

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

June 24, 2014 by  
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Foldable Off-Grid Geodesic DOM(E) Home Pops Up in Any Environment

June 5, 2013 by  
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Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

February 21, 2012 by  
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Inca Architectes has designed a dome-shaped eco-tourism center that feels like a cozy living room in the woods. Commissioned by the Department Tourism Committee of Seine et Marne to protect the Gorges de Franchard biosphere reserve in Fontainebleau, the first such center in France is made of natural materials that have superficial foundations in order to keep their long-term environmental impact to an absolute minimum. Read the rest of Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , biosphere reserve , dome , eco design , eco-tourism , eco-tourism center , eco-travel , fontainebleau , france , Gorges de Franchard , green design , Inca Architectes , passive design , sustainable design , Wood

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Five sustainably crafted geodesic dome houses

May 7, 2011 by  
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Vmumtaz: A geodesic dome is a spherical or partially spherical shell structure or lattice shell based on a network of great circles (geodesics) on the surface of a sphere.

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Eco-friendly bamboo skin makes Tang Palace restaurant look stunning

May 7, 2011 by  
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Ckapadia: ‘Go green’ is the buzz word today and what better way to go green than to use a very eco-friendly and natural bamboo structure to give a new look to your place. Tang Palace Restaurant , located at Hangzhou, China has just done the same turning ordinary place into a latest design contemporary restaurant. FCJC , a Beijing based design firm, has used this concept for Tang Palace to give it a very stylish and aesthetic feel.

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