SOMs diagrid glass tower rises like a Chinese paper lantern in Beijing

June 19, 2017 by  
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A glittering glass lantern has risen in Beijing . Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed the Poly International Plaza, a three-tower complex located midway between the Forbidden City and the Beijing Capital Airport. The main and tallest tower draws inspiration from Chinese paper lanterns for its continuous diagrid pattern that shimmers like a jewel and helps lower the building’s energy footprint. Winner of two 2017 Architizer A+Awards , the Poly International Plaza was completed in 2016 shortly after the Beijing Greenland Center , another SOM-designed energy-efficient glass tower. China Poly Group, one of the country’s largest state-supervised conglomerates, commissioned the commercial project. The client specified a modern and elegant building that, in the words of Poly executive Zhang Wei, would “make [their] company more famous.” The Poly International Plaza comprises three elliptical towers connected underground. The eye-catching central tower is nicknamed the Diamond Lantern and rises to a height of 499 feet and is clad in a steel-and-concrete diagrid exoskeleton with angled glass. The two smaller buildings on either side reach heights of 275 feet and 220 feet and are covered in vertical grids of dark metal rods. Related: Beautiful prismatic glass panels envelop SOM’s Beijing Greenland Center SOM writes: “The exoskeleton structural system forms an outer thermal envelope around the office spaces, which are enclosed within a second glazed interior envelope. This creates daylit communal areas that accommodate meetings and foster social interaction, while establishing physical and visual connections between floors. The long-span structural design not only opens up the interior, creating a column-free work environment, but also employs a highly sustainable architectural/mechanical approach to address the climatic and air quality challenges particular to Beijing.” + SOM Via Architectural Record Images via SOM , photos by Bruce Damonte

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The Cube residential tower features stacked units that maximize outdoor space

February 4, 2016 by  
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Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize!

March 24, 2014 by  
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It’s official: this year’s Pritzker Prize goes to Shigeru Ban – one of Inhabitat’s favorite architects! The accomplished Japanese architect is well-known for his experimental and environmentally conscientious designs built from low-cost and recyclable materials such as cardboard tubes and shipping containers. A leader in disaster relief design work, Ban made waves with his recently completed Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch , an incredible temporary replacement for the cathedral destroyed in a 2011 earthquake. In announcing the 56-year-old, Tokyo-based architect, Tom Pritzker said: “Shigeru Ban’s commitment to humanitarian causes through his disaster relief work is an example for all. Innovation is not limited by building type and compassion is not limited by budget. Shigeru has made our world a better place.” Read the rest of Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Pritzker Prize , architecture awards , earthquake resistant building , pritzker , pritzker architecture laureate , pritzker prize announcement , pritzker prize architect        

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Staggering Environmental Impact of Funerals

March 24, 2014 by  
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We often talk about environmental footprints and lifecycle analysis – but what about the afterlife ? Did you know that each year the funeral industry uses 6 billion tons of concrete, 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde, and the wood equivalent of 4 million acres of forest? Cremation isn’t much better – services in North America use enough fossil fuel to drive halfway to the sun each year. Qeepr recently launched a new infographic that shows the environmental impact of funerals – check it out after the break! 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! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The Staggering Environmental Impact of Funerals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cremation , environmental destruction , Funeral , funeral industry , funerals , green afterlife , green design , green funeral , infographic , sustainable design        

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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

March 24, 2014 by  
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GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or wall and roof space. We have taken old billboard vinyl skins that would normally be thrown away and converted them into our own unique planters. This recycled vinyl is highly durable and incredibly long lasting – which makes it the perfect material for our GROWbags! Each GROWbag is handmade in Cape Town by skilled producers who pride themselves with quality work and ethics – empowering their staff members and creating jobs. + GROWbag 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: adaptive reuse , billboard garden bag , billboard planters , Cape Town , GROWbag , GROWbags , reader submitted content , Recycled Materials , repurposed materials , rooftop gardening , South Africa , urban gardening        

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Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes

February 29, 2012 by  
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We’ve seen quite a few creative examples of disaster-resistant architecture here at Inhabitat – from houses that rise up atop flood waters to an elastic iron alloy designed to sway with an earthquake. Now a Japanese company, Air Danshin Systems Inc. , has come up with perhaps the most inventive solution we’ve seen — they fit out existing houses to levitate in the event of an earthquake. In the wake of last year’s Fukushima disaster the company is set to install the levitation system in 88 houses across Japan. Read the rest of Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , air danshin , compressed air , earthquake design , earthquake proof architecture , earthquake resistant , Floating Home , levitating homes , natural disaster

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The Power365 Concept is a Solar Powered Portable Power Supply

February 29, 2012 by  
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Power 365 is a concept for a next generation smart power supply that uses a simplistic arrangement of solar cells and light emitting technology. Designed by Phil Pauley, the portable device aims to produce enough juice to charge mobile phones, laptops, mp3 players and more. If produced, Power 365 would range in price from $200 for small mobile devices up to $50,000+ for a large scale linked rack of many devices for more powerful domestic or commercial applications. + Phil Pauley 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: “solar energy” , green electronics , green gadgets , mobile smart grid , pauley interactive , phil pauley , portable power supply , power 365 , power365 , Solar Power

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30 Story Hotel Completely Built and Finished in Fifteen Days, on New Years Eve (Amazing Video)

January 7, 2012 by  
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This really is changing the way building is done. It is earthquake resistant and energy efficient too.

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Mexico City Eco Apartments Inspired By The Trees of the Neighborhood

January 7, 2011 by  
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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

June 18, 2010 by  
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