Milan’s striking wooden UniCredit building is powered by the sun

May 12, 2017 by  
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You wouldn’t expect it, but this radical solar-powered building in Milan is actually owned by a bank. aMDL Michele De Lucchi Studio designed the LEED-certified UniCredit building to house the bank’s general meetings, but also to enrich public life with multipurpose community spaces. Its open structure of curved laminated wood ribs gives it a sense of accessibility and protection. The pavilion has no foundations–it was constructed on a reinforced concrete podium above a parking facility. Inspired by the shape of a seed, the design of the building combines lamellar larch beams with glass. The open structure accentuates accessibility, strengthened by two large wings equipped with monitors for events open to the general public. Related: Floating timber pavilion transforms a Swiss lake into an exciting new public square A 700-seat, multipurpose auditorium situated on the ground floor adapts to different configurations and events, while the overhead walkways that runs along the outer edge of the building can function as a temporary exhibition space . The first floor houses a nursery for 50 toddlers, while the top level features a lounge used for corporate events. Thanks to its strong focus on environmental sustainability and environmental sustainability, the LEED Gold-certified project has won first prize at this year’s WT SmartCity Award competition. + aMDL Michele De Lucchi Studio Via WT SmartCity Award Photos by Tom Vack

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Nature and art overlap in this sinuous pavilion in Taipei City

January 19, 2017 by  
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Indoor and outdoor scenery overlap in this sinuous pavilion by Emerge Architects . The SINICA Eco-Pavilion was tailored to the existing trees on the site, and meanders in-between them to create an organic space where nature is as much on display as the exhibition housed inside the building. The building, located within a restoration area of Taipei ‘s leading academic institution, Academia Sinica, features long stretches of curved glass surfaces that facilitate ambiguous spatial perception for visitors. The line between the inside and outside disappears as one navigates the interior space and explores different exhibitions. Different spatial pockets such as the lobby, screening room and exhibition areas create fluid transitions. Related: Sinuous concrete pavilion is a spiritual oasis at the City of Hope research and treatment center Through interdisciplinary integration and collaboration between curators and architects, the pavilion establishes a strong dialogue with its surroundings. This diminished the distinction between architecture, landscape and art, merging them all into a single, unified experience. + Emerge Architects Via Architizer Photos by Kyle Yu, Sam Yang, WK Chou

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An old factory building in Paris hides a transformable multipurpose space

December 8, 2016 by  
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The director’s house of an old factory on the banks of the Seine in Paris now functions as an edgy  multipurpose space , part of a city-wide urban project organized by agency Semapa . DATA architects revamped the old building as a workspace, a workshop, a meeting place, and a base from which the urban project will spring. The Director’s house is located alongside Seine in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. DATA architects kept the exterior of the existing building in original condition, and focused on redesigning the interior by providing a complete makeover. The team gutted the building to create three floors of exhibition spaces . The main room has been separated from the staircase, bathrooms, storage and technical rooms by a wall. A large cylindrical structure dominates the main space. It combines glass and steel and allows visitors to climb the stairs to the upper floor. Related: [BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris Suspended from the underside of the cylinder is the flagship element of the exhibition space. Thanks to a pulley the model appears and disappears into the heights of the cylinder, freeing the floor for other events like presentations and inaugurations. + DATA + Semapa

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

November 26, 2015 by  
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Studio Libeskind just unveiled their latest design venture into the museum typology: the New Lithuanian Modern Art Center to be erected in Vilnius, Lithuania. The green-roofed building, dedicated to the works created by Lithuanian artists, was designed as two intertwined volumes clad in white concrete, with a large public piazza providing a connection to the historic medieval city which the museum aims to reference. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

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Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 Resembles Billowing Wheat Fields

March 7, 2014 by  
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Herzog & de Meuron’s Pe?rez Art Museum Opens in Miami

December 5, 2013 by  
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Marcela Godoy Turns E-Waste Into Unique and Beautiful Necklaces

December 5, 2013 by  
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Inspired by everyday electronic devices and the speed with which they are discarded nowadays, Marcela Godoy ‘s  Elle | E-Waste jewelry collection rescues electronic waste, transforming it into an ornament that can be used with a new meaning. Every necklace has been handcrafted re-using wires, plugs and electric nuts. + Marcela Godoy 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: e-waste , e-waste jewelry , eco jewelry , marcele godoy , recycled jewelry        

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DIY Gift Idea: Learn to Make Beautiful, Solid Perfume Lockets

December 5, 2013 by  
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Most of us have a couple of favorite fragrances that we like to daub on ourselves once in a while, so it’s not surprising that  perfume is one of the most popular gifts for any occasion. That said, although there are some spectacular perfumes and colognes out there, it’s incredibly easy (and fun) to make your own scented blends with essential oils, and then blend them with carrier oils and wax to make solid perfumes. Scent can have a remarkable effect on a person’s mood (as can beautiful bits of jewelry), so if you just happen to combine a gorgeous perfume and a beautiful locket, you have a winning gift this holiday season! Read the rest of DIY Gift Idea: Learn to Make Beautiful, Solid Perfume Lockets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aromatherapy , cedar , Christmas , christmas gifts , Christmas present , DIY , diy gift , diy holiday gift , EO , essential oil perfume , essential oils , grapefruit , hanukkah , holiday gifts , holiday presents , Jewelry , Kwanzaa , lockets , neroli , patchouli , perfume , perfume lockets , rose , sandalwood , scent , solid perfume , solid perfume lockets , solstice , xmas gift , xmas gifts , xmas present , xmas presents , Yule        

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Henning Larsen Architects’ New Umeå Art Museum in Sweden is Bathed in Cool Nordic Light

December 14, 2012 by  
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Julien Berthier’s Experimental Pop-Up Balconies Provide Escape from Being Cooped Up Indoors

December 14, 2012 by  
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The project involves the use of a small crane that lifts the balcony unit into place. Made out of resin and steel, these rentable balconies are permanently attached to the truck, eliminating the risk of dropping you hundreds of feet to the ground. They can be quickly fitted and removed, giving residents a chance to experience life with a balcony, while not offering them a permanent solution. It is designed to mimic a Haussmann-style balcony found in Paris, and it’s placed against buildings of all different architectural styles. The Balcon Additionnel can’t be separated from its boom-truck base, and it is merely placed close to a series of building facades in order to be photographed, and not actually attached for use. However, the project proposes an alternative future of housing typologies , one that may become reality in a matter of years. + Julien Berthier Via Architizer

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