Spectacular town hall doubles as a bridge in Denmarks Faroe Islands

August 21, 2018 by  
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When Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects was tapped to design the Town Hall in Eysturkommuna, the firm knew that there would be no point in trying to compete with the sublime Faroe Islands setting. Sculpted by wind and volcanic forces, the lush Nordic landscape instead provided inspiration for the building, which doubles as a bridge over a river and appears as a green-roofed extension of its surroundings. Blurring the line between nature and building, the Town Hall pays homage to traditional Faroese architecture with a new contemporary twist. Located in the village of Norðragøta, the Town Hall in Eysturkommuna is a subtle addition to the lush landscape that was created to help revive the local community. With an area of 750 square meters, the building is remarkably small for a town hall , yet what the structure lacks in size it makes up for in dramatic views. Doubling as a bridge, the angular building unites what used to be two separated municipalities and is partly wrapped in full-height glazing to frame stunning vistas of mountains and water. A circular mirror-lined glazed opening was also inserted into the floor to allow views of the rushing river below. “A central theme in traditional Faroese architecture is the blurred line between nature and building, the fact that the spectator has difficulties distinguishing where the landscape ends and the building begins,” explains Ósbjørn Jacobsen, Partner at Henning Larsen. “The primary conceptual idea behind the design of the town hall is driven by the notion of this fleeting line between landscape and building. I believe that could be one way to approach modern Faroese architecture.” Related: Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels The public is not only invited to enjoy the interior of the Town Hall, but they are also welcome to use the terraces and green roof for picnics or to even swim in the river. To heighten the building’s connection with the site, artist Jens Ladekarl Thomsen created an exterior sound and light installation that draws from the sounds and structure of the local neighborhoods and nature and “lets passersby believe the ‘house speaks’ of its surroundings.” + Henning Larsen Architects Images by Nic Lehoux

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BIG Breaks Ground on Daylit Marknagil Education Center in the Faroe Islands

April 19, 2013 by  
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BIG just broke ground on the daylit, vortex-shaped Marknagil Education Center , which is set to be one of the biggest buildings on the Faroe Islands. The center was designed in collaboration with local architects Fuglark , and it will combine the Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Torshavns Technical College and Business College of Faroe Islands in one building. Read the rest of BIG Breaks Ground on Daylit Marknagil Education Center in the Faroe Islands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture competition winners , architecture competitions , BIG Architects , education center design , educational architecture , Faroe Islands education center , Fuglark Architects , Marknagil Education Center , school design , vortex architecture        

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America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

April 19, 2013 by  
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LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods

April 19, 2013 by  
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Ingo Maurer is a world-renowned creator of innovative and highly artistic lighting installations that use completely custom mechanisms, minimized connectors, and unexpected materials. His latest LightStructure collection, unveiled during Milan Design Week at the Euroluce exhibition , dazzled onlookers by making a highly technical product into an inspiring object of desire. What makes LightStructure so amazing is that the lines that suspend each tubular LED light bar also provide power without any additional connectors or wires. Read the rest of LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly , Euroluce , green lighting , Ingo Maurer , LED , LightStructure , low voltage , Milan , Sustainable        

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MGM Grand Announces Plans to Build a $100 Million New York-Style Park in Las Vegas

April 19, 2013 by  
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Long gone are the days when  Las Vegas casino owners booked the Rat Pack and did whatever was necessary to keep patrons at the gambling tables. With the arrival of Cirque du Soleil, family-friendly venues, spas, and world-class restaurants, Sin City has reinvented itself as a vacation destination for a broader swath of the public. This Thursday, Jim MurrenCEO of the  MGM Grand , announced that he will be investing $100 million to create a New York-style park and promenade outside of its Monte Carlo and New York-New York casinos. Bringing a little East Coast landscape architecture out to the desert, he hopes to counter the long-held mindset of keeping visitors close to home base. Read the rest of MGM Grand Announces Plans to Build a $100 Million New York-Style Park in Las Vegas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery park city esplanade , brooklyn bridge , ceasars palace , cirque du soleil , cooper robertson & partners , hershey’s chocolate world , jim murren , las vegas , las vegas boulevard , monte carlo , new york city , new york-new york , rat pack , shake shack , sin city , tropicana avenue , zuccotti park        

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