Futuristic art center in China has detachable rooms that can bike around town

December 19, 2017 by  
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People’s Architecture Office just unveiled a futuristic cultural center in China that is equipped with detachable room that serve as “cultural satellites.” The incredible building – called the People’s Station – uses the flexible mini-structures to add extra space when necessary. When not in use, the mini-buildings can be collapsed and transported by bike to other locations. The architects used their own prefabricated system to manufacture the building, which took just three months to construct. Located in a quiet region of Yantai, the building’s design was created to attract visitors to the historic center of the city. Its funky angular volume is comprised of wide open entryways and various sections that seem to float off the ground. Related: China’s new futuristic library is unlike any we’ve seen before On the inside, the exhibition rooms are the first two floors are expansive, with high ceilings that are staggered up diagonally up to the second and third floors. Triangular glass panels flood the interior with natural light . On the top floor, visitors can enjoy a lounge area with a bookstore and a cinema. Throughout the building, there are various outdoor terraces that offer beautiful views of surrounding cityscape, as well as the ocean in the distance. + People’s Architecture Office Via Archdaily Photography courtesy PAO  

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Futuristic art center in China has detachable rooms that can bike around town

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People’s Architecture Office just unveiled a futuristic cultural center in China that is equipped with detachable room that serve as “cultural satellites.” The incredible building – called the People’s Station – uses the flexible mini-structures to add extra space when necessary. When not in use, the mini-buildings can be collapsed and transported by bike to other locations. The architects used their own prefabricated system to manufacture the building, which took just three months to construct. Located in a quiet region of Yantai, the building’s design was created to attract visitors to the historic center of the city. Its funky angular volume is comprised of wide open entryways and various sections that seem to float off the ground. Related: China’s new futuristic library is unlike any we’ve seen before On the inside, the exhibition rooms are the first two floors are expansive, with high ceilings that are staggered up diagonally up to the second and third floors. Triangular glass panels flood the interior with natural light . On the top floor, visitors can enjoy a lounge area with a bookstore and a cinema. Throughout the building, there are various outdoor terraces that offer beautiful views of surrounding cityscape, as well as the ocean in the distance. + People’s Architecture Office Via Archdaily Photography courtesy PAO  

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Floating, solar-powered ‘dragonfly’ bridge can sail to new locations

August 10, 2017 by  
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This floating pedestrian bridge  can sail along rivers and oceans like a boat. Designer Margot Krasojevic conceived the bridge as a flexible structure that can be folded, stacked and expanded so that it can be moored along quaysides, sailed to different locations, or permanently positioned. The Ordos government commissioned Krasojevic to design a pedestrian bridge which would cross the Wulanmulun River, located in Ordos city, Kangbashi district Mongolia. The SailBoat bridge consists of a main floating section, three expanding walkways, and a carbon fiber triple sail. The sail can be lowered and raised by a buoyancy rotator and allows the bridge to function as a sailboat in order to reach new locations. Cylindrical cross-flow turbines function as rafts and help stabilize the primary structure. Related: Margot Krasojevic designs Belgrade trolly system powered by piezoelectricity A hydraulic telescopic secondary structure supports the pedestrian walkway which expands and contracts into the main body of the structure. The walkways are flexible and can adapt to different spans. Caisson foundations and screw-in moorings can be used to permanently stabilize the bridge. A rotating Mobius ballast chamber hydraulically operated by a thruster and powered by photovoltaic cells rotates the sails which are made from lightweight aluminium and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. + Margot Krasojevic Architecture

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The Netherlands’ highest wooden apartment building can change its function like a chameleon

January 30, 2017 by  
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The tenants of Patch22, the highest wooden apartment building in the Netherlands, can design and create their own floor plans thanks to the project’s impressive level of flexibility. Architecture firm FRANTZEN et al architecten designed Patch22 with multifunctionality in mind– the team anticipated different future uses so that the building can accommodate housing units or office spaces, depending on circumstances. The building, located in Amsterdam, features a 98-feet high wooden load-bearing structure with wooden columns , beams and walls left exposed in the interior. It meets all the fire regulations and allows occupants to easily reach and reinstall their own installations and pipes depending on the chosen layout. Thanks to a high level of flexibility, Patch22 can be easily transformed from a residential project into an office building. The building generates its own energy thanks to solar panels  installed on its roof. A carbon-neutral heating system uses pellets as fuel to keep the entire building warm. Related: PLP Architecture unveils the design for London’s first timber tower Patch22 is the brainchild of FRANTZEN et al architects and H20 installation consultancy who jointly established Lemniskade Projects to realize the project which won the Sustainability Tender Amsterdam Buiksloterham in 2009. The team has recently acquired a neighboring plot to develop a new project named Top-Up, which will also include an extensive use of wood . While waiting for the new project to break ground next summer, the designers of Patch22 are receiving recognition from the professional community. Patch22 was awarded both the WAN 2016 Residential Award and Green Award. + FRANTZEN et al architecten Via v2com Photos by Luuk Kramer

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The flexible Songpa Micro-Housing building in Seoul is inspired by tapioca pearls

December 9, 2015 by  
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Tatiana Bilbao tackles Mexico’s affordable housing shortage with a flexible modular prototype

October 23, 2015 by  
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Dutch team dominates World Solar Challenge for the fifth time with sleek sun-powered racer

October 23, 2015 by  
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A team of university students from the Netherlands has won the most amazing race under the sun  – again. Every two years, the World Solar Challenge pits students from around the world against one another in a competition to build a solar-powered car capable of traveling across the harsh Australian outback. This marks the fifth win for the Dutch team, who has dominated this race since their first entry in 2001. Read the rest of Dutch team dominates World Solar Challenge for the fifth time with sleek sun-powered racer

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Nendo’s innovative carbon fiber Nest bookshelf shrinks and expands like an accordion

September 29, 2015 by  
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4StrikeBike Can Be Pedalled With Hands and Feet at the Same Time

April 30, 2013 by  
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The 4StrikeBike features handlebars that double as an extra set of pedals! Designed by Dutch firm TSG Essempio , the bike is a real treat for passionate cyclists, people with back problems and compulsive multi-taskers. The hand pedals can be fixed upright when navigating city traffic or engaged to provide extra power when crossing longer distances at higher speeds. Retired Dutch surgeon Lex van Stekelenburg came up with the idea after developing back problems. The bike works therapeutically by distributing body weight more naturally than a conventional bicycle. Read the rest of 4StrikeBike Can Be Pedalled With Hands and Feet at the Same Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 4StrikeBike , bicycle design , bicycling , bike design , bike designs , cycling , dutch design , flexible bike design , flexible design , green bicycle design , green transportation , therapeutic cycling , transformable design , TSG Essempio        

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Eco Architecture: Upcycled shipping container COP 15 Pavilion by MAPT Architects

December 12, 2009 by  
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Eco Factor: Demonstration project for containerized housing. Danish architecture firm MAPT have unveiled a stunning COP 15 pavilion that has been entirely constructed from recycled materials including shipping containers, to coincide with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In addition to old shipping containers, the pavilion also reuses other surplus products from wood and wind-turbine industry.

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