SOM unveils images of new undulating mixed-use tower in China

April 9, 2018 by  
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SOM recently just unveiled the first images of a spiraling mixed-use tower planned for China . The Hangzhou Wangchao Center features an undulating glass façade and eight mega-columns that slope outward at the corners. This design helps to minimize wind loads and optimize the center’s performance and efficiency. The Center will offer hotel, office and retail spaces in the heart of  Hangzhou . As a result of an integrated architectural and engineering strategy, the tower’s distinct silhouette minimizes wind loads and creates flexible floor plates. Related: SOM’s diagrid glass tower rises like a Chinese paper lantern in Beijing In addition to the large sloping corner columns, architects designed secondary perimeter columns that branch out to maintain equal column bays. A Vierendeel transfer truss above the lobby connects the secondary columns to the corner columns. This structure allows for the use of planar glass panels as cladding material. The tower is slated for completion in 2021. SOM said, “Located at the intersection of several major transportation networks, the tower is a beacon of performance-driven design and is emblematic of Hangzhou’s future as a new global destination.” + SOM Via ArchDaily Images by Brick Visual

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Discovery of ancient middle finger bone completely upends what we know about human migration

April 9, 2018 by  
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Archaeologists have discovered an ancient middle finger bone in Saudia Arabia, and it could completely change what we know about human migration. An 85,000-year-old bone belonging to Homo sapiens marks the first evidence of humans that scientists have found in the Nefud Desert. This is also the first time Homo sapiens bones of that age have been discovered anywhere outside Africa. The current theory of human migration posits that Homo sapiens migrated en masse in a movement known as “Out of Africa” about 60,000 years ago in a single, contained wave. But this newly-discovered bone suggests that people migrated out of Africa in multiple different phases, at least 20,000 years earlier than we thought. Related: Incredible fossil discovery rewrites the history of human migration out of Africa Archaeologists unearthed the 1.25-inch middle finger bone in 2016, and researchers used a CT scan to form a 3D model of the entire bone, which showed conclusively that it belonged to Homo sapiens.  Nature  published news of the discovery this week. “What our discovery shows is that the early spread of Homo sapiens was much more spatially widespread than we thought,” said lead study author Huw Groucutt of the University of Oxford . Via CNN Images via Flickr  and Nature

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Ethereal glass pavilion redefines the modern greenhouse

February 15, 2017 by  
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Athens-based 314 Architecture Studio have reimagined the industrial-era greenhouse in a publicity campaign for a local fresh juice company, Bfresh Spitiko. Using the traditional greenhouse architecture form as inspiration, the architects created the stunning prismatic structure as an architectural representation of the natural drink company’s ethos of clean living. Bfresh Spitiko is a fruit juice company that creates its products based on traditional local recipes. Their juices have no preservatives or chemical additives, and are literally made by hand. This commitment to providing all-natural, locally-grown products was the inspiration behind the stunning glass design . Related: New Shanghai pavilion looks like a cloud sandwiched between two horizontal planes The greenhouse pavilion structure consists of a metal wireframe filled with triangular glass panels of various sizes and arched openings. The tall slanted roof is covered in prismatic panels that add an extra shimmer to the structure. Adding to the project’s dramatic presence, the renderings show the glass box set in a lush greenscape with ethereal lighting, further putting the focus on the company’s all-natural products. + 314 Architecture Studio

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Corals at Keppel Bay combine the best of luxury and sustainability

November 17, 2016 by  
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The project features buildings clad in glazed, white aluminum and glass panels , which create a rhythm accentuated by ribbons of balconies. It comprises 366 apartments that range from one-to-four bedrooms and penthouses, with sizes ranging from 538 square feet to 8,503 square feet. The residents will have exclusive access to Marina at Keppel Bay on Keppel Island which includes a clubhouse with members’ lounge, fine dining establishments and yacht charter services. Related: Daniel Libeskind’s ambitious design for The Kurdistan Museum in Iraq To help foster biodiversity, harvested “donor” coral fragments are grown in a nursery, after which they are transplanted to King’s Dock, near the residences. To further sustainability, reflecting pools run the length of each building. These pools serve to help cool the residences. The site also features a green roof, rainwater collection and solar panels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFwTiG9_XOI “Just like a coral reef , the composition of each cluster of buildings is unique—the common thread is spectacular bay views and expansive balconies throughout,” said Daniel Libeskind. “I sought to imbue the entire site with openness and greenery—the true core of this project is sustainable living,” he added. + Studio Libeskind

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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment footprint in Japan

December 26, 2014 by  
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Ultra-Minimalist Casa de Madera Celebrates Wood and Glass in Mexico

November 5, 2014 by  
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