David Chipperfield Architects reveal designs for Hamburgs tallest tower

February 12, 2018 by  
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Hot on the heels of Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed Elbphilharmonie , David Chipperfield Architects has revealed designs for the German city’s next big architecture project: Elbtower. Towering above the skyline at 230 meters (755 feet), the sculptural mixed-use building will be the tallest building in the city and serve as a counterpoint to Elbphilharmonie to the west. David Chipperfield Architects’ designs for Elbtower won an international design competition that sought a building that was modern yet also captured the historic and unique character of the riverfront location. Its sculptural form features a long multi-level podium that then curves upwards to form a 230-meter-tall tower with tapered edges. The podium will comprise a bar, hotel, restaurant, retail, and exhibition areas. The building will also enjoy easy access to the train and underground station as well as a bicycle bridge. Related: Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Plaza is the highest public square in northern Germany “We are delighted to have won the competition for the Elbtower project together with SIGNA and are happy to be invited to work in Hamburg again, especially on such an important site,” said David Chipperfield. “As architects we are increasingly aware that the city depends on the quality of projects from the private sector to create a strong civic dimension that engages with the complexities of the city. We look forward to positively embracing this responsibility with the Elbtower project.” The Elbtower will be sheathed in a specially designed glass facade equipped with lighting technology—designed by by Studio Other Spaces in collaboration with Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann—that will transform the building into a “kinetic sculpture” at night. + David Chipperfield Architects Via ArchDaily Images via David Chipperfield Architects

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VW unveils fully electric six-seater specifically for ridesharing

December 4, 2017 by  
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Uber , get ready for more competition. Volkswagen’s mobility startup Moia just introduced a fully electric vehicle optimized for ridesharing . Unveiled at TechCrunch in Berlin, the concept also includes an app so customers can book and pay for rides easily. The startup plans to roll out the six-seaterout on the streets of Hamburg, Germany next year, with an overall goal of removing one million cars from roads. Moia could offer travelers an easy, eco-friendly new way to get around cities. The startup, which began just a year ago at TechCrunch in London, aims to get cars off the streets to ensure cleaner air and reduced traffic . Six people can ride inside the vehicle, which features standalone seats with USB ports and dimmable reading lights so everyone’s comfortable. Passengers can check their emails or surf the Internet with WiFi. There’s also a storage area next to the driver for luggage or bags. Moia’s range is 300 kilometers, or over 186 miles, and can be charged to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Osnabrück designed and built it in a record 10 months. Related: Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV With the app, users can see available cars and ride costs before booking. The startup said they’ll employ a pooling algorithm to put riders with similar destinations in the same car to avoid detours and have as many people riding in one car as possible. Since October of this year, Moia has been testing their service in Hannover. They’ll debut the concept in Hamburg, with more locations to follow. CEO Ole Harms said in a statement, “In 2018, we’ll be ready to launch our ride pooling concept internationally and take the first steps toward our goal of reducing the number of cars in major cities by one million in Europe and the USA by 2025.” + Moia Via Moia Images via Moia

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Herzog & de Meurons Elbphilharmonie Plaza is the highest public square in northern Germany

November 7, 2016 by  
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The Elbphilharmonie Plaza opening ceremony on November 4, 2016 marks the first of many ceremonies to come counting down to the official opening on January 11, 2016. The plaza features an exterior walkway that wraps around the building and overlooks spectacular views of the city and harbor. The interior of the Plaza comprises stairs to the concert halls , the lobby of The Westin Hamburg hotel, the Deck & Deli cafe, and Elbphilharmonie shop. Related: Herzog & De Meuron’s stunning Elbphilharmonie to finally open in January “Right now, we are standing in the Port of Hamburg, 37 metres above sea level at the highest public square in northern Germany —and there is a skyscraper above our heads,” said Hamburg’s Mayor Olaf Scholz at the opening ceremony. “The Elbphilharmonie is a place for everyone. Hamburg is a city of music, and you could call this its parliament. It is a concert hall that will wow the world.” The Elbphilharmonie will host multiple musical events in the run-up to its official January opening. + Elbphilharmonie + Herzog & de Meuron Images via Elbphilharmonie , by Skynamic GmbH, Michael Zapf, Iwan Baan

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Magnetic levitating Glow lamp takes interior design back to the future

November 7, 2016 by  
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Glow is made from a synthetic material that gives it an ethereal glow. Inside are diode emitting low energy lights powered by lithium batteries . Two strength modes allow it to function as a task of mood light. After a full charge, Glow can last up to 80 hours and is easily converted into a wireless lamp that can be attached to any metallic surface thanks to a high-strength neodymium magnet. Related: Mesmerizing levitating plants blend technology and nature The design of the lamp pushes the envelope when it comes to lighting technology and brings us one step closer to a future filled with maglev vehicles and jet packs. The cost of this amazing lamp will be unveiled when its Kickstarter campaign launches on November 7, 2016. + Glow + Glow Design

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Herzog & De Meuron’s stunning Elbphilharmonie to finally open in January

August 2, 2016 by  
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Set on the banks of the Elbe River on a historic port in Hamburg’s HafenCity, the massive Elbphilharmonie comprises three concert halls , a hotel, 45 private apartments, and a publicly accessible Plaza with 360-degree panoramic city views. The juxtaposition of the building’s new curvaceous glass volume with the brick-clad and blocky industrial warehouse below makes for a striking and beautiful contrast between contemporary design and the historic port. The dazzling new facade consists of 1,100 individual panes carefully shaped and marked with small basalt gray reflective dots to minimize solar heat gain and to create a shimmering effect. Related: Herzog + de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall Tops Out The Elbphilharmonie’s crowning gem is the 2,100-seat “Grand Hall,” the largest concert hall of the three that will be detached from the rest of the building for improved soundproofing . Its towering form defines the Elbphilharmonie’s overall shape. “As a landmark visible from afar, the Elbphilharmonie will lend the horizontally oriented city an entirely new accent, symbolizing Hamburg’s foray into the new territory of the harbor area along the shores of the Elbe,” write Herzog & de Meuron. The building is slated to open to the public on January 11, 2017. Those interested in a closer glimpse of Elbphilharmonie before the opening date can take an online virtual tour . + Elbphilharmonie + Herzog & de Meuron Via The Architects Newspaper Images via Elbphilharmonie by Maxim Schulz

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Small Woodland Nursery in Germany has a light-filled atrium at its heart

March 14, 2016 by  
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Show off your green thumb with this sprouted chia vest

March 13, 2016 by  
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We’ve all seen chia pets — the ceramic sculptures covered in sprouted chia seeds to create a fluffy green “coat.” But what kind of fashion statement could you make if you embedded chia seeds in clothing? One designer has created just the thing. READ MORE >

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Battling sea change: A tale of two northern European cities

January 7, 2016 by  
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As sea levels rise, planners are looking at innovative ways to make Rotterdam and Hamburg more resilient.

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Carbon Tracker CEO Anthony Hobley on what financial markets don’t see

January 7, 2016 by  
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Anthony Hobley, CEO of Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank, told GreenBiz in an interview during COP21 in Paris that the financial markets are only now waking up to the risk premium in fossil fuel investments. Consequently, they are providing capital far too cheaply to this sector.That risk, of course, is that fossil fuel companies could be saddled with trillions in stranded assets of oil and gas fields they cannot develop, coal mines that go quiet and drilling equipment that becomes excess.

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

March 10, 2015 by  
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Areas popular with tourists and social drinkers are often pretty—well—smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods feel pretty unlivable. One interest group in the Hamburg red-light district of St. Pauli has a solution: walls that pee back . Coated in hydrophobic paint , the walls send that steady stream of urine right back toward the perpetrators’ legs and/or feet. Because, if the streets are going to smell of urine, then so is the pee-happy partier. Read the rest of Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: hamburg , hydrophobic paint , nano coating , paint , peeback , public health , public urination , st pauli , water repellant paint , waterproof paint , waterproofing

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