Curvaceous algae-covered towers proposed for Hangzhou

May 11, 2018 by  
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Paris-based studio XTU Architects recently unveiled designs for a futuristic high-rise in Hangzhou that blends sustainable technologies into an organic, sculptural design. Cloaked in a “bio facade” of micro algae -covered panels, the curvaceous towers can produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Dubbed French Dream Towers, the mixed-use complex would also incorporate rainwater harvesting, a greenhouse, and an aquaponics system. Currently under review, French Dream Towers comprises four buildings clustered around a central water body. The towers feature sloped facades that give the project its organic shape and help facilitate rainwater collection . The mixed-use complex includes a French Tech Hub with offices and co-working spaces; an Art Center comprising galleries, artist residences, and market space; a hotel with wellness facilities; and a luxury restaurant with French fusion cuisine and a bar. Related: Incredible Algae Dome absorbs sun and CO2 to produce superfood and oxygen “The culture of micro-algae on the building facade is a process developed by XTU for several years,” said the architects of their patent-pending micro-algae panels. “It allows the symbiosis: the bio facade uses the thermal building to regulate the culture temperature of algae and at the same time these facades allow a much better insulation of buildings.” + XTU Architects Via Dezeen Images via XTU Architects

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Sun Commune pavilion teaches urban kids about sustainable farming in China

April 4, 2017 by  
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For a country like China , where one-fifth of the farmland is contaminated, raising awareness about sustainable farming is more important than ever. That’s why design studio Superimpose teamed up with the local farming community in rural Hangzhou’s Tai Yang Valley to build an educational pavilion about organic food production. Created for the local initiative Sun Commune, the ring-shaped MICR-O pavilion serves as an educational platform to teach children from Hangzhou and Shanghai about nature and sustainable practices. Elevated on stilts and located between rice fields and bamboo forests, the MICR-O pavilion was built with a repetitive structural A-frame made of locally reclaimed pine. The low-cost yet elegant pavilion sits lightly on the land and is wrapped in white canvas, giving it a modern and simple appearance. The circular structure wraps around an open-air deck, accessible via three access points and used for group activities and events. Related: Smog-filled Beijing is building a ‘green necklace’ around the city to curb pollution Throughout the year, children from Hangzhou and Shanghai are invited to camp at MICR-O and learn about sustainable farming. Camp attendees can sleep overnight at the pavilion on mats laid overtop the pine floor. The architects write: “The structural A frame, a ninety-degree angled triangle, gives the design an externally pure shape, while internally the patio opens towards the sky and surroundings.” + Superimpose Via ArchDaily Images by Marc Goodwin

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Shimmering fin-like twin towers to rise as beacons of sustainability in Hangzhou

June 14, 2016 by  
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Inspired by the Chinese character for ‘gate,’ the Zhejiang Gate Towers will stand 280 meters in height with a total area of 370,000 square meters. “The high-rise towers are an interpretation of the Chinese characters meaning ‘gate’ or entrance to a city,” said Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA. “The development is located at a major interchange into the city so we wanted to create an iconic gateway to Hangzhou. Utilizing our extensive view studies we positioned the tower ensemble so it is recognizable as a twin structure, a gate, from both near and far.” Related: Stone apartments appear to float above a lush wetland in Hangzhou Both towers are clad in self-shading aluminum fins that create curvaceous shapes on the facade and are paired with high-performance glass to reduce glare and solar heat gain . Different colors of glass and the fins’ varying depths give the facade an attractive and dynamic appearance that changes depending on perspective. The towers also include eight super-columns that reduce the structural system by nearly a third as compared to a traditional scheme. The Zhejiang Gate Towers will be joined by a third 90-meter-tall building, a pair of pavilions, roof gardens, and a landscaped covered plaza that connects all the buildings. The towers are slated for completion in 2019. + LAVA Images via LAVA

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China’s new Folk Art Museum is topped with repurposed roof tiles to filter natural light

October 19, 2015 by  
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LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

May 21, 2015 by  
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gmp Architekten to Design Gorgeous New Hangzhou South Railway Station

March 22, 2012 by  
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Santiago Calatrava’s Long-Awaited Peace Bridge to be Inaugurated in Calgary

March 22, 2012 by  
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Santiago Calatrava fans and locals who have been dying to see Calgary’s Peace Bridge come to life over the Bow River will be happy to know that the candy cane-colored helix structure’s inauguration will finally take place on Saturday, March 24th. Originally slated for completion in the Fall of 2010, the $24.5 million dollar project has been controversial since residents complained about the high expense. But now that it is complete, at least 1,500 cyclists and pedestrians are expected to use the magnificent, low-impact tubular bridge every day! Read the rest of Santiago Calatrava’s Long-Awaited Peace Bridge to be Inaugurated in Calgary Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bridge , Calgary , canada , candy cane-colored bridge , eco design , green design , helix design , low impact design , Peace Bridge , Peace Park , santiago calatrava , sustainable design

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MVRDV’s Speech Bubble Inspired Building Wins China Comic and Animation Museum Design Bid

May 6, 2011 by  
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NBBJ and CCDI design sustainable sports park for Hangzhou

April 17, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable pedestrian-centric sports and recreation development. NBBJ in partnership with CCDI have designed the Hangzhou Sports Park that is a vibrant, pedestrian-centric sports and recreational development that will be located in the midst of Hangzhou’s new urban environment

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