Henning Larsen Architects dramatically pointed skyscraper will transform Manila skyline

September 6, 2017 by  
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Henning Larsen Architects just won an international competition for a new landmark building in the heart of Manila, Philippines. Designed in collaboration with landscape architects SLA and BuroHappold Engineering , the dramatically tapered high-rise for Bonifacio Global City is a sculptural beauty that combines Filipino traditional design with contemporary influences. The mixed-use building will be filled with natural daylight and prioritize access to nature. Rising to a height of 308 meters, the landmark tower is designed to redefine the skyline of Bonifacio Global City, a centrally located financial district in Manila . The high-rise will comprise state-of-the-art workspaces, restaurants, a civic center with exhibition spaces, and a public observatory at the top of the structure. The large public plaza that surrounds the building will be densely planted with tall trees and mimic the shade and ambiance of a Filipino tropical forest. The plaza serves as a protected public space for large gatherings and celebrations, a tradition emphasized in Filipino culture. Related: Incredible museum by Kengo Kuma will be set inside a lush nature-infused cave in Manila “We aimed to create a design that will be the benchmark of how a high-rise can give back to a city and its people. The project is characterized by a high degree of responsibility, in relation to not only materials and production but also regarding positive, social spaces encouraging intimacy and community,” says Claude Bøjer Godefroy, Partner and Design Director in Henning Larsen’s Hong Kong office. “This building represents a milestone for Manila and the Philippines. We aimed to make it a truly Filipino building by understanding and integrating elements of Filipino nature, culture and climate.” Trees grow inside the building and will be visible through the glazed facade. At night, the tower is illuminated and doubles as a kind of lighthouse for the city. + Henning Larsen Architects

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C.F. Mller unveils eco-conscious highrise in Sweden

May 2, 2017 by  
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International design firm C.F. Møller won an architecture competition with their proposal for an eco-conscious high-rise in the central Swedish city of Västerås. Topped with solar panels and a green roof , the energy-efficient skyscraper will be a beautiful landmark and model of hybrid design with its proposed timber and concrete structure. Greenery is woven throughout the design, from the panoramic garden on the 15th floor to the trees planted on every balcony. The 15,700-square-meter mixed-use tower was designed for an architecture competition launched by property management company Riksbyggen in January 2017. The winning design features an elliptical shape with 22 floors; concrete will be used for supporting construction up to the 15th floor, while the remaining seven floors will be framed in solid wood. Untreated wood , protected from the elements by balconies, clads the rounded facade. “The architecture and details of the facades are inspired by the light reflections on Lake Mälaren,” says Ola Jonsson, Architect and associate partner at C.F. Møller. “The result is a three-dimensional and dynamic facade composition that is exciting both near and from afar. The panoramic garden placed high up in the building is a focal point for the city and a fantastic common area for the residents of the house. Our ambition has been to optimize the synergies between the city, building and urban greenery.” Related: C.F. Møller is building a garden-filled vertical village in Antwerp The building’s ground floor will be open for restaurants and commercial use, while residences occupy the upper floors. A vertical green wall faces a public square and is complemented with small parks with active and passive spaces. A garden on the 15th floor offers additional green space to residents as well as 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Green roofs top the parking building and the tower. + C.F. Møller Images via C.F. Møller

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects design a sustainable new benchmark for Stavanger

September 21, 2016 by  
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Located near Stavanger Central Station and adjacent to the future “Tivoliparken” city park, the 18,170-square-meter tower occupies a highly visible site, and is thus designed to interweave with the urban fabric. The building is accessible on three sides and its main entrance, which faces the future green park, will invite passersby into publicly accessible space with a mixed-use program including a cafe, restaurant, canteen, lobby, flexible performance spaces, multifunctional exhibitions, and events space across two levels. The tower will also house a church, currently located on the site, on floors 3 to 5; however, the majority of the 26-story building will be used for office space. The top two floors will be open to the public and offer spectacular panoramic views as well as conference facilities, restaurants, bars, and public space. Related: Undulating Green-Roofed Hotel Opens in Norway The sleek modern building blends contemporary elements with “a clear Scandinavian architectural reference.” Vertical aluminum and glass panels clad the exterior and pour natural light into the over 1,000 workspaces. “The building design is optimized to the highest degree of user-friendliness and energy efficiency ,” write the architects. “Green terraces at different heights and orientations bring a distinct recognizable character to this new high-rise in Stavanger, which will be one of the highest in Norway.” + Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Images via Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Residents of this prefab living tower in India can choose a modular apartment from a catalog

August 20, 2015 by  
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Indian residential developer Pooja Crafted Homes commissioned Penda to design the Vijayawada Garden Estate so to allow residents to personalize their homes . The building is meant to be located on a corner plot near the Krishna River, and will provide fantastic views of the surroundings. Related: This honeycomb-like residential structure sits atop an existing car park in London The architects found inspiration in their previous project-a small storage space designed for a Beijing cafe-and decided that the only constant elements in the building should be the structural grid and the infrastructure. All other components can be fully customized thanks to the use of prefabricated modules . Large amounts of vegetation will populate the terraces and will be irrigated using rainwater . Optimal configuration of modules will facilitate natural ventilation, while the plants will help preserve fresh air and the natural appearance of the high-rise. + Penda Via Dezeen

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American hunter deletes Twitter posts showing his young sons with the lions they killed

August 20, 2015 by  
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Just when we all thought we were about as sick of trophy killing as we could possibly be, an Indiana father proves us wrong. In now-deleted Twitter posts published last July, Allen Tarpley proudly showed off photos of his two sons, then seven and nine years old, alongside the lionesses they each killed . Once animal activists discovered the posts (in the wake of Cecil the lion’s death ), Tarpley deleted his Twitter account @Safarihunter77—so perhaps he is not that proud after all. Read the rest of American hunter deletes Twitter posts showing his young sons with the lions they killed

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Unit Fusion’s Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of Hong Kong

November 15, 2014 by  
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Get Away From it All With the Nutshell Cocoon-on-the-Go

November 15, 2014 by  
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Wish you could take a moment to get away from it all even when you can’t actually get away? Design student Eden Lew has just the solution with the Nutshell. It’s a fold-out fabric shell that you can use to wrap yourself in a private cocoon so that you can get a peaceful break even in the middle of a crowd. And if that wasn’t enough, the shell also connects to an app that can help guide you through a peaceful, meditative getaway, all without leaving your chair. READ MORE >  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cocoon , ecouterre , Eden Lew , Eden Lew Nutshell , mobile getaway , Nutshell , personal cocoon , personal getaway , privacy , privacy cocoon , privacy shell , protective shell , wearable technology

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PHOTOS: Daniel Libeskind’s Knife-Like L Tower Begins Taking Shape in Toronto

June 26, 2012 by  
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