OMA unveils designs for zigzagging residential towers in Brooklyn

March 13, 2019 by  
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OMA’s New York office has unveiled striking designs for the Greenpoint Landing mixed-use towers—two dramatically stepped buildings that appear to be two jagged halves of a whole. Designed to frame views of Greenpoint and vistas of Manhattan beyond, the project is “a ziggurat and its inverse…carefully calibrated to one another,” says OMA Partner Jason Long. Greenpoint Landing, which is expected to break ground in August of this year, is located in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Greenpoint in between Long Island City in the north and Williamsburg in the south. Envisioned as the catalyst for revitalizing Greenpoint’s post-industrial waterfront edge, Greenpoint Landing will expand the public waterfront esplanade and add 2.5 acres of continuous open space along the shoreline as well as 8,600 square feet of ground-floor retail. The complex will include a seven-story building plinth with two towers above that will also bring a total of 745 units of housing, 30 percent of which will be affordable. “Like two dancers, the towers simultaneously lean into and away from one another,” the architecture firm says of the project’s eye-catching design. “The taller tower widens toward the east as it rises, maximizing views and creating a dramatic face to the neighborhood and beyond. Its partner steps back from the waterfront to create a series of large terraces, widening toward the ground and the new waterfront park to the North. A ziggurat and its inverse, the pair are intimately linked by the void between them.” Related: Amsterdam is transforming a prison into a green energy-generating neighborhood To further connect the building with its surroundings, the architects will add two levels of waterfront-facing green space and terraces framed with common spaces and amenities. The facade will be lined with large windows and precast concrete panels with carved angled faces that react dynamically to the sun’s path throughout the day. A bridge housing pool and fitness programs will link the two towers together and provide panoramic views of the waterfront and Manhattan skyline. + OMA Images via OMA

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Floating sky gardens and rooftop terraces join two halves of this tower in Taiwan

March 21, 2018 by  
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Aedas has unveiled plans for a soaring 656-foot tower that’s broken into two pieces held together by a series of ‘floating’ sky gardens and glass boxes. The architects drew inspiration from the Chinese character ‘?’ in the logo of the Taichung Commercial Bank. The 40-story high tower is a mixed-use development comprising the Taichung Commercial Bank Headquarters and an internationally-branded five-star hotel. Instead of stacking all the large functions such as the ballroom and swimming pool in a singular tower, the design creates two separate towers with a vertical void in the middle of the building. Related: Village-inspired office in Jakarta is topped with living trees and a green roof A series of transparent glass boxes house public exhibition space, sky gardens , a ballroom, a swimming pool, and conferencing facilities within the void. This plan enriches the building’s shape and creates a unique, iconic feature facing the main road. A terrace retreat at the rooftop features a restaurant and a VIP club long. Landscaped outdoor space and sweeping balconies provide magnificent city views for guests. Aedas’ design recently won the Tall Buildings category at MIPIM/The Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2018. + Aedas Via Archinect

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Beautiful prismatic glass panels envelop SOM’s Beijing Greenland Center

June 22, 2016 by  
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The 260-meter tower is enveloped in curtain walls made of glass panels arranged in a prism-like manner. The high-performance skin captures and refracts daylight, creating an interesting interplay of light and shadow. The isosceles trapezoidal modules taper down and up in an alternating pattern on all sides of the building. Related: SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision The thermally efficient skin is only one among the building’s many sustainable features. Variable speed pumps were incorporated to optimize heating and cooling, while a water-side economizer helps utilize evaporative cooling . Related: SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network “Addressing a need for environmentally responsible, mixed-use urban development, Beijing Greenland Center is a highly visible example of how visually striking design can also be highly flexible and sustainable,” said the architects. + Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Via Dezeen

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Two ex-Google employees are turning existing trucks into autonomous vehicles

June 22, 2016 by  
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To some, the Trucker is a modern folk hero, an American archetype engaged in cross-country adventure to ensure that consumerism keeps on truckin’ . But if you remove the red, white, and blue colored glasses,  trucking can be seen as dangerous to the driver , those who share the road, and the environment . If the innovators at Otto, a newly founded business dedicated to transforming the commercial trucking industry with self-driving vehicles , have their way, the trucker may undergo a healthful, green makeover for the potential benefit of society at large. Previously under development out of the public eye, Otto was unveiled in a Medium post written by Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron, two of the ex-Google employees that founded Otto. In the post, the authors detail the costs of the trucking status quo: 28% of road pollution is generated by commercial trucking, despite the sector only accounting for 1% of all road traffic; road fatalities exacerbated by exhausted truck drivers; inefficient use of resources to move goods; and a shortage of workers willing to drive trucks. Otto’s solution? Autonomous trucks. “We intend to enhance the capabilities of the Otto truck, collect safety data to demonstrate its benefits, and bring this technology to every corner of the U.S. highway system,” said Levandowski and Lior. Related: Six semi-autonomous trucks just drove 1,300 miles across Europe Otto’s approach is unique in that it is designing technology to complement truck drivers, not replace them. They intend to install technology on existing trucks to allow truck drivers to, among other things, get enough sleep so that they can safely guide their cargo to its destination. However, one wonders how long this delicate balance between labor and automation can last. As autonomous driving technology continues to improve and costs of labor rise, businesses may make the decision to forgo human drivers altogether. The fate of these truck drivers and the businesses and communities designed around truck routes remains unclear. Technology may reduce the harm of trucking, but better policy will be needed to handle the fallout of disruptive change. Via AutoBlog Images via Otto

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UNStudio Unveils V on Shenton Singapore Skyscraper With a Hive-Inspired Facade

August 1, 2012 by  
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