Beautiful bamboo archways add dramatic flair to a Xiamen restaurant

December 6, 2017 by  
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Our favorite Vietnamese architecture firm is nearing completion on a gorgeous bamboo restaurant in Xiamen, China. As reported in ArchDaily , Vo Trong Nghia Architects is close to finishing the Ting Xi Bamboo Restaurant, a striking building with capacity for 200 people. The sculptural restaurant champions the beauty and strength of bamboo, used in its 14 fan-shaped support columns. Bamboo is a favorite material of Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The firm’s eco-friendly work is helping to increase popularity of a renewable material that many Asian architects and developers dismiss as flimsy. At Ting Xi Bamboo Restaurant, the bamboo used is treated with traditional Vietnamese techniques to naturally improve the material’s strength and durability. The reinforced rods are grouped into 14 “quadrilateral” columns that fan out near the top to create dramatic archways down the center of the restaurant . The sculptural columns, spaced eight meters apart, support a pitched roof with a maximum height of 6.4 meters. Long overhanging eaves provide extra protection from the elements. The restaurant will also be slightly curved in plan so that a person standing at one entrance wouldn’t be able to immediately see the entrance on the opposite end. A smaller green-roof ed building that sits behind the restaurant will be built of local brick and house the bathrooms, kitchen, staff room, and storage. A pond is located to the south of the main building. Related: Luxurious bamboo beach bar and restaurant bolsters spa in Vietnam Despite its open-air appearance and the architects’ proclivity for breezy buildings, the restaurant will rely on air conditioning, not natural ventilation , for cooling, per the client’s request. Custom-cut glass will be fitted into the archways and skylights installed to let in extra light. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Behnisch Architekten breaks ground on green-roofed Agora cancer research center

October 17, 2016 by  
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The sculptural AGORA building will connect to an existing ISREC building on one side and sensitively respond to the surrounding landscape. Transparency is a major theme of the design, from the glazed skin that allows views inside, to the Cancer Research Center’s public level, called the agora. The building’s programmatic areas offer a high level of flexibility so that they can be changed as needed in the future. Related: Behnisch Architekten Wins Competition for New Green-Roofed Agora Cancer Research Centre in Switzerland “Spatial qualities, directly perceived through daylight, proportion and materiality, should be equally visible in public areas and in the highly technical laboratories,” write the architects. “Interdisciplinary communication and disciplinary communication are both central to successful research and are evident in the organization of the floor plans.” In addition to natural daylighting and climate control, the AGORA building will also use renewable and existing energy systems on site for a reduced environmental footprint. The building is slated for completion in 2017. + Behnisch Architekten Via ArchDaily Images via Behnisch Architekten

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Zero-carbon Nanjing Green Lighthouse is a beacon for sustainable design in China

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 5,500-square-meter Nanjing Green Lighthouse takes on a spiral form and is centered on a light-filled atrium that funnels natural light and fresh air to all floors. “We would all like to produce more ‘green’ buildings with lower energy consumption or low carbon emission,” says Archiland International. “The challenge is at the same time to make this necessary new buildings even more attractive than buildings of today and not just making engineering technology driven machines. With this lighthouse we aim for no less than this.” Related: China’s Green-Roofed Samaranch Memorial Museum Was Inspired by the Olympic Rings According to the design firm, the Nanjing Green Lighthouse is one of the first zero carbon buildings completed in China. The circular facade was optimized and carefully engineered with operable openings and daylight horizontal reflectors that minimize exposure to the sun’s direct heat while maximizing access to soft natural light . The building achieves 200 LUX natural daylight level for all working areas. The interior is dominated by white surfaces that reflect light to make the workspaces free bright and airy. Colorful furnishings and lush plantings, which include full-height green walls and hanging plants, punctuate the interior. + Archiland International Via ArchDaily Images via Archiland International

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Gorgeous solar-powered and pedestrian-friendly housing development is coming to Turkey

August 10, 2015 by  
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Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

July 2, 2015 by  
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PWD Architecture to break ground on nature-infused mixed use development in Dali, China

May 13, 2015 by  
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Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

December 15, 2014 by  
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Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

December 11, 2012 by  
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Daylit Maritime & Beachcombers Museum Opens in The Netherlands

March 30, 2012 by  
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Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cypress

December 29, 2011 by  
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