Foster+Partners unveil design for first-ever Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

March 29, 2018 by  
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For the first time ever, Vatican City will be represented at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Francesco Dal Co, the Pavilions of the Holy See will comprise 10 temporary chapels each designed by a different architect. Foster + Partners , chosen to design a chapel on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, just unveiled their chapel design set in a quiet wooded space. Created in collaboration with Italian furniture manufacturer Tecno, Foster+Partners’ Vatican City pavilion was largely informed by the landscape. The architects started the design process with a visit to San Giorgio Maggiore and the site selection of a quiet green space framed by mature trees close to Palladio’s magnificent church and the Teatro Verde. “It was like a small oasis in the big garden, perfect for contemplation,” said Norman Foster. “Our aim is to create a small sanctuary space diffused with dappled shade and removed from the normality of passers-by, focussed instead on the water and sky beyond.” Related: Vatican City Crowned the ‘Greenest State In the World’ Timber was chosen as the temporary chapel’s primary material. Three large crosses provide the supporting beams for the pavilion, which will take visitors down an angled timber walkway that culminates with lagoon views and seating. Porous timber latticework covers the pavilion’s sides and to obscure views and create a dynamic play of light and shadow. The pavilion’s opening ceremony will be held on May 25 and will remain open to the public between May 26 and November 25, 2018. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners , sketches by Norman Foster

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Foster + Partners Reveal First Images of San Francisco’s Transbay First and Mission Towers

August 1, 2014 by  
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Foster + Partners just unveiled the first images of the pair of skyscrapers they’ve designed for San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal area. The two towers were designed in partnership with local firm Heller Manus Architects as part of the mixed-use First and Mission development. The 605-foot (185 meter) condominium tower will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast, and once completed the 850-foot (260-meter) residential, hotel and office tower will be second only in height to the Salesforce Tower , which is currently under construction nearby. Read the rest of Foster + Partners Reveal First Images of San Francisco’s Transbay First and Mission Towers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay area , First and Mission , Foster + Partners , heller manus architects , inner city development , mixed use precinct , Norman Foster , Northwood Investors , San Francisco , skyscraper , TMG Partners , transbay

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Giraffe Killed After Slamming Head into a Highway Overpass Due to Negligent Caretakers

August 1, 2014 by  
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A poor giraffe was killed after striking its head on an freeway overpass while being transported in an open container down a South African highway. The animal’s owner was moving the two giraffes in Pretoria, South Africa when one of the giraffes slammed into a bridge. Shortly after, the animal died of injuries sustained during the accident. Read the rest of Giraffe Killed After Slamming Head into a Highway Overpass Due to Negligent Caretakers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , animal neglect , Danish zoo kills giraffe , giraffe cruelty , giraffe hits freeway overpass , Giraffe hits highway overpass , giraffe hits N1 overpass , Giraffe killed , giraffe killed on freeway , highway overpass kills giraffe , South Africa Giraffe , South Africa giraffe death

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Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

July 18, 2014 by  
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Rowan Tindale’s Beautiful Wood Sustrans Bike is Made Entirely from Waste Materials

July 17, 2014 by  
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Designer Rowan Tindale teamed up with sustainable transport charity Sustrans to make a bike that is as sustainable to produce as it is to use. The frame is made of wood salvaged from Brighton’s sea defenses, and it has been laminated using a bio-epoxy resin. The back fork is made of wood salvaged from a tree affected by ash dieback that was steam bent to accommodate the rear wheel. The rest of the parts have all been salvaged from broken bikes to produce a bike made entirely from waste or recycled material. + Sustrans Bike The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike , green design , green transportation , reclaimed wood , recycled bike , Rowan Tindale , sustainable design , sustrans , sustrans bike , wood bike , wooden bicycle

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Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building

July 16, 2014 by  
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London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally

April 1, 2014 by  
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Under pressure from other more sustainable buildings popping up around the world, London’s Gherkin Tower, designed by Norman Foster, has recently begun testing an innovative vegetated facade panel which promises to change the face of building design forever. This new “Green wall” product, known as the Core Hydraulic Integrated Arboury panel, promises to bring the benefits of green roofs to any exterior surface of any skyscraper. Read the rest of London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , 30 St. Mary Ax , April Fools Joke , Chia Gherkin , CHIA_Gherkin , Core Hydraulic Integrated Arboury panel , Foster + Partners , Green Gherkin , Illustrations from Jorge Chapa and Jill Fehrenbacher , Inhabitat April Fools , London Gherkin , Norman Foster , Sir Norman Foster        

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Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

January 2, 2014 by  
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Architect and cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster just unveiled plans for the SkyCycle, a “cycle utopia” that soars up and above the congested streets of London. The three-story high bicycle highway is envisioned to cover 135 miles routed above the city’s existing rail lines. The sky-high scheme was created as a response to growing concerns over bicycle safety and the mounting physical constraints of adding on-the-ground segregated bike paths. Read the rest of Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle commuting , bicycle highways , car-free highways , cycle safety , cyclist fatalities , cyclist utopia , Foster + Partners , London , Norman Foster , skycycle , urban cycling        

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Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

August 19, 2013 by  
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Dutch Pigs Keep Cool with Their Own Water Slide

August 19, 2013 by  
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Most people don’t realize it, but pigs wallow in mud to keep cool . These sensitive animals don’t have sweat glands like humans, and they’re also prone to sunburn . One Dutch farmer, Erik Stegink, decided to give his pigs a state-of-the-art wallowing experience by installing a bright yellow water slide leading into his farm’s mud pit. The slide isn’t entirely unprecedented; as one Redditor noted, one Chinese pig farm encourages pigs to dive into water. Now, we just need to see a video of these pigs on the yellow slide. Via DesignTaxi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative farming , humane farming , mud bath , pig behavior , Pig Farming , pig wallowing , pigs , waterslide        

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