Brooks + Scarpa completes forest-like kinetic sculpture ringed with rain gardens

August 7, 2017 by  
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Public art should do more than decorate. Brooks + Scarpa targeted a triple bottom line with their design of the recently completed Gateway Sculpture at Pembroke Pines City Center in southern Florida. Constructed to enhance user experience, the sculpture is made up of four yellow stainless-steel tree columns topped with kinetic canopies that create the effect of dappled light as visitors walk beneath. Environmental and economic sustainability were considered for the project, which is designed for low maintenance, optimal environmental comfort, and landscape conservation. The eye-catching Gateway Sculpture welcomes locals and visitors to the new Pembroke Pines City Center that comprises a public plaza , a 3,500-seat performing arts hall, city hall, and The Frank Art Gallery. Prior to this new development Pembroke Pines had no downtown or community space. Working with a limited budget, Brooks + Scarpa crafted a beautiful community anchor that framed the pedestrian thoroughfare to the public plaza. The sculpture evokes an experience of a subtropical hardwood forest with its tree-like columns topped with canopy-like perforated plates that spin in the continuous breeze of south Florida. The sculpture provides much-needed shade for seating underneath, while programmable uplighting enhances the experience at night. Stainless steel was chosen for its durability in the heavy saltwater-laden coastal environment and ability to withstand 175 mile-per-hour winds. Related: Rolling green ‘ribbons’ proposed for new urban park in downtown LA “A triple-bottom-line approach was conceived of that worked within the clients abilities and budget,” wrote Brooks + Scarpa. “This is achieved through material durability where stainless steel was used over mild steel to insure the longevity of the structure. A durable paint that is environmentally sensitive was also employed. Lastly, large planting areas surround the structure collecting stormwater from the entire building and impervious hardscape of the plaza. Essentially rain gardens , these planters include native facultative landscape material with vibrant color to enhance user experience and provide critical refuge and habitat to native wildlife.” + Brooks + Scarpa Images via Brooks + Scarpa

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HWKN unveils plans for a green-roofed business district in Munich

May 16, 2017 by  
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New York-based architecture firm Hollwich Kushner just released images of Die Macherei– their first European project– a mixed-use business district based in Munich, Germany. HWKN collaborated with German firms msm meyer schmitz-morkramer and OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten to design the new financial hub that will bring together offices, retail and hospitality spaces. Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien developed the new business district , which will total 64,000 square meters (15 acres) of rental space. Out of the six new buildings, HWKN designed the hotel and two adjacent office buildings located on the eastern quarter of the site. The hotel will feature an elevated bar with a series of outdoor terraces that offer views of the surrounding mountains. The office building will accommodate a two-story gym, while the third building will guide pedestrians toward the public plaza which will function as the heart of the development. Related: HWKN converts a paint factory into Upenn’s new state-of-the-art innovation hub “Designed not just as a series of buildings but as an exploration of the spaces between the buildings, Die Macherei is an innovative design for a new way of working and interacting, integrating social activity and behaviors to promote a sense of community,” said Matthias Hollwich. + Hollwich Kushner

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Anyone can be a designer using this amazing modular system made from cardboard stools

May 16, 2017 by  
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This amazing “spaceship” playhouse can be assembled in an endless variety of combinations – and it’s made entirely from kid’s folded cardboard stools. Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics conceived the innovative project that allows everyone to become a designer – and he’s taken the concept on tour around the world. It’s coming the Design Pavilion at Times Square from May 18th and 22nd, so swing on by for a chance to experience the interactive installation and create your own designs. The design team, led by Noa Haim, conceived Spaceship Heart system as a blank canvas like for people to create their own architectural/urban models . They originally designed the project for the Shenzhen and Hong Kong bi-city biennale of urbanism architecture 2011 and then reconstructed for IX Semana de la Arquitectura in Madrid and he Victoria & Albert museum in London. Related: Tiny Helix Shelter made of laster-cut recycled cardboard is a temporary habitat for one During the five-day event in New York , visitors will have the opportunity to create their own structures. The project will be among several interactive projects that will bring design and innovation directly to Times Square’s newly renovated plazas. + Collective Paper Aesthetics

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Ron Arad Architects unveil designs for Israels tallest skyscraper in Tel Aviv

October 13, 2016 by  
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ToHA was commissioned as a joint venture between two large investment and development companies that procured a coveted 1.8-hectare site in the center of Tel Aviv. The two sculptural towers offer 160,000 square meters of floor space and feature tapered facades partially elevated on legs for a minimal footprint on the ground plane. The glazed and angled facades are carefully oriented to ensure that every desk within the generous office floor-plates have access to natural light . Related: Zaha Hadid unveils sinuous skyscrapers for Australia’s Gold Coast In minimizing the building footprint, the architects open the ground plane up to public plazas and densely planted gardens. Three stories of community facilities within the building and a large roof garden will also be accessible to the public. Construction for phase 1 of ToHA began in 2013 and the project is slated for completion at the end of 2018. + Ron Arad Architects Via Dezeen Images via Ron Arad Architects

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Mecanoo designs gorgeous green-roofed train station for Kaohsiung

June 9, 2016 by  
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Set on an 8.5-hectare site with a sunken station plaza, the 182,000-square-meter Kaohsiung Train Station will be a major transit hub serving trains, metros, local buses, intercity buses, taxis, and bicycles. A 35,000-square-meter green canopy sprawls out across the square like an amoeba and extends rounded arms that connect the various forms of transport. The underside of the canopy continues the organic motif with asymmetrical oval-like ceiling sound panels and lights, as well as large rounded skylights. Related: Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials “The station’s large curvilinear shaped canopy reaches out to the city in a powerful gesture, acting as a green connector that unifies different modes of transport, and represents Kaohsiung’s vision for the future as a sustainable city,” writes Mecanoo. The landscaped canopy shields a shaded open public plaza from the harsh sun and offers a space for community events such as farmers’ markets and festivals. The architects will also move the colonial Japanese station building to the project site to showcase an interesting juxtaposition between traditional and contemporary design. The project is expected to be complete by 2023. + Mecanoo Via NOW News Images via Mecanoo

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

November 26, 2015 by  
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Studio Libeskind just unveiled their latest design venture into the museum typology: the New Lithuanian Modern Art Center to be erected in Vilnius, Lithuania. The green-roofed building, dedicated to the works created by Lithuanian artists, was designed as two intertwined volumes clad in white concrete, with a large public piazza providing a connection to the historic medieval city which the museum aims to reference. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

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This crazy Chinese shopping mall has a massive vertical aquarium, an LED canopy and gondola rides

June 3, 2015 by  
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BLUA’s Civic Sports Center is a Naturally Cooled Artificial Mountain in Hangzhou, China

August 13, 2012 by  
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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Checks Out the World’s Largest Solar Bridge at Blackfriars

August 13, 2012 by  
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The Bambu Pet Hammock II Provides a Stylish Spot for Your Furry Friend to Relax

August 13, 2012 by  
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There is no need to sacrifice your finely planned home décor while trying to integrate your pet into your home. Pet Lounge Studios has created a refined piece of pet furniture that will meld beautifully with your interiors. The Bambu Pet Hammock II is a stylish, modern design created with a sustainable and solid bamboo frame, a cushy mattress, and a removable and washable cushion cover. Inspiration for the hammock was drawn from the same philosophy used by some of the most recognized Scandinavian furniture designers, which was to showcase the natural beautiful of the materials used. + Pet Lounge Studios 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: bamboo pet beds , eco-friendly dog beds , eco-friendly pet beds , green dog beds , green pet beds , pet lounge studios , sustianble dog beds , The Bambu Pet Hammock II

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