This new Berlin apartment building literally purifies the city’s air

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Daniel Libeskind ‘s first residential project in Berlin is a spectacular faceted building that literally purifies the air. Sapphire is clad in geometric stoneware tiles coated in a layer of titanium dioxide that breaks down dirt and grime when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. The crystalline facade of the building is dominated by angular windows and canted walls that create balconies and intimate outdoor nooks that enhance the quality of the units. Each of the apartments has a unique plan with high-performance triple-glazed windows and external louvers. Related: Daniel Libeskind’s funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air The team made some of the windows fixed to adapt to the irregular shape of the volume, while the operable ones all conform to a standard dimension. While the upper floors house living units, retail shops occupy the ground floor of the building, along with underground parking and common outdoor area. The remarkable facade is clad in 3,600 Casalgrande Padana tiles, 500 of which are standard-sized while the other 3,100 tiles have been custom shaped. Each tile is specifically positioned to fit the architect’s vision, and the installation of the tiles took four months to complete. The titanium dioxide coating , produced by TOTO, allows the facade to clean itself and the air when it is exposed to natural light. + Studio Libeskind + Sapphire Berlin Via The Architect’s Newspaper Lead photo via Sapphire Berlin and Jan Bitter

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MINI re-envisions the Cooper hatchback as an EV

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MINI is adding an exciting new car to its lineup sometime during 2019 – and it’s totally electric . The MINI Electric Concept offers a futuristic interpretation of the MINI Cooper hatchback with a slew of special details, including unique wheels, a new hexagonal grille and restyled lighting. The MINI Electric Concept will have its official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, where the company will test the public’s reception to a new electrified MINI. It’s been nearly 10 years since MINI released the MINI E electric car in 2018, which was the first fully electric car from the BMW Group. Related: Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV MINI’s next electric car will reach beyond the potential of the MINI E. For starters, its electric motor won’t have the same cooling needs as a traditional gas-powered car, so the grille and air intakes have been closed off to improve airflow. And the headlights have a new LED design. As you move to the back, the MINI Electric Concept’s taillights each form one half of the Union Jack as an LED dot matrix. “The MINI Electric Concept is a quintessential MINI – compact, agile, simply the ideal companion for everyday driving. At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. + MINI Images @MINI

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