Built on a budget, this elegant Dock Building glows like a lantern in Vancouver

June 20, 2018 by  
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Tight budgets typically pose one of the biggest challenges in design projects. But as Michael Green, CEO and President of Michael Green Architecture , shows in his firm’s recently completed Dock Building, beautiful architecture is “always possible regardless of budget.” Built for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the building melds modern and industrial influences in a sleek and sculptural volume that appears to glow like a lantern at night. Located on Jericho Beach in Vancouver , British Columbia, the Dock Building for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club serves a large marine of sailboats. The facility consists of offices for the Harbor Master; educational spaces for children; a variety of workshops for maintaining boats, sails and gear; as well as bathrooms and showers. The modern yet simple design is made up of two intersecting wedge-shaped volumes created in reference to the cannery and the industrial waterfront building that once defined the site. “The design team at MGA aimed to demonstrate that all projects, from working industrial buildings to boutique museums , can and should be realized with grace and architectural dignity. Throughout, the details are modest and practical to work with the limited project budget,” said the Vancouver-based architecture firm in a project statement, adding that nearly half of the budget went to the foundation and piles. “The Dock Building exemplifies what a creative team, an ambitious client and a big vision can produce.” Related: Aperture-like windows maximize shading in this stunning Vancouver residence The Dock Building’s lantern-like effect can be enjoyed from the land and the sea. A glulam and translucent polycarbonate wall was installed on the side facing the land. The translucent facade glows at night and lets natural light into the workshop spaces during the day. On the side facing the sea and the marina are a row of garage doors and a glazed office frontage. The structure was built from glulam posts and beams with light timber infill decking and walls. White standing seam panels clad the exterior to mimic the color of nearby boats. The interior is predominately finished in construction-grade plywood. + Michael Green Architecture Images by Ema Peter

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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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Dynamic Luminous Moon Gate Cultural Complex Boasts a Slew of Sustainable Technology in Taichung

October 3, 2013 by  
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SANAA Wins Competition to Design the New Taichung City Cultural Center

September 12, 2013 by  
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Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

August 21, 2013 by  
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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

June 28, 2013 by  
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Obama Suspends Bangladesh Trade Perks Over Worker Rights

June 28, 2013 by  
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Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters President Obama has suspended Bangladesh’s duty-free trade privileges in an effort to pressure the government to improve working conditions for garment workers . The move comes after a clothing factory collapsed in April, killing 1,129 workers and shone an international light on the dismal conditions faced by workers that make clothes for brands like Gap Inc and Walmart. Read the rest of Obama Suspends Bangladesh Trade Perks Over Worker Rights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bangladesh factory collapse , duty free exports , ecouterre , garment worker rights , labor union , News , president obama , safety reform , trade restrictions , white house revokes Bangladesh trade privileges        

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

June 28, 2013 by  
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When Inhabitat’s Architecture Editor ,  Bridgette Meinhold , heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief housing. This exploration gradually broadened to a larger focus on design for disaster-preparedness ; seeking out what type of shelters can best withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, rising sea levels and tornados. Now I’m thrilled to say that after years of research, Bridgette has just published an incredible new book entitled Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World . Urgent Architecture showcases inspiring and innovative ideas for resilient design – design that will withstand the test of time – surviving climate change, rising sea levels, manmade and natural disasters . I recently had a chance to interview Bridgette about her new book at Inhabitat HQ in NYC , and she gave me some fascinating insight into her inspiration for the book, the impact  climate change  will have on future housing and what she believes is necessary to create a more sustainable and responsive built landscape. Watch the video above for the interview, and if you want to learn more, you can get your own copy of Urgent Architecture here . A full transcript of the interview with pics is available after the jump. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , adaptable housing , book review , bridgette meinhold , bridgette meinhold interview , design for disaster preparedness , design to withstand disasters , disaster design , disaster housing , Eco Architecture , eco design , green architecture , green books , green design , inhabitat book review , Prefab Housing , resilient architecture , resilient design , sustainable design , urgent architecture        

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

June 12, 2013 by  
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MisoSoupDesign’s Invisible Farm is a Vertical Garden Inspired by a Traditional Taiwanese Window Cover

December 12, 2012 by  
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MisoSoupDesign ‘s Invisible Farm  is a vertical window farming concept that was created as a part of the Taiwan Wanderer Guide 2012 Exhibition at Taichung, Taiwan. The unit combines vertical farming with the traditional Taiwanese window cover into a living installation that is perfect for urban apartments or other small spaces. The project was completed in September 2012, and it includes more than 50 hexagonal units, each of which is fed by a small water intake pipe. + MisoSoupDesign 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: Gardening , green interiors , Invisible Farm , Miso Soup Design , MisoSoupDesign , taichung , Taiwan , Taiwan Wanderer Guide , Urban Farming , vertical garden

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