Mountain-inspired skyscrapers unveiled for Zhengzhou

February 23, 2017 by  
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London-based architecture firm Tonkin Liu recently revealed their competition-winning designs for the Cradle Towers in Zhengzhou , China. Centered on a large green space, this collection of five mixed-use towers is designed with a swooping sculptural form to mimic the nearby Songshan mountains. This urban “mountainscape” will be partly covered in greenery and feature a responsive skin to control solar shading and maximize energy efficiency. Located in a city regarded as China’s cradle of civilization, the 434,000-square-meter Cradle Towers pay homage to the city’s ancient past with its nature-inspired form and simultaneously looks to the future with its contemporary design. The five tapered towers will be built at different heights atop a podium . The towers surround a central park with a large man-made lake that will double as an ice skating rink in the winter. Related: 5+design stacks a dramatic mountain-inspired mixed-use project atop a transit hub in Shenyang The mixed-use buildings will comprise offices, apartments, and a hotel. The podium base will contain retail and leisure open to the public. The fritted glass facade will feature a responsive skin that changes to minimize solar heat gain . The facade has a subtle color gradation and transitions from dark at the podium base to light at the tops of the building, “establishing the podium as a heavy mass and blending the lantern-like tips of the towers with the sky,” write the architects. Each building will be topped by a landscaped rooftop. + Tonkin Liu Via ArchDaily

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Stunning Sculptural Sound Walls Sweep Across Melbourne’s Freeway

February 28, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Stunning Sculptural Sound Walls Sweep Across Melbourne’s Freeway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Corten steel , earth berms , gabions , highway infrastructure , hume highway , Melbourne , melbourne ring road , pedestrian bridge , Robert Owen , sound walls , Taylor Cullity Lethlean , Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

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Gorgeous Rooftop Garden Apartment Grows Above a Warehouse in London

August 18, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Gorgeous Rooftop Garden Apartment Grows Above a Warehouse in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “living wall” , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green roof , living facade , London , Richard Rogers , roof garden apartment , rooftop apartment , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , tonkin liu , vertical garden

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