New Utrecht Central Station houses train, bus and tram transport under one undulating roof

December 12, 2016 by  
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Utrecht Central Station, the city’s largest and busiest train station , has officially opened. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects , the new transit hub will house train, bus and tram platforms under one undulating roof. The waves of the roof don’t just look good, they help passengers orient themselves within the complex, with the train station under the tallest wave and the tram and bus stations housed under the lower waves. The station has been in development since 2003 as a replacement for the previous building which could not handle the rising number of commuters. Three times its original size, the new complex integrates different transport modes. Its most prominent features is the undulating roof that looks like a wave that radiates dynamic movement and helps passengers orientate themselves. Related: 6 Incredible Futuristic Train Stations The highest point of the wave is above the train station, while its lowest parts on each side contain the tram and bus stations. Glass skylights provide abundant natural light and also function as smoke hatches. Strips of LED lights on the ceiling emphasize the undulating movement. The station offers views of the city as well as trains and tracks. + Benthem Crouwel Architects Photos by Jannes Linders

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A rolling green roof between two corporate buildings in Geneva hides an innovative nursery school

July 4, 2016 by  
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The building is conceived as a series of alternating arches that run in offset bands spread across the entire site. A vegetated roof generates either sheltered or open spaces, the latter of which function as interior playgrounds in places where the structure is concave. Named Origami, the nursery school capitalizes on the repetitive, folding nature of the art. The building is constructed out of a of mixture of structural materials such as metal , glass and wood . Related: Suga Architects unveil the gorgeous green-roofed Takano Nursery in Japan The main entrance is located at the point where the core layer is lowered. It leads to play areas which facilitate intersecting views between spaces. Various architectural scales create a dynamic environment that correspond to the different ages of the children. + group8 Via Archdaily Photos by Régis Golay

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An undulating brick roof in Iran that’s made for walking

May 26, 2016 by  
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The building houses a retail space on the ground floor and offices on the upper level. Its undulating roof meets the pavement and functions as a public space where people can walk, sit and play. The retail space invites passers-by to enter the building. Related: Traditional windows transform the facade of Tehran apartment building into art “I don’t describe the roof as a staircase because stairs are an element that repeats, but this element has different scenarios, dynamics and qualities for people going up though that wave-like form,” said Mehdizadeh about the roof design. “People can sit or play on it like a small plaza. Stairs have a function, but this element performs in public space ,” he added. The brick exterior rises from ground level and sweeps upwards to form vertical slits which provide natural lighting to the upper floors. These openings are wide enough to permit ample daylighting, while also protecting the interior from harsh weather conditions. A second entrance to the building is located around the corner and provides direct connection between parking spaces, workspaces, and the roof terrace . + Farshad Mehdizadeh + Ahmad Bathaei Via Dezeen

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San Francisco nabs significant federal funding for hydrogen and fuel cell efforts

May 26, 2016 by  
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San Francisco’s embrace of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation just got a big boost from the federal government. The Energy Department’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will direct nearly $4.5 million in funding for San Francisco’s efforts to increase the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure. In addition, Strategic Analysis, Inc. was selected to analyze the cost competitiveness for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. DOE announced last December they were making available up to $35 million in funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in order to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and cut harmful carbon emissions that contribute to climate change . The selection of San Francisco was made public by DOE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar during a meeting in Berkeley of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy . Related: Scientists create innovative hydrogen fuel “nano-reactor” that could make hydrogen cars much cheaper In 2014 the White House launched the Climate Action Champion Initiative and San Francisco was one of 16 communities chosen as the first class of Climate Action Champions. The White House fact sheet stated that San Francisco “has established some of the most aggressive climate and sustainability targets in the nation, covering a broad range of sectors, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, water, green infrastructure, and waste. With robust goals to measure progress, San Francisco aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2017, and 40 percent by 2025.” According to the press release , the San Francisco Department of the Environment will use the funding to “conduct comprehensive training and educational activities for hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders throughout the Bay Area.” Project partners include the San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the Business Council on Climate Change, and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at U.C. Berkeley. The California Energy Commission has provided funding for 49 hydrogen refueling stations, most recently opening a station in South San Francisco. There are plans to fund up to 100 stations for the initial introduction into the marketplace of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. San Francisco is also moving forward on a high-speed hydrogen fuel cell passenger ferry and the world’s biggest hydrogen refueling station that will serve the ferry boat as well as hydrogen fuel cell cars and buses. + Energy Department Fuel Cells Technologies Office Via Energy Department Images via Energy Department

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UN Studio’s design for the Taiwan Taoyuan Airport reimagines how terminals should be designed

November 18, 2015 by  
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Foster + Partners complete the glass-and-concrete Buenos Aires new city hall

April 7, 2015 by  
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