Solar-powered skyscraper with worlds tallest ceramic facade unveiled for Dubai

October 19, 2017 by  
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UNStudio and Werner Sobek have unveiled plans for a new Dubai skyscraper guaranteed to turn heads with its twisted form and a ceramic-tile façade said to be the world’s tallest. Sculptural and functional, the beautiful Wasl Tower will cut down on energy costs with its use of solar panels and optimization of natural light. Hotel group Mandarin Oriental will operate the mixed-use skyscraper that will comprise a 250-room five-star hotel along with offices, residences, and public spaces. Located near the Burj Khalifa on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the 300-meter-tall Wasl Tower stands out from Dubai’s rigid and cold metal-and-glass skyline. The sinuous and asymmetric skyscraper will use a programmed lighting system tucked behind the facade’s fin-shaped ceramic tiles—angled to provide shade and let in filtered natural light—and make the building look as if it were breathing at night. The lights will be powered with solar panels installed atop the car park. Related: Dubai to expand massive solar park to include world’s tallest solar tower Glazing runs up along the full-height of the building like a curved, open seam and houses outdoor balconies and greenery in a “vertical boulevard” that culminates in a top-floor infinity pool. Seventeen elevators will service the building and its diverse stacked programs. “As the project strongly relates to and interconnects with Dubai’s urban experience, the aim is to make a visit to the Wasl Tower as attractive and contemporary as possible,” said UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel. “”As such, a dedicated concept of health, comfort and well-being throughout was developed for the building.” Wasl Tower is slated for completion in 2020. + UNStudio + Werner Sobek Via Dezeen

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Eco-friendly Syrian refugee housing that anyone would love to call home

January 19, 2017 by  
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Building refugee housing often means fast construction at the expense of beauty and quality, but that doesn’t have to be the case if we take German architect Werner Sobek’s work as any indication. Sobek and the company Aktivhaus recently completed a modular development for 200 Syrian refugees in the German town of Winnenden. Prefabricated in a factory and swiftly assembled on site like Legos, the bright and airy homes are attractive enough for anyone to want to call home. Faced with an influx of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war , the German town of Winnenden turned to Sobek for a quick way to set up a housing estate for around 200 people in the Schelmenholz district. The development also needed to be flexible enough to be converted for different uses in the future and to be easily expanded on or deconstructed. To minimize costs, construction time, and waste, Sobek installed 38 prefabricated modules from Aktivhaus’ 700 Series. Each 60-square-meter module is constructed using timber frame construction and is stacked to create two stories. The airtight walls, clad in larch , are made with high levels insulation—consisting of hemp and wood fibers—to minimize energy demands. Most materials used are resource conserving and recyclable, with minimal concrete used. The windows are sealed with rubber strips instead of toxic polyurethane foam. Related: Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door Sobek estimates that the modules could last hundreds of years if they are well cared for. The Winnenden development is intended as refugee housing for three years, after which they will be converted into social housing. The development also includes a technology module, two community rooms, and a multifunctional space with washing machines and dryers. The project was initiated and completed last year. + Werner Sobek Via Treehugger , zvw.de Images © Zooey Braun

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German architect Werner Sobek wants to create an emissions-free city in five years

October 12, 2015 by  
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Imagine an emissions-free electric city, in which homes generate more than enough power for their needs and are built to share their excess with neighbours, cars, and the surrounding grid. It sounds like a wonderful fairy tale, but German architect Werner Sobek says it can be accomplished in just five years. The architect, who was recently awarded the prestigious Fritz-Leonhardt Prize , used his award acceptance as a platform to discuss the “electric city”. Read the rest of German architect Werner Sobek wants to create an emissions-free city in five years

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Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door

February 5, 2015 by  
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At first glance the B10 Aktivhaus stands out by virtue of it’s simplicity. The white-walled 914 square-foot box with glass frontage hides impressive technology that allows the house to learn and adapt. The intelligent energy management system is controlled via smartphone or tablet and only heats as necessary—responding to movement and adapting to the residents habits. At night, insulating panels roll down to cover the glass to prevent energy escaping. Related: Superkul designs Canada’s First Active House The photovoltaic system on the roof of B10 produces around 8,300 kilowatt hours of solar energy per year, roughly twice as much as required for building operation and to run the two electric smart cars donated to the project by Daimler. The excess energy is used to power the listed building next door, a house built by Corbusier now home to the Weissenhof Museum. The house, named after it’s location at Bruckmannweg 10, is a part of the research project e-mobility showcase funded by the German government. Throughout the entire life of the project, a large spectrum of data relevant to building research will be measured continuously and scientifically evaluated at the University of Stuttgart . Werner Sobek architects has cleverly registered the term ‘ Aktivhaus ‘ as a European Trademark. At the end of the research project, the building may be deconstructed and reconstructed elsewhere. Or in the unlikely event that no-one lays claim to the groundbreaking home, it can also be fully recycled. + Werner Sobek + Aktivhaus B10 Images copyright Zooey Braun via Werner Sobek Related: Ultra Efficient Danish Home Produces More Energy Than It Needs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “solar energy” , “sustainable architecture” , active house , Active House Germany , Aktivhaus b10 , German Active House , green architecture , Green Building , Le Corbusier , mies van der rohe , modernism , Musterhaus Weißenhofsiedlung , Stuttgart Architecture , Weissenhof Estate , Werner Sobek Design

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Berlin’s Effizienzhaus Plus Home Generates More Energy than it Consumes and Doubles as an EV Charging Station

July 27, 2012 by  
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Germany has built a home that produces so much clean energy it can charge the family cars as well. Efficiency House Plus with Electric Mobility designed by a collaborative team lead by Professor Werner Sobek is a 130 square meter experiment that was built in December 2011. Commissioned by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development , the home produces twice as much energy as it consumes. Read the rest of Berlin’s Effizienzhaus Plus Home Generates More Energy than it Consumes and Doubles as an EV Charging Station Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berlin , clean tech , eco design , Effizienzhaus Plus , electric vehicles , germany , green design , Solar Power , sustainable design , werner sobek

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Germany has built a home that produces so much clean energy it can charge the family cars as well. Efficiency House Plus with Electric Mobility designed by a collaborative team lead by Professor Werner Sobek is a 130 square meter experiment that was built in December 2011. Commissioned by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development , the home produces twice as much energy as it consumes. Read the rest of Berlin’s Effizienzhaus Plus Home Generates More Energy than it Consumes and Doubles as an EV Charging Station Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berlin , clean tech , eco design , Effizienzhaus Plus , electric vehicles , germany , green design , Solar Power , sustainable design , werner sobek

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Studio 505?s Textured Wintergarden Facade in Brisbane is Inspired by Nature

July 27, 2012 by  
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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Dancing Dragons Towers With Scaly, Breathable Skin

May 10, 2012 by  
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Twisting Modular Planter Holds Flourishing Micro Gardens Within its Layers

May 10, 2012 by  
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Ascensio Mah recently teamed up with students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design to create this beautiful twisting planter embedded with a series of miniature gardens. Showcased at this year’s Canada Blooms garden show , the rippling design unfolds to reveal “garden parcels” that invite visitors to take a closer look. Read the rest of Twisting Modular Planter Holds Flourishing Micro Gardens Within its Layers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asensio mah , canada blooms garden show , garden design , green garden design , harvard design school , micro gardens , modular gardens , sustainable deisgn

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