MVRDV plans to sustainably repurpose the Dutch Expo 2000 Pavilion

August 11, 2020 by  
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MVRDV has unveiled plans to sustainably transform one of its seminal projects, the Dutch Pavilion at the 2000 World Expo in Hannover. The redesign will highlight the Expo Pavilion’s reputation as a landmark for sustainable design, while transforming it into a co-working office building flanked by two new buildings: one containing student housing and the other comprising offices and parking spaces. The new vision for the Expo 2000 Pavilion will also retain the building’s third-floor forest, which made the pavilion an icon in the 2000 World Expo.  MVRDV’s design for the original Expo 2000 Pavilion responds to the Dutch Expo theme “Holland Creates Space.” The architects took a space-saving approach by stacking six different Dutch landscapes into a tower and leaving the remainder of the site open as multipurpose outdoor space. This “stacked landscape” concept conceptualizes the building as a self-contained ecosystem capable of generating its own internal resource cycles.  Related: MVRDV designs a sustainable “urban living room” for Shenzhen The architects’ new vision for the pavilion maintains the “stacked landscape” concept, while renovating the interior to better fit an office environment. The first floor that was originally used as a grid of greenhouses, for instance, will be turned into an office with a similarly strict rectilinear layout. On the second floor, the architects will repurpose pod planters into glazed meeting rooms and office spaces. The third-floor forest level and exterior staircases will largely be kept the same as will the ground-level “dunes” that will remain as communal meeting areas with small cafes and exhibition spaces. The co-working office building will be complemented by two new buildings that form perimeter blocks around the site and create an entry point on the west side of the site. The larger of the two buildings will contain 370 student apartments as well as 300 bike parking spots. The smaller building will feature three levels of office and meeting rooms as well as ample parking. The two new buildings will feature stepped roofs with colorful accessible terraces with different programming — from gardens and sports facilities to study areas and a cinema — in a nod to the “stacked landscape” concept.  + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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Wolfgang Buttress Hive is brought back to life in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

June 17, 2016 by  
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First installed at the world expo last spring, the multi-award-winning Hive was disassembled at the end of the event and moved to the Kew Gardens, where it was reassembled as the UK’s first-ever rebuilt Expo pavilion. Its lattice-like design was inspired by the lifespan of the honeybee and “highlights the important role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet,” says Stage One. The complex structure comprises nearly 170,000 parts assembled in 32 horizontal layers with hexagonal cells for a metal honeycomb effect. Each piece was etched with a reference number to make reassembly a possibility. Related: Wolfgang Buttress-Led Team Wins Bid to Design 2015 UK Milan Expo Pavilion More than just an elaborate artwork, the Hive serves an educational purpose and guides visitors through a multi-sensory experience simulating a real beehive . An array of almost 1,000 LEDs line the Hive’s internal void and are complemented with orchestral sound recordings. Sensors that monitor activity within a real beehive at Kew control the light and sound intensity. The Hive will stay at the London gardens until the end of 2017. + Wolfgang Buttress + Stage One Via Dezeen Images via Stage One

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This entire house is ‘cooked’ out of bread and breadcrumbs

May 18, 2015 by  
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Protesters stage “Paddle In Seattle” against Shell Oil Rig

May 18, 2015 by  
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Last Thursday, Shell brought its enormous Polar Pioneer drilling rig into Seattle. On Saturday, about 500 kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and even solar-powered party rigging protesters surrounded the rig , shouting “Shell No!” or #sHellno. Shell Oil plans to use Seattle as its staging area for drilling operations off the coast of Alaska this summer. Hopefully, Shell can avoid spilling massive amounts of the oil into the Chukchi Sea, but if its drilling attempts of 2012 are any indication, according to Grist.org, we can likely expect a “big, fat mess.” Read the rest of Protesters stage “Paddle In Seattle” against Shell Oil Rig Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: greenpeace seattle , greenpeace usa , seattle kayakers , seattle port , seattle protesters , seattle protesters on kayaks and paddleboards , shell drilling rig seattle , shell oil , shell oil in seattle

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Public garden project transforms a Milan square into an urban oasis

May 12, 2015 by  
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A4A Rivolta Savioni studio ’s urban garden solution popped up at Expo Gate Milano last month. Easily movable on reused bicycle wheels, the public garden—called ‘ Why not in the garden?’ —was rolled out into the city square. The mobile garden can bring a wall of flowers or rows of edible plants to nearly any outdoor area. Read the rest of Public garden project transforms a Milan square into an urban oasis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A4A Rivolta Savioni Studio , eco design , Expo Gate Milano , green design , modular garden , Salone del mobile , sustainable design , urban garden , Why not in the garden?

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Anti-Expo protests in Milan erupt in violence, clashes with riot police

May 4, 2015 by  
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The May 1 opening of the Milan Expo 2015 architectural show has been marred by violent clashes between a group of protesters and Italian riot police. Reuters reports that “thick clouds of smoke from burning cars filled parts of central Milan” as masked individuals threw rocks and petrol bombs, and law enforcement retaliated with teargas. The wider, student-organized No Expo protests—which have otherwise been nonviolent—are speaking out against the immense cost of the temporary Expo at a time when Italy is facing economic hardship. Read the rest of Anti-Expo protests in Milan erupt in violence, clashes with riot police Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Milan Expo , anti-austerity , expo corruption , expo protests , expo violence , milan expo 2015 , milan expo cost , milan expo delays , milan expo pope , milan police , milan protests , no expo , noexpo , World Expo

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Los Angeles completes city’s tallest vertical garden and DTLA’s first pocket park

May 4, 2015 by  
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Undulating German pavilion brings a “field of ideas” to Milan Expo 2015

May 3, 2015 by  
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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

May 3, 2015 by  
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Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year’s Milan World Expo

May 2, 2015 by  
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