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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Abandoned building is transformed into a vibrant kindergarten in a former Chinese “ghost city”

April 5, 2016 by  
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This crazy Chinese shopping mall has a massive vertical aquarium, an LED canopy and gondola rides

June 3, 2015 by  
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Architects and artists sling harsh criticism at Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project

June 3, 2015 by  
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When someone says “Everyone is a critic,” they’re typically exaggerating. If architect Thomas Heatherwick is saying it now, it might actually seem true. A host of prominent British architects, novelists, and artists have expressed sharp—and public—criticism of Heatherwick’s proposed Garden Bridge project in London, which still awaits judicial review. Some have called the bridge project “crap” while others simply claim Heatherwick is the “wrong person” for the job. Read the rest of Architects and artists sling harsh criticism at Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boris Johnson , Garden Bridge , Heatherwick Studio , joanna lumley , London , thomas heatherwick , Thomas Heatherwick Studio , zaha hadid

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Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City

April 4, 2014 by  
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A travel company sent bags of fresh air to Zhengzhou, one of the 10 most polluted cities in China . The Henan-based travel agency shipped 20 bright blue bags containing air from Laojun Mountain to the city where they were used as a promotional stunt that draws attention to the issue of poor air quality. Read the rest of Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , bags of fresh air , Beijing air pollution , Canned Air , China air pollution , china smog , Chinese tycoon air stunt , city air quality , environmental destruction , smog problems , travel air stunt , Zhengzhou air pollution , Zhengzhou canned air        

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Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each

April 4, 2014 by  
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