Archive for the 'Architecture' Category

lego like smooth.

August 25, 2010

nice lines. cool colours. dope design.

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BUMPS.

January 4, 2010

A mixed-use residential and commercial development. The building is a constant variation between the different levels. Every unit is staggered 2 meters horizontally. The building is designed by Sako Architects and is found in Beijing.

the wood house.

December 8, 2009

The Wood House by Fred Bassetti. The house is located on Mercer Island in Washington State. The spaces in the house are smooth and seamless. All materials used in construction of the house are natural but is crafted in an extremely crisp manner. The house in general is on a slope thus, window placement was important to create enough natural light without sacrificing heating.

Cycle Centre

December 4, 2009

McDonalds Cycle Center at Millennium Park in Chicago. The Chicago department of transportation created this project. The facility includes secure storage space for 300 bikes, individual day use lockers, private shower stalls, and a bike repair area. The purpose of this facility is to encourage and promote bicycle transit into downtown Chicago. The building is designed to be energy efficient incorporating natural ventilation and solar panels on the roof.

ALIFE Japan

December 1, 2009

The ALIFE store in Japan. When looking pictures of this store I feel like the store is simple yet cool. On the outside the store gives a feeling of a vault or a aquarium where you look in and it’s open and uncluttered. The interior of the store is simple as well. The two chairs facing the shoe wall, the open space, simple organization, and the choice of hardwood floor make this store appealing.

A view from the top actually.

November 29, 2009

A view from the top.

November 29, 2009

The Burj Dubai is the tallest building in the world. 160 habitable floors, 2,684 feet tall (as we know of) because they kept increasing the height during construction. This monumental sized skyscraper is the centerpise of a mixed-use development that will include 30,000 homes, 9 hotels, 3 ha of parks, 19 residential towers, a man and a 12ha artificial lake. One of the many cool characteristics this skyscraper is the condensation collection. The hot and humid outside air, combined with the air con within the building will cause a lot of condensation. The water condensation will be collected through a piping system that will be pumped into the irrigation system and used for watering plants. The system will provide 15 million gallons of supplemental water.

The crazy thing … Ahu  Dhabi (the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates is considering making a 224 story building.

“I love L.A.”

November 29, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to begin? The house itself is the longer structure with the shorter structure being its guest house. The house is situated on top of a hill overlooking hollywood and downtown L.A. This house was designed to be environmentally efficient, especially with cooling. Being situated on top of a hill direct sunlight will provide lots of natural light through the glass walls. However, the heat being generated was a concern. The architects used emitting composite lumber to repel heat. The valleys on either side of the house create airflow through the double sided hinged doors on either side of the house. Clean lines,  uninterrupted space, glass walls, and the outdoor projection movie theatre are the hallmarks to this house.

 

Melbourne Theatre Company

November 27, 2009

Melbourne Theatre Company.  When viewing the MTC from a right angle the neon steel tubes resembles three-demnisonal shapes. Since most events are at night they coloured the building black to really bring up the tubbing. This facade is supposed to represent and actor bringing life to a dark backdrop on a stage. Inside the building there are different theatres with their own themes.

batcave.

November 24, 2009

Whose your favourite superhero? Canada’s Elite Home Theatre Company designed this home theatre system and area. This is beyond cool. It needs no description.