With space ever at a premium in the world& 39;s rapidly expanding cities, could the secret of adding green spaces be to build them vertically? That& 39;s what the planners behind these concepts and existing vertical forests are banking on.But it is not just to make cities more bearable to look at. By adding vegetation to the building& 39;s exterior, air quality in the city, and energy efficiency within the buildings can greatly benefit.
July 02, 2014The Singapore Sports Hub has recently been completed and the 55,000 capacity National Stadium has the title of being the largest dome structure in the world. Image Source: DPA The Singapore Sports Hub sits on a 35 acre site and its designers were local, DP Architects. The heart of the Hub is the National Stadium with the dome measuring 312m in diameter; it beats the previous title holder of the biggest dome structure, the Texas Cowboys Stadium, by 37m (roughly 10 ).
August 26, 2014The Ecumenical Chapel is a meditation chapel in Mexico that has been designed as a stunning peaceful retreat for those seeking solitude and silence. The chapel was designed by BNKR Arquitectura and allows people to go on a spiritual journey in surroundings that are beautiful. Image Source: BNKR Arquitectura The chapel has been designed as a circular building under the ground level and has an up to date modern design with a glass entrance that is beautiful.
August 26, 2014We have only just finished with the 2014 World Cup a couple of weeks ago and now thoughts and plans have turned to not only the 2018 World Cup but the 2022 World Cup - at least in Qatar. Qatar won the bid to host the event in 2022 and they have come up with designs for 12stadiums of which one, the Al Bayt Stadium, is going to be modelled around a traditional nomadic tent and will be designed with a removeable top tier.
September 27, 2014In many places around the world, land for building homes is scarce. In Australia, Modscape has come up with a new and different concept for home construction. They have designed a concept for a home with the name of the Cliff House and it hangs on the side of a cliff over the ocean.
September 26, 2014The Spitbank Fort is 134 years old and is found a mile off the coast of Portsmouth in Hampshire, UK. Originally the fort was used for defending the coast of Britain against attacks from light aircraft and ships but now it has undergone a transformation costing £3 million and has become a luxury exclusive island retreat.
September 17, 2014While we have heard about underwater rooms in some of the big hotels around the world, a company called US Submarines Structures have taken things even further by offering underwater homes, called H2ome. They even have all the luxuries that you would get at a 5-star hotel. Image Source: H2OME H2ome allows those with enough money, to live in a home spreading out over two floors that are submerged and offers 340 square meters of living space.
September 28, 2014The Atlanta Falcons will share their new stadium with a new Major League Soccer team and work has already begun on the stadium which is boasting the latest tech with a focus on sustainability. The Atlanta Falcons stadium will also have an eight piece interlocking and retractable roof that is one of a kind.
September 03, 2014Looking towards the future it is hoped that cities will become havens of green that are powered by clean and renewable energy. Binhai Eco City, a joint project between China and Singapore, is an example of one such city and how the dream could be a reality. Image Source: HAO Binhai is situated on the Tianjin outskirts in north China and it would be connected to another eco-friendly development that is planned in Beijing, which would be connected by high speed rail.
September 10, 2014Miami will soon welcome a new attraction as members of the public along with councillors have approved a new observation tower that will stand 304 meters tall. The SkyRise is set to become Florida’s tallest tower and it is going to offer much more than being able to observe Miami from a great height.
November 15, 2014Many buildings built today make use of technology that will minimize the impact on the environment. However, one building of the future, the Gate Residence in Egypt, will take things to a whole new level. The building will features solar panels, solar heater tubes, windcatchers, geothermal cooling and wind turbines.
November 16, 2014In July of this year MAD Architects were appointed to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, aka the LMNA, and now we have been treated to the first design renders. They show the building blurring the line between the landscape that surrounds the building and the building itself. The architects designed it to explore the relationship between the urban environment and nature.
November 21, 2014We have been treated to some renders of the new Istanbul Airport in Turkey that is set to replace the Ataturk Airport. It will become one of the busiest airports around the world and feature the biggest terminal that is under a single roof of any airport. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The new airport has been designed by Grimshaw Architects, who have plenty of experience in designing airports.
November 02, 2014The 2022 World Cup is going to be held in Qatar (well, maybe) and we have already seen the designs for two of the stadiums, the Al Wakrah and the Al Bayt. Now a third has been revealed and this is the existing Khalifa International Stadium, which will receive a makeover to bring it bang up to date and feature technology that will keep the pitch temperature controlled.
December 01, 2014In cities such as Tokyo space is at a premium and this is when it pays to use some clever thinking to get the most out of the space you do have. Yuichi Yoshida & Associates came up with a great plan for getting the most out of a bedsit and they used sliding furniture to get as much from the space in a simple way - turning it into an adaptable apartment.
December 02, 2014Sustainable lifestyles along with low cost and simple housing have led to us seeing more small homes. One of these tiny homes comes from Wagell& 39;s Mini Houses, small homes that originally began life as just a weekend home or guest house has now gone into the second iteration. Image Source: Jonas Wagell The Mini House first came about in 2012, with prototypes being used in Sweden.
November 27, 2014When space is at a premium in cities that have been heavily developed but more public spaces are needed, it becomes quite a challenge. One of the best solutions is to take an old building and re-model it. Even better, take an old building that is under ground.Using spaces that are underground comes with problems, one being the lack of natural sunlight.
December 10, 2014We have seen many tiny houses arrive on the scene recently but there haven’t been many that have stood out from the crowd when it comes to offering luxury living off the grid. Tiny Heirlooms, a small home firm from Chicago, are about to change that with their offering of a tiny off the grid house on wheels.
December 12, 2014A small green home has been designed and constructed on a small site that measures 9 metres by 12 metres which is hidden away by neighbours. The home on Beach Avenue in Melbourne, Australia has been challenging to Schulberg Demkiw studios, the architects behind it. They had to make the most of the interior space of the home and make sure that they made the most of what natural light was available, while at the same time making sure that it was private along with being spacious.
December 07, 2014There seems to be a trend going on for small houses lately and this one set in the Swiss Alps completely blends in with its environment (No, it& 39;s not too small to see). There is a large boulder in your eye line and this is actually a rock cabin that offers all the basics that you would need to hold you over for a short stay among the mountains.
December 20, 2014Generally if the family outgrows their house they usually relocate to a bigger house or have an extension built off the house to make it bigger. However, one home owner in Austria didn& 39;t confirm to the norm as they chose to extend their house but had a new exterior built around their existing house.