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chris:i guess that means "portacabin", in italian, right? :D
OMA principal Rem Koolhaas has unveiled these designs for a new 52-storey tower in New Jersey, USA.The Pritzker Prize-winner revealed the mixed-use skyscraper earlier this week, which sees three rectangular slabs stacked perpendicular to each other. The scheme will house a hotel, a host of condominiums, artist lofts and studios, a gallery and retail space. Koolhaas said of his design: I am putting together familiar elements in an unfamiliar way. We are creating something slightly more memorable and slightly more energetic – what New Jersey lacks is some visible evidence of a new beginning. The $400 million (£200 million) project aims to be the focal point of an arts district, and will house public spaces on three levels. If it wins the green light the scheme will become one of the tallest residential structure in the New Jersey area, and will replace a 130-year old former tobacco company.
I am putting together familiar elements in an unfamiliar way. We are creating something slightly more memorable and slightly more energetic – what New Jersey lacks is some visible evidence of a new beginning.
“All across Beirut you can find walls covered with bullets holes. Reminders of past violence, conflict and war. Moving through the city they are an all too familiar backdrop for any urban scene. This proposal that I called ‘bullet lights’ is reversing the meaning and experience of the ‘bullet hole wallpaper’ at diverse locations in the city. Introducing unexpected poetic moments of beauty. Beauty, ambivalently mixed with the physical testimonies of violence. The project doesn’t want to make a point it just invites people to look at things differently. Seeing things from more than one perspective is the starting point for empathy.
“SWANSEA'S ambition to create a waterfront city that will be the envy of Europe has taken a major step forward today (Mon, March 5).Developers and property agents from across Britain gathered in Swansea to hear about £1 billion plans to revitalise the city centre.Swansea Council, the Welsh Assembly Government and the City Centre Partnership joined forces to launch the Swansea City Strategic Framework which covers the whole of the city centre and identifies major sites which are ripe for development.At today's launch the first major development opportunities at three key locations in the heart of the city were unveiled.They include the St David's and Quadrant area which could be redeveloped to create a 21st century retail complex, attracting major shops and stores to the city centre.The second site being marketed is the car park at Paxton Street and the east car park at County Hall. They have stunning elevated views of the sea and city centre and could be transformed into an iconic destination.These seafront sites can be developed with new landmark buildings including shops, cafes and homes and attractive public spaces which will help to link the city centre with the sea.The final site being marketed is the Sailbridge area which is being offered for grounds floor cafes and restaurants, upper floor residential, office and hotel. It will also include a public square between the Dylan Thomas Centre and the waterfront to mirror developments in SA1.These development opportunities are the first practical outcomes of the Framework that has been prepared for the partners by leading consultants Roger Tym and Co.Expressions of interest are now being sought from developers for either one or both of the sites by the end of April. A preferred developer is expected to be appointed by the end of the year.The 20-year blueprint focuses on four key areas:Creating a vibrant mixed-use heart to the city centreImproving existing retail areas, encouraging a greater mix of uses, promoting new shopping developments and enhancing specialist shops and entertainment at St David's, the Quadrant Centre, Oxford Street, Castle Square, West Way, Wind Street and Princess Way.Creating a high quality European boulevardOystermouth Road developed into an urban boulevard, with enclosed buildings, high quality architectural design and a major public crossing linking the city to the sea.Connecting the city to the waterfrontCreate new destinations and attractions at Paxton Street, Sailbridge and Maritime Quarter to connect the city to the sea.Developing Complementary DistrictsMansel Street and Alexandra Road will have high quality improvements to reflect its quieter and quality civic life.New commercial and residential developments in Kingsway/Orchard Street to create a more attractive location and boost its day and night-time economies.Developments in High Street to promote its "urban village" role.A greater mix of developments in Parc Tawe.
Future Systems has won the international competition to design the new £46 million National Library in the Czech Republic capital of Prague.
The scheme will give the practice’s Czech-born founder Jan Kaplicky the chance to build his first major project in his native country. Future Systems are known in the UK most recently for having rebuilt the Bullring in Birmingham as a wavy blue and silver spotted affair.:nausea:
Chosen ahead of 740 entries from around the world, the firm’s winning design was inspired by ‘sea creatures’ and has been described as a ‘whimsical, undulating’ structure.
The new library in Letna Park, which will be covered in thousands of champagne-yellow-coloured tiles, is expected to open its doors in 2011.
If you saw this this holiday caravan from the UK's Retreat Homes in North America it would be called a trailer or recreational vehicle. What it really is, is a contemporary mobile home with a private decked courtyard no less. There are no faux finishes. Where there is wood, it is solid timber, where there are windows, they are floor to ceiling glass. The Retreat has a traditional galvanised steel chassis and can be sited on a simple concrete slab or individual pads, without the need for expensive foundations.
There are no faux finishes. Where there is wood, it is solid timber, where there are windows, they are floor to ceiling glass. The Retreat has a traditional galvanised steel chassis and can be sited on a simple concrete slab or individual pads, without the need for expensive foundations.
the real advantage of this house having a chassis is that it overcomes many planning obstacles - thinking of sock!
“"Plan" by Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga, consists of 10 photographic compositions which are an extremely detailed representations of 10 private apartments. All of them were photographed as if the ceilings were taken off. Such an unusual effect was achieved through the use of a special technique: the overall picture of a room is an aggregate of dozens fragmentary photographs taken from above, and then merged using a computer. This gives the impression as if a scanner moved over the apartments - there are neither deformations nor blurred fragments, the precision of the image is dazzling and the possibility to enlarge it is practically unlimited. Due to its laborious nature, the project took 2 years to complete.
chris:these must be the best treehouses in the world! they look like gypsies caravans inside!check it out, freespirit spheres
ihc:The Retreat : Contemporary house RV.If you saw this this holiday caravan from the UK's Retreat Homes in North America it would be called a trailer or recreational vehicle. What it really is, is a contemporary mobile home with a private decked courtyard no less. There are no faux finishes. Where there is wood, it is solid timber, where there are windows, they are floor to ceiling glass. The Retreat has a traditional galvanised steel chassis and can be sited on a simple concrete slab or individual pads, without the need for expensive foundations.the real advantage of this house having a chassis is that it overcomes many planning obstacles - thinking of sock!Architects: Buckley Gray YeomanEnquiries: Retreat Homes
“A chartreuse form attached to the roof of a Rotterdam warehouse, the Parasite project is a prototype for a new form of urban housing - urban infill designed to explore the relationship between sustainability and prefabrication. So just how is this project sustainable? The prefabricated panels, both load-bearing and insulating, are manufactured from waste wood and can be assembled in only four days. It is also designed to take advatage of the existing building's water and heating systems. Many of the other works in the Green House include technologically advanced environmental systems, but with the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. PROJECT we are presented with a green house that is both simple and thoughtfully constructed.
“In the charming â€œPlayground Fenceâ€, not only are the protrusions and recessions of the fence eye-catching, but they allow for a more active interaction between those on either sides of the fence, providing seats, benches, nooks and playspaces for children.