“Faced with a shortage of public housing, the City of Madrid commissioned Foreign Office Architects to create a sustainable multi-unit residential alternative for its new public housing development at Carabanchel. Simply known as Carabanchel 16, this building shows how you can is a simple housing design transformed into a beautiful canvas of light and shadow using the simplest tool in an architectâ€™s arsenal: shading devices....The building is organized around the north-south axis, meaning that it faces the harsh east-west sun for most of the day. To help alleviate the heat gain from the sun, the architects have surrounded the units with a 1.5 metre terrace enclosed with bamboo louvres. The bamboo is mounted on folding frames which can be opened whenever the occupants want. The screens while helping diminish the solar gain to the units, while turning the facade into an always changing kaleidoscope of shadow and light.
chris:nice big single room for you to never get any peace from the kids running / screaming / banging / shouting / crying. sounds great
A 15-storey building in London's financial district is defying gravity by being demolished from the bottom up. The topsy-turvy method of demolition, which has left the building's concrete core exposed, is being used because of the unique way it was constructed.
The floors are supported by a beam hanging from the roof rather than being supported by columns from the ground.
The 1965-built office block was one of only four which was built in the upside down fashion, according to the company overseeing the project, real estate investors British Land.
The demolition team will work its way up, removing a floor at a time, and finally deconstructing the beam.
The concrete core will then be disintegrated from top down.
The building on Leadenhall Street in the City will be replaced by a 736ft skyscraper, dubbed the Cheese Grater.