Soon to be third year,
Architecture student,
at Ravensbourne Design College.
Based in London.
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M+ in Kowloon, Hong Kong - Snøhetta

M+ (Museum+) is a new center for visual culture in Hong Kong, located in the new West Kowloon Cultural District. Snøhetta’s design makes M+ a new transpositional art platform. The + highlights the ambitious relationship between art content, the public, museum building, and context.

The current state of anticipated relationships between museums and society demands rethinking. The design of art museums is dominated by the idea that people portray the highest risk to any type of collection. This prevents the introduction of integrated approaches and leaves museums “passive” according to the latest sociological discoveries of human behavior. Performative aspects of space and time relationships are vulnerable qualities and they may be deteriorated by formal architectural approaches driven by personal aesthetic preferences. The M+ concept seeks to give a clear and recognizable form, yet adaptable to the changing demands of society and the arts.

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VH R-10 gHouse by Darren Petrucci

VH R-10 gHouse by Darren Petrucci

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Juan Sordo Madaleno. Iglesia y parroquia de San Ignacio de Loyola, México DF 1962


The Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) Building is the First Fully Algae-Powered Architecture

Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%. 


Architect Michael Pawlyn is one of the designers behind the Eden Project, a cluster of biodomes built in a 160-year-old clay quarry in Cornwall, England. Together, these biodomes house thousands of plant species from all over the world.

In a talk at TEDxLondonCity2.0, Pawlyn shows how he builds structures that mimic nature — from bird skulls to beetle wings, from slime mold to termite mounds.

For the Eden Project, Pawlyn’s team studied the structure of honeycomb. dragonfly wings, and bubbles.

Watch the whole talk here»

(Photos via Inhabitat)

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the Living Staircase from Paul Cocksedge

Every building needs an edible staircase! Graze on luxurious herbs

The planters on the Living Staircase from Paul Cocksedge will be stocked with herbs and plants, letting employees make fresh tea or add a kick to their lunch. There will be three circular meeting spaces in total, with each one ringed with a wooden bench. Not many designers or architects pay much attention to the function of a staircase. Here’s hoping the Living Staircase inspires creatives to do more with the functionally mundane aspects of architecture.”

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Residence of Daisen in Tottori prefecture in Japan; designed by architect Keisuke Kawaguchi to “fit in between the gaps of trees”


Second Life: The Heineken WOBO Doubles as Beer Bottle and Brick

Fifty years ago, Heineken developed a revolutionary and sustainable design solution to give its beer bottles a second life: as an architectural brick. The concept arose after brewing magnate Alfred Heineken visited Curacao during a world tour of his factories in 1960. He was struck by the amount of beer bottles—many bearing his name—littering the beaches and the lack of affordable building materials for residents. In a stroke of genius (or madness), Heineken realized both problems could be solved if beer bottles could be reused as structural building components. Enlisting the help of Dutch architect N. John Habraken, Heineken created a new bottled design—dubbed the Heineken WOBO (World Bottle)—that doubled as a drinking vessel and a brick. As author and architecture critic Martin Pawley notes, the WOBO was “the first mass production container ever designed from the outset for secondary use as a building component.” The new squared off bottle was both inter-locking and self-aligning, allowing it to nestle seamlessly and snugly into adjoining “bricks.” With Habraken’s design, a 10 by 10 foot hut could be constructed with 1,000 WOBO bottles. Though a test run of 100,000 bottles was produced in 1963, the marketing department’s worries about liabilities doomed the project. The WOBO was subsequently and unceremoniously retired. Though only two official WOBO buildings remain, both on the Heineken estate in Noordwijk near Amsterdam, the concept remains a powerful and inspiring one. Indeed, the experiment is a reminder of how a major corporation might seriously take on sustainability in an innovative way.


UFO + CR-design awarded highest prize in shenzhen super city competition
all images courtesy of urban future organization and CR-design

get the full scoop on the sustainable ecosystem of solar panels, vegetation sanctuaries, and food production modules here.


Hut to hut project by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Cluster of traditional houses composing a shaded courtyard

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