Beautiful Wellington Welcome Pavilion glows like a lantern at night

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Calgary-based architecture firm Studio North led a team of architecture students from the University of Toronto Daniels School of Architecture in a design build seminar to realize a stunning new Welcome Pavilion for the village of Wellington, Ontario. Erected in just two weeks, the compact 100-square-foot structure is both sculptural and functional, featuring geometric CNC-milled cutouts inspired by barn quilts, a local craft and tradition unique to that area. The Welcome Pavilion offers shelter,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store glows like a paper lantern in Macau

Foster + Partners has unveiled a new Apple Store in Macau—and it’s very different from the all-glass buildings we’ve come to expect. In response to the hustle bustle of the port city known as the “Las Vegas of Asia”, the British international architecture studio crafted Apple Cotai Central as an oasis of calm housed in a glowing cube surrounded by bamboo. Instead of the Apple brand’s iconic full-height glazing, the architects applied a “first-of-its-kind” glass-stone composite facade… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

SOMs diagrid glass tower rises like a Chinese paper lantern in Beijing

A glittering glass lantern has risen in Beijing. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed the Poly International Plaza, a three-tower complex located midway between the Forbidden City and the Beijing Capital Airport. The main and tallest tower draws inspiration from Chinese paper lanterns for its continuous diagrid pattern that shimmers like a jewel and helps lower the building’s energy footprint.

Winner of two 2017 Architizer A+Awards, the Poly International Plaza was completed in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This tiny bamboo and steel shelter lights up like a lantern at night

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Ekaterinensky Congress Center glows like a lantern on the Kuban River in Russia

Piuarch’s proposal for the new Ekaterinensky Congress Center in Krasnodar, Russia, envisions a three-story cultural complex that offers scenic views of the river bay and includes a pedestrian plaza connecting the city to the river. The complex reconciles the city’s geometric urban grid with the organic quality of the natural landscapes that dominates the river bank.

The building combines orthogonal and curved surfaces with a glass curtain facade that follows the sinuous plan of the building volume… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building