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

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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



This contemporary light-filled home feels like an extension of Balis tropics

German architect Alexis Dornier of his eponymous Bali-based architecture practice recently completed a stunning modern home in an Indonesian tropical paradise. The private home—named House A—comprises four stories laid out in 8,072 square feet. As with his previous works, House A embraces indoor-outdoor living with full-height glazing and an open layout where views of lush greenery can be enjoyed at every turn.

Built primarily of stone and dark timber, House A appears to be a natural… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zaha Hadids only house rises like a spaceship in a forest near Moscow

Zaha Hadid’s only private house has just been completed and—to the surprise of no one—looks like a spaceship that’s touched down on Earth. Created with a neo-futuristic appearance and ample glazing, the $140 million Capital Hill Residence stands in stark contrast with its leafy surroundings at the heart of Russia’s Barvikha forest just a couple miles west of Moscow. The $140 million project was completed for real estate developer and entrepreneur Vladislav Doronin, who runs Capital Group… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge looks like it came from another planet

Four robots, nearly 10,000 pounds of stainless steel, and six months later, Dutch robotic 3D-printing technology company MX3D finished 3D-printing a stainless steel bridge. Gizmodo said it’s the first 3D-printed steel bridge in the world — and looks like it’s straight out of a science fiction movie.

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Crazy new building in China looks like a giant crab!

China may have decided to steer away from “weird buildings”, but new architectural “ducks” seem to continue to sprout throughout the country. China’s new Ecology Center in Kunshan that celebrates Chinese crab culture looks like a giant crab, complete with hairy claws and white pincers.

The building is located on Yangcheng Lake’s eastern shore and references the area’s famous crab-based delicacy. Dark stainless steel creates the outer shell of the main volume, with pincers and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sleep like an angel in this renovated 18th-century church in Tuscany

Travelling through Tuscany can be a life-changing experience, especially if you stay in this 18-th century church turned into a luxury hotel suite. As part of the conversion project, architecture firm O2 Studio redesigned the church by preserving and restoring original frescos and the central altar, and introducing luxury furniture and fixtures to give it a modern feel.

The former church is located on the premises of the new Villa Marta hotel, near the city of Lucca in Tuscany. For years the structure… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Evovelo unveils cute little solar car you can pedal like a bicycle

Today Evovelo unveiled a tiny solar-powered vehicle that combines the advantages of a car — such as safety, weather protection and stability — with the ease of a bicycle and the low energy consumption and space utilization of a light electric vehicle. 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

Watch this groundbreaking new solar device open and move like a flower

Smartflower is a solar panel that can’t stay still. Inspired by the sun-tracking behavior of certain blooms, the portable all-in-one unit rotates its solar-module “petals” throughout the day for maximum exposure. This format, claims Smartflower Energy Technology, the Austrian firm behind the Smartflower, allows the system to be 40 to 50 percent more efficient than traditional photovoltaic arrays.

The Smartflower’s day starts at sunrise when it deploys its panels, which are backed… 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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