Foster + Partners turn an office tower into Hong Kongs newest luxury hotel

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Foster + Partners transformed a former government headquarters tower into a luxury hotel in Hong Kong that has just opened its doors to the public. Located on the southern edge of Central with sweeping views of The Peak, the 336-room hotel—named The Murray—not only includes a striking interior overhaul, but also features a new street frontage and green space to reconnect the 25-storey tower with the urban fabric. The adaptive reuse project preserved the existing self-shading facade to maximize… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The secret behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s resilience is revealed

Engineers from Roma Tre University has solved the mystery of how the seemingly unstable Leaning Tower of Pisa has managed to stand strong over six hundred years in a seismically active region. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

SOM unveils images of new undulating mixed-use tower in China

The form of SOM’s new mixed-use tower in China is the result of the structural, programmatic and environmental strategy. The first images of the structure show a distinctive silhouette of the Hangzhou Wangchao Center with an undulating glass façade and 8 mega-columns that slope outward at the corners which aim to minimize wind loads and create flexible floor plates.

The Center will be built at the heart of Hangzhou, near one of the city’s new subway station, the tower will combine office spaces,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

3 stacked shipping containers create a diving tower in Denmark

In Denmark, Sweco Architects has transformed an old ferry port into a water recreation spot. Their Water Sports Center Halsskov is an architectural invention, in their words, that will give people access to the water. They said in a statement on the project that it “recycles as many materials as possible from the former port, either directly or through upcycling.” Perhaps the most distinctive element of the sports center is a jumping tower comprised of three stacked, bright yellow shipping conta… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

David Chipperfield Architects reveal designs for Hamburgs tallest tower

Hot on the heels of Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed Elbphilharmonie, David Chipperfield Architects has revealed designs for the German city’s next big architecture project: Elbtower. Towering above the skyline at 230 meters (755 feet), the sculptural mixed-use building will be the tallest building in the city and serve as a counterpoint to Elbphilharmonie to the west.

David Chipperfield Architects’ designs for Elbtower won an international design competition that sought… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Shanghai flying car tower to clean the air with a 50,000-plant vertical forest

Flying cars are moving from the realm of science fiction to reality – and Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D) helmed by architect Richard Moreta Castillo has already designed a tower pioneering drone car infrastructure. The Smart Power Long tower, a condominium building planned for Shanghai, features landing pads for flying cars. The futuristic concept is super green, according to RA+D, and will feature a vertical forest in which 50,000 trees and shrubs can scrub the skies. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

UNStudios sculptural Canaletto Tower is a neighborhood in the sky

UNStudio’s recently completed Canaletto Tower in London functions as a cluster of vertical communities. In designing the structure, the architects applied an approach typically used for smaller private houses and used materials that distinguish the tower from buildings in the nearby financial district of the City.

The massing and materials facilitate optimal shading, reduce heat gain and balance transparency with the need for privacy. Its sculptural façade introduces a level of variability… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This twisting tower is made out of 2,000 3D-printed terracotta bricks

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Soaring timber tower could clean up contaminated water in NYC’s Central Park

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“Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the Reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals,” said DFA.

“DFA envisions a temporary landmark that is remarkably of its time to creatively transform the reservoir into one of New York’s boldest urban amenities,” said studio founder Laith Sayigh.

“This conceptual project pushes the boundaries of what we perceive is possible in a city as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Rammed-earth walls clad an observation tower blends into a Belgian nature reserve

Mother Nature has reclaimed a former gravel extraction area in Maasvalley Riverpark, a 2,500-hectare nature reserve straddling the Belgium-Netherlands border. To help visitors fully experience the revitalized area, De Gouden Liniaal Architecten designed a small observation tower that blends into the landscape with its rammed earth walls. Built of locally excavated materials, the Observation Tower Negenoord is the first public earthen building in the Benelux region.

The 46-square-meter observation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building