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Cumulus for Mudam by Studio Toer

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Article source: Studio Toer

The autonomous cloud for the Mudam museum is hanging. 37 balloons inflate when the sun starts to shine. creating a big cloud to give shade to the space. The autonomous character of the project gives the installation a feeling of a living organism responding to its surrounding. This project brings liveliness to the space and at the same time protects you from the sun.

Image Courtesy © Studio Toer

Image Courtesy © Studio Toer


Bienenhaus #3 in Canale d’Agordo, Italy by archMaDe | Massimiliano Dell’Olivo architetto

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Article source: archMaDe | Massimiliano Dell’Olivo architetto


I have always seen in the community life of bees an urban instruction; something that is very close to the motto \”unity is strength\”.
A Bienenhaus is also this: a macro-structure can accommodate more living cells.
The teaching must have come from the comb itself in those early beekeepers who decided to protect their hives in these small buildings.

Image Courtesy © archMaDe | Massimiliano Dell'Olivo architetto

Image Courtesy © archMaDe | Massimiliano Dell’Olivo architetto


Meilen Bus Stops in Switzerland by ROK (Rippmann Oesterle Knauss)

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Article source: ROK (Rippmann Oesterle Knauss)

Architecture firm ROK – Rippmann Oesterle Knauss* has completed the first five solar-powered bus stops for the town Meilen close to Zurich, Switzerland. The design incorporates site-specific information, based on the rich cultural and historic background of Meilen through perforated panels.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Stauch

Image Courtesy © Daniel Stauch

  • Architects: ROK (Rippmann Oesterle Knauss)
  • Project: Meilen Bus Stops
  • Location: 8706 Meilen, Switzerland
  • Photography: Daniel Stauch Photography
  • Software used: Rhinoceros 3D
  • Client: Gemeindeverwaltung
  • Back wall panels and structure: Steel (galvanized and powder-coated)
  • Glass: LSG with digital print
  • Bench: Larch (pressure-impregnated)
  • Companies involved:
  • Steel construction: Pletscher + Co.
  • Steel construction planning: psMetalltechnik GmbH


Frei Otto Receives the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Visionary architect, 89, dies in his native Germany on March 9, 2015

Otto was an architect, visionary, utopian, ecologist, pioneer of lightweight materials, protector of natural resources and a generous collaborator with architects, engineers, and biologists, among others.

Frei Otto -- ©2015 The Pritzker Architecture Prize / The Hyatt Foundation

Frei Otto —
©2015 The Pritzker Architecture Prize / The Hyatt Foundation

Frei Otto has received the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Tom Pritzker announced today. Mr. Pritzker is Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize. Mr. Pritzker said: “Our jury was clear that, in their view, Frei Otto’s career is a model for generations of architects and his influence will continue to be felt. The news of his passing is very sad, unprecedented in the history of the prize. We are grateful that the jury awarded him the prize while he was alive. Fortunately, after the jury decision, representatives of the prize traveled to Mr. Otto’s home and were able to meet with Mr. Otto to share the news with him. At this year’s Pritzker Prize award ceremony in Miami on May 15 we will celebrate his life and timeless work.”

Mr. Otto becomes the 40th laureate of the Pritzker Prize and the second laureate from Germany.


Convert 3D Scanned Images Of College Backyard Mechanical House Into Intelligent BIM by Hi-Tech CADD Services

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Article source: Hi-Tech CADD Services

Convert 3D scanned images of college backyard mechanical house into intelligent BIM with LOD 300 with Architecture & Structure & Equipment spacing.

Image Courtesy © Hi-Tech CADD Services

Image Courtesy © Hi-Tech CADD Services

  • Architects: Hi-Tech CADD Services
  • Project: Convert 3D Scanned Images Of College Backyard Mechanical House Into Intelligent BIM
  • Software Used: Revit, Recap  (more…)

Walk-on balcony in Gliwice, Poland by ZALEWSKI ARCHITECTURE GROUP

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


There are ideas that arise from the need of a particular moment. Such a need – another hot day of summer spent in the office and a thought “if only I could go for a walk” – became inspiration for a project of a path suspended in the air, a balcony Walk-on. It is also one of the ideas to change a sad courtyard, that we overlook every day out of the office windows on the 3rd floor, to give the courtyard a bit of magic. A normal path is tortuous, winds, does not lead directly to the goal, surprises, relaxes, gives contact with nature. Therefore our path should also flow freely in space – giving you a moment of relaxation, rest, allowing you to change the perspective. This influenced its shape – it winds freely and intertwines with itself – it allows for a relaxing walk “from office to office.” Longing for a bit of greenery made us treat the path as a large pot. We filled it with grass that can grow as it wants – after all it’s just a path.




Fresnel Trimaran Yacht in Cape Town, South Africa by Margot Krasojevic

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Article source: Margot Krasojevic

The design for a solar powered, perpetual motion, hydrofoil Trimaran yacht, commisioned by HoldenManz wine estate, Cape Town.

The Fresnel Trimaran has a folding wingsail for a better lift to drag ratio, the sail’s frame is a built up mechanical structure similar to an airplane wing constructed from carbon fibre with a retractable Kevlar sail covered in aero-nautical film. The sail rotates around the mast and has a series of motorised creases which catch the wind, the wingsail is actuated by motors that control these movements using solar cells and wind energy.

Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojevic

Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojevic

  • Architects: Margot Krasojevic
  • Project: Fresnel Trimaran Yacht
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa


White Shining Objects 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark by Simon Hjermind Jensen / SHJWORKS

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Article source:  Simon Hjermind Jensen

“We do not know” was the common answer to the passersby, given by Shjworks while they were installing the project and were asked what it was. And it was true; Shjworks could not exactly tell what it was. They knew the project consisted of five white shining objects placed along a stretch of 400 m in the suburb of Husum just outside Copenhagen. They knew the objects would be illuminated from dusk till dawn, and they knew the height of the objects would vary from 4,2 m to 0,6 m. They also knew the project was the winning entry for a competition about urban spaces, arranged by the Copenhagen municipality. Together with the objects they included 7 benches, 3 planters and 95 step stones.

Simon Hjermind Jensen/ SHJWORKS

Simon Hjermind Jensen/ SHJWORKS

  • Architects: Simon Hjermind Jensen / SHJWORKS
  • Project: White Shining Objects 2014
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Project team: Simon Hjermind Jensen- Head of Design, Christian BøckerSørensen- Landscape Architect, Jakob Ingemansson- Architect, Hollie Gibbons- Architect


La Moraga in Adra, Spain by Jose Salinas Osorio

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Article source: Jose Salinas Osorio

Project built in 2012 after winning, in collaboration with the cheff owner Josué odríguez.

Singular construction in Adra (Almería), based on parametric design with Grasshopper.

It is a project of modular wooden architecture: OSB waterproof + pineslats over light wooden frame.

Image Courtesy © Jose Salinas Osorio

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán & Rafael Bonillo

  • Architects: Jose Salinas Osorio
  • Project: La Moraga
  • Location: Adra, Spain
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán & Rafael Bonillo
  • Competition: First Prize
  • Budget: 63 000 €
  • Construction:



Thursday, November 20th, 2014


A highly visible white oval roof covers the control area of the main gate of the Frankfurt trade fair, creating a new landmark at the city entrance. The oval form stands out against the orthogonal buildings of the fairground and the diversity of directions focussing at the main gate, enabling easy orientation. The construction consists of an irregular grid of steel lamella, which are oriented according to the loads and forces in the structure.

Image Courtesy © Ingo Schrader Architekt BDA

Image Courtesy © Ingo Schrader Architekt BDA

  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Client: Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH/ Marc Legg
  • Roof area: ca. 593 square metres
  • Clearance: ca. 4,55 m
  • Height above street: ca. 5,30 m
  • Steel weight: ca. 75 t (metric), 40 and 20 mm steel plates
  • Total weight: ca. 110 t (metric)


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