Other-worldly Theater Now a Reality

Other-worldly Theater Now a Reality

UNStudio’s completed design for the Theatre de Stoep in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse responds to the current cultural invigoration of the city by merging the archetypical function of a theatre- that of creating a world of illusion and enchantment – with the specific requirements to cater to the needs of the local community. The resulting venue is designed to fortify and inspire the magic of live theatre, providing at once a place of performance, a social gathering and experience of contrasting realities.

0 Designer: UNStudio

A Monument for Mercedes

A Monument for Mercedes

The far-out “Mercedes Fascination Center” is designer/architect Mustafa Al-Nuaimi’s attempt to reinterpret the auto brand’s image in architectural form! In signature silver (of course), the design features parametric metal skin and a layered, growing, fluid form. Srsly tho, is it just me or does it totally remind of a Mad Hatter cake?! Y’know… a sexy, luxury one. Check it out —>

0 Designer: Mustafa Al-Nuaimi

Urban Connectivity in Qatar

Urban Connectivity in Qatar

Appointed as the principal architect for the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP) which will extend to 60 stations, the design forms a bridge between past and future, drawing inspiration from the vast regional architecture lexicon while representing an effective vision of modernism and preservation. With its strong identity, this new network creates instant recognition at busy intersections, serving as a permanent reminder of the alternative to private transportation.

0 Designer: UNStudio

The Prettiest Potty Ever!

The Prettiest Potty Ever!

The “Seaside Periscope” just goes to show that even a restroom, yes… a restroom, can be an architectural masterpiece! Set in Gydnia, overlooking the Baltic Sea, the design’s key feature is a system of large mirrors that work like a periscope to give people inside a view of the sea so that even while they are doing their business they can enjoy the scenery! The monolithic concrete structure owes its shape to this unique function, but also blends with the local landscape with its curved top section which houses the mirrors and mimics the breakwater.

0 Designer: Adam Wiercinski

The Trendy Totable Tube

The Trendy Totable Tube

Whether you’re an inventor, architect or other designer, after you’ve drawn up beautiful renders, the last thing you want to do is stuff them in an ugly cardboard tube! Inspired by this lack of aesthetically-pleasing storage, Arkitube was created as a functional and attractive way to carry architectural drafts, construction drawings or posters for presentation. Crafted from lightweight aluminum with an optional leather strap, it’s not only more stylish but more durable and weatherproof! Jump to the vid—>

0 Designer: Jon Liow

Chic Backyard Sanctuaries

Chic Backyard Sanctuaries

The M-Velope is one in a series of functional art structures designed to function as retreats in which to escape from the norm. Varying in size & shape, they’re made mostly of sustainable grown wood colored with environmentally friendly stains or paints. In every case, the design of the M-Velopes are generated from simpler forms that are subdivided, hinged together, & folded in or out of the original form in order to create unexpected transformations. As cool as they are on the outside, they’re even cozier inside! Take a peak —>

0 Designer: Michael Jantzen

Ring Around the River

Ring Around the River

Located between two major bridges at the Rhine Carée, a significant public urban space of Cologne, the RheinRing represents the new center & links the two halves of the city. The circular construction serves as a pedestrian walkway directly accessible from the historical city center on the west, the Rhine Boulevard on the opposite side, as well as the flanking Rhine bridges. Situated over this landmark river, the ring allows for an innovative experience as an urban space in the inner city, frequented by pedestrians and cyclists.

0 Designers: Marco Hemmerling
 & Stefan Polónyi

High-rise Hydroponic Farm

High-rise Hydroponic Farm

Aprilli Design Studio’s Urban SkyFarm is a living machine, helping improve environmental quality by filtering water & air, providing edible greens & producing renewable energy. Dense urban developments will benefit from the additional green space by feeling a reduction in heat accumulation, storm water runoff & carbon dioxide. As a net zero facility, its aim is to operate only with renewable solar & wind energy. Harvesting from hydroponic systems, vertical gardens & farming decks, all goods are processed & distributed directly on the farm!

0 Designer: Aprilli Design Studio

Carbon Assimilating Structure

Carbon Assimilating Structure

The Propagate Tower explores carbon-capturing technology that would allow harmful greenhouse gases to be converted into usable building materials! It starts as a simple vertical scaffold of carbon-capturing material. Required ingredients for propagation are supplied through the scaffold, while its actual pattern of growth is defined by environmental factors such as wind, weather & the saturation of carbon dioxide within the immediate atmosphere.

0 Designers: YuHao Liu & Rui Wu

The Blossom Tower

The Blossom Tower

Kuala Lumpur’s Menara Bunga Raya was designed for “people, profit & planet” – reflecting an emerging awareness that our most visible buildings must deliver value beyond simple economics & speak to higher aspirations. 2.5% of the tower is allocated toward public-uses, including a sculpture park, outdoor performance space, & a museum. The inside of the tower is devoted to the guiding principles of the Rukun Negara, including a Sky Walk cafe atop the tower, & a 20 story tall Hall of Hibiscuses- a vertical, living garden celebrating the national flower of Malaysia.

0 Designer: RAFT Architects

City in a Skyscraper

City in a Skyscraper

Launchspire is a radical re-interpretation not just of modern architecture, but of the airport and aviation in general. An electromagnetic vertical accelerator, using technological principles developed at CERN’s LHC provides a method for commercial aircraft to be accelerated to cruising speed from a ground based infrastructure. The super-tall structural solution would not only be a launch space for air transportation, but a vertical colony of commercial, residential & green spaces- essentially a helical version of the classic urban grid.

0 Designers: Various

Skyscrapers and Scaffoldings in Symbiosis

Skyscrapers and Scaffoldings in Symbiosis

Designer Thibaut Deprez was uninspired by the harshness and coldness of urban architecture, which can be repetitive and lacking personality with stacks upon stacks of identical stories. His solution? To use permanent bamboo scaffoldings as a driving force to promote the revival of these buildings. Each scaffolding is fashioned to the needs and wants of the building, giving each a unique identity. The bamboo shell also allows residents to expand their dwelling outward in the form of fresh air spaces and vertical gardens.

0 Designer: Thibaut Deprez

City-Purifying Tower

City-Purifying Tower

If you feel ill, you seek medical help… right? So why not provide our “sick” and polluted urban environments with the same attention? The Climatology Tower was designed as a research center that evaluates urban meteorology and corrects the environment with technological engineering. Look at it like a giant humidifier/air-purifier for your city. It also monitors things like radiation, insolation and thermal coverage, notifying the public for awareness and city departments to help maintain healthier environments.

0 Designers: Various

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