Like a fish tank filter for humans...

Like a fish tank filter for humans…

With all that surface area, it makes perfect sense that our skyscrapers should be doing double duty! A response to environmental pollution in urban areas, the Hyper Filter Skyscraper  was designed to inhale carbon dioxide and other harmful gases in cities and exhale concentrated oxygen. The skin of the project is made out of long pipe filters that catch particles and store them for disposal or reuse later. 

0 Designer: Umarov Alexey

Hong Kong High Rise

Hong Kong High Rise

The PleXus Tower emerges from the banks of the West Hong Kong Harbor as a distribution of disjointed structures amidst the neighboring historic ferry terminal. The structure starts out as distributed pods that connect with the city’s transportation fabric. The misfit arrangement of these structural pods is bridged together by pipelines over the water, working in harmony with the existing terminal. Though situated on the water’s edge, residential & commercial spaces are completely accessible by car… all the way to the top! Hit the jump to see how —>

0 Designers: Various

Highly Linked Living

Highly Linked Living

New York City is a prime example of urban densification. With so many annual newcomers and little room to expand, there’s really nowhere to go but UP! Urban Alloy is a proposed structure at the intersection of the LIRR and 7 trains that aims to bring the energy of Manhattan to the 4 other boroughs without disrupting existing land use. Lucky residents will not only find that they are near a major transportation hub, but living as part of it with a spectrum of personalized units to choose from!

0 Designer: Chad Kellogg & Matt Bowles

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Sand Babel is a group of ecological structures designed as scientific research facilities and tourist attractions for the desert.  Divided into two parts above and below ground, the main portion of each is constructed with sand, sintered through a solar-powered 3D printer. The resulting top structure mimics the form of the  desert’s natural phenomena like tornadoes and mushroom rocks!

0 Designers: Various

Vernacular Versatility

Vernacular Versatility

This architectural accomplishment takes inspiration from traditional Korean Hanok houses that are defined by their wooden structural systems, curvy tiled roofs and strong formal gestures. The core structural element is known as Gagu – the point under the roof where column meets beam and girder without additional fasteners like nails. Using new modeling software, these traditional elements are merged with modern know-how to create a high-rise structure to meet contemporary purposes that also pays homage to the iconic, historically one-story residences.

0 Designer: Yong Ju Lee

New Box Skyline for Detroit

New Box Skyline for Detroit

Conceived as box-shaped wireframe, the Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster – Vertical Suburban Neighborhood, is the answer to the congestion problem experience in the city of Detroit, USA. This new plan comes with recreational and commercial areas and has three main grids in the form of streets, pedestrian pathways, and structure. All of this is intertwined to give us a revolutionary new city façade.

0 Designers: Mark Talbot & Daniel Markiewicz

From the Masters of Mixed-Use

From the Masters of Mixed-Use

Ben van Berkel’s UNStudio in combination with OR else Landscapes comes out on top as the winner of a competition for a proposed focal point of the new Baumkirchen Mitte development in Munich. The nearly 200-foot tall mixed use structure features 140,000 square feet of office space, as well as 60,000 square feet of contemporary apartments. As for the exterior, horizontal rings of balcony and outdoor space are complimented by a larger, multipurpose green area that takes advantage of the expansive roof space.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Shanghai's LightScraper

Shanghai’s LightScraper

Situated in the middle of a lake in south-east Shanghai, the SH Fish building serves as the focal point among 5 other proposed structures. The circular shape of the the floor plans was determined in relationship with the waterfront, giving it a 270° lake view inside. Thanks to its unique location at the tip of the peninsula, the design is reminiscent of a lighthouse. In much the same way, it serves as a beacon for anyone visiting this cultural hub.  

0 Designer: UA Studio7

Squeezed In

Squeezed In

Kenji Ido’s Tamatsu House in Osaka, Japan is wedged in an urban, mixed-used area of small factories and office buildings that coexist in lines of very vertical structures! A major problem with this type of close-construction is the sparse amount of natural light able to enter the house, thereby making an already small space seem smaller. To counteract this issue, a clever mixture of skylights and inclined walls break up both the space and incoming light. So effectively, in fact, that you’d have almost no idea the entire house is a mere 1000 square feet!

0 Designer: Kenji Ido

Alpine Chic Shelter

Alpine Chic Shelter

Let’s say you’re lost in the wilderness, exhausted from a mountain excursion, about to freeze your a$$ off in the snow. What would be better than happening upon a warm, cozy shelter to protect you from the elements? How about one that’s architecturally AWESOME. That’s precisely what the Huba shelter is-  a life-saving sanctuary designed with an entirely new style we’re dubbing “alpine chic.” Check out the interior!

0 Designers: Michal Holcer & Malgorzata Blachnicka

Shell to Dwell

Shell to Dwell

Jerusalem is known for its vertical communities that climb from hillside to hillside. This proposal for the area applies the modernist concept developed in the Bauhaus school in Germany in the 1930′s which is based on five principles, including separation of the walls from the building frame to create a free standing shell. Here the traditional constructive elements become a camouflage for the building frame rather than a part of the structural frame of the building. Take a tour after the jump —>

0 Designer: Ofir Menachem

Japan's Own Giant Ferris Wheel

Japan’s Own Giant Ferris Wheel

Remember that movie Contact starring Jodie Foster as the atheistic SETI scientist who gets a second chance at climbing aboard a space craft of alien design when the first one was blown up by a crazed fundamentalist? Remember who built the second space craft? Japan! It was futuristic, hi-tech, and less hodgepodge looking than the original. I digress, even the movies know when Japan goes big, they do it better. Like building their own ferris wheel that would rival the London Eye in scale and design.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Proof that Less is More

Proof that Less is More

To say that Igor Sirotov’s Frame house is minimal doesn’t begin to do it justice! Everyday interior elements like seating, beds, lighting and tables are few in number but full of interesting and thoughtful textures and materials, making them a perfect foreground to highlight the steel, wood and concrete canvas. A stunning example of minimalism, the Frame house proves it’s not about what’s inside, it’s about what’s not!

0 Designer: Igor Sirotov