Fascinating Kinetic Architecture

Fascinating Kinetic Architecture

This is one of the most interesting building concepts I’ve seen in a while. The Kinetower’s exterior window elements respond to sunlight or user control much in the same way a flower blooms in the morning, transforming it’s hard facade into a softer and almost unrecognizable version of it’s former self. The metamorphosis is made possible by the use of material that is rigid when taut but flexible enough to bend. This is dynamic design at it’s best.

0 Designer: Kinetura

2011 Skyscraper Competition, Top 35

2011 Skyscraper Competition, Top 35

The 2011 Skyscraper Competition is an endeavor to revolutionize efforts, vision and passion that architects put into building our future infrastructure. The projects have been adjudged for their use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. Hosted by the eVolo Magazine, the focus of the jury has been to pick out those ideas that understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

0 Designers: Various

American Classics Reimagined

American Classics Reimagined

In their vernacular forms the country cabin and beach house are most often envisioned as rough and woody as well as shingled and white-washed, respectively.  Finding inspiration in Woodstock, NY and Fire Island, NY, Italian architect Andrea Salvini’s conceptualizations of the classics have been updated aesthetically and to the era of eco-efficiency.

0 Designer: Andrea Salvini

Made to Order

Made to Order

Stillwater Dwellings really wants your neighbors to like you. That’s why they’ve mastered the process of customization, manufacturing, and construction of a home in as little as 3 months; all without making a scratch on the environment or the community where it is being built. Affordability and eco-friendliness met with top-grade materials and finishes offer a lifestyle experience without sacrificing quality.

0 Designer: Stillwater Dwellings

Folded to Make a Perfect Home

Folded to Make a Perfect Home

Someone shared this video of how a tiny apartment in Hong Kong transforms into 24 rooms! This is a challenge faced by designers world over; converting shoeboxes and irregular grounds to something majestic and spacious called home. Have a look at one such challenge called the Fold Place. As the name suggests, it is a narrow irregular plot of 20′x60′ that’s converted in to a spectacular home for the Campbells.

0 Designer: Linebox

A Nuclear Health Spa for the Year 2030

A Nuclear Health Spa for the Year 2030

Could Embracing the Possible Health Benefits of Toxicity Persuade Society to Accept Nuclear Power? Radiance Resort is a work of future fiction, it investigates a society obsessed with youth and medical miracle cures. Mammals living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone receive 8 to 15 msvs of radiation every day. When these mammals were analysed, it was found that they were less likely to develop cancer, suggesting that small amounts of radiation might be good for us.

0 Designer: Rachel Harding

Take Whats There and Make Energy

Take Whats There and Make Energy

One of the greatest things you can do as an industrial designer with earth-saving aspirations is to find a source of free or nearly-free energy. That’s what Luís Castanheira appears very much to have done here. This is Voltair, a wind power generator comprised of an array of fans set on the median of a highway, each of them turned by the air pushed past by the cars speeding by. The cars that’d be going by one way or another. Brilliant!

0 Designer: Luís Castanheira

Tree House Camping

Tree House Camping

The Tree House (awarded with honorable mention by Susdesign and a subsequent exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belém) is a project created under the premise of innovation and sustainability made entirely of cork. Cork is rich in thermal insulation characteristics. The main difference from other materials, besides being 100% free of dangerous chemicals, is that it’s not environmentally detrimental. It’s lightweight and quite portable too.

0 Designers: Ana Correia, Vasco Lopes, Vera Gomes and Bruno Guerreiro For Dideia

Spiral Garden System Fit for Urbanites

Spiral Garden System Fit for Urbanites

Another awesome concept from IIDA, the Spiral Garden System is a proposal for a sustainable public garden that’s totally self-sufficient. The architecture adds interest to the urban landscape with its transparent, yet suggestive mesh cage. Native vegetation greenhouses coexist with urban orchards along a walkway that just beckons to be used. It’s a great “twist” on the typical urban garden and looks to be well suited for any plot size. Hat tip to Designboom.

0 Designers: Benet Dalmau, Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert & Carmen Vilar

Floating City ala Haiti

Floating City ala Haiti

So when you think of Haiti, what do you think about? Probably some sort of… disaster area? Well how about this instead – Tangram 3DS collaborating with Boston Architect / Designer E Kevin Schopfer together creating a floating agricultural / light industrial city right off the shores of Haiti. What’s it called? Harvest City. Behold a 2 miles in diameter complex of tethered floating modules. Holy goodness gracious!

0 Designer: Tangram 3DS and E. Kevin Schopfer

House by House, Piece by Piece

House by House, Piece by Piece

Welcome to SmartHouse! This is a completely modular system for putting together your brand new house, all of it made with pure, sweet, German craftsmanship and design quality. This project, while not conceptual in the way many of the projects on Yanko Design are conceptual, works as a concept for the consumer’s future life. With low operating costs, low environmental impact, and high energy efficiency, all inside a house you yourself designed from a selection of pieces – what more could you ask for? Super neato!

0 Designers: Mobile SmartHouse

Providing of Garden Access

Providing of Garden Access

Who loves alterations? We love alterations. Especially when they turn a Victorian house in a conservative area with access to the backyard garden only through a utility room between the basement and ground floors. It was just silly! Now it’s spectacular. Architect Tamir Addadi, quickly becoming a favorite of mine, took this space and transformed it into a modern masterpiece.

0 Designer: Tamir Addadi

Nairobi Complex Deluxe

Nairobi Complex Deluxe

Most of the projects we post here at Yanko Design are posted due to both their excellence and their status as a conceptual project (aka, only in your mind, my young padawan.) Sometimes, on the other hand, we get a project submitted that’s right along on its way toward becoming a real live object or construction. This just happens to be one of those: designer Tamir Addadi presents a complex of offices, shops, and gardens being built right this moment in Nairobi Kenya.

0 Designer: Tamir Addadi

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