London-based architecture practice Asif Khan have unveiled their latest project, a super-black pavilion entirely coated in Vantablack VBx2 at the PyeongChang Winter Olym-pics 2018 in South Korea. The building’s exterior is illuminated by a field of stars that appear to float in mid-air. Hyundai Motor has commissioned the pavilion as part of a global mobility initiative. The structure’s 10-metre-high parabolic facades are coated with a super black material: Vantablack VBx2, a derivative of the original Vantablack, making it the world’s largest continuous nanostructure. The matt black material is able to absorb 99% of the light that hits its surface, diminishing its three dimensionality and creating the illusion of a startling black void in broad daylight. The facades of the pavilion are punctuated by thousands of tiny white lights which, during the day, simulate the view into space from that point on earth. Inside the 35m x 35m structure, Khan has designed a vast ‘water room’ – a… continue
- Architects: MCK Architecture & Interiors
- Location: Australia
- Lead Architect: Steve Koolloos
- Project Architects: Maki Yamaji, Sam Gleeson, Rowena Marsh
- Area: 862.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Michael Nicholson
- Builder: Join Constructions
- Engineer: Van Der Meer Consulting
- Landscape: William Dangar
- Hydraulic Engineer: ITM Design
- Planner: Mersonn
- Lighting Consultant: Electrolight
- Automation Consultant: Smart Home Solutions
- Architects: KDDH
- Location: Oebaebang-gil, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
- Principal Architect: Donghee Kim
- Design Team: Yungwang Lee, Taewoo An, kyungsun Lee, Younggen Lee, Jeongyong Son, Hyesoo Jeong, Doyeon Kim
- Area: 393.46 m2
- Photographs: Sun Namgoong
- Construction: Reinforced concrete
Does the idea of deploying robotic plants and animals in natural habitats to help save threatened species and reduce pollution make you feel better or worse about the state of the world? On the one hand, it’s kind of alarming that we’ve reached the point where we’re investing in bionic cockroaches and robot bees to make up for the destruction humans have unleashed upon the Earth. But on the other hand, recent advances in technology make it possible to explore, monitor and aid our environment in dazzling new ways, like using machine learning to predict the behavior of threatened species or interactive bio-tags to warn whales away from our ships.
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- Architects: COMUNarquitectos
- Location: Calera de Tango, Chile
- Author Architects: Catalina González, Sebastián Yurjevic
- Area: 139.6 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld
- Construction: Constructora Sakura SPA
- Structure: Silvana Cominetti
Text description provided by the architects. The client, Calera de Tango’s Municipal Education Corporation along with the local municipal government, strived to build yet another sports hall as part of their master plan for providing adequate sports infrastructure for the community. The proposal tries to keep maintain the aesthetic lines of the previous municipal gymnasium, by repeating the use of Tubes metal frames.
- Architects: Montgomery Sisam Architects
- Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
- Lead Architects: Montgomery Sisam Architects in association with NXL Architects (Laboratory Design)
- Area: 120000.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Shai Gil
- Local Architect: Bryden Martel Architects Inc.
- Structural Engineers: Halsall Associates
- Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Chorley + Bisset Ltd.
- Civil Engineers: WSP Canada
- Landscape: WSP Canada
- Contractor: R.E. Hein Construction Ontario
Following the opening of the 2018 Serpentine Pavillion this week, designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to London. Ghinitoiu’s images, which you can discover below, capture the elemental beauty of Escobedo’s pavilion, defined by a permeable cement tile façade inspired by Mexican celosias.
Fusing elements typical to Mexican architecture with local London references, the pavilion centers on a courtyard enclosed by two rectangular volumes constructed using the characteristic celosia method.
WOHA has released an update of their first office skyscraper for China, as their Vanke Yun City scheme tops out in Shenzhen. Manifesting as three tower blocks attached to a central T-shaped core, the scheme seeks to present “an alternative office tower typology that responds to the sub-tropical climate in Shenzhen.”
Set against the backdrop of ubiquitous post-modernist skyscrapers, the 1.6 million-square-foot (150,000 square-meter) scheme aims to “radically transform the soulless skyscraper into a highly liveable, humane, and sustainable micro-vertical city.”