The Studio of the Japanese architect and engineer Kengo Kuma and associates (KKAA) designed a great building facade.
Planters made of aluminum panels cover the 1,052 m2 facade while providing space for facilities.
The “Bloomframe” balcony is a clever design of a window that can transform into a balcony. Its manufacturer Hurks Geveltechniek announces it is now available on the market in The Netherlands.
Bloomframe is a safe and affordable building component made of steel, glass and aluminum that consist of three components: technique, frame and electronic control.
Near Marseille (France) based family company Attrap’Rêves is proposing guests a chance to sleep in fully furnished clear plastic bubbles situated in the middle of nature.
“We wanted to open the doors to create a true sharing poetic and sensory bubbles through the installation of design and ecological facility.”
The CCTV headquarters in Beijing, China are finally completed. Designed by OMA, a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis, the doors of the new construction will open this year.
The skyscraper forms a looping tower with a dramatic cantilever. The building of the 473,000 square meter structure started in 2004. Two leaning towers rose in the sky to merge with the 75-foot perpendicular extension. Once scattered around the city, the 234-meters high structure contains studios, offices, broadcasting and production facilities into a single location.
The city of Dubai will shortly welcome another innovation. The Water Discus Hotel, designed by Poland-based Deep Ocean Technology will be made of two discs: one under and one above the water one. Three solid legs and a vertical shaft containing a lift and stairways connect the two structures. Guests will enjoy watching the depths of the ocean as they fall asleep or taking a bath on the upper deck.
“Twenty-one hotel rooms are submersed in the center of a vibrant coral reef with enchanting views of sea life, illuminated with special lighting systems, and offer the use of miniature underwater vehicles equipped with macro photography, operated from your suite, to provide a closer look at the tiniest of creatures. Due to the innovative design comprising individual modules that can be detached and replaced with new ones, Water Discus can also be expanded into a bigger resort complex, and may be constructed and reconstructed anywhere in the world, creating opportunities to live underwater on a permanent basis in an unlimited string of locations.”
An abandoned water-filled quarry located 30 miles from Shanghai is about to be transformed into a 380-room luxury hotel. The site is called Songjiang and the project is to be engineered by Atkins, one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies.
Construction is already under way. The hotel should open its doors in early 2015. The leisure resort will host extreme sports facilities, a visitor centre and a five-star luxury hotel with two levels of the hotel situated under water, housing a restaurant and guestrooms facing a ten-metre deep aquarium. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel.