Omotesandō in a trendy, upscale shopping street in Tokyo filled with over the top architecture designed by, almost exlusively, big names. It stretches from Harajuku to Takeshita and Aoyama-dori, which probably means nothing to you, so here’s a really cool Google map. The people over at PinkMag made a guide of Omotesandō architecture covering all the major buildings and that’s bootyshakingly awesome. I’ll try to upload slideshows of all the buildings throughout the day so edits will follow.
My inner vandal enjoys explosions and demolitions of old buildings. If there’s anything I love more it’s not building them in the first place. Here are some videos of sudden death scenarios, something I hope your projects will never have to go through.
/videos after the jump
(via: WebUrbanist, thanks to Andrej the ruthless destroyer)
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I wrote about Abu Dhabi before and since they’re going absolutely nuts over sustainable building, they diserve yet another post. Masdar headquarters is getting a new building designed by AS+GG Architecture that will be the first energy positive building in the world. How? The roof is entirely covered by solar panels. And I’m not talking about a few square meters of panels- the roof covering a 1,4 million square feet (=130000 m2) building is absolutely gigantic. The building will also have integrated wind turbines, solar-driven cooling and de-humidification will consumpt 70% less water than other building of its size. They even decided to make the building process as green as possible by building the solar roof first – that way it alone will produce enough energy to power the rest of the construction. It’s very encouraging to see progress like this in the sustainable building field but I find it hard to believe that other countries will be able to follow its example – the building will cost over $300 million. Ugh. It’s somehow funny to see all the oil giants building green buildings, it’s nice, just funny. That, and steam must be coming out of Coop Himmelblau’s ears for the design (BMW Welt, wink wink).
(via: Eco Geek)
Published March 2, 2008
Tags: office building
Now, now… don’t look away. I love and support renovation projects like this one. What seems like an industrial building ruin is in fact an office/ apartment of Brian Bell’s and David Yocum’s BLDGS Architects in Atlanta. The building was built in 1947 and originaly served as a repair shop that got an extension in the 60’s – a warehouse in the back. Yocum bought the place for $40.000 (= 26.346 €) and spent 8 months of his free time hours working on it. He turned the 154m2 repair shop into a courtyard and the 172m2 addition into a living/ working space. He added an outdoor fireplace in the courtyard and he brough down the wall between the workshop and the courtyard and made a huge glass surface to cover the opening. They left the place looking rusty and harsh, leaving it in its original splendour yet making it livable. It’s *sigh* my dream urban house/workin space. I did not just kiss the screen.
(via: The New York Times, photo courtesy, NYT and bldgs)
Now I’m not a big fan of skyscrapers because most of them look like giants that’ll squander me when I pass them by but the New York bunch of high buildings just got an upgrade. Renzo Piano was awarded by the AIA for the new New York Times Building situated between 40th and 41st Streets and it’s a beauty. The main feature of the building is the ceramic curtain of tubes that protects the building’s glass skin from the sun, the interior looks amazing and it’s all pretty and shiny at night. I better stop reading about it before I find out it’s completely ecologically incorrect and the whole thing breaks my heart.
/more photos after the jump.
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One Bryant Park is the first LEED platinum “skyscraper”; what is your favorite LEED aspect of the project? Aside from LEED, what was the most interesting or exciting part of the project for you?
For me, the best part of this project isn’t a single element or technology but rather the chance to work with an incredible team of dedicated professionals all driven by the same goal. Having the backing of the Bank of America and the Durst Organization has made a tremendous difference in setting the bar high in terms of sustainable design. On top of that, each consultant on the team is top notch and fully engaged with the project.
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