Monthly Archives: April 2014

AWA Project Photography from Around the World

Below are a few photographs of some current AWA projects that have been recently completed or currently under construction. Please check other blog articles, our main website for more project images and information. And stay tuned for more images….

looking down onto Orion Mall Lake and the World Trade Center

looking down onto Orion Mall Lake and the World Trade Center (photo by Amit Nag)

looking up at the World Trade Center Bangalore

looking up at the World Trade Center Bangalore (photo by Amit Nag)

view from across BKC Road – First International Finance Center (on left)

view from across BKC Road – First International Finance Center [left] TCG Financial Centre [right] (photo by AWA)

DLF Cyber Hub Gurgaon- View from Neighboring Building

DLF Cyber Hub Gurgaon- View from Neighboring Building (photo by DLF)

Atrium Lobby at the Sheraton Park, Chennai

Atrium Lobby at the Sheraton Park, Chennai (photo by Adyar Gate Hotel Ltd.)

Chairman's Board Room at the Sheraton Park, Chennai

Chairman’s Board Room at the Sheraton Park, Chennai (photo by Adyar Gate Hotel Ltd.)

construction underway at the Singapore Chancery in New York City

construction near complete at the Singapore Chancery in New York City (photo by AWA)

BMW’s Vision for the Future of Luxury

BMW vision future luxury integrates augmented reality heads-up display

BMW vision future luxury integrates augmented reality heads-up display

In early april 2014, BMW invited Designboom to Munich for a sneak peek of the ‘vision future luxury’, a high-tech four-door saloon that foreshadows the company’s forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation. emphasized in the concept is the precisely engineered exterior design with lightweight materials and refined interior craftsmanship, which seamlessly integrates the user interface and driving experience together as a whole.

‘The design of the BMW vision future luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role,’ explains Karim Habib, head of BMW design. ‘these innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design.’

The exterior design showcases the advanced study of aerodynamics and innovative lightweight engineering. the coupé style roofline and sloping boot lid, for example, significantly reduces drag. the facade of the BMW vision future luxury includes aerodynamic detailing such as an ‘air breather’ system at the rear of the front wheel arch, a C-pillar with internal air channeling, and openings in the rear apron which vent air from the wheel arches.

‘Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW’s brand DNA,’ says Adrian Van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW group design. ‘we use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW vision future luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. the BMW vision future luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further.’

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Written By: Rodrigo Caula

Image © BMW

Source: Designboom

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Archibot to Print CAD Data “Error Free” onto Construction Sites

Architbot Visualisation

Architbot Visualisation

Archibot, a project currently being developed by South Korean architectural designer Han Seok Nam, aims to “revolutionize” how architects and contractors work on construction sites by printing digital CAD plans onto the ground “error free.” Having recently been granted a patent, the robot seeks to avoid the human errors associated with interpreting information from construction documents.

According to Nam, a contractor “will be able to grasp exactly where the door and the wall needs to be constructed by having the construction documents be printed directly onto the site without measurements. Errors will be easily detectable since the construction document can be directly compared to a life-size print out directly on the construction site.” It would be “just like following a map and driving towards a destination.”

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Written By: Taylor Foster, James

Image courtesy of Han Seok Nam

Source: Arch Daily

REX Clads Media Headquarters with Retractable sunshades

the towers’ elevations can ‘blossom’ in less than a minute

the towers’ elevations can ‘blossom’ in less than a minute

New York-based architecture office REX has developed the conjoined headquarters of two middle eastern media companies. the brief from the sister organizations calles for two elegant structures that pay homage to traditional emirati architecture, while satisfying their programmatic demands. starting with a long slender precedent – approximately 100 m x 22 m (328 ft x 72 ft) – the design team seeks to simultaneously accommodate offices alongside smaller broadcasting and news studios.

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Written By: Philip Stevens

Images courtesy of luxigon

Source: Designboom

REX clads media headquarters with retractable sunshades

REX clads media headquarters with retractable sunshades

powerful LEDs integrated within the sunshades create an enormous media wall

powerful LEDs integrated within the sunshades create an enormous media wall

Top Designs from Milan Design Week 2014

fabio novembre‘s ‘we dance’ sculpture for the LEXUS DESIGN AMAZING exhibition

Fabio Novembre‘s ‘we dance’ sculpture for the LEXUS DESIGN AMAZING exhibition

Designboom has compiled images for the Top designs from this years Milan Design Week. We have posted some select images from the article below. Please click HERE to read the full article

Written By: Nina Azzarello

Source: Designboom

Ingo Maurer shows whimsical table lamps which are a nod to Mickey Mouse and Disney.

Ingo Maurer shows whimsical table lamps which are a nod to Mickey Mouse and Disney.

‘melathron’, pure structural engineering applied to lamp design by michele de lucchi for artemide.

‘melathron’, pure structural engineering applied to lamp design by michele de lucchi for artemide.

nao tamura (installation design) / aya nishina (sound design) / takeshi miyakawa (design engineering) installation at LEXUS DESIGN AMAZING exhibition.

nao tamura (installation design) / aya nishina (sound design) / takeshi miyakawa (design engineering) installation at LEXUS DESIGN AMAZING exhibition.

AMLGM Envisions Urban Alloy Tower Over Transportation Hub in New York

AMLGM envisions urban alloy tower over transportation hub in new york

AMLGM envisions urban alloy tower over transportation hub in new york

Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM have envisioned ‘urban alloy’ as a redefinition of the typical residential tower typology. the project proposes habitable spaces in leftover sites surrounding transportation intersections, such as elevated train lines and freeways. wanting to optimize a heterogeneous and highly linked set of living environments, the concept uses specified materials and makes the most of being positioned above these set systems. the design offers an alternative to current urban renewal based modes of densification through an exploration of symbiotic re-purposing of air rights above transportation existing corridors in new york.

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Written By: amlgmlabs.com

Image courtesy of AMLGM

Source: Designboom

Interactive Magic Carpet by Miguel Chevalier

Miguel Chevalier spreads "Magic Carpets 2014" over Sacre Coeur in Morocco

Miguel Chevalier spreads “Magic Carpets 2014” over Sacre Coeur in Morocco

‘magic carpets 2014′ by french artist miguel chevalier is an interactive light display spread out across the floor of the former sacré coeur church in casablanca, morocco. covering it with a huge layer of light, the work references the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata – as cells have the ability to multiply in abundance, divide and merge at different paces. pieces come together, fall apart and transform in shape at rapid speeds. the displayed organic universe mingles with a digital construction of overlapping pixels.

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Written By: La Frabrika

Image courtesy of Claude Mossessian

Source: Designboom

BIG Proposes Big U to Protect Manhattan from Storm Surges

the battery berm weaves an elevated path through the park enhancing the public realm

the battery berm weaves an elevated path through the park enhancing the public realm

In the wake of hurricane sandy, bjarke ingels group (BIG) has detailed plans for a 10-mile ribbon to protect lower manhattan from future storm surges and natural disasters. After months of research and exhaustive public feedback, BIG are one of ten teams presenting proposals for different sandy-affected regions, part of an ongoing initiative entitled ‘rebuild by design‘. coined the ‘big U’, the systematic approach encircles manhattan responding directly to the needs and concerns of the area’s communities. running from west 57th street south to the battery and north to east 42nd street, the project defends the region’s low-lying and vulnerable topography.

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Written By: Philip Stevens

All images courtesy of rebuild by design / bjarke ingels group

Source: Designboom

Optical Illusions With LED’s

OP light by Bilge Nur Saltik

OP light by Bilge Nur Saltik

Presented during milan design week 2014 at ventura lambrate team-up ‘op-light’ is a wall-light series designed by bilge nur saltık. conceived as part of the OP-jects collection, the wall lamp uses the refraction as a tool to create optical illusions. the fixture contains multiple layers of textured panels; each clear geometrical textured surface functions to reflect the illumination pattern in different directions. by rotating these panels, the wall installation creates continuously glowing moving patterns.

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Written By: Bilge Nur Saltik

Image Provided By: Bilge Nur Saltik

Source: Designboom

NIKE Floats Aero-Static Dome with Flyknit Technology

the floating form hovers overhead at palazzo clerici

the floating form hovers overhead at palazzo clerici

Coinciding with milan design week 2014, NIKE — in collaboration with taiwanese founder of miniwiz, arthur huang — presents ‘aero-static dome’ a monumental installation towering over the city’s palazzo clerici, serving as the centerpiece for the world premier of the kobe 9 elite low HTM. interconnected mesh knitting becomes an anchor for a massive, metallic, inflated form overhead. at its base, nine glass capsules support the aerial form, each containing the new enclosed NIKE shoe within. the visual influence for the massive, floating structure is motivated by the flyknit technology and its core features: lightweight, form-fitting, optimal performance and enhanced sustainability. inspired by the aerodynamics of leonardo da vinci’s triangular parachute and alexander graham bell’s tetrahedral kite, the floating structure embodies strength and wind resistance, and is supported solely by vertical buoyancy.

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Written By: Nina Azzarello

Image Provided By: NIKE

Source: Designboom