Visualisation of the Urban Algae Canopy by ecoLogicStudio
London architecture practice ecoLogicStudio’s Urban Algae Canopy, which was unveiled at the 2015 Milan Expo, is a pavilion made from an ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) skin that has been adapted to grow algae inside it. It takes an existing architectural technology and readapts it to host microalgal cultures. The system works by pumping oxygen and a solution of water, algae and nutrients through the ETFE cushions. The rate of the algae’s growth inside the system will vary with the strength of the sun.
Studhorse – Winthrop, Washington, by Olson Kundig Architects
Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and interact with the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. The house is composed of four separate detached structures surrounding a central courtyard. Each structure is rotated toward different dramatic elements in the surrounding landscape such as the nearby Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake. Public areas, including the family room, kitchen, and bar are grouped together in the main building. Private areas – the master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, and den – are separated in an adjacent structure, with guest rooms in yet another, isolated to allow for independent use. A fourth structure houses a sauna, removed from the cluster of activity and frames a view looking out over the valley below.
Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music
Visitors to a park in Xiangyang are greeted by over 500 bright purple fins, which are dotted with LEDs and play traditional Chinese music from internal speakers.The fins are clad in sheets of perforated stainless steel in four shades of purple, representing the tones found in the flowering trees. LEDs shine through the tiny holes in the steel at night, illuminating the entrance and reflecting off pools of water, while speakers installed in some of the square-sectioned shafts play traditional Chinese music.
This stunning illuminated bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was just unveiled tonight by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab that has risen to prominence for their explorations at the intersection of people, art, public space, and technology; most notably their research with Smart Highways that could potentially charge moving cars or intelligently alert drivers to hazards. The swirling patterns used on the kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path were inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885), and is lit at night by both special paint that charges in daylight and embedded LEDs that are powered by a nearby solar array.