Horizontal Skyscraper – Vanke Center / Steven Holl Architects

Horizontal Skyscraper - Vanke Center By Steven Holl Architects - 03 Hufton & Crow

The Horizontal Skyscraper, designed by Steven Holl Architects and completed in 2009, is a mixed-use building that includes offices for the Vanke Co., a conference center, restaurant, an auditorium, a hotel, apartments and a large public park. By raising the 1,296,459 sf building on eight cores — as far as 50 meters apart and positioning the building right under the 35-meter high limit of the area…

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Absolute Towers / MAD architects

Absolute Towers By MAD architects - 02

Designed by Beijing-based MAD Architects, These two 56- and 50-storey towers feature elliptical-shaped slabs that are twisted around a central vertical axis resulting in a curvaceous shape that has prompted the Marilyn Monroe nickname. The rotating slabs presented two key structural challenges. The rotation of every floor meant that the engineers had to calculate the maximum load on every structural element…

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CitizenM Hotel Bankside London / Concrete Architectural Associates

CitizenM Hotel Bankside London By Concrete Architectural Associates - 01

CitizenM Hotels have opened a new location of their distinctive accomodations designed by Concrete Architectural Associates. The 192 room hotel is located in Bankside, London’s most exciting new business and cultural district, just minutes from the Tate Modern Museum, the Globe Theatre and the gastronomic delights of a revitalised Borough Market. The hotel is within walking distance from Southwark tube station (Jubilee Line) and the London Bridge station…

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Cloudy Bay Shack / Paul Rolfe Architects & Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Cloudy Bay Shack By Paul Rolfe Architects & Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects - 01

Designed by Sydney-based Architect Tonkin Zulaikha Greer in association with Wellington-based architects Paul Rolfe Architects and made a reality by Timbercraft Constructions. The original shack was a rustic but cozy venue nestled amongst the estate vineyard. The new shack has the same unique and picturesque setting but offers a luxurious experience, ensuring lasting memories…

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Kupla – Helsinki Zoo Lookout tower / Avanto Architects

Kupla - Helsinki Zoo Lookout tower By Avanto Architects - 01

Designed by Ville Hara and its situated on a cliff-top site eighteen metres above sea level, with spectacular views of the sea and the city of Helsinki, the ten-metre tower is a delicately transparent landmark for Korkeasaari Island. The free form is inspired by its natural setting: it follows the existing low stone wall and skirts around a small birch grove…

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Kielder Observatory / Charles Barclay Architects

Kielder Observatory By Charles Barclay Architects - 01

Kielder Observatory was created by Charles Barclay Architects with the ambition to provide a dramatic yet sympathetic base for astronomers on the high fells overlooking Kielder Water & Forest Park. The structure resembles both a pier and a ship and is constructed mostly from timber…

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KREOD Pavillion / Chun Qing Li – Pavilion Architecture

KREOD Pavillion By Chun Qing Li - Pavilion Architecture - 01

KREOD is an innovative architectural sculpture, organic in form, environmentally-friendly and inspired by nature. Resembling three seeds, these three 20m² pods combine through a series of interlocking hexagons to create an enclosed structure that is not only magnificently-intricate but secure and weatherproof. KREOD functions beautifully both as an architectural landmark and an imaginative exhibition space…

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Junoot Eco Resort Oman / SSH Design

Junoot Eco Resort Oman By SSH Design - 07 - The Eco Dome wind scoop

An international team from Kuwait and the USA have been recognized for their Gunoot eco resort built in Oman. The proposal is a departure from the usual type of resort development and uses earth as the primary construction material. An important aspect of the scheme is that local labour can be used. With some training the buildings can be created without the use of high-tech or heavy equipment and it creates local employment and a new skills base…

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Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel / Sleeping Around

Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel By Sleeping Around - 01

Sleeping Around is a village of 4 hotel rooms, a breakfast/lounge container and a sauna container. The hotel rooms provide a superior and comfortable night’s stay and include: floating box-spring bed with high quality linen, XXL Hansgrohe Raindance Shower, Rituals amenities, Dyson air conditioning system, If you fancy staying in the Sleeping Around pop-up hotel, you’ll have to find it first. Built from recycled shipping containers, the hotel moves around the Belgian countryside at will…

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