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Anyone have more info on this one? Its in South Korea, and records a pagoda torn down and rebuilt many times, then finally burnt down by the Mongols centuries ago.
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That one's amazing!
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yep I thought it was a photoshop first time I saw it.
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The Standard Hotel, New York, United States
André Balazs’s Standard hotel opens in NYC
Does New York City need another luxury hotel? It would appear so to Andre Balazs, the boutique hotelier, who brought his Standard brand to the city this year. The erection of the eye-popping glass slab structure occurs in the trendy Meatpacking district and rises from stilts 18 stories above the High Line, a disused elevated rail line that is today one of the city’s hippest parks. Designed by Todd Schliemann of the New York-based Polshek Partnership, the hotel opened in January. It houses 317 guest rooms, several restaurants and bars, and a gym.

The building is decidedly modern, if not instantly iconic, with a mix of styles peppering its interior. Its slab on stilts design recalls the pioneering works of le Corbusier and other notable international style buildings, like the locally based Lever House and United Nations. The interiors,designed by Hollywood set designer Shawn Hausmann and New York based Roman and Williams, "get more modern the higher you go up”, said Balazs in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

The hotel lobby, which sits under the High Line, is early 20th century design, while the guest rooms in the tower above are designed with mid-century works in mind. On the top floor is a double height glass enclosed space that houses a supper club and lounge. Its design pays homage to Warren Platner, a protégé of Saarinen’s, who designed the Windows of the World restaurant in the World Trade Center.

If your shopping for a hotel in the city, aside from its fetching design and proximity to all the Meatpacking District has to offer, the best reason to bed down at The Standard is the stunning, unobsturcted views it offers of the city’s most cherished sites: the Empire State Building, the Hudson River, and in the distance, the Statue of Liberty.

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That pagoda building in South Korea is really cool.

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The current 'trend' is not for buildings in weird shapes. By far the bigger current trend is back to basics modernism imo.
Whether the shape being sculpted is a box or a curve, it's the same trend. The difference is semantic. They both reduce architecture to geometric sculpturalism. Neither is progressive on its own terms.

That's not to say that a curvacious building can't be progressive on some other term, but either way it is not the least bit daring for an architect to design a building that is a sculpture of some shape (including the shape of shapelessness).
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^^That Standard Hotel is creamworthy. Seriously. Stunning! New York has got it going on these days.
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^^That Standard Hotel is creamworthy. Seriously. Stunning! New York has got it going on these days.
esp the bedroom!
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Kohinoor Design Competition, Mumbai, India
International architecture firm envisions a sustainable, greener addition to Mumbai
As one of five international architecture firms invited by Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Co. Ltd. to participate in a design competition to create a mixed-use urban development in Mumbai, India, Perkins Eastman submitted two bold approaches—one, a singular 33-storey, 1.16M sq ft (108,000 sq m) high-rise tower and two-storey retail base; the other, a low- and mid-rise, 750,000 sq ft (69,700 sq m) two building scheme. Each is a visionary catalyst for smart, green urban development that establishes an iconic sense of place amid juxtapositions of traditional and modern India.

As one of the top ‘green’ architecture firms in the US, Perkins Eastman utilized this opportunity to push the limitations of conventional design to enrich the human experience in such a rapidly transitioning area. Both schemes incorporate sustainable elements to create an indoor environment that is healthy to occupy and cost-effective to operate: intelligent facade design, harnessing alternative energies, harvesting and recycling rainwater, and incorporating smart technologies such as solar chimneys and abundant facade plantings to filter and improve air quality.

In each, coloured glass and richly coloured terracotta contrast with cool sleek aluminum elements amid verdant landscaping. Both schemes utilize a bright and energizing palette of materials that integrate the colorful aspects of Indian culture with an unwavering commitment to a more sustainable environment.
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Victoria Transport Interchange, London, United Kingdom
Planning has been granted for landmark Victoria scheme
The major design plans submitted by Land Securities for the Victoria Transport Interchange in London have been granted full planning permission by Westminster Council’s planning department. The development, which will include six towers designed by KPF, Benson and Forsyth and Lynch Architects is now set to regenerate the area and create a ‘key transport node’ in Victoria.

Plans were scaled down following concerns voiced that the towers were not befitting in height for the Central London borough and CABE comments that the original scheme did not have a comprehensive environmental strategy. Following the revisions Westminster council praised the scheme which will create 8,500 jobs.

Chairman of the Planning and City Development Committee, Cllr Alastair Moss, said: "This revised scheme will see the much needed regeneration of Victoria without adversely impacting on Westminster's UNESCO World Heritage site, a key concern of the council as we take our role as custodians of our architectural heritage seriously, and create much needed jobs during these difficult times.

"The Council has been a long standing advocate of the need to carry out significant changes at Victoria which, with more than 250,000 daily commuters, often feels dreadfully cramped and congested. Land Securities have worked incredibly hard with our planners to agree bold new designs fitting for a world class city, and it is clear these proposals will see Victoria radically improved.

"I feel the right balance has been struck in terms of the height and density of the buildings, as well as the variety of residential, office and retail, which also includes a brand new library for the local community and the creation of much needed open space."

The plans which extend from Buckingham Palace Road in the west, to Bressenden Place in the north and Victoria Street, will see 205 flats, 82,000 sq m of offices and 13,000 sq m of retail. A new library which will be positioned prominently in Victoria Street is set to improve the area for residents while 35 units of affordable housing will be provided on site.
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^I used to work there. right opposite is this, Cardinal Place. It has a street bisecting the building to protect the view of the cathedral:


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Zira Island Masterplan, Baku, Azerbaijan
Bjarke Ingels Group take mountain fetish to the next level with Zira Island Masterplan
Mimicking and blending in with a region’s topography is a trick that most architects are familiar with, but Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) take the art to the highest level.

In October 2008 WAN caught up with the firm’s founding partner, Bjarke Ingles, following their presentation of residential development Mountain Dwellings at the World Architecture Festival Awards in Barcelona, which subsequently won in its category. But that has proven just a taster of BIG’s passion for man-made mountains as they present details of the Zira Island master plan in Baku, Azerbaijan - a 1million sq m range of seven cultural, residential and leisure peaks and Central Asia’s first carbon neutral master plan.

The imagery is breath-taking. From a distance the Island’s topography is an illuminated mountain range, but in reality the landscape is a living, functioning, inhabited space, seven towers creating a new mountain city. Importantly the scheme mimics the properties of natural mountains to create a fully sustainable eco-system.

“What we propose for Zira Zero Island is an architectural landscape based on the natural landscape of Azerbaijan,” says Ingels. “This new architecture not only recreates the iconic silhouettes of the seven peaks, but more importantly creates an autonomous ecosystem where the flow of air, water, heat and energy are channeled in almost natural ways. A mountain creates biotopes and eco-niches, it channels water and stores heat, it provides viewpoints and valleys, access and shelter. The Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan are not only metaphors, but actual living models of the mountainous ecosystems of Azerbaijan.”

Together with engineers Ramboll, BIG’s aim is to create a completely self-sufficient island and to do so by combining local building traditions with the latest technologies, helping to reinvent this young, post-soviet democracy as a key driver in sustainable living.

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hey guys, since this thread has gotten boring to me:

i just discovered this band called, the notwist.
have you heard of them? i like this.

also, staff, were you in town recently?
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btw, this is the coolest house... ever.

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btw, this is the coolest house... ever.

Can't say I was ever a fan of Eisenmann.
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This one could make an interesting skyline.
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Those mountain buildings looks really cool!
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coop himmelb(l)au: dalian international conference center, china

international architectural firm coop himmelb(l)au have designed the 'dalian international conference center', china. the building consists of floating spaces and soft surfaces. its performance and conference spaces are situated at 15 meters above the entrance hall. the grand theater, with a capacity of 1.900 seats and stage tower, with a flexible conference hall for 2.500 directly opposite, is positioned at the core in the center of the building, while the smaller conference spaces are arranged like pearls around this core. public spaces such as shopping and exhibition areas are connected upstream to the conference center providing short connections and dramatic sight axis within the building. additionally the main auditorium is equipped with backstage areas like in traditional theaters and opera houses. all conference rooms and the circulation areas have direct daylight. the main entrance from the sea side corresponds already to the future developments like the connection to the future cruise terminal.

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PS that is meant to be that big to show off the windows and wonderful terra cotta!

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