There is a large aesthetic influence in the materials being used nowadays to build structures. They go from the most simple to very complex, depending on the purpose of the building and the level of innovation the artist wishes to accomplish; to the point of calling it a wonder of architecture.
Today’s architecture is highly influenced by design focused on caring for the environment and integrating our surroundings with spectacular man made structures. Many cities have made contemporary architecture a topic of great interest and have created unique and futuristic structures that set them apart from any other place in the planet. Some cities known for their innovative architecture like Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Brasilia, and London. Today in Kenny Slaught’s Blog we want to take a look at some ideas of environmentally friend architecture created in harmony with their surroundings using materials that are sustainable and that attest to their artist commitment to innovation and conservation of nature.
Water Pavilion – Yeosu, South Korea – Daniel Valle
In the year 2003, Daniel Valle architectural firm was formed in Madrid. They created this amazing architectural proposal that looks for a way to create awareness in the public over global warming and the bad habits we have as a species of not taking care of our planet, something that is affecting greatly our oceans and coastal areas. The project was showcased in Expo Yeosu in 2012 for a competition that took place in this coastal city in South Korea with the purpose of creating incentives for the formulation of projects that innovate in terms of alternate resources and renewable energy sources. The idea was completely unique and it really stood out in its amazing strategy of creating a structure that was not intrusive or damaging to the environment.
This water pavilion is a large three thousand-square-meter platform over the ocean with platforms that have visitors walking just over the water as if they were gliding over it. The ramps do go down below gradually and let visitors witness spectacular underwater views through its glass panels as if they were in a natural aquarium. The hydraulic system allows the structure to float as if it were a giant buoy. The pavilion can be used in different configurations depending on how deep underwater is submerged. This is an intentional way to showing how fragile the relationship with the water is by creating a purposeful instability.
Slow Uprising – Scilla and Bagnara, Italy – Ja Studio Inc
This proposal was created and presented by Canadian firm Ja Studio Inc. for an international contest that took place in Calabria, Italy called Solar Park South in 2010. With this idea, they tried to give new life to the roads that join the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway section between Scilla and Bagnara. This bridge was to be decommissioned due to the construction of a new faster route to join both cities. The proposal is a series of houses built under the bridge; an idea that may sound crazy at first but that became one of the best ideas brought forth in the contest. A large ramp under the platform became a street that would zigzag between both ends of the bridge and work as a ladder that gave access to the homes while also held them on place. The houses have an appearance of colorful Tetris pieces due to their asymmetric, but intentionally stacked together construction. The structure has a very interesting way to make use of the landscape and integrate it to a possible community who could inhabit the place. The idea of building a structure within a structure or taking advantage of something that was already build and improving upon it instead of destroying it is a great example of something called parasitic architecture.
Hive Inn – Hong Kong – OVA Studio
This idea is born from thinking about a different way to build a hotel and it was conceived by OVA Studio for the city of Hong Kong for the Radical Innovation competition. The building is entirely made using shipping containers with the purpose being that each container is different from the others and personalized according to the theme and its sponsor. The entire hotel is a mix of different colors and rooms located at varying heights. The idea of using containers was considered because of their flexibility, durability, and low weight; making them easy to move about and transport. Each container has around 30 square meters of space for guests.
The name comes from a beehive, a design that is evident when you take a look at the building. An interesting aspect of this idea is the possibility of using it as a great way for brands to advertise and customize the spaces within. The website shows examples of rooms arranged by names like Diesel, Armani and even Ferrari with fully customized interiors used as a way to promote their brand.