Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon / Foster + Partners

El Estudio de Arquitectura de Sir Norman Foster, junto a la Agencia Espacial Europea, proyectan estructuras mediante impresión 3D (robot) para colonizar la Luna, desarrollando la construcción de habitáculos lunares (tipo «domo»), que aprovechan el regolito de la superficie como material principal.

(Tomado de la Sección «Noticias» de la Web Oficial de Foster + Partners)

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Imagen: Web de Foster + Partners
Imagen: Web de Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the ESA to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as building matter.

The practice has designed a lunar base to house four people, which can offer protection from meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations. The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer to create a protective shell.

To ensure strength while keeping the amount of binding “ink” to a minimum, the shell is made up of a hollow closed cellular structure similar to foam. The geometry of the structure was designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with consortium partners – it is groundbreaking in demonstrating the potential of 3D printing to create structures that are close to natural biological systems.

Simulated lunar soil has been used to create a 1.5 tonne mockup and 3D printing tests have been undertaken at a smaller scale in a vacuum chamber to echo lunar conditions. The planned site for the base is at the moon’s southern pole, where there is near perpetual sunlight on the horizon.

vía Foster + Partners.

Actualización: 11 de febrero de 2013


Europa quiere imprimir una base lunar en 3D


La ESA y Norman Foster investigan las posibilidades de utilizar la arena del suelo de la Luna para levantar construcciones en nuestro satélite en tan solo unas horas.

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World’s Biggest Building Coming to Moscow: Crystal Island, by Foster + Partners | Inhabitat

by Karim Yergaliyev

Crystal Island, proyecto de Foster + Partners para Moscú - Imagen: Inhabitat
Crystal Island, proyecto de Foster + Partners para Moscú - Imagen: Inhabitat

Moscow’s rapidly growing skyline will soon feature an eye-popping new addition: Crystal Island, which will be the world’s biggest building when completed. Sir Norman Foster’s mountainous 27 million square feet spiraling “city within a building” will cost $4 billion and it is scheduled to be built within next 5 years.

The Crystal Island will be Lord Foster’s second large scale project in the Russian capital, and his third new building design that resembles a volcano (we’re talking about his two mountainous buildings in Astana, Kazakstan). Although many people are calling this design the ‘Christmas Tree’ of Moscow – we can’t help but be reminded of the utopian and also rather volcanic X-Seed 4000 design for Tokyo. Unlike that pipe-dream project, however, Foster has a track record of getting buildings built, so the likelihood is high that we will see this striking structure towering over the Kremlin within 5 years time.

The statistics for the project are absolutely staggering; floor area alone will be four times the size of Pentagon in Washington DC. The incredible 1500 ft. tall multi use structure will feature 900 apartments, 3000 hotel rooms, an international school for 500 students, cinemas, a theater, sports complex and much more. There will also be a 16,500 space underground parking lot for all the visitors. The Crystal Island visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Moscow on the viewing platforms located 980 ft. above ground.

vía World’s Biggest Building Coming to Moscow: Crystal Island | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

Crystal island, proyecto para Moscú de Foster + Partners - Imagen: Web de Foster + Partners
Crystal island, proyecto para Moscú de Foster + Partners - Imagen: Web de Foster + Partners

Crystal Island, en la web de Foster + Partners.

Conceived as a city in microcosm, Crystal Island is an unprecedented, compact and diverse urban quarter. Situated on the Nagatino Peninsula, edged by the Moscow River, it is located only 7.5 km from the Kremlin. Rising from a large public square, the entire development is enclosed within a vast tent-like superstructure, with one of the tallest inhabited buildings in the world at its heart.

Crystal Island en Wikipedia.

Crystal Island is a proposed building project in MoscowRussia that is currently planned to have around 2,500,000 square metres (27,000,000 square feet) of floor space and a height of 450 metres (1,476 ft) designed by Norman Foster.[1] At these dimensions upon completion it would be the largest structure (in floor space) on earth. The architectural firm behind the design is Foster and Partners.

Crystal Island, Moscú / Norman Foster – Urbanity.!/arquitectonico/status/175180895769210881

Campus de Justicia de Madrid – Tribunal Superior de Justicia

Edificio del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid, en Valdebebas, por Norman Foster
Edificio del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid, en Valdebebas, por Norman Foster

Edificio: Tribunal Superior de Justicia

Arquitecto: Norman Foster

Superficie Total: 25.698 m2

Superficie Neta: 17.096 m2

Sala de vistas: 7

Plazas de aparcamiento: 90

desdeCampus de Justicia de Madrid – Tribunal Superior de Justicia.

El Arquitecto

Norman Foster se licenció en arquitectura por la Universidad de Manchester y culminó sus estudios en Yale. Poco después, empezó a trabajar con Richard Buckmister Fuller. Y unos años mas tarde, fundó su primer estudio junto a Richard Rogers y las esposas de ambos. Finalmente, creo su actual estudio, Foster and Partners, que ya cuenta con oficinas en Londres, Berlín y Singapur.

Su trabajo es reconocido en todo el mundo y premiado con diferentes galardones, como la Medalla de Oro del Instituto Americano de Arquitectura o el premio Pritzker.

Obras Destacadas:

o      Aeropuerto Internacional de Hong Kong

o      Metro de Bilbao

o      Puente del Milenio de Londres

o      Viaducto Millau

El Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid está alojado en un edificio de 74 metros de diámetro caracterizado por una dramática entrada alta y estrecha.

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