I-Beam Design Uses 20,000 LEGOs to Create a Playfully Pixelated New York City Apartment | Inhabitat New York City


by Ana Lisa Alperovich,

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Photo: Inhabitat.com

When the son of Melissa Marks and Vicente Caride got too old not to have a door on his bedroom, they decided it was time to make some renovations to their New York loft apartment. So they called in I-Beam Design for help, and together with LEGO artist Sean Kenney, they built a new stair railing and wall out of 20,000 LEGO bricks. Colorful, flexible, and very fun, this renovated space beautifully showcases everyone’s favorite building block.

Using mostly primary colors, the kid’s room is minimal and playful. I-Beam designed the 20,000 LEGO blocks staircase, while artist Sean Kenney worked with the family to create a pleasant flow of receding or intensifying color up and down the stairs. The apartment’s color palette offers a soft background for the LEGO-inspired touches of colors and the iconic furniture — like the Barcelona Chair — placed throughout the space.

The stark kitchen was made using another Nordic classic, IKEA cabinets, and features splashes of colors like the Blu Dot red chairs and shiny blue backdrop. Sliding walls also serve as exhibition walls to reveal or conceal different areas of the house, like the modern looking dinning room. Playful, colorful, modern and very arty, this wonderful New York apartment shows that LEGOs are good for much more than child’s play.

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(El artículo en inhabitat.com contiene fotogalería)

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X-SEED 4000: World’s tallest tower will house 1 million people | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


by Kate Andrews

The Two-Mile-High "Ultima" Tower - Eugene Tsui / Image: inhabitat.com
The Two-Mile-High "Ultima" Tower - Eugene Tsui / Image: inhabitat.com

There’s a lot of debate about what the tallest tower in the world currently is. Some say the Taipei 101, at 1671 ft to the tip of it’s spire, is the world’s tallest tower, whereas we might argue that the Sears Tower, at a whopping 1731 ft (and 110 stories), still takes the prize. However, if the enormous, 13,000 ft X-Seed 4000 structure ever gets built in Tokyo – it will win the worlds-tallest-building competition hands down and leave its puny competitors in the dirt.

Looking eerily like Mt. Doom in the above rendering, the mountain-like X-Seed 4000 represents a utopian eco-vision for a self-contained high-rise city in the Tokyo harbor – powered mainly by solar energy. Aesthetically inspired by nearby Mt. Fuji, the behemoth building would measure 13,123 feet tall with a 6 square-kilometer footprint, and could accommodate five hundred thousand to one million inhabitants.

Designed by Taisei Construction Corporation as an “intelligent building,” the futuristically-named X-Seed 4000 would maintain light, temperature, and air pressure in response to changing external weather conditions.

vía X-SEED 4000: World’s tallest tower will house 1 million people | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

X-Seed 4000 en Wikipedia.

Diagrama del X-SEED 4000 - Inhabitat.com
Diagrama del X-SEED 4000 - Inhabitat.com

El X-Seed 4000 es el edificio más grande jamas diseñado. La idea fue iniciada por Peter Neville.

El X-Seed 4000 «nunca será construido», dice Georges Binder, director general de Buildings & Data, una empresa que recopila bases de datos sobre construcciones de todo el mundo. «El propósito del plan era ganar algo de reconocimiento para la empresa, y funcionó.»

Esta propuesto que mida 4 kilómetros (4000m) de alto, 6 kilómetros (6000m) de ancho, con la base en el mar. Tendría 800 plantas que pueden acomodar entre 500 mil o un millón de personas

Fue diseñado para Tokio, Japón por la empresa japonesa «Taisei Construction Corporation» como un entorno futurístico, combinando alta calidad de vida con interacción con la naturaleza

El coste para construir este rascacielos se ha estimado entre USD$300 millardos y USD$900 millardos.

A diferencia de los demás rascacielos de Japón, el X-Seed podría requerir proteger a sus ocupantes de la presión y del tiempo debido a su gran altura.

X-Seed 4000: un edificio verdaderamente colosal

Tsui Design & Research Inc. | Eugene Tsui.

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Amazing Cathedral Made From 55,000 LEDs Rises at Belgium’s Festival of Lights | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


by Timon Singh

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Foto: inhabitat.com

Talk about seeing the light! Made up of over 55,000 colored LED lights, the Luminarie Cagna is a massive cathedral that will be on display at the second annual Festival of Lights in Ghent, Belgium. More than 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the town from January 26th to the 29th as the city is illuminated by dazzling light shows and other LED spectacles.

The eye-catching structure will be a stand out out in the town and is the work of Luminarie De Cagna, an Italian family business. During local festive occassions, the company would light up buildings with oil and carbide lamps, but most likely due to the high fire risk, this was soon switched to electric lights. Today, only LEDs are used for set pieces and they are joined together to make massive curtains of light that can be draped over buildings. This allows whole sections of the town to be lit up.

The LED Cathedral was designed with Romanesque and Renaissance architecture in mind and at its zenith, it stands an impressive 28m high. Unsurprisingly, the cathedral has already been drawing large crowds to Belfortstraat like moths to a flame. You also need not worry about the amount of energy being used, as despite being made from 55,000 LEDs, it only consumes 20Kwh of electricity. If you live in the region and are thinking of attending, then you’ll be happy to hear that the light festival’s theme is ‘Happiness’, which is not a coincidence since 2012 is the Maeterlinck Year in Ghent.

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(El artículo original incluye foto galería)

Light Festival Ghent 2012: A Cathedral of 55,000 LED Lights

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Azerbaijan’s Avesta Group Unveils Plan to Build New World’s Tallest Tower | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


by Charley Cameron,

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As Azerbaijan enjoys its relatively newfound status among oil- rich nations, it’s looking to join the seemingly endless race to construct the world’s tallest tower. Azerbaijan’s Avesta Group has announced that they are hoping to build a $2 billion, 3,444 foot tall tower in the former Soviet Republic. This would place it at 720 feet above present title holder, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai. Its height will also surpass that of Saudi Arabia’s 3280 foot Kingdom Tower, which is still in development with completion slated for 2017.

Plans unveiled for the kilometer high tower show that it will take the form of a cluster of cylinders located around a lofty central core. Azerbaijan Tower will be the centerpiece of a $100 billion mixed use development project on the man-made Khazar Islands. Plans for the chain of 41 islands, located in the Caspian Sea off the coast of Baku, are about as modest as the proposed tower. With island-building scheduled for completion in 2022, Khazar Islands will provide accommodation for one million residents, and will include over 150 schools, 50 hospitals and its own Formula 1 race track.

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No word yet on if this tower will include any green features. Developers do claim, however, that it will able to withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. With plans to break ground on Azerbaijan’s island tower in 2015 and complete construction by 2019, it looks as though Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower may still have a couple of years to enjoy its moment in the sun.

vía Azerbaijan’s Avesta Group Unveils Plan to Build New World’s Tallest Tower | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.



The World’s Largest LEGO Christmas Tree Pops Up in London! | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


by Bridgette Meinhold

The faux-fir Lego Christmas tree recently popped up St. Pancras Station in London Read more: The World's Largest LEGO Christmas Tree Pops Up in London! | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World
The faux-fir Lego Christmas tree recently popped up St. Pancras Station in London Read more: The World's Largest LEGO Christmas Tree Pops Up in London! | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

This may look like an ordinary, albeit gigantic, Christmas tree from afar, but take a closer look – it’s made of Legos! Standing a proud 38-ft tall, the faux-fir Lego Christmas tree recently popped up St. Pancras Station in London. Touted as the world’s largest Lego® Christmas tree, this beauty is composed of 600,000 miniature bricks and is decorated with 1,000 ornaments. Designed and constructed by UK-based creative team, Bright Bricks, the faux tree features a steel framework and is estimated to weigh over 3 tonnes. The lights were turned on for this amazing tree last week and travelers passing through the station are enjoying the festive sculpture.

Read more: The World’s Largest LEGO Christmas Tree Pops Up in London! | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

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Un gigante árbol de Navidad acaba de ser presentado en Londres en st. pancras Station para ser visto durante la temporada navideña 2011 … www.dsgnr.cl
Un gigante árbol de Navidad acaba de ser presentado en Londres en st. pancras Station para ser visto durante la temporada navideña 2011 … http://www.dsgnr.cl

Más sobre el mayor Árbol de Navidad en Lego del Mundo que se alza en Londres:

Arbol de Navidad de LEGO en Londres

por Afroman,

Árbol de Navidad de Lego más grande del mundo en Londres

Londres,  RIA Novosti.

El árbol de Navidad más grande del mundo hecho solamente de legos, que mide 12,2 metros de alto se encuentra ubicado en un centro comercial de San Pancras, en Londres, informó la prensa local.

El árbol fue construido con 600 mil piezas de Lego y fue decorado con 1200 globos de colores también hechos de legos.

El diseño de esta obra fue realizado por el británico experto de legos, Duncan Titmarsh, en la construcción que tomó casi dos meses colaboraron escolares y exploradores.

Artículo en Diseño

Lego – cómpralo en Amazon.es

Entradas anteriores en ArquitecturaS:

Los edificios más emblemáticos del mundo, ahora en piezas Lego | expreso – Sobre “Lego Architecture

La arquitectura no es un juego de niños | Línea Frank Lloyd Wright de Lego

La torre de Lego más alta, en Brasil – ABC.es

Help Inhabitat Donate $10,000 to Rebuild Japan With Just One Click of Your Mouse! | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


by Yuka Yoneda,

Isn’t it crazy to think that in March, a harrowing series of natural disasters tore through Japan and now, just a few months later, we rarely hear about it on the news anymore at all? While the story may no longer be “big news,” that doesn’t change the fact that thousands of people are still homeless or living in makeshift shelters, waiting to get back to their lives. That’s why Inhabitat, with the help of Yahoo!, is making it extra easy for you send the message that you haven’t forgotten about Japan: we’re donating $10,000 to Architecture for Humanity to aid in the work they are doing to rebuild in Japan – and your mouseclicks can help us achieve our goal. Every time you click right here to make Yahoo! your home page, you’re bringing us one step closer to making our $10,000 donation, so please take a second and follow this link to Yahoo! to take part!

Read more: Help Inhabitat Donate $10,000 to Rebuild Japan With Just One Click of Your Mouse! | InhabitatGreen Design Will Save the World 

Haciendo Click ayuda a Inhabitat para donar US $ 10.000 a Arquitectura para la Humanidad en la reconstrucción de Japón

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Entradas anteriores en ArquitecturaS que tratan sobre la tragedia en Japón:

Los arquitectos de Japón unen fuerzas para la reconstrucción – ABC.es – Noticias Agencias

Japón: La reconstrucción de los edificios mejor preparados para resistir un seísmo | elmundo.es

Gracias por llamarme para conversar sobre los acontecimientos en Japón – Podcasts de Travesías en la cadena  – RNE – RTVE.es (Y algunas ideas que aun debo comentar sobre los desastres de Japón)

Japón, las casas más resistentes del mundo | Vivienda | elmundo.es | Tras el seísmo y el tsunami, Japón se enfrenta ‘a su peor crisis desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial’

Insanely Intricate Cardboard Columns Have 16 Million Facets and Are the World’s Most Complex Architecture | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


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We’re big fans of cardboard architecture, but in most cases, the material yields structures that are boxy and rather simplistic. That’s why we were blown away when we spotted these incredibly intricate cardboard columns by Michael Hansmeyer, which FastcoDesign actually dubbed as the most complex architecture in the world. The dizzying Doric column variations are created on Hansmeyer’s computer using a subdivision algorithm that allows them to have between 8 and 16 million facets (distinct surfaces). They’re so insanely detailed that most people – including us – mistake the actual physical prototypes for computer renderings!

Read more: Insanely Intricate Cardboard Columns Have 16 Million Facets and Are the World’s Most Complex Architecture | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

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About cardboard architecture – encyclopedia.com

cardboard architecture.
1. Design process using models to show formal and spatial relationships without taking into account the materials or functions of the final buildings.

2. Models with flat surfaces pierced by plain black holes resembling a series of cardboard boxes. The term in this sense has been used to describe the 1960s work of Kahn and others.

Bibliography  Frampton et al. (1975);  Sharp (1978)

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Peter Zumthor Unveils Sheltered Garden for 2011 Serpentine Pavilion | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World


 

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by Cliff Champion

Today 2009 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor unveiled his contemplative design for London’s annual Serpentine Pavilion exhibition. The 2011 Serpentine pavilion will be unique in that previous architects were required to have previously worked in England, and Zumthor is the first exception to this rule. The proposed offers a zen-like retreat for visitors, who will be guided by a series of pathways and staggered doorways towards an inner garden. Benches surrounding this chamber will offer a quiet space to sit and appreciate the open green space.

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011
Peter Zumthor
July – October 2011

The Serpentine Gallery is delighted to reveal the plans for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by world-renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. This year’s Pavilion is the 11th commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. It will be the architect’s first completed building in the UK and will include a specially created garden by the influential Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. more…

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zumthor © Peter Zumthor
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zumthor © Peter Zumthor

Incredible Pompidou-Metz Art Museum Rises in France | Inhabitat


by Kristi Bernick,

Construction is nearly complete on Centre Pompidou-Metz, an incredible new extension of the original Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris. Designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the elegantly sloping structure takes inspiration from the technical properties of Chinese hats and bridges. The building is topped with a curvaceous roof that does a remarkable job of shielding it from the elements while opening up an expansive volume of space dedicated to the arts.

vía Incredible Pompidou-Metz Art Museum Rises in France | Inhabitat.

Web del Centre Pompidou-Metz

El 9 de enero de 2003, el Centro Georges Pompidou y la Ciudad de Metz anunciaron la decisión, de acuerdo con el Ministerio de la Cultura y de la Comunicación, de implantar en Metz la primera antena descentralizada del Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura Georges Pompidou.

30 años del Centro Pompidou: Nueva sede en Metz
Por David Basulto [tricky]

Centre Pompidou, Metz (CPM), France. El primer Centro Pompidou de Francia fuera de París abrirá en la ciudad de Metz, Francia oriental, en el 2008. El nuevo centro fue diseñado por Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA) (Tokio) en asociación con Jean de Gastines (París) y Gumuchdjian Arquitectos (Londres). El centro de 35 millones de euros, con una superficie de suelo total de unos 12,500 m² ofreciendo 6,000 m² de espacio para exposiciones, va a alojar muestras permanentes y temporales y se espera abrirse el acceso para la gente desde más allá de Europa al alcance y la calidad de las colecciones de d’Art Musée Nacional Moderne, almacenadas en el Centro de Pompidou en París. Los arquitectos describen el proyecto como ‘un nuevo tipo de institución pública que puede cultivar y transformarse según el clima o la ocasión’.

Shigeru Ban en Wikipedia

El Centro Pompidou abrirá una sede en Metz – Perspectivas

Empieza el cambio · ELPAÍS.com

Actualización: 21 de mayo de 2010

Tres mil revoltosos paraguas para dar una bienvenida – Arte – Cultura – ABC.es

Solar City Tower to Provide Renewable Energy for Rio Olympics | Inhabitat


Solar City Tower, designed by Zurich-based RAFAA - Imagen: inhabitat.com
Solar City Tower, designed by Zurich-based RAFAA - Imagen: inhabitat.com

This renewable energy generating tower located on the coast of Rio is one of the first buildings we’ve seen designed for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and boy, is it crazy! (In case you didn’t notice, it’s also a waterfall.) The Solar City Tower is designed by Zurich-based  RAFAA Architecture & Design, and features a large solar system to generate power during the day and a pumped water storage system to generate power at night. RAFAA’s goal is that a symbolic tower such as this can serve as a starting point for a global green movement and help make the 2016 Olympic Games more sustainable.

vía Solar City Tower to Provide Renewable Energy for Rio Olympics | Inhabitat.

Solar City Tower, la cascada de energía limpia de Río

Lo que veis en la imagen no es la puerta al cielo ni nada así. Se trata de la Solar City Tower, que pretende ser de ayuda a Río de Janeiro en su desarrollo de energías verdes. Ha sido propuesta porArquitectura y Diseño RAFAA para los Juegos Olímpicos de esta ciudad, en 2016. ¿Cómo puede una torre que tiene que elevar agua hasta su cúspide aprovechar energía? La solución solar, tras el salto.

Solar City Tower Uses An Urban Waterfall To Generate Energy

Stunning Waterfall Structures Hot

The Solar City Tower by RAFAA Architecture & Design – Photogallery

Solar City Tower – Giant Energy Generating Waterfall for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Solar City Tower by RAFAA

Philippe Starck Unveils Two Revolutionair Wind Turbines! | Inhabitat


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This just in – world-renowned super designer Philippe Starck has just revealed two highly-anticipated wind turbine designs for home use! Dubbed “Revolutionair,” the sleek turbines were officially debuted after a lengthy 2 years of research and work. We brought you news of the quadrangular turbine when it was first revealed, and we were pleasantly surprised to see a brand new, never before seen helix-shaped version of the Revolutionair unveiled by Starck today.

vía Philippe Starck Unveils Two Revolutionair Wind Turbines! | Inhabitat.

Revolutionair Wind Turbines by Philippe Starck – dexigner

Philippe Starck has turned his attention to energy with the design of two sleek micro wind-power turbines aimed at domestic use.

Starck on Wednesday unveiled the «Revolutionair» turbines, made by Italy’s Pramac, which makes power generation equipment, after two years of work on the project.

London’s Olympic Stadium to Be Made Out of Recycled Guns and Knives! | Inhabitat


Estadio Olímpico de Londres - en construcción.  Foto: www.inhabitat.com
Estadio Olímpico de Londres - en construcción. Foto: http://www.inhabitat.com

by Bridgette Meinhold

As the world eagerly awaits the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, London is ramping up their own construction plans for the 2012 Olympics. And we just learned this exciting little tidbit about the super sustainable Olympic Stadium currently being built there that makes us even more anxious to see it – it’s going to be made out of recycled guns and knives!

That’s right, confiscated weapons from the Metropolitan Police Department are being melted down into scrap metal and used to help build the stadium. That’s an anti-weapons and recycling program all rolled into one!

desde London’s Olympic Stadium to Be Made Out of Recycled Guns and Knives! | Inhabitat.

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You are in: Locations : Sports : London Olympics webcams : Stratford, London

London Olympic Stadium : Information + Images

2012 London Olympics Architecture, England, UK

Designer: Populous (formerly HOK Sport)

Olympic Stadium Building : Progress News

Mi comentario en «Arquitectura y Diseño» de La Gaceta.es
«… Extraordinario ejemplo de creatividad y promoción de la Paz, que ojalá fuera imitado por tantos otros eventos… la gente de Populous, encargada en la actualidad del diseño y construcción de varios de los mas grandes estadios del mundo, encabeza esta original y muy prometedora iniciativa: con menos armas y más deporte nos acercamos un poquito mas a un mundo mejor …»

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