It’s not often that architects get to design and build their own dreamhouses. Or that they’re able to do so with a life partner. But Dutch architects Jetty and Maarten Min did just that.
What Client? An Architect Couple Design Their Own Dream Home
"6 million square feet of space, which is within spitting distance of the size of the Pentagon … Would you want the Empire State Building or the Pentagon in your backyard?"
Apple’s “spaceship” HQ is coming to Cupertino, and the neighbors are cranky.
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"Tomato vines are suspended above conference tables, lemon and passion fruit trees are used as partitions for meeting spaces, salad leaves are grown inside seminar rooms and bean sprouts are grown under benches. The main lobby also features a rice paddy and a broccoli field."
A building in Tokyo that has 200 species of rice, fruits, and veggies may have reached new levels in the craze to “green” the office.
The second tallest building in the world is more like a vertical city than a building. Think of it like this: the 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower is a bustling mixed-use metropolis with more green space (and even more people) than many cities on the ground can boast of having.
The statistics on the building, which ranks only behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in height, are staggering: 521,000 meters squared of floor space, 106 elevators, a weight of 1,200 metric tons, the ability to hold 30,000 people (it really is like a small city), and the kicker—one-third of the building is dedicated entirely to green space.
In Emeryville, California, an enormous new school building will house the K-12 school, but also serve as a place for the entire community to gather and learn.
Check out this company’s office. "Our new space brings everyone together in a single open-office environment that supports instant communication and improved collaboration across teams.”
“An office isn’t just four walls and a lease. It’s a perception of you. Location, surroundings, and community all play into the company culture.”
But is it as cool as Google’s new Dublin HQ?
The University of Chicago has commissioned world-famous architects to build a new complex that can only be described as ’Hogwarts-meets-the-Googleplex.’
Studio Gang Architects—and its MacArthur-certified “genius” principal and 2011 Fast Company Master of Design, Jeanne Gang—will build a $148 million residence hall.
Public amenities open to all residents include a penthouse “reading room,” courtyards, and a pair of “community commons” lounges, while the dining hall extends the Hogwarts theme with long tables devoted to each house.
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Google’s Dublin flagship covers 47,000 square meters of pricey downtown real estate. The offices are spread across four buildings, though the campus’s central building has been attracting the most attention. Designed by architecture firm Camenzind Evolution, the main offices occupy 14 floors of a jet-black Miesian tower; they’re linked by spunky, brightly colored interiors and in-your-face design cues. The vertical operations are packed to the gills with amenities, all meant to keep you inside for as long as possible. Employees have their pick of five restaurants; can preuse new products at various on-site tech shops; and have access to 42 kitchenettes, a fitness center, a game room, and an 82-meter swimming pool.
The London Underground commemorated its 150th anniversary with a quintet of maps made of Lego. But the creative display was built for more than fun and games. It shows how the network—the world’s first underground passenger railway—has evolved in a century and a half.
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We think of 3-D printers as desktop machines, stagnant workhorses used to generate piecemeal shapes for humans to relocate in the real world. But a new, stunning piece of architecture by the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab brings all of those assumptions into question.
It’s called the Silk Pavilion, and it is what researchers call a “biological swarm approach to 3-D printing.” It is a beautiful structure constructed by 6,500 live silkworms, and may be the most epicly named piece of fabrication technology since the blowtorch.
Read more here: How MIT Is Hacking Thousands Of Worms To Print Buildings