Xiangcheng Yangcheng Lake Tourist Transportation Center

Kengo Kuma and Associates Used Extruded Aluminum Materials to Build Xiangcheng Yangcheng Lake Tourist Transportation Center

Kengo Kuma and Associates used extruded aluminum materials to build Xiangcheng Yangcheng Lake Tourist Transportation Center.

This is a port terminal for the lake called Yangcheng, known for the production of Shanghai crabs. The Japanese architecture firm aimed to build a topographic structure as a large hill by randomly placing aluminum extruded materials with single-sized sections.

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Inside is designed as the assemblage of slanted floors, in order to maintain the same landform both in inside and outside that create some random yet ambiguous state.

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Aqua Tower by Studio Gang

Studio Gang Created The Aqua Tower With a Vertical Topography in The Facade in Chicago, Illinois

At 82 stories, reaching a height of 876 feet, Studio Gang‘s Aqua Tower Chicago, Illinois is one of few tall buildings to create a community on its facade. Designed by american architecture studio, the Aqua Tower, when viewed obliquely the highrise transforms into a slender rectangle from a far distance. Generic Cialis http://valleyofthesunpharmacy.com/cialis/

Vertical topography of the facade is created by the outdoor terraces which change in the plan gradually over the length of the building. The towers sculptural form allows for solar shading and views.

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Combining a hotel, offices, rental apartments, condominiums, and parking, along with one of Chicago’s largest green roofs, Aqua facilitates strong connections between people and to the city.

The design for Aqua uses architecture to capture and reinterpret the human and outdoor connections that occur more naturally when living closer to the ground. Its distinctive form is achieved by varying the floor slabs across the height the tower, based on criteria such as views, sunlight, and use. Xanax online http://kendallpharmacy.com/xanax.html

Strategically sculpting the shape of each floor slab offers comfortable outdoor terraces, where neighbors can casually and comfortably interact when desired, as well as views to Chicago landmarks, navigating sight lines around the corners and through the gaps between existing buildings. The overall design is the cumulative result of responses to specific conditions of density, environment, and use.

Architects : Studio Gang
Location : 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Architect Of Record : Loewenberg & Associates
Owner : Magellan Development
Project Year : 2009
Photographs : Hedrich Blessing, Studio Gang Architects

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Absolute Towers by MAD Architects

The twisted buildings of Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada designed by the Chinese architecture firm MAD Architects, and completed in 2012.

The twisted buildings of Absolute Towers in MississaugaCanada designed by the Chinese architecture firm MAD Architects, and completed in 2012.

Text description provided by the architects. Modernism has a famous motto: A house is a machine for living in. However, as we progress further away from the machine age, we are left with a question: what message should architecture convey? What is the house of today?

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The twisted buildings of Absolute Towers in #Mississauga #Canada designed by the Chinese architecture firm MAD Architects, and completed in 2012. Standing at 170 and 150 metres, the Absolute Towers contain apartments on each of their oval-shaped floors, but every storey is incrementally rotated to give both buildings a curved and twisted outline. 1st photo: @alp_tugray 2nd photo: @mississauga_life Post by: @hamithz ——————————————————————— * Turn ON Post Notifications to see new content * Instagram ?? instagram.com/parametric.architecture * Website: ?? www.parametric-architecture.com * Facebook: ?? facebook.com/parametric.archi * Pinterest: ?? pinterest.com/parametricarchitecture * YouTube: ?? youtube.com/parametricarchitecture * Twitter: ?? twitter.com/parametricarch * Snapchat: ?? snapchat.com/paarchitecture * Reddit: ?? reddit.com/parametricarch * Tumblr: ?? parametricarchitecture.tumblr.com ——————————————————————— @madarchitects @ma_yansong_mad #madarchitects #chinese #architectural #tower #highrise #lookinguparchitecture #mayansong #amazingarchitecture #skyscraper #digitaldesign #design #parametric #grasshopper3d #rhinoceros3d #parametricarchitecture #parametricdesign #parametricism #architecture #architect #archilovers #architectureporn #mimar #mimarlik #building #architecturedesign #architectural #civilengworld #civilengineering #civilengineer

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Like other fast developing suburbs in North America, Mississauga is seeking a new identity. This is an opportunity to respond to the needs of an expanding city, to create a residential landmark that strives for more than simple efficiency and that provides residents an emotional connection to their hometown.

In place of the simple, functional logic of modernism, our design expresses the complex and multiple needs of contemporary society. This building is more than just a functional machine: it responds to the significance of being located at the junction of two main streets, elegantly bearing its landmark status and acting as a gateway to the city beyond. It is something beautiful, sculptural and human.

Despite its landmark status, the emphasis is not solely on height. Our design features a continuous balcony that surrounds the whole building, eliminating the vertical barriers traditionally used in high rise architecture. The entire building rotates by different degrees at different levels, corresponding with the surrounding scenery. Our aim is to provide 360 degree views for each residential unit, and to get city dwellers in touch with the natural elements and reawaken their appreciation of nature.

The Absolute Towers are nicknamed as “Marilyn Monroe Towers” by the locals for the sinuous shape.


Location: Mississauga, Canada
Type: Residential
Time: 2006-2012
Tower A: 45,000sqm, 56stories/ height 170m
Tower B: 40,000sqm, 50stories/ height 150m


Directors: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Advisor: Bao Pao
Design Team: Shen Jun, Robert Groessinger, Florian Pucher, Yi Wenzhen, Hao Yi, Yao Mengyao, Zhao Fan, Liu Yuan, Zhao Wei, Li Kunjuan, Yu Kui, Max Lonnqvist, Eric Spencer
Associate Architect: BURKA Architects INC.
Mechanical Engineer: ECE Group
Electrical Engineer: ECE Group
Landscape Architect: NAK Design
Interior Designer: ESQAPE Design
Photography: Iwan Baan

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Hyundai Motorstudio | Goyang 2017

Hyundai Motorstudio’s Kinetic Installation in Goyang Consists of 1,411 Aluminium Rods.

The Hyundai Motor Studio in Gyoang, South Korea opened in 2017, with an impressive kinetic sculpture forming the highlight of the thematic parcours, the stage of the exhibition exploring each step of the research and production process.

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The Hyundai Motor Studio in Gyoang, South Korea opened in 2017, with an impressive kinetic sculpture forming the highlight of the thematic parcours, the stage of the exhibition exploring each step of the research and production process. From the first sketches to the finished car.

The Hyundai Design Philosophy, “Creating Design From Movement” is expressed in a brilliant show. Hired by and collaborating with ATELIER BRÜCKNER, TAMSCHICK MEDIA+SPACE developed, designed and realised the choreography of the kinetic installation, the visual design and the accompanying film in the Design Room.

The central meaning of the Hyundai brand’s design is emphasized by a mesmerizing sculpture composed of 1411 aluminium rods, which move simultaneously with a film displayed across 56 monitors. In a performance spanning just under four minutes, the sculpture wakes to life, emulating natural, organic forms and then flows into the contemporary shape of a Hyundai car.

The multimedia choreography communicates a feeling for the modelling and design process to visitors. The energy filled synthesis of kinetic sculpture, video, music and light makes the Design Room a unique attraction, uniting high quality content and innovative technology in a sensational experience.

Client: Hyundai Motor Company

Area: (sqm) 4,000

Exhibition Design, Scenography, General Planning: ATELIER BRÜCKNER

Light Planning: LDE Belzner Holmes

Media Planning: medienprojekt p2

Film Production and Choreography ‘Design’: TAMSCHICK MEDIA+SPACE

Media Production: PYX Innovation Lab

Audio Design: Idee und Klang, Klangerfinder

Architecture: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Photography: Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang/Lim Juneyoung and Lee Junoh

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UNIC, MAD Architects’ First Built Project in Europe Nears Completion


UNIC, MAD Architects’ first built project in Europe, is nearing completion. Led by Ma Yansong, MAD was awarded the project in 2012 through an international design competition in collaboration with local French firm Biecher Architects. The projects located in Paris, France.

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Located in Paris’ 17th arrondissement, Clichy-Batignolles is a newly developing area of the city. ‘UNIC’ emerges as part of the mixed-use masterplan envisioned adjacent to the Martin Luther King Park – a 10-hectare green space.

Unlike the static Haussmann apartment blocks that define Paris, MAD’s project is characterised by its interaction with nature in the urban environment. Its undulating floor plates form a series of terraces, creating dynamic spaces within and expansive gardens and balconies on the exterior.

Each asymmetrical level slightly tapers as the building ascends, with the upper floors boasting panoramic views of the surrounding city and the Eiffel Tower.


Clichy-Batignolles provides the opportunity for French and international architecture firms to collaborate and create a new part of Paris. The neighbourhood re-activation plan includes construction of new residential buildings, as well as other community resources. The area was divided into nine plots which were each assigned to a group comprised of architecture companies and developers. After winning the competition, these groups met regularly to discuss each team’s project within the bigger scheme of the neighbourhood.


They particularly participated in a series of workshops to explore topics from the macro-scale urban plans to micro-scale details, such as sustainable community development, resource sharing, energy management, and population demographics. MAD’s design was the result of these workshops with the developers, architects and the Clichy-Batignolles inhabitants. In addition to which, the residential plot for ‘UNIC’ includes both private housing and affordable housing, thus enriching the dynamics of the neighbourhood.


Situated in this evolving socio-economic boundary, ‘UNIC’ reinterprets the conventional residential typology. The design is characterised by sinuous floor plates, vertically extending the neighbouring green park. By combining residential density with raised gardens, the project is an upwards-growing organic arrangement, one that blurs the boundary between architecture and nature. Sharing the same podium with the affordable housing, its communal programming is further realised with the addition of the kindergarten, retail spaces, and other community resources at ground level.


A metro station is integrated with the building, linking the community and neighbourhood to the greater Paris area. In contrast to typical modern cities that displace the connection between the ground and nature as they grow increasingly dense and vertical, MAD’s scheme creates an environment that is generous in natural spaces.

Embracing the Parisian legacy of integrating nature and gardens into the urban center and everyday activities, ‘UNIC’ actively enhances relationships within the community, represents the neighbourhood’s evolution, and offers a contemporary vision of how nature can be integrated into the urban environment.

The project is expected to be completed in September 2019, with an estimated move-in date scheduled for November.


Year : 2012-2019
Typology : Residential
Status : Under Construction
Expected completion : September 2019
Site Area : 1,033 sqm
Building Area : 6,600 sqm
Building Height : 50 m
Principal Partners in Charge : Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Associate Partners in Charge : Andrea d’Antrassi, Flora Lee
Design Team : Zhao Wei, Wu Kaicong, Daniel Gillen, Jiang Bin, Tristan Brasseur, Juan Valeros, Gustavo Alfred van Staveren, Xin Dogterom, Juan Pablo, Cesar d Pena Del Rey, Natalia Giacomino, Torsten Radunski, Rozita Kahirtseva
Client : Emerige
Lead Architect : MAD Architects
Team Coordinator : BIECHER Architectes
Executive Architect : BIECHER Architectes
Structure Engineers : BECIP – BET Structure
MEP Consultant : ESPACE TEMPS – BET Fluides
Landscape Designer : PHYTOLAB – BET Paysagiste
Interior Designer : Charles Zana
Project Management : Artelia
Construction Company : Vinci Sicra Ile-de-France

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The Catenary and the Arc Installation by Manuel Bouzas and Santiago del Aguila

The catenary and the Arc

The catenary and the Arc by Manuel Bouzas and Santiago del Aguila is a temporary installation occupying the courtyard of Flores & Prats‘ Casal Balaguer Cultural Center in Palma de Mallorca.

Displayed during insòlit 2019, a festival of temporary installations that opened the doors of palma’s courtyards to creativity during the first week of july, the project draws from the architecture of the building, confronting two opposing geomtries: the arc and the catenary.

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The Catenary and the Arc

Seduced by the beauty of the stone arches in the patio of casal balaguer, an aristocratic house dating back to the 14th century, manuel bouzas & santiago del aguila have created a temporary installation that reflects their form with a reverse geometry. The large catenaries are built using light steel meshes and covered with acetate, projecting a warm light in the interior of the courtyard.

The Catenary and the Arc
The Catenary and the Arc

‘We want to confront two opposite geometries: the arc and the catenary,’ explain the architects, ‘one fights against gravity while the other one works with it; one requires mass while the other achieves lightness; one is compressed while the other stretches; one is opaque while the other lets light pass through it; one provides shade while the other projects its color; one grows from the ground while the other falls from the sky; one was already there while the other not yet.’

The Catenary and the Arc

The catenary and the arc was presented during insòlit 2019, a festival of temporary installations curated by aina bigorra, Erik Herrera and Pep Rovira. The festival aims to promote and show in an active and participative way the heritage value of the balearic islands, through temporary creative actions.

The Catenary and the Arc
The Catenary and the Arc

Architects : Manuel Bouzas, Santiago del Aguila
Location : Carrer de la Unió, 3, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Collaborators : Clara Alvarez García and Alexander Zikanov
Area : 200.0 m2
Project Year : 2019
Photographs : Antonio Bouzas Barcalz
Manufacturers : Leroy Merlín, Maxi products

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BMW Vision Next 100

SuperCar Blondie Presents The BMW Vision Next 100

The Australian social media celebrity and YouTuber, Alex Hirschi presents BMW Vision Next 100. The new generation of BMW cars are shape-shifting autonomous cars with artificial intelligence. Alive Geometry is a new feature by BWM which they introduced it as shape-shifting geometry in the Vision Next 100. For example the front part of the outer skin of the car consists of many tiny triangles which they would open and close to allow the car wheels turn to left and right. It allows the care to communicate with the rider. Also inside the car there are many small triangles which act like a reptile skin. These triangles warn the driver whenever a pedestrian gets closer to the car.

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BMW Vision

Visions Take Shape:

Visionary concepts, strong brands and new ideas for the mobility of the future. To mark its centenary, the BMW Group presented ground-breaking innovations in Munich, Beijing, London and Los Angeles, under the name “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience“.

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Ideas, opinions and visions: What will mobility look like in the future? What role will companies play in society? How and where will people live? How are digitalisation and globalisation changing our world? How can we continue to be a driver of progress? These questions are addressed in the publication “THE NEXT 100”.

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The Signet:

A sign for the future – The BMW Group centenary signet.

The central element of the centenary communications will be the signet, consisting of four triangles combined to form an arrow symbolically pointing forwards into the future. The signet’s four individual elements represent the cornerstones of the BMW Group identity: trust, success, responsibility and pioneer thinking. They also reflect the versatility of the company and its brands, and the diversity of its associates.

Video by: Alex Hirschi
Photos by: BMW

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Urban Jungle Vertical Park by Part and KINO

Urban Jungle Vertical Park

Part Architecture are cooperating with KINO landscape architects to design the Urban Jungle Vertical Park, a spatial installation in the form of a vertical park in the new gigantic shopping centre T1 in Ülemiste district of Tallinn, Estonia.

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Urban Jungle Vertical Park

The aim of the structure is to create a common identity for the various levels of the 30-metre atrium and to provide an enjoyable environment for spending time. The motif of a cliff proposed by the landscape architects was developed further by the architects with the aim of finding a solution that would not imitate nature but instead form a clear contrast to the plants flourishing on the “cliff wall”.

Urban Jungle Vertical Park
Urban Jungle Vertical Park

The basis for the structure (that is, the algorithmic cell) is established by a polyhedron that – albeit strictly geometrical in form – allows to generate in repeated modules a free form volume filling the space. The room dividers based on the organic growth algorithm form surfaces for climbing and hanging out on various levels.

The pre-manufactured elements forming the structure are made of steel and they can be easily rearranged and replaced. The geometrical structure of the Urban Jungle Vertical Park resembles a cliff ledge covered with climbing plants with the light and shadows from the cavities alternating with views of the expanses above. The work creates a contrast between the organic and technological material that will find its balance over time in cooperation between the gardener and nature.

Urban Jungle Vertical Park
Urban Jungle Vertical Park
Urban Jungle Vertical Park

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Flourishing By James Owen

San Francisco based British artist, James Owen, creates Flourishing named series of motion graphics using complex mathematical formulas in 3d modeling software.

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Flourishing is a study of light, shadow, form, and function. Built on the basic principles of trigonometry and a simple mathematical formula, this series aims to encapsulate the beauty of repetition while embracing the familiarity of space.


About James Owen:

James Owen is a Director and designer with meticulous attention to detail. He is originally from London, United Kingdom and he is currently based in San Francisco, California. He is an artist and designer who’s spent over a decade crafting iconic content for the world’s top brands and leading agencies. He’s now more focused on long-term projects in the pursuit of craftsmanship and artistry.

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Buga Fibre Pavilion by ICD/ITKE

Buga Fibre Pavilion by ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart in Bundesgartenschau, Heillbronn, 2019

Embedded in the wavelike landscape of the Bundesgartenschau grounds, the BUGA Fibre Pavilion offers visitors an astounding architectural experience and a glimpse of future construction. It builds on many years of biomimetic research in architecture at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart.

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The pavilion demonstrates how combining cutting-edge computational technologies with constructional principles found in nature enables the development of truly novel and genuinely digital building systems. The pavilion’s load-bearing structure is robotically produced from advanced fibre composites only. This globally unique structure is not only highly effective and exceptionally lightweight, but it also provides a distinctive yet authentic architectural expression and an extraordinary spatial experience.

Novel Composite Building System Inspired by Nature

In biology most load-bearing structures are fibre composites. They are made from fibres, as for example cellulose, chitin or collagen, and a matrix material that supports them and maintains their relative position. The astounding performance and unrivalled resource efficiency of biological structures stem from these fibrous systems. Their organization, directionality and density is finely tuned and locally varied in order to ensure that material is only placed where it is needed.

The BUGA Fibre Pavilion aims to transfer this biological principle of load-adapted and thus highly differentiated fibre composite systems into architecture. Manmade composites, such as the glass- or carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics that were used for this building, are ideally suited for such an approach because they share their fundamental characteristics with natural composites.

The project builds on many years of biomimetic research at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE). It shows how an interdisciplinary exploration of biological principles together with the latest computational technologies can lead to a truly novel and genuinely digital fibre composite building system. Only a few years ago, this pavilion would have been impossible to design or build.

Integrative Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication

The pavilion is made from more than 150.000 meters of spatially arranged glass- and carbon fibres. They all need to be individually designed and placed, which is very hard to achieve with a typical linear workflow and established production technologies. Thus, it requires a novel co-design approach, where architectural design, structural engineering and robotic fabrication are developed in continuous computational feedback. In this way, the fibre arrangement, density and orientation of each building component can be individually calibrated, structurally tuned and architecturally articulated, while remaining directly producible.

The building components are produced by robotic, coreless filament winding, a novel additive manufacturing approach pioneered and developed at the University of Stuttgart. Fibrous filaments are freely placed between two rotating winding scaffolds by a robot. During this process, the predefined shape of the building component emerges only from the interaction of the filaments, eliminating the need for any mould or core. This allows for bespoke form and individual fibre layup for each component without any economic disadvantage. In addition, there is no production waste or material off-cuts. During manufacturing, a lattice of translucent glass fibres is generated, onto which the black carbon fibres are placed where they are structurally needed. This results in highly load-adapted components with a highly distinct architectural appearance.

Full production took place at the project’s industrial partner FibR GmbH. Each component takes between four to six hours to make from around 1.000 meters of glass fibre and 1.600 meters of carbon fibre on average.

Unique Lightweight Structure and Expressive Architectural Space

The pavilion covers a floor area of around 400 square meters and achieves a free span of more than 23 meters. It is enclosed by a fully transparent, mechanically pre-stressed ETFE membrane. The primary load bearing structure is made from 60 bespoke fibre composite components only. With 7.6 kilograms per square meter, it is exceptionally lightweight, approximately five times lighter than a more conventional steel structure. Elaborate testing procedures required for full approval showed that a single fibrous component can take up to 250 kilonewtons of compression force, which equals around 25 tons or the weight of more than 15 cars. The pavilion shows how a truly integrative approach to computational design and robotic fabrication enables the development of novel, truly digital fibre composite building systems that are fully compliant with the stringent German building regulations, exceptionally light, structurally efficient and architecturally expressive.

Embedded in the wavelike landscape of the Bundesgartenschau grounds, the pavilion translates the innovation on a technical level into a unique architectural experience. The black carbon filament bundles, wrapping around the translucent glass fibre lattice-like flexed muscles, create a stark contrast in texture that is highlighted by the pavilion’s fully transparent skin. This distinctive architectural articulation is further intensified by the gradient from sparser carbon filaments at the top towards their denser application on the slenderest components that meet the ground. While most visitors may not have seen anything like it before, the pavilion exposes its underlying design principles in an explicable yet expressive way. Its unfamiliar yet authentic architectural articulation evokes new ways of digital making, which no longer remain a futuristic proposition but already have become a tangible reality.

Architects : ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

Location : Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn GmbH 2019, Theodor-Fischer-Straße 36, 74076 Heilbronn, Germany

Area : 400.0 m2

Project Year : 2019

Photographs : Roland Halbe, ICD/ITKE, University of Stuttgart, Nikolai Benner

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