Archive for the ‘Concept & Proposals’ Category
From the Just What We Needed Dept.
Combining China’s growing enthusiasm for private museums with its increasing appetite for driving, the new Nanjing Automobile Museum is set to be the world’s first drive-through museum.
Visitors drive their cars around the building’s angular origami-like spiral to the roof, where they park and continue by descending through the building’s exhibits on foot. When they get to the bottom, an elevator shuttles them back up to their waiting cars.
Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?
The structure is built from hexagonal cells on the exterior as well as throughout the interior. Built as a metaphor for how the UN operates and functions, this memorial space is meant to “represent the nature of the organization, where many different nations come together to create one entity, but without losing their individual identities.” Inside there are two conference halls, a theater, an exhibition space and an assembly hall for 1,500 people. The cellular design will also serve as a multi-function meeting space and house offices, restaurants, meeting and educational space as well as public viewing platforms.
An open staircase winds up the exterior of the building and leads all the way up to the roof, where a public garden and green roof await. Rooms, meeting space and public areas are all well lit by natural daylight. We’re quite taken with this design proposal and considering it received 3rd place, we’d love to know what the first and second place designs were.
These images show the futuristic building plans for the Museum of Middle East Modern Art to be located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The project is being lead by UN Studio, an architecture company in the Netherlands. Like many other projects in Dubai, this cultural building is defining new modern design ideas in a city that is investing in its future. The museum will be located in Culture Village near the banks of Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai). With the blossoming wealth of the region one can only hope that its collection will rival that of other modern art museums around the world. Via.
Step into the Alfra Vico Luxury Motor Yacht Marino 52, and you’re sure to be floored by its stunningly simple design and interiors. Boasting of modern gadgetry to make sure you kiss high-speeds effortlessly, the yacht is envisioned as ‘motion art’ of the highest echelon. From the cleats to the projectile anchor, to the convertible exterior lounge-sofas/daybeds, to the fully computer-controlled helm station, the Marino 52 screams extravagance! We also discovered that Alfra Vico opted to invent and purpose-build new patent-pending electronic control systems, mechanizations, cleats, and other essential functional elements.
Awesomely stunning visuals as well! Check out the full details here.
Architects: Enproyecto arquitectura
Location: Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Client: Goverment of Castilla-La Mancha. Culture section
Main sponsor: CEMEX S.L
Constructor: FERCOPE S.L.
Structural engineer: Álvaro Leonardo
Project year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Ricardo Santonja, Emilio Valverde
This monument is situated in the home town of Pedro Almodóvar, Calzada de Calatrava, in the heart of La Mancha
I don’t know how you guys see this monument, but to me, as an architect, this is just a translation over a polygonal contour. It’s about stylizing some stairs. Is that all that can be in a monument? Can you find some other meanings to this? Of course, I could say this is a panel to another part of the city, or a connection between two worlds, but why does something of this scale be so simplistic, or for the ones more philosophic, why so complicated, and not accessible to everyday man, woman or child? Why does it has to be so damn useless? Because it’s a monument?