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Zaha Hadid unveils Monterrey apartment complex

By - May 15, 2015 9 Pictures

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled a luxury apartment building planned for Huajuco Canyon, Monterrey, Mexico. The original brief for the Esfera City Center project demanded 12 residential towers. But presumably an architect with Hadid's clout can choose to do what she thinks best, and she designed a nine-story complex comprising a total of 981 apartments spread over 136,000 sq m (1,463,891 sq ft) instead.

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Friggatto avoids planning laws with a push

By - May 13, 2015 17 Pictures

Full Scale Studio, which is based at Stockholm's KTH School of Architecture, hit upon a novel plan to sidestep Swedish planning laws when constructing an inexpensive studio. Rather than build one large structure, Friggatto features two smaller buildings, one of which is set on wheels. It must be pushed a little way from its larger counterpart at least once every six months to avoid requiring a permit.

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Covert House hides in plain sight

By - May 13, 2015 22 Pictures

In a bid to reduce the visual impact of a modern family home located within a conservation area in London, local architecture firm DSDHA sunk half of the residence into the ground and covered much of the rest with glass and mirrors. The result is a partially camouflaged building suitably named Covert House, which also boasts sustainable features that include rainwater collection and solar panels.

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Urban Algae Canopy will generate a 4-hectare forest's worth of oxygen

By - May 12, 2015 14 Pictures

London's ecoLogicStudio has demonstrated a full-scale prototype of its urban algae canopy at the "Feeding the Planet" expo in Milan. This "bio-digital" structure sees fluid filled with microalgae organisms pumped around an otherwise transparent shelter to produce dynamic shade, energy in the form of biomass, and an impressive amount of oxygen, while responding to the presence of visitors to produce interesting visual effects.

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