Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road.
Here's a concept for a forest retreat that's a little different from the norm. Holland's OAS1S has envisioned an eponymous community of dwellings that are covered in greenery and resemble trees. Constructed from recycled wood and operating off-grid with the use of sustainable technology, the whimsical homes – or "treescrapers" – would make walking along your street feel more like a stroll through a forest.
Following its novel renovation of Madrid apartment Didomestic, architecture firm Elii took on a similarly quirky makeover of another flat in Spain's capital. Susaloon features flexible folding furniture installed throughout in a bid to maximize available space.
Last year we reported on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's competition seeking a new Guggenheim museum for Helsinki, Finland. A winner has now been selected: Art in the City, by Paris-based firm Moreau Kusunoki.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed the winners of 2015's Best Tall Building competition. Comprising four categories: Americas, Asia and Australasia, Europe, and Middle East and Africa, the awards highlight some of the best new skyscrapers around the globe.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of its 2015 National Awards. While last year was dominated by massive projects like the Shard and the Library of Birmingham, this year is marked by an increase in housing projects, which make up a quarter of the overall winners.
Building Trust International, Atelier COLE, and Habitat for Humanity
Cambodia have collaborated on a project to create affordable housing for
low-income Cambodians. The result, dubbed Framework House, is a
sustainable home that is built primarily from bamboo and wood, and it
costs just US$2,500 to build.
China-based architecture studio Büro Ole Scheeren (led by the architect responsible for Beijing's CCTV) has envisioned a mixed-use highrise for Vancouver, Canada. The firm aims to make 1500 West Georgia stand out from what Scheeren dismisses as the city's "generic" existing towers, with a novel form that features a series of extruding horizontal and vertical boxes.
Zaha Hadid has designed two new towers for Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The matching towers rise to a height of 44 stories and, if the project goes ahead, will be built to a budget of US$600 million.
Researchers at Australia's University of Wollongong (UOW) have created a number of 3D-printed custom flutes that can play microtonal tunings otherwise unachievable with standard flutes, thus opening up a whole new series of tones to flute players. The same research could also lead to instruments which are easier for disabled people to play.