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.
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.
Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled plans to transform a large stretch of unused raised highway in Seoul, South Korea, into a pedestrian-friendly skygarden. The Seoul Skygarden is due for completion in 2017 and will also include some retail spaces, such as cafés, flower shops, and street markets.
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.
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.
Architectural projects based on shipping containers are one thing, but what about a project that uses an entire ship? Chris Collaris, in collaboration with Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker, and Patrick van der Gronde, recently unveiled the Black Gold project: a vision for turning an oil tanker into a mixed-use structure in the Southern Gulf Region.
Dutch firm Marc Koehler Architects recently completed a striking luxury vacation home in the island of Terschelling, Northern Netherlands. The aptly-named Dune House boasts sustainable design and is sympathetic to the surrounding landscape, rising like a diamond out of the sand.
Google recently revealed its plan to construct an ambitious new headquarters in Mountain View, California. However, the city's council has reportedly put the future of the project in serious doubt by awarding the majority of available land in the area to LinkedIn instead.
From supersized tiny homes to a cabin disguised as a rock, we've covered some unusual abodes here at Gizmag. The recently-completed Steampunk Adventure Home, by Ogden, Utah-based Maximus Extreme Living Solutions, is just as left-of-field, and the tough towable home highlights the impressive variety of the small living movement with its Steampunk-inspired detailing.
Are our houses over-engineered? They're certainly expensive, thanks in part to the building materials and labor required to construct them. Maison D, by Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme, makes an interesting argument for using budget building materials to produce a stripped-down family house at a relatively affordable price.
A team of five mechanical engineering seniors has been tasked by NASA to design furniture suitable for use in future habitats on Mars, the Moon, or in space itself. The Lunar Lounger project aims to address the lack of available space and the low-gravity in such conditions, while ensuring the comfort of astronauts.