Following an architectural competition, Italy's Stefano Boeri has been given the nod to design a "vertical forest" for Lausanne, Switzerland. The novel tower will be dominated by greenery and boast some sustainable technology, including solar power and rainwater collection.
Recently, we've seen public parks created – or planned for creation – on old railways, in old trolley terminals, on streets, bridges and piers. A new park in London, however, is more unusual than all of these. It's built inside the structure of an old gasholder.
Museums and art galleries typically only display a fraction of their stock at any one time, with the rest locked firmly behind closed doors where it's stored and restored. In what it says is the first project of its kind, Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has been given the go ahead for a new public art depot that offers visitors insight into this off-limits area of the art world.
Whether for financial or ethical reasons, or in pursuit of a better way of life, increasing numbers of people are joining the burgeoning small living movement. Join Gizmag as we give a big thumbs up to ten of the most attractive, innovative, and downright interesting tiny houses we've come across in the past 12 months.
A vertical village in Singapore has been name the World Building of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival. The Interlace is a residential development designed by OMA / Buro Ole Scheeren. It comprises 31 six-story apartment blocks stacked in hexagonal shapes.
A building in Kaufbeuren, Germany, is the first to receive Passive House Premium certification. The House of Energy is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. It has an annual heating demand of only 8 kWh / sq m (0.7 kWh / sq ft) and a 250 sq m (2,691 sq ft) photovoltaic system on the roof.
Following a lawsuit, a significant redesign, and not a little controversy, the Chicago City Council has finally succumbed to the Force, and approved zoning for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The ambitious project is expected to open for business sometime in 2019.
An extension of the Musholm sports and holiday resort for people with disabilities is said to have made it one of the most accessible in the world. It has a new multi-purpose hall and 24 new holiday homes. Access routes, wayfinding, lighting and facilities have all been designed with accessibility in mind.
Housing space in New York is increasingly at a premium in terms of both demand and cost. A new development, however, will cater for those who don't need a lot of space. Project architect nARCHITECTS says My Micro New York will be the tallest modular construction in Manhattan.
Manshausen Island is situated in the the Grøtøya strait off the coast of Northern Norway. Visitors to the 55-ac (22-ha) site can go kayaking, diving, cycling, climbing and hiking. Now, when they're done for the day, they can also relax in their own cabin that hangs over the chilly water below.