"The current renaissance of the mashrabiya culminates in a large-scale responsive screen system in Abu Dhabi with the Al Bahr Towers by Aedas. The solar-responsive dynamic screen decreases the towers’ solar gain. According to Aedes, the lightly tinted glass reduces the incoming daylight at all times and not only for temperature-critical situations. The system even includes about 2.000 umbrella-like modules per tower driven by photovoltaic panels."
"With a green spin on form follows function, the recently completed Blauhaus (Blue House) in Mönchengladbach, Germany, embeds energy-generating solar panels within the facade. The sleek, reflective exterior of this mixed-use educational facility, a tesselating set of blue glass and solar panels, adds a functional flourish to the building’s progressive profile. Designed by Kadawittfeldarchitektur, the structure is a joint project between Niederrheim University and the local utility company NEW, and gives both institutions a cutting-edge space for collaboration and learning."
More info and photos over at Curbed
"My god, it's full of drawings!"
This new, beautiful, monolithic book (sorry, had to do it...) just landed on our collective desk and we're a little excited about it, to say the very least. Everyone has heard of 2001, Kubrick and Clarke, but how many have heard of Harry Lange, the man behind the design of the film? And by "the film" we mean pretty much the entire movie. We are talking about the architecture and engineering behind the Clavius moonbase, the space stations, their interiors, including all the furniture, all in absolutely exquisite detail, the astronauts' spacesuits, their machinery, computers and their UIs... and that's just scratching the surface of this tome, which we would consider something of a modernist, technical design bible.
This is a book for lovers of architecture, interior design (particularly mid-century modern), lighting design, material design, UI design, character design, fashion, technical/engineering design, film, stage design and space itself. There aren't many people who wouldn't adore this gorgeous book.
It can be picked up from Amazon here.
"Haltia has been designed to blend with its location. it is surrounded by the symbols of Finnish nature: granite bedrock, a lake, and dense forest. Haltia’s north face is sheltered inside the rock, while the southern face opens itself towards the lake scenery."
This is a truly special building. Plenty more photos available on ArchDaily.
"Cities will no longer be allowed to grow beyond what their natural resources can support, and odd-shaped buildings will be forbidden, according to the guideline from the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, China’s Cabinet."
"Within five years, a map of all such illegal buildings across China’s cities will have been drawn up and action taken against violators, the document said."