The design of the Water Cube is derived from theoretical physics, and the steel frame that encompasses this swimming centre is based on what is known as the Weaire-Phelan structure, which describes the most efficient way to divide space. This is in fact the same way that bubbles form in foam.
Whereas soap bubbles can be divided into two shapes – three quarters of the cells have 14 sides and the remainder have twelve – the engineering solution to make the Water Cube a reality requires over a hundred different ones. However, in spite of their seeming randomness, bubbles always touch each other with a regular geometry and it is this simple fact that makes the design feasible.
Hilbertz hopes to start growing an island there before the end of the year. â€œWeâ€™ll establish our presence there and stake a claim, and see what happens. If anyone challenges us, we have lawyers ready to argue our case. Weâ€™ve had so many legal opinions that we decided just to go ahead and see what happens,â€ he says.
I wanna see these in some Kim Ki Duk movies [which are sick]. Get on that!
So this is by no means â€˜newâ€™, but pretty ill nonetheless. The High Line in Manhattan is being converted into/used for various new purposesâ€¦construction on which began this spring [April]. Check it all out at the Friends of the High Line site.
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues have created a rolling cardboard landscape within the Rice Gallery in Texas. Made of around 4000 sheets of cardboard, the installation is meant to transform the way people understand and interact with the spaces they inhabit. Visitors are encouraged to climb on and around the installation, experiencing the change this produces in the galleryâ€™s space.
Well, for lack of a better way to put itâ€¦Dubai is on some crazy ish [check out this gallery of architecture in Dubai]. This new tower, 0-14, was designed by Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture P.C. and developer Shahab Lutfi. The 22 story building will house over 300,000 square feet that is enclosed by a facade which is perforated with over 1,000 openings [damn]. Not only is it pretty fly looking, but its also structural, while allowing for natural lighting and ventilation within the highrise [can you say passive solar and chimney effect?].
The proposed structure, dubbed â€˜Urban Cactusâ€™, is a 19 story residential building containing 98 units, which are stacked and rotated in such a way as to allow each unit to have [basically] a two story exterior garden/terrace space. Designed by UCX Architects with Ben Huygen and Jasper Jaegers, the building will be located in the Vuurplaat section of Rotterdam, on the harbor.
[Ed: I wanna live in that thing!]