Marseille, France Foster + Partners, 2013Composed of a bladelike canopy and slender support columns, this steel pavilion was an instant sensation upon its completion last March. The key to the folly’s success is scintillatingly simple: Its highly polished underside reflects the bustling crowds below and the glistening harbor nearby, captivating passersby as well as the groups who flock to the historic plaza for outdoor performances and other events. Measuring 150 feet long by 72 feet wide by 20…
Death Star Hotel – BakuAcest Asian resort reinvents the notion of skyscrapers, with patterns inspired by outer space. South Korean architects who designed this complex have provided Asian 2 hotels facing the Caspian Sea: Hotel “Full Moon” (Full Moon) – a sphere with a hole in the top right, which resembles a black hole (black holes appear in the explosion of a star – hence the name complex can) – and hotel “Crescent” (Crescent) – a similar arc of a month up.
The star-shaped, tiered islands will feature beaches, golf courses and an environmentally friendly convention center, and indoor areas will be nestled under green-roof terraces. The project will cost more than $5 million to complete, but it’s a small price to pay when your entire nation is expected to be underwater one day.
Future Arch: CRAZY MINI-GOLF SCHOOL - This one is actually kinda confusing. Is it in the middle of a golf course? Is it a gym? Looks interesting but hard to tell where you actually learn… source: gizmag.com – The designers (LAVA) say it’s a “relocatable school [that] is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design that incorporates prefabrication, eco-materials and symmetrical repeatable geometry.’
Why should a bridge just be a bridge when it can also serve as a park, meeting space, mall, museum and energy generator? This concept for the Paik Nam June Media Bridge in Seoul, South Korea would connect a newly redeveloped public cultural space with the National Assembly Building, and with its vertical gardens, solar panels and interesting attractions it practically serves as a city within itself.