Vertical Park

June 6, 2009

Vertical Park is a modular skyscraper made up of a series of stacking units. The solar-powered structure contains sky-gardens in addition to spaces for living and working, and recycles all of its own water.

Each module of the Vertical Park can be configured to provide space for public and private use, water and solar collection, and urban farming.

This allows for flexibility in design, size, and location – including the potential for relocation throughout the city or the world.

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Capital Gate

May 31, 2009

Capital Gate, the most leaning building in the world. Capital Gate will house Abu Dhabi’s first Hyatt hotel, a presidential-style luxury, 5-star hotel and will provide 200 hotel rooms.
The central core of the building slants in the opposite direction to the lean of the structure, and it straightening as it grows. It sits on top of a 7-foot-deep concrete base with a dense mesh of reinforced steel. The steel exoskeleton known as the diagrid sits above an extensive distribution of 490 piles that have been drilled 100 feet underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building.

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Imagine what is on the top of this tower?
Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas has  thrill rides on top of it, none of them would be particularly noteworthy if they were planted on the ground, but at more than 900 feet above Vegas’ famed strip, they’re all beyond wild and two of them may just be the most thrilling, if not terrifying, rides on the planet.

The Big Shot is a hydraulic freefall drop tower, similar to many found at theme parks except this one is on top of the tower.

Insanity has seats tethered to an arm that swings out beyond the tower leaving riders dangling 1000 feet in the air. As the ride begins its circular motion, the seats rise and tilt downward to the Strip.
XScream resembles a giant seesaw that sends riders teetering over the edge of the tower.

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Architecture firms Perkins + Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates based in Dallas and Los Angeles designed this 27-story skyscraper in downtown Mumbai with a cost nearing USD2 billion. The architects and designers create as they go, altering floor plans, design elements and concepts as the building is constructed.
Owned by  Mukesh Ambani, head of Mumbai, India-based petrochemical giant Reliance Industries, and the fifth richest man in the world. The home will cost more than a hotel or high-rise of similar size because of its custom measurements and fittings. The Ambani home, called Antilla has no two floors alike in either plans or materials used.
Antilla’s shape is based on Vaastu, an Indian tradition much like Feng Shui that is said to move energy beneficially through the building by strategically placing materials, rooms and objects.

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120th Anniversary Eiffel Tower Observation Deck designed by Serero. The Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel decided to restructure the public reception and access areas of the tower, and the result will be a temporary horizontal extension of the 3rd floor of the tower. Serero’s design is built out of carbon kevlar, steel connectors, and metal mesh.
“The design is based on a generative script, creating branches out of the primary structure of the tower. Inspired by the structural concept of Eiffel of three-dimensional cross bracing beams, the script unfolds along curved lines the “DNA” of the tower. The script used the existing structure at the top of the tower ( a 10 by 10 meters cube) to generate 3 structural weaves, which are interconnected. These layers are combined to create a woven complex, which is based on the redundancy and the non-repetition of patterns to increase its structural performance. In opposition with modern engineering (based on the concept of repetition and optimization), the project for the Eiffel tower extension is based on an alternative model of high performance.”

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Updated April Fools Day: Le grand hoax: Eiffel Tower extension is fake

The building of 23,000 m2 will comprise of a Science Centre, aquarium, theatre, offices, laboratories and commercial and retail facilities and is located at the eastern edge of Hafencity, Hamburg’s ambitious harbor redevelopment.

The Science Centre is constructed of ten modular blocks that connect to form a ring shaped building. This concept allows for maximum flexibility for exhibitions. Visitors will start their visit at the so called “base station” just under the top of the building, cross over through the exhibition halls and descend in the modular blocks through the various exhibited scientific subjects.
I reminded me of a drawing I did when I was in the Polytechnics 15 years ago… I thought drawing blocks was the most un-creative thing to do for a “future” theme but I did get good marks for it…hahah…

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X-SEED 4000

August 26, 2007


The mountain-like X-Seed 4000 represents a utopian eco-vision for a self-contained high-rise city in the Tokyo harbor – powered mainly by solar energy. Aesthetically inspired by nearby Mt. Fuji, the behemoth building would measure 13,123 feet tall with a 6 square-kilometer footprint, and could accommodate five hundred thousand to one million inhabitants.

Designed by Taisei Construction Corporation as an “intelligent building,” the futuristically-named X-Seed 4000 would maintain light, temperature, and air pressure in response to changing external weather conditions.

Unlike conventional skyscrapers, the X-Seed 4000 would be required to actively protect its occupants from considerable air pressure gradations and weather fluctuations along its massive elevation. Its design calls for the use of solar power to maintain internal environmental conditions. Some estimate that the cost to construct the X-Seed 4000 structure may be somewhere between USD300-900 billion.

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