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Architecture. Innovations. Future

25 December 2015 | Friday
URE Club

What is New Year for the majority? That's right,  it is a pine tree, lights, toys and a bit of magic. Today we are going to watch the wonder of light transmissive facades,  find out the secret of glowing trees from China, see the magic turn of Al Aziz Mosque during the night time and make a walk through top 20 most impressive underground railway stations.

Glowing trees

A new site-specific installation has recently been created at the Oval Atrium in the International Finance Centre (IFC) complex in Hong Kong. The installation named ‘Glowing Trees’, was designed by architecture firm spatial practice, and consists of seven out-of-scale kinetic ‘trees’, that move up and down within the space to create a magical experience. Each ‘tree’ is composed of 2,174 strips of fabric, which were hand sewnhttp://www.contemporist.com/2015/12/21/watch-these-glowing-trees-move-and-sparkle-at-a-mall-in-hong-kong/

Waffle slab system

Holedeck's concrete slab system http://holedeck.com/ claims to use 55% less concrete than a standard concrete slab, making it significantly more environmentally friendly than standard concrete structures, while reducing the thickness of floor plates to allow a greater number of floors in tall buildings. Offering two different thicknesses - 300 millimeters and a 450 millimeters - Holedeck is an exposed structural slab system which can accommodate lights, ducts and other mechanical equipment in and around its structure. Using an innovative concrete formwork, the system is essentially an upgrade to the familiar waffle slab system, piercing a hole in the concrete between each void to create a network of open space within the slab's structure. Holedeck therefore offers a way to easily access, maintain and rearrange the equipment housed in the ceiling, meaning that management and renovation of the building becomes significantly easier. Holedeck therefore offers a way to easily access, maintain and rearrange the equipment housed in the ceiling, meaning that management and renovation of the building becomes significantly easier http://www.archdaily.com/779340/this-innovative-concrete-slab-system-uses-up-to-55-percent-less-concrete

World's first light-transmitting panels

Light-transmitting concrete panel enable to change the façade’s color the internet http://progrinding.ru/2013/08/15/pervyj-v-mire-fasad-iz-betona-propuskayushhij-svet/ The world’s first example was performed by LUCEM  http://www.lucem.de/. The structure of LUCEM concrete panels consist of light-transmitting fiber. It can transmit sunlight, as well as artificial light and display more than simple colorization, but also logos and texts.  LUCEM’s panels can be used for façade panels, interior partitions, floor covering, furniture production or décor.

Unique light-transmitting concrete makes Abu Dhabi’s gorgeous Al Aziz Mosque glow.  As the sun sets, the structure’s façade comes aglow with the 99 names of God as described in the Koran. The letters protrude approximately 30 millimeters from the surface of the units. These blocks are quite sustainable to Abu Dhabi’s weather conditions and extreme temperatures  http://arcfly.blogspot.com/2015/10/unique-light-transmitting-concrete.html

Subway fairytale

Is it possible to see the pieces of art within ordinary subway? Though, the list of the most impressive underground railway stations, performed by the Daily Telegraph, proves that it is http://worldartdalia.blogspot.com/2014/02/daily-telegraph-22.html


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