White Arkitekter creates Lattice Observation Tower in Sweden.
White Arkitekter has won an architectural competition for a landmark 12-meter-tall observation tower, hosted by the municipality of Varberg, Sweden. The design procedure included hyperboloid construction principle, consisting of a lattice of straight beams which creates the illusion of a curve creating an iconic structure with a viewing platform that would generate a stimulating and experiential environment. The White scheme is constructed entirely of wood, with 140 wooden ribs forming a three-dimensional woven structure.
Foster+ partners designs modular stations for Saudi Arabia’s high-speed railway.
Foster + partners has completed four stations, that form part of a 450-kilometer long rail link that connects the major Saudi Arabian cities, comprise the high-speed railway inspired by the ancient architectural traditions of the region and provide a shaded retreat while creating a new infrastructural spine for the country. It is built using a modular approach, with consistent design elements, the steel columns and arches form freestanding structural trees that are repeated on a square grid and connect to form a flexible vaulted roof.
Grocery store urges customers to rethink plastic with embarrassing bags.
Customers who don’t bring their own bags to the East West Market in Vancouver will instead have to carry their grocery home in bags reading “Wart Ointment Wholesale” or “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium”. The bags are meant to force customers to think twice about consumption habits. The store points out that millions of plastic bags are used once before being discarded, creating the problem of plastic waste. Canada is grappling with a deluge of plastics which cannot be recycled and instead end up in landfills.
KPF’s first residential tower in Philadelphia is on the way.
New York based architects have broken ground on their first high-rise residential project in Philadelphia. The 47-story glass and steel monolith, called Arthaus, is designed as a bundled mass made up of four towers that each rise to a different height, featuring different compositional approaches for each of its many exposures. In some planes, the building’s horizontal floor plates are accented with white aluminum paneling, while adjacent facades deploy the same materials in much thinner proportions as vertical mullions.