Tuesday, July 22, 2008

another month of posts - day twentytwo

Buildings that have caught my eye recently:
Dubai, the city which has been developing some incredibly amazing architecture lately. The latest in the works is 'The Dynamic Tower', an apartment building designed by David Fisher. It is an 80 storey building, and each level can rotate 360 degrees at voice command, and power-generating wind turbines between each level making the design more energy sustainable.

The Beijing National Stadium 北京國家體育場 aka the Bird's Nest 鳥巢, has been in the news not only for the unique design but also for the fatalities related to the construction process. The stadium will be where the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be hosting the opening and closing ceremony as well as the main athletics events. It's innovative structure consisting of the web of twisting steel sections that form the roof (hence the nickname Bird's Nest) was a collaboration by architects Herzog & de Meuron, ArupSport and China Architecture Design & Research Group.

CaixaForum Madrid, Spain, is not only for art-lovers (it is an art museum) but also an architectural spectacle. It's designed by Herzog & de Meuron to appear as if the building has been lifted off the ground, and my favourite outside feature of this building is that it has a 24m vertical garden! I've been eyeing the interior designs too and they are just so beautiful.

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