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Wuxi Grand Theatre | Wuxi, Jiangsu, China PDF Print E-mail
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PES-Architects, a firm whose Shanghai office has recently moved to it's new location in the French Concession area of the Xuhui District, designed the Wuxi Grand Theater in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. "The new complex contains a wide variety of functions, but most noticeably it will house the 1680 seat Grand Theatre for classical and Chinese opera, ballet, and symphony orchestral music and a Comprehensive Performance Hall with a capacity 690 seats. The main architectural image of the Wuxi Grand Theatre consists of eight leaves, or wings, which, together with the terraced stone plinth give the impression of a butterfly descending onto the shore of the Wu-Li Lake. This artist and sculptural form creates a landmark building for Wuxi’s new performing arts center." - PESARK

 

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The Water Planet - Steinhart Aquarium | San Francisco PDF Print E-mail
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The Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco provides as encompassing view of the connection between our planet's water and life. Within the Steinhart Aquarium is "The Water Planet," a 10,000 square foot exhibition that integrates living animals and advanced multimedia technologies rendering complex natural phenomena to the touch of visitors. Design frim Thinc is responsible for the exhibit and called on Urban A&O to design the wavy walls and islands of The Water Planet. Take a look.

 

 

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The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion | London PDF Print E-mail
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Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to provide a powerful visual symbol of our commitment to the highest standards of innovation in design and sustainability. We look forward to welcoming visitors and guests to the BMW Group Pavilion throughout the Games." On display, on the second floor which is surrounded by water and the top deck which has nine individual rooftop pavilions, are the BMW E-Scooter, the BMW iPedelec, BMW i3 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept and the new generation BMW 3 Series Touring. The Pavilion sits with the Olympic Park as backdrop.

 

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Panoramic Garden by Sadar + Vuga | Slovenia PDF Print E-mail
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Inspired by the cross-section of a plant leaf, this remarkable steel structure is the Panoramic Garden of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, otherwise known as CCIS in Ljublijana. As their website indicates, the space houses an 'inner interior garden, where a spatial ribbon carries the troughs and baskets with lush tropical greenery, where from one can enjoy a magnificent view of the city centre.' The firm of Sadar + Vuga is the responsible designers.

 

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Matadero Theater & Library | Madrid PDF Print E-mail
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This spectacular achievement from architects Josemaria Churtichaga and Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo of CH+QS Architects based out of Madrid, Spain. An intricate lighting system accents the uniquely dark theatre-like atmosphere perfect for viewing films in either of the two movie theaters. The "Matadero Theater and Library" has a film library as well. Check out the images.

 

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The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre | Vancouver, Canada PDF Print E-mail
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LEED or Leadership in Energy and Envorinmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence in building and construction of sustainable structures. The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre looks to exceed 'LEED Platinum' status, designed to reach the most stringent measurement of sustainability; the 'Living Building Challange." Inspired by the organic form and natural aesthetic of a native orchid, with undulating green roof 'petals' that float above rammed earth and concrete walls. Creating a harmonious balance between architecture and landscape, the Visitor Centre uses filtered rainwater  and treats 100% of blackwater in an on-site bioreator. Now that's being one with nature. Designed by Chicago based Perkins + Wills, the pictures will amaze.

 

 

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The Contemporary Art Museum | Raleigh - North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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The building itself is considered a work of art, designed by Brooks + Scarpa and Clearscapes Architecture + Art, the space actually houses three galleries; The Black Box Room for digital art, the Street Gallery, and of course the Main gallery. Almost every facet of the structure serves several purposes and is rich with particular meaning. The final result does a great job of holding true to Raleigh, North Carolina's red-brick history while venturing into the present and future. The original structure was preserved while a few additions were made like the 900 square foot entry. See the images below.

 

 

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