Archive for the ‘exibition’ Category

0°01’ W Network in [e]motion / NOVAE Architecture

November 2, 2010


Italy-based NOVAE Architecture shared with us their project “0°01’ W Network in [e]motion”, their proposal for a competition to design an adaptable floating gallery in , UK. More images and architect’s description after the break.

The challenge involves the design of a mobile architecture gallery built to contain and distribute – both metaphorically and literally – ideas for the city as whole. The installation travels along the River Thames, connecting in this way a number of artistic spaces, and picking up visitors along the riverbank, particularly at South Bank. This container vessel have to be versatile and the exhibition space must be able to adapt itself to the movement of the river.

The 0°01’ W Network IN [E]motion consists of a lightweight structure installed upon a floating barge, with a basic area of approximately 500 m2. The concept is a sort of crystalline network idea: an anisotropy structure shaping through simple movement, a crystalline network break itself becoming a mobile adaptable machine: the break makes happen flexible modification capable to form different inner spaces looking toward the river. The object is easily distinguishable from all the other types of vessels which currently navigate the river, picking up people, get into a floating urban movement in a changeover condition, the gallery comes into a constant mutation with the city, continuously changing itself, coming into being now a bow, now a floating room, now a bridge; it ‘s capable of altering through its “temporary” presence the urban profile of the city, while at the same time being able to incorporate itself into the miscellaneous context of modern‐day .
Breaking water: the idea is to create a new “social” landscape, flowing in a new configuration: spaces form by gradual solidification of water. The floating gallery is a recognizable object able to make its “temporary” presence felt in the context of the urban profile of the city. Working into an idea of clever changing, the gallery is a transformer machine, it changes according to the weather conditions using clever glasses that are capable to became an opaque, colorful or translucid surface; changing their behavior broad light create different conditions of illumination and temperature inside spaces, reducing the energy consumption for the condition of the environment.
Source:  Sebastian J (Archdaily)

Competition Design of Neutelings & Riedijk architects for EXPO 2010

November 2, 2010
The Dutch pavilion for the world exhibition in Shanghai is developed as a floating dock. The dock will be built in the Netherlands and dragged to Shanghai, with visits of the mayor ports in the world. The undertaking of the construction and the journey of the dock will be part of the expo itself. Once arrived in Shanghai, the pavilion will float on the river opposite the Bund. Water taxis can reach the pavilion where you can experience the floating presentations. The dock is set up as a theater stage that can have changing exhibitions and events, where water is the main theme. After the world exhibition the pavilion travels back to the Netherlands, to fulfill new functions.

The Future of Green Architecture: A Floating Museum

October 29, 2010

Physalia is half-boat, half-building, and all green. This mammoth aluminum concept by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is meant to travel Europe’s rivers, making filthy water drinkable. At the same time, the ship generates more energy than it uses.

A coat of titanium dioxide paint brushed onto the silvery shell will neutralize pollution by absorbing ultraviolet rays, enabling a chemical reaction that decomposes organic and inorganic toxins. (It’s the same technology used in certain high-tech concrete that breaks down airborne particulates.) As the vessel whips along, purifying waterways, it can draw on both solar and hydro power. Turbines under the hull transform water movement into electricity, and rooftop photovoltaic cells harness energy from the sun. The roof doubles as a nursery, whose carefully selected plants help filter river gunk, whether from the Thames, Rhine or Euphrates.


But Physalia isn’t just designed to be a working ship. The vessel will also be a floating museum of sorts. Scientists who study aquatic ecosystems can hole up in the dedicated “Earth garden” lab, and tourists can visit temporary exhibits in a “water garden” or settle into a submerged lounge that could easily pass for a London nightclub. Callebaut, 33, dreamed up the idea after last year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen shone a long-overdue spotlight on global water issues. He has some lofty terms for his project: It’s a “nomadic hydrodynamic laboratory,” a “fragment of living earth,” and a “floating agora” on a “geopolitical scale.” Others might just call it a cool idea.

Source: Popsci

Buckminster Fuller – Triton floating city

October 19, 2010

Triton was a concept for an anchored floating city that would be located just offshore and connected with bridges and such to the mainland. It was a collection of tetrahedronal structures with apartments and such.

Sources: Triton floating city, DPR Barcelona.

Floating Architecture gallery-OS 2012. London

October 19, 2010

Source: Arhiconst (Simion Popa)

A Floating Pavilion for Croatia at the Venice Biennale 2010

October 19, 2010

This year’s Croatian Pavilion for the Biennale of Venice was designed by a group of 14 leading Croatian architects, amongst them our friends of 3LHD Architects. The floating construction was built up on an existing barge in the harbour of Reijka and was afterwards shipped through the Adriatic Sea to Venice. The structure is welded from 30 tons of Q385 wire mesh in more than 40 layers, they form – due to varying contours – the interior spaces. The Pavilion with the Croatian exhibition is open at the Croatian venue at the Arsenale.


Source: ArchiTONIC