'The Fab Lab House', photo by Adrià Goula
‘Peanut house’, ‘cinnamon submarine, ‘forest zeppelin’ or ‘whale belly’, there have been many names for the sculptural contribution of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) at this year’s Solar Decathlon Europe. The prefabricated wooden construction which carries some significant technological innovations such as the world’s most efficient flexible solar panels won the people’s choice award. The project, which involved architects and experts from 20 countries, is being developed in cooperation with The Center for Bits and Atoms from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the worldwide network of Fab Labs.
Shanghai Nanjing Rd. Pedestrian Kiosks by Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects (ALYA) 2009
Established in Hong Kong 2004 and Shanghai 2006, Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects (ALYA) represents a team of design professionals dedicated to improving the built-environment through global vision and individual attention with a focus on architecture, interior and urban design. Working in the context of feverish developments in contemporary Asia, they approach each project with clarity, method, and experimentation. Some of the notable projects by ALYA recently completed include the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art located in the People’s Park, Shanghai, Han River Renaissance Pedestrian Tunnels in Seoul, South Korea, and a toy manufacturing facility in Dongguan, Pearl River Delta.
Project Team: Liu Yuyang, Mavis Fan, Lin Yilin, Yuan Ping, Jimmy Poek
Improvement of the built environment in an honest, meaningful and sustainable way is their goal. Equipped with global perspective and local know-how, they believe that sound research forms the basis for intelligent design. Their philosophy is to tackle each project with a sense of sobriety against the desire for feverish growth, to embrace programmatic and urban complexity, and to experiment with an ecological approach in our practice of architecture and urbanism.
The art-deco inspired custom-made pattern glass panels echo the historic architecture of the neighborhood.
ALYA’s latest project was for the Government of Huangpo District and embodies small buildings spread all over Shanghai’s major Nanjing Road: since this year twelve new kiosks embellish the area frequented by thousands every day. The art-deco inspired custom-made pattern glass panels echo the historic architecture of the neighborhood. With solar panels on the roof supplying 180 watts per hour of exterior LED lighting, the kiosks have become new environmental prototypes.
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