Amazing Architecture – buildings on the edge!

August 18, 2008 at 7:39 am 1 comment

It never ceases to amaze me what designs continue to be put forward and even those that already exist. Of course all the latest rage and goal is the zero carbon or zero emission structure.  The designs I have come across lately certainly stretch to the extremes.

First we have the Zero Carbon House project being built on one of the northerly British islands.  It will include everything to make a great study project including a hydroponic garden.  You can follow the progress of this very ordinary structure here: http://www.zerocarbonhouse.com/Home.aspx

Next we have a structure that has been around for some time that embodies one of the guiding principles of green architecture of using sunlight efficiently.  This house rotates so that it is always facing the sun!

From the deputy-dog website: “the top half of the building rotates around the center of the circular track on which it rests (which happens to form the roof of the lower, static half of the building), much like the hands of a clock. invernizzi was intent on designing a house whose main windows would always be facing the sun, so he came up with the idea you see here. the ‘tower’ which forms the pivot is 43 metres tall and the power needed to move the structure is generated by 2 motors (3 horsepower in total): a full revolution of the 1′500ton building would take just over 9hrs, traveling at a speed of 4mm per second, unless of course the rotation was deliberately slowed.

This building was started in 1929 and completed in 1935, certainly a very early start to the green building movement!  The rest of the post and links to further information can be found here: http://deputy-dog.com/2008/08/06/the-amazing-house-that-always-faces-the-sun/

Lastly we have the most modern and certainly the most location challenged, the Princess Elisabeth Antartic Station. Designed to be a zero emissions structure in probably the toughest environment on the planet!

The designeres felt that if they could do it here they could do it anywhere on the planet!  Quite and amazing structure.

See the full post and description here: http://knowledge.allianz.com/en/media/galleries/princess_elisabeth_antarctic_station/0.html

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  • 1. Fallout Shelter  |  August 28, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    The information on the Antartic station is really interesting. Hopefully they will acheive the goals that they set for this structure.

    Alternative / Green building methods are finally gain some notice and popularity, I hope that the trend continues (the environment needs every little bit of help that it can get to deal with the impact of human kind).

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