Amazing Architecture – Buildings and Yards

March 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm 1 comment

I have been collecting some interesting buildings and yards form around the internet and today I am going to share.

First is a reveal by Google Earth via Jalopnik.com (http://jalopnik.com/tag/race-track-driveway/?id=5156906) and what is possibly one of the wold’s coolest driveways.   I always wanted a race t5rack in my backyard. Of course the closest I got was an Auroa HO race set.

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Next we have a great article from the folks at Treehugger.com (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/02/the-dumbest-green-buildings.php) that covers the most audacious architectural greenwashing I can imagine! Including a parking garage n Santa Monica, CA, irony anyone? Also this monster home in India.

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Excerpt: “New Record for Monster Home We noted that Its bigger than Versailles; as high as a sixty storey building (although with high ceilings, it is really only 27 floors). It is the new home of Mukesh Ambani, owner of India’s largest private company, designed by the usually respectable Perkins+Will. It has six floors for parking, accommodation for six hundred servants, and a “refuge floor” that might well be needed come the revolution that such garish displays of excess might cause in such a poor country.

Then we learned it was green; Ralph Johnson of Perkins + Will tell Architectural Record that “There’s been a lot of crazy things floating around,but there’s actually a lot of positive things to talk about because it’s an interesting building.”

Alex says: While it does look beautiful and will act as a giant carbon sink in the middle of the city, there’s a major problem: it will be the home of one family.

Next we have an unusual take on the drawbridge from Forwardon.com (http://www.forwardon.com/view.php?e=Id11f00fbec2b100c7&type=latest&time=all&b=n)

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Lastly we have a story via Earthfirst.com (http://earthfirst.com/10-photos-of-stunning-green-roofs-from-around-the-world/) about a wonderful collection of green roofs around the world and when they say green the are being pretty literal.

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Excerpt: “Green roofs are sprouting up around the globe, on both complex commercial and public buildings and tiny backyard sheds. Green roofs are planted with grass, flowers, shrubs and other greenery atop a waterproofing membrane and help to reduce heating and cooling loads, reduce stormwater runoff, filter pollutants and greenhouse gases out of the air and increase natural habitats in urban areas. Here are 10 beautiful green roofs from Tokyo to Wisconsin that illustrate just how versatile this concept really is.

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  • 1. Jarne  |  March 2, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Just dropping by.Btw, you website have great content!

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