Saturday, January 5, 2008

Green skyscraper will have 'steel-like' concrete skin

Paris-based architect Jacques Ferrier was at the AIA Show in San Antonio earlier this month to show off his latest concept for a “green” mixed-use skyscraper, called Hypergreen.
The design, which was recently submitted for a project competition in Paris, incorporates a curving lattice fa├žade made of ultra-high-performance concrete that will act as the building’s primary structural system. The thin, prefabricated concrete members will free the interior structure from any wind-bracing functions, reducing the number of columns required to support the floor plates.

Height: 246 meters
Green features:

* Geothermal heat pumps
* Photovoltaic panels
* Wind turbines
* Earth cooling tubes
* Vegetated sky lobbies
* Roof garden
* Rainwater recovery
* Highly flexible and adaptable floor plates
* Deconstructability

Structural system:

* High-performance concrete exoskeleton made of Ductal from Lafarge
* Interior frame structure built with precast reinforced concrete

via architectural videos & Building design+construction

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Ishanya Concept

Ishanya is a India's largest Specialty Mall focused on the interior and exterior needs of a home or office owner, builder/ developer or an architect and facilitates shopping that is destination based. It is located in Pune .
Ishanya is a destination mall that combines retail with over 5000 brands, spread across 100 retail outlets packaged with customer conveniences like design consultants, design studios and services, knowledge centre and information centre etc to aid customers in informed decision making.

It is the only design centre endorsed by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) and the Confederation of Construction Products and Services (CCPS).

Ishanya is unique. It's a business destination by day and a cultural hub by the evening. With its amphitheatre and art galleries Ishanya features the finest in the arts – whether visual or performing.