Thursday, 24 June 2010 02:31
When land is expensive or in short supply – or both, as is the case in Japan’s major metropolises – smart r eal estate developers don’t get down, they look up. These 20 tall thin Japanese b uildings show what happens when builders shoot stories upwards to get the most bang for their yen.
Who says parks have to be on the ground? Elevated parks are gaining popularity all over the world, with one of the most notable being the High Line in New York. As public favor for these sky-high recreational spaces continues to grow, more cities are unveiling plans for elevated parks. These are two of the most recent – and most fascinating – designs to emerge.
Water towers are necessary parts of the landscape, but they aren’t often thought of as positive features of the towns they’re in. This water tower design was created by French firm Atelier Ramdam Architects for Latina, Italy; it is as much a public space as it is a water storage facility. Meant to act as a center for ecological and water management issues, the dream-like “Castle in the Sky” would both blend with the environment and enhance its surroundings.
1 ) Beijing International Airport, Beijing
Completion date : Late 2008
According to the U.S. Embassy to China, the country will be building 108 new airports between 2004 and 2009 — including what will be the world’s largest: the Beijing International Airport, designed by Foster & Partners. Set to open at the end of 2007, in time for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the airport terminal will cover more than 1 million square meters, giving it a bigger footprint than the Pentagon. It’s designed to handle 43 million passengers a year initially and 55 million by 2015, figures that will probably push the new facility into the ranks of the top 10 busiest airports, going by the 2004 numbers from the Airports Council International.
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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