Stone and Concrete SC Villa in the Mountains

This minimalistic home was designed by YTAA Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates in the mountains of Akoura, Lebanon. Found at an altitude of more than 3,900, the private property is rural, difficult to get to, and beautiful to behold. The house echoes the extremes of its rocky environment, walling the exterior in dark stone and the interior in concrete. Additionally, the indoor and outdoor decor makes use of ladders and benches as functional geometric layers and texture. The rugged design is arranged in a C-shaped plan with a dirt courtyard and wrap-around patio. Toward the back of the home, the wood-lined patio is shaded by the extended roof. The expanse of timber softens the landing and frames a stunning view of the terrain. From inside, the sliding glass doors and glazed windows look out over the architecture and the landscape, so that the two are always considered together.

Urban Alloy Tower Over Transportation Hub In New York

Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM have envisioned “Urban Alloy” as a redefinition of the typical residential tower typology. “The combination of escalating land prices and the acceleration of city migration have made urban renewal based modes of densification unfit for the contemporary city. Urban Alloy is the symbiotic re-purposing of the air rights above transportation corridors in New York. Urban Alloy proposes a residential typology rooted in the remnant spaces surrounding the intersection of transportation infrastructure, such as elevated train lines and freeway interchanges. With the proposed design and specified materials, we aim to optimize a heterogeneous and highly linked set of living environments capturing the air rights above these systems.”

Bionic Tower by LAVA

The intention of the Bionic Tower is to explore the array of ways in which natural and architectural can merge, creating the ultimate inhabitable structure. It starts at the basic level. Using references to the biological organization of the ecosystem, the design works its way from the smallest unit to the intelligence of the overall system. By use of parametric modeling of a behavioral logic the system gets constantly optimized. Designed by LAVA, this biomorphic project is inspired by nature, and attempts to conceive a structure of great lightness, efficiency and elegance, using advanced design techniques.

Impressive Woven Tower for Dubai

The impressive design for Woven Tower is created for a location in Dubai by Giuseppe Farris and Stefan Schöning. The proposed structure aims to capture several aspects of Arab culture: its tribal society and the trans-regional entrepreneurship. The building’s appearance refers to the date palm which, along with fruits and fronds continue to be an important product in Dubai’s everyday life. The twining maze of the building’s exterior simultaneously represents the network of trade and commerce routes that have, through history, arrived and departed from Dubai. The exterior also commemorates the tribal legacy and reminds of the dynamic maze of tribal affiliations that has given Dubai’s society its basic cohesion. Functionally, the building’s interior continues this celebration of the tribal cornerstone of Dubai identity. At ground level, it is an open structure, hence symbolizing the hospitality of the Dubai people and inviting all to enter. Visitors may find at different levels outside and inside the structure different kinds of majlis. Take a look!