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Bjarke Ingels Group

This Manhattan Office Building Will Have Green Space on Every Floor

Bjarke Ingels Group
Bjarke Ingels Group

As Manhattan real estate becomes increasingly limited and increasingly pricey, architects are finding creative ways to incorporate green space into the city. This new design from Bjarke Ingels Group does just that by wrapping outdoor terraces around the exterior of a 1000-foot office building.

The so-called Spiral is being planned around the Hudson Yards development, which will use an artificial foundation to construct a new neighborhood over a functioning train yard. The tower will be located just beyond the northern end of the High Line, and as the group’s founding partner Bjarke Ingels said in a video for the project, "... the linear park will appear to carry through into the tower, forming an ascending ribbon of lively green spaces, extending the High Line to the skyline."

Instead of providing luxurious penthouses to Manhattan’s mega-rich, the 65-story skyscraper is being built exclusively for office and retail use. Every floor above the building’s six-story base will feature an outdoor terrace, creating, as Ingels told Architect’s Newspaper, "hanging gardens and cascading atria" connecting in a single helix that hugs the length of the building.

This isn't the first time Ingels has integrated green space in one of his designs. A residential pyramid he designed for New York's 57th Street is close to completion, and it features a courtyard tucked away in its interior. When finished, the Spiral will contain 2.85 million square feet of floor space and its footprint will encompass a city block.

Images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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Dutch City Will Become the World's First to Build Inhabitable 3D-Printed Concrete Houses
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A new 3D-printed concrete housing development is coming to the Netherlands in 2019, CNN reports. The structures will be the first habitable 3D-printed concrete houses in the world, according to Project Milestone, the organization behind the initiative.

While architects and engineers have been experimenting with 3D-printed buildings for several years, most of those structures have just been prototypes. The Dutch development, located in Eindhoven, is expected to be ready for its first residents by mid-2019.

Project Milestone is a collaboration between the city of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, the contractor Van Wijnen, the real estate company Vesteda—which will own and manage the houses—the engineering consultancy Witteveen+Bos, and the construction materials company Weber Beamix.

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The five planned homes will be built one by one, giving the architects and engineers time to adjust their process as needed. The development is expected to be completed over the next five years.

The housing development won’t look like your average residential neighborhood: The futuristic houses resemble massive boulders with windows in them. The first house, scheduled for completion in 2019, will be a 1022-square-foot, three-room home. It will be a single-story house, though all the rest of the homes will have multiple stories. The first house will be built using the concrete printer on the Eindhoven University of Technology’s campus, but eventually the researchers hope to move the whole fabrication process on-site.

In the next few years, 3D-printed houses will likely become more commonplace. A 3D-printed home in Tennessee is expected to break ground sometime later in 2018. One nonprofit is currently trying to raise money to build a development of 100 3D-printed houses in El Salvador within the next two years. And there is already a 3D-printed office building open in Dubai.

In Eindhoven, residents appear to be fairly eager for the development to open. Twenty families have already applied to live in the first home.

You can learn more about the construction process in the video below.

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These Proposed Concrete Pipe Homes Could Ease the Housing Shortage in Hong Kong
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For many young people in Hong Kong, where space is limited and rent continues to soar, moving out of their parents’ home and into their own apartment remains a pipe dream. But Hong Kong-based architect James Law has his own pipe dream—and it could bring some much-needed affordable housing to the city of 7.3 million.

As spotted by Dezeen, a concept by the architecture firm James Law Cybertecture outlines a plan to construct micro homes out of concrete water pipes. The individual pipe homes could be stacked on top of each other and squeezed into narrow, unused spaces between city buildings.

"OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low-cost, micro-living housing unit to ease Hong Kong's affordable housing problems," James Law told Dezeen.

Although it's still a concept, an “OPod Tube Housing” prototype built by the firm is homier than you would expect. The tubular-shaped home contains all the basic necessities for cooking, bathing, and sleeping. A bench seat can be converted into a bed, and there’s room for a mini fridge, microwave, suitcase stand, and clothing rack. The glazed door also doubles as a window, and lighting strips and a retractable lamp are also built into the homes.

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places to live on Earth, and the average resident’s apartment takes up about 150 square feet of space, according to Quartz. Another company in Hong Kong, called Markbox, has been converting shipping containers into micro apartments.

Check out Quartz’s video below to learn more about the OPod Tube Housing design.

[h/t Dezeen]

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