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Old February 21st, 2013, 10:45 PM   #461
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11 of Europe's most bizarre buildings

By Jessica Benavides Canepa, Special to CNN



(CNN) -- Bizarre is in the eye of the beholder.

With modern architecture, that can mean just about anything. Some of the extraordinary edifices above were designed to entice a reaction -- contemporary museums and exhibition centers come to mind -- while others astound by their mere existence.
The most controversial are the buildings inspired by whimsy; designed by architects with free rein to exercise their creative impulses on ordinary spaces. Whether you consider the buildings above awe-inspiring in their architectural complexity or hideous monstrosities, there's no question they capture your attention. Inspirational, intriguing or visually grating? What do you make of our selection of buildings above? Let us know your favorite bizarre buildings.

Where to see the buildings:

1. Atomium: Atomiumsquare B1020, Brussels; +32 (0) 2 475 47 77; open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; www.atomium.be

2. The Banknote Building: Taikos str. 88a, Kaunas, Lithuania (office building); www.1000lt.com

3. Casa Mila: Provença, 261-265. 08008, Barcelona; +34 934 84 59 00 ; open November 5-February 28: daily, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., March 1-November 4, daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; www.lapedrera.com

4. Castel Meur: Brittany, auto route D25, 29260 Kernouës, France. (Private residence not open to public)

5. Dali Theatre-Museum: Plaza Gala-Salvador Dalí, 5 17600, Figueres, Spain; +34 972 67 75 00; open November 1-February 28, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., March 1-June 30, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., July 1-September 30, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Mondays; www.salvador-dali.org

6. Nationale-Nederlanden Building: Rašínovo Nábřeží 80, 120 00 Prague 2. (It's an office building and not open to the public, but there's a restaurant/bar on the top two floors, details here.)

7. Futuroscope: Avenue du Téléport (avenue René Monory), 86360, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France; +33 (0) 549 493 080; opening times vary, check website for dates and times; futuroscope.com

8. Guggenheim Bilbao: Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 48001, Bilbao, Spain; +34 (0) 944 35 90 80; Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; www.guggenheim-bilbao.es

9. Krzywy Domek: ul. Haffnera 6, 81-717 Sopot, Poland; +48 (0) 58 55 55 125; krzywydomek.info

10. Kunsthaus Graz Museum: Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria; +43 316/8017-9200; open Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.museum-joanneum.at

11. Eden Project: Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, UK; +44 (0) 1726 811911; opening times vary, check website for dates and times; www.edenproject.com




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Old March 7th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #466
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Old March 8th, 2013, 05:53 AM   #469
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Old March 10th, 2013, 03:47 PM   #470
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Sportplaza Mercator in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Architects: VenhoevenCS
Location: Jan van Galenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Team: Ton Venhoeven, Richèl Lubbers, Danny Esselman, Manfred Wansink, Jos-Willem van Oorschot, Erik de Vries, Thomas Flotmann, Peterine Arts
Landscape Architects: OKRA
Project Management: Draaijer & Partners
General Contractor: Van Wijnen
Area: 7,100 sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer



‘De Baarsjes’ -in Amsterdam- is a multicultural neighborhood that is home to people from 129 different countries. The city district wanted to boost community life in the neighbourhood. The authorities therefore chose a building which combines swimming pools, a therapy pool, fitness, aerobics, a sauna and steam bath, a party centre, café and childcare alongside a fast food restaurant (jobs for the unemployed in the neighborhood). Each individual element attracts different target groups, so the entire population will be able to use it in the end. Inside, everyone can see other activities, intriguing their interest and inspiring them to use other facilities as well. Because the building was constructed in a park, people living nearby it requested that it would be as green as possible; we completely covered it in vegetation.

Now, with its green façades and roof, Sportplaza Mercator marks the start and end of the Rembrandtpark. From a distance, it seems like an overgrown fortress flanking and protecting the entryway to the 19th-century city. Glimpsed through the glass façade, a modern spa-style complex glistens, complete with swimming pools, fitness space, and restaurant and party facilities. The entrance seems like a departure hall from which the various visitors can reach their destination.

The building was designed as a city – a society in miniature – inside a cave. The building is full of lines of sight and keyholes that offer perspectives on the various visitors, activities and cultures in the building. Sunlight penetrates deep into the building’s interior through all sorts of openings in the roof. Low windows frame the view of the street and the sun terrace.



















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Old March 10th, 2013, 04:04 PM   #471
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"Permanent Camping" in Mudgee NSW, Australia


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Architects: Casey Brown Architecture
Location: Mudgee NSW, Australia
Design Architect: Rob Brown
Project Architect: Hernan Alvarez
Area: 18.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Rob Brown, Penny Clay

Builder: Jeffrey Broadfield
Structural Consultant: Ken Murtagh
Mechanical Consultant: Jonathan Temple



Located on a remote pristine mountain on a sheep station in central western NSW, this structure was the realisation of a dream for the client. Sited at the edge of a ridge surrounded by large granite boulders and ancient dead trees, the tower has panoramic views for hundreds of miles to the horizon.

Conceived as a retreat for one or two people, the building has a minimal 3x3m footprint providing shelter. The structure is a two storey copper clad tower; the sides open up on the ground level to provide wide verandahs to the north, east and western elevations. To the south a water tank and winches are located to operate the moveable verandah roofs. When not in use, these roofs close down to completely enclose the timber and glass interior protecting it from the elements in particular bush fires.

Internally, the structure is beautifully crafted from recycled ironbark providing a sleeping loft and small kitchen with a Rais wood fired slow combustion stove.

Water is collected on the roof and a separate WC, also in copper clad hardwood, is located a short walk to the west. The structure is heavily insulated from both cold winds and searing daytime temperatures with multi layered walls all ventilated top and bottom allowing free air movement.

Due to the isolated nature of the building site, the building was completely prefabricated by the builder Jeffery Broadfield in Sydney then transported to site and erected.











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Inside Sweden’s Latest ICEHOTEL



It’s an unusual idea – every year a 5,500 square meter hotel is temporarily ‘borrowed’ from Sweden’s River Torne and come spring, the rooms and suites are returned to the river to be washed out to sea. The temporal Swedish ICEHOTEL is a complex built from ice, with a different design every year. Each winter it hosts guests and houses a collection of bespoke ice-art, created by selected artists from around the globe.

Ninety percent of the material to construct the ICEHOTEL comes from the river Torne – one of Europe’s last unexploited rivers. The river begins its annual freeze in October, and by March the ice is thick enough for the people of ICEHOTEL to descend upon it and start work, filling their warehouse with 4,000 tonnes of ice-blocks.

Stored during the summer, some of these blocks make the walls and furniture of the hotel, which this year has 65 rooms. The structure of the building is made from 30,000 cubic metres of ‘snice’ – a precision engineered snow/ice, made from a mixture of air and river water. Once October arrives, large metal moulds are erected on site and snice is sprayed upon them, hardening and compacting over a few days before the molds are removed. Inside, some 100 people then set to work, they use ice blocks to partition the labyrinthine vaults into rooms, while the artists use begin to create their ice-pieces and sculpted rooms. To ensure quality of constuction, the hotel is opened in sections as it is built, one every weekend throughout December, with the ice chapel opening on Christmas Day.

When the hotel finally opens, it usually sees between 50,000 and 60,000 guests before closing again in mid-April. For those staying in the hotel, bed-time entails wrapping-up in thermal underwear, wooly hats and a sleeping bag, and lying on blocks of ice covered by reindeer hide, safe in the knowledge that thanks to the density and insulating properties of snice their room will never drop below a balmy minus eight degrees Celsius (17ºF).

ICEHOTEL all started back in 1989, when founder Yngve Bergqvist organized a ice-sculpture workshop to attract tourists to the small village of Jukkasjärvi during the unpopular dark winter months. Their first project was an 60-sqare-metre igloo, named ARTic Hall. The igloo, proved so popular that it was rebuilt annualy, and eventually people started to ask the obvious question; “Can I sleep in it?” Since then, ICEHOTEL has grown into a worldwide franchise, containing not only the hotel itself, but also a permanent ’warm hotel’, and a litter of ICEBARS, dotted around the globe in cities such as Copenhagen and London, there was even a temporary example in Saharan Niger.



























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Makoko Floating School, Lagos, Nigeria


Unpredictable climate changes along the world’s most vulnerable coastal communities, have produced some fascinating design solutions that test the resiliency of architectural possibilities and the need for adaptation that will produce these changes. The coastal community of Makoko, a slum neighborhood, off the Lagos Lagoon in Lagos, Nigeria, is receiving an upgrade to its current solution, which is building homes supported on stilts within the lagoon’s waters. NLE Architects, with sponsoring from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Heinrich Boell Foundation from Germany, designed the Makoko Floating School, phase one of a three-phase development that will become a floating community of interlocked and floating residences. Construction on the project began in October 2012 and was completed just last month with grand appraisal from the community and UN visitors.

The Makoko Floating School and the total planned projects makes use of local materials and resources to produce architecture that applies to the needs of people and reflects the culture of the community. Wood is used as the main material as the structure, support and finishing for the completed school. The overall composition of the design is a triangular A-Frame section, with the classrooms located on the second tier. They are partially enclosed with adjustable louvered slats. The classrooms are surrounded by public green space, there is a playground below, and the roof contains an additional open air classroom. NLE has also employed strategies to make the floating architecture sustainable by applying PV cells to the roof and incorporating a rainwater catchment system. The structure is also naturally ventilated and aerated.

But how does it float? The completed structure rests on a base of typical plastic barrels. This simple solution reflects a reuse of available materials that can provide multiple uses. The barrels at the periphery can be used to store excess rainwater from the catchment system.

The second phase of the project will include the construction of individual homes that follow the same aesthetic as the school. These elements will be able to connect to each other or may float independently. Phase three will allow for the development a large community of floating architecture. An aerial view of Makoko shows how less dense the homes become as the homes get further and further into the lagoon. The architecture, as it exists today, is supported on stilts. NLE’s vision will bring a new layer of homes, floating just beyond where the Makoko Floating School is indicated on the map.

rgely a self-sustaining, self-governing fishing community, this past summer the Lagos government destroyed and evicted residents to seize property for redevelopment along the waterfront. What the future of Makoko will be is unclear – by political or environmental standards. But NLE’s design and development of a sustainable floating community and its UN support indicates that the community is looking forward to adapting a resilience to its architecture.

The Makoko Floating School is not the only project to develop a floating concept to combat unpredictable climate changes and global sea level changes. Last year, we presented the floating schools of Bangladesh supported by the non-profit Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha run by architect Mohammed Rezwan. Meanwhile, Dutch-based practice Waterstudio has developed numerous innovative solutions to building and designing offshore homes and developing emergency housing.



















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Old March 18th, 2013, 05:35 AM   #475
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Toyo Ito / 伊東 豊雄 was announced as the winnner of this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize!



Ito's Sendai Mediatheque withstood firmly during the 2011 earthquake and emerged from the disaster largely unscathed.
A video of the inside of the building taken by someone under a table during the earthquake in 2011.3.11







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Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan


Architect: Toyo Ito
Location: Sendai-shi, Japan
Project Year: 2001
References: Toyo Ito, Ron Witte, Rob Gregory
Photographs: RIBA, Archienvironment, Toyo Ito, Flickr- username: Yisris


With the intentions of designing a transparent cultural media center that is supported by a unique system to allow complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community, the Sendai Mediatheque by Toyo Ito is revolutionary in it’s engineering and aesthetic.

Six steel-ribbed slabs slabs, each 15-3/4″ thick, appear to float from the street, supported by only thirteen vertical steel lattice columns that stretch from ground plane to the roof. This striking visual quality that is one of the most identifiable characteristics of the project is comprable to large trees in a forest, and function as light shafts as well as storage for all of the utilities, networks and systems.

Each plan is free form, as the structural column lattices are independent of the facade and fluctuate in diameter as they stretch from floor to floor. The simplest intentions of focusing on plates (floors), tubes (columns), and skin (facade/exterior walls) allows for a poetic and visually intriguing design, as well as a complex system of activities and informational systems.

The four largest tubes are situated at the corners of the plates, which serve as the principle means of support and bracing. Five of the nine smaller tubes are straight and contain elevators, while the other four are more crooked and carry the ducts and wires.

Upon approaching the Sendai Mediatheque, the public is led into a continuation of the surrounding city into the double height hall of the main entrance through large panes of glass. This open square includes a cafe, retail shop, and community space that is capable of supporting film screenings and other events.

Another aspect unique to this building is the involvement of many designers, as the interior of each level incorporated another person. Kazuyo Sejima designed the ground floor, placing the administrative offices behind a translucent screen. The Shimin Library found on the second and third levels include a browsing lounge complete with internet access and specially designed furniture by K.T. Architecture.

The gallery space of the fourth and fifth levels contain a flexible exhibition space with moveable walls, and also a more static space with fixed walls and a rest area with seating designed by Karim Rashid. Ross Lovegrove took charge of the sixth level, adding a 180 seat cinema and green and white furniture fitting to the audio-visual multimedia library.

The tree-like nature of the metal columns of the Mediatheque are continuous with the natural surroundings of the area, as the design is found on a street lined with trees. The building changes along with the seasons, it’s openness reflective of the summer green and also the streets during winter.










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