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Can Cube / Archi Union Architects

  • 01:00 - 27 October, 2010
Can Cube / Archi Union Architects
Can Cube / Archi Union Architects, © Sheng Zhonghai
© Sheng Zhonghai

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From the architect. Can Cube’s facade is a system of aluminium carbonated drink cans which are enclosed in an aluminium frame. The façade saves the energy wasted during recycling processes by reusing the cans in their current form, without the need for recycling or further processes. For more about this sustainable mixed-use design, photographs and drawings, following the break.

© Sheng Zhonghai
© Sheng Zhonghai

Archi Union’s sustainable mixed-use Can Cube design is an innovative residential and office building, located in Shanghai. By utilizing several ecological and renewable systems the building is highly efficient and sustainable. The entrance level and below ground level are both occupied by office space, while levels two and three are recreational and private living quarters. At the entrance is a gradually recessed garden, leading to the basement level. A bridge connects the foot of the garden to the first floor level.

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Enclosing them in an aluminium frame keeps the structure light and easily adjustable by its occupants. Window-sash type sections within the façade provide the user with full control of sunlight/daylight in all seasons. The façade works alongside underground heating and cooling devices, rainwater filtration and solar energy systems, which all provide more efficiency and minimize the wastage of energy.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Can Cube / Archi Union Architects" 27 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/85278/can-cube-archi-union-architects-inc/>
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Aykut · September 06, 2011

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enharmonia · February 05, 2011

Can Cube / Archi Union Architects Inc | ArchDaily http://t.co/OnzN9zM vía @archdaily.... No se lo pierdan. Excelente alt reciclaje-construcc

Francisco Lavin · January 19, 2011

I can't belive that was made with can :O

inhsin · November 08, 2010

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Pedro R Andrade · October 29, 2010

Yes we can...

Architektourist · October 28, 2010

Eine Fassade aus alten Getränkedosen http://ow.ly/30L89

Rutger Brouwers · October 28, 2010

is this a matter of recycling a can, or to give a brand new can another purpose? Can Cube / Archi Union Architects Inc http://bit.ly/b4xXzl

Rutger Brouwers · October 28, 2010

is this a matter of recycling a can, or is it to give a can another purpose? Can Cube / Archi Union Architects Inc http://bit.ly/b4xXzl

Kurosawa@G · October 28, 2010

????????????????????????http://www.archdaily.com/85278...

Marc · October 28, 2010

The cans all look in perfect condition, which makes one wonder if it has ever been used, or whether it has been specifically manufactured for this screen....that would completely defeat the purpose of recycling!

bLogHouse · October 28, 2010 03:28 PM

No, they were emptied on site by the construction workers. It was all-you-can-drink job.

Chupan Ittiwut · October 28, 2010

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Erika Boff · October 28, 2010

RT @ArchDaily: Can Cube / Archi Union Architects Inc http://archdai.ly/bXcPPW #architecture

Jenny Roets · October 28, 2010

Very cool reuse: RT @phi162 A building made from cans. Not that&#39s reuse. #architecture http://bit.ly/ddVAeh

DEZIGN · October 28, 2010

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spectives#design · October 28, 2010

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John Cruice · October 28, 2010

A building made from cans. Not that&#39s reuse. #architecture http://bit.ly/ddVAeh

Gyu Hwan Kim · October 28, 2010

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myung seop kim · October 28, 2010

Why Can??? RT @ArchDaily: Can Cube / Archi Union Architects Inc http://archdai.ly/bXcPPW #architecture

Erik Joya · October 28, 2010

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Bocetos Digitales · October 28, 2010

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mvb · October 28, 2010

I wish the cans were full of beer... haha

bilo · October 28, 2010

"Who uses the default AutoCAD hatching and colors in their diagrams?"...

I say whoever does whatever others don't is worth trying doing. Wanna be different, don't do like others do.

Tosh · October 28, 2010

This project looks really dull to me.. to be honest, who cares if it's a can facade or not.. the idea is not new.. and cans are pretty much the most recyclable thing anyway.. so - dull.. sorry. The looks of the building is nothing special either..
Don't appriciate it at all. It's really disappointing when such projects get published in archdaily..

Andrew · October 28, 2010 05:12 AM

...right. Who uses the default AutoCAD hatching and colors in their diagrams?

Is this project conceptual?

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