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Live off the Grid in Nice Architects’ Wind and Solar-Powered Ecocapsule

Living off the grid just got a little bit easier, thanks to Nice Architects’ Ecocapsule, a self-sufficient, portable pod that is powered by solar and wind energy. Unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, the micro-home’s spherical shape is designed to maximize the collection of rainwater and minimize energy loss.

The Ecocapsule includes a 9,744 watt-hour battery, which is charged by a built-in 750-watt wind turbine, and 2.6 square meters of solar panels. The energy system can support someone living off the grid for about a year, depending on the location, according to the architects. The unit also contains a built-in kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet and hot water.  

Learn more about the Ecocapsule and view images after the break.

Inside the Spanish Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

Spanish photographers Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre and Adrià Goula have shared with us images of the Spanish pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. Designed by B720 Fermín Vazquez Arquitectos, the pavilion represents the fusion between Spain’s traditional food and innovative gastronomy. This duality creates an attractive and flexible space, which incorporates an open, patio-like area with orange trees – another symbol of Spanish culture.  

© Adrià Goula © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

Duurzaamheidscentrum Assen / 24H > architecture

  • Architects: 24H > architecture
  • Location: Bosrand, Assen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Maartje Lammers, Boris Zeisser, 
Fieke Poelman, Jasper Deurloo, Pieter Scholten
  • Contractor: Jansman Bouw, Luttenberg
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H

Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H

The Rise Of Private Art Galleries

In an article for The New Yorker, Ben Mauk examines the rise of the private art 'museum.' In the centre of Berlin there sits a "heavy, grey, and shrapnel-pocked" bunker, designed by Nazi architect Karl Bonatz under the direction of Albert Speer which, in 2003, was transformed into a private gallery. Having been bought by Christian and Karen Boros in order to display a portion of their sizeable collection of contemporary art, the only way for a member of the public to gain admittance is by registering online for a group tour. For Mauk, however, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Read the article in full here.

House in Maia 2 / Eduardo Souto de Moura

© Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves

Rundeskogen / Helen & Hard + dRMM

  • Architects: Helen & Hard, dRMM
  • Location: Rudskogen, Norway
  • Helen & Hard Team: Siv Helene Stangeland, Reinhard Kropf, Njål Undheim, Ane Dahl, Randi Augenstein, Nadine Engberding
  • dRMM Team: Alex de Rijke, Mirko Immendorfer, Jonas Lencer, Saskia, Koopmann, Junko Yanagsawa, Satoshi Isono
  • Area: 14250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sindre Ellingsen, Njål Undeheim, Aeroview, dRMM

© Njål Undeheim © Sindre Ellingsen © Aeroview © Sindre Ellingsen


  • Architects: Ks ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Kikumi Kusumoto
  • Area: 419.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Seiji Ohashi

© Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi

AA Visiting School NYC: Embedded Intelligence

Join us July 6-17 for a unique educational experience devoted to exploring the intersection of natural systems and advanced manufacturing.

Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct / HASSELL

MGA Proposes World's Tallest Wood Building in Paris

Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and DVVD has teamed up with REI France developments to propose the world's tallest wood building in Paris. The carbon-neutral proposal, developed as part of the city’s innovative Réinventer Paris competition, aims to alleviate the city's urban housing challenges.

“Our goal is that through innovation, youthful social contact and overall community building, we have created a design that becomes uniquely important to Paris,” said Michael Green, Principal of MGA. “Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront. The Pershing Site is the perfect moment for Paris to embrace the next era of architecture.” 

Autogasco Headquarters / Nicolás Maino Gaete

  • Architects: Nicolás Maino Gaete
  • Location: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area: 660.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Courtesy of Nicolás Maino Gaete

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld

Priceless Milano / Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Location: Piazza della Scala, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Project Partner: Banca Intesa SanPaolo
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Park Associati

Courtesy of Park Associati Courtesy of Park Associati Courtesy of Park Associati Courtesy of Park Associati

Norman Foster: Striving for Simplicity

“Quality is an attitude of mind.” - Norman Foster

In honor of Norman Foster's 80th birthday, we bring to you this extensive video interview by Louisiana Channel that gives an in-depth look into the life and career of the prolific English architect. Throughout the 40-minute interview, Foster reflects on his childhood obsession with technology, the evolution of his work, and his constant "strive for simplicity." 

New Site Revealed for BIG and Heatherwick-Designed Google HQ Expansion

Google has found another way to realize its futuristic Mountain View headquarter's expansion. As the San Jose Mercury News reports, the search engine giant revealed plans to utilize a vacant site just east of their existing Googleplex that was approved by the city almost a decade ago to host nearly 600,000 square-feet of office and commercial space. The approval occurred prior to the city implementing strict legislation that restricts office expansions in the North Bayshore district, therefore Google's entitlement is essentially "grandfathered in."

AD App Guide: Morpholio Launches Crit, a Messaging App for Architects

Adding to an already stellar range of apps for architects and designers, today The Morpholio Project has launched Crit, a messaging app for architects which allows users to critique designs, share ideas and send key information such as dimensions and materials. With modern architectural projects relying on increasingly large teams of architects, engineers, project managers and contractors, design decisions have to be shared with a large number of people - leading to slow decisions in an increasingly fast-paced world. According to Morpholio, the idea for the Crit App arose from the question: "What if photos, sketches, images, drawings, and comments could be instantly fused into a single legible “design” discussion?"

Courtesy of The Morpholio Project Courtesy of The Morpholio Project Courtesy of The Morpholio Project Courtesy of The Morpholio Project