Design & Desire
Temples and dream beaches with turquoise-blue water make Thailand a sought-after destination for tourists from all over the world. The capital Bangkok, with a population of some nine million, is a city of contrasts with irresistible magic. In contrast to many other Asian megacities, however, the city has few contemporary architectural highlights. The German Architect Ole Scheeren created Bangkok’s new landmark in the form of the 314m-high MahaNakhon.
Margot Krasojevic Architects’ Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel harnesses tidal energy to generate electricity. The idea was to redefine the hotel typology by embracing renewable energy to create a sustainable environment. This is the last of three tidal projects using the project brief to further underline the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue between architecture, engineering, renewable energy and industrial design.
Yiwu is famous for small commodities. Small- and medium-sized enterprises are densely concentrated in this environment where the private economy is highly developed. In terms of urban construction, this means that the city is filled with a large number of homogenised and small-scale buildings featuring high densities.
Dubbed a ‘modern ghost town’, ‘stillborn city’ and ‘failed utopia’ due to its abundance of infrastructure yet lack of migrants and business back in 2009, Ordos City’s population today has indeed grown since the media’s judgements nine years ago. So much so that the Ordos City Government has commissioned London-based experimental Architect Margot Krasojevic to design an out-of-this-world pedestrian bridge crossing the Wulanmulun River.
Catherine Zeliotis, Senior Associate and Healthcare Leader at global architectural practice Stantec, discusses the innovative approach to building design and layout at the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.