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    Bamboo Branch Academy - ARCH-HERMIT

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    GIANTS ON THE QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE, UK - Concept i

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    Kärven - White arkitekter

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    Kärven - White arkitekter

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    Viewing Platform of Nujiang(Salween River) 72-turnings Canyon in Basu,Tibet - ARCH-HERMIT

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    Viewing Platform of Nujiang(Salween River) 72-turnings Canyon in Basu,Tibet - ARCH-HERMIT

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    VillaVOON - Strohecker Architects

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    VillaVOON - Strohecker Architects

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Outstanding entries: the future of leisure is here

Alison Carter
05 Aug 2019

Imagination and visual feasts abound in the WAN Awards Future Projects - Leisure category

VillaVOON was initiated as a research project for Strohecker Architects, with the basic idea to build a fully ecological and sustainable dwelling unit out of a single material – wood. It is aimed at providing a biologically sound alternative to holiday residences in the luxury sector.  The complete production as well as the assembly process are done in accordance with strict ‘green building’ specifications. No chemical adhesives, synthetic building materials or metal parts are used, and carefully selected materials for construction favour those that make the most efficient use of resources.

The observation tower is the winning proposal of an architectural competition arranged by the municipality of Varberg, Sweden, for a landmark 12 meter tall observation tower in a natural reserve for birdlife overlooking the coastline.

Kärven, The Sheaf in Swedish, acts as a symbol of bringing birdlife closer to humans.  The winning proposal will be constructed entirely of wood, made up of 140 wooden ribs that form a three-dimensional woven structure. The design development was led by the hyperboloid construction principle, made up with a lattice of straight beams the tower creates the illusion of being curved.

Giants on the Quayside in Newcastle, UK is another entry in the Future Projects - Leisure category. The Whey Aye Observation Wheel continues Newcastle’s transformation of the Quayside for public enjoyment. Landmarked by the tallest observation structure in Europe, the 39,000 sq.m promenade, the mixed-use leisure development embraces a passion for “experience”, immersing visitors deep into the spirit of Newcastle. 

The Viewing Platform of Nujiang(Salween River) 72-turnings Canyon in Basu,Tibet is located in Basu, Changdu, Tibet. The viewing platform is situated on the edge of a cliff between the 72-turnings and the Nujiang Gorge. National Highway 318 winding across the north and the Nujiang rolling to the south. The platform is cantilevered 27 meters outward and the ground is covered with transparent glass. The self-driving crowd passing through this area can experience the magnificent wildness of Nujiang Canyon.

The Bamboo Branch Academy is located in Changning, Yibin. The area contains a famous scenic spot named the Southern Sichuan Bamboo Sea, the largest natural bamboo forest in the world, one of the ten most beautiful forests in China.  On the basis of the original residential land, the local residential building materials (gray tiles, timber, bamboo, etc.) are used to create a new local architectural image.

The World Architecture News Awards showcase the best international design in both current and future projects. All 2019 entries can be seen here.

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