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Etsy HQ by Gensler

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Etsy HQ by Gensler
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Status: Completed

Blurring the lines between workplace and habitat, Etsy‘s new 200,000-square-foot headquarters is currently the largest Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal-Certified building in New York City.

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Yabu Pushelberg’s Kuwait Hotel: An Oasis of Luxury

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Yabu Pushelberg’ s Kuwait Hotel: An Oasis of Luxury
Location: Kuwait
Status: Completed                

For the past years, Kuwait has not been that absolute dream destination that everyone talks about, but this time Yabu Pushelberg turned it into a five-star destination for you to spend some time relaxing with its newest hotel design project. Rising from the Middle-Eastern skies at the Burj Alshaya complex, the newest Four Seasons hotel by design firm Yabu Pushelberg surely doesn’t go under the radar. The building itself is imposing and glorious, counting with stunning architectural design, but it’s on the inside that a five-star experience is hidden in what became one of the best hotels in Kuwait.

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Pollution Pods by Micheal Pinsky

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Pollution Pods by Micheal Pinsky
Location: Norway
Status: Completed

Five interconnected geodesic domes contain carefully mixed recipes emulating the relative presence of ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide which pollute London, New Delhi, San Paolo and Beijing.

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Adira Resort by URBNarc

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Adira Resort by URBNarc
Location: Vembanad Lake, Kerala, India
Status: On going

Located on an island within Vembanad Lake in Kochi, the Adira Resort is conceived as an extension of the famous backwaters of Kerala. This lakefront resort has been designed to have minimal impact on its environment and blend seamlessly into its setting once complete. Existing water channels have been retained and new ones added to create a network of waterways connecting the villas and creating a unique environment. The resort consists of 106 villas of varying sizes and configurations with some villas being on water and others designed to be suspended between trees. The design inspiration for Adira Resorts originates from the existing landscape environment unique to this part of Kerala. It is planned around the central theme of the backwaters and its unique local landscape – a lush, verdant, tropical landscape synonymous with the backwaters of Kerala. The island was originally reclaimed using a system of dikes and levees to facilitate rice cultivation. However, over a period of time when rice farming became unsustainable, the island was converted into a coconut plantation. The entire island is now a system of land strips alternating with water channels, overgrown with wild grasses and a canopy of swaying coconut palms, creating a unique landscape environment. This environment inspired us to look for clues that could retain this character while developing a bespoke resort on this property.

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Occitanie Tower by Studio Libeskind

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Occitanie Tower by Studio Libeskind
Location: Toulouse, France
Status: On going

Set to be the first skyscraper in the city, the tower’s curvaceous form is interrupted by a spiral of greenery that rises from street level up to the 40th floor. The 150 m tower includes 11,000 sq. m of office space, a Hilton hotel, up to 120 apartments, a restaurant with panoramic views, commercial space for shops, and offices on the ground floor for the railway company SNCF. Construction start date is set for 2019 with completion by 2022.

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The Tulip by Foster + Partners

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The Tulip by Foster + Partners
Location: London, UK
Status: Ongoing

A planning application was submitted to the City of London Corporation on 13 November 2018 for The Tulip, a new public cultural attraction which would be sited next to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin. This project is proposed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners, owners and architects respectively of 30 St Mary Axe. Deriving its name from its nature-inspired form, The Tulip would enhance The Gherkin, one of London’s most cherished and recognisable buildings and offer a new state-of-the-art cultural and educational resource for Londoners and tourists.

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The Farmhouse by Precht studio

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The Farmhouse
Precht studio

Our Farmhouse is an attempt to reconnect people in the city with the process of growing our food. Since the industrial revolution, we grew apart from our food and that has a harmful affect on the health of people and the health of our environment.

“Our motivation for ‘the Farmhouse’ is personal. 2 years ago we relocated our office from the centre of Beijing to the mountains of Austria. We live and work now off the grid and try to be as self-sufficient as somehow possible. We grow most of the food ourselves and get the rest from neighbouring farmers. We have now a very different relation to food. A tomato from your garden tastes different then the one shipped around the globe. We are aware that this life-style is not an option for everyone, so we try to develop projects, that brings food back to cities.”

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