Eggstraordinary Workspaces

Earlier this year Wadhwa Developers commissioned James Law Cybertecture to create an office unlike any other in Mumbai, India. Cybertecture Egg, an egg-shaped office building brings together iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent systems, and new engineering to create a fascinating structure in the city.

The concept of this unique design was inspired by planets and sustainable ecosystems. Elements of the design and intelligence systems will work together to give this office building’s occupants a great place to work.

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Throughout the building, a series of innovative systems will be implemented. One such system, “Cybertecture Health“, is designed to monitor office worker’s health. Data collected may be retrieved or sent to a doctor if necessary.

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10 Incredible Buildings From The Future

August 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Art and Design, Featured

As our civilization get more and more advanced breakthroughs are made in all the fields of mankind’s endeavor: technology, art, design, economy,sciences…Architecture is no exception. Modern architecture has reached the unbelievable heights, that no man from the past would dream of. The slick design, soothing exterior and optimal organization of modern buildings is what makes them the most famous land marks of the biggest cites all around the world. The architecture of the future promises to take this even further. That is why we have decided to give you a sneak preview of how the future will look like with these 10 incredible buildings from the future.

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Incredible Cybertecture Egg for Mumbau

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James Law Cybertecture International designed this 32,000 square-meter Cybertecture Egg, commissioned by Vijay Associate (Wadhwa Developers) for Mumbai, India.

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center

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Zaha Hadid’s Performing Arts Center will form part of a multi-billion dollar cultural district in Abu Dhabi. Hadid describes the structure as a “biological analogy”, with branch and leaf-like components that are “transformed from these abstract diagrams into architectonic design.”

Singapore Pavilion – World Expo 2010

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Design Act designed this incredible building, made up of permuted cubes, for the World Expo 2010 Singapore Pavilion competition.

“Dragonfly” Vertical Farm – Incredible Buildings

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Vincent Callebaut’s architects designed the “Dragonfly” vertical farm for the New York City skyline. The 132-floor, 2,000 foot-tall structure (resembling a dragonfly’s wing) would contain residences, offices, farming space, and even areas dedicated to growing and studying both produce and livestock.

13 Buildings That Seemingly Could Collapse In A Second

July 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Funny, Places and Nature

Designing building is a complex job that architects perform in order to provide us with the beauty, simplicity and functionality we expect in modern times. Sometimes, during their endeavors, architects stray away from the concepts we are used to in modern architecture and create unbelievable buildings that seemingly could collapse in a second. What makes them design such funny buildings? Is it to express rebellion to simple shapes that are forced today in construction? Or maybe they try to attract more attention to their work? Maybe the answer is that they construct funny buildings out of sheer boredom…Whatever the truth is, the result is astonishing, amazing and in one word grotesque creations of modern world architecture that are tourist attractions of some of the largest cities around the world.

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Device to Root Out Evil (Vancouver, Canada)

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The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

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Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)

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Chain Building (Groningen, Netherlands)

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Japanese weird building

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Crazy hotel (Spirit, Bratislava)

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Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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Leaning Tower (Chicago, USA)

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Running away from Camera Photography

January 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Funny

If you like these running away from the camera photos, try it yourself. The rules are very simple: Put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as you can. Here are some of the best works. I hope you can do better.  Have fun!

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Top 40 Funniest Construction Mistakes

December 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Funny, Odd World

Doing construction work simply isn’t going well for some people. Construction requires a certain level of pre-thought that a common construction worker simply cannot handle, which can lead to some hilariously funny construction solutions, that are luckily captured by he eye of the camera so that we can enjoy the photographs of these wonderful technological fails. If I was in this people’s place I would want my money back from my construction contractor, because the design of these structure is simply not acceptable. But we tend to look at the world in a brighter light at Chill Out Point, so for the fun of it we have picked the top 40 such incredibly funny construction mistakes ever photographed that you will simply refuse to believe in. Honestly, we also find it hard to believe. Nevertheless, these are 100% real, non-photoshopped photographs, top 40 funniest construction mistakes ever made. We hope you won’t laugh your head off.

The Worst Placements Ever

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We missed a few inches

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Which way should we go now?

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Some misconceptions in the process of construction

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Green Development

March 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Science and Technology

Green development is becoming increasingly more popular with architects, builders and homeowners each year. Consumers’ environmental awareness is growing and they have come to demand more naturallygreen building2 in Green Developmentgreen7 300x204 in Green Developmentgreen3 300x199 in Green Developmentgreen2 300x172 in Green Developmentgreen1 300x298 in Green Developmentgreen6 274x300 in Green Developmentgreen4 300x225 in Green Development sustainable and recycled materials incorporated in the construction and renovation of their homes and favor homes that utilize construction and design techniques that improve energy efficiency and reduce indoor air pollution. These green home building techniques not only let homeowners feel good about leaving a smaller environmental footprint, but can provide long-term savings in utility bills. Does a greener house have to look like a yurt or geodesic dome like so many of the first-generation eco-houses of the 1970s? On the contrary, green-built homes are often indistinguishable from their traditional counterparts. Green buildings will, however, function much differently. Their heating and cooling costs will be lower if they are sited to maximize wind-sheltering trees and incorporate passive solar design principles. Green building is a growing segment of the new home and home renovation market. Go to any Homebuilders Expo these days and you’ll find plenty of vendors exhibiting green building products and services, from energy-efficient appliances to roof shingles made of recycled plastic to architecture firms that specialize in sustainable design. The hit television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has incorporated green building in many of its episodes, in part to help out its financially struggling families with lower energy and maintenance bills for the future, but also in recognition of this progressive trend in the building industry.

Realtors are finding that green architecture components are a good selling point for their listings. Home buyers in this relaxed housing market can be more selective about their many housing options and the long-term economies of green homes make for an attractive real estate package. Banks and financial lenders are also recognizing the investment value inherent in green construction and are responding by offering more favorable terms for these loan customers.

There is also the social trend of environmentalism as a way of life. Just as consumers are veering away from sport-utility vehicles and snapping up hybrid and more fuel-efficient cars, so too are prospective home buyers thinking twice about the status of traditionally-designed houses and thinking more about building green.

If you are interested in learning more about green design, check out your next home builders fair in your area or contact a local architect to discuss this exciting home building and renovation option. You’ll be happy you did.
Building materials typically considered to be green include rapidly renewable plant materials like bamboo and straw, lumber from forests certified to be sustainably managed, ecology blocks, dimension stone, recycled stone, recycled metal, and other products that are non-toxic, reusable, renewable, and/or recyclable.
The Environmental Protection Agency also suggests using recycled industrial goods, such as coal combustion products, foundry sand, and demolition debris in construction projects. Building materials should be extracted and manufactured locally to the building site to minimize the energy embedded in their transportation. Green buildings often include measures to reduce energy use. To increase the efficiency of the building envelope, the barrier between conditioned and unconditioned space, they may use high-efficiency windows and insulation in walls, ceilings, and floors. Another strategy, passive solar building design, is often implemented in low energy homes. Designers orient windows and walls and place awnings, porches, and trees to shade windows and roofs during the summer while maximizing solar gain in the winter. In addition, effective window placement can provide more natural light and lessen the need for electric lighting during the day. Solar water heating further reduces energy loads.
Finally, on site generation of renewable energy through solar power, wind power, hydro power, or biomass can significantly reduce the environmental impact of the building. Power generation is generally the most expensive feature to add to a building.

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