19 August 2018

D&A

Sky Garden

 

It’s literally that. A suburban backyard invading the sky, hark back to the Space Age. The New York based design and architectural practice ODA has proposed a unique concept in high rise living – a futuristic midtown tower at Manhattan’s East 44th Street, which is being developed by Triangle Equities featuring separate tower floors by planting private sky gardens in between them. By stretching the building vertically beyond its original concept the firm was able to create gaps, 16 ft in height, between every two floors, which will be converted into private, outdoor sculpture gardens equal to the footprint of the building and directly accessible from each apartment. It is reported every 2,700 sq ft apartment in the building with 41 floors will have 1,350 sq ft of open private garden. The height of the space will lead to natural light streaming in. The central core and perimeter design will dramatically reduce the wind load without compromising on the 360-degree view. The tower project is seen as contributing to the perfect meld of the best of urban high rise living with the much sought fantasy of having a backyard. The project is expected to be completed sometime in 2017.

 

 

Floor perfect

 

The completed landmark international terminal at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Azerbaijan has seen the use of the new ultra-compact surface. Dekton’s ® by Cosentino was selected for outdoor flooring at the airport’s main entrance. The entire interior design was overseen by the Istanbul-based design firm, Autoban. Autoban conceived an eye-catching pattern created with different coloured equilateral triangles measuring 1.5m on each side in order to achieve a 3D effect of raised cubes. Apart from its aesthetic appeal and the low maintenance required Dekton is perfect for outdoor applications as it will not degrade over time thanks to its high resistance to abrasion which reates a long lasting floor that will never need resurfacing or refinishing. It is reported the new terminal building which is marked by its unusual triangular shape with rounded edges, is designed to reflect the Azerbaijan Airlines’ logo; a theme which is repeated throughout the premises and has influenced the design of the outdoor flooring. Developed after 22,000 hours of research the surface is made from a complex mix of raw materials that are used to manufacture glass, porcelain and quartz surfaces, and then placed under ultra-compression to form the final product. 

 




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