29 March 2020


Mind blower


A spectacular 170-acre education campus and central building designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has opened to the public in the American state of Florida. The $60 million Florida Polytechnic University located at Lakeland, Florida in the United States will focus on subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The 200,000 sq ft structure which looks like a futuristic spaceship or a sci fi movie set includes classrooms, laboratories, offices, meeting rooms, an amphitheatre and a very large meeting area on the second floor with wooden floors and a vaulted skylight. The daylit building wrapped with a lightweight aluminum trellis, concrete, glass reportedly cuts solar gain by around 30 per cent.  The thin fronds of metal encasing the stark white superstructure create an accessible terrace, casting intricate patterns across the ground. For the interiors concrete, plaster, steel, and glass have been used to create a raw, industrial aesthetic look. It makes the building almost appear to be a living creature. The materials utilised in the construction of the building combine to create a whole which is at once highly technical yet organic; durable and lighter-than-air. An ornate latticed skin extends outwards, shading the interior from excess sunlight while creating comfortable areas for lounging outdoors. The entire building is topped with a soaring robotic roof – consisting of 46 aluminium louvers driven by hydraulic pistons to regulate sunlight -- which can actually move.




French Connection


A modern architectural addition to the historic city of Rome is currently being envisaged. A suspension bridge is being planned for the Italian capital as per a concept released by design studio Officina Leonardo. Dubbed ‘The French Bridge’ the looping structure intended to come up over a built-up area in Rome, will link two areas of the city – Fleming and Vigna Clara.  The bridge, expected to soar over a busy road and a multitude of existing buildings in a dense section of the city will accommodate multiple modes of transportation. The structure with a curvilinear body will also have space for pedestrians and cyclists and has been conceived to be permeable and transparent to the urban environment and will be open to light penetration. The design firm has also been very focused on aesthetics: the bridge will have looping elements and carefully angled suspension rods creating a dynamic shape on the skyline. It is reported the design is intended to ‘to defy the laws of physics, statics and construction techniques through a language of lightness, transparency and technology’.  Emphasis has also been placed on introduction of sustainable elements with the design team prescribing use of 80 per cent recycled steel in the construction of the looping bridge. 


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