‘Sociedad de Mar’ Project Seeks to Change the Tourism Model

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This project by Adamo-Faiden Architects in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay is called Sociedad de Mar, located in the middle of a coastal forest roughly 1km from the Atlantic Ocean. The project’s purpose is to install an alternative model of tourism from the immediate periphery of one of the most exclusive seaside resorts.  Another goal of the project is to use a combination of materials, spatial, and organizational variables to outline a new method of the built environment cohabiting with the natural environment.  Continue reading “‘Sociedad de Mar’ Project Seeks to Change the Tourism Model”

Meet Hypercubus, a.k.a., An Interesting First Impression

After you either responded with “OOHs”‘, “AHHHs”, or “what? wait? I don’t even”,  I shall attempt to get you up to speed to give you an understanding of the Hypercubus house, designed by Studio WG3 in Styria, Austria.  The concept behind the  Hypercubus house is based on three fundamental concepts:

1) Utilizing open areas with available and self-sufficient infrastructure,
2) The construction and transportability of small modular living units, and finally
3) Creating a new regional tourism concept — the prepaid apartment — using a uniform design.
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China Is Cloning This Entire European City

Many say “nobody likes a copycat.” If you’re just going to redo something that already exists and make no type of change to make it something unique, then what’s the point? One the other hand, many see it as a form of flattery; acknowledging the positives and influence of the already existing entity, and wanting to pay respect to it through replication. Well, this plan being put into action by China may as well be tethering back-and-forth over this issue.   Continue reading “China Is Cloning This Entire European City”

Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel

Upon initially seeing this picture below, the first thought that came to mind was:

“This is probably what the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ would have built if the story took place in the late 20th-to-early 21st century.”

This is the “Tubohotel,” located in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, which is less than an hour away from Mexico City.  The hotel was designed by T3arc, whose goal was to swiftly build a hotel at a low cost, and it is an affordable hotel that utilizes recycled concrete tubing for the rooms, which allows the rooms to showcase some amazing views of the area’s landscape and natural features.  The Tubohotel is said to have been inspired by architect Andreas Strauss’ Das ParkHotel. In contrast, the Tubohotel’s concrete modules have included some glass to provide better panoramic views for the guests (mainly of the local mountain range, Sierra del Tepozteco). Legend has it that Tepoztlan (the site of the Tubohotel) is the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, Mexico’s ancient feathered serpent god.   Continue reading “Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel”