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Rotterdam Cube Houses in the Netherlands

Figure 1 Cube House – Rotterdam (Victoria, 2016)

Rotterdam’s cube houses, which are also known as ‘Kubuswoningen’, are known to be the city’s most famous landmarks. A Dutch architect Piet Blomdesigns this estate, which distinguishes out because the dwellings are literally cubes, slanted over by 45 degrees.

Each triangular roof of the cube houses represents a treetop and is created asymmetrically to represent an artificial forest. The houses are built with concrete pillars and hardwood frames. As for the interior of the cube houses, the first story includes an open kitchen and a living room, the second floor holds a bathroom and two bedrooms, and the third floor is utilized for rooftop gardens in some of the houses. The tilted roofs are the first thing you will notice.

Moreover, the traffic-free area that connects the cube houses includes a tiny children’s playground, modest offices and studios, as well as a pedestrian bridge, signifying that these cube houses are created with the community in mind.

The dancing house in the Czech Republic

Figure 2 Dancing House – Prague (Tran. A, 2020)

The dancing house was built on an empty riverside property by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Miluni in collaboration with famous Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. They completed the building in 1996.

The style is known as postmodern architecture with the designer’s innovativeness due to the building’s peculiarity. The unusual structure, termed “dancing,” is supported by 99 concrete panels, each of which is different in size and shape. In addition, a massive twisted structure known as Medusa rests atop the tower.

Moreover, two core bodies are included in the inside of a square of early 1800s structures in the dancing house. The first is a half-height glass tower supported by twisted pillars; the second, which runs parallel to the river and is marked by wavy moldings dispersed among the windows, is non-aligned.

The Dubai Frame in Dubai

Figure 3 the Dubai Frame in Dubai (wallpaperaccess, 2021)

This structure, which is shaped like a large picture frame, stands 150 meters tall and 93 meters wide. The structure consists of two polyhedral towers connected at the summit by a sky bridge, providing visitors with a 360-degree perspective of the city. The bridge, which weighs around 800 tons, was erected on the roof of the Dubai Frame’s lower portion and then strand-jacked into place.

Fernando Donis, a Rotterdam-based architect, designed the Dubai Frame for a competition held in Dubai in 2008, which was hosted by the Municipality and Thyssenkrupp elevator, a German company. Donis, on the other hand, claims that he received no contract or payment for his design, except from a $100,000 prize for winning the competition.

Wuxi Wanda Exhibition Center in China

The Wanda cultural tourist exposition center, which has a 3.4 million square meter floor space, is in Wuxi’s Binhu district. The Wanda group declared that the project is a 6.4 billion-dollar investment that is officially acknowledged by the Chinese world record book as the “World’s largest clay teapot-shaped skyscraper.”

The building has a total height of 39 meters, a radius of roughly 50 meters, and a floor area of around 5000 square meters. Mostly, aluminum plates and glass are used in the construction of this amazing tower. However, this is not just from the building itself, as there are three stories inside and an advanced-tech moving sand table was constructed. Also, there are small roller-coasters, Ferris wheel, water pars and many other mobile models. It is impressive and sensual.

Nativity of the Giraffe (Children’s care center) in Paris

The Giraffe Childcare Center is located in Boulogne-Billancourt, a Paris suburb.  This beautiful structure is made up of three layers to fit the streetscape environment. all the south-facing playgrounds have a distinctive concrete animal sculpture that blends in with the interior areas.

The exteriors are built using white ridged iron, which offers a stark contrast to the wild animal sculptures. The objective is to use a child’s imagination to bring the urban scene to life. The giraffe is made to look like it is peacefully munching leaves from trees in the park nearby.

What is interesting about this architecture is that it becomes a storyteller. The entire structure takes on a whole new identity and turns into its own environment, a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link this structure to the wilderness. The giraffe is considered as the nursery banner as it is the structure that is visible from all sides and the entrance is between its legs.

Atomism in Belgium

Figure 6 Atomium in Belgium (wallpaperflare, n.d.)

Researching on this uniquely designed Atomium began in the year 1955 January. Also, to estimate the wind resistance of a cluster of spheres, substantial wind resistance studies were conducted because this was the world’s first such structure.  

The sphere’s outside layers were covered in aluminum, but the inside layers were made of steel. Due to the project’s timing constraints, two construction companies were hired: Haren construction in Brussels for feasibility studies and design, and Ateliers de construction de Jambes-Numur for assembling the different elements together.

To complete the project quickly, the Atomium was created like a Meccano set, with as many similar elements as possible. Its foundations are separated into four pieces by bolts and reinforced concrete slabs. These were dug to a depth of 17.5 meters and can hold a 55-ton weight each. The structure’s core foundations are supported by 59 bolts. However, for practical concerns relating to visitor traffic, only six spheres were available to the public.

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