Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Crescent and Moon Inspired Building Designs - Part 2

Continuing the theme of crescent band moon inspired buildings following my mistaking a proposed design for a contructed Dubai building:

RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre:

Following are pics of the proposed giant RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre for the new city at Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.  If you think it looks familiar, you’re right, it looks like the Death Star out of Star Wars.  Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, the centre consists of a spherical glass and steel nest and a very long, low building raised off the ground.  It incorporates a convention centre, hotel rooms, apartments, offices and retail space. 
As one person commented:  “Excellent. The Emperor will be most impressed.”  (Breathing noises).

Mahina house:

Mahina is Maori for moon - is a crescent shaped architectural design by Weber Consulting for a residential dwelling proposed to be erected on the island of Kawau, New Zealand, 60 kilometres north of Auckland.  Kawau is home to a mere 450 properties and 70 residents, who mainly get around by boat.  There are no street lights and limited phone services. The proposals have divided the residents, some being supportive and others vehemently opposed, hence the design is a visualisation only at this stage.  The designers advise that the design can be built anywhere on the planet.

Crescent House, Wiltshire designed by architect Ken Shuttleworth of make architects.

According to the designer, the concept is not a modern box artificially placed in a landscape, but is rooted strongly in its site. It is a series of simple forms made of white finished concrete and clear glass. Internally they create different types of space related to the type of activity. 

Earlier this year plans were unveiled for a crescent-shaped building in Lusail in Qatar inspired by the two curved swords in the emblem of Qatar.  The project ‘Lusail Marina Iconic Development’ was unveiled by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai.
It will contain 800 units including hotel rooms, apartments, offices, boutique retail and restaurants.  Aiming for completion by 2016, the scheme is targeting travelling football fans during the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

Concluding part to come: the controversial 9/11 design.

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