Copper and architecture

Copper is used in architecture more and more often. Copper claddings, copper walls, copper roofs…One Belgium atelier – Atelier Vens Vanbelle designed a curving copper-clad extension that was added to a house in Ghent, Belgium. It looks retro-futuristic and surprisingly stylish.

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This extension is for accommodating an extra bathroom, bedroom, a new foyer area to minimize a disruption to already established spaces and family routines.

When you look at this house from the outside, it has kind of maritime feel which is accentuated by the domed portholes.

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The whole extension is covered with copper panels and supported by a copper-clad wall. More about this architectural design dezeen.com.

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Metro Stations Are Not Just Rats And Garbage

Metro with its metro stations its a necessary way of transportation in big cities. People usually associate under-ground metro stations with garbage, smell, homeless people, rats, noise and stressed people running to work or school. However some cities in the world can be proud of beautiful architectural stations with an amazing interiors.

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In 1950’s artists Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert suggested that art should be integrated into a new subway system. Nowadays, the whole Stockholm’s Metro system is a large art museum, where every station displays artworks. This is the most beautiful one.

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Komsomolskaya, Moscow, Russia

This metro station in Moscow boasts a huge dome, Corinthian columns and eight ceiling mosaics, depicting Russian heroes. Artists Pavel Korin and architect Alexey Schusev got the Stalin prize for their work.

Formosa Boulevard, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

It is well-known for its “Dome of Light” which is the largest glass work in the world. It is made of 4,500 curved stained glass panels. Formosa Boulevard is the best station for its daylight.

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

City Hall Station, New York, USA

This is the grandest New York’s subway architecture – arched ceilings peeking through to City Hall Park above.

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Antwerp Central Station, Belgium

Antwerp Central metro Station was awarded by The British-American magazine Mashable as the most beautiful railway station of the world.

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An Antarctic Prefab Shows the True Potential of Shipping Containers

India’s National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research is situated in northeast Antarctica. The Bharati Indian Polar Station is built on an 27,000 square feet area out of 134 shipping containers. The research center’s residential quarters shows almost everything that can be built out of shipping containers including an hotel of 24 single and double bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, library, fitness room, offices, a lounge and an operational theater.

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There are at least two reasons why the research complex was built by using shipping containers. First, according to the Antarctic Treaty System, all the construction in the Antarctica should not leave any trace to the environment. Shipping containers make it possible to dissassemble and remove the building without causing any environmental impact.

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Second, due to shipping containers’ physical properties and their durability, they are an excellent building material for extreme weather conditions. Shipping containers are designed to be shipped even in a rough weather in the world’s seas. Therefore they can even handle the wind gusts of 200 mph and the temperatures of -40 C of the Antarctica.

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The shipping container complex was prefabricated in Germany and shipped to Antwerp and Cape Town. In Antarctica the research center was able to be assembled quickly. The facade of the center was designed to forestall the buildups of snow drifts.

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Thanks to the German company Bof Architekten, the center can accommodate 47 researchers during summers and 24 during winters. The energy of the center is provided by a Combined Heat and Power Unit (CHP) which is powered by stockpiles of kerosene. There are actually a total of three CHP units on site, so as to ensure that an untimely mechanical failure does not leave the residents in dire straits.

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Luxury Container Hotels

A container hotel system is a new trend to take the hotel business closer to a specific clientele. Besides, the hotel solutions are made for luxury consumers offering them a wonderful experience.

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For example an UK company Snoozebox offers portable hotel services to any location or any events. The portable lodge has 40-400 rooms and each room has a flat screen and a Wifi.

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Sleeping around is a Belgium pop-up hotel company located in Antwerp. It offers container hotel rooms that are equipped with rain showers, box-spring beds, iPod docking stations and air conditioning. They also have rooms with saunas.

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A luxurious looking container hotel village has also been built in Changzhi, the city of Shanxi province in China. In addition to their high-end indoor design, Xiang Xiang Xiang Pray House is located in Taihang mountain gorges area giving the village a beautiful natural environment.

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China is a major exporter of container homes with over 3 million containers shipped in 2011. CNN Travel writes that the idea came from the Japanese when they imported a large amount of containers to build temporary homes for the survivors of the 2011 tsunami earthquake.

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