Design Museum London

July 7th, 2017 | Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, General, London, Museums, Exhibitions |

© designmuseum.org

© designmuseum.org

The Design Museum is a museum founded in 1989, originally located by the River Thames near Tower Bridge in London, and later relocated to Kensington. The museum covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. The museum operates as a registered charity, and all funds generated by ticket sales aid the museum in curating new exhibitions. Entrance is expected to be free to the museum’s permanent collection display, “Designer Maker User”. In June 2011 Sir Terence Conran donated £17.5 million to enable the Museum to move in 2016 from the warehouse to a larger site which formerly housed the Commonwealth Institute in west London. This landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that had stood vacant for over a decade, was developed by a design team led by John Pawson who made the building fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its spatial qualities.   read more…

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia

January 13th, 2017 | Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, General |

© kingdom.com.sa

© kingdom.com.sa

Jeddah Tower, previously known as Kingdom Tower and Mile-High Tower, is a skyscraper under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at a preliminary cost of SR4.6 billion (US$1.23 billion). If completed as planned, the Jeddah Tower will reach unprecedented heights becoming the tallest building in the world, as well as the first structure to reach the one-kilometer-high mark. Initially planned to be 1.6 km (1 mile) high, the geology of the area proved unsuitable for a tower of that height. The design, created by American architect Adrian Smith, who also designed Burj Khalifa in Dubai, incorporates many unique structural and aesthetic features. The large, outdoor sky terrace will overlook the Red Sea from over 610 metres (2,000 ft) height and have an area of over 697 square metres (7,500 sq ft). The creator and leader of the project is Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the wealthiest man in the Middle East, grandson of Ibn Saud, and nephew of the Kings of Saudi Arabia after him. Al-Waleed is the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) which is a partner in Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), which was formed in 2009 for the development of Jeddah Tower and City.   read more…

Theme Week Abu Dhabi – Masdar City

March 23rd, 2016 | Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, Energy, Environment, Building Automation, Green Buildings, Green Technologies, Living, Working, Building, Materials, Sustainability, Universities, Colleges, Academies |

© fosterandpartners.com

© fosterandpartners.com

Masdar City is a planned city project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is being built by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the Government of Abu Dhabi. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources. Masdar City is being constructed 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-south-east of the city of Abu Dhabi, right beside Abu Dhabi International Airport. Masdar City will host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The city is designed to be a hub for cleantech companies. Its first tenant is the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which has been operating in the city since it moved into its campus in September 2010.   read more…

SunCat 46 Yacht: Luxury yacht without emission

August 3rd, 2015 | Destination: | Rubric: Design & Products |

© www.solarwaterworld.de

© www.solarwaterworld.de

The new SunCat 46 yacht is the first large solar yacht in the world built in serial-production. The yacht, 14 m in length, combines eco-friendly technology, luxury and elegant design.

The yacht was designed by Juan Carlos Espinosa and was built in collaboration with the famous yacht manufacturer Horizon. Suncat 46 offers all amenities that a high-class yacht in the 21st century can provide. The resistance and drift dynamic optimized catamaran hull guarantees outstanding handling characteristics and security in all situations for the vessel as well as the crew. SunCat 46 is available in two variations concerning the hull. 5.00 m width and 6.85 m either as a yacht or a passenger ship.

Suncat 46 offers all amenities that a high-class yacht in the 21st century can provide.
The resistance and drift dynamic optimized catamaran hull guarantees outstanding handling characteristics and security in all situations for the vessel as well as the crew. SunCat 46 is available in two variations concerning the hull. 5.00 m width and 6.85 m either as a yacht or a passenger ship. Equipment, choice of material and handicraft are of highest quality. State-of-the-art technologies are applied to all solarwaterworld yachts. SunCat 46 has a large roof surface ideal to assemble solar cell modules with up to 6 KW capacity. The gained energy is stored in battery units, which provide energy either for propulsion or everyday life on board. SunCat 46 proves: luxury and eco-friendliness is not a contradiction. Furthermore SunCat 46 has a virtually unlimited traveling range due to the use of solar electricity. No further fuel costs occur.

Inboard
Generous parlor with seating accommodation, galley and helm. Located in the bow is the owner’s cabin including plumbing unit / WC. Guest cabin with plumbing unit / WC is located in the hull.

Maintaining the floorplan the features are arbitrary in the context of the usual yacht standards.

Outboard
Resistance and drift dynamic optimized catamaran hull made of e-glass and high quality vinylesterresin. Underwater hull has antifouling. Handrails, guardrail and bathing are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel mooring cleats, all round rubbing strake made of black PVC with stainless steel decorative strip, teakwood coated decks, large freight hold, back lock boxes and storage compartments.

Propulsion / Steering
SunCat 46 is equipped with two rotating 8kW Kräutler sail drive / rudderpropellers, which provide precise steering characteristics and powerful propulsion. Steering takes place via a hydraulic joy stick, autopilot or manually from the wheel in the driver’s cabin.

Batteries
Propulsion- / main batteries are located in the floats. They are encapsulated in special battery containers. Every battery container is attached to the hull and equipped with ventilation.

Solar modules
The roof is equipped with Solon solar modules with an overall performance of 6 kW. The capacity of those modules provides enough power for propulsion as well as all on-board systems. Alternatively the batteries can be charged via a land-based charging connection.



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The Jetboat

June 21st, 2015 | Destination: | Rubric: Design & Products |

Shotover River Canyons, Queenstown, New Zealand © Alex Proimos

Shotover River Canyons, Queenstown, New Zealand © Alex Proimos

A jetboat is a boat propelled by a jet of water ejected from the back of the craft. Unlike a powerboat or motorboat that uses a propeller in the water below or behind the boat, a jetboat draws the water from under the boat into a pump inside the boat, then expels it through a nozzle at the stern.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Currywurst & Co.

November 14th, 2010 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, Design & Products, General |

© umami

© umami

Berlin has a lot of culinary delights to offer. The traditional Berlin dishes are distinguished by the fact that they are more hardy and hearty to give hard-working workers the necessary calories back. It looks as if some Berliners eat in anticipation of hard work upfront. The little dishes for inbetween got a truly national and international boast.   read more…

Frank Gehry buildings in the Media Harbour in Düsseldorf

November 8th, 2010 | Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products |

© knut-wiarda.de

© knut-wiarda.de

The “Art and Media Center Rhine Harbor” by Frank O. Gehry (California) is divided into three contrasting parts of buildings, designed and looks like a giant sculpture. Asymmetry dominates the building, the windows seems to jump out from the facade, the floor plans are uneven. By selecting different materials, each building has its own complex identity. As a connection between the three houses the material of the facade structure of the building in the middle reflects the two buildings in the north and south.   read more…

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