Multifunctional architecture in the 21st century

July 11, 2016
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Multifunctional architecture was born in the 20th century with the ideas of Le Corbusier, but reaches the 21st century enriched by other contemporary trends such as minimalism, high-tech turned eco-tech, sustainable architecture in all its variants and designations, and the new invisible architecture. Architecture, as any manifestation of the human intellect, evolves along with the evolution of human needs.

We propose below some recent examples of multifunctional architecture. As its name implies, multifunctional architecture has to do with spaces hosting various functions. The existence of multifunctional architecture makes increasing sense in modern life, where distances and time of travel, explain the convenience of gathering activities.

The three selected works have in common the fact that they have been designed by architects who are starting to draw attention because of the quality of their designs and their participation in international contests. All of them are architects concerned about generating sustainable spaces, privileging public over private areas, and by not only using but also showing technique and technology in their works thus following the road  paved by architects such as Renzo Piano, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers to mention only a few of them.

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Invisible architecture and the chameleonic aspirations

June 20, 2016
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Invisible architecture and the chameleonic aspirations of the most emblematic technological companies: the case of Google, Facebook and Apple

Invisible architecture as its name suggests, seeks to camouflage, to mask its buildings, which of course, remain present and in some cases are even enormous. But they happen to get veiled, to merge with the landscape in which they are located.   Some authors even understand that this architectural trend rather than aspiring to integrate its buildings into the landscape, seeks to make them go unnoticed, because for their followers, at the end, landscape is what matters. Invisible architecture then resorts to the mimicry and optical illusion and uses different techniques to make “disappear” constructions: displays, mirrors (including water mirrors and reflective surfaces in general), video cameras, etc.

The French architect Dominque Perrault -one of the most representative of this trend- says that architects use “… the disappearance so that a project does not become an obstacle.” “The architecture consisting in building walls implements a necessary act of separation, but my desire is to separate the least possible, responding to the equation of continue development without destroying the specificity of places».

It cannot be casual than the current headquarters of Facebook in San Francisco, and the future headquarters of Apple and Google in California they all use invisible constructions. At the same time it is paradoxical that at the time of requiring discrete, invisible buildings, they all have chosen for their projects, well known architects whose works always arouse public attention from the very beginning: Frank Gehry was the author of the headquarters of Facebook, Norman Foster is responsible for future ring of Apple in Cupertino and Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Hearherwick work in the future headquarters of Google. Google officially recognized this desire for discretion in: the company´s blog that describes its new headquarters as a building that “fades the difference between architecture and nature”.

But the use of invisible architecture is not the only link that all these projects have in common: they all incorporate and fuse elements from other recent architectural trends: high tech, minimalism, sustainable architecture, and even architectural elements that makes us remind the Metabolist trend of the 60’S for its commitment to the futuristic look, that so far the public has not yet seen besides star wars movies.

All these architectural spaces at the time of acting as office buildings constitute a point of visual reference, and a “manifesto” in the sense that they are projecting a corporate image associated with the future, the technology and the sustainability. But it is more than a corporate image in the traditional sense of the word: now the corporate image also goes through an emotional connection that links the company with both employees and customers.

The interesting thing about all of these projects that meld the latest architectural trends, is that they represent a change of paradigm with regard to the working environment: they all show a working atmosphere that happens to be a more horizontal space than the one we have seen before, allowing collaboration, team working and giving space to a more ludic and natural approach to work that boosts creativity and productivity, and that creates a sense of protection thanks to its sustainability.

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The High-tech style surfs the skies of three large cities

April 18, 2016
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The current and future architectonic tendencies are clear: today the buildings are eco-efficient and High-Tech. We are entering into a construction style where the global tendencies are oriented towards the design of buildings with cleaner lines and open spaces.

The large buildings are going back to life, taking advantage of natural resources, taking into account the sustainability and the energetic efficiency. They are eco-friendly and High Tech buildings. It is said that this tendency, is oriented now towards a construction built judiciously.

The buildings include ventilation and heat recovery systems by using triple-glazed windows and huge glass walls that open into big roofs that recycle the air. Smart glass that can be lightened or darkened with home automation systems.

High-tech architecture aesthetics implies the exaltation of the technological innovation. This premise is enhanced by the gigantic constructions of glass and steel that ride the skies of the main cities in the world. This time, the race for building skyscrapers take us to three beautiful cities: Philadelphia, Moscow and London.

The High-tech style surfs the skies of three large cities

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High-Tech Architecture: a lifestyle for the future

March 7, 2016
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High-Tech Architecture: a lifestyle for the future

Our lifestyle has changed. It was hard to imagine 50 years ago, the level of technology we would have nowadays. We have self-driving cars, devices to make purchases and even humanoids; all of them are part of modern innovations. In the Digital Era the intangible things are as important as real things; our daily life and our way to interact have changed.

It is hard to conceive a world without the benefits of technology and we can say for sure that our daily life and communications never are going to be as they were before. Time runs faster every day and everything around us too, while we can use devices that make our life apparently easier. Current architectonic tendencies are not exceptions to our technological world and as a consequence of that, architecture has changed in order to modernize its designs.
High-Tech Architecture has been promoted since 1960 and its characteristics have been changed over time. In the beginning it was common that construction materials were industrialized: glass walls and steel structures and the interior assembly of the structures. Beams, ventilation and stairs were exposed to the residents. Nowadays this has changed: High-Tech Architecture tends to sustainability and prefers materials oriented to preserve the environment. This tendency is known as Eco-Tech Architecture.

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Multifunctional use Building increase in architecture firms

January 28, 2016
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There is an important need that the last styles of architecture seek to match: the different needs of people in their day by day. One of the problems of our society and lifestyle is the lack of space and time, and for this particular need, a new architectural style is becoming more and more popular. A lot of architecture firms are starting to design multi-purpose spaces, multifunctional use Building that seem to be a new trend that will keep increasing in the future. 

Multifunctional use Building, Distrito Castellana Norte, Madrid

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Picasso Tower, a city built on Capri Perla

September 18, 2015
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Records show that four thousand people enter the Picasso Tower in Madrid every day, making it Spain’s most heavily populated building. An attractive exterior design, standing 157 metres tall and a reinforced concrete structure on smooth stone are just some of its architectural features.

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An empire in northern Algeria

April 2, 2015
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An empire in northern Algeria

 

The Mohamed Benahmed Convention Centre stands proudly on the Mediterranean coast, on the north west side of the city of Oran in Algeria. The building makes good use of contemporary architecture design, with a façade that blends the colour of desert sand with the turquoise blue typically found in Algerian culture.

This architectural complex was built to host the 16th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas, held in April 2010. The Convention Centre comprises the Conference Centre, Exhibition Hall, five star Le Meridien luxury hotel and underground car park, all of which were purpose-built.

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