The River Thames, that winds its course along London, has always been a place to inspire romanticism. Several architects have come up with their own unique and innovative design ideas for bridges across the river. The latest in the series is a garden bridge along the river. This garden bridge is an ambitious project that aims to provide a haven of relaxation and serenity among the urban chaos. The garden bridge is sure to offer something for everyone from people who are looking for a place to relax, or runners who can run amidst greenery right in the heart of the city.
The bridge is planned to be constructed by 2018. It spans across the river from the South Bank to Temple. It contains two copper structures that hold up the bridge. The designer behind the project is Thomas Heatherwick who is very excited about the attention and the funds the bridge has garnered. The bridge is a mix of both gothic and futuristic elements all at once. It promises a piece of tranquillity to each and every Londoner amidst all the concrete chaos that seems to dominate the city’s skyline of late.
Once constructed the bridge is expected to attract millions of visitors in a year. It is based on the principle of guerrilla gardening to give a more realistic view of nature.
Ballymore, the popular Irish developer has unveiled his plans to develop a sky pool that spans between two apartment complexes. This project is solely aimed at the foreign investor who plans to expand his portfolio. The project aims to build a totally glass-encased pool bridge at a height of 10 storeys. This pool bridge is planned to be constructed between two apartment blocks in Nine Elms.
The project is the brainchild of the developer of Sean Mulryan, who has always attracted media attention with his outlandish design ideas in his projects. He said that the design for the pool was a result of his passion for exploring the bounds of construction and engineering. The proposed pool is a free-standing structure made entirely of glass. The residents will be able to look at the street life below them as they indulge in their daily morning dip. The view of the American Embassy’s new building from the pool is advertised as a big factor for the sale of the apartment complexes.
These ultra-rich developments are located in one of London’s most posh and secure residential zones just next to the American Embassy. It is specifically constructed for the rich oligarchs who will rarely spend time at their apartment. Several critics have questioned the design choice, saying it would become the world’s highest slimy green pond, high in the sky. Also, there have been concerns regarding terrorist attacks and the sky pool one more attraction for terrorists to target.
While there is strife among buying agents for the rich, if these complexes would see any takers, the property developers are all out promoting these buildings as the ultimate symbol of opulence. With extra features like indoor heated pools, parks, courts, home theatres, these buildings are a sign of ultimate luxury and indulgence.
The Royal Academy of Arts at London is all set to offer a unique experience to visitors in September. For the first time, ever visitors to the art gallery in London can see themselves just as they are. They have unveiled plans to provide visitors with a 3D sculpture of themselves. This cutting-edge technology is made possible with the help of powerful Chorographic scanner from Veronica. This extremely powerful scanner helps to analyze each and every detail on a person and replicate it as a 3D sculpture within minutes. Right from the tiny pimples and pores on your skin, to your attractive dimples everything will be replicated in the sculpture.
The scanner was initially developed by the Factum Foundation for uses in the medical field. Now it has been installed in the Royal Academy of Arts. Adam Lowe, founding director of the foundation who spoke at a press conference in the gallery said that for the first time people can get to know how they really look. He said that several people hated photographs as the two-dimensional images do not actually represent a person. However, these sculptures work to portray a person as they are without any subjectivity. He said that unlike sculptures that are subjective to the eye of the artist, the 3D sculptures are objective and present people as they are without missing out even the tiniest detail. He further stated these sculptures as portraits untouched by the hands of man.
The scanner was initially developed to aid cosmetic surgeons in anti-ageing treatments to capture both before and after images with great accuracy. Visitors to the RA will also be able to watch other being photographed and turned into sculptures. Eight cameras have been installed to capture high-resolution photographs of the subject and the entire recording is completed within an astounding four seconds. Visitors can get their 3D portraits as a recording which can later be transformed into busts with 3D printers.
How do you look at the buildings of the future? Are your visions of the future covered with strange looking buildings that fit right in the pages of a science fiction book? Architects all over the world have been incorporating the needs of the future generation into their designs. The future is far nearer than you think. Now let us look into some of the designs that are sure to occupy the prime planning for the next decade or so.
- Hypnotic Bridges are the Future
Suspension bridges and overpasses may become a thing of the past. With architectural marvels like the Hypnotic bridges, people are presented with a new way to construct bridges. This bridge is under construction over the Dragon King River harbour in the spectacular landscape of the Changsa district in China.
- Rotating Buildings
This is a project that is not sure whether it will ever be realised. Imagine a tall building with entire floors rotating slowly, so that they complete 360-degree rotation in a span of ninety minutes. It is sure to put an end to the rush for claiming properties with views as you are granted four side views within the course of a few hours. This futuristic design was proposed by David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture.
- Indoor Parks
With modern architecture, gone are the days when you have to wait for the right weather conditions, to enjoy a leisurely stroll in your neighbourhood park. Moscow has plans to build a huge indoor park that offers patrons 24 x 7, park weather and enjoyment in temperature controlled indoor environment. Zaryadye Park, the first public park proposed to open in Moscow after 50 years, will bring nature indoors. It will offer a hybrid landscape where man-made and natural surroundings gel together to give a unique experience unlike any other.