Friday, 11 October 2013

Collection of few architectural marvels from all around Asia!

300-room floating hotel at Dubai: 

The 293m long vessel was bought from Cunard for around US$100m in June 2007 by Istithmar, an investment company owned by the government of Dubai.
Originally set to be refurbished as the central attraction in a maritime-themed development on Palm Jumeirah, this plan was scrapped in the wake of the financial crisis and the downturn in the Dubai property market. The cruise terminal at Dubai’s Port Rashid is now set to become the liner’s permanent home and it is being converted into a 300-room luxury hotel, with the terminal developed to include a maritime museum. The refurbishment work took 18 months to complete.

 Burj Khalifa: 

known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m.


The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai:

The Ryugyong Hotel :

is a 105-story pyramid-shaped skyscraper under construction in Pyongyang, North Korea. Its name (“capital of willows”) is also one of the historical names for Pyongyang.The building is also known as the 105 Building, a reference to its number of floors. Construction began in 1987 but was halted in 1992 as North Korea entered a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union.
After 1992 the building stood topped out, but without any windows or interior fittings. In 2008 construction resumed. In 2012, the exterior was reported to be complete. The opening of the hotel was scheduled several times but postponed.

Marina Hotel, Singapore: 

An acclaimed award-winning five-star luxury hotel in the heart of the city, Marina Mandarin Singapore offers breathtaking views of the Marina Bay and financial district, as well as convenient access to the Marina Square Shopping Mall

 world’s tallest twisted tower :

Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of $272 million, setting yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels. The 310-metre (1,017-foot), 75-storey residential Cayan Tower is twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom and was inaugurated earlier this week in Dubai Marina — a man-made canal overlooking the Gulf. Developer Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company said 80 percent of its residential units have already been sold. Construction began in 2006, but was delayed due to major technical problems and the 2009 economic downturn in Dubai triggered by the global financial crisis.
The tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the masterminds behind Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest tower and also in Dubai.

The Kuwait Cobra Tower:

The Kuwait Cobra Tower or Burj Cobra is a concept generated by a CGI firm(CDI Gulf International). The tower is supposed to rotate to give a cool spiral effect. There are questions like  ”How will the  elevator work?” so and so forth. Expert says they will use air pressured tubes instead. That’s what new-age design is suppose to do, blend creativity with utility. The news that this was an actual project to be started in 2008 near gulf street remains dormant, without concrete follow ups!
Some sites even post this shot while claiming the building exists and is used by the company Infosys. It does not, and it is actually not much more than a computer generated concept at the moment, without any plans to actually go for a detailed design, let alone construction. But when completed, Cobra tower would make a fascinating building!

The Piano House:

China: This building was designed by the local Chinese government to attract more development to Huainan, Anhui. The transparent guitar acts as a staircase up to the building, where a variety of city plans and ideas for the future development of the area are on display. So basically, this is a very grand version of a city hall. As you can see from the picture, there isn’t much around the building as of yet, but the government is really hoping for the best from this building!

Ark Hotel of China:

 is remarkable achievement of worldand designed by Russian firm Remistudio.
Propose of this arch-shaped floating hotel as a refuge from even extreme floods, the futuristic structure has the ability to exist autonomously on the surface of the water. Designed to be a bioclimatic building, the Ark incorporates several innovative green strategies and elements to ensure that its residents can survive aboard for months at a time.
A load-bearing system of arches and cables allows weight redistribution along the entire corpus in case of an earthquake.
ark hotel of china view

Shidai Tower Harbin:

China: The tower is sculpted in a matrix (70-metre wide and 150-m high). Whilst its exterior walls strictly comply with urban building lines, large volumes are dug in the inside area of this rectangle. Wide openings onto the city and the river are thus created. They resemble huge ice sculptures, like those exhibited each year on the opposite river bank, on the occasion of the famous Harbin ice festival. The Shidai tower is meant to become a new landmark for the city.

157m high metal structure in the the city of Fushun:

 in northeast China’s Liaoning province : It’s made of an astounding 3000 tons of steel and it will glow at night — decorated with 12,000 LED lights. According to Fushun Municipal Government’s officials, this titanic structure does absolutely nothing except serve as an elevated sighting position. They claim it is pretty “landscape architecture” — like the Eiffel Tower. It uses four elevators to take people to the top. The Chinese media has been harsh about the building after a blogger posted these photos on Sina Weibo, which is the country’s “largest microblog platform”. Not surprising, since this thing costs $US16 million.
According to Fushun’s Urban Construction Bureau, the “Ring of Life” means “a round sky and a path leading to a paradise in heaven.”

 Gate to the East:

The 74-story Gate to the East was designed to bring some architectural triumph to the Chinese city of Suzhou, 45 miles east of Shanghai. RNJM, the British architecture firm behind the building, called it “a mix of westernised pure form and Chinese subtlety” that “represents the significance of the China in the world today”.
Unfortunately, now the 4.5bn yuan ($700 million) construction is nearing an end, the building is suddenly being mocked widely in Chinese press and social networks. Even state-run news agency Xinhua has published a (completely hilarious) take-down of the building, with an intro that reads: “It’s the Arc de Triomphe with an oriental twist, but many Chinese netizens think it resembles a pair of long underwear.”
According to Xinhua, Weibo users first picked up on the trend, with hundreds of thousands of comments reading “long-johns vs. big boxer shorts” in less than an hour. “No matter what kind of pants, it is good construction if it does not fall apart,” one blogger wrote. “Otherwise, it will become open-crotch pants.”
The Telegraph reports that other papers have got in on the act — “Is it an Arch or just pants?”, reads the Shanghai Daily’s front page.

We are sure, there are many such architectural marvels even in Asia. May be, we will be bringing them up in the next round. In the meantime, please let us know your comments on this series of architectural marvels.

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