MBA/s: Coopenhagen Natural History Museum

This competition for a Natural History Museum only allotted up to 10,000 sq meters of new building.  With an extensive program, Alex and I, at MBA/s Architects in Germany, designed a program that would re-purpose existing buildings on the site that have been abandoned.  This reuse of structure creates a procession from the old to the new.  New construction was used for exhibits while re purposed spaces favored labs and storage.

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Solar Park South

Solar Park South is a design competition that asked to convert an old coastal highway into a solar park for people in Italy.  The highway only consists of high viaducts and long tunnels through the mountainous region in Italy.  The biggest challenge of this park is lighting up all of the tunnels.  We propose lighting the tunnels with electricity that can be harnessed from a series of solar panels that would be suspended under the viaducts.  This method utilizes the viaduct’s columns for support, and suspends the panels in a radial pattern off of high-tension cables.  The southern facing position will maximize the energy collected.  The pattern utilizes its voids to allow the wind to pass through the solar panels without causing any tension.  Each viaduct would collect enough electricity to power it’s adjacent tunnels, creating a self-sustaining park.  The competition’s website is here:

http://www.parcosolaresud.it/concorso01/bando_en.html

Building Absence Competition

This simple competition asked for one image of a design for the Cathedral of Antwerp’s second tower. When they started building it in the 14th century they soon ran out of finances. They made the building functional but lost one tower.  This is the competition’s website: http://designingabsence.com , and this is my proposal.