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The Ice Hotels - A Cool way to Spend your Vacation

When we are talking about unique and innovative designs. The first thing that comes to mind are structures designed by prominent architects. Architects such as Frank Ghery, Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, or Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Their cutting edge designs represent what architecture has achieved in this period. Structures like the Guggenheim museum at Bilbao or the bird's nest stadium. Structures that are exceptional achievements of both design and engineering standards.    Technology has been advancing that a lot of daring and bold designs are popping up all around the world. That's why I was amazed when I first saw the Ice Hotel back in college. Such hotel masterpieces are made of snow and ice, or a combination of the two that they call snice.   Most hotels are usually built to accommodate the growing number of tourists in a place. Ice hotels are built to attract and accommodate visitors at the same time. Reservations have already been made before the building of an i

Amazing Vertical Gardens Designed by Patrick Blanc

Going green has inspired me a lot lately. It made me rethink my approach to architecture. I have seen a lot of stunning eco-friendly designs that convinced me that going green is the next step in achieving an efficient and modern building. The designs were exceptional and sustainability was at the core of its design.  What caught my attention on the green design was a building I found with its plant-covered walls. The wall garden wash designed by  Patrick Blanc.  Patrick Blanc is a botanist who invented the new concept of vertical gardens.  I appreciate the value of how his design enhances the environment. I admire his pioneering approach to integrating plants into building structures. His works have become the focal point of the building. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, the vertical gardens have a functional purpose. Vertical gardens are beneficial to the users and their surrounding environment. It helps lessens both air and noise pollution. The plants on the wall reduce heat in the

Commercial Building SCBS08 - Proposed Restaurant and Internet Cafe

This is a design proposal for a restaurant for my uncle and cousin. They are planning to begin construction within this year. This is the second proposal for this project because there were a lot of changes to the required spaces. Construction will be in three phases and will depend on the viability of the expansion.