Nestled into the edge of a cliff in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, the Westcliff Pavilion residence is built from steel, glass and stone and appears to hover above the ground. Designed by GASS Architecture Studios, the pavilion is built from steel, glass and stone and appears to hover above the ground. By constructing the house in steel, the architects were able to leave much of the land intact by only having the footings disturb the ground. And the massive stone wall that’s suspended in the steel frame was another main identifying features of this project. The two-bedrooms are on either end giving each room privacy, while the center is the shared, public space. This is truly a masterpiece in steel architecture and construction. Take a look! [source]
Entitled Ocean Imagination, this incredible pavilion is a proposal for the Thematic Pavilion of Yeosu 2012. The pavilion allows visitors to experience the ocean’s ecosystems. “Ocean Gate” takes the culture of the sea shore and shifts it vertically. This move creates a dynamic visual that is a constant reminder of nature’s different environments. “It combines ocean ecosystem and architecture in accordance with the main theme of ‘Ocean & Life,’” says Unsangdong Architects.
After 2008 Beijing Olympic, another world event – 2010 World Expo is just opened in Shanghai, China on May 1. For China, the Shanghai Expo will stand proudly in the tradition of world fairs that began with London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. Almost 70 million people are expected to witness the pinnacle of their country’s achievement and glimpse the future. For most Chinese, it will be their only chance to taste what life is like abroad.