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The Richmond Olympic Oval – Host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

In less than 1 month Vancouver will be releasing the 2010 Winter Olympic. The event is almost ready and the venues are counting the days to begin breathe sports everywhere. And one of the biggest hotspots will be the Richmond Olympic Oval, a project by Cannon Design and definitely worth of attention by its beauty and design.

The six-acre building sits on the fraser river near vancouver and demonstrates the sustainability standards for the games. The building received a silver LEED certification, thanks in part to its clever use of locally sourced wood that was affected by the mountain pine beetle infestation. The design features three levels and seating for up to 8,000 spectators. The roof is the venue’s most striking feature, with a wave formation that is one of the world’s largest clearspan wooden structures. the building also collects rainwater for re-use throughout. the venue was completed in 2008 and will continue to bee used as a multi-purpose sport facility once the vancouver games are completed.

Located minutes from Vancouver International Airport, the Oval is a breathtaking facility along the banks of the Fraser River and a hallmark of public accessibility, environmental sustainability and worldclass sportsmanship.

Honored with several awards including the Institution of Structural Engineers 2009 Award for Sports or Leisure Structures, the building has spacious, modern interiors featuring wood floors, natural light and a broad public art program incorporated into the Oval itself and its immediate surroundings.

After the Games, this renowned facility will offer an inspiring environment for all skill levels—from fitness rookies to sports superstars—to progress towards their own personal podiums.

You can check these amazing photos below, and if you want to see the Oval in action by yourself there’s still time, the Olympic Games will begin in February 12! For more informations visit:

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Burj Dubai Grand Opening – World’s Tallest Building

Opening on january 4th is the burj dubai – which will be the world’s tallest building.
but how tall it is exactly is only known to a few.

‘it’s still a secret,’ william baker of skidmore, owings and merrill (som), the tower’s
structural engineer, said in an interview.

The client emaar properties PJSC will only disclose that it’s more than 2,625 feet tall, consisting of about 164 floors.

Chicago-based skidmore developed the ‘buttressed core’ structural system that resembles
a gigantic ‘Y’ to support the super-tall tower, which is nearly twice as tall as skidmore’s
442-meter (1,389 feet) willis tower in chicago. Despite, the emirate’s recent financial problems sales of the approximately. 1,100 one- to three-bedroom residences in the tower, have not been severly effected. Baker said it takes about two minutes to get to the summit on some of the fastest elevators
in the world, which travel at up to 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour). The tower’s exterior is glass and steel that would cover 17 soccer fields, and will require
six to eight weeks to clean.

all images © imre solt

Swiss House is Buried Under the Earth

In a location as picturesque as Vals, Switzerland, it’s difficult to imagine any new construction that wouldn’t impose on the beautiful landscape. So when the rare opportunity was granted to construct a new dwelling just a stone’s throw away from the famed Vals thermal baths, it was of paramount importance to not disturb the tranquil site. Designed by the architects of SeArch and Christian Müller, this underground house exemplifies the notion that thoughtfully constructed buildings can live in harmony with their surrounding environs.

Situated in the Swiss village of Vals deep in the mountains, the house is almost undetectable. Set below ground, the concrete structure features a wide oval opening that one arrives at via a set of stones steps embedded in the steep incline. At the top of the stairs a central patio is surrounded by a wide spanning façade formed of large window openings, which provide luminous reflections of the Alpine vista on the opposite side of the narrow valley.

Bathed in an abundance of natural light, the house is far more glamorous than your typical underground bunker. It includes all of your typical amenities such as a full kitchen, dining area, guest room, and entertainment area, while features like the underground pathways give the residence a touch of military flair. By building the house underground, the architects were able to almost completely eliminate the need for heating or cooling in the winter and summer months.

City Center Grand Opening – Las Vegas

Visitors by the thousand streamed into the newest casino-resort on the Las Vegas strip early Thursday. Fireworks and fanfare inaugurated the official launch of the Aria Resort & Casino, the 4,000-room, 61-story centerpiece of the $8.5 billion CityCenter complex.

CityCenter is a 16,797,000 square feet mixed-use, massive urban complex on 76 acres located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States.

The conceptual master plan was designed by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut and Kuhn Architects, laying out the project with approximately 2,400 condominium and condo-hotel units and approximately 4,800 hotel rooms, distributed within several high-rise towers around The Crystals, an ultra high-end retail and entertainment district. It is designed to have all commodities for daily life, featuring a 4,000-room hotel and casino (Aria), two 400-room boutique hotels (The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, with 227 residential condo units, and the Harmon Hotel and Spa), a purely residential offering (Veer Towers), a condo-hotel (Vdara Condo-hotel) and a 500,000 sq ft retail and entertainment district which will house the first grocery store directly on the Strip. The multi-use project is being designed with green technologies to make it one of the world’s largest environmentally sustainable urban communities. Plans include the use of reclaimed water, and an on-site power plant. MGM Mirage will pursue LEED certification for the project as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

City Center’s Website

Video about the design of, The Crystals, the high-end retail mall at City Center