We here at PopSci enjoy our green dreams for future buildings as much as any other geek. So imagine the excitement when Beijing-based MAD Ltd. unveiled its solar eco-skin design for the Taichung Convention Center in Taiwan.
The landmark building design aims to meld future tech with natural shapes that evoke mountains dotted with crater-like openings. We can only hope that a recovering post-apocalyptic landscape would look so pleasing.
The concept gallery appears notable shy on support columns. The "volcanic mountain design" is appeals aesthetically pleasing and it does appear to greatly increase usable space without the eye soar of direct verticle growth. If it is sufficiently supported, as well, I think this design has great potential in its resistance to earthquakes as well.
This is really beautiful!
"We can only hope that a recovering post-apocalyptic landscape would look so pleasing." Apocalypse is actually an unveiling of truth according to it's Greek route. It is more likely a period of enlightenment than a disastorous end of the earth. So a post-apocalyptic landscape may actually look similar to your photos!
It's astounding, more sci-fi beautiful than even sci-fi movie designs that need exist only in imagination. I'm just curious about the materials and other "nuts and bolts"…how and/or if it will be realized.
Buildings like these makes me wish that the U.S has more architectural feats/icons we can be proud of.
Wow! There seems to be alot of cool things being built in Taiwan.
My friend told me a crazy building made out of plastic is going to be built in Taipei. It's made out of Polli-brick... i think it's some kind of interlocking plastic brick.
Does anyone know more about this?
The Taipei Polli-Brick building almost finished. It isn't crazy at all. There are pictures of it that you can see on a whole bunch of forums. Take a look.
This is truely beautiful and solar driven. What an advertisement for lighting design for the modern environment.