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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

New Publication featuring Desitecture

A New Publication featuring Desitecture and edited by Graham Cairns has just been released.  

Sunday, 18 August 2013

WAF 2013 Finalist

Friday, 5 July 2013

Aero City Towers, Lekki Eppi Expressway, Nigeria

Project Ethos.
The aims of the development are to realize embedded land values along the shoreline of Shangotedo, providing sustainable high-density housing as part of a new business and leisure district, initializing development of the region. The area is to become home to a new sustainable community, and resort taking advantage of its position and access to a range of natural resources ranging from Atlantic Ocean views through to fertile mangrove. 

The development is based on four towers, which take the form of solomonic columns which interconnect at three points over their 120 floor height. The base takes a more naturalistic terraced form as it meets the groundscape where a series of micro parks and vegetation islands interrupt the sinuous lines of surface car parking.
The form takes its inspiration from a number of sources, some traditional, such as the braiding of women's hair and the artistic structural forms which are painstakingly created to adorn the heads of Nigerian women. The double helix has its place in considering the nature of the form and its support structure.

The development is seen as providing both a new administrative, healthcare, hub for the region, and commercial development with a blend of private and part ownership social residential accommodation. 

Socio economic benefits
The types of employment, education and industries and techniques used in the construction of the development will support much of the new £10 billion infrastructure and capital building works expected to take place across the country over the coming years. This distributed knowledge will serve to underpin aspirant sustainable practices
New business, the investment in new infrastructure coupled with a realization of its place in the global economy has created an opportunity to support the burgeoning new business sector, where web based learning and SME's need to be placed close to both government and finance centers. The towers offer flexible accommodation in close proximity to the newly established businesses, which will form part of a continuing coastal resort.

Local economy growth,
The proposal would stimulate the local economy, fishing industry , eco tourism , education hub, spurring on the development of the coastal region, acting as relief to the Lagos sprawl.

Regional development, and a magnet for the future.

Tourist trade, with, the ocean and the inland areas becoming developed as land prices rise this area is set to be the resort of choice for a new breed of home grown and international tourism.

Oil exploration workers, with a growing oil business hotel rooms are at a premium, the creation of a new landmark destination brings, training, education, and a new sector of employment.

Four interconnecting towers, which comprise of Offices, Residential, Vertical farm, Local area administration and Education, terraced podium, Convention Centre, Leisure, Retail. The offshore Marina and wave energy installation are sited so as not to disturb the local fishing industries and also to maximize the offshore wave energy produced. A causeway and ferry will shuttle people between the resort and the Marina. 

Construction. External steel frame diagonal braces grid. main structural elements concrete caissons structural service cores, internal steel frame grid. Solar control glazing , woven bamboo outer skin. Owing to the site location and high salt content of the mangroves materials, which are resilient and renewable, will be sourced for both cladding and construction throughout.

Ecological. The vertical farm will be both a source of produce and work for the inhabitants, reducing field to table times, and making use of local expertise in the production of specialist produce. The mangrove eco systems of the surrounding areas are to be conserved whilst leveraging opportunities for traditional fishing and the development of an offshore marina and wave energy installation.

The use of a range of materials, which contribute to aspects of the buildings construction and renewable in the future, include eco concrete, and a woven bamboo outer skin providing shade and a cooled environment.
The terraces of the podium level with their active drainage system will provide a large surface for rainwater, harvesting and the reed bed islands situated amongst the groundscape car parking provide an integrated network of water and waste management.

Energy, Pelamis breakwater wave energy production marina, vertical photovoltaic array, rooftop heat transfer pools, and coastal heat transfer, atrium turbines , inter floor turbines inhabit the floor voids recirculating air and generating low out put electricity for domestic/ residential use. The Parans fibre optic sun collectors are integrated into the hollow edge s of the floor plates.

Transport, the intention is to link the site to the center of Lekke peninsula and through Lagos to Victoria Island thus opening up new developments along the shoreline and a new opportunity for development away from the sprawl of Lagos.

Skin ,the need for solar shading and the braided hair concept have generated an organic mesh whose qualities are akin to a cellular structure, with openings determined by the internal arrangement of spaces. This living skin has the possibility of self propagation, and will in time grow green as the seasons change and protect the building from extremes of weather and temperature change based on green loading principles.

Interior. The deep plan profile of the building allows for multiple spatial configurations, facilitated by the Parans fibre optic system bringing daylight and energy savings to the inhabited parts of the floors. The generous floor-to-floor dimensions are designed to accommodate service runs and utilities which serve the varied plans. 

Atrium Gardens .These are the lungs of the development ,a place to walk and enjoy the micro parks providing open air space for the residents and air movement harvesting for turbine power and ventilation to the inner units.

Aero City Towers: Future Projects

Our new project Aero City Towers was entered in two categories at the World Architecture Festival 2013, Future Projects - Commercial mixed-use and Future Projects - Experimental; which it was shortlisted in!

Please have a look at our project boards below:

Future Projects - Experimental

 Future Projects - Commercial mixed-use

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Social Desitecture

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Plus here is a section through Stadi_City.

Cyclonic Urbis

Cyclonic Urbis, are prototype mini cities of home working, leisure, and consumption their location allows them to harvest wind as a source of energy and their climatic location allows the creation of micro climates which in turn aid in the production of sustainable resources, and brings the city centre to the edge, not entirely dissimilar to the Eiffel, or Blackpool towers, but in this case inhabited and energy generating edifices. The glazed cliffs of the landscape support the clearly artificial landscape above which is designed for pleasure and sustainable rotational land husbandry providing crops and produce,
The idea that there should be separate districts for designated activities, has lost its preminence in the drift of business and residential accommodation away from the centre of the city, this prototype suggests an enclosure with a permit for readjusting space , under a conjoined communal roof.
The existing paradigm of town and country / seaside come together in this proposal as it questions the our relationship to the enclosure of the city and our need for escape.
An inhabited landscape of edge living and energy harvesting tower prototype. The city traditionally sits away from the beach and the sea giving cascading views out to the horizon, but in so doing it wastes its greatest resource in its location, that of the sea breeze and the possibility of generating energy.

Cyclonic Urbis Publication

Cyclonic Urbis has been recently published in China's IDEA Magazine.

Desitecture in FX Magazine

Here is an article published about us in FX Magazine last month.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Desitecture @ Vertical Cities Conference - Hong Kong

We were invited earlier this year to participate and present at a Marcus Evans event called Vertical Cities. The Vertical Cities conference that took place from the 5th - 7th of March 2012 in InterContinental Grand Stanford, Hong Kong. Vertical Cities was specifically designed to meet all building industry practitioners' demands to secure and guarantee their investments.

Prof. Layton Reid took with him a presentation for the conference regarding our own experience in designing a Vertical City and also gave an illustrated explanation on how we envisage future living.

"Today’s world is soaring and rising high with Vertical Cities boasting of cutting-new edge ‘urban architecture’ i.e. new buildings and preserving the heritage buildings recognisable around the world. The epitome of Vertical Cities is an integration of buildings within a city life with important sociocultural implications. Vertical Cities is a collaboration of typical high-rise forms which includes retail malls and multi-use towers that stack and mix commercial, retail, and residential functions.

In a congested city, the main concerns are designing of sustainable high density built environments where the problems of urban sprawl, traffic congestion and pollution have threatened the prospects of biodiversity, greenery, livability and general well-being of the inhabitants. The solution to cope with high density cities is to build upwards. In the past, many countries have deployed tall buildings as a way to solve urban problems, while at the same time creating national identity for the country through a powerful skyline. Vertical cities are now a sought-after urban habitat in upcoming cities. Vertical cities are seen as the only solution to achieving economies of scale and to address issues pertaining to space, high land prices and density challenges."

This event provided insights on the state-of-the-art techniques that can be drawn upon from the vast experience of our global speaker line-up through practical case studies and panel on its importance to the building sector be it upcoming or existing buildings; will have to adopt green initiatives and energy efficiency to remain competitive and at the same time sustainable.

The three days agenda included a choice of three streams over two days and two streams on the third day - GreenBuild: Towards Eco Sustainability. The streams for the first two days of conference were Masterplanning and Typology, Engineering and Structural Design and Sustainability and Revitalisation and the third day were Innovative Technologies and Smart & Sustainable Materials.

Speakers at the Vertical Cities event were:
- Ir. Conrad T. C. Wong Chairman of Hong Kong Green Building Council
- Dr. Ken Yeang Chairman and Director of Design of Llewelyn Davies Yeang, UK
- Marshall Strabala Founder and Design Partner of 2DEFINE Architecture
- Julien De Smedt Founder & Director of Julien De Smedt Architects, Brussels & Copenhagen
- Silas Chiow Director of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, China
- Layton Reid, Founder of Desitecture, UK
- Robert Forest Founding Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
- Cathy Yang Vice President of Taipei Financial Center Corp, Taiwan
- Ian Milne Design Director of Atkins, Hong Kong
- Agnes Ng Chairman of BEAM Society Limited
- Dr. Benny Chow Director of Sustainability of Aedas Ltd., Hong Kong
- Ar. Rajendra Kumar Principal Architect, Architect Rajendra Kumar, India

Do check the links:

Visions of the Future, Architecture for the 21st Century - Publication

Earlier this year Desitecture had two projects published within "Visions of the Future, Architecture for the 21st Century" by Loft publications, Barcelona.

We are very pleased with the outcome and the work looks great, sat alongside other brilliant architects like MVRDV, Will Alsop, Mitchell Joachim etc. It is a privilege to be associate with such esteem company.

The book highlights the alternatives envisaged by international experts about how we will live within a few decades: inevitable high-rise cities due to urban crowding or eco-friendly and self-sufficient metropolises are some of the prevailing trends seen in the seventy-plus projects included in the book. Via photos, plans, architectural illustrations, sketches, diagrams, texts and captions, this volume offers readers a clear image of the types of housing and cities to expect in a possible, and not so distant, future.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Science Museum - New Galleries Pitch

A space where experience is science.

Desitecture took part in a speculative proposal for new galleries at the science museum london, in collaboration with a group of graphic, interactive, experience, exhibition and creative designers and artists. The seamless form evokes an undulating valley with a stream of circulation populated by flowers of information and climates of visual experiences. The proposal intends to house and narrate the treasures of the science museum as they relate to time, communication and the inclusive world.

The gallery is an immersive environment with visitors free to stay, rest, sit or even recline on the surfaces, a veritable alternative, yet tangible virtual world; a place of play. The developed form takes the visitor on a journey through a landscape of experiences which reveal the interconnectedness of cultures and scientific endeavour.

Children have a special role in the continued development of the relevance of the gallery through their continued participation in a programme of lunchtime activities ending in the creation of a lunch box of ideas fro the future which is constantly updated and exhibited in the space.