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What happens to all the World Cup stadiums now that the big event is over? Brazil spent around $4 billion on the stadiums used this year, including four new stadiums that are unlikely to ever see much action again. In Brasilia, a $900 million stadium has 72,000 seats, but local football teams will probably draw crowds less than a tenth of that size. In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, a little-used stadium will cost $250,000 a month just to maintain.
We’re used to SAOTA‘s impressive and imposing residences and pleased to see each of them unravel before our virtual eyes. This time we’ll be admiring a fascinatingly transparent Lake House in Geneva, Switzerland. Attracting the eye with an unusual architecture, the building acts as both a residence and an office. The client is a fan of the illustrious architecture team and this 2,800 sqm family home and office is the 4th home SAOTA has designed for him. The owner can boast about a wonderful collection of homes in Cape Town and Paris and Senegal. This one is located on Lake Geneva, and features sculptural design lines shaping a provocative architecture.
With sweeping views over Port d’Andratx, it is fair to say that this Spanish Villa has one of the most privileged locations in Mallorca for those in search of a highly modern way of living. Spotted by Freshome on Home Designing, the five-bedroom residence has a total surface of 900 square meters and boasts an infinity pool with lounge furniture, sauna with fitness area, a separate guest house and a double garage. Its most striking feature is the swimming pool waterfall, an entertaining focal point for the inhabitants and guests alike.
The owners of this loft had been seduced by its sweeping Boston skyline views and vibrant historic South End neighborhood, but its existing built-ins and other features didn’t stand up to the loft’s 18-foot-high ceilings, and the spaces did not make the most of the views. Working with the architects at ZeroEnergy Design, they embarked on extensive renovations to create efficient multipurpose spaces, including a home office, built-in storage, room for guests and a nursery for their first baby, who was on the way. Here’s what they did.
The Institute for Computational Design ICD and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design ITKE of the University of Stuttgart designed and built a robotically woven carbon fiber pavilion whose structure was inspired by beetles. Continuing the tradition of building a new pavilion each year, ICD and ITKE’s design explores the limits of biomimetic design, lightweight shells, and robotic fabrication.