Modern Architecture: Vietnam’s Stunning New Skyscraper (3 pics)

A ground-breaking ceremony has been held for Foster + Partners’ first project in Vietnam. The VietinBank Business Centre sends a strong message to the rest of the world: Vietnam is an up-and-coming nation. Located strategically between central Hanoi and the airport, the project consists of two angular towers that will serve as a gateway to the city. The 300,000-square-metre mixed-use development includes two towers. The taller tower, at 68-stories, will provide an energy-efficient new headquarters for VietinBank. The second, 48-story tower will house a five-star hotel, spa, and serviced apartments. Connecting the two towers is a seven-story podium building which contains conference facilities, luxury shops, cafes, restaurants, and roof top gardens. The scheme has a progressive environmental agenda and is designed to mitigate the effects of the area’s high levels of humidity. The system draws in humidity, separating the water from the atmosphere and exhaling hot, dry air, which can then be cooled by ground water and released back into the buildings. In addition, a serrated facade, made up of projecting fins, provides both shade and a unit of measurement for cellular offices around the perimeter of the floor plate.

Fosters+Partners via [e-architect]





December 6, 2016

Japanese Man Masters the Gravity-Defying Art of Stacking Coins

Japanese Twitter user @thumb_tani (aka Tanu) has mastered the art of balance. He uses his keen sense of equilibrium to create small, fascinating sculptures from carefully-positioned coins. Although many of us have probably attempted this same sort of coin stacking, Tanu takes these arrangements to a whole new—and totally epic—level. Using a variety of denominations, Tanu creates intricate structures that range in shape and size. Often, he’ll first build a strong base using staggered coins.

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December 5, 2016

Colorful Resin Bangles Let You Wear Classic Art on Your Wrist

Bulgaria-based jewelry shop PAGANE Uniques crafts colorful and bright bangles inspired by well-known works of art. Showcasing the vivid color palettes and striking modernity of 19th and 20th century masterworks—including Gustav Klimt’s glittering The Kiss, Vincent van Gogh’s beaming Sunflowers, and Henri Matisse’s avant-garde Cut-Outs—every bright and bold bangle adds an artistic touch to any look. Each beautiful bracelet is crafted by hand.

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