Swedish design studio Form Us With Love have created these Träullit hexagon sound-absorbing panels from wood wool cement. The designers described the process of making the wood wool cement panels as relatively simple. Wood slivers are cut from logs, then mixed with water and cement and put in a mould to dry into shape. The result is a material that is environmentally friendly, water resistant, moisture and sound absorbant.
The University of Southern California’s School of Architecture announced the winners of their First Annual Student Charette Competition, hosted by the program’s Architectural Guild. This group is the primary support system of the USC School of Architecture, and serves as a unique link between the students, faculty, and the professional community.
Vincent Callebaut's newest concept for 1000 Haitian eco housing units, entitled Coral Reef, is inspired by the organic form of coral. Built upon seismic piers off the coast of the mainland, the prefabricated, modular units can be fit into a wave-like matrix as space is needed. Each family would have a plot of land to grow their own food, and their passive home would minimize energy usage, while renewable energy sources would make the entire project carbon neutral.
Bolzano-based architect Roland Baldi has completed a ski lift center in Monte Ivigna, a granite mountain near Merano, Italy. Autonomous in presence, the design consists of two terminals - one in the valley and one at the summit - that maintain a common architectural language through palette and form.