The contractor from Chicago, Skender, is working on building construction projects from modular construction. Later, each apartment unit that will be built is arranged first, through mass production at the factory. Modular buildings are then transported and arranged in the planned location. The first building will be built in the West Loop area, Chicago.
The apartment building of this series of modular apartments will be built as high as six floors with a total of 110 units. Not only used as a place to live, this building will also function as a hotel room. The company also hired the services of 10 architects and interior designers to design each residential unit. “We want to see buildings as products in the future,” said Skender CEO Mark Skender.
Skender argues, this process is able to shift old habits and processes in construction. According to him, compared to the usual development process involving several parties such as architects, contractors, sub-contractors, and others. The workflow like that that Skender wants to trim. He revealed, this traditional workflow resulted in many miscommunications and caused delays and schedule setbacks.
Construction of buildings in this way is believed to be able to cut construction costs by up to 15 percent, while accelerating the development process by up to 40 percent. To realize this plan, Skender has released their first modular prototype unit. This apartment space consists of one room that is equipped with various furniture.
In addition to Al Wakrah Stadium, Lusail Stadium is one of the stadiums that will be used as a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches. The stadium will be used as the venue for the opening and final matches in the world’s largest soccer event. Foster + Partners is an architectural firm behind the design and construction of this unique stadium. With a capacity of 80,000 people, Lusail Stadium is the largest soccer match place in Qatar.
In designing this stadium, Foster + Partners took on the theme of vernacular, in which the stadium model is a picture of the traditions and skills of the citizens of Qatar. Launching Designboom, this shape is inspired by a typical Arabic lantern called Fanar, which is in a bowl with intricate unique decorations.
The shape of the bowl or what is known as the gold vessel is the result of playing light and shadow, so that it reflects the unique shape of the fanatic lantern. After the tournament, the stadium will be a public space complete with schools, shops, sports facilities and health. For that, some parts of the stadium are designed with a modular concept. The construction of the stadium is planned to be completed in 2020. The location of the stadium is about 15 kilometers from the center of Doha City and will be a new attraction for residents in Lusail City.
The city of Lusail is one of the new destinations in Qatar. As the place of origin of the modernizing figure of Qatar, Sheik Jassim ibn Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani, Lusail saves a variety of cultural and historical wealth for this country. FIFA Secretary General Fatma Smaoura said the stadium in Qatar was one of the most interesting in the world. While the location proposed to be the place for the final match is considered very charming. “I personally enjoy the fact that culture in the Middle East is reflected in Lusail and several other designs, while waiting for football fans to come from all over the world and discover the culture and history of the region,” Fatma was quoted as saying by the Global Construction Review.
After three years, the construction of the UCCA Dune Art Museum in China was finally completed. UCCA Dune Art Museum is a contemporary exhibition space built under the surface of the sand dunes on the seafront. Visitors can enter through a long tunnel that is connected to eight artificial caves. Each cave is used as a gallery that displays various contemporary works of art.
The museum building is built to resemble the shape of a concrete shell formed from wood formwork, while the inner wall is decorated with abstract textures. Abstract textures on the walls are made as a reminder that the museum building was built manually. In addition, the building is also equipped with cafes and gathering rooms. The cafe room is designed facing directly to the sea, so that visitors can enjoy the beachfront views.
Not only a cafe, the roof of the building also offers views of the surrounding coastline. Visitors can go up to the roof via a spiral concrete staircase located inside the building. From above, there are several openings that serve to provide natural lighting to all corners of the building. Openings on the roof also serves to connect the interior to the atmosphere outside the building.
The idea of designing a building below the sand dunes came from an OPEN Architecture firm. Besides being unique, the museum located below the surface is able to maintain the existence of the hill naturally. The 930 square meter building also remains cool during the summer. OPEN Architecture also adds some special details along the museum room. Even eight cafe tables in this museum are also designed by OPEN.