Concrete Gone Green: Fascinating 3D Printed Planter Bricks

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Have a look at these lovely designs effectively converting a material usually perceived as lifeless with the delicacy of plants! The Planter Bricks envisioned by Real San Fratello Architects are concrete masonry units with the ability to host a variety of greenery. The bricks are modeled in 3D software, which is then sent directly to a 3D printer to be produced. This means that there are no restrains in terms of shape or size and that each piece can be customized to a client’s particular wish.
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The final products come in a variety of forms, some angular, some curvaceous and have various sized cavities. According to the designers, the genuine flower pots may be combined with traditional bricks in new masonry walls or to replace bricks in an existing wall. Another interesting effect is emphasized: “The planter bricks have the potential to counter the heat island effect in big cities through evapotranspiration and pollution conversion. The plants in the wall help mediate the temperature of the micro-climate surrounding the building, buffer sound and help filter the air“. A waterproof ceramic version of the product is also available and it is priced $400, while the concrete can be purchased at $300.

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Building for a better Sex Life

It’s odd how little architects have had to say on the subject of sex. If they’re routinely designing the buildings in which sex happens, then you might expect them to spend more time thinking about it. Buildings frame and house our sexual lives

Richard J Williams (Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh) is the author of Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution (2013). In a recent piece he explores the

In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects © Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: ??ng Nai, Vietnam
Principal Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Masaaki Iwamoto
Project Team: Tran Thi Hang, Kuniko Onishi
Area: 3,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Client: Pou Chen Vietnam
Site Area: 10,650 sqm

This kindergarten, for 500 pre-school children, is a prototype for sustainable education spaces in tropical climates. The plan was designed for the factory workers children of Pou Chen Vietnam.

The building concept is a “Farming Kindergarten” with a continuous green roof, providing food and agriculture experience to Vietnamese children, as well as a safe outdoor playground. The green roof is a triple-ring-shape drawn with a single stroke, creating three courtyards inside. While these internal courtyards provide safety and comfortable playgrounds for children, the roof makes landing to the courtyards at both sides, allowing children to enter a very special eco-friendly experience when they walk up and go through it. This green roof is designed as a continuous vegetable garden, a place to teach children the importance of agriculture and relationship with nature.

Architectural and mechanical energy-saving methods are comprehensively applied including but not limited to: green roof, PC-concrete louver for shading, recycle materials, water recycling, solar water heating and so on. These devices are designed visibly for children to play their important role in sustainable education.

The building is now under construction and expected to start its operation in September 2013.

In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects © Hiroyuki Oki
In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects © Hiroyuki Oki
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In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects © Hiroyuki Oki
In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects © Hiroyuki Oki
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In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects Rendering
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In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Jul 2013.

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