The striking and somewhat stark appearance of the 800MW GDF Suez coal-burning power plant at Wilhelmshaven, in northern Germany, reflects the fact that this is one of the most modern and efficient power plants of its kind in the world.
Architect DHV Architects Location Wilhelmshaven - Germany Company involved Tata Steel Website http://www.colorcoat-online.com
Few buildings evoke the universal response ‘how on earth does it stand up?’ but the Aluminium Centrum in Houten, the Netherlands, is one of them. A flat simple slab of a building (although not as simple as it first looks) is supported on the slenderest possible of supports coming up out of the water. On a day when the light is right, with reflections in the still water, the effect is of the tentacles of a jellyfish – not the most structurally rigid of concepts.
Architect Abbink X De Haas architectures (Micha de Haas) Location Houten - The Netherlands Company involved 3A Composites Website http://www.3acomposites.com
Sochi Olympic Cauldron
The centre of the circular Medals Plaza in Sochi, Russia, where the winners of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games received their medals, is occupied by a curiously shaped, glistening structure rising some 46m above the ground.
Credits: Dmitry Tararin | Alcoa Architectural Products® | Kalzip
Architect Dmitry Tararin Location Sochi - Russia Company involved Alcoa Architectural Products & Kalzip Website www.alcoaarchitecturalproducts.com