Representing Russian innovation and creativity, their stunning QR Code Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 is completely covered with QR codes, demonstrating the country’s urban and architectural development and placing it in a new context of innovative digital format. The fascinating pavilion challenges visitors to use their gadgets to explore plans of the new Russian science city to be built by 2017 near Moscow. Embodying Russia’s high level of technological and architectural excellence, the Skolkovo project assumes the role of a teaser for the future Russian science city.
The Russian i-city pavilion was imagined by a creative team of architects: Pierre de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, Kazuyo Sejima, Mohsen Mostafavi, Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov, Yury Grigoryan, Steano Boeri and Venice Architecture Biennale’s director, David Chipperfield. Spotted on MyModernMet, Russia’s QR Code Pavilion provides valuable information on the country’s technological progress. Russia’s new city dedicated to science will rise in 2017 not far from Moscow, incorporating different research facilities, a university and residences. Researching biomedicine, energy efficiency, space technology, nuclear and computer technology, 500 companies now working from different parts of the world will be reunited in one single city dedicated entirely to science. Enjoy the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale already opened to the public and running until 25 November 2012.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light