May 16, 2020

Top 10 'Funky' Constructions

Nationale-Nederlanden Building
National Theatre
Krzywy Dom
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Guggenheim Museum
10. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, SpainOpened in 1997 by King Juan Carlos, this museum of modern and abstract art appears to draw architectural inspiration...

10. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Opened in 1997 by King Juan Carlos, this museum of modern and abstract art appears to draw architectural inspiration from its contents. The complex consists of interconnected free-form titanium-sheathed buildings, and is widely regarded as an important work of contemporary building design.

9. Hallgrímskirkja church, Reykjavik, Iceland

This Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland is, at 74.5 metres tall, the largest church in the country. Named after 17th century poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson, the imposing structure was designed by state architect Guðjón Samúelsson to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape.

8. House Attack, Vienna, Austria

Abstract artist Erwin Wurm collaborated with the Mumok Museum in 2006 to add a rather eye-catching feature to the building’s architecture. The aptly named "House Attack" installation gives the impression of a residence having fallen from the skies to become lodged in the museum’s facade.

7. Dynamic Tower, Dubai, UAE

The brainchild of architect Dr David Fisher, the 100 percent renewably-powered Dynamic Tower will, when it finally gets off the ground after delays, adjust itself to the sun, wind, weather and views by rotating each floor separately, and never appear the same twice. A potential climber in future lists.

6. Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada

Montreal’s Habitat 67 is a model community and housing complex designed by Israeli–Canadian architect Moshe Safdie for his master's thesis in architecture. Featuring 367 irregularly interlocking units, it was originally conceived as a comment on the way future generations would cope with urban overcrowding.

5. Nautilus House, Mexico City outskirts, Mexico

Built in 2006 by visionary Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, Nautilus House was designed to mimic the experience of being the internal inhabitant of a shell. In order to better replicate the asymmetry of its inspiration, neither the walls, ceiling or floor run parallel.

4. La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain

Also known as Casa Mila, Barcelona’s La Pedrera, (translated as 'The Quarry'), was innovatively designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí to be a self-supporting apartment and office complex.

Having celebrated its centenary last year, the site currently serves as the headquarters of the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation.

3. Krzywy Domek (Crooked House), Sopot, Poland

Sopot, Poland’s Krzywy Domek, literally translated as the Crooked House, was built in 2004 as part of the town’s Rezydent shopping center, and has an area of approximately 4,000 square meters. Designers Szotyńscy & Zaleski drew inspiration from a fairytale illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer. 

2. National Theatre, Beijing, China

The impressive architecture of Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts consists of an ellipsoid dome fashioned from titanium and glass. Combined with its reflection in the surrounding artificial lake, underneath which the potential 5,452 audience members enter, the Centre somewhat resembles a zeppelin.

1 Nationale-Nederlanden Building, Prague, Czech Republic 

The Dancing House, nicknamed Fred and Ginger by one of its designers after dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is the more commonly used title for Prague’s bizarre Nationale-Nederlanden building.

Designed in 1992 in a collaboration between architects Vlado Milunić and dance-fan Frank Gehry, the contorted residence is situated on a vacant riverfront plot, and drew criticism at the time from traditionalists who felt the unconventional nature of the architecture was not in-keeping with the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which the Czech capital is famous.

Former Czech president, Václav Havel, was for decades a neighbour to the Dancing House, and had been one of the projects most vociferous advocates, in the belief that the building had the potential to become a centre for cultural activity in the city.

Construction was completed in 1996, and the Dancing House has remained a photo-hotspot for tourists ever since.


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Jul 28, 2021

Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on an 111-hectare site and marks the company's largest project in Spain

Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.

Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.

During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.

Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.

Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”

Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.

Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.

According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.

The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.

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