BuildingandInteriors Editorial Team picked the following 5 architecture and design innovations 2019 that are not just path-breaking in true sense but some of these are prestigious red-dot award winner as well.
Anti-Pinch Door Handle
Finger injuries due to slamming doors or young children accidentally locking themselves in rooms are common occurrences. To deal with this, many people often use door clamps. However, they are not ideal as they are inconvenient. Anti-Pinch Door Handle is a device that integrates with the door to solve these problems. When the door is open, the handle swivels 180° horizontally to function as a door clamp. This helps prevent finger injuries as the handle ensures a 45 mm gap between the door and the door frame, so one’s hand will never get caught in between. The handle is lined with rubber, which functions as a buffer to prevent door slams and damage to the structure.
The name Sway Table is derived from a soft wavy plate and emphasizes the table’s natural properties. It comprises two table tops and four slender legs. The table can be expanded when necessary and folded back when not in use. The bottom plate of the table rotates 90 degrees to expand its surface area while its four legs remain firmly balanced in a unique shape when the table is extended. This provides user efficiency because of its ability to save space. With its classy shape and smooth rounded table tops, Sway Table harmonizes with various environments. It also brings a playful and refined touch to its functionality with the act of moving and transforming the table.
O – Mist / Light Diffusion System
O – Mist / Light Diffusion System is designed to revitalize and cool the ambient air in urban centres during events and hot summer days and evenings. It creates a cloud of illuminated mist in strategic locations to reduce the heat island effects in the overall urban space. Its design is inspired by molecular structures and water droplets. The suspended misting system is composed of two superposed frame structures that reveal the play between the mist and the light. The simple circular tubing and brass connectors form a network that, through pressure, diffuses mist into the surrounding, creating a refreshing oasis by humidifying the air during hot summer days. The pressure producing power unit is connected to a water source and can be installed anywhere out of reach. The concept O-Mist creates a magic multi-sensory experience and animates the public space while drawing in the crowds. This structure can be suspended horizontally (or any direction as needed) between building walls or existing infrastructure using cables and tenders.
Bamboo – Carbon Fibre Building Material
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has created a new building material by weaving bamboo and carbon fibre. The resulting “bamboo ring” is stronger and more flexible than bamboo and could be more resistant to earthquakes, he says.
The new material is said to be 10 per cent stronger than natural bamboo wood but maintains the same atheistic appeal. This is important in Japan, where bamboo is a popular building material but lacks the strength to withstand extreme weather.
Kuma combined traditional bamboo with carbon fibre, creating a two-metre-diameter ring of strong, flexible material. The strips of bamboo were made into rings and a layer of carbon fibre was glued on to add strength. The two materials were then fused together at Kuma Laboratory at The University of Tokyo in cooperation with the technology brand OPPO. When the rings were weaved together, it created a doughnut shape that bends when force is applied to the ends.
Air Cleaning Towers
India-based company, Studio-Symbiosis, has designed circular towers to cleanse polluted air in New Delhi. The towers will use aerodynamic designs to pull in the air and expel it as clean and filtered.
The plan calls for two types of air purification towers: the largest structures, 60-metre-high, will be placed in a ring around the city. These will stop dirty air from flowing into nearby areas. The smaller, 18-metre-high towers will be placed in hot spots around the city.
The towers, named Aũra, use air pressure to push polluted air into the structure’s purification system and expel it as clean and filtered. The polluted air enters the bottom half of the structure and then travels up inside the tower and is expelled from the top. The structure consists of two chambers, with one speeding up the air intake, and the second purifying it.
The air is cooler when it exits the tower, increasing air pressure around the structure, which creates a loop and pushes the warmer air towards the tower. Green plants will also grow at the top of the towers to produce more oxygen in the area. The smaller structures will cleanse 32 million cubic meters of air per day, according to the design team.