This design hotel along the Khao Lak Coast of Southern Thailand is called ‘Casa de la Flora‘ designed by Bangkok-based practice Vaslab Architecture. Challenged to create a bold architectural expression while yielding to nature’s delicate elements – the flora – the team realized a series of 36 cubed villas made of a concrete outer shell and a warmer wood-lined interior. Each structure originates in the ground and skews up towards the air and over the next construct.
When the tech and media company Black Ocean acquired a four-story, 6,500-square-foot firehouse in New York, Rafael de Cárdenas responded with a slick industrial envelope, pops of color, and lots of zigzags, which have become the firm’s signature. Photography by Floto + Warner Studio/Otto. x
The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called “pseudo-karst” landforms.
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China View of colourful rock formations at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province, China. The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is 40km from Zhangye city. The park spans more than 400 square kilometers in Gansu. The unusual terrain is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits carved over the years by natural forces. A number of boardwalks have been built to encourage visitors to explore the rock formations.