London’s newest swimming pool is not for the faint of heart. The British architecture firm HAL is currently working with developers Eco World Ballymore on the 2,000-home Embassy Gardens residential development, where two buildings will be linked by an all-glass swimming pool measuring 90 feet long, 19 feet wide, 10 feet deep, and suspended more than 100 feet above street level.
The transparent pool, devised by the architecture firm Arup Associates, will be a standout in the Nine Elms neighborhood, which is also expecting a dramatic new pedestrian bridge across the Thames.
Miami will get its first direct service to Norway and Denmark next fall when Scandinavian Airlines launches new flights.
The carrier announced Wednesday morning that it will start flying from Oslo and Copenhagen to Miami in the fall of 2016. SAS will operate seven flights a week: three to Copenhagen and four to Oslo.
Innsbruck, Austria: First multi-story building certified to Passive House Plus with renewable energy
The housing complex “Vögelebichl” in Innsbruck consists of two new builds connected through an underground garage. In the southern building, certified as to the classic Passive House Standard, there are 10 apartments. In the northern building, which has been certified as a Passive House Plus, there are 16 apartments and four stories. Innsbruck architect Vogl-Fernheim earned Passive House Plus certification for the 16-unit building by designing a super insulated envelope with R-51walls and an R-63 roof and installing a solar array that supplies about 8.9 kWh/sf/yr. The “Plus” in the energy concept of this building is using a ground water heat pump, a solar thermal system and a photovoltaic installation.
On the other side of the balance, the proven basic principles of the Passive House Standard apply in both building structures in order to keep the demand low: proper ventilation, triple glazing, excellent insulation, an airtight building envelope and thermal bridge free construction.
China’s money troubles have the potential to shortchange South Florida’s building boom, if its large pool of investors seeking U.S. visas shrinks.
More than 80 percent of applicants for the citizenship-for-money program, known as the EB-5 investor program, are Chinese. Massive mixed-use projects like Skyrise Miami and Tibor Hollo’s Panorama Tower are competing for their investments to fund a percentage of their development costs, and those two projects alone aim to raise more than $400 million through the EB-5 process.
“There will be a drop in investments,” said Mikki Canton, managing director of the Miami EB-5 Regional Center. She predicts that investments will not flow as freely from China, and smaller projects looking for EB-5 funds will feel the strain.