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Project • By StructureCraftParks/Gardens

Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes

The new Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes complex in Taiyuan, China features 3 domes ranging from 43m to 88m in diameter and from 12m to 30m in height. The largest of the three domes is the longest clear-span timber gridshell (non-triangulated) in the world. All three parabolic gridshells comprise light doubly curved glulam beams, arranged in two or three crossing layers. Through the cooperation of all team members on three different continents in less than a year, a unique series of long-span timber structures was delivered to the city of Taiyuan, providing a beautiful, world-class attraction that emphasizes both sustainability and structural integrity. More

Project • By Mellet & Human ArchitectsPrivate Houses

House Schuler

This property is situated on a south entry panhandle stand with northern views in the established neighbourhood of Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria. The aesthetics and layout of an existing two level house, completed in the 1980’s in the postmodern style, did not fulfil the requirements of the current owner. Mellet & Human Architects were asked to provide a design proposal addressing the layout requirements, provide a modern look to the house, and to solve structural and damp problems.The existing house provided main entrance, bedrooms, study and lounge on the upper level. The lower level had the kitchen, living and dining room. The problems that had to be addressed were: -         Dark interior sp... More