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Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia under king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, who is believed to be buried here. A massive hand-dug moat surrounds the looming temple complex, with quincunx spires representing the sacred Mount Meru, the seats of the gods, and galleried temples.
At the time of construction Angkor had over a million inhabitants, twenty thousand in the Ankkor Wat complex alone. They lived in wood huts, as stone structures were built solely for the gods. Typical for Hindi and Buddhist temples, the square layout maps the universe with centers of knowledge and wisdom spread out inside waters of creation.
The city was rediscovered by Bartolomeo de Argensola in 1609, and parts of under reconstruction.
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C. F. Møller Architects designed the Akershus University "Ahus" Hospital near Oslo Norway, completed in 2008. Each section of the €1 billion project takes its own form, with a glass thoroughfare "street" running through the center. The layout is rational and allows for quick navigation.
Soft wood is used in the interior and visual connections to the natural environment help in patient care. Transparency and sunlight penetration are key to this small city of a hospital. Geothermal energy storage contribute to a sustainable design.
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Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in in Abu Dhabi was opened as the burial site for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2007. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture fuse together with 80 white marble domes and 80 Iznikpanels between 4 minarets that rise 115 m. It has the world's longest carpet and largest chandelier, at 15m tall. Modern fibre optic lighting is subtly used behind gold leaf walls with Kufi calligraphy. As an image of paradise in the desert, 7,874 m2 of pools surround the site.
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Hans Otto Theatre in Schiffbauergasse, Potsdam, completed in 2006. Red wood is carefully composed with with concrete structure and glazed walls. It faces the Tiefer See lake near some Prussian hussars’ barracks, much like the Sydney Opera House.
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Tokyo Municipal Takanawadai Elementary School in Minato-ku Takanawa was renovated in 2005 after fire and earthquake damage.
Modern touches to the historic primary school include glass facades in front of public staircases, white concrete walls, wood interiors, and solar panels on the green roof.
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Sauerbruch Hutton designed the Umweltbundesamt Dessau in Dessau Germany, completed in 2005.
Located near the main train station in the home of modern movement Bauhaus, this project reinforces modern concepts of design and aesthetic. It was built on a contaminated brownfield with curved stripes of building snaking around. The prefabricated wood facade panels are stacked between multicolored shades and glazing.
An elaborate structure of aluminum louvers and motorized vents in the central public space interrupts this environmentalist design with a new concept for environmental sustainability, using machinery and metal to lessen our footprint. This project melds Bauhaus modernism with sustainable and green design.
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