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The Alchemist in Miami Beach, Florida by Rene Gonzalez Architect

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Article source: Rene Gonzalez Architect

Calmly perched 60 feet in the air like a floating cloud. Alchemist is a floating glass box inserted into the fifth floor of a parking structure designed by Herzog and de Meuron and Open to the Miami Beach sky. Inside, its reflective materials capture the colors and energy of the surrounding environment and make the space radiate in such a way that it is visible from many vantage points throughout Miami Beach.

Image Courtesy Michael Stavaridis

  • Architects: Rene Gonzalez Architect
  • Project: The Alchemist
  • Location: Miami Beach, Florida
  • Project Area: 1,726 sqf


Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Mecanoo Architecten

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Article source: Mecanoo Architecten


The Wei-Wu-Ying Metropolitan Park, the site of a former military complex, is the location for the new Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts of Taiwan. The complex features a concert hall, an opera house, a theatre, a recital hall, and a large outdoor seating area. Hosting a total of 6,000 seats and the most technologically advanced theatre facilities, the new cultural complex will draw world class performing artists and theatre companies.

Meca Taiwan Final Day with balloons

  • Architects:Mecanoo Architecten
  • Project:Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts
  • Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Design: 2007-2009
  • Execution: 2010-2013
  • Client: Preparatory Office of The Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts of the Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan Architect: Mecanoo architecten, Delft, The Netherlands


Space Specific Installations in Kerala, India by Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Article source: Space Specific Installations

Space Specific Installations recently displayed their exhibition of “Space Specific Installations” in the Kerla Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery of Kerala, India. The architects filled the gallery with figures that intruded upon the space occupied by visitors and forced interactions between the work and the users of the space using a wide range of materials.  The exhibition ran from May4th-10th so if you missed it be sure to look through the gallery for images of Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo’s work after the break!

Image Courtesy Praveen Mohandas

  • Architect: Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo
  • Project: Space Specific Installations
  • Location: Kerala, India
  • Photographs: Praveen Mohandas


Blob vB3 by dmvA Architecten

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Article source: dmvA Architecten

The design dmvA made for the office of XfactorAgencies, as an extension to the house, was relentlessly rejected by local building regulations.  Used to working with limitations and blurring these boundaries at the same time, dmvA responded by designing a mobile unit, a blob. As a mobile construction and holding a high dose of art, it skirted round the strict building codes.

Image Courtesy dmvA Architects

  • Architects:dmvA Architecten
  • Project: Blob vB3
  • Location: anywhere/mobile
  • Design: dmvA
  • Principal: Rini van Beek / XfactorAgencies
  • Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Thomas Denturck
  • General contractor: AD&S Thomas Denturck
  • Constructional engineer: AD&S
  • Built area: 20 m2
  • Completion: 2009
  • Visuals: dmvA
  • Photography: dmvA architects
  • Concept : mobility


Sway’d’ Interactive Public Art Installation in Salt Lake City, Utah by Daniel Lyman

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Article source: Daniel Lyman

In its essence, the installation’s seemingly un-orchestrated subtle movements are reminiscent of a field of grass or trees reacting from the wind. Though each rod sways independently to its own rhythm, each individual maintains harmony with the whole; all swaying together in a symphony orchestrated by the supple forces of nature – no one part more important than the whole.

Concept Rendering

  • Architects: Daniel Lyman
  • Project: Sway’d’ Interactive Public Art Installation
  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Software used: Sketchup Pro and Photoshop to do the renderings, AutoCAD to create the technical drawings.


POLYP.lux in New York by SOFTlab.

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Article source: SOFTlab.

SOFTlab produced a hanging installation for the entrance to School Nite, an exhibition of site-specific installations, performances, and discussions. The installation was curated by Nuit Blanche New York as part of Flash:Light 2011 along with the Festival of Ideas for the New City sponsored by the New Museum.

POLYP.lux (Image Courtesy Alan Tansey)

  • Architects: SOFTlab.
  • Project: POLYP.lux
  • Location: 233 Mott Street New York
  • Materials: Mylar, Acrylic, LEDs, Conductive Thread, Lithium Batteries
  • Area: 270 sq.ft.


Orchidarium Professora Ruth Cardoso in Villa-Lobos Park, Brazil by Decio Tozzi Architect

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The orchidarium Professor Ruth Cardoso has its form inspired on the “habitat” of the africans, indigenous and pré-colombian’s cultures.

Orchidarium Professora Ruth Cardoso

  • Architects: Decio Tozzi Architect
  • Project: Orchidarium Professora Ruth Cardoso
  • Location: Villa-Lobos Park, Brazil


Three Fountains in Pilsen, Republic Square in Czech Republic by Ondrej Císler

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Fountains develop the monumental spatial concept of the Square, which was founded by the Premysl Otakar the II., the fifth King of Bohemia in the Middle Ages. They complete the cadence of proportions and material order that was first used on the 1681 Plague Column in one of the four corners. Names of the three fountains are freely inspired by the Coat of Arms of the city. The concept defines architecture of the sculptural spouts as Signs in space, reviving the original concept of “wasserkasten”, big bowls accumulating water for public usage. Poems by Petr Borkovec are prepared to be inscribed in gold on the surface of the fountains in 2015, the year when Pilsen will become European Capital of Culture.



  • Architect: Ondrej Císler
  • Team: David Blahout (gilding), Jakub Vlcek, Pavel Hošek, Michal Blažek (sculptors), Juraj Smolen, Ondrej Dušek (architects)
  • Project: 2004 (winner of a two stage competition)
  • Completion: 2010
  • General Contractor: Swietelsky Stavební Ltd., subdivision Dopravní Stavby Západ, Plzen
  • Bronze: Aleš Svojtka, Stará Hut s.r.o.
  • Technology: KTS AME Hradec Králové
  • Stone: Pražský kámen s.r.o.
  • Investor: City of Plzen, Costs: ca. 21.5 mil. CZK
  • Height: 4.5 m
  • Material: gilded bronze, black Fuian granite, patinated bronze
  • Photography: Vasil Stanko, Karel Kocourek


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