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BORZOI in Katsuura, Japan by N MAEDA ATELIER

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Surfing is a very  important part of my life. Surfing is not a mere sport or enjoyment, it is a philosophy that teaches you how infinitesimal you are. The instant this insignificant speck becomes one with that great wave which has been repeating itself for billions of years, your universe is changed forever. No respect is too great for those who defy death to ride the 60-foot waves, unrecompensed. 
Then there is “tube riding”, the technique of entering a curling wave. An instant of perfect bliss.

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: Norisada Maeda
  • Project: BORZOI
  • Location: Katsuura Chiba Japan
  • Design: N MAEDA ATELIER-Norisada Maeda principal-in-charge-Katsutoshi Sasaki
  • Design: 2000~2001
  • Construction: 2001
  • Structual system: Timber& Steel Structure, 1 storie

Shining Surface in Milan, Italy by Park Associati

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Article source: Park Associati

Park Associati architects work on ‘human scale’ architecture. Issues such as context, environment, routes, landscapes and views are in their everyday vocabulary. Their buildings relate with the landscapes with such a lightness and harmony to make them looking perfectly in place, as if they had always been there. Yet they are very recognizable signs, they have contemporary concepts, shapes and surfaces, made with advanced techniques and materials. But this is precisely the key: a historical knowledge and a contemporary vision. In Park’s works, we can feel suggestions from the Modern Movement, lessons from certain Milan architectures and condominiums of the Fifties and Sixties, to the purest Mies van der Rohe of the Twenties, up to Antonio da Sangallo and Michelangelo of Palazzo Farnese. All these inspirations are assimilated, forgotten, and re-invented.


Image Courtesy © Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Project: Shining Surface
  • Location: Milan, Italy

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A House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Estudio GMARQ

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Estudio GMARQ

“Our office encourages the client to take part in the design process in order to achieve fully personalized buildings and homes within a contemporary aesthetical frame”, remark the heads of GMARQ, architects Adrián Govetto and Lucas Mansilla. However, House A process was not born out of this work philosophy because during the first meetings with our clients, a couple with no children, they made it clear that they had no preconceived idea of how their future house should look like or how it would be. But during following meetings they told us how their daily lives were, their routines and what their expectations were for the future.

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral 

  • Architects: Estudio GMARQ
  • Project: A House
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina, USA
  • Photography: Alejandro Peral
  • Year: 2011/2012
  • AREA: 490 M2
  • Studio: GMARQ  ADRIAN GOVETTO   LUCAS MANSILLA ARCHITECTS
  • Team: Sr. Matías Fernandez – Arq. Marcelo Forja – Arq. Sofia Sorazabal
  • Structure: DONATO CASTELLI 
  • Construction: COZAHLE S.R.L.

Apparecchiare la citta in Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta by studio ghigos

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: studio ghigos

we want to show you the collection Lago Maggiore Casalinghi, a project that involves small and medium business of the historical household products district of Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Verbania e Cusio Ossola.
From the experiment of “Apparecchiare la città” presented at Salone del Mobile of Milan was born the first collection for “Lago Maggiore Casalinghi” brand not realized by a unique company, but by a wide network of production firms.

Image Courtesy ghigos

  • Architects: studio ghigos
  • Project: Apparecchiare la citta @ Frankfurt
  • Location: Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Verbania e Cusio Ossola
  • Type: direct appointment
  • Place: Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Client: Fedora Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Verbania
  • History: 15-19 February 2013
  • Credits Project: ghigos (Davide Crippa and Barbara Di Prete, Francesco Tosi) (more…)

Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the ESA to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as building matter.

The outpost is designed as a modular system which can be extended in the future – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

The practice has designed a lunar base to house four people, which can offer protection from meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations. The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer to create a protective shell.

Lunar outpost near the moon’s south pole – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

To ensure strength while keeping the amount of binding “ink” to a minimum, the shell is made up of a hollow closed cellular structure similar to foam. The geometry of the structure was designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with consortium partners – it is groundbreaking in demonstrating the potential of 3D printing to create structures that are close to natural biological systems.

Autonomous robots are used to 3D print a cellular structure that protects the inhabitants from gamma radiation, meteorite impacts and extreme temperature fluctuations. – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

Simulated lunar soil has been used to create a 1.5 tonne mockup and 3D printing tests have been undertaken at a smaller scale in a vacuum chamber to echo lunar conditions. The planned site for the base is at the moon’s southern pole, where there is near perpetual sunlight on the horizon.

(c) ESA

The consortium includes Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, working with Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Monolite UK supplied the D-Shape™ printer and developed a European source for lunar regolith stimulant, which has been used for printing all samples and demonstrators.

(c) ESA

Xavier De Kestelier, Partner, Foster + Partners Specialist Modelling Group:
“As a practice, we are used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic. It has been a fascinating and unique design process, which has been driven by the possibilities inherent in the material. We look forward to working with ESA and our consortium partners on future research projects.”

(c) ESA

Porous City in Cannes at MIPIM Innovation Forum 12-15 March 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
At MIPIM’s first edition of the Innovation Forum, March 12-15th, MVRDV and The Why Factory (T?F) present their ongoing research on the design of skyscrapers and the potential of porosity as a European approach to urban density. The results are presented as scale models made of LEGO bricks, recently exhibited at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and at Business of Design Week Hong Kong. The exhibition is combined with a lecture on urban design by Winy Maas on Wednesday, 13th of March at 10:00am. 

Porous City  All Images by Frans Parthesius


 
MIPIM is launching the MIPIM Innovation Forum, a meeting place for sharing ideas and debate for everyone involved in building tomorrow’s cities. This exclusive MIPIM program puts buildings and users at the heart of this industry conversation in order to highlight the entire range of innovative solutions to maximize the value of property portfolios. Additionally, the MIPIM Innovation Forum will feature the “Porous City – Open the tower” exhibition earlier presented at last year’s Venice Biennale.

Students of The Why Factory have built and developed the towers


 
“Porous City – Open the tower” uses Lego towers to explore futuristic concepts of urban design imagined by The Why Factory, a research institute for the city of the future. Nine three-metre high skyscrapers will rise up during the four days of the show, acting as visual support to debates on the new processes and the role of research in Europe’s urban future.

Main question of Porous City: whether there is a European alternative to the skyscraper typology


 
The exhibition of nine large towers at MIPIM in Cannes represents the outcome of the earlier design studio “Eurohigh” at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, a collaborative project by T?F and KRADS.Porous City has been generously supported by LEGO Group, Denmark. The exhibition is combined with a lecture on urban design by Winy Maas on Wednesday, 13th of March at 10:00am.

Detail of a Porous City Tower


 
TWITTER MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A research based and highly collaborative design method engages experts from all fields, clients and stakeholders in the creative process. The results are exemplary and outspoken buildings, urban plans, studies and objects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.Early projects such as the headquarters for the Dutch Public Broadcaster VPRO and housing for elderly WoZoCo in Amsterdam lead to international acclaim.MVRDV develops its work in a conceptual way, the changing condition is visualised and discussed through designs, sometimes literally through the design and construction of a diagram. The office continues to pursue its fascination and methodical research on density using a method of shaping space through complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary building and design processes.

MVRDV first published a cross section of these study results in FARMAX (1998), followed by a.o. MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), and more recently Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007). MVRDV deals with global ecological issues in large scale studies such as Pig City as well as in small pragmatic solutions for devastated areas of New Orleans.

Current projects include various housing projects in the Netherlands, Spain, China, France, the United Kingdom, USA, India, Korea and other countries, a bank headquarter in Oslo, Norway, a public library for Spijkenisse , Netherlands, a central market hall for Rotterdam, a culture plaza in Nanjing, China, large scale urban plans include a plan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain, an urban vision for Oslo or the doubling in size of Almere, Netherlands and Grand Paris, the vision of a post-Kyoto Greater Paris region.

The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published world wide and receives international awards. The 75 architects, designers and staff members conceive projects in a multi-disciplinary collaborative design process and apply highest technological and sustainable standards.

Together with Delft University of Technology MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing argument for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.

For information please contact public relations at MVRDV, Jan Knikker / Isabel Pagel +31 10 477 2860 or pr@mvrdv.nl www.mvrdv.nl

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Glass Is Tomorrow in Paris, France by Pro Materia

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Article source: Pro Materia

GLASS IS TOMORROW is a European project, which aims at establishing a more fluid exchange of knowledge and competencies between glass and design professionals in the north, south, east and west of Europe. Supported by the ‘Culture’ (2007-2013) program of the European Union, GLASS IS TOMORROW promotes a high level of craft and design in contemporary glass. The project was launched on June 1st 2011, and three workshops were organized, in Nuutajärvi (FI), Nový Bor (CZ), Meisenthal (FR), during which glassblowers and designers teamed up to produce glass pieces. Glass aesthetics and techniques were explored by the tandems in order to  develop new typologies of everyday objects. The project opened up new potentialities and generated dialogue about the conception, production and distribution of glass pieces by experimenting around three themes: Stackability, Silver Glass and Out of the Mould.The prototypes created during the workshops as well as the GLASS IS TOMORROW project are now presented to the public through a touring exhibition and publication, featuring pictures and videos signed by James Bort and photography by Anne Croquet and Guy Rebmeister.

Collar Vases Collection : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

  • Architects: Pro Materia
  • Project: Glass Is Tomorrow
  • Location: Paris, France

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SILO 468 in Helsinki, Finland by Lighting Design Collective (LDC)

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Article source: Lighting Design Collective (LDC)

Disused oil silo has been converted into mesmerizing light art piece and a public space with the aid of swarm intelligence, interactive lighting and some crazy acoustics.

The project is a conversion of oil silo into light art piece and a public space designed by Madrid based Lighting Design Collective (LDC).

Image Courtesy HannuIso-oja

  • Architects: Lighting Design Collective (LDC)
  • Project: SILO 468
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Lead Design: Lighting Design Collective: TapioRosenius, Oscar Martin, Rodolfo Lozano, Victor Soria, GorkaCortazar, Reinaldo Alcala, Rodrigo Arcaya
  • Client: City of Helsinki planning department, TASKE, Helsinki Energy
  • Project manager: HKR Executive
  • Executive Architect: Pöyry Finland Oy
  • Electrical Engineers: OlofGranlundOy
  • Contractor: VRJ Etelä-SuomiOy
  • Photographers: HannuIso-oja, TuomasUusheimo, TapioRosenius
  • Software used: For the concept stage mainly used: processing and video editing software, for the actual custom software writing used OpenFrameworks

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The Plongeoir in Muttersholtz, France by SPRAY architecture

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Article source: SPRAY architecture

The \”Plongeoir\”, designed by Spray architecture is a hut placed in the middle of nature in eastern France. This ephemeral module of 14 m2 is an oblique you cross through a stepwell. Movements and perception of space are enriching the way of using it. You don’t just cross these steps but you live in.

Image Courtesy SPRAY architecture

  • Architects: SPRAY architecture
  • Project: The Plongeoir
  • Location: Muttersholtz, France
  • Artists: Antistatik ( www.orbit119.fr ), THTF ( www.thtfcollective.com ), The INjustice
  • Area: 14 m2
  • Materials: Douglas, polycarbonate & OSB
  • Design: January – April 2012
  • Completion: may 2012 (3 days)
  • Budget: 7 000€
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Jewel Love Hope Faith in Holland by COEN!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Article source: COEN!

Three symbols captured in one reflective new design by COEN! Wear this translation of these three important values in life. Or hare them in a special way to show that you care. Enjoy wearing this jewel and find love, hope and faith for yourself, for the ones you love and for the rest of the world.

This precious jewel love hope faith has been handmade in Holland. It is made of surgical steel and comes together with a necklace.

Image Courtesy COEN!

  • Architects: COEN!
  • Project: Jewel Love Hope Faith
  • Location: Holland
  • Jewel size: 55 x 40 x 3 mm
  • Material: Surgical steel, one side polished and one side brushed
  • Software used: Adobe Illustrator

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