Feb 22, 2012
Japanese artist Hidemi Nishida has completed a temporary winter structure located in the forest in Sapporo, Japan. Elevated in the air, the shelter is a direct response of the drastic weather conditions. Appeared seemingly suddenly out of nowhere, the Fragile Shelter gathers people in this small and compact space, made out of wood and translucent plastic sheets. Click here for the link.
Feb 15, 2012
This is the Tampa Covenant Church located in Tampa, Florida by Alfonso Architects. The 25,000 ft2 volume contains a sanctuary, offices and classrooms for a congregation of 450. Although modernist in appearance the proportions of the church’s interior and exterior were designed from a marriage of the Fibonacci series and numbers of biblical importance. (via Architechnophilia)
Feb 14, 2012
The Candy Room in Melbourne, Australia, designed by RED Design Group, is ‘strongly influenced by the idea of designing a playful, simple and somewhat illusional space for the Candy Room, the exaggeration of a ‘room’ idea was formulated. The application was to use line artwork on white space to represent a room. Everything including the fixtures is painted in white, while graphically applied line artwork produce the suggestive elements of a room – A kitchen splashback is drawn complete with a boiling pot on the stove or a framed portrait of one of the kids. RED was also responsible for the branding and all the packaging throughout the store. Allowing the space to be predominately white allowed the colours of the confectionery to dress the space. In a sense, the interior design for the Candy Room creates a fantasy and experience of a room without creating one.’ Link here.
Feb 10, 2012
Dutch architects +31 Architects designed this houseboat that floats in the Amstel river of Amsterdam. The design has, unlike most floating houses, a very contemporary design without losing the characteristic appearance of the typical houseboat. The clients get a lot of positive reactions, it evens happens that people who pass by boat knock on the windows and ask if they can enter the boat. Link here.
Feb 9, 2012
The Black Cedar House is a striking example of unconventional architecture that has been achieved the fusion of contemporary and traditional patterns of Japanese architecture in a neighborhood where the classic Hiroshima sake distilleries still have their role. The house is designed by Naf Architect and Design.
Feb 9, 2012
A 3-meter-tall, wind-powered musical sculpture made of galvanized steel pipes, it stands high above the English town of Burnley. The pipes swirl to form the shape of a tree bent and blown by the wind, and produce an eerie, melodious hum as the constant wind on Crown Point drifts through them. The Singing Ringing Tree’s pipes are used for both aesthetic qualities as well as for tuning, with their sound varied according to length and added narrow slits on the underside of specific pipes. The sound produced by these twisted metal trees covers several octaves and is said to be simultaneously discordant and melancholy, and intensely beautiful. Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu. (via Interactive Architecture)
Feb 8, 2012
Small House by Japanese studio Unemori Architects is a multi-level single-family residence in Tokyo, Japan. Small House is located on a site measuring less than 35 square metres, consequently the design is vertically arranged, all connected via a central spiral staircase. Each floor at Small House has a specific use, so then the ground floor (partially below street level) is the bedroom, the first floor is the dining room, the third floor is a spare room and the third floor is the bath room. (via I Like Architecture)
Feb 7, 2012
Loving this origami inspired installation project designed by Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata for the new Bloomberg Pavilion Project of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Found here.
Feb 2, 2012
This is architecture that originates from the system of Cidori, an old Japanese toy. Cidori is an assembly of wood sticks with joints having unique shape, which can be extended merely by twisting the sticks, without any nails or metal fittings. The tradition of this toy has been passed on in Hida Takayama, a small town in a mountain, where many skilled craftsmen still exist. Cidori has a wood 12 mm square as its element, which for this building was transformed into different sizes. Parts are 60mm×60mm×200cm or 60mm×60mm×400cm, and form a grid of 50cm square. This cubic grid also becomes the grid on its own for the showcase in the museum. Jun Sato, structural engineer for the project, conducted a compressive and flexure test to check the strength of this system, and verified that even the device of a toy could be adapted to ‘big’ buildings. This architecture shows the possibility of creating a universe by combining small units like toys with your own hands. We worked on the project in the hope that the era of machine-made architectures would be over, and human beings would build them again by themselves. Link here.
Feb 1, 2012
Living Pavilion, an installation on Governors Island in New York, is a low-tech low-impact installation that employs milk crates as the framework for growing planted surface similar to a green wall. Living Pavilion aspires to create a synthesis of form, structure, light and life. The pavilion’s surface is planted with hanging shade-tolerant plants that will provide an environment maintained at a cooler temperature because of evapotranspiration from the plants. At the end of the season, the pavilion’s modular design will allow easy disassembly and distribution of the planted milk crates to the New York area for use in homes, public places, and community gardens.