‘The Museum of Middle East Modern Art, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will be a celebration of the importance of Dubai Creek as a new cultural hub within Dubai as a global city. Based on the form of a dhow, the museum holds a variety of spaces to exhibit Arts and Culture such as exhibitions, art galleries, leasable workshop spaces, auditorium, and amphitheatre for live performances and international festivals. In addition, MOMEMA offers a boutique hotel with 60 keys and a boutique retail promenade on the active Culture Village waterfront, as well as a high end signature restaurant on the top level, with 360 degree views of Dubai Creek.’ Click here for the link.
The metaphor of a tree house was invoked from the onset of design conceptualization to create an environment for learning via a journey of discovery and play. The use of skylights, trellises and colored glass transforms incoming daylight into a myriad of shades and colours, creating an intriguing dappled light quality within the library that simulates light filtered through the foliage of trees. ‘Pods’ cantilevered off the main building façade exude a distinctive charisma on the exterior and create suspended alcoves at an intimate scale from the building interior. The library is raised above the anonymity of its mixed used neighborhood and sets out to stir the curiosity of the community. Continue..
The Spliced Towers project designed by AQSO Arquitectos will be the landmark for Guangyuan, China. This imposing milestone will serve as a residential complex. The surrounding, a hilly scene is perfect for the architects desire of integrating lots of green zones, minimizing the building footprint. The block of apartments are combined with the towers realizing an urban image, the blocks are oriented on North-South axe and the towers are oriented on the mountains.
‘The “Vershina” Trade and Entertainment Centre is the first five-star international shopping center in Surgut and offers space for retail, extreme sports areas, dance studios, restaurants, bars and an underground night-club. On a total gross floor area of 35,000 sqm spread over eight stories, the building provides around the clock activities for all visitors, young and old.’ Designed by Erick Vanegeraat; Photos by Alexey Naroditskiy Link here.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)