Dec 20, 2011
Amazing concept art design by Chris LaBrooy for his Sneaker Tectonics series. This caught me off guard and I love how he incorporated not just one but several shoe brands. The architecture for the building looks clean and modern-fitting and unique to boot. If there ever was going to be a sneaker/shoe museum, Chris’ design concept gets my vote.
Dec 19, 2011
‘Careyjones architects and Jefferson Sheard Architects have completed Soundhouse, a rubber-clad music studio designed for the University of Sheffield. The three-storey building is covered with four 14 x 8 m rubber sheets, each weighing half a ton. The sheets were stretched and fixed over the structure then decorated with stainless-steel studs, which were screwed into the reinforcement plates behind the insulation to create a quilted effect.’ (via Dezeen)
Dec 15, 2011
Transparent swimming pool by OFTB(Out of the blue), ‘a team of landscape architects, horticulturists and in-house pool builders based in Melbourne, Australia. They integrate contemporary landscape design with high quality construction of concrete swimming pools. Here we feature one of their stunning creations, a transparent pool from a house in Elsterwick, Melbourne.’
Dec 13, 2011
Japanese architectural firm Eastern Design Office has designed On the Corner, a thin triangular apartment house. The four-storey, wedge-shaped building is located in in Shiga, Japan.
Dec 12, 2011
Conix Architects designed a new office building for Umicore, a materials technology company, located in Belgium. ‘The new office building is the eye-catcher, encapsulating and generating the company’s new corporate identity. It offers a place to stop on the main axis which runs through the entire site. By narrowing and shaping the street profile, the idea of an entry area is created, an element that was lacking. The office building is unrestrained in design in contrast to the monotonous and randomly selected surroundings. The design draws one’s attention, in an emotional response, counter to the existing rational background. By positioning the building at a slight angle, the axis of the central entry road is broken. The powerful look and feel creates an innovative image, thus modernizing the company. Umicore is ready to face the 21st century as a dynamic and innovating company.’Link here.
Nov 30, 2011
The first civic building to be erected in more than 30 years to serve the small towns of Edcouch and Elsa, Edcouch Elsa school district’s new Fine Arts Center is also the tallest in the delta region of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Sharing resources in a combined public school district, the towns are located halfway between Harlingen and Edinburg. The 31,000 sq ft facility, seats 975 people in an auditorium equipped for state of the art audio visual technologies. Link here.
Nov 29, 2011
‘The project is framed in the Zuidlanden housing urban project that aims to alter the Dutch suburb. Zerodegree Architecture, the Amsterdam-based office of Japanese architect Yushi Uehara, has designed Elementary School complex on the ancient village core of the area. The building stands next to a monument, a farmhouse built in a local style.’ (Continue…)
Nov 28, 2011
‘A collaboration between Mexico-based firm Rojkind Arquitectos and design workshop Esrawe Studio, construction for the ‘Tori-Tori restaurant‘ in Polanco near Mexico City is now complete. Emerging from the ground like climbing ivy, the CNC routed facade appears to waver and curve. Subtly different, the two layers of self-supporting steel were precisely handcrafted and finished to generate the dynamic effect. The outdoor terrace allows guests to eat or drink amongst natural vegetation while the furniture has been specifically developed for a comfortable dining experience. A complete collection of tables and chairs were created to enhance each interior area connecting the atmosphere and function.’ (via Designboom)
Nov 28, 2011
The walkable, large outdoor sculpture Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain is currently in construction on the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim (D). It overtops the plateau with the artificially heaped-up mountain by 21m | 23yd so the visitor can rise by more than 45m | 49yd above the level of the landscape and enjoy an impressive view over the Rhine. Link here.
Nov 15, 2011
‘ A house and garden to eat, that you are able to touch, smell, taste, seed, weed, and harvest! EATHOUSE is a house in a garden that attracts visitors with delicious vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. We want to seduce people and make them taste the edible garden and the edible house. EATHOUSE has a temporary character; it lasts a summer season. This is why all the materials used in EATHOUSE can be re-used for a new season of EATHOUSE at a different spot. EATHOUSE consists of a modular system of plain plastic crates, in combination with a scaffold structure. These crates are used in the agricultural industry to harvest, transport and exhibit fruit and vegetables in combination with a scaffold system. With this system vertical green becomes accessible for everyone; you can make your own vegetable garden on the wall of your balcony or on the roof of your garden shed! ‘ (via Arch daily)