Axis Viana Hotel by VHM in Viana do Castelo - 'The overlapping stacked volumes generate a series of different perspectives, ranging from a full box in a frontal view, to a complex column when seen from the sides. The 2 lower levels have a concrete structure, with the rest of the boxes resolved in a steel structure sitting on top of it.' (viaArchDaily)
'New Refuge Gervasutti, the survival unit was designed by Italian architects LEAPfactory, who specialise in modular accommodation for extreme environments.' This is a solar powered tubular mountain cabin installed on Mt.Blanc with the use of helicopters. Incredible.
' This impressive building has been designed by MiAS Arquitectes and is located in Barcelona, Spain. The architecture of this unique iGuzzini building seems to float all over the space, just like a balloon that it partially attached to the ground. iGuzzini is located on one of the most important roadway hubs of Barcelona, on a site with a fragile condition of stability. The concept of this project was to inspire the idea of escape from this world, telling us about aspirations and conditions reflected into a geometrical aesthetic. The thing about this concept is its uniqueness, a great opportunity for the architect to assert and prove its architectural skills because we all know that once you build something original, everything that looks similar we’ll be just another replica, that’s why this project is so important to iGuzzini’s work, exuding a imperfect and slightly deformed shape.' Link here.
'Japanese outdoor equipment company Logos has created a 'Decagon Tent,' a modular tent structure that can stand alone or link together with other decagon tent components to create a complex interior environment, even while you’re roughing it in the great outdoors.'
Architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh are the masterminds behind this transparent church, named Reading Between the Lines. This ‘church’ consists of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, and is built on a fundament of armed concrete. Through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art. The church is located in Borgloon, Limburg. Link here.
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.
'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.' (viaDezeen)
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.'
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.
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