Sep 11, 2009
‘ Matchbox building is a 40 unit commercial building with 4.500m2 leasable space. The building will connect to and share facilities with an existing building in Amsterdam North. Conceived of as pre-fabricated units that are stacked one on top of the other. A central atrium garden carves open a space for natural light to filter in, thus allowing maximum use of the site, whereby units can also face inward. ‘
Sep 8, 2009
Polyhedron Habitable by Manuel Villa. Photos by Sergio GÃ³mez and Manuel Villa. Click here for the link.
Sep 4, 2009
It’s hard to believe that I haven’t gotten around to praising one of my favorite artists of all time, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, my heroes. I am sure you’ve heard of them, they are one of the most well-known collaborative art teams in the world. Shown here, is one of Christo’s earlier project called Wrapped Trees.
Sep 2, 2009
‘ Elastic Plastic Sponge was created by students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) led by Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Andrew Lyon of the Ball-Nogues Studio. The Elastic Plastic Sponge is a large scale installation and can be twisted, arched and curled to form different types of space including a lounge, a theater, or a large sculptural Mobius strip. In the desert heat of Indio, the architectural installation will provide a respite from the sun by making shade and mist while at night, each â€œcellâ€ within the Elastic Plastic Sponge supports a fluorescent tubeâ€“the tubes shift in orientation relative to each other to create the effect of sweeping motion. The motion effect is evident from close-up as well as impactful from across the vast festival groundsâ€“an important asset in an environment of throngs of festival-goers and competing spectacles.’
Aug 26, 2009
Stephen Hendee is sculptor and installation artist who lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. His works are fantastic!!
Aug 24, 2009
‘ Makoto Tanijiri of Hiroshima architects Suppose Design Office has completed an installation at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. ‘ (via Dezeen)
Aug 21, 2009
” My installations investigate the relationships of actual space, environment and materials with the viewer’s inherent and often programmed opinions of them. My goal is to challenge intrinsic perceptions by suggesting that the objects of our reality are not always what they seem. I use found objects because they help redefine prescribed meanings and values, especially when assembled into entirely different structures. The question I want the viewer to ask is, “Are these familiar objects just as recognizable when serving an entirely different purpose? And just as important, does their transformation modify their value?” – Jason Peters
Aug 19, 2009
‘ P_Wall (2009) was commissioned by the SFMOMA Architecture and Design Curator Henry Urbach for the exhibition Sensate: Bodies and Design. The wall, part of a series started with P_Wall (2006), is an evolution of the earlier work exploring the self-organization of material under force. Using nylon fabric and wooden dowels as form-work, the weight of the liquid plaster slurry causes the fabric to sag, expand, and wrinkle. ‘
Aug 17, 2009
‘ Bubbletecture M is a kindergarten designed by Japanese studio Shuhei Endo Architect Institute. Located in Shiga, Japan the Maihara Kindergarten is surrounded by a newly developed residential area. The structure consists of concrete boxes between each of the rooms and a wooden roof that ties them together. The shell-form roof is made of triangular continuous surfaces; its structural strength and geometrical consistency permits great freedom in designing of the necessary spaces. This structural system uses 2.5 meters wooden beams and hexagonal metal fittings, factory-made and only assembled on the site. the integration of the wooden trusses and concrete boxes is geometrical but varied, a structure with rich in expressive effects. ‘ (via Designboom)
Aug 14, 2009
NY based architects Arakawa & Gins designed ‘reversible destiny lofts‘ located in the Mitaka area of western Tokyo, Japan. ‘ The nine-unit multiple dwelling Reversible Destiny Lofts â€“ Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller) marks a new point in history, in the history of human dwelling. This first completed example of procedural architecture put to residential use offers a whole new approach to home sweet home. Procedural architecture is an architecture of precision and unending invention. Works of procedural architecture function as well-tooled pieces of equipment that help the body organize its thoughts and actions to a greater degree than had previously been thought possible. These lofts address and reframe, right in the midst of the workaday world, what have thus-far been intractable philosophical problems, even at times giving rise to possible solutions. Set up to put fruitfully into question all that goes on within them, they steer residents to examine minutely the actions they take and to reconsider and, as it were, recalibrate their equanimity and self-possession, causing them to doubt themselves long enough to find a way to reinvent themselves. These tactically posed architectural volumes put human organisms on the track of why they are as they are. To be sure, every loft comes with a set of directions for use. ‘ Link.