Apr 27, 2009
American design firm, Leeser Architecture recently won an invited competition for a five-star luxury hotel in the Zayed Bay in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Called the Helix Hotel for its staggered floor plates, it rests in the bay, partially floating in the water.
With 208 guest rooms and suites arranged around a helical floor, the floor constantly shifts as it rises to the top floor. The curvy floor is meant to resemble winding street in a bustling town. It is designed so that one activity feeds into the next rather than affecting sharp separations between each activity. In this way it develops a feeling of being free to whimsically experience all aspects of the hotel without having to decide on an agenda in advance. Guests can take advantage of the lounges, cafes, meeting rooms, indoor health spa, running track and indoor fountain.
Apr 13, 2009
AIRchitecture – Delft’s Flying Architecture Faculty
Vision: A new concept for an architecture faculty; Dynamic learning from “hands-on” experience; Being there will enhance passion for architecture and responsibility to the people and the environment around the world; Flying workspace allowing future collaboration and student exchange; Energy efficient implementations as an integral part of the design; Minimal footprint; Visionary approach that can be merged within existing educational fabrics; Urban and global connections and awareness; Sustainable principles with economic and ecologic viabilities; Integration with the new green campus design by mecanoo.
On-site building: The static place will serve as a social place; Library, offices, lecture halls, restaurant, storage place and auditorium are right on and below ground; Students, teachers and visitors will feel home and part of nature; Sharing spaces approach and using facilities on-campus and in other universities around the world and around the city; The low building silhouette will merge into the landscape and add more value to the entire campus. (Continue reading…)
Mar 26, 2009
Love this cool tilted house design by TNA Architects in Japan. Link here.
Mar 13, 2009
Monaco House in Melbourne, Australia designed by McBride Charles Ryan. More photos here.
Mar 4, 2009
Sinato architects designed this ladies apparel shop in Funabashi, Japan. Looks goodness! (photos via Yasushi Nagai)
Feb 16, 2009
The VM Houses are two residential blocks formed as the letters V and M. The blocks are formed as such to allow for daylight, privacy and views. The vis-Ã -vis with the neighbour is eliminated by pushing the slab in its centre, ensuring diagonal views to the vast and open, surrounding fields. All apartments have a double-height space to the north and wide panoramic views to the south. The logic of the diagonal slab utilized in the V house is broken down in smaller portions for the M house. In this project, the typology of the Unite dâ€™ Habitation of Le Corbusier is reinterpreted and improved; the central corridors are short and receive light from both ends, like bullet holes penetrating the building. The VM Houses offer more than 80 different apartment types that are programmatically flexible and open to the individual needs of contemporary life – a mosaic of different life forms. (via ArchDaily)
Feb 5, 2009
Contemporary Italian sculptor Livio De Marchi carves everyday items out of wood. Whoa. Thank you Cory for the link!
Feb 5, 2009
Casa (X) for ORDOS 100, Inner Mongolia, China. Design by *Multiplicities. Click here for the link.
Jan 27, 2009
” My artistic practice includes site related installations, wearable art, video and sculpture. At first glance these bodies of work may seem disparate; however, they are inspired and shaped by a shared impulse to transform familiar forms into metaphorical constructions and paradoxical observations. I investigate the multiple associations that are present in a material, site, image, or gesture, seeking to identify and enhance points of connection and tension between these suggestions. I favor found materials that contribute their function, cultural value, and a trace of their mysterious personal history to my design. All of my projects demonstrate a dedication to craft. I employ basic methods of connection such as tying, weaving, and stitching, imbuing my work with a feminine sensibility, and whose meticulous labor evokes a sense of time, memory, and obsession. Permeating all of my creative endeavors is a slightly dark humor and a fascination with awkward beauty. ” – Loren Schwerd