Little Factory by Florentijn Hofman is a three-dimensional oversized pictogram of an industrial zone made out of steel frame and corrugated steel roof sheets. It is situated at the Azeven Noord (along the N31) an industrial site in progress at Drachten (NL). The work questions the architecture on business parks as well as the use of those sites. It’s not only a landmark but it could be also used for an artist in residence program.
Designed as a permanent show gallery and tourist information center for China’s largest developer Vanke, MOD’s dramatic design for the TRIPLE V GALLERY has become an icon along the Dong Jiang Bay coastline.
Despite its obvious sculptural qualities, the building’s DNA evolved rationally from a careful analysis of key contextual & programmatic perimeters – resulting in the TRIPLE V GALLERY’S triangulated floor plan as well as the 3 soaring edges that have come to define its form. The client’s program called for 3 main spaces: a tourist information center, a show gallery & a lounge for discussion. Requiring their own entrances, the tourist center and the show gallery are orientated to separate existing pedestrian pathways and can be operated independently. An extension of the show gallery, the lounge area is where discussions are conducted. This space takes advantage of the panoramic views of the coastline and comprises a sculptural bar counter. Tectonically, the building responds to the coastal setting and is finished in weather-sensitive corten steel panels on its exterior and timber strips on the interior walls and ceiling for a more natural feel. Link here.
Nomiya: A 12-Person Restaurant in Paris by Laurent and Pascal Grasso. ‘Situated near the breathtaking Eiffel Tower, Nomiya only seats 12 and spots are available one month in advance. If you don’t plan on booking all 12 places at the dining table, then don’t be surprised if you’re seated by 10 complete strangers. In honouring Grasso’s word, Nomiya looks to provide an “experience” with helo from their guided tours. The tour consists of first visiting the awe-inspiring garden and dining room, and then works its way up to the top of Palais de Tokyo.’ (via Swide)
Situated within a dense thickness of trees the Shell House by Kotaro Ide of Artechnic unravels itself displaying its contrasting underbelly to the private audience of its owners. Brazen yet shy, the house’s open form hidden within the trees presents an honest display of relevance to its situation. The curved forms synonymous with the outer shell of a snail or sea-faring crustacean stand on a plinth of wood creating the illusion that the form floats above the forest bed. (via World Architecture News)
Endesa Pavilion is a self-sufficient solar prototype installed at the Marina Dock, within the framework of the International BCN Smart City Congress. Over a period of one year it will be used as control room for monitoring and testing several projects related to intelligent power management. The pavillion is actually the prototype of a multi-scale construction system. A facade composed by modular components, like solar brick, that respond to photovoltaic gaining, solar protection, insulation, ventilation, lighting … The same parametric logic adapt façade geometries to the specific environmental requirements for each point of the building. It is is a single component that integrates all levels of intelligence that the building needs.