Aug 16, 2012
‘The Graz-based design collective SPLITTERWERK was commissioned to design this headquarters building for PRISMA Engineering, a machine and motor technology company also located in Graz. The objective was to design a structure which could house the company’s various research and development programs, and selectively showcase the work to a varied range of often competing clientele. Thus the building design needed to accommodate both high- end testing and presentation without jeopardizing the security and secrecy with which the work is developed. The building form approximates a cube, measuring 18.125 x 18.125 x 17m, wrapped on all four elevations with a pixilated pattern of square panels. From a distance, these panels appear to be painted in a range of ten values of grey tone, together dematerializing the volume of the building against both the trees of the surrounding site and the clouds and sky. Thus the cubic building is at once monumental in its objecthood in the open landscape – scale-less and immaterial – and yet utterly non-iconographic in its overall form.’ Link here.
Aug 14, 2012
Swiss artist Nicolas Feldmeyer’s Untitled (Woven Portico), which raps the portico of University College London’s main building (Spring 2011).
Aug 8, 2012
Klein Bottle House is a 2,777 square foot holiday home located in the Mornington Peninsula (located south-east of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia). It is designed by Australian studio McBride Charles Ryan.
Aug 6, 2012
‘Located in the Cidade Jardim shopping center in the Brazilian city, this tea shop doesn’t go unnoticed; even when it’s folded down into it’s hidden state.’ Click here for the link.
Jul 31, 2012
AME-LOT by Stephane Malka Architecture: “In reality, ecological strategies often generate an over-production of materials, becoming energy-vores and clients of factories, the polluters of the world. The real ecological combat is within the re-appropriation of materials and experimentations with ready-made objects, far from the so-called benevolence of subsidized agencies. The student housing on rue Amelot is a project that inserts itself into an urban interstice: the thickness of a blind wall. It’s within the thickness of these walls that this thin building is constructed. The urban form is a strict extension of the blind walls, which houses using the existing. No building is destroyed, and no pollution generated. The skin consists of an existing module: the wooden pallet. Held using horizontal hinges, the pallets contract towards the top, allowing privacy or large openings. The modularity of the various palettes creates varied geometries, which are based on use and constantly regenerated. The re-appropriation of materials recycles the existing without additional processing, which would cost energy in terms of production and create byproduct pollution. The real environmental approach consists not in destruction, but in superimposing interventions upon our built heritage. It consists of a new land strategy, unreferenced on a parcel, constructed in a de facto “ecology” of means.”
Jul 30, 2012
The AquaDom in Berlin, Germany, is a 25 metre tall cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium with built-in transparent elevator. It is located at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin-Mitte. The DomAquarée complex also contains a hotel, offices, a restaurant, and the aquarium Sea Life Centre.
Jul 25, 2012
‘The Coca-Cola Beatbox, a multi-sensory, interactive pavillon was recently completed in London in time of the Olympics. Designed by architects Pernilla & Asif, the structure is comprised of two hundred red and white rectangular air cushions that provide the shell for a space intended to combine elements of music, technology, and sports.’ (via Hypebeast)
Jul 23, 2012
The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies building in China is an environmentally friendly building which uses all nature’s resources like the rain water or low energy materials. It is designed by Italian firm Mario Cucinella Architects.
Jul 20, 2012
Development Office building called Pixel in Melbourne, Australia, designed by architectural Studio505. Click here for the link.
Jul 18, 2012
New York city-based studio Handel Architects has designed the Dream Downtown Hotel, a 184,000 sq. ft. boutique hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The 12-story building includes 316 guestrooms, two restaurants, rooftop and VIP lounges, outdoor pool and pool bar, a gym, event space, and ground floor retail.