How would you like to work in a tree house that’s fully-equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse or nuclear attack? Well, for the lucky folks who work for Faceparty social networking in Britain, they get payed to hang out here (well, and work, of course). The company hired creative agency Helix 3D to make their [...]
Marie Jager’s art is beautiful and brilliant because it takes a moment for the punchline to hit you. Each piece is somewhat experimental, interacting with natural elements, aging, and the forces of nature. Take, for instance, her architectural prints. The blue prints have lovely yellow triangles overlaying the image. No, she didn’t use Photoshop or the Triangle [...]
My art professors have always told me to “activate negative space”. And I thought I knew what that meant. But then I stumbled across Thomas Lamadieu‘s fantastic Sky Art illustrations. These imaginative scribbles make the most of being inclosed by buildings. Instead of focusing on the buildings themselves, Lamadieu animates the spaces in between. Take that for [...]
I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like these woven rooms before. Wies Preijde, who is inspired by rhythmic patterns, textures, shapes in everyday life and architecture, has a pretty cool installation with semi see-through woven fibre-walls, so anyone who walks through the corridors and hallways feels like he’s walking through a home that’s there [...]
If you’re looking to get high on alcohol and altitudes alike, the 122th-storey high restaurant-bar At.mosphere in Burj Khalifa, Dubai is your best bet. Naturally, they also serve high tea (but of course).
If someone had told us ten years ago that they could freeze a wave, we would have laughed them off. Okay, we stopped laughing. Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which looks like a breaking wave that has stopped in its tracks — yes, all 26 levels of it — comes close.
The inspiration may be water, but the Roca London Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, with its minimalistic undulating contoured walls and neutral, monochromatic hues, is so other-worldly that it calls to mind a spaceship instead. Even the tiles have wavy edges. Most of the galley’s furniture, from the reception desk to shelves, are made of glass-reinforced plastics.
Dutch fashionhouse Viktor & Rolf’s neoclassical store in Milan is decadently elegant and all, but there’s something not quite right about it. For one, these chandeliers are sticking out of the ground. Nope, the designers weren’t drunk. The inverted decor was exactly what architect Siebe Tettero had in mind when they approached him to “twist [...]
Belgian’s Studio Job took two of the world’s great architectural marvels, the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal, and turned them into patinated bronze household objects. So that’s how the Eiffel Tower became a slouchy lamp and the Taj Mahal got inverted and turned into a table. Both are pretty cool.
In New Zealand’s Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, who is based in Sao Paolo, has stacked metallic boxy structures above Kiosk Lake for an installation work called Muegano. He said the idea came from reflecting about the symbolic house shape and seeing how it didn’t look like a natural organic construction.
If you’re ready to host the modern Renaissance right in your home, Alessandro Zambelli has the perfect Florentine architectural tableware for you. His ceramic Palace series includes serving sets in the form of elegant towers and buildings that can be unstacked, taken apart and used as plates, bowls, cups and such — so you can [...]
Choi and Shine have designed a series of giant electric pylons for the Icelandic Pylon Competition. They are described as being powerful, solemn and variable and that seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity. It certainly would get my vote.
Miquel del Pozo’s Temps de Flors in Girona, Spain, is a flower show held every year in the Barri Vell neighborhood. The beautiful flower exhibition transforms architecture and monuments in the city into works of art. This exhibition highlights the beauty and culture of this Catalonian city.
Japan recently selected Zaha Hadid as the winner of their competition to design a new national stadium. Love it or hate it, Hadid’s architecture is the precedent in form and fluidity it today’s design world. Using advanced 3D modeling and scripting, her firm is creating some of the most striking designs in the field. The [...]
Forsight, the research and development division of ARUP, has published an essay that depicts what the city and the skyscraper of 2050 will be like. If estimates are correct, there could be 9 billion people on earth in 2050, and density is really the only way cities will be able to cope with the population [...]