Posts tagged ‘architecture’

July 12, 2012

Residential Tower by James Law Cybertecture

Man, I don’t know about this, guys.  I suppose this residential tower design by James Law Cybertecture looks cool on paper, but just the thought of of actually hanging out in that jutting glass pool is enough to make me feel queasy and dizzy.  Scurry!!

 

super cool looking at night

 

so futuristic!

 

oh, hell no. eek!

 

{via Design Fetish}

 

May 9, 2012

MONSTRUM Playgrounds

Danish firm MONSTRUM designs playgrounds. According to their website, their design philosophy is:

MONSTRUM believes that playground design should be a reflection of the world surrounding us. 

We see the world as a place full of colour. We meet boys that like pink and girls that likes trees, so why only play on a monky frame and a sandbox, when you can play in a moon crater or a submarine or a giant spider or an enormous snail or a Trojans horse or a rocket or an ant or a princess castle. The fantasy is infinite. 

 

This might very well become my new philosophy for living.

Can I play, too?

 

(click on each image to read and see more about the project)

The Blue whale in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

 

Tower Playground in Fælledparken, Cophenhagen.

 

 

The Cargoship in Höganäs

 

 

The Giant Spider and the Mushrooms

 

 

Rasmus Klump Land at Tivoli, Copenhagen

 

{found via Colossal}

 

April 6, 2012

UP Inspired Balloon House

How much do I love this? THHHHHIIIIIIIISSSSSS+++++  much! Awesomeness.

 

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See and read more about it at Inthralld.

 

And because this totally reminded me of it, here’s cutie pie UP boy again because he’s also awesome. 🙂 Happy Good Friday!

 

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February 6, 2012

Temporary Insanity: The New Built Environment

So, Lammie, Mr. Greene and I attended the Temporary Insanity lecture at LACMA last week. While the night started out promising, it eventually lost most of our attention because it ended up feeling a bit like a plug for the speakers. I’m pretty sure by the point someone talked about the “ephemerality” of some thing or another, we were pretty much done.

The night wasn’t a complete loss, however, as I learned about some cool new things that I’ll share with you. It was neat to hear about some of the innovative ways a new generation of artists/architects/designers are blurring the lines and pushing the boundaries of their craft.

One of the panelists was Jenna Didier, Co-Founder of M&A (Materials & Applications). While I had seen photos of some of the projects they’ve hosted, I hadn’t been aware of their existence. We were pretty excited to learn about this outdoor exhibition space and that they were so close (Silverlake)! All their installations are out there for public viewing 24/7.

The current installation is called “Bloom” and is a 20 foot tall shiny metal ‘flower’ who’s skin will open and close with the heat of the sun. Totally want to check this out.

 

Bloom at M&A

 

 

The second panelist was Ben Ball from Ball-Nogues Studio. I’d definitely recommend you check out their site for some of the cool stuff they’ve done, including the silver balls at Santa Monica Place that locals might be familiar with.

This piece below is an installation they did at M&A called “Maximillian’s Schell.” Wish I could’ve seen it — must’ve been spectacular.

 

Maximilian's Schell at M&A

 

 

And the third panelist was Jenny Wu (my personal favorite speaker) from Oyler Wu Collaborative, a firm she started with her husband. It was neat to find out they were the firm that made reALIze a…er.. reality. Another exciting young company pushing further ideas of design and materials.

Below was a temporary installation called “Live Wire” that is actually a staircase.

 

Live Wire at SCI-Arc

 

Live Wire at SCI-Arc

 

An illuminating takeaway from this lecture was the importance and benefit of temporary installations in the way they allow designers/architects to test out ideas, designs, and various materials which then could inform their architectural designs and future projects. And while it can be heartbreaking to have their installations eventually be torn down, Jenny, for example, noted how the Live Wire staircase was perfect as a temporary installation as it probably wouldn’t have lasted beyond its 6 month life span, but allowed them to experiment in a way that more permanent buildings could not.

 


January 30, 2012

Roombeek

Roombeek is a commercial street located in the urban core of the district of Enschede in The Netherlands. I did a little digging and I learned that in 2000, the district suffered a huge tragedy when a fireworks warehouse explosion destroyed houses and streets, and left over 1200 people homeless. Project Reconstruction Roombeek was begun afterwards to restore confidence in the town.

Roombeek is also the name of the small stream which used to flow under the area. In 2005, the stream was restored to the surface and incorporated into the urban re-design of the district. It’s lovely.

 

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You can see the reconstruction still taking place in this photo.

 

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