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Zaha Hadid buries a museum in the peak of an Alpine mountain

 

London-based architect Zaha Hadid has completed a museum for renowned climber Reinhold Messner at the top of Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz, featuring underground galleries and a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley.

 

The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is the final installment in a series of six mountaintop museums built by Messner – the first climber to ascend all 14 mountains over 8,000 meters and to reach the summit of Mount Everest without additional oxygen.

 
Located 2,275 meters above sea level, in the heart of the popular Kronplatz ski resort in South Tyrol, Italy, the building exhibits objects, images and tools that tell the story of Messner’s life as a mountaineer.

 
Hadid designed the structure built into the side of the mountain, emerging only at certain points to offer specific views. Three large volumes appear to burst through the rock face, each featuring softly curved forms made from glass-reinforced fiber concrete. The first two form picture windows, framing views of the Peitlerkofel and Heiligkreuzkofel mountains, while the third is a balcony that projects out by six meters, offering visitors a view west towards the Ortler range.

 
More concrete forms emerge from the ground to create canopies that frame the building’s entrance. Zaha Hadid’s firm chose cast concrete to give the appearance of rock and ice shards, referencing the geology of the region. Glass-reinforced fiber concrete gives the building’s exterior a pale gray tone, while internally the panels become darker – intended to match the luster and tones of anthracite coal buried underground.

 
The walls of the building are between 40 and 50 centimeters thick in order to support the structure from the pressure of the surrounding earth, while the roof has thicknesses of up to 70 centimeters.
Inside, galleries are organized over three floors, connected by staircases that the firm described as being “like waterfalls in a mountain stream.”

 

 

 

 

 

source: dezeen

The Bulbing Light- 3D Optical Ilussion Lamps from Studio Cheha

 

Another innovative and creative design is launched from Tel Aviv- based Studio Cheha. Bulbing lights are 3D optical illusion lamps designed by Nir Chehanoswki.

 

A completely flat two-dimensional LED light source leaves an impression of a three-dimensional lamp thanks to a strong sheet of laser engraved acrylic glass that is known for its light transmitting properties. The Bulbing lamp uses an energy efficient LED to emit a warm glow that won’t overheat, and it is also visibile in daylight.

 

 

 

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Gothenburg gets a public sauna above the waters of the city port

 

A Berlin-based architectural studio Raumlabor created a sauna that raises above the water of the port and can be reached by the wooden bridge in a Swedish town Gothenburg. The sauna is located in Frihamnen,  an industrial district of Gothenburg,   as a part of the redevolpment project for the area. Its industrial looking exterior hides a warm and welcoming timber-lined interior that includes a shower room with walls made of glass bottles. German architects worked closely with 24 locals to build this rusty structure and to incorporate it into the surrounding ambiance, with the aim to create a public sauna and a place of gathering.

 

“Frihamnen is gradually losing its industrial character and is steadily becoming a new, central part of Gothenburg, open to be discovered and adopted by the citizens,” said Francesco Apuzzo and Jan Liesegang, two of the 10 architects that comprise Raumlabor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art is always better in real life, and it’s certainly 100% true when it comes to Lala Abaddon’s art. When looking at it online or from afar, her colorful, psychedelic pieces seem like digital creations. However when viewed up close, the user sees the intricate nature of each work of art.

 

Months in the making, Lala photographs images using analog methods, and prints them in large formats. She then goes to hand cut each print into hundreds of pieces, and then weaves the strips into complicated patterns by hand. Each strip is purposefully arranged to evoke a certain feeling in the viewer, examining the relationship between the physical world and the emotional world. The layered quality of the images is similar to alternate realities or states of being. Lala’s underlying purpose and process is “to disrupt order, reconstruct historical notions of photography and weaving, and challenge what it means to create something solely for the purpose of creation.”

 

 

 

 

via: designboom

 

Do you remember playing with the lite-brite as a kid? The classic toy by Hasbro enabled total artistic freedom using nothing more than a box with a light, a single sheet of black paper, and hundreds of miniature plastic choking-hazards. Chances are if those memories are somewhere in the depths of that nightmarish-land called childhood, there’s probably another. A blip or a passing phrase, maybe something like, ‘it would be so rad if this thing was absolutely massive’.

 
Well forty years later, the dream-granters at San Francisco’s hero design have made that wish come true. The ‘Everbright’ is a huge, highly-precise piece of legit-ness, 42 times as large as the original lite-brite. The design has been optimized, with all removable parts taken out of the equation. A simple turn of any of the boards 464 dials presents users with every color under the rainbow, including black and white thanks to LED technology. When done creating, a press of a button erases the canvas and resets dials to their default.

 

‘Everbright’ uses custom LED boards and a high-color contrast surface that looks great, regardless of time of day. Hero Design realized the piece with a focus on direct control by users, however, it is also capable of displaying customized animations and other interactive elements. Perfect for workspaces, events, dorm rooms, cars, bathrooms, laundromats, gyms, and lecture halls — it is the ultimate toy for creative teams and individuals alike. Hero Design is led by PhD Alan Rorie and Kelly Parkinson.

 

 

 

 

source: designboom

“TEAR OFF” WALLPAPER BY ZNAK

 

The “Tears Off” wallpaper is an innovative wallpaper with a modular design that gives your rooms a new do without having to go through the pain of getting rooms whitewashed or painted. Designed by Znak, the wallpaper allows everyone to take on the role of the designer as one can create their own space by tearing off a layer. The color and the texture underneath the wallpaper becomes a prominent part of the design.

 

The “Tear Off” is glued with a certain kind of adhesive directly onto your wall. From there, you can peel off sections to create your own custom designs and patterns. The wallpaper is produced out of non-woven material and the shapes that can be taken out are inspired by the transformation process of snakes.

The wallpaper, of course, comes in several different colors. The colors are mostly pastels and mellow colors which users prefer to put on their walls. Of course, the other option is to paint over the wallpaper itself to get ones desired color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oree designed a pen for a digital time

 

Oree, a French Technology retailer, launched a stylograph ballpoint pen that digitally records and stores handwritten notes  made on a particular paper. A high-speed micro-camera inside the pen records pen’s movements according to patterns on the paper; that later can be transferred to  Android or IOS via Bluetooth. The ballpoint comes with accompanying leather- covered notebook which contains patterned A5 paper designed to work in combination with the pen. A pen’s hand-shaped body is made from the ultramodern matt copper and has a triangular grip topped with a wood-tipped cap.

 

“The Stylograph pursues Orée’s design philosophy: elegant, simple and lasting functionality crafted with the finest natural materials. Our latest creation is made from pure copper and draws on the timeless purity and durability of this natural metal, the first ever used by mankind”, the company said.

 

 

source: dezeen.com

Mary Graham Replaces False Eyelashes with Foraged Plants

 

Kingston University graduate Mary Graham has created entirely natural false eyelashes made of grass blades and pine needles. Graham turned the foliage into sets of eyelashes to highlight the fallacies of cosmetics that are labeled as “natural” – which she claims often don’t contain many naturally sourced ingredients.

 

To make the Natural lashes, she picked up grass and needles of evergreen trees from the ground at her local park and in her garden. The strands of plants were stuck together with a natural glue made from eggs and snow, which was also used to attach the lashes to the eyelids.

 

As part of her Graphic Design course at London’s Kingston University, Graham photographed a model wearing the lashes and printed the images in a magazine to look like a beauty product campaign.

 

Graham pointed out that the only unprocessed ingredient in a “natural” set of lashes made by a well-known UK pharmacy is water, and that the classification of beauty products in this way does not reflect what goes into them, as a product only has to contain one percent of natural elements to be labeled as a natural product.

 

The designer believes that the lashes, which last for less than 24 hours before they wilt, could be used for a variety of occasions, from music festivals to couture fashion shows.

 

Aside from the cost of the eggs, Graham’s lashes are free to make and she wants to encourage others to create pairs themselves.

 

She would also like to make a new range when the plants change color towards the end of the year.

 

“I want to create these lashes again but in the autumn so that I could use beautiful oranges and reds,” said Graham. “These lashes have seasons and would appear differently depending on the time of year. Almost like fashion trends, they are always changing and never constant.”

 

Graham intends to extend her line to include beauty products for the lips and skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glass-bottomed Swimming Pool to be Suspended 10 Stories Above South London

 

A glass “sky pool” is planned to be suspended between apartment blocks in London’s new Nine Elms quarter, close to Battersea Power Station. The 25-meter-long pool will link two blocks of apartments that form part of the 2,000-home Embassy Gardens development by London architects HAL, now in its second stage.

 

At five meters wide and three meters deep, the pool will allow residents to swim between the two buildings while enjoying views of London through the pool’s completely transparent 20-centimeter glass casing. Intended to resemble an aquarium, the pool was designed by architecture firm Arup Associates with specialist advice from structural design engineers Eckersley O’ Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds.

 

The residential blocks, developed by the Ballymore Group, will also feature a rooftop bar, spa and orangery. An additional bridge forms a second link, allowing residents and visitors to walk between the buildings as well as paddle. Ballymore is calling the pool “a world first”.

 

The riverside Nine Elms area – situated adjacent to Battersea Power Station – is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment as part of a master plan by Foster + Partners and Frank Gehry. Two additional tube stations will link central London to new area, which will feature a new public square designed by BIG. Last month, the firm’s founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans to turn the chimneys at the iconic power station into giant sparking Tesla coils.

 

source: dezeen.com

Formabilio presents Edera- A Unique rug and headboard system

 

An Italian furniture company Formabilio has presented a very fun and creative new product designed by Loris de Grandi in collaboration with Auriga Studio. The design called Edera, consists of a bunch of rhomboid modules that can easily be connected to create a vibrant headboard or a soft carpet. Rhomboids that form a rug have Velcro strips along the sides while the ones intended to form a headboard have functional snap buttons and can be hung on the wall or the ceiling.The best thing about Edera is that it allows creativity while creating an own custom design, and the composition can be rearranged any time.

 

 

 

source: designmilk.com