Design

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

 

 

At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, the award-winning architect firm, Snøhetta, has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant . . . appropriately named Under. With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, the restaurant, which will also function as a research center for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast and to Lindesnes – to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.

 

Under’s namesake holds a double meaning: In Norwegian, “under” can just as well be translated into “wonder.” Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s monolithic form breaks the water surface to lie against the craggy shoreline. More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the water’s surface. With meter-thick concrete walls, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive acrylic windows offer a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.

 

As visitors begin their journey through the restaurant they descend through three levels. From the entrance, where the tidepool is swallowed by the sea, guests enter the wardrobe area. Visitors are then ushered down one level to the champagne bar, which marks the transition between the shoreline and the ocean. This physical transformation is emphasized by a narrow acrylic window cutting vertically down through the restaurant levels. From the bar, guests can also look down at the seabed level of the restaurant, where two long dining tables and several smaller tables are placed in front of the large panoramic window.

 

Through its architecture, menu and mission of informing the public about the biodiversity of the sea, Under will provide an under-water experience inspiring a sense of awe and delight, activating all the senses – both physical and intellectual. The restaurant will be opened to the public in 2019.

 

 

 

 

source: snohetta

Building an Artificial Sun

 

German scientists have constructed a powerful new light system that can focus energy equivalent to the radiation of 10,000 suns onto a single spot. Each of its 149 Xenon short-arc lamps has the output of a large cinema projector. Eventually, they hope, this “artificial sun” could be used to produce environmentally-friendly fuels.

 

The light system is called Synlight, and it’s located in Juelich, about nine miles west of Cologne, Germany and developed by German Aerospace Center (DLR) scientists. DLR Director Bernhard Hoffschmidt says the system is capable of creating temperatures as high as 5,432 degrees Fahrenheit (3,000 degrees Celsius). The entire structure measures an impressive 45 feet (14 meters) high and 52 feet (16 meters) wide.

 

Two of the three test chambers have been specially designed to meet the requirements that come with solar-chemical process development testing and offer direct access to gas scrubbers and neutralizers – a prerequisite for testing processes for the production of solar fuels. Shutters – four meters in width and height – and the room heights of five meters offer the possibility to irradiate large elements, such as spaceflight components. A fundamental feature of Synlight is its multi-focus capability, which enables the available amount of artificial solar irradiation to be used for either one large application or split among a number of small ones.

 

Still in the testing phase, researchers expect “several years” of development, but eventually believe the system could be ramped up to ten times its current size, making it suitable for industrial-scale tasks.

 

 

sources: DLR, gizmodo

Pantone Presents Prince’s Purple

 

The Prince Estate, alongside Pantone Color Institute, recently announced the creation of a standardized custom color to represent and honor international icon, Prince. The purple hue, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57. The color pays tribute to Prince’s indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture.

 

Prince’s association with the color purple was galvanized in 1984 with the release of the film Purple Rain, along with its Academy Award-winning soundtrack featuring the eponymous song. While the spectrum of the color purple will still be used in respect to the “Purple One,” Love Symbol #2, will be the official color across the brand he left behind.

 

The ‘Purple One’ made a statement and challenged cultural norms through both his well-known music and personal style. In addition to the Oscar, Prince won seven Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Purple Rain. Both “Purple Rain” and “1999” were entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the very first year he was eligible.

 

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute said: “We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one.’ A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”

 

sources: pantone, wikimedia

What is the floor saying today?

 

Philips Lighting and Tarkett recently introduced the launch of Luminous vinyl flooring. The vinyl tiles are embedded with cutting-edge LED technology that enables retailers to advertise, interact with customers and guide them through any store or building. The expressive flooring, principally aimed at retail and hospitality environments, enables the broadcast of luminous messages, animations and adverts on the vinyl floor to provide unique customer experiences and help drive sales.

 

“Increasingly light is being embedded into floors, walls and ceilings. This latest innovation with Tarkett extends this trend and offers new ways to engage shoppers, visitors and employees. Light can be used to welcome and guide people, alert them to special offers and even advertise to them. When connected to the web all kind of dynamic real-time information can be displayed and remote access allows the retailer to program multiple branches,” says Dr. Bernd Voelpel, General Manager Luminous at Philips Lighting.

 

 

 

 

source: philips

Street-embedded pedestrian lights

 

The Netherlands is shaping up to become the world leader in street-embedded pedestrian lights. The town of Bodegraven began a pilot project testing LED traffic signals in the sidewalks. The latest project involves strips of colored lights deployed at the border of the sidewalk and intersection. Glowing green or red, the lights will let pedestrians know when to walk or stop.

 

The idea is that since the illuminated lines are right in the pavement, they’ll be seen by texting walkers with their heads down. Right now, the LED strips are only being tested at a single intersection, but its designers at local company HIG Traffic Systems see the potential for future expansion.

 

This comes several months after the village of Eerbeek installed glowing crosswalks. Lighted Zebra Crossing replaced the usual light-reflecting paint with illuminated light boxes, making them practically unmissable for approaching drivers.

 

Connected directly to a city’s existing streetlight system or solar panels, the rugged lighting strips draw very little power and can be embedded directly in the road’s asphalt or pavers. The system can also be augmented by adding a range of sensors measuring the number—and speed—of walkers and vehicles crossing it.

 

 

source: curbed

A Garden Sphere That Feeds A Neighborhood

 

Space10, an Ikea lab for futuristic, solutions-oriented designs, recently released open source plans for The Growroom, a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food for an entire neighborhood. The Growroom was designed by Space10 and architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum.

 

From Taipei to Helsinki and from Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco, the original version of The Growroom sparked interest and people requested to either buy or exhibit The Growroom. But it didn’t make sense to promote local food production and then start shipping it across oceans and continents. That is why Space10 released The Growroom as open source design and encourage people to build their own locally as a way to bring new opportunities to life. Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.

 

Digital fabrication has made state-of-the-art factory tools accessible for ordinary people. A new generation of technologies such as 3D additive and subtractive manufacturing to laser cutting and surface-mount manufacture is available to the public in fab labs and maker spaces in any major city.

 

This mean most people — in theory — could produce almost anything themselves. Just as printers are now ubiquitous; local and on-demand, customized production could become the norm of the future. All you then need to build it, is two rubber hammers, 17 sheets of ply wood and a visit to your local fab lab or maker space with a CNC milling machine. The design focuses on making the assembly easy and intuitive for anyone to handle, and The Growroom is produced from only one material, making it accessible and affordable for most communities.

 

 

source: Space10

Apple Soars in Dubai with Solar Wings

 

Apple recently premiered its newest store in the Middle East, Apple Dubai Mall, with a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. Envisioned as a space for the community to gather, learn and be entertained, Apple Dubai Mall will also serve as a venue to watch the spectacular evening fountain shows and will host Apple’s new global in-store experience, “Today at Apple.”

 

“We view our stores as a modern-day town square, where visitors come to shop, be inspired, learn or connect with others in their community,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president, Retail. “And what better place to come together than overlooking Dubai’s epicenter, where the Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall meet. We are so honored to have a home at one of the world’s most incredible and dynamic intersections.”

 

Like many of Apple’s other significant stores, Apple Dubai Mall aims to be open and transparent, blurring the barriers between inside and out, to erase the boundaries between the store and the community. To mitigate Dubai’s climate, Foster + Partners designed eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorized “Solar Wings” that respond to the ever-changing environmental conditions. When the sun is at its hottest they cool the store, and in the evenings they open to welcome everyone to the public terrace. Inspired by the the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, each “Solar Wing” is locally fabricated from 340 carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods, and at 180 feet wide, the 18 panels make up one of the world’s largest kinetic art installations.

 

Apple’s first two stores in the United Arab Emirates have welcomed more than 4 million visitors since opening in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 18 months ago. Apple will reach even more visitors from around the world at Dubai Mall, Emaar’s flagship mega-project and the world’s most-visited retail and lifestyle destination, welcoming over 80 million visitors for the past three consecutive years. Apple’s location overlooking the lake will stay open as late as midnight to everyone exploring the area.

 

 

source: apple

Airbus’ New Custom-Cabin Mood Lighting

 

 

 

Airbus has announced the new A320 will be armed with the latest technology. Some of the enhanced elements of the new interior include:

 

  • Iconic Ceiling Lighting: Featuring a fully customized on-board luminary experience, that begins at the entrance with a welcoming ambiance and continues throughout the aircraft with variable lighting features.

 

  • Colored LED Lighting: Leveraging 16.4 million color options, the new custom-cabin mood lighting creates a personalized in-flight experience at 30,000 feet throughout the cabin.

 

  • The Largest Overhead Storage Compartment (OHSC) in its Class: Called the “Airspace Bin”, it not only allows eight, instead of five bags, per four-frame bin, but also accommodates bigger and heavier bags stowed vertically.

 

  • New Sidewall Panels with Increased Cabin Width: One more inch at shoulder level for extra personal space.

 

  • New Window Bezel: The new fully-integrated window shades provide passengers more window space and unobstructed view, evoking the feel of the A350.

 

  • New Lavatory Design: The new spacious design also features colored mood lighting, along with anti-bacterial coatings, automatic aroma dispenser, sound and optional touchless options.

 

  • Harmonized Door Surround: The new lines of the frames match the Airspace design of the A350 XWB and the A330neo.

 

Additional features such as the less obtrusive cabin sidewall panels and lavatory options (‘Smart-Lav’ and ‘Space-Flex’) maintain a consistent design to the popular Airspace wide-body series. Passengers will also appreciate the modular IFE platform with overhead video and in-seat audio/video on-demand, as well as the provision for in-seat power, wireless flexible connectivity and mobile telephony (GSM on board). The full Airspace Interior package is targeted for 2020 and will retrofit to the current hardware.

 

 

source: airbus

Mercedes-Benz is developing new “Digital Light”

 

At the moment, laser lighting seems to be the new fad. Both BMW and Audi have sold cars with laser headlights in Europe. The laser headlight technology, in a nutshell, is comprised of a laser that fires into a filament, which in turn creates ultra bright light, brighter than any LED headlight. Mercedes-Benz is developing a new style of lighting, called “Digital Light.”

 

While the details of the new “Digital Light” tech are still minimal, as Mercedes-Benz is still in the process of development, it is a fascinating sounding technology. Essentially, the Digital headlights use more than one million “micromirrors” per headlight with four light points each. Each light point is comprised of 1024 individual actuatable LED chips, giving the car a total of 8192 LED lights.

 

The idea behind this isn’t necessarily the brightness or the distance of the light, but the ability to shine light exactly where it’s needed and not where it isn’t. With that many individual lights, the Digital Lights can create illumination in exact places and even exact shapes.

 

In fact, Mercedes is capable of creating specific images on the road ahead with the lights. So if there’s roadwork ahead, the lights will shine a roadwork sign ahead on the road, as well as surrounding illumination, to alert the driver. If a pedestrian is crossing the street and the systems on board recognize it, the lights will display zebra lines across the street to warn the driver.

 

It’s a very interesting lighting innovation and, based on the Germans’ penchant for copy-catting other German brands, we can see both BMW and Audi looking into something similar.

 

 

source: bmwblog

Off-balanced and wonderfully surreal

 

London-based Child Studio, which was set up by Chieh Huang and Alexey Kostikov earlier this year, designed the lamps to appear “as if frozen in time.” Shown at the recent Milan design week, the lights appear to have been caught in the middle of sliding or rolling down wooden plinths of various shapes and sizes.

 

According to the designers, the lighting references the surrealist paintings of Giorgio de Chirico. “The ambiguous scale and striking silhouettes of the pieces give them an architectural quality,” said the studio. “The project invites the viewer to pause and to reflect on their perception of time within the physical environment.”

 

The pair used colored and lacquered ash wood for the lights’ bases, which include sloping circular plinths and scoop-shaped supports that the lamps appear to be rolling into. Each base features a different finish, with some revealing the underlying grain of the wood and others polished to a high gloss.

 

“It was important for us to find an authentic and interesting way to present our work in Milan as the design week is dominated by big brands,” they explained. “It is getting hard for independent designers to participate and show their work so it was essential we found somewhere unique.”

 

 

source: dezeen