Design

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

New Zealand Native Builds Solar Powered, Smartphone-Controlled Skysphere

 

New Zealand native Jono Williams has built himself a habitable ‘skysphere‘ that is powered by the sun and activated by the use of smartphone apps. A cylindrical space is enclosed by a 2 meter high, 360 degree viewing window that offers panoramic views of the surrounding natural landscape. The rounded interior is supported by a towering steel column that spears through its core — a simple and multi-purpose architectural element that can be adapted to virtually any environment. A narrow shape is cut into the side of the pillar, revealing a ladder that leads up to the top floor. Encompassing the ‘apartment’ level are a a series of steel arcs that form a sphere that hovers above ground. These rods each feature a row of solar panels that bring the energy from the sun inside the luminous circular chamber.

 

Once inside, domestic elements are outfitted with technological controls and applications. These systems include a fingerprint entry motorized door; refrigerated, in-couch beer dispenser; solar powered management system; miracast projector; wireless sound system; and computer generated voice dialog. Williams has also built a custom queen size bed, added dimmable, colored mood LED lighting, high speed internet, a central ladder for entry and a rooftop starview platform.

 

 

 

 

 

source: designboom.com, photography by Jono Williams

Moon Hoon continues to surprise with his work- Wind House on Jeju Island strikes with the weirdest shape

 

Moon Hoon’s  Wind House design on Jeju Island, South Korea, is comprised out of three concrete vacation homes dominated by a large golden structure  that stands out with its weird shape. The Wind house was ordered by an eccentric doctor who looked for an extraordinary architect to build “something strange”, and he certainly found the right person in Moon Hoon who is well known for his playful architecture. The base of the Wind House complex is made of volcanic rock – a material widely used on the island as a wind break. The abstract “head” whose shape is inspired by the wind blowing women’s hair rises 8.3 m (27 ft) high, and it’s reminiscent of several extraordinary things like; duck, hair dryer, alien, etc. The interior of the winding house follows the exterior ‘s outline and has the look of a 1970s disco lounge.

 

“Previously I had been commissioned for a wind museum, which turned out sour.  I had liked the idea and shape of it, many times I would make drawings inspired by the wind museum. I felt it was an opportune time to reincarnate and modify the initial idea. I proposed the whole thing to the client. It took some time to digest it, but in the end he was quite happy,”  says Moon Hoon.

 

 

 

source: deezen.com

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sturges House – A Los Angeles Architectural Icon

 

We were thrilled to have the chance to explore this iconic building last weekend during an open house – the property is up for auction, the first time on the market in almost 50 years.

 
Commissioned by a young engineer who saw Wright’s work in  a magazine, the property has been called ‘the redwood stealth bomber’ and ‘a symbolic abstraction of the machine age through the eyes of a craftsman’.

 
Designed and built in 1939 – the only structure in Southern California built in the modern style Wright called Usonian design conceived as affordable housing for the US middle class – the one-story residence is just 1,200 square feet but features a 21-foot panoramic deck.  Wright hired renowned modernist architect John Lautner to oversee the concrete, steel, brick and redwood construction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renzo Piano plans second London Skyscraper with the aim to revitalize Paddington area

 

Three years after completing the 300-metres-high Shard tower at London Bridge station, a world famous Italian architect, Renzo Piano has proposed a project for his second monument worthy London skyscraper, a 224-metre cylindrical structure that is supposed to redevelop  Paddington.

 

“It is a fantastic location, but it is stuck in a Fifties time-warp. We intend to create a place for people to go, where they will want to live, work, eat and shop”, said the architect.” We believe this exciting proposal will tap into the potential of Paddington and will prove to be a major catalyst for the continuing enhancement of the area, especially Praed Street – in much the same way that The Shard did for London Bridge.”

 

The 65 storey glass skyscraper will make the fourth tallest building in London, and it will house offices, restaurants, cafes and 200 homes. The proposed structure already carries a tag ”the skinny Shard.”

 

 

 

source: dezeen.com