Design

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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

The NEW TIME Wall Clock by Veronika Szalai probably doesn’t need “handle with care“ label

 

The NEW TIME wall clock designed by Veronika Szalai is made of cotton fibre and metal, and it can be folded and crumpled without losing its function. This clock is distinguished by longevity and easy maintenance while allowing its owner to shape it as he wishes. Packed as a bed sheet, it is surely one of the most creative wall clock designs recently.

 

 

 

 

source: designmilk.com

Studio Fink Covers Museum Courtyard with Colored Astroturf

 

Studio Fink recently installed sections of Renaissance paintings mounted onto angular planters along with a colorful temporary landscape at a Bergamo gallery.

 

Studio Fink’s Palma de Vecchio Popup Square was created at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC) in northern Italy, to accompany a 100-day exhibition of Renaissance paintings by Italian artist Palma il Vecchio.

 

The paintings have been brought together on loan from international institutions including the National Gallery in London, the Hermitage in St Petersburg and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as major Italian museums including the Uffizi in Florence, the Galleria Borghese in Rome, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.

 

Led by artist Peter Fink, the studio transformed the museum’s “bleak, unforgiving” concrete courtyard into a brightly colored landscape using astroturf.

 

Influenced by the vibrant hues in Palma il Vecchio’s paintings, Fink wanted to create a space for visitors to interact before and after seeing the exhibition.

 

The enclosed area is divided into two main sections colored blue and orange, while pink planters covered in the same material are dotted around the space.

 

Copies of portions of some of the most recognizable paintings in the exhibition are mounted on the angled sides of these raised elements.

 

The orange area is raised slightly higher than the blue section, connected by a set of shallow steps and a gentle slope.

 

The museum’s cafe – housed in an existing pavilion – spills out onto the orange turf with white tables and chairs provided for al-fresco dining.

 

Small pink stools offer additional seating, and visitors are also encouraged to rest on the sides of the planters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: dezeen.com Photography by Leonardo Tagliabue

Dennis Parren’s Colorful Lighting Installations for Saint-Etienne

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Installations formed by blending colored lights, and a lamp based on jellyfish were produced by Dutch designer Dennis Parren for the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015. Three projects by Studio Dennis Parren were installed at the Puits Couriot Parc-musée de la Mine – an historic mining site that has been turned into a museum and public park in Saint-Etienne, central France.

Shown as part of the city’s 9th biennial design earlier this year, all of the designs built on Parren’s work with controlled RGB lighting – using red, blue and green LEDs to create multi-colored patterns and shadows on surfaces where the light overlaps in different combinations. He has previously produced a lamp and a light bulb that cast colored shadows using a similar technique.

For his Gradient installation, colored lights and white light were projected at slightly different angles onto a surface of protruding white polystyrene shapes with round bases and a pair of slanted faces that joined along the top. Each of the faceted forms was angled differently from its neighbors, so the blend of colored light changed gradually across the floor as different surfaces picked up and reflected different projections.

The LEDs were slowly rotated so different overlaps of the RGB combinations were created on the surfaces, causing an effect that made the colors appear to flow across the spiky carpet. Parren used exactly the same lighting technique for another installation called Reflections, which replaced the polystyrene shapes with more angular and uneven forms made from the material.

Zigzagging ridges laid out horizontally in arrangements parallel and perpendicular to one another were designed to trap the colored light and reflect it multiple times between the surfaces. The amplified reflections formed color gradients on each of the planes, which again shifted when the LEDs were rotated.

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Wearable, Edible Design

 

 

Using 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC technologies, TourDeFork designs easy and accessible DIY projects which can be downloaded for free from the monthly Italian magazine CASAfacile’s website and taken to the nearest FABlab to be transformed into real objects.

 

The collection includes laser cut acrylic rings which you can decorate with fruit, sweets, or any other delicious treats of your fancy. Desserts and fruits become precious jewels to be put on proud display. And when you’re done playing dress up, don’t fret… your midnight snack is ready to be eaten and enjoyed, without waste.

 

FIFT, a Japanese design studio from Okayama, captures the idea of wearing what you love and makes you happy in each moment with the “pick a jewel” collection. Hidden in your daily life, are jewels to add to your lifestyle.

 

Katsunari Igarashi and Asami Igarashi, who launched in 2008, have found the perfect way for one to constantly customize their own jewelry. By designing theses effortlessly chic clips, you can find anything from freshly cut herbs, cherries, or citrus rinds to dangle from your ears. Not only can you add a splash of color to your outfit… but a natural fragrance as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: design-milk.com