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Tiny House Challenge Brings Big Ideas

Ryterna modul, a European modular container and building producer recently announced the winners of their fourth International competition: Architectural Challenge 2018 Tiny House. 150 entries from 88 countries had the task of designing a home for two people no larger than 25 square meters that integrated a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and sleeping area into a cohesive environment. Here are the three winning solutions and one honorable mention:

 

Abdolrahman Kadkhodasalehi took first prize with “Wave House,” a semi-circular structure that appears to dance on its minimal foundations. Large planes of glass, natural materials, and an integrated water harvesting system keep the home in constant dialogue with its surroundings.

 

 

Second place was awarded to “Torii House,” a modular proposal by Julia and Stas Kaptur. Consisting of a core module flanked by two additional programs wrapped in wood, Torri House can be endlessly customized with terraces, saunas, and additional spaces for larger families. The refined details and calculated modularity make this residence a suitable addition to sites from the suburbs to the ski slopes.

 

 

An expandable proposal by William Samin titled “Trapezoidal Mod” took third place in the competition. The proposal divides wet and dry functions into two separate modules that can be effortlessly re-configured to adapt to shifting terrain or potential expansion. The charred exterior and warm wood cladding within provide the perfect environment to frame natural landscapes from forests and plains to meadows and mountains.

 

 

Clarence Zichen Qian was given honorable mention for his design Project “ATN,” comprised of a titled structure populated with a grid-like millwork structure to define the interior space while providing calculated vistas into the world outside.

 

 

source: Ryterna modul

 

“World’s Largest Picture Frame” Opens in Dubai

 

Dubai’s new monument soars almost 500 ft. tall and is the “world’s largest picture frame.” The structure represents the aspirations and achievements of the city. A decade in the making … in 2008, an international contest was organized by German elevator company Thyssen Krupp in collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA), which has UNESCO backing. Mexican architect Fernando Donis submitted a structure that would “embrace a void” and frame other monuments. His unique idea beat out 900 entries.

 

The glittering structure lights up at night as visitors stroll across the 305 ft. glass bottom walkway. From there, they have a sweeping panorama of the city, including a view of the iconic Burj Khalifa.

 

 

 

source: mymodernmet

 

Voice Activated Toilet with Mood Lighting

 

In the old wild West, cowboys would have never dreamed that many years later there would be such a remarkable way to replace the outhouse. But at the recent CES show in Las Vegas, Kohler introduced that there’s a new toilet in town. Their new “Numi” toilet (running at over six thousand dollars) can warm your bottom, set mood lighting, flush and close its lid without being touched.

 

A specially designed app for iOS and Android enables both voice commands and hands-free motion control. It has a motion-activated lid and seat, a retracting bidet and air dryer, a built-in air deodorizer, a heated seat, and floor-level vents. Additionally, a touchscreen remote gives a slew of customizable options – all saved separately for each user of the household including a built-in music system and ambient lighting. An app for iOS and Android enables both voice commands and hands-free motion control.

 

source: kohler

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