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Kengo Kuma replaces walls of beijing tea house with grids of translucent blocks

 

 

A leading Japanese architect Kengo Kuma renovated a typical tea house in Beijing  in a contemporary  fashion, but keeping its historical charateritics and a strong relation to Asian heritage.  Kengo Kuma and Asssociates have created a translucent plastic blocks in the form of bricks to make new walls for a Beijing Tea house overlooking the Forbidden City, the biggest tourist attraction in the city. Historic tea house got the modern twist with four different hollow polyethylene block types interlaced with blue translucent polycarbonate panels that allow light to enter softly into the space from all sides replacing traditional wood panelling and paper screens. “Bricks” were made trough the rotational molding and arranged to reflect city’s traditional brick architecture that dates back from  15th century. Beijing Tea house is a private member’s club situated pposite the eastern gate of beijing’s forbidden palace.

 

“The main structure for the city of Beijing is masonry bricks. Blocks made of polyethylene are in this sense a modern version of masonry. It proves high performance in insulation and passes through light to create a gentle space of Zen, just as the paper used for Siheyuan [courtyard residences] did in the past,” stated Kengo Kuma and Associates.

 

 

source: dezeen.com

Annabel Karim Kassar’s Telescopic Pavilions

 

French architect Annabel Karim Kassar’s Camera Chiara installation recreates the atmosphere of a Lebanese house in a Milanese courtyard.

 

Kassar’s Camera Chiara consists of two telescopic pavilions made from steel and burnt wood situated within one of the University of Milan’s eighteenth-century courtyards.

 

One of the structures contains a cinema showing movies about Lebanon, while the second houses the recreation of a Liwan — the central room in a traditional Lebanese house.

 

The pavilion housing the Liwan features tiles and textiles by Lebanese artisans, as well as vintage furniture from Europe and a decorative toilet that Kassar designed for her own house.

 

An old TV plays classic movies, while a gramophone emitts street sounds, recorded by Kassar in Beirut.

 

The stepped floor of the cinema pavilion, which shows films produced by Kassar documenting a range of traditional Lebanese crafts, is lined with mattresses made in Tripoli, Lebanon.

 

Kassar says she is very pleased with how popular the cinema is proving to be with visitors.

 


source: dezeen.com

 

LED Artist Bill FitzGibbons Illuminates Old Railroad

 

LED light sculpturist Bill FitzGibbons has turned Birmingham’s 18th Street railway underpass into LightRails, a dynamic interconnect between the revitalized south side, and city center to the north.

 

FitzGibbons programmed the light piece to play a 17-minute program that loops each night from dusk to dawn. The installation provides the requisite level of white light during the day, while by night the light becomes a colorful garden. Some of the effects used are colors with dazzling white sparkles, color as columns to explore the architectural space. In the smaller pedestrian tunnel, a single fixture can generate a reflection 360° around the tunnel using the beams and arches to provide additional opportunities to show the spectrum.

 

The installation also provides the opportunity for special shows. FitzGibbons already has the installation programmed to switch automatically to a holiday presentation in December with an emphasis on red and green colors. The controller can even store more programs that can be triggered by an astronomical clock. New programs can be downloaded via an SD card.

 

Charles Pétillon – White Balloon ‘INVASIONS’

 

White balloons spill out of the windows and doors of a house, invade a golf course and overflow from a burnt-out car in a series of installations by French artist Charles Pétillon.
In his INVASIONS series, the Paris-based photographer and installation artist aims to use balloons to alter the way people perceive familiar things and spaces.

 

“It is our way of looking at things that I am trying to transform and revive, and therefore make it possible to go beyond practical perception to esthetic experience: a visual emotion. The whiteness straightens the dualism, the contrast and absurdity versus the materials of the location,” the artist says. “The conjunction of the balloons’ abstracts shapes with the environments allows me to create improbable, poetical objects.”

 

Pétillon fills spaces from public play areas to buildings with bunches of different-sized white balloons hung on aluminum structures.
The installations have been photographed devoid of people, the balloons becoming the ghostly occupants of the spaces.

 

source: dezeen.com

The Most Inspiring Wine Cellar Design Ever

 

Say you have a 7 bedroom, 6 and a half bathroom multi-million dollar estate – but you really want it to stand out. How about a LED-lit wine cellar with individual wine bottle holders and a transparent ceiling? That’s exactly what interior designer and homeowner Jamie Beckwith added to her 12,398 square foot, Gothic-style home in Franklin, Tennessee.

 
Within the confines of her Franklin manse, the combination of artistic freedom and passion is on full display. The home serves as a real-life portfolio for Beckwith, whose masterpiece is infused with a host of exotic materials, her characteristic custom woodworking and other posh appointments.

 
The fantastically original wine cellar is one of the more unique features found in Beckwith’s home. Set below a glass-bottom sitting room, the wine cellar, made from what appears to be Plexiglas, sports an arched designed that comes to life thanks to changing LED lighting that set the room aglow.

 
The wine cellar is located at the bottom level of the pool house, like the crypt of a Gothic estate. Classic Gothic arches split the wine cellar, but the material of the arches is what makes this addition so different. The acrylic walls contain hundreds of custom-made wine bottle sleeves. The sleeves are even organized on the back wall of the cellar to resemble the panes of a cathedral’s stained glass windows.

 
The kicker for this design is that the wine cellar is cleverly lit with LED lighting. These lights can change colors and add life to all of Beckwith’s parties. Because of wine’s sensitivity to lighting and heat, the lights are not on all the time, and a retractable blackout screen can be drawn over the transparent ceiling. The glass ceiling creates a transparent connection to the traditional interior of the pool house, drawing attention to the lights down below.

 
“My designs are not born from trying to be different, or to create something that is not in the marketplace, but my designs are based on artistic freedom, a passion if you will,” the couturier says of her signature style on her website. That style has earned Beckwith plenty of recognition and praise over the years, including Interior Design magazine’s Best of the Year award in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

source: www.realtor.com

Mexico’s Giant Seashell House

 

Many have wondered what life would be like living in a sea shell, and that was the exact inspiration behind the beautifully crafted Nautilus.

 

This giant seashell house is located in Mexico City, and was built and designed by Arquitectura Organica’s own Javier Senosiain. The home was built back in 2006, and features a smooth front facade met with a giant wall of colored mosaics, lighting up the living space in a stunning rainbow effect.

 

Whether you think it looks like a giant snail or seashell, the home is definitely quite strange, but it was actually designed to blend in with the natural surroundings in what Senosiain likes to call “Bio-Architecture.”
Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright, the house is dominated by smooth surfaces, spiral stairs and natural plantings that makes it feel like you’re living inside a shell. it’s a real house built for a young family with two children who were tired living in a conventional home and wanted to change to one integrated to nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: http://hiconsumption.com/2014/07/nautilus-giant-seashell-house-in-mexico-city/

Nick Gelpi’s UNFLAT Pavilion

 

Architectural practices are continuously shifting to adapt new technologies and innovations. Nick Gelpi’s UNFLAT Pavilion situated on the MIT Campus in Cambridge Massachusetts however, demonstrates an architectural role reversal that is soft, cheap, and low tech in its structure.

 

Created by flexing two dimensions into three, the bent plywood composition utilizes the physical range of behaviors of natural materials in order to generate architecture forms. The pavillion deploys a fabrication system used to create a membrane, which is simultaneously structural, functional and representational in a single act. Entirely constructed of laminated plywood, an open pattern is cut into flat plywood stock which transforms into three-dimensional architectural features as flat sheets are bent and unfurl into skylights, columns, buttresses, windows and vents, in the act of becoming UNFLAT.

 

Nick Gelpi’s UNFLAT Pavillion isn’t hard, heavy, bulletproof, or monumental. It is modest, soft, cheap, low-tech, and full of holes, and aesthetically beautiful.

 

 

via: http://www.arch2o.com/

Meld and Recreate Lamp Siri Bahlenberg and Sofia Bergfeldt

 

A new design in lighting is the icy lamp created by Swedish designers Siri Bahlenberg and Sofia Bergfeldt. This unique lamp is encased in an angular block of ice that slowly melts back into its mold so it can be re-frozen and used again.

 

This Melt and Recreate lamp is illuminated using a combination of LED lights and fibre optics that are suspended above the ice. Depending on the ambient conditions, the ice may be clear or translucent. The light is diffused through the frozen water, giving off a dim glow that gradually becomes brighter as the melted ice drips away.

 

The combination of water and electricity is kept safe the solid mass by the fibre optics that the electricity is conducted through.  The LEDs and fibre optics are contained within an element that detaches from the metal fixture. This element sits on top of the mold so the water freezes around it, holding it in place.

 

Once solid, the element and its icy shade are clipped back into the conical fixture and connected to the electricity supply. The lamp’s original mold is placed below the pendant to collect the meltwater, ready to be reused. It takes 10 hours for the lamp to melt and another 10 hours for it to refreeze – and each casting is different. The dimensions of the plastic mold are designed to fit a standard-sized freezer.

 

 

 

„Infinite Possibility“ now in Guggenheim, New York

Monir Faranfaranian, a 91 year old Iranian artist, has finally had her first comprehensive U.S. exhibition in Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

 

Exhibition: „Monir Shahroudy Faranfaranian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings 1974-2014“  presents her sculptural and graphic opus in the last four decades including plaster and mirror reliefs, large-scale mirror sculptures, and works on paper. Most of the displayed works are a part of  her private collection, and many of them have never been shown publicly.

 

Although Monir has spent most of her adult years in New York, the impact of Islamic architecture and decoration is the core of her work. Her homeland is where she has developed her artistic sensibility,  from the technique of reverse glass painting to indigenous forms of art like Turkoman jewelry and clothing. She learned these skills from traditional Iranian craftsmen. The use of geometry as a form is pervasive in her work, and as she explains it, it allows for,  “infinite possibility.”

Source via: guggenheim.org

la Rinascente – WinterWonder

 

Stretching across the eight windows at their flagship location in Milan, the la Rinascente department store celebrated the holidays with an artistic installation by German artist and designer Moritz Waldemeyer.

 
Waldemeyer transformed the exterior of the retail structure into an billowing sea of 1,300 laser cut forex snowflakes dubbed ‘WinterWonder.’ The conceptualization of ‘WinterWonder’ became a manufacturable artwork, taking flight through the capacious column-way as a mighty whirling vortex.

 
The ceiling of the portico is met with a parametric expanse of curved and painted iron pipes on which varying shapes of crystallized forms are fitted. Changing their hue depending on the position of the viewer, the flakes convey a dynamic esthetic for passers-by of the popular locale.

 
‘WinterWonder’ also involves the public in an experience of augmented reality. By aiming a smartphone at a marker on the one of the store windows, a cyclone of shapes springs to life, surrounding people or objects in a colorful sea of snowflakes.

 

 

via: http://www.waldemeyer.com/
Video stream: https://vimeo.com/81378570