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Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from Sanaa, Tokyo, will Design the new Art Gallery of New South Wells in Sidney, Australia

 

The new Art Gallery of New South Wells in Sydney, which is expected to be built in 2021 will be designed by the Japanese firm Saana. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are the names behind the firm, and they were in strong competition with great architects of today  including Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, David Chipperfield and Kengo Kuma.

 

Saana’s design has been selected as five shortlisted architects;  Kengo Kuma& associates, Kerry Hill Architects, RMA Architects and Sean Godsell Architects. The director of Art Gallery NSW, Michael Branda and architects Toshiko Mori, Glenn Murcutt and Juhani Pallasmaa made the jury.

 

The structure is designed as a series of pavillions cascading towards Sydney Harbour and framing the new public plaza. The new space will be expanded north of the existing  Art Gallery NSW building and it will make the city’s eastern cultural zone. The new building will more than double the gallery’s permanent exhibition space and it will also hold the temporary exhibition space, education rooms, an expansive research archive, restaurants and cafes.

 

 

sources: dailytelegraph.com.au  aasarchitecture.com.au

Len Lye Centre- New Zealand’s “Temple of Art”

 

New Zealand got its first Museum of Contemporary Art, located in New Plymouth. The museum is adjacent to Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and it is entirely dedicated to a single artist, late filmmaker and a kinetic sculptor –  Len Lye.  The design of the building was the work of Patterson Architects Associates,  New Zealand’s most recognised architectural firm. Lye’s opus, dominated by the use of steel and light tied to a strong connection between art and architecture inspired the team of architects in creating this so-called “Temple of art”. The impressive curved walls of stainless steel reflect Lye’s use of metal and reflections in his kinetic sculptures but also underlines the industrial innovation and development of the surrounding area.  The contemporary interior combines beton floors and waving walls that intensify the futuristic form.

 

The museum exhibits Lye’s work in kinetic sculpture, film, painting, drawing, photography, batik, writing, etc. It also houses a cinema wich displays Len Lye’s film achievements, as well as international and experimental films and festival programming.

 

 

 

sources: contemporist.com arcitecturenow.co.nz suff.co.nz e-architect.co.uk

Tangle Sculptural Pendant Light Installation

 

Tangle is a sculptural pendant light installation consisting of three intertwining modules. The installation draws its influence from modern jewelry design, mobiles, and the crystalline molecular structures of natural stones. Brass and stone are intricately combined with integrated LED strips that accentuate different parts of the artifact. Tangle, designed by Flip Sellin and Claudia Pineda de Castro for COORDINATION-berlin, debuted at Berlin Design Selection during Milan Design Week.

 

 

 

 

 

source: designboom

The Impressive Air France’s Boeing 777 Flies with JonOne’s Signature

 

John Andrew Perello known by the artistic name JonOne is a New York-born painter and graffiti artist of Dominican origin who was given an incredible opportunity to paint the newest Boeing 777 recently unveiled by the Air France to mark the company’s 80th anniversary. This is not the first collaboration between the artist and Air France and his fusion of original street art and painting is well known in France. At the beggining of 2015, after multiple international exhibitions, JonOne’s  painting “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” was inaugurated at the National Assembly, in the Salon des Mariannes and this painting even became the French stamp. For the past 80 years, Air France has had a special relationship with the contemporary art world collaborating with many contemporary artists;  Zao Wou-Ki, Jeff Koons, JonOne and others.  JonOne’s  exceptional work of art represents the French flag and symbolizes freedom while speaking the company’s slogan: Air France, France is in the Air. For one year, JonOne’s design will mark Boeing 777 traveling on a legendary route from Paris to New York.

 

 

 

 

sources: speerstra, design-hunting, airfrance

Schemata’s Jo Nagasaka Weaves Luminous Installation Using Optic Fibers

 

To celebrate the launch of Swedish textile company Kinnasand‘s new ‘ZOOM’ collection, Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects created a luminous installation presented at the brand’s showroom during the most recent Tokyo Design Week.

 
Composed of three tube-like forms, each one stands independently and have been crafted using a delicate white fabric from Kinnasand’s latest collection. Strands of optic fiber were woven into the fabric to highlight the transparency of the cylindrical structures to create three ‘loops’. This addition reinforced the overall surface strength, allowing the installation to produce a glowing effect, and stimulate a gentle, bouncing movement which effectively influenced the project’s name – ‘boingboing.’

 

 

 

 

source: designboom, images by nacasa & partners

Photothrope Shirt by Pauline van D

 

A Dutch designer, Pauline van Dongen specialized in women’s fashion combined with technology,  has developed a helpful piece of clothing for all the joggers on city roads and pathways. As a seasoned runner in urban Amsterdam,  van Dongen based this idea on her own needs and experience. She designed an illuminated garment using LEDs and foil to improve safety for night runners. The garment is made from technical jersey with washable strips of the low-energy lights installed inside and parts of reflective foil material that curve around the body. There is a little battery hidden in the pocket of the garment allowing lights to be be switched on/ off . Van Dongen is currently working on future versions with LEDs that respond to the runner’s movement or changes in surroundings. Also,  her aim is to create a LED powered shirt that anyone would choose to wear regardless of safety aspects.

 

 

source: dezeen

Grow-On-Us Floating Landscape by Balmori Associates Installed on Gowanus Canal

 

‘Grow-On-Us’ is an experimental collaboration between New York-based Balmori Associates and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. The project is an ongoing research program that focuses on cleaning water through phyto-remediation, desalination, and rainwater collection by means of irrigated, productive floating gardens. Balmori designed, fabricated, and launched the floating landscape in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States.

 

‘Grow-On-Us’ is one in a series of ongoing projects that Balmori has designed to act as sponges for filtering and cleaning water, as well as providing small wildlife habitats within the NYC area. The floating landscape is composed of transformed metal culvert pipes. Each of the 54 test tubes isolate various plants (over 30 were selected), watering conditions (clean water through phyto-remediation, desalinate canal brackish water through evaporation and condensation and collect rainwater), and a variety of buoyant construction materials (coconut fibers, bamboo, mycelium, and matrix of recycled plastic).

 

The float has been monitored since its initial launch in mid September this year, and is being continually studied for viability. Researchers will also explore functions for ‘grow-on-us’ including its potential as a multi-functional green infrastructure: shoreline protection, biodiverse habitats, energy production, public space, etc. The project is currently funded through a US$20,000 grant received from the Cornelia & Michael Bessie foundation.

 

 

 

images by balmori associates inc

Zaha Hadid buries a museum in the peak of an Alpine mountain

 

London-based architect Zaha Hadid has completed a museum for renowned climber Reinhold Messner at the top of Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz, featuring underground galleries and a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley.

 

The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is the final installment in a series of six mountaintop museums built by Messner – the first climber to ascend all 14 mountains over 8,000 meters and to reach the summit of Mount Everest without additional oxygen.

 
Located 2,275 meters above sea level, in the heart of the popular Kronplatz ski resort in South Tyrol, Italy, the building exhibits objects, images and tools that tell the story of Messner’s life as a mountaineer.

 
Hadid designed the structure built into the side of the mountain, emerging only at certain points to offer specific views. Three large volumes appear to burst through the rock face, each featuring softly curved forms made from glass-reinforced fiber concrete. The first two form picture windows, framing views of the Peitlerkofel and Heiligkreuzkofel mountains, while the third is a balcony that projects out by six meters, offering visitors a view west towards the Ortler range.

 
More concrete forms emerge from the ground to create canopies that frame the building’s entrance. Zaha Hadid’s firm chose cast concrete to give the appearance of rock and ice shards, referencing the geology of the region. Glass-reinforced fiber concrete gives the building’s exterior a pale gray tone, while internally the panels become darker – intended to match the luster and tones of anthracite coal buried underground.

 
The walls of the building are between 40 and 50 centimeters thick in order to support the structure from the pressure of the surrounding earth, while the roof has thicknesses of up to 70 centimeters.
Inside, galleries are organized over three floors, connected by staircases that the firm described as being “like waterfalls in a mountain stream.”

 

 

 

 

 

source: dezeen

The Bulbing Light- 3D Optical Ilussion Lamps from Studio Cheha

 

Another innovative and creative design is launched from Tel Aviv- based Studio Cheha. Bulbing lights are 3D optical illusion lamps designed by Nir Chehanoswki.

 

A completely flat two-dimensional LED light source leaves an impression of a three-dimensional lamp thanks to a strong sheet of laser engraved acrylic glass that is known for its light transmitting properties. The Bulbing lamp uses an energy efficient LED to emit a warm glow that won’t overheat, and it is also visibile in daylight.

 

 

 

source: bulbing-light

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.