Making Something Out of Nothing

Making Something Out of Nothing

In our cult of the new and the shiny, it’s sometimes refreshing to remember that it’s possible to make new things out of old things that look old. No, seriously, it’s possible. And Jan Korbes Garbage Architecture has many projects to prove it. Coming from the Gordon Matta-Clark school of architecture, Jan Korbes follows a lot of threads at once. There are a lot of small furniture pieces involving scrap wood and recycled car tires.  Some are interesting, some you’ve seen before, but in every instance he doesn’t stop experimenting.

0 Designer: Jan Korbes Garbage

Rundle Lantern

Rundle Lantern

The Rundle Lantern is a parking garage in Adelaide, Australia, composed of a big corner-wrapping screen. Each of the 748 “pixels ” has two LED lights behind it, and it can do all the stuff that awesome big screens can do. It was designed by brand consulting firm Fusion , but this is no jumbotron: it was intentionally designed to be a lantern to this part of town, and even though it moves it doesn’t display hard images or text. It’s more like a huge Jeremy Blake light-painting , and we love it for that. Check out the videos.

0 Designer: Fuse Project

The Danube Flower Blooms Again

The Danube Flower Blooms Again

When you think the word “innovate,” you don’t often associate it with “recycle.” But what Stojanovic, Pavlovic, Milanovic have done here is both of those things, with a project called “Wellness Sky.” Together they transformed a 35 year old, lost and decrepit building into the once glorious landmark it was at its height, and they did it by turning it into a fitness center.

0 Designers: Djordje Stojanovic, Vlada Pavlovic & Slavko Milanovic

Bubbling Up in Dubai

Bubbling Up in Dubai

The architecture duo Reiser + Umemoto are starting to get real with their O-14 office building , rising over Dubai. The building is has a perforated structural exoskeleton that doubles as a giant sunshade for the building. So column-free office space and desert sun shading all in one iconic skin. In our exclusive construction photo gallery the lozenge-shaped foam form work for the perforations can be see, as well as the almost fabric-like weaving of the reinforcement bar that gets encased in concrete.

0 Designers: Reiser + Umemoto

The Pop-Up City

The Pop-Up City

Golfstromen is an Amsterdam-based studio whose focus is conceptual interventions in the city. Their work is so casual, and so temporary, it’s almost not there. The littlest movie theater (one seat), and Space-Inn (two surreal hotel rooms in an abandoned building) show an interest in some of the performance architecture that grew out of the Situationist International group.

0 Designer: Golfstromen

90° Furniture Makes Your World Super Flat!

90° Furniture Makes Your World Super Flat!

So you aren’t satisfied with your folding chairs, huh? You say that your sleeping bag isn’t cutting it anymore. You want true flatness. You want to be able to really fold your furniture up. Kaptein and Bolt will flatten it out for you. Here’s 90° Furniture for your paper-thin, flippy-floppy world.

0 Designers: Louwrien Kaptein & Menno Bolt

Star Palace Accesses the Magic Void Space

Star Palace Accesses the Magic Void Space

A grand realization from UNStudio. The firm itself specializes in architecture, urban development, and infrastructure. The department store known as Star Place, resides in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and specializes in “ohh’s” and “ahh’s.” Take note of the building’s most obvious feature: the entire side of the structure creates a false moiré pattern, attracting the eye, preparing the shopper for the void inside.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Steel in the Desert

Steel in the Desert

Continuing our meme of unconventional homes, we direct your attention to Blank Studio’s Xeros Residence. Completed in 2005, this house uses its location in Phoenix, Arizona, to maximum effect. Positioned on a narrow lot, the house is composed of two long bars stacked one upon the other. Long banks of glass allow for great vistas, and the location of the main living space on the second floor maximizes the view.

0 Designer: Blank Studio

Luxury HiRise with Diamond Like Facade

Luxury HiRise with Diamond Like Facade

As we progress into advancements in architectural and engineering extremes designer Dinesh Doshi felt it important the Z10 Tower remain on the cutting edge and never fall short in the eyes of the global community. Envision a seven star hotel, luxury residential apartments, and satellite offices for the avid business person. This complex dubbed “Z10 TOWERS” becomes the focal point of the project and in turn also the welcoming structure of the complex.

0 Designer: Dinesh Doshi

Miami Dade College is a Super Building

Miami Dade College is a Super Building

Located at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 5th Street in downtown Miami, the Campus Center for Miami Dade college looks like something out of OMA’s handbag.  It is urban density turned into a superbuilding, combining apartments, offices, educational facilities, and a lot of space for art exhibition.  But it is all Miami: the bravado somehow feels just what downtown Miami needs, and the design firm responsible, Oppenheim Architects , is located in Miami as well. 

0 Designer: Oppenheim Architects

Suspended Over Water

Suspended Over Water

Do you want to take the ultimate lunch break? Forget the Gehry’s tad-overdone (sorry) Conde Nast cafeteria in New York City; head to Bangkok to the Octospider. It is a corporate cafeteria that elevates the act of eating to new heights (ouch these puns hurt, I am truly sorry). Suspended over the water with delicate concrete and steel legs, the cafeteria has three wings that spread out, giving each seat a view in every direction. It’s designed by Exposure Architects, based in northern Italy.

0 Designer: Exposure Architects

All of Berlin in a Single Credenza

All of Berlin in a Single Credenza

Presenting the defining moment in Credenzoligy. This credenza is made to read like a novel, telling the story of the history of the structures that made up historical and modern East and West Berlin. Sounds like it could be rough. But with detail and subject matter as rich as this, learning can be at once elegant and quite complicated.

0 Designer: Tina Roeder and David Krings

My Entire House be Rearranging Itself, Grid-wise

My Entire House be Rearranging Itself, Grid-wise

I just saw an episode of Futurama where instead of the elevator moving though the building, the entire building moved when the button was pressed. This is the SAME THING – except the screaming is for joy, not terror. Let us together usher in this new age of change with the Grid House.

0 Designer: Moto Design Shop