File Under Robot Infrastructure

File Under Robot Infrastructure

In Leeuwarden, Netherlands they enjoy the comforts of a robotic overlord controlling a road bridge.  It looks less like a bridge than a giant transformer crouching next to the river, holding down a thin spatula of road surface.  From the road lines on the bridge arm it looks like cars just drive over the entire surface of the thing.  It’s a smart solution for a small bridge, even though its size is a bit ungainly, and they somehow thought painting cute post-modern pastel colors was interesting.

0 Via Jalopnik

Self-Sustaining Urban Area Abode Chapeau

Self-Sustaining Urban Area Abode Chapeau

Hydroponic Greenhouse. Turns air we breath out into air we can breath in. Uses solar-powered turbines to pump this air. Converts (biodegradable) human waste into food for plants. Plants are edible by humans. Greenhouse creates condensation which is collected for aquarium-dwelling animals, also edible by humans and hamsters.

Beautiful green building helmets.

0 Designer: Natalie Jeremijenko and Crew

It is a Football Stadium Inside a Volcano

It is a Football Stadium Inside a Volcano

Yeah. That’s what’s up. It’s built on top of the mountain. Or at least it’s made to seem as though it must be. Plush-ed out and ready to house the sacred game for whatever team doth so deserve such a heavenly house. Guadalajara – 2009.

0 Designer: Jean-Marie Massaud

Zaha Hadid Created This Hot Mess

Zaha Hadid Created This Hot Mess

I’ll keep this straight forward. This shoe is the result from a collaboration between renowned architect Zaha Hadid and Brazilian fashion label Melissa. As with any Zaha Hadid design, the sweeping conundrums are rightly apparent and I hate it. It took Hadid 2 years to come up with this? I’m aware those organic arcs hug the foot perfectly but whenever architects try to create fashion, they birth deconstructive genius like Rae Kawakubo or total disasters like this concoction.

0 Architect: Zaha Hadid

A Playful Meeting Between Wall and Floor

A Playful Meeting Between Wall and Floor

Those are the words of ADDI products, Kalmar, Sweden based design group who takes the wild step, not just forward, but to the side as well. They push the bookcase over. And why not! You’ve seen the crazy magazine racks for sale on the sidebar of Yanko there, right? Those are cool! Addi’s bookcase, called “Billy’s Brother”, is totally Radikal Arkitektur.

0 Designer: Addi Design Group

Luminous Surfaces For Your Experiential Needs

Luminous Surfaces For Your Experiential Needs

The Cielos modular lighting system designed by Billings Jackson Design for Zumtobel has won a coveted GOOD DESIGN Award 2008, conferred by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Cielos provides a simple method of designing, installing and maintaining luminous surfaces. The shallow profile ‘plug and play’ units are elegant and with coloured light and video-compatible LED models now available, the creative scope is limitless.

0 Designer: Billings Jackson

My Home's Umbrella is Better Than Yours

My Home’s Umbrella is Better Than Yours

Designer and Architect Andreas Angelidakis released a couple renders on his New Menir house, which I call an island rock. Nevermind the interior or geologic design, check out the rooftop! This “floral umbrella” opens up to capture the suns free energy but when it becomes windy or when night falls, turns into a wind turbine. How adorable!

0 Designer: Andreas Angelidakis

Kengo Kuma Houses for Muji

Kengo Kuma Houses for Muji

Kengo Kuma has designed two prefabricated houses for Muji  They are small, simple, beautiful, can come in many variations, are made of standardized kits of parts, and are generic in a very Zen kind of way.  Just like the rest of Muji’s stuff!  Both house prices start around $200,000 USD, so it’s definitely the Muji of architecture.

0 Designer: Kengo Kuma

Live in Tokyo? Want To Buy Some Italian Shoes?

Live in Tokyo? Want To Buy Some Italian Shoes?

Then you should head over to Tod’s, an Italian footwear retailer, on Tokyo’s Ometesando boulevard. At the very least, act like you’re shopping while taking in the grandeur of its ornate facade that branches out like a concrete tree, covering and supporting its six floors of overpriced loafers. In creating the shop, the architects had but 33 feet of street frontage to grab shoppers’ attentions with, opting to partially conceal and entice the public with a kind of concrete lingerie.

0 Designers: Toyo Ito & Associates

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