A rainbow refracted through windows lined with prismatic film fills a white stairwell designed by Steven Holl. The perforated steel staircase and skylight are part of Holl’s renovation of an existing building that now re-houses the Department of Philosophy at New York University.
Designer: Steven Holl
Zlatko Antolovic and Alexander Wendlik’s practice COAST completed the T-Bone house last summer. At a modest 150 square metres, this family home near the German town of Waiblingen mixes environmentally friendly technology like Geothermal heating and rainwater collection, with a decidedly un-PC, but very understandable, focus on the client’s pride and joy, a 1974 Porsche Targa.
Architect: Coast Office
Car showrooms were once the wonders of the modern world, grand temples to the mystery of mechanical progress. Citroën, always one of the most forward-looking of firms, were amongst the first to embrace modern architecture’s potential for making spaces to showcase their wares.
Designer: Manuelle Gautrand
One of Japan’s greatest architects, Kisho Kurokawa, died last week leaving behind a very significant theoretical and concrete legacy.
Kurokawa co-founded the Metabolist movement in 1960, pioneering a radical avant-garde style of architecture and urban planning for the future. The Metabolists’ vision centred around vast cities that adapted to an ever-increasing population by building flexible, extendable structures that could be added to over time.
Architect: Kisho Kurokawa
It’s no secret that beautiful buildings are part of the reason that travelers choose certain destinations, but which modern architects are making the most impact on the travel scene? Concierge.com, the travel site, just released a guide to the top 11 architects who’ve changed the way we travel.
Young people want to own their own homes but dang if it ain’t expensive. So they’re forced to choose really small tight spaces that weren’t designed for modern living. This is where the mobile track apartment comes in. These small but flexible apartments provide practical living dimensions that cater to all their needs. The different rooms are divided and hidden behind sliding doors set on a track.
Designer: Setmund Leung Kam Biu
An addition to the existing Station Bridge (located in Netherland) that connects Middelburg’s downtown to its outlying areas, this jewel-like building offers 360-degree views for the bridge attendant during his infrequent visits. The architects say the green glass relates to the copper roof of a nearby abbey and that they saw the project as an urban folly on the Walcheren canal.
The Color Guard mosquito bed net is the first bed net that has a double-layered sheath preventing mosquitos from biting through the net. Also, each net is dyed a custom color by its owner with a colored insecticide that impregnates the fibers. It’s safe to humans and non toxic to all animals except those pesky insects.
Designer: Eric Burns
Emergency shelter during disaster that provides physical & psychological needs. The concept behind “sphere” not only considers taking shelter from extreme weather conditions but also reestablishing the feeling of security and companionship without losing ones privacy. The center of “sphere” is constructed as a social place, which consists of single families and inhabitants.
Designer: Felix Stark
The Landmark bus shelter is the central component of a product family that has been developed as a uniform design concept for the city furnishing of Hamburg in order to convey a harmonious overall image of the urban area. Modern elements and clear lines enable a universal use of this bus shelter.
Those words have never been acted out better by the Wicked Witch of the West but boy does she have some competition. The Guallart building in Wroclaw Poland is one of the candidates for the 2012 World Expo and looks to be a melting mass of steel and glass. Organic and extremely stark in contrast to everything else around it, the Guallart building hopes to have the world flock to it to show off the coolest of cool and the futurist of future.