Endless Expression of Information

Endless Expression of Information

For 350 years the Unversitylibrary Breman has organized and structured information to make it accessible to visitors. As you can imagine, the library has been witness to the incredible evolution of information sharing from paper to digital. To celebrate, this installation titled Wandern im Wissen (Wandering in Knowledge) serves as a representation of the endless flow of shared thought over the years. Hit the jump to catch a detailed vid of the process!

0 Designer: Manuel Dreesmann

Park Lover's Pit-Stop

Park Lover’s Pit-Stop

Viktoria Tomova’s urban outdoor rest area concept, Be Happy, features a unique mechanical awning system that can be retracted and extended via sunlight sensors or at the push of a button. The clean, minimal form of the U-shaped columns provides ample support for the protective covering while avoiding obtrusion of the view to the surrounding nature. Intelligent spatial decisions and purposefully placed seating also provide a nice balance of both privacy and invitation.

0 Designer: Viktoria Tomova

H2O Inspired Gallery

H2O Inspired Gallery

Zaha Hadid Architect and Roca announce the opening of the Roca London Gallery – a design inspired by the power of water as a transforming element to carve a sequence of dynamic, porous spaces for the gallery. Fissures and slices in the walls give permeability consistently throughout the gallery. The design theme of water extends to the facade, which appears as a set of ripples in movement across the exterior.

0 Designer: Zaha Hadid Architects

Super Efficient PreFab

Super Efficient PreFab

PicsaHouse, the latest from Kassen Lifestyle, is a unique and cost-effective prefab housing solution that looks to relieve some of the problems with current housing systems. Most prefab houses use the same techniques as stud-fram building, leading to the same inherent structural and insulation issues, but the PicsaHouse has adapted techniques from bridge building, making it quick to build while requiring less maintenance over time… exactly how a prefab should be.

0 Designer: Kassen Lifestyle

Interactive Pavilion

Interactive Pavilion

Michael Jantzen’s Web-Shaped Pavilion is a conceptual design proposal for a large, solar-powered, interactive, public gathering place. The 130 foot tall structure is clad with motored, hinged panels that can be manipulated over the internet by people from around the world. Visitors can climb to any of the 7 levels via the central spiral staircase to get a first-hand glimpse of the pavilion’s transformation. 

0 Designer: Michael Jantzen

Super Sleek Stadium

Super Sleek Stadium

This ultra-modern proposal for an urban stadium looks like something outta this world! Radiant curves, sleek lines, and the structure’s material combination of stainless steel, carbon fiber, and concrete create a remarkable contrast to the stadium’s placement in a natural coastal setting. Situated just outside Seoul, the venue would host year-round sports and events for local communities. A bit alien, but I’m liking it!

0 Designer: Michael Arellanes

Innovative Observation Tower

Innovative Observation Tower

The result of a study into the application of Ultra High Performance Concrete, this 25 meter high observation tower by UNStudio really puts the material to the test. The innovative concrete differs from the norm in that it is extremely dense, has steel fibers, and maintains a fine grain structure. Its use in the tower makes it possible to achieve the fluid, eye-catching shape with minimal obstruction of the views.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Adidas' New Sporty Office

Adidas’ New Sporty Office

I thought my office was cool until I saw the exterior of Adidas’ new corporate headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The part that really stung though, was seeing the interior… thanks to the design teams at KINZO and Kadawittfeldarchitektur, I now officially hate my office!! The new working environment features a custom, sporty, and functional furniture system they like to call “WORKOUT” … a perfect name considering the design is purely Adidas in both form and function. Hit the jump to see for yourself!

0 Designers: Various

A Holiday from Reality

A Holiday from Reality

The M-velope is a small functional art structure designed to be an escapist place for those looking for something that challenges the conventional norms of reality. It was created by artist Michael Jantzen, who hopes that those who encounter the M-velope will be inspired to think more creatively about their own passions in life. The entire structure is made of  sustainably grown western red cedar wood. It can be shipped to nearly any site as an eight-foot cube, or in multiple pre-fabricated pieces.

0 Designer: Michael Jantzen

Virtual Architecture

Virtual Architecture

A recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Greg Tran’s thesis prize winning concept, Mediating Mediums, provides a thought-provoking glimpse into the future functionality and application of augmented reality. According to Greg, digital 3D is currently confused with the digital 2D representation of 3D material like that of Pixar animations or computer models. As he sees it, true digital 3D has potential to converge what is real and what is imagined

0 Designer: Greg Tran

New Taipei City Museum of Art

New Taipei City Museum of Art

The New Taipei City Museum of Art should propose a new paradigm for celebrating art in Taipei, one that brings lifestyle, art, recreation and education together to celebrate a vibrant cultural identity for the community. The existing park located at the meeting of the Yingge and Dahan rivers within which the Museum sits, is one that immediately reveals a dynamic juxtaposition between the constructed nature (the park environment) and the density and “urban” scale of the surrounding hillside context.

0 Designer: Zerafa Architecture

Bungaloo!

Bungaloo!

Designed as a getaway from the hustle of the city, this minimal “Bungaloo” design by Paul Cremoux has a stripped-down feel that leaves little to be desired. A blend of low-carbon concrete, interesting textures, and beau-coups of natural sunlight compliment its raw aesthetic. Using eco-friendly materials and appliances run on methane discharges, the bungalow’s CO2 footprint is calculated to be a mere 1 ton during production and 400 kilograms per year.

0 Designer: Paul Cremoux

Dutch Design in Battery Park

Dutch Design in Battery Park

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s waterfront Battery Park sits the recently completed New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, a $2.3 million gift from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to New York City in honor of their shared values of innovation, creativity, diversity, & progress. The structure will be a major transportation hub, serving over 150,000 visitors & residents with visitor information & locally grown food at one of Lower Manhattan’s newest & most dynamic cultural gateways.

0 Designer: Architect Ben van Berkel / UNStudio